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General Tech / Cleaning with Molasses....
« on: March 02, 2010, 02:49:04 PM »
Well I had found a thread about this over on the HAMB board and thought I'd give it a try.

So I'm working on rebuilding a cone style suregrip unit. Yes I know
they say they can't be rebuilt but there was an article inone of the
mopar mags years ago that walked you through a rebuild, and plus I
figured I'd give it a shot...what the heck.

So I've had an original unit for many years, we pulled it, working I
might ad, from a friends 69 roadrunner. You can see why we chose not to
use it....the cross shaft decided to walk a bit through the case.



I have picked up spare parts over the last year or so and decided to
finally get around to cleaning them up so I can get on this rebuild. I
mixed up a 5 parts water to 1 part molasses bath and soaked the parts
for about a month, this method is not fast but does work if your not in
a hurry.

 So here are the before pics....



And after a month of soaking and a good cleaning with simple green and
water to neutralize the acids in the molasses....Those side bearings
were absolutely seized solid before going in the bath, after I could
spin them easily by hand!!


 Now it's some machining and a few shims and I should have the Franken-diff back in service.

 I plan on putting them in a set of 3.23's for the wagon.

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Project 48 Desoto...aka: Fernando
« on: February 07, 2010, 08:40:04 PM »
Well I've been looking or a "Hot Rod" candidate for some time now. I
originally wanted to go with a late 20's early 30's mopar but after
many shows and talking to owners and checking out cars I decided that
my 6'8" and 275lb body just wouldn't be happy in one of those cars.

I had come across the 46-48 Desoto's before and was instantly drawn to
grill and body styling. So I decided after looking at a couple similar
cars, the Dodge and Plymouth styling was nice but didn't work for me.
So I decided I would set my sites on a 46-48 Desoto.

Now the cars came in several different body styles, 2 and 4 dr, sedan
and coupe and then you could get a 7 pass limo and a convertible. After
much looking and searching I decided that the 2dr coupes didn't work
for me.

Here's a 2dr coupe...

I liked the styling of the 4dr sedan but the 4dr wasn't working for me either.

I finally came across a pic of a 2dr sedan, and I instantly feel in love. I now knew what I had to have.

Here's the pic I came across....

Tech- - Engine / Noticed something....
« on: January 31, 2010, 06:34:43 PM »
I've had this 383 floating around for years now.  It's a March 1968
casting and low and behold the other day I was in the garage and I
happen to look at the engine just sitting there and I see two threaded
bungs on the pass side of the block, near the motor mount location. 
Never ever noticed them before.

Now I may be wrong, which is why I'm coming to those that may be wiser
then myself, but are these not the motor mount mounting points for a 65
C-body? Or a big block A-body?

General Mopar Discussions / Towing Capacity....
« on: January 18, 2010, 12:10:52 PM »
I'm trying to figure out what my 87 Dodge ram Heavy 3/4 ton pick up can tow...legally!!
It is a 2wd with a 360/4bbl, 727 and a dana with 3:54 gears.  I'm running heavy 10ply tires rated at 3,000lbs each.  It has a homemade hitch on it right now but I have a class III hitch waiting to go on.
I'm asking this because I'm looking to buy an enclosed trailer.  I only have a single car garage and I'm looking to buy a project car to hot rod, and old 48 Desoto.  So with an enclosed trailer I can store either the wagon, or the desoto, when I'm not working or driving either.
The problem is that I will need to buy a trailer that has a GVW of 10,000lbs.  Since the trailer weighs approx 3000lbs and my wagon is 4600lbs and the desoto will probably be that much as well.  So the standard 7000lb trailer rating will not be enough to legally haul/store the car.
If my 87 ram is not up to the job, again leagally, then I will probably start looking for a pre 94 cummins powered ram.

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / 727 Tailshaft
« on: January 13, 2010, 08:31:29 AM »

I've pulled the tailshaft on the 727 in the wagon. I'm replacing the
bushing to try and eliminate the last of the vibrations coming from the
drive line.

I've removed the bushing and now need to install the new one.  Any thoughts on how to do this?

General BS and Laughs / New Computer...
« on: December 27, 2009, 10:14:16 AM »
Well the wife and I bought ourselves a new computer for christmas.  The One we have is OK for me but the wife hates it with a passion....too slow for her! 
So I think today is the day and I'm going to try and hook up the new I may not be on here for a while due to unforseen technical difficulties. 
Wish me luck.

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / 1/2 ton 5 speed
« on: September 23, 2009, 08:07:19 PM »
Now my question...Is this tranny stout enough to use in my Heavy 3/4 ton truck? I do haul some good loads and pull the occasional loaded car trailer. Don't want to waste my time if the 5 speed is gonna crap out or break under a good load.

Tech- - Engine / Crank Threads...
« on: August 12, 2009, 01:58:33 PM »
OK I'm A F-N idiot!!!
I have been working to pull the front off my 331 Hemi...has been a stow and paintful process due to so many years of sitting.  So I eventually got the harmonic balancer bolt out and then decided I would pull the balancer off. 
Well me having a brain fart I did not re-install the bolt and just used a cone filling on my puller straight into the threads....well the blanceer would not come loose and I really cranked on it!  Now I seem to have damaged the first couple threads and can't get the bolt to go back in.
So is there and easy fix for this that I can do at home or is this a machine shop repair?

General Mopar Discussions / Jeep Pick up....
« on: August 08, 2009, 04:44:09 PM »
Well I saw this up in Prince George this week when I was up there doing my deliveries...I have seen Jeep pick up trucks before but NEVER a crew cab!!
Pics won't come through??  Will post a link...
I gave a good look over...running AMC motor and the 727 auto and transfer case.  If you look at the rear part of the box you can see the cuda tips that are poking through from the dual exhaust.  Also not sure of the bumper but I think it's was an aluminum jeep wagoneer bumper, but they cut and trimmed it to fit tight to the box.
The interior was a set of power bucket seats from??  Looked like mid 70's Impy or something...back seat was out of a newer pickup.  Had a C-bodt tilt/tele steering column and factory power windows.
Very interesting truck, no price on it but might call to just talk to the guy and get it's sory.  I think it might have been an EX-military/goverment agency truck...mabe for forestry or something?thrashingcows2009-08-08 21:54:23

Tech- -BODY / wagon trim removal...
« on: August 03, 2009, 06:27:31 PM »
I am wanting to install the rear grab handles I have for the wagon and can't figure out how to remove the trim on the body, around the rear window, two sides and center piece.
 Here's the trim I need to remove...



And then I'm installing these...


I can see that there are 4 screws to hold these on, so I'm assuming the trim is being held on by clips that screw into the same places the grab handle screws will go.

Tech- - Engine / Spark plug wires...
« on: August 03, 2009, 10:56:24 AM »
I have stock cast iron HP manifolds, no spark plug heat shields...since I hate them and they are a pain! So I'd like to keep the wires black for a more original look but curious as to what you have found stands up to the heat.

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / Rearend problems...part II
« on: August 01, 2009, 02:06:07 PM »
Thanks again guys.

General Mopar Discussions / Don't smoke your brake cleaner...
« on: July 31, 2009, 04:55:33 PM »
Guy posted this link on another site and I thought I'd continue the warning to all those I care about....Please read and think before you act.

General Mopar Discussions / Car show pics...
« on: July 17, 2009, 04:50:59 PM »
I took some pics at the local Mopars Unlimited show last weekend and I will share a few with y'all.
First is of the Van...My youngest daughter just loved this thing...




That's her head there checking out the digs....

Looked mostly unchanged...smelled that way too...

General Mopar Discussions / Should I jump on this...
« on: July 16, 2009, 06:06:06 PM »
He has posted a new ad today for "Best offer" so bet I could get everything for $150-$200.

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