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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

SOLD!!!!

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 leave 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 (see below). Depending on location, I can deliver or meet part way for the price of gas and tolls.

Since posting this ad, I made several updates/upgrades to the car:

• New Richmond Gear 4.86 ring and pinion, zero runs on them.
• New 1-wire Denso race mini alternator.
• Completely redid the driveshaft with new solid U-joints and new trans slip yoke from Inland Empire Driveline.
• Serviced the transmission.
• Serviced the engine with Mobil 1 oil and filter along with a new distributor cap, rotor and plugs.
• Mounted a set of Hoosier 9X30 radial slicks. 94” circumference. Not new but a lot of life left.
• Installed an Impact 5-point driver restraint system good thru June 2020.
• Installed currently mandated collector tethers.
• Completely redid the carburetor since the car has been sitting since 2014.
• I have the dyno sheet from Burtonsville Performance from when the engine was done in 2009.

I also found that the axles are the larger 35 spline axles and the trans has the low first gear installed.

With these new parts installed, I have added $500 to the asking price to cover some of the costs of the new parts that I installed, so $14,500 for the car as she sits.

Ken Kopecky
rider1454@aol.com

Last edited by Ken Kopecky; 04-25-2020 at 12:57 PM. Reason: Updates to the car
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Old 03-16-2020, 11:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: 1978 Volare 360 stocker, I/SA or J/SA

Ken
I might have a guy from Florida that’s interested in your car.
He’s asking about how many runs on the rear and what condition are
All the tires ??
He doesn’t have a CR account so he’s going through me.
Thanks Ken
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Old 03-16-2020, 07:16 PM   #3
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Hi Pete. Thanks for letting me know. I just put in a new set of rear gears because I was a bit uncomfortable with the number of runs that I was told were on them so they currently have zero runs on them. I also put some Hoosier radials on the back and they have a good bit of rubber left. I did a few other upgrades but perhaps you can give your friend my email address and we can go from there.

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Ken
Whenever we get back to racing my friend from down here might want to see the car
run at the track.
He will fly up, as this is what he’s telling me to tell you.
I will tell him all about the upgrades you just listed too.

Ken
My friend Scott said: Your car sounds like a great car for the money but
unfortunately he’s gonna have to pass on it for now.
He’s looking to go in a different direction.
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