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Old 01-19-2020, 12:38 PM   #1
Ken Kopecky
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Default 1978 Volare 360 stocker, I/SA or J/SA

This car started life in Western Canada as a 76 Aspen 6 cylinder daily driver. Over the years it was built as a stocker then updated to the 1978 Volare Premier car that it is today. It can run I/SA at 3638 pounds or J/SA at 3783 pounds, with the driver.

Engine:
360 175/289 four barrel with the big cam
Redone in 2009 by Bub Whitaker at Burtonsville Machine in Laurel, MD.

Trans:
904 redone by Jack Sepanik. Reverse manual valve body.

Rear:
8 ¾ with 4.88 gears with a spool using Strange axles and 3” studs.
Aftermarket driveshaft.

Interior:
Black carpeting and black bucket seats, both in excellent condition.
Turbo Action Cheetah shifter.
Auto Meter monster tach.
Auto Meter oil pressure and electric water temp gauges with fuel pressure gauge outside on the cowl.
Painless Wiring switch panel.
8 point roll cage with driver side swing out bar.
No rear seat but carpeted with a trunk firewall installed.

Ignition:
Full MSD setup: distributor, plug wires, MSD 7AL-2 box, MSD ProPower coil.

Fuel system:
Mallory Pro Comp 250 series pump.
Mallory series 140 filter.
Mallory return style fuel pressure regulator
Full -8 braided fuel line front to back.
Stock OEM fuel tank fitted for the fuel return line.

Suspension:
Aftermarket leaf springs.
Competition Engineering adjustable rear shocks
Monroe front shocks
Frames tied front and rear along with the roll cage tied to the frame connectors.

Wheels/tires:
Center Line Convo Pro 15x4 fronts with Phoenix tires.
Center Line Convo Pro 15x10 rears with Phoenix bias tires.

Brakes:
Factory OEM front disk brakes and factory OEM rear drum brakes.

Body:
Painted silver with the paint excellent. No dents or rust. Axillary battery exclusively for the cooling system is mounted in the trunk along with a weight box and spare tire and rim.

I bought this car in 1996 and picked it up at the Winternationals in Pomona where I was runner up in class. As she sits, this car runs well, but can easily be upgraded with the fuel cell and aftermarket disk brakes since back then NHRA rules did not allow for those upgrades like they are today. In 1997, this car/driver won the Division 1 stock championship and held the National record in K/SA at that time.

This car was last raced in August 2014 at Cecil County Dragway and went .629 under in J/SA. It has been sitting ever since due to health issues with the driver. The car runs and drives, sounds very healthy and has great oil pressure. The trans and rear were redone but I do not know when or how many runs are on both as I didn’t have them done. Same with the engine as to the number of runs on it. This car will definitely go down the track but since it’s been sitting, my suggestion would be to freshen the engine, put some new tires on it and install new seat belts.

$14,000 for the car as she sits. Depending on location, I can deliver or meet part way for the price of gas and tolls.

I can provide pictures if needed.

Ken Kopecky
rider1454@aol.com

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