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Tech- - Engine / 413 Colors
« on: August 28, 2011, 06:05:18 PM »
Hey Gang
Found a "'64 413 from a New Yorker" nearby (Bakersfield, Ca.) on CL. But it's red.....the same year 413 in my NYker parts car is Turquoise.....the one in the ad is grimey and dirty enough it could be original paint....suposedly a runner. Any 413's come painted red? or am I looking at a motorhome or farm implement engine.
Is it even a 413 or might something else be lurking under the dirt and the seller is clueless.
Considering where it is and it's a Mopar, the price is certainly reasonable (anything Mopar 'round these parts tends to be plated in Gold).
Ridgecrest Rob

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Bought another old Plymouth
« on: October 17, 2010, 07:30:51 AM »
Bought another old Plymouth. It was on Ebay. Drug it home yesterday. This on is actually big enough for the whole Fam Damily!

A 1974 Plymouth Voyager Sport 1 ton. 360 4bbl, upscale trim, Alpine white with a B-7 Blue stripe. The PO stored the three rear bench seats in a shed since new. They're MINT! Fuel system is full of gunk. Tanks (yes, it has two) were bone dry until the seller put gas in it to start it. Then I cam along and drove it down a bumpy road. AAA ended up bringing it home for me.

It seems to have two vin tags? One is metal and riveted on, the other is one of those sticker things.

Der Vinder stickernen!

Today it gets a new fuel filter and the engine gets degreased.

General Tech / '69 Polara or Fury intel needed
« on: October 03, 2010, 05:11:05 AM »
Hey Gang

Since I sold my '62 Savoy and the '64 300 turned into on of those epic long term projects. I'm looking for a nice driver that the family and I can just drive and enjoy.

I've narrowed the list of what I want down but need some info on a few things.

Whatever we end up with has to seat 4 kids and two adults. That pretty much rules out anything with buckets in front. Two doors most likely as well (having sat in the middle in a split bench car sucked after a while, I think I still have a crease in my back from it LOL!) so a 4 door is high on the list although I have some concerns about little fingers opening the doors as there are no child saftey locks back there (then).

An A100 (8 door preferred) is highest but I also like the looks of the '69 Polara's and Fury's. But, having only seen generic photos of them, it's kinda hard to judge what the back seat looks like or how big it is (I need to fit at least two slightly bulky car seats back is rear facing and can't touch the back of the front seat). The two older kids are in boosters that take up minimal space, one of course, will  sit up front in the middle.

A wagon is also on the list but the War Dept has ruled out the use of a rear facing third row seat (which means getting all parties concerned in the front and back seats). Another 'Slab side wagon is also on the list. Poor Waldo required to much work to get going but a Waldo the second that's in better shape would be nice!

A crew cab pick up is on the list...but probably not an option as California like to tag those with weight fees and call them "commercial vehicles".....and that gets real expensive.

I guess in all my ramblings I'm asking if anybody has a '69 Polara or Fury they would be willing to shoot some photos of and take a few measurements? Got a lock on the others as I've laid hands on them before and they are a known quantity.

Also, any known maint/breakage issues?  What to look for if I'm looking at one. Rust areas etc (back window, right?)

A big C-Body would probably be a bit safer than an A-100 too.....wrecks do happen.

Thanks in advance!

Ridgecrest Ca.

General Mopar Discussions / '65 300L 4spd 'Vert?
« on: May 04, 2010, 07:08:35 PM »
Over on Moparts....
Check the interior shot. Looks like a 4spd? Or is the slushbox shifter just back in low gear?
Very cool car none the less!
66gg1tnc2010-05-05 00:43:38

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Rob's '62 Savoy Wagon
« on: May 04, 2010, 06:59:12 PM »
Well, I though I had a thread going for the progress on my '62 Savoy Wagon....could only find the one for the '64 300 (which is dead in the water at the moment).
So, here goes
Made the most progress in the last few weeks. The engine now runs! Started it a few times while dribbling a bit of gas down the carb, so I knew it had spark and such. Got the grounding issues sorted out. Rigged up a temp fuel tank (lawnmower gas can) ran some line to the pump, primed the carb and cranked it. There's a youtube video I'll post the link to later (can't on this computer). She fired right up and settled into a nice steady idle. The old Holley carb had sat a loooong time without gas in it and it hasn't leaked a drop! Oil pressure was good. Cooling system wasn't connected so I shut it off after a minute or two.
Fast forward to today. Installed all the necessary hoses, put two bolts in the radiator to hold it against the support (it doesn't fit right, but will do until I find the right one). Filled it up and started the engine, turned the heater on and let the system burp itself until it was full, installed the rad cap and let it idle for about 20 minutes. Temp needle held steady right between "C" and "H" on the gage. NOTHING LEAKED!!!! Heater works great too! 
As  I now could let it run without worrying about over heating (due to no water in the block) I checked the trans fluid level....added two quarts, checked again. Now it read on the dipstick! Added a third and that topped it off. Put it in gear and the wheels moved! (it's up on jack stands). It seemed to shift okay through all gears up to 60 MPH indicated on the speedo. Reverse felt okay as well. No odd noises or leaks.
Now to sort out the brakes and find out what's in the gas tank (gage reads 1/4 tank...of something  )
Oh, and I found my '56 series California car plates and there's a '62 validation sticker on the rear! YOM here I come! (year of manufacture) They're DMV clear.
POLARACO2010-05-05 22:54:26

General Mopar Discussions / It's a disease I tell ya!
« on: November 10, 2009, 08:13:37 PM »
About to drag another one home....ain't a "C" but I think the uglyness makes up for it!

'62 Plymouth Savoy
Slant 6, not a speck of rust, no bondo, cheapo repaint that's peeling. Trim all there.

My wife thinks it's "cute"

General BS and Laughs / Bye-Bye Waldo
« on: October 18, 2009, 07:43:59 AM »
Well Chris just left with "Waldo". Gonna miss that tank. Still got the '64 300. I'll concentrate on that and hopefully be at Spring Fling with it (knocks on wood).

General BS and Laughs / How'd this happen!
« on: June 10, 2009, 07:59:47 PM »
Been a little distracted lately......
Momma popped one of these out last week. Say hi to Bronwen, 7.14 @ 20 inches.

So this is my excuse for not being around much!

General Mopar Discussions / Pinks All Out
« on: December 21, 2008, 07:07:41 PM »
Yeah I know...a bit early
Anyway, here's the schedual for 2009.
I plan on going to the Bakersfield race. If I win the lotto I might even go in my wagon!

General Mopar Discussions / De-Ruster stuff!
« on: August 19, 2008, 07:02:23 PM »
De-lurking for a few here....<blows ballast tanks, AAAOOOGHAAA "All hands prepair for surface action stations!"> Sorry...watched "Run Silent, Run Deep" the other night!

Okay, this'll be slightly OT due to Caterpillar Grader content but should apply to our beloved land yachts equally.
I ordered a gallon of that Ultra One deruster stuff from those guys that have Miss Rustydere. It works!  I cleaned the cr@p off of and out of the pony motor tank, filled a plastic bucket up with this stuff and plunked the 1 gallon tank in it for a few days (the rust was pretty thick in places...even after the solvent/nuts and bolts, shake well and dump out routine. It cleaned the surface rust as advertised, most of the deep stuff too. Left the paint alone even! . I strained the rust and chunks out, replunked for another few days and that rusty old gas tank looked pretty good!
Then I rinsed everything out, filled it up with water for one last shake and rinse only to find out I now had a one gallon sprinkler head instead of a fuel tank  ! pin holes EVERYWHERE! Time for plan B....
Oh well. It was a learning experiance and I'll definatly be using this stuff again  Pics will follow as soon as the computer at home is repaired (main CPU fan/heatsink took a major dump...Quad's run HOT! Upgrading to water  )
Returning to lurk mode
<AAAHHOOGGA, DIVE, DIVE...gurgle, glub>

Tech- - STEERING WHEELS AND SUSPENSION / '64 Chrysler Torsion bars...
« on: June 17, 2008, 09:47:45 AM »

I was juuust about to call Firm Feel and order new Torsion bars for my '64 300....went out to measure them just once more and they ain't 44" long....but the bars in the New Yorker were...or I'm halucinating. I had thought they were the same from car to car (300-New Yorker-Newport) I guess not?

Anyway, I'm going to pull 'em out and triple check. Probably should have done this in the first place 

Anybody else ran into this on a pre-C? It would be cheaper if they were say....B-body or E-body length!

General BS and Laughs / Bigger is better!
« on: June 01, 2008, 03:37:34 PM »
Well....depending on it's pupose!
So, what could be bigger than this?


I pick it up later this week if all goes well. Now I can finally iron out the d@mn bumps, ruts and general uglyness that are the roads around my place....The county "don't come out there"
Oh me a new toy to play with
It runs (both the Pony and the BIG 4cyl Cat Diesel) Needs a few tires <urk, about $300 each> but everything else works. It's a '49 Caterpillar 112 Motorgrader  Oh, and the seat needs to be reupolsterd.

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Slow progress.....but progress!
« on: May 23, 2008, 07:39:53 PM »
Well, almost got the last of my 1/3rd of the tax "rebate" check spent. Today the Fedex truck delivered most of my front suspension bushings. Thanks Rock Auto!


Then the box from Summit showed up...had this inside.

17 X 9, 5" backspace Cragar Soft "D". Test fit looks pretty good so far

After the front end gets rebuilt I'll try it again with a tire (after measuring only once 275/45-17 should fit fine 10" wide on a 9"'ll be close on the tierod end. ) I'm thinking a set of Gumball sticky Falken RT-615's should keep this tank glued down fairly well. They're only 25.6" tall...the 255/60-15's I have are 27". She'll sit kinda low I think.

Good thing the 383 is coming out soon....

Note to self...check the freeze plugs in the 413 BEFORE installing it!

« on: April 24, 2008, 10:19:38 AM »
Hey Gang

I started prepping the '64 New Yorker for engine removal yesterday (okay...all I did was move it up on the concrete pad in front of the garage...but hey! it's a start )

Found this in front of the A/C condenser

I thought, "no, can't be" but I followed the hoses right to the box and pump.

So, is this a factory power steering cooler? or aftermarket. I still plan on putting it in the '64 300 along with the 413 (and probably the A/C w/ Bouchelon compressor conversion depending on how ambitious I get)

Tech- - Engine / '64 383 lifter'er thingy's
« on: April 20, 2008, 09:01:29 PM »
Re-doing the top end on my '64 300. It started out as a simple intake swap....kinda snowballed from there. Cam had some wear, timing chain was all loosey-goosey. Water pumper wasn't, that sort of thing. Anyway, I have a fairly stock "RV" cam and lifter set that was intended for my old '70 383 W200 Crewcab. The lifters have the little oil squirty hole in the cup...the old lifters from the 300 do not have the little squirty holes. Also the '64 has solid pushrods (makes sense, no squirty hole in the lifters).
So, my question is. Can I safely use the newer style lifters and hollow pushrods (I also have an almost new set of stock rockers and shafts for that '70 383)?
Or should I just yank the whole kit'n kaboodle and install the great running 413 out of the '64 New Porker parts car I have (which just grenaded the trans yesterday when I moved it ...or tried to!)

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