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General BS and Laughs / It's officially summer here
« on: June 23, 2009, 07:09:21 PM »

The last couple of months there have been plenty of afternoon and evening drives in the convertible, but yesterday it was nice enough to put the top down at 7:30 AM!

I need to replace the upper ball joints on the Dart.

General Mopar Discussions / What types of projects do you enjoy?
« on: May 30, 2009, 11:08:49 PM »
As Ardog mentioned here    we did some work on his dash on Friday.  It occurred to me that it was more fun than most of my projects the last year or so. 
For me, body work and paint takes way too long before it pays off, and there are so many ways for it to go wrong, and then you get to back up two steps and start over again.
Big mechanical projects (engine, brakes, suspension, etc) tend to either be a lot more work physically or really messy, or both so they end up being necessary evils to get to the fun part (driving).
What I do like is electrical stuff, and the small mechanical things (instruments, clocks, window mechanisms, etc)
So, what do you folks love/hate to do?

Tech- - ELECTRICAL / Door Jamb switches
« on: May 01, 2009, 05:20:24 PM »
Looking to replace a switch on the Dart.  Everywhere I've checked comes up with a switch with 3/8" diameter  threads.  The ones on my car have 1/2" threads.
Is there a source for these bigger ones? 

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / Noise/vibration from rear
« on: April 08, 2009, 11:46:15 PM »
The Dart has a little bit of a pulsing noise/vibration that I think is coming from somewhere in back.
My first thought was tire a little out of balance, but swapping things around with a couple of different tires and wheels doesn't seem to make a difference.
It's subtle enough that I 'm not 100% sure whether turns make a difference.
Coasting in neutral with engine off does not seem to make it better or worse.
It does seem to mostly go away when in reverse.
Any thoughts?

General Tech / Temp sensor in the air cleaner
« on: March 27, 2009, 05:19:06 PM »
I've got a question about the temp controlled vacuum switch that is in the air cleaner of the '70s cars.  (the one that controls the damper in the snorkel to feed warm air up from the exhaust)
I would like to replace the one in the Dart because it sticks most of the time.  Looking around online I don't see any listings for that part for a '74 Dart.
However, on ebay I found these:
The ATS9 seems to have been used on B & C bodies 70-74, plus trucks, vans, etc
The ATS8 seems to have been used on B&C bodies 75+ as well as 75-76 A bodies.
Does anyone know what the difference is, and will either one work on my 74?

General BS and Laughs / It's just like a new car
« on: March 19, 2009, 10:50:52 PM »
Steve's trying to get me to buy another A-body, but since yesterday the one I've got is just like new, right?

I'm still not sure if that puts it at 100K or 200K?

Tech- -BODY / Weatherstrip for Dart Sedan Windows
« on: February 19, 2009, 01:53:22 AM »
Any sources for replacements?
D Cluley2009-02-19 06:54:06

General BS and Laughs / For the Warbird Enthusiasts
« on: January 23, 2009, 10:34:48 PM »
I've been working on converting stuff I shot on VHS to DVD, and came across this clip from Aug 1997.
The little local airport in Mason MI had an airshow that included a visit from the B-17 based at Willow Run.  At the end of the day they did a couple of VERY low flyovers before heading home.

General BS and Laughs / Front wheel drive gives you better traction, right
« on: December 20, 2008, 12:37:30 AM »
Doesn't do much good without enough ground clearance!

We got about 6 inches of snow on Fri morning.  The main streets are all clear, but the side street where my girlfriend Jen lives has not been plowed yet.

Between 9 and 11pm I was in and out of the block 3 times and had no real trouble (driving the Dart)
Each trip, there was a different small late model car stuck trying to get onto her street.
The first guy was out working with a shovel.
The second trip, the guy had just gotten stuck, and I suspect he was going to be able to just back out.
The final time, they pushed an Escort with an Expedition (that's not gonna scuff a bumper )
Yes, I do realise that I've just cursed myself, and probably won't make it out of the driveway today. 

Tech- - ELECTRICAL / Lean Burn? Distributor
« on: November 11, 2008, 09:41:08 PM »
Last summer when I pulled the heads from an 85 5th Ave (318)  I also grabbed the distributor.
Recently, while cleaning up the garage for winter, I realised that this distributor doesn't have any vacuum advance, just a plate blocking off that hole.
Am I correct that this is because the car had the Lean burn system?
Is this distributor otherwise the same as what's on my '74?
Is there any sort of market for Lean Burn parts?
Basically, should I keep the thing for parts, sell it, or chuck it?

General BS and Laughs / Making MoparMatt Jealous
« on: September 13, 2008, 12:51:27 AM »
If you took better care of your toys you wouldn't need Ultra-One


My sandbox wasn't really big enough for it, so this one was an indoor toy.  I'm sure I've still got the magnet somewhere, but it isn't in the box.

General BS and Laughs / Old Car Sightintgs
« on: August 13, 2008, 12:37:35 AM »
I suspect it's just a coincidence, but other than organized events, I've been seeing more old cars on the road on Monday mornings than any other time.
Monday a couple of weeks ago, I was headed out of town in the Chrysler, and it was already warm enough that I had the top down at 7:30 AM.  After following a yellow '66 Corvette for about 5 minutes, I get off at my exit, and have to wait at the top of the ramp for a '68 Camaro.
This Monday, I'm driving across East Lansing in the Dart when I look in the mirror and realise I'm being followed by a guy in a full size '71 Ford Station Wagon,  and then notice the '64 Impala over in a MSU parking lot. 

Tech- - FUEL / van gas tank not venting?
« on: June 23, 2008, 01:42:34 AM »
1997 Dodge B3500 Van.
We were smelling gas sometimes, so the owner took it to a shop.  They dropped the tank, found the fuel pump was not completely tightened into the tank, and fixed that.
Now, when putting gas in, the pump shuts off after every 1/2 gallon or so, and it sounds like air coming out of the filler pipe.
I'm guessing there  is a vent pipe somewhere that got pinched?
Before I just start poking around, does anyone know where/how these tanks are supposed to be vented.

General Tech- - BRAKES / Pondering Dual Resivoir Systems
« on: June 07, 2008, 10:29:56 PM »
I believe this is how a master cylinder works, if not please correct me.
Pushing the brake pedal, pushes a “plunger” in each half of the MC which forces fluid to the wheels.
So, hypothetically speaking, if the front brakes were adjusted much tighter than the rears,  the front brakes would contact the drums first.  At which point the pedal would stop moving (without using much more force) without the rears ever being fully applied, right?
This brings me to the distribution block thing on the frame down below the MC.  On the dual reservoir cars this has input and output holes for the front and rear circuits, that are separated by a spring loaded divider in the middle.  If one side looses pressure the divider moves far enough to complete  a circuit and turn on the warning light.

My question is, does that divider move slightly under normal circumstances to allow the pressure/volume in the front and rear systems to equalize?
The reason I ask, is that when I converted from single to dual reservoir, I did not use the factory distribution block.  I used a plug to block off the rear hole in the original block, and then connected straight from the MC to the rear line.
I do have the proper dual res distribution block, and am wondering whether I might get better braking with it installed?

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