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Tech- - FUEL / Thermoquad part - not sure what it is
« on: September 16, 2008, 04:22:52 AM »

Quote from: Commando1
Not familiar with your setup specifically, but, if it's like most cars of that vintage, make a gozzinta diagram before you pull the old one off.

A "gozzinta" diagram?    Took me a while to figure that one out.

Don't you make them while working on Kaddy-lacks?

Tech- - FUEL / Thermoquad part - not sure what it is
« on: September 15, 2008, 09:35:44 AM »

Quote from: Snotty
I'm not a fan of the TQs, but 50 bucks for a rebuilt carb of any make is a steal!

Done and done.  I paid for it yesterday so hopefully I'll get it in a week.

Then all I've got to do is install it.  

Carbs don't require any special tools for install/removal, right?

Tech- - FUEL / Thermoquad part - not sure what it is
« on: September 09, 2008, 08:33:03 AM »
Oh, yeah, I've head of that.  Huh.  I guess mine has it - I never noticed it before.  Probably because I was busy looking for leaks in the 10 miles of vacuum hoses plugged into the TQ. 

Thanks guys.

Tech- - FUEL / Thermoquad part - not sure what it is
« on: September 09, 2008, 05:56:19 AM »
I think I'm going to bid on this Ebay Thermoquad:

The price is right and it's supposed to fit my (decrepit) 1979 360 V8.

But before I do, I have one question for you guys:

What's the green wire coming off the back for?  It looks like it goes to a part that's piggy-backed off the carb fuel delivery line.  Is it some kind of pump?  I'm trying to visualize my Thermoquad and I can't remember if mine has that green wire/part.

What if my carb doesn't have that part?  If I put that new one on and that part wasn't hooked up, would that carb work okay, anyway?

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / A500 bolt on to old engine?
« on: September 04, 2008, 08:52:05 AM »

Quote from: POLARACO
what did you quote?

 That I did it, or about how it's done???
I guess a bit of both.  I didn't really add anything myself since I know almost nothing about the swap procedure.  I pretty much cut-and-pasted from the few posts here (and gave credit where credit is due, of course).

The Allpar thread is here if you want to see for yourself:

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / A500 bolt on to old engine?
« on: September 03, 2008, 07:52:23 PM »

Just so you know - a guy over at Allpar posted about this very same thing in the B/C/D/R forum.  Apparently A518s in older Mopars is going to be the wave of the future.

I, uh, quoted you, Polaraco, and Stitcherbob in my reply.      We'll see if those guys over there have any luck with the swap, as well.
 attkrlufy2008-09-04 00:53:18

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / A500 bolt on to old engine?
« on: September 03, 2008, 03:59:22 AM »
Wait, what?  Maybe I don't understand transmissions as much as I thought.....

Okay - back to basics.  The a500/a518/a618 is a 4 speed unit, right?  Because some people are saying they're a three speed w/ overdrive and some are saying they're a four speed w/ overdrive.  How many forward gears do they have?

I've read two articles that talk about the need for adding a switch to "turn on the overdrive" (thanks stitcherbob) but I don't understand why.  Wouldn't the overdrive come on automatically as part of the functioning of the top gear (3rd or 4th)?  Hemmings had an article about an A518 swap that (I think) addressed what Polaraco mentioned - there's a way to get the overdrive to engage and disengage without having to do it manually.

Sorry if this is basic stuff - I guess its back to school for me on this one. 

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / A500 bolt on to old engine?
« on: September 01, 2008, 12:54:53 PM »

Quote from: Moesy
Find an A518 if you can, as that's the 727-derived version.
Isn't the A518 an electrically controlled unit?  The thing I like about the A500 is it's totally hydraulic - so no fiddling with wires and computers.  I'd rather not have to touch the main wiring harness if I don't have to. 

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / A500 bolt on to old engine?
« on: August 27, 2008, 11:48:15 AM »
I know Polaraco mentioned doing this in the past with a modern 5.2 - but what about an old LA engine?

Will the A500 (40RH/42RH) transmission bell match up with a 1979 vintage 360 V8?  I know he said it'll fit in the tunnel but new mounts will need to be made.  I assume we're talking about a custom driveshaft, as well.

I'm assuming the hydraulic versions of the A500 will be easier to work with in matching to my car (I doubt adding the 40RE/42RE will be anything other than difficult)....what's the feasibility of something like this?  The more I think about it, the more I REALLY want that 4th gear and I'm not ready to let go of my 360.

That and my tranny is slowly decaying with age.    Its demise is only a matter of time.

Tech- - STEERING WHEELS AND SUSPENSION / PS Pump belt. Catch 22?
« on: August 13, 2008, 05:15:23 AM »

Quote from: Junk
If you can turn the belt a 1/4 turn as if you are twisting it, you know it is tight enough.  If you can't turn it 1/4 turn, then it is too tight.  If you can get more than 1/4 turn, then it is too loose.  This is an old timers trick to belt tightness.

Thanks.  It good to know those kind of tricks.  I've always felt like I was guessing regarding proper belt tightness.

Quote from: CBarge
The best that worked so far are the Goodyear Gatorback belts.
For some reason,they sit in the pulleys better,retain tension better and never squealled on me.
They are a different design and have a different rubber compund in them.

Thanks, as well.  I'm going to look into picking up some of those.

Tech- - STEERING WHEELS AND SUSPENSION / PS Pump belt. Catch 22?
« on: July 31, 2008, 06:16:02 AM »
Alright, I checked under the hood, and I don't see any misalignment between the pump and the other pulleys.  The belt looks straight, the pulleys all seem to line up - and if they didn't they'd  bend the belt which isn't happening....I'm not sure what else to look for.

Perhaps it's the wrong belt?

Someone suggested I rough up the inside of the pulleys w/ steel wool.  He said if they're too smooth they'll cause the belt to slip.....which = squeal.

Tech- - STEERING WHEELS AND SUSPENSION / PS Pump belt. Catch 22?
« on: July 27, 2008, 02:40:59 PM »
I don't think I've ever heard of "pulley alignment."  Everything I've ever heard of w/ pulleys deals with are they too close or too far from each other left-right (how tight the belt is).  So pulleys can become misaligned front-to-back, too (in relationship to the engine)?  How does this happen?  How would I even check for this?

Tech- - STEERING WHEELS AND SUSPENSION / PS Pump belt. Catch 22?
« on: July 25, 2008, 04:26:22 AM »

            I'm in a weird spot w/ my power steering pump belt and I'm wondering if you guys have any insight.

I bought the car, the belt squealed like crazy above a certain # RPM -
usually at 55 mph and higher. So I eventually tightened the belt by
adjusting the pump.

I think I overtightened it, because the
squealing stopped, but a few months later, the pump began leaking
("pouring" is more like it) fluid out the pulley shaft. A friend felt
the tension on the belt and told me the belt was too tight and I had
probably worn out the shaft seal b/c there was too much pressure on it.

I replaced the pump and set the belt to about where the normal amount
of tightness should be - and it's squealing again. Less loudly, but now
at 50 mph.

I don't want to tighten it more and risk going
through another pump - but driving it on the highway or empty country
roads is a little tiring and embarrassing.

So what's the deal?  I feel like I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't.

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / cop R-body diff size? 11" brakes on 8 1/4"?
« on: May 23, 2008, 05:04:46 AM »
Thanks for the info guys.  It's nice to know I don't have to change any of the drivetrain parts to get the bigger brakes.

Tech- - Engine / Observations:oil foam + shake the car, not stir it
« on: May 23, 2008, 05:01:06 AM »

Quote from: POLARACO
WOAH!  Hold on to that.  Don't put that stuff in

You said you had a new converter put in a year ago?  Check on the warranty
That's exactly what I'm going to do first.  I called the shop this AM, and the owner said he'd get back to me this afternoon.  We'll see what happens.....

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