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General BS and Laughs / How you doing on your projects???
« on: June 16, 2011, 05:45:04 PM »

Damn people starting projects, and leaving them unfinished for the person buying the car from them to finish. Oh well....really need to learn to work on brakes (more than just changing out pads and rotors...)

General BS and Laughs / How you doing on your projects???
« on: June 16, 2011, 07:11:42 AM »
Toga to-do list:
-Pick up car from shop (SHOULD BE today)
-Have a beer (Sorry, liked that idea so much I stole it)
-Paint black steel rims a pale yellow to match the car
-Fix whatever is going to break next
-Clean up wiring under the hood
-Fix whatever breaks this time
-Paint Radiator
-More than likely another fix
-Paint remainder of engine bay that I didn't hit when the engine was out
-Rear speakers
-Another fix
-New rear deck
-Dual power antennas
Dodge 1500 Hemi to do list
-Check rear axle...making a wierd grinding noise every once in a while
-Get dirty
-Have beer
Jeep Grand Cherokee:
-Leave everything for the wife to do...
Toga Projects for the winter (I know, it's a little early)
-Front end rebuild (bushings, bearings, tie rods...all that fun stuff)
-New gas tank and sending unit
-Fix all gauges (maybe even the clock...hmmm...)
-Cut off tow hitch
-POSSIBLE suspension to lower the car about 2"

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Update on the 'Toga
« on: June 06, 2011, 05:21:09 AM »
SO, update on the brakes, I had them done when I first got the car to WA 2 years ago, paid about $500 total for the new rear brake cylinders, and a new master cylinder. Well, the MC was leaking out the front, because they used a t-fitting for a trailer brake system, and the rear passenger side wheel cylinder blew. It's at another shop right now, they're just waiting for the parts (and having issues getting the rear brake apart) They're also awaiting a call for a different master cylinder. The previous owner converted the front brakes to disk and left the stock master in there. The previous shop apparently missed this when they replaced the master last time.
OH!!! And the previous shop informed me there is only a 1 year warranty on brake work, even though I put less than 200 miles on the car. So I'm basically out all that money. Oh well, at least it's getting done correctly, and I should be able to pick it up within the next couple of days.

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Update on the 'Toga
« on: May 31, 2011, 08:11:13 AM »
I WISH! Nah, that was just a cheesy magazine cover that they printed up for me. She still needs a LOT of work before she's able to compete with some of the cars around here.

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Update on the 'Toga
« on: May 31, 2011, 07:11:19 AM »
Well, this last weekend was the big "Cruise to Colby" car show in Everett. Sunday was the cruise. For some reason the Toga kept stalling out, and then she got pretty hot and didn't want to start back up, so we sat there during the cruise watching all the cars go. Finally got her started and did a lap and headed home. New fuel filter, timing, and carb adjustment done, and she runs better. Yesterday was the actual show. Got down there, were loading in, and the brakes decided to go out on me. Show ended, got home ok after almost running 2 red lights. LOL. Thursday she's going in to get the brakes checked. I'm thinking it's just a leak, or one of the brake lines, but I want a pro to make sure. Also, going to be ordering the missing hubcaps this week, so don't worry about them! LOL

Onto the good stuff though. Here are some pictures I snapped:


MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Update on the 'Toga
« on: May 24, 2011, 08:47:50 AM »
So, update: I found the correct valve covers, got them in the mail yesterday, put them on, and no leaks. YES!  I also got the new radio (Retrosound USA deck) in and working. Just need to get the new speaker mounted so there is no more rattling. Drove it to work today. Going to work this weekend on getting it pretty for a car show on Monday. I will be taking pictures and will post them up later.

I figured I would update here, vice on any other topics I already had open since now it's more general updates. I'm glad to have the car drivable without having to worry about leaving a trail of where i've been.

Tech- - Engine / Getting the RB 383 back
« on: April 03, 2011, 05:33:47 PM »
As far as the starter issue went, I didn't really do anything to it. I waited for the weather to warm up a little bit (it seemed to want to crank a little better when it was warm outside) and poured a little gas down the carb. I put in a new fuel pump a little while ago. It fired and burned what I poured down, and died. I messed with the carb and heard the hissing of fuel coming through the carb. That's when I realized the fuel made it from the tank. Cranked a little more and it roared to life. It starts a lot easier now. There are a few leaks I have to track down (coolant, tranny fluid) and the exhaust needs to be done, but I was able to drive it around the block. I'm so jazzed to have it running again!

Tech- - Engine / Getting the RB 383 back
« on: April 03, 2011, 08:43:13 AM »

So, I was feeling froggy this morning and wanted to tweak, and this is what became of it.

My big concern is the smoke coming out the passenger side header. I think it did that before though. Cant remember, it's been so long. Next weekend will be exhaust. :D

Tech- - Engine / Getting the RB 383 back
« on: March 15, 2011, 09:09:21 AM »
I'm hoping they can wind it. It just needs that extra little bit. The car is almost there, I just don't want to get stranded somewhere because the starter decides it doesn't want to work like it needs to.

No worries on the starter thing. It happens. I'm glad places have decent return policies.

Tech- - Engine / Getting the RB 383 back
« on: March 14, 2011, 05:59:35 PM »
Well, I'm almost at a loss. The guys haven't heard anything about a high torque wind kit for my starter. Can't afford a trans right now, so I don't know what I'm going to do.
The battery is pretty much brand new 800 CCA, pretty much the the highest cranking amps they sold. Brand new cables, good ground from batt to block, block to firewall. I could try a larger cable from block to firewall, but I don't know how much that will help.

Tech- - Engine / Getting the RB 383 back
« on: March 12, 2011, 09:18:07 AM »
Sooooo....that starter didn't work either. There is not enough clearance on the block side for any of these starters. I called the shop that rebuilt the starter, and they're going to see if anybody makes a high torque winding kit for the stock starter...if not...I'm at a loss....

Tech- - Engine / Getting the RB 383 back
« on: March 11, 2011, 02:26:33 PM »
It's not that, the starter I got would work, if the bracket didn't have extras to it. The bottom hole on the starter has more metal next to it than my stock starter does, so it throws off the top hole to where it's about an inch off. This starter: will be at autozone in the morning for me to pick up. It looks like it should work, and it's high torque for a 66 new yorker :D

Tech- - Engine / Getting the RB 383 back
« on: March 11, 2011, 01:32:41 PM »
Well, good news bad news. Starter didn't come close to bolting more online ordering for me. This is insane. Fuel pump bolted up fine. Off to my local parts store WITH the stock starter to find something high torque that will bolt up.

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