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Messages - Jon Doersch

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So I might be slightly retarded, but I can't seem to figure out the right cap and rotor to replace the ones on the mopar electronic ignition conversion on my 62 Newport 361. Anyone know the year and or car/engine that will get me the right part at the idiot desk in the parts store? Whatever the last guy gave me has too much clearance between the rotor and the cap and isn't firing at all...

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General Tech / X pipe
« on: December 30, 2010, 11:32:06 AM »
For the best scavenging effects and power, you want to keep the crossover as close to the engine as possible so that the exhast gasses are as hot as possible when they merge, but as everyone has already alluded too, packaging constrainsts will dictate...just try and keep it as far forward as possible.

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Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: February 17, 2010, 04:18:46 PM »
You are right, but part of it has to do with how much power the engine ends up making as well...Correct me if I am wrong but I thought that the motor in Steve's project was a 318 Magnum motor...With the small displacement and less torque, I can imagine the headaches on the highway...If I end up with the power and torque that I want I could probably get away with less gear...Thats how new Corvettes end up without gas guzzler tax. Still with the weight of the car I was thinking a little more gear would be good to get things moving....

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Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: February 17, 2010, 03:48:55 PM »
O and since the 700R4 has such a steep first gear, I was thinking a rear end in the 3.08 to 3.23 range will be more than enough, although I may even go with 2.73...

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Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: February 17, 2010, 03:47:14 PM »
OK. Sounds good. As I said, I am much more familiar with some other makes...

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Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: February 17, 2010, 07:53:24 AM »
It had a two barrel on it when I got it...now its got a edelbrock aluminum dual plane intake and a small holley street avenger carb....And I was kind of worried that the aluminum heads were going to be too much for a more mild motor...

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Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: February 16, 2010, 05:48:40 PM »
Since the car is going to be mainly for daily driving and cruising comfortably around town, I think that I might look into the mild port work for the stock 361. I would really like to get into some edelbrock heads, but with a background in small block ford and chevy engines, I have some sticker shock at the price....It seems that the only cheap aluminum heads for big block mopars are for racing....I have seen your porting posts Steve, I will look at them again....I am a little concerned with the pistons as I haven't had the heads off too look at the bores yet...Hopefully everything is good and I won't have to do any major work...I kind of like the idea of keeping the whole combo on the milder side with no more than 350 or so horsepower...Plus I still am looking into some kind of fuel injection....
In other news....I have been in contact with Phoenix Transmission and they have a solution to the big block mopar and overdrive auto dilemna. The best way to do this according to them is to use an adapter plate and (brace yourself) a 700-R4 out of a chevy. According to them the 700-R4 fits in the space left by a 727 wihout any problem, and requires no massaging of the tranny tunnel. Plus both trannys are have about the same strength, and a 700-R4 is for the most part cheaper. The Mopar overdrive trannys have to be adapted to the big block anyway, so there really isn't an easy way to do this swap....
 
As far as Marines go...I think those guys are great. For the most part all the guys in all the branches who are in a combat job are awesome. The "can do" attitude is everywhere....What sets Marines apart (at least the ones I have been around) is the support elements. They still have that kind of attitude. Some of the rear echelon guys in the Army act like we aren't in a war zone or something.....





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Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: February 16, 2010, 04:02:47 AM »
I like tremecs...in my small, light, nimble road race car...I was thinking more along the lines of something I could relax and cruise around in....

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Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: February 15, 2010, 10:48:27 PM »
Well I am not a jarhead (just a gearhead), and I have a little too much rank to really consider myslelf a grunt although I work exclusively with them....The unit doesn't matter, but the place is southern afghanistan.....
 
As for the car, its looking like the 361 stays, its just a matter of how much work gets done to it...A slightly bigger cam, and maybe some heads....Can anyone recomend a good set of heads for a mild 361? That should really be all I need to get in the mid 300s for horsepower...or am I reading too much into the original 280 HP rating? As for the tranny, I will start looking at the four speed truck swap....Gotta get an overdrive...

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Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: February 13, 2010, 11:40:06 PM »
   As far as I was concerned the the thread isn't dead...You all have to look at where I am posting from...Being deployed has a way of keeping you from the computer every once in a while...Especially when you are in a combat MOS...Anyway...
   As far as not hearing what I want to, I wouldn't have posted if I wasn't up for suggestion. Forgive me if everyone has to explain the reasoning behind there posts, but I want to know why, not just what...I don't really understand how wanting to have a discussion about this has turned so many sour about the whole idea, I just want to play devils advocate about some things.
   Case in point: You all convinced me about the old suspension. Just because I don't bow down to the all knowing instantly doesn't mean that I can't be persuaded. With all due respect, I have met and work with a lot of people who aren't as good as they think they are who have been in business for ever....So if I take a little bit to convince, sorry.
   Also, I have been convinced about not doing the new hemi swap as well. Not because I think it would be too hard, or because I am afraid of CAN BUS gremlins or anything, but because the 361 will give me all that I want it too after all...
   As for this being a pipe dream...Anyone every tell you that doing a latemodel swap into your Polara was a dream Steve?
   Moving on, I would still like to hook the 361 to an overdrive tranny, as I don't like the idea of spending 2000 on the gear vendors unit....Are there any companies that make kits, or do I have to put the swap together myself?



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Tech- - Engine / New Hemi VS 440 Big Block
« on: January 08, 2010, 06:34:57 PM »
What is you reasoning for using stand alone fuel injection and the 727? If I was going to do that, I could just use the parts I already have, and I won't get the benefits of multi port fuel injection....Plus, the gear vendors plus the stand alone are as much as the entire pullout...I know that route would be easier, but what other reasons are there?

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Tech- - STEERING WHEELS AND SUSPENSION / rack and pinion?
« on: January 05, 2010, 07:34:50 AM »
It looks like I have to mail them one of there order forms. I will have to fabricate the mounts for the rack, and get the right ends....Plus fabricate a new column linkage....Still rack and pinion has a much tighter feel to it and its somthing I am more familiar with.

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Tech- - STEERING WHEELS AND SUSPENSION / rack and pinion?
« on: January 05, 2010, 07:01:19 AM »
Thats exactly what I was looking at....

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Tech- - Engine / New Hemi VS 440 Big Block
« on: January 05, 2010, 06:43:51 AM »
Yep. You need the engine, trans, both computers, the drive by wire gas pedal, ALL the sensors that come with the engine, a high pressure return style fuel system, not to mention all the wiring hookups and the speedo, trans linkage ect...And you are right, it would need a tune specific to the weight of the car and the rearend....LOTS of work! I still think it would give the best balance of power and economy though...

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Tech- - Engine / New Hemi VS 440 Big Block
« on: January 05, 2010, 06:07:05 AM »
If you buy all new, then yes, VERY expensive. But if you are familiar with fuel injection and what it takes to make it work (I am) you can adapt a complete pullout from a rollover. You can get the pullout plus everything to make it work for about 3500 bucks....

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