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General BS and Laughs / Who's going to Caslisle this year?
« on: June 24, 2013, 08:46:55 AM »
So just thought I'd throw my hat into this thread....

I'll be going.  Wasn't sure until last week.  But I'm hoping to finally meet up with some of the other members here (other than Firedome, of course.  )

So does that bring the tally to 4 Moparfinners at Carlisle?

General BS and Laughs / I'm back! ("Wait...who are you again?")
« on: May 31, 2013, 05:01:54 AM »
Just wanted to give a shot-out to you kind folks here at Moparfins.  Life has finally settled after the move -  only took a year-and-a-half, but who's counting?  Got my company to survive the first year of its existence and am making a decent enough income to pay the bills (so no more government cheese and surplus peanut butter! ).

More importantly, Wanda is again an insured and registered vehicle ("classic" car status in PA, too), and snoozing comfortably in a rental garage. 

So I hope this means I'll be on here in the near future, bugging you all with questions about this-and-that.  I've got a lot planned, hopefully I can get to it all soon.

See you all around, again. 

Tech- - FUEL / Filter Placement
« on: March 09, 2012, 08:17:19 AM »
It's just occurred to my why the older cars seem to have the filter higher up (closer) in the line to the carb, while my 1979 has it lower down - before the pump.  Those cars don't have a fuel line return.

BUT - it is good to know that the filter can come "after" the pump.  I think next summer I'll change the filter's location to make it easier to get to.  It really is in an awful place, currently.  Very hard to reach.

Tech- - FUEL / Filter Placement
« on: March 09, 2012, 08:14:17 AM »

Quote from: firedome
Hey Dom, How's the Philly gig goin'? What van did you get?
Philly's treating me's the BANKS that is making me lose the paltry amount of hair I have left on my head.

I picked up a 2001 Ram 1500 shorti w/ 3.9L V6 and 3-speed.  It only had 30K miles on it and came with utility bins, steel bulkhead, window cages, and ladder racks already installed.  It's rust-free and ding free and super clean.  And the best part - it only cost $3,600!  :)  I know, right?!  What a deal!

Tech- - FUEL / Filter Placement
« on: March 05, 2012, 06:28:33 AM »
I know this is a rookie question, but I've noticed that the fuel filter is not always in the same place on the tank-pump-carb circuit.  I always thought the filter protected the guts of the fuel pump - which is why most of the ones I've seen are located before the fuel reaches the pump.  That's certainly the case on my car.  However, I've seen lots of engines - including a ton of older slant sixes - where the filter is AFTER the pump, and just in front of the carb. there a proper place for the fuel filter?  Because if I could change its location on my engine, I would.  It's current location makes it a real PITA to change.

General Tech / Work truck debate: Shorti Ram vs. Astro/Safari
« on: January 26, 2012, 12:14:08 PM »
That's a good point Roger, but the thing is, I can't remember the last time I saw an Aerostar work van.  I'd consider it if I could find one - but I'm not going on a wild goose-chase when there are tons of shorti Rams available.

I DID find a guy in Bingo (Vestal, actually) named Bob Abell who's selling a '96 2500 shorti.  The link is here:

I'm going to be in that neck of the woods this weekend - I'm hoping he's around and the van is still available.  I'd really like to take a look at it.  If it still is for sale, maybe you and I could grab a bit to eat, too.  ;)

General Tech / Work truck debate: Shorti Ram vs. Astro/Safari
« on: January 14, 2012, 07:28:22 PM »

Quote from: POLARACO

This is a no brainer, and i think you already agree
Yeah.....I just wanted to see if somebody would say something like, "I've run those GMC vans forwards and backwards through the very gates of Mordor and they're just as durable as a Dodge Ram."  But I guess not.

I do think the GMC's will be easier to maneuver in center city Philly than the Rams...but I think the shorti Rams are small enough to work, too.

I've just seen SO MANY beat up Rams these past few's been hard to find one under $4K that hasn't had the carp kicked out of it.

General Tech / Work truck debate: Shorti Ram vs. Astro/Safari
« on: January 14, 2012, 09:40:45 AM »
Hey guys.  Long time, no see.   I'd like to draw upon your wisdom for a little help in
picking up a work van.  I'm starting a housing-rehab business in
center-city Philadelphia - so parking space is at a premium.  Since I
don't have a garage, I'm going to have to store all my equipment in my
truck, which I'll park in the city and drive to the rehab sites.

I can't afford a new van, so I'm looking at the used market.  When
looking at work-vans that fit the bill, I can't decide if I want a third
 gen shorti Ram ('94-'03) or a second gen GMC Safari/Astro van
('95-'05).  They're both within about 1 1/2" of each other in terms of
length (~190"), width (~79"), and wheelbase (~110"), and both had long
production runs so parts should be cheap and plentiful for each.

The Ram feels significantly bigger on the inside - it's about 5" higher, 2" wider, and has a slightly longer cargo bay (~4").  I don't know how useful that's really
going to be to me, day-in-day-out.  4'x8' sheets of ply will fit in both
 -  so do I really need the extra height, or will it and the 2" of extra
 width keep me from banging into everything and going crazy?  Because I
feel like the Safari will be a bit easier to drive in center city than
the Ram and will get better mileage.  But I feel like the Ram is a more
proven design.  I trust the durability of the Mopar 3.9L V6 / 5.2L V8
and 3-speed more than the GMC 4.3 V6 and 4spd.  Plus, I feel like the
structure and suspension of the Ram is more "durable" than the GMC and
will handle abuse better.

Anyone have any experience with the two?  Any red flags with either of them for this sort of work?


Site Questions and Announcements / Happy Birb Day Roger--FIREDOME--
« on: October 24, 2011, 08:55:59 AM »
Whoops!  Sorry I'm a bit late late - happy B-day, Roger!  I hope that Ma Mopar was able to bring you those presents you've been wanting.  ;)

General Tech / What paint to use
« on: October 20, 2011, 06:56:21 AM »
Just out of curiosity - why is the OP painting the fan shroud?  That was a plastic part that was unpainted.  Any "gloss" it had was from the smoothness of the surface.

Wouldn't powdercoating a semi-gloss give the proper sheen (and durability) to the fan blades and waterpump pulley?  I just don't trust rattle-can paint to last all that long on engine parts that move.

General BS and Laughs / Sapphire meets Wanda!
« on: October 15, 2011, 09:57:31 AM »
You're too funny, Roger.  You should work for the Finger Lakes Tourism Board.

LOVED the ride in Sapphire, BTW.  What an awesome car.  Too bad winter is coming.

General Tech / Does this sticker trick really work?
« on: August 14, 2011, 03:39:37 PM »

Quote from: POLARACO
Never heard of the soap.  I'll be watching
Done and done.  The soapy water worked like a charm:  1 tablespoon dish soap added to a windex-sized spray bottle filled with water, then shaken to mix the solution properly.  Liberally sprayed it on to the pie-tin, and then the sticker goes right on top.  I didn't even need to use a squeegie, I just pressed the water out with the same shop towel I used to take up the excess water.  Here's the results:

General Tech / Does this sticker trick really work?
« on: August 04, 2011, 12:38:37 PM »
So I've finished fabricating my custom dual snorkel air cleaner and it's painted, hooked up, and everything's working.    The only thing left to do now is put this sticker:  on the pie-tin.

Obviously I only get one shot at this, so I want to do it right - with no air bubbles and perfectly centered.  I heard there's a trick that involves soapy water?  Anyone know anything about it?  I found stuff online about using that trick on decals, but not stickers for an air cleaner.

Tech- - Engine / Distributor vacuum advance: how much pressure?
« on: July 16, 2011, 03:20:02 AM »

Quote from: dana44
No problem, we went through the whole thing in checking and setting it up for this guy's 383 '68 Charger (I feel obligated to help any first generation Charger person), so the distributor stuff is gone over pretty complete, including the vacuum advance means/method/tuning and adjusting.
Hope it helps!
Awesome.  Thanks for that link.  I'm traveling now so I can't get to my car.  But when I get back, I'll be sure to use the info in those posts to sort this all out.

Tech- - FUEL / I need new fuel pump recommendations (funny story)
« on: July 16, 2011, 03:09:17 AM »

Quote from: firedome
Dom, why not consider installing an electric pump, lots of old car guys do that conversion and virtually all new cars have them... or have one installed as a back up to the mechanical one.
Truthfully, Roger, the less I have to add new wiring to a car, the better I like the "fix."  I know it's probably not hard to do - I just tend to prefer parts that are purely "mechanical" than ones that rely on something invisible (and unknown to me) like electricity.

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