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zerolux

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« on: April 16, 2009, 06:05:41 PM »

Hey guys, been digging thru the forum and wanted to drop in and say hi.  I just picked up a 74 Newport (400) and have been searching for a good forum to get info, parts leads, ect.  so far, i've found tons of suppliers and great info. 

this is my first mopar.  to be honest, it's my first non VW since i started driving 13+ years ago.  i had been searching for a creampuff for under $1500 and found this beauty and had to get it.  i'm the 2nd owner, not to sure on actual mileage (speedos have been swapped a few times) but the condition and records included with the car show it was well maintained and it has been a great car so far, starts everytime, a/c works great.  i plan to keep it pretty much original with maybe some suspension work to get lower.

any info or suggestions for other places/forums to check out would be great. 

on with the pics...








what i was driving (02 passat wagon), gonna miss her...





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Leaburn Patey

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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2009, 06:19:12 PM »


Very nice 'Port you have there!!
1974 to 1978 C bodies were known as "Formals"
So,allow me to "formally" welcome you to Moparfins!!
Commando1 (Stan) also has a Formal.
Lot of good people here.
All are "hands on" so we are all happy to answer your questions and help out in any way.
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2009, 07:01:38 PM »

You have a few guys who are going to kill for that 74. . .You better keep an eye on that one.  Gorgeous
 
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[color=#00ff00 size=7]WELCOME![/color]
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2009, 07:19:15 PM »

thanks man.  i appreciate the warm welcome.

i did have a few questions that you guys might be able to help me with.  just to preface, i've been working on cars as log as i've been driving them and consider myself to be a decent shadetree wrench so i'm not afraid to tackle most duties (unless i can't find or afford the tool needed lol).

first, any tips or info on tuning the carb?  it's the holley 2bbl 2245.  it seems to be loading up a bit (slight hesitaion at stoplights after idleing).  it also wants to stall when the a/c is on.  otherwise, it starts and runs fine.  i'm sure i could get in there figure it out but i wanted to do the proper research before even touching it.  to be honest, the last carb i tuned was over 10 years ago and was attached to a 1600 beetle.

2nd, as far as PS and rear-end fluids, do they require and weird-ass, mopar specific juices?  this might sound retarded to some but coming from german cars, you might understand my apprehention.  just want to be sure.

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2009, 07:21:39 PM »


Quote from: POLARACO
You have a few guys who are going to kill for that 74. . .You better keep an eye on that one.  Gorgeous
 
Where you from?

thanks man, but after hearing that, not sure if i want to tell you. 

haha.  i'm just north of tampa (FL). 

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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2009, 10:33:45 PM »

Welcome Zerolux...Glad to have you with us. You should post your questions in the appropriate section...The carb question under tech engine and the rear end- under tech drive train. You'll get much more help on them that way...To let you know my 2 cents...carb probably just needs a tear down, clean up and rebuild...hesitation after idle probably a worn out accelerator pump...but maybe even as little as a few adjustments?? And as far as I know, the rear end just uses 80-90 w gear oil...Post over in the appropriate areas though and get evrybody's opinion....Welcome...You've found a great bunch of Mopar freaks. Stan (Commando1) will love that you are here...and he 'll probably wet himself when he sees your car.  Very nice ride! Did you say you are in FLA? Uh oh..That's where he is too...
 
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2009, 01:31:47 AM »


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Stan (Commando1) will love that you are here...and he 'll probably wet himself when he sees your car.

Yep.  I just did.
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Stan (Commando1) will love that you are here.   Did you say you are in FLA? Uh oh..That's where he is too...
This is totally unacceptable.I will not put up with another member here having a nicer Formal than me.!!
Especially if he's in Florida!

JUST KIDDING!  And  WELCOME.
Love that car.  Just love it.  Let's talk.....





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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2009, 02:15:13 AM »

2bbl Holleys on 400's (and 360's of the same era) were always problematic.
Every one that I had was junk.
If there is any play in the throttle shaft,it is worn out.
As for the stumble,the acceleration pump may be dried out.Try bending the rod a little to help shoot gas in a little sooner as the lever goes down.
In the past,most who had the 2bbl holley converted to a 4bbl intake and carb and actually increased gas mileage. (4bbl carbs have smaller primaries).
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2009, 04:01:50 AM »

WelcomE !  If I'n not mistaken, the grill on it is later than '74.
I'm looking at a factory pic and it is a somewhat lower grille, no
chrome band across the top, no stand up hood ornament, the CHRYSLER
letters are on the hood front on a painted area, not on the chrome
grille... it is quite different.  Even the '75 didn't have that
wide chrome band at the top... interestingly, your grille is that of a
'76 or later Newport... and a more accurate name for these cars would
be Neoclassic, the R-body is a far more Formal design. Many of the
design cues on the '74-78 cars harken back to the 30s Classic era:
stand up hood ornaments,  opera windows, pontoon fenders etc.

Enjoy your car, it was a good buy at 1500! 

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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2009, 04:09:02 AM »

Also - I wonder why the engine is red? They were always blue-aqua color after around 69 or 70.



Funny fluids? No, you use regular lubricants in these cars... I know
VWs require all kinds of special oil and tranny oils etc. Silly Krauts.



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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2009, 05:55:40 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2009, 08:53:32 AM »

Great find wish I could find something like that close to me-good luck with her
Tom
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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2009, 10:22:05 AM »

Nice looking sedan!  Welcome!
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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2009, 10:22:47 AM »

So was the grille mystery solved? The pics confirm my suspicion.

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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2009, 03:41:48 PM »

well thats good to know about the grill, thanks guys.  i also appreciate the good words and the help so far, thanks again guys.

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