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UPHOLSERY HOW TOO's / Correct headliner now available '65-72
« on: November 20, 2008, 11:40:41 AM »
Just read that correct Mopar headliner material in various colors are
now available from Legendary Auto Interiors, the Crosshatch material
for 65-66. and  Fine Pembrook for '69-72.  Not sure if this
is pre-cut for muscle cars, or what, perhaps  one might be able to
convince 'em to sell by the yard if not... 1-800 363-8804. 


122
General BS and Laughs / Snotty in the Spotlight
« on: November 20, 2008, 09:31:16 AM »
Got my Hemming's Classic Cars mag today... so I'm perusing the Recaps
(reader's letters section) and began to read this letter about the
writer's tendancy to engage car people in the minutae of engine trivia
such as: Did GM make a 302? Did Mopar make a 350? ...and I start to
think - Geez,  that sure sounds familiar... hmmm... wasn't there a
similar thread on the 'Fins last year??.... well, lo and behold, I look
at the end of the letter - and it was none other than our own
CyberMinister, the Right Rev Scott, writing in to commend Hemmings for
newly educating him as to the fact that 383s were found not only in
Mopars but also in '58/9 Mercs... just one more tidbit to keep us on
our toes, eh? ....Congrats on the 15 minutes of fame!!!




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The most magnificent and prestigious Mopar ever built, and probably one
of, if not THE, most valuable cars in the world, estimates have been in
excess of $20 million, if one ever came up for sale.



Still owned by the City of New York:



http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/features/phaeton.shtml






124
UPHOLSERY HOW TOO's / fix a sagging headliner?
« on: November 13, 2008, 09:24:35 AM »
My Reege - the '80 Dodge St Regis, has the typical nylon panty cloth
headliner that is sagging down in places, just like on every 70s car
you ever see...but the cloth itself is real good shape, no holes or
tears I can see...  any tips on the best fix? something for a
DIY?  Cost to do it by a pro?  Anyone done this? Bawby
Stitcherman?


125
MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Home, Home on the Reeege!
« on: November 13, 2008, 09:19:28 AM »
Got the Reeege home today!!!  Despite dark skies and
showers,  my ol' rollback man Walter showed up on time and the
ride down & back to Scranton from Bingo was uneventful, and it was
parked in the driveway by noon!  Rain prevented getting pics, but
s'posed to clear up tomorrow PM, so I'll get some... I found out the 90
yr old lady original owner used to take it on the train to Florida
every October and back to PA in the Spring ...so no wonder the body is
as clean as it is underneath... It does some cosmetics, for the plastic
bumper extensions on each bumper, the typical sagging headliner... time
will tell on the mechanicals...  but in these parts body rust is
what does a car in, so the body is key...  but so far I like
it! 


126
General Mopar Discussions / Lean Burn replacement on 318 V8
« on: November 11, 2008, 11:59:40 AM »
Anyone ever replaced a Lean Burn Computer with the standard Electronic
Ignition & vac advance distributor ? I guess you'd need to change
the carb so as to have the vac advance fitting?




127
General BS and Laughs / I Lost the Thread!!!
« on: November 10, 2008, 05:24:55 AM »
OK, I give up... there was a thread on here just a couple of days ago -
showed a rainbow and beautiful wooded hillside - now I can't find it
anywheres !!!  It also mentioned a septic system or something... I
was wondering where that was ( the thread AND the hillside...)!



Made me miss living in the country, being  confined to suburban
hell at the moment...no parts cars allowed...Grrrrrr!!!  I like
plenty of space and woods for unlicensed non-runners!!!!!






128
Tech- - FUEL / Our old cars and alky gas
« on: November 08, 2008, 03:05:17 PM »
Seems like we have no choice nowadays but to put alky gas in our cars,
at least here in NY.... what should we be doing to prevent problems in
the fuel system etc??


129
MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / firedome's new Mope: the St Reeege!
« on: November 08, 2008, 11:38:10 AM »
OK - If all goes right, by this Thursday I'll be picking up a 1980
Dodge St. Regis!!! This is the R-body (a slightly stretched - 1 inch
longer wheelbase - B-body, Coronet/Monaco etc), essentially a 
'77/78 small Monaco, but with squared off styling and much better
ergonomic use of space inside... this one is a 56k mile, old lady
one-owner car, pretty nice all original, white with plush Navy velour
interior... this model was the only R body with the retractable
headligjht covers like the '78 Magnum.  It will be even better
with some detailing... For those that haven't driven one, these are
great cars,!! They look kind of formal, much like the downsized GM
full-size cars of the late '70s, but the squared off lines made them
much more functional and user friendlythan the discontinued-for-'79 B
Bodies, with all the room inside of the older C Bodies, Polara, Royal
Monaco etc,  but with improved handling and gas mileage, with /6,
318 or 360 engines. They also got the Electronic Spark Control right by
'80, after the Lean Burn fiasco of 76/77... This one has the 318 2 bbl,
as did my late lamented '79 Newport... my '80 NYer that I had in the
early '90s had the 360.  They can get 20/21 mpg on the highway,
thanks to the lockup torque converter. I've really missed driving one,
so been looking for another... it won't ever be mistaken for a true
collector car...except maybe by cop-car lovers, the majority of these
Rs were sold to cop fleets...but for an all around family car, for
those of us who just like driving big older Mopes, R bodies can't be
beat!!  If you see a good one, I encourage you to check it out!!!

I recall there's a guy who's occasionally on here with a R-body NYer...  I'll post some pics when I get her home!!




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General Mopar Discussions / OK ALL - List yer Mopes!!
« on: November 01, 2008, 05:27:29 PM »
OK all ... with Steve on well deserved hiatus, we all need a challenge
to keep things lively here in the interim... SO here it is:  who
here as had the most Mopars???   - name the model and year in
chronological order please!! And No Cheating!! - not like anyone here
would - but only list cars you have actually owned -  not family
members, your Mom, ex-girlfiriends, the old landlord, the town drunk,
your abusive step-dad... they don't qualify!!!   Us OLD guys
DO have an advantage here - but SHOW US WHAT YA GOT!!... OR ONCE HAD !!
Warning!!!!!!  - I'll post mine tomorrow - I don't have time to
list 'em all tonite!!!!

Have at it!



131
Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / Answers anybody??
« on: October 30, 2008, 11:13:05 AM »
Please see my Lockup question (prev thread)... inquiring minds want to know!


132
General BS and Laughs / Chevy Malignum?
« on: October 30, 2008, 10:56:58 AM »
We've all heard the rumors, and according to Automotive News it'll
probably happen now that the gov is poised to guarantee credit...
Surprising that there's been no comments here! - So... will we buying a
Chevy Malignum or  Dodge Ramarado soon? Will they bring out a
Chrysler Impillac? Will the compaines survive? Does it matter? Insiders
are saying that GM's Rick Wagoner will be running the "new and
improved" show... wonder what products/staffs/factories will be spared?
Chrysler just announced the closing of Newark DE plant, been around
since the 20s...  Momma Mope was also working on electric cars,
like GM... lots of rumors. Should be very  interesting!


133
General BS and Laughs / vanishing threads
« on: October 30, 2008, 09:59:40 AM »
hmm.... thought the discussion, tho' pointed, was civil... where censorship lives, truth suffers.


134
Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / Lockup torque converters
« on: October 28, 2008, 04:14:21 PM »
My '79 Newport had the Torqueflite with 318, the standard 2.4 rear end,
and lockup - it couldn't get out of it's own way, especially when it
went into lockup at 30-35 on the flat, and didn't want to downshift
easily, even on a decent hill - so I had the lockup disconnected and it
made all the difference, but gas mileage suffered... lockup would be
handy out on the highway for economy - would it be possible to put a
switch on the dash to select it in when wanted, but turn it off for
around town driving? Seems to me it might be pretty do-able. I ask
because I'm interested in an '80 R-body with lockup, and trannies
aren't exactly my strong suit...




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Tech- -BODY / foiling the Rust
« on: October 25, 2008, 07:54:17 AM »
So I'm cleaning up the underside of my '70 Nova 6 cyl sedan(topic is
generic and useful for our Mopes too) and after scraping off loose
undercoating - now there's a fun job - and any of the removable scale,
the metal that lies beneath is solid, so it won't need replacing, but I
need to keep the rust in abeyance so I won't have to weld in metal
later on.  Now, this may have been addressed before, and if so,
sorry,  but what have your results and experiences been:  Por
15?  Clean it off with chemicals and brush on heavy primer and
paint? Re-undercoat afterwards, or no?  Some of the nooks are hard
to get to. Also it's upside down, the underside of the car. I tried
Extend once, it didn't really stop the rust...Sandblasting is not
really an option. I gotta use hand tools and brushes, but want to
preserve a old one-owner family car bought in February of 1970. The NY
climate sucks for old cars....!


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