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General Mopar Discussions / My '65 at Bonneville...
« on: January 16, 2010, 07:10:00 AM »
...well... sorta.
The white fluff on the ground looks the same anyway, AND our stuff tastes better I imagine aswell...

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Dutch DMV-day for my '57 Chrysler...
« on: November 04, 2009, 01:02:10 PM »
Today I had to get up waaaaaay too early for my liking to drive my '57 Chrysler Windsor to the local DMV station for it's Dutch title application.
It was a chilly and rainy morning and the car told me she didn't like it at all by holding back when pushing on the throttle.
Up untill today I had never been able to actually 'drive' the car around since it's not legal to drive on the streets yet. So, as I pulled out of the garage and headed on down the road I found the engine was low on power, like it wasn't getting enough gas.
Eventhough I had to drive a short distance on a traffic packed highway, I was kinda glad I could easily keep up because everyone was moving slowly. I did manage to arrive at the DMV station just 5 minutes before my appointment.

Our Dutch DMV tests the car's technical items like steering and suspension for wear, rot and general, proper operation.
With old cars we have less rules to worry about, so there's no exhaust-emission tests for instance.

On the pic below the car had just been driven up to the brake-dynometer. The rolls are powered by an electric motor, the brakes are applied and the machine measures the actuall brakingforce produced by the front and rear brakes in seperate runs.
No more than 30% difference in the left and right wheel is allowed. The car passed with flying colors with hardly any difference at all.

Below the car's headlights are tested for correct light-image and alignment.
It turned out I had made an error and put the pass.side headlight bulb in the housing the wrong way. 'Normally' the DMV fails the test and let you make another appointment on another day after you fixed the problem(s). But the guy doing the test was cool and told me I could fix the problem if I wanted to on the spot while he tested the car next in line. Luckily I brought a couple of tools and was able to correct the problem.

After the headlight-check the car went into the VIN-number-bay, where the VIN-number gets punched into the chassis.
Right after that the car goes outside to be weighed. Then it's back to the office again and leave an arm or a leg before you can go home again.

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / 57 Plymouth Belvedere project
« on: October 17, 2009, 04:11:08 PM »
So, one day somewhere last year, I noticed this '57 Plymouth for sale in Cali.
I've always digged these particular years. Perhaps of the movie, perhaps because the model is just well designed.
So I saw some pics of the car on someones driveway in the forsale-topic;
Front of the car was all smashed up, hood was bend, some sidetrim missing, some dents, paint weathered to the primer, interior totally shot...

In short, the car was a real mess! So I bought it...

Anyway, fast forward about 8 months now...  The old girl arrives at it's new home some 5000 miles down the road...

I try to get her inside, but she's a bit stubborn and wants to see me sweat. Now I don't sweat easily mainly because I'm very efficient (read: a lazy SoaB), so I decide to lay some modern technology down on the girl and with an electric towingcart and some MacGyvering I pulled her inside...

So there she is. My own 'Miss Belvy'. Spent here entire life 'above' ground luckily.
That same day, I started pulling out the 3 inch layer of junk laying around on her floorboards.
What I found underneath was surprisingly good sheetmetal. With only 1 small rust hole below the brakepedal.
The dashpadding had turned into a hardplastic cover, so out it went right after a pic was taken.
The rest of the interior was pulled out swiftly aswell. All that now remain are the frontseat and the doorpanels, but it won't be long before these also will be pulled out.

Now the interessting part of it all... the front sheetmetal!
This girl has really been messed up by some hack trying to pull her very violently orsomething like that.
The radiator-frame has been bent outward somewhere in the center, which caused everything connected to buckle and deform aswell.
So this will require some major disassembly and straightening of all the metal.
Wish me luck...

General Mopar Discussions / Hit and Run...
« on: April 15, 2009, 01:32:06 PM »

Tech- -BODY / Convertible top-frames...
« on: April 18, 2008, 07:14:18 AM »
... How much do they differ over the years?

Anyone know from first hand knowledge if say, the convertible-frame of an early sixties Chrysler will fit in a late fifties Chrysler?

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / 1960 Chrysler NewYorker
« on: October 05, 2007, 02:05:46 PM »

Let me also put some of my projects here in this forum.
Here's my '60 Chrysler NewYorker...

Bought the car in SC in '06. Had it shipped to the Netherlands early this year.
Now I'm preparing the car for it's first DMV-checkup, so I'm replacing all the rubbers under the car and making things neat again.

Pics speak louder than words... So here we go...

The car still in SouthCarolina, as bought from this picture;

Delivery in The Netherlands;

Got straight to work and removed the stuck engine;

The engine turned out more work than hoped for, so I put it aside for later worries.

Shot of the axle-area;

Swapped in a rear-axle from a '72 GTX. No more hard to remove drums.
Cleaned up the GTX-axle and mounting hardware;

Removed tank and undercoating there, and further down the car and replaced it with fresh undercoating...

Engine-bay disaster area and cleanup in aisle #1;

Front-suspension parts:

Cleaned up;

New lower-Ball joints;

Selfmade Balljoint-tool;

Modified Poly-strutrod bushings from a B-body;

BigBlockMopar2007-10-05 19:06:30

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