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Tech- - STEERING WHEELS AND SUSPENSION / steering gear box
« on: November 17, 2009, 02:29:23 PM »
Steer & Gear quoted me a price of $285 for the steering gear unit. They'd relace the bearings and add shims if I wanted the steer to feel like todays vehicles. Another $105 for the steering coupler. OUCH! (I'm sure they'd do a nice job though)

Tech- - STEERING WHEELS AND SUSPENSION / steering gear box
« on: November 17, 2009, 02:12:17 PM »
I was wondering if someone can help me out here.
I going to be purchasing a steering gearbox from NAPA to replace the one om my 72 Imp, but here lies the question: NAPA has 2 part numbers listed, 88277066 for $159.00, $138.50 (core) and 88277093 for $152.99, $33.30 (core). What is the difference? What about that core price?? There's a pretty big difference.
I've already investigated Steer & Gear and Firm Feel for a rebuild, but that route is a little pricey, so I'll try this first.

General BS and Laughs / MoparFins Main Site Need Pictures.
« on: June 15, 2009, 09:43:15 AM »
Here's some of my Imperial.

Site Questions and Announcements / TSHIRTS FINALLY 4-10-09
« on: April 09, 2009, 07:03:38 PM »
The first pic is the one to go with, but I agree with the others, it should be on the back.  No more lettering, no more words. When someone sees the shirt with the website, that's all that is needed. Curiosity will find them to this site. BTW, I will take 3 shirts, 2 xl and 1 medium.

General Tech / New Exhaust
« on: March 29, 2009, 02:07:11 PM »

 p/n 2863408 cast # 2863409 LH 1968-69 C   
    383-4  440 HP
 p/n 2806896 cast # 2806900 RH 1968-69 BC
 383 440 HP

Thanks Commando1! Once you gave me the right casting number, I checked eBay, and low and behold there it was, in the parts section when I did a search under "HP exhaust manifolds".
After the left manifold arrived from Oregon, I had both exhaust manifolds hot tanked, and then painted them. After the logs were replaced with the HP's, (didn't know the manifold studs went right into the water jackets...what a mess that made), I needed to decide if I should drive to the muffler shop, which is around 5 miles, with open exhaust, or have the 300 towed. Concerned of burning a valve, I called my AAA membership and had it towed for $0.00. Now the exhaust sounds great and the additional horse power is noticeable.
Right after I got the car back, I changed out the old Hercules 235/75R/15's for the BF Goodrich Radial T/A's 235/70R/15's. At the same time, replaced the dual point ignition with the Mopar high performance electronic ingnition kit from Summit.
The 300 now starts better, rides better, and sounds alot better!

General BS and Laughs / The Official MoparFins Puzzle -Newly Updated!
« on: March 09, 2009, 07:29:05 PM »
These things are great. I'm starting to get a little quicker with each one.
BTW, two unexpected benefits...1) keepin my mind sharp and 2) people at the office think I'm hard at work.

General BS and Laughs / Out of a job.....
« on: March 03, 2009, 10:08:26 AM »
FYI for anyone recently unemployed....The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 President Obama rolled out includes a subsidy for COBRA contiuation of your employer based medical plan. The Federal Government will provide a subsidy of 65% of the premium for up to 9 months, for workers who lost coverage between 9-1-08 and 12-31-09. Even if you didn't elect COBRA continuation when you lost employment, and your 60 day election period has expired, you can elect COBRA continuation for 3-1-09. The COBRA Subsidy goes into effect on 3-1-09, however, if you lost coverage and elected COBRA from 9-1-08, you will be eligible for the subsidy, retroactively. For current COBRA participants, when you get your 3-1-09 COBRA notice which includes the premium amount, pay it as it is billed. The 65% subsidy will be applied retroactively, if applicable, from 3-1-09.
This is a subsidy which will certainly help those recently unemployed by not having to pay the entire premium for COBRA, but it will place an even heavier burden on the employers of this country.

General Tech / New Exhaust
« on: March 02, 2009, 05:42:44 PM »
Thanks guys. It lloks like I will be sellin a B body (2843992) to somebody.

General Tech / New Exhaust
« on: March 02, 2009, 03:12:19 PM »
Anybody know the answer to my last post?

General BS and Laughs / Out of a job.....
« on: March 01, 2009, 03:53:40 PM »
No matter what your age, going back to school can't hurt. My generation is probably the last, where a HS diploma still got you a decent paying job. Today, it seems unless you have a degree from higher eduation, you won't be given an opportunity for a well paying position, no matter what experience you may have.
In the early 1980's when I was living in Ohio, I was laid off 8 times as a apprentice tool & die maker. Seeing no future in Ohio, I left the state for Illinois, went back to school and changed careers.
Take advantage of the time you have while on unemployment and most of all, enjoy your time with your children. Before you know it, they will be grown and you will have joined the rat race once again.

General Tech / New Exhaust
« on: March 01, 2009, 03:03:14 PM »
I was reading a post on the Dry Dock on HP exhaust manifolds. I read the left side (drivers side) HP's for the C body is specific to this body. Is the casting number 2806900 or 2883409 for a '69 440? If I have the HP from a B body, can it still be used or will either manifold work?

General Tech / New Exhaust
« on: February 26, 2009, 03:41:19 PM »
I stopped by the muffler shop today (without the 300) and the tech said I may have to start out with 2 1/4" pipes from the exhaust, then further back, change the pipes to 2 1/2". He said I might have a clearance issue with the 2 1/2" pipe near the engine and steering.
The HP manifolds point down with a rear facing angle compared to the stock ones. I know TNT fuseys had this set up, but I have never seen one close up. Anyone have pics of this area?

Site Questions and Announcements / A question for the moderators...
« on: February 16, 2009, 03:06:11 PM »
Carlisle is about 11 to 12 hours from me. I'd like to make it there this year.

Site Questions and Announcements / A question for the moderators...
« on: February 16, 2009, 02:39:33 PM »
CBarge, I agree. The thought of driving cross country for a car meet is most likey out of the question for just about anyone, and yeah, a trip like that would sure put a big hole in my pocket too.  I was just trying to get an idea where there may be a higher concentration of our members, say, maybe to coordinate getting together at a show like the Nats, Carlise, or the Woodward Dream Cruise, if forming our own meet would be easier said than done. Being from the midwest, these are the "big"ones that come to mind. I'm not familiar with any other car shows that would attract alot of people, so maybe forming some type of notification of events on this site would be an idea. Then anyone can pick and choose the which one to go to. How about adding a "Who's Going" link, or something, when the event is posted. Then we'd know who's going to be there. Just a thought.

Site Questions and Announcements / A question for the moderators...
« on: February 16, 2009, 10:33:03 AM »
Is there an easy way for you to collect the member data for Moparfins by their location?
The reason I ask is, if you are able to pull this information, and find an area that is cental to all members, put out a poll to everyone to get an idea of who would be willing to drive to this location, and to see if we could get enough interest to have our own meet.
I know a C body get together has been discussed before on the Dry Dock, but I don't think there was much interest. Maybe now it is different.

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