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Messages - Dan Cluley

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Tech- - Engine / Small Block questions
« on: November 17, 2011, 08:49:28 PM »
I'm so close I can taste it.  (and it's mostly rust flake flavored, gotta keep my mouth closed when working underneath. )
At this point every thing is back together except the alternator (the bolt that goes through the adjuster slot snapped off) and 2 spark plugs.  (the local supermarket doesn't carry that size, and NAPA isn't open at 9pm)
I won't have much time tomorrow, but I'm going to try to fire it up even if the alt isn't ready to go back in.

Tech- - Engine / Small Block questions
« on: November 11, 2011, 09:36:58 PM »
I was told that the motor had been rebuilt, but who knows what was actually done, or when?
Today was kind of a wash,  The new heads are a few years newer than the old ones, and have the little smog ports under the exhaust outlets.  I figured since they were already plugged, that I was good to go.  Nope, turns out there is a small spot that has to be ground down or the driver's side manifold doesn't sit right.
Took two trips to the hardware for grinding bits, but it should be ready to go on tomorrow.

Tech- - Engine / Small Block questions
« on: November 10, 2011, 11:46:49 PM »
Yep, definitely doing both sides.  Took way too long, but I did get the old head off the driver's side today.  In order to get enough room to get the manifold unbolted from the exhaust pipe, I had to pull the starter, and that actually took longer than pulling the head itself.

#5 exhaust valve is sunk in just like those other two, I'm wondering if the seals were going too, as that cylinder is a sludgy carboned up mess.  #3 still had good compression, but looks like it has started to sink in as well.

Not planning on anything underneath at this point.  I've really run out of decent weather, and need to get this one back together so I can park the convertible.

Tech- - Engine / Small Block questions
« on: November 09, 2011, 09:57:32 PM »
Haven't had a chance to get any more photos, but yes, the exhaust valves are sticking up higher than the intakes on the top side of the head. 

Got back to it today, and have the new head on the passenger side

Tech- - Engine / Small Block questions
« on: November 06, 2011, 12:59:37 AM »
Thanks to all for the info and suggestions.  Given time and money constraints, I'm just going to do the head swap now, and plan on cam/lifters/timing chain next summer.
After a couple of days work, this is how it looks.   Gotta say, a V8 A body with PS/PB & A/C makes me appreciate how much room there is in the Chrysler.

I think I can see why #4 & #6 don't have any compression.  I'm expecting #5 to look similar.
D Cluley2011-11-06 05:03:17

Tech- - Engine / Small Block questions
« on: November 03, 2011, 08:31:33 PM »
I am in the process of tearing apart my ’74 318 in order to replace the cylinder heads.
It has been quite a few years since I’ve done anything like this, and never on a SB, so I’ve got some questions.
1.  Head Gaskets:   Do these go on dry, or with some sort of sealant?

2. The metal gaskets between the heads/intake have raised ridges around the holes.  Does the raised side go against the head, the intake, or doesn’t matter?
3. There are two cork gaskets for the front and rear of the intake where it sits on the block.  Do these go on dry or with some sort of sealant?
4.  The exhaust gaskets are smooth on one side, and metallic with dimples on the other.  Does it matter which side goes to the head, and which goes to the manifold?
5.  Finally, I noticed that one of the lobes on the cam has a brown stripe that runs most of the way around it.  I turned the engine over, and that rocker seems to move just like the others.  So, impending doom, or nothing to worry about?


General BS and Laughs / Concept car for Snotty
« on: September 30, 2011, 05:36:52 PM »


1965 AMC Marlin

1963 Dodge 880 with '66 Charger roof
Not sure what this proves except:
1.  There are no completely original designs
2.  A 1963 Dodge Charger 4 door hardtop would have been pretty cool! :)

General BS and Laughs / Season closer here
« on: September 28, 2011, 07:57:45 PM »
Quote from: Snotty
... I kept staring at the Marlin wondering why a '62 Dodge would have a Rambler grill.  D'oh!!!    Does the rear quarter panel look like that of a '62 Dodge/Chrysler to anyone else?

I don't think there's a lot of similarity in person, but from the angle of that photo, yes definitely.  Weird!

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / Cable shift on column 65 Dodge Coronet
« on: September 28, 2011, 07:48:42 PM »
Cbarge,  that all is correct as far as I know.
I agree with Stitcherbob.  This may just be a case of the indicator needle being out of adjustment.
From your description, I assume if the lever is indicating 1st, your transmission is actually in 2nd.  Can you move the lever one more position beyond "1" to actually downshift to first?

General Mopar Discussions / Body letter designations.
« on: September 22, 2011, 04:58:01 PM »
I'm partial to the '61 and '62 Imperials myself. 
However I was looking at a '61 at a show the other day, and I can't imagine having to reach across those huge fenders to get into the relatively small hood openning.  Even checking the oil looks like a pain, let alone any actual work.

General BS and Laughs / Car Cruise Videos
« on: September 22, 2011, 12:32:20 AM »
I've put some videos up on youtube from some recent local events.
Old US-27 Motor Tour
Downtown Cruise - Jackson MI - 8/26/2011
28th street Metro Cruise - Grand Rapids MI - 6/27/2011
Cruise In at the Olympic Broil - Lansing MI - 9/6/2011
D Cluley2011-09-22 05:39:50

General Mopar Discussions / Body letter designations.
« on: September 21, 2011, 07:27:44 PM »
Looking at the parts book, I think the magazine is wrong on this one.  The '67 Imperial has a different part number for the subframe than the Chryslers, but the floorpans, rockers, and rear frame rails all match up.

General Mopar Discussions / Body letter designations.
« on: September 01, 2011, 05:34:08 PM »
Hi, I just saw this.
My question really is, if the A,B,C... designations came from corporate, where did they use them.  I've never seen anything official other than the car line letter codes, which are different, and more specific.
Where the A,B,C designations simply used for internal memos, or what?

Tech- -BODY / 65 A-body 1/4's
« on: July 20, 2011, 09:59:50 PM »
Looking at the parts books, the 64 Barracuda, the 65 Barracuda, and the 65 Valiant have the same numbers for the front fenders.  The 64 Valiant and both year Darts are different numbers

As for the rear quarters, looks like 64 & 65 Barracuda are the same, but different from everything else.

General BS and Laughs / How you doing on your projects???
« on: June 16, 2011, 01:38:42 AM »
Got your message and responded.
For those of you playing along at home, this is about the wheel hubs I'm getting from Steve.

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