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Offline jimynick

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Re: My first Mopar! Craigslist find.
« Reply #30 on: May 27, 2015 - 09:55:05 pm »
Congrats on that very nice score! Imagine, a car that actually runs!! Makes my breath come in little pants.  :thumbsup:




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Re: My first Mopar! Craigslist find.
« Reply #31 on: May 28, 2015 - 06:18:34 am »
Is there any part number on the old rad's top tank ?

I didn't really look for a part number, but had a buddy that wanted it as a core to rebuild, so I gave it to him.

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Re: My first Mopar! Craigslist find.
« Reply #32 on: May 28, 2015 - 06:32:17 am »
I got the front suspension all taken apart yesterday!  WOW!!  WAY different front end setup than a Camaro or Mustang.  I like it :)  While I am at it, I'm going to replace the steering box and refurbish the steering column.  New suspension (QA1 and Hotchkis) and front disc brake conversion on the way!

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Re: My first Mopar! Craigslist find.
« Reply #33 on: May 29, 2015 - 09:48:19 pm »
I was able to put the QA-1 Upper Control Arms in and QA-1 Dynamic Strut bars, QA-1 Lower Control Arms and Hotchkis Torsion bars.

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Re: My first Mopar! Craigslist find.
« Reply #34 on: June 03, 2015 - 09:09:39 pm »
Finished getting the suspension all hung including SSBC front disc conversion and power booster.  I measured the caster, camber and toe the best I could with a tape measure until I get it aligned.  I really liked the QA-1 and Hotchkis components and the SSBC disc brake conversion went very smooth.

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Re: My first Mopar! Craigslist find.
« Reply #35 on: June 03, 2015 - 09:17:57 pm »
While the suspension was apart I went ahead and removed and rebuilt the steering column and replaced the steering gear box.
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Re: My first Mopar! Craigslist find.
« Reply #36 on: June 03, 2015 - 09:24:44 pm »
Looks great but did you add the Go cart bearing for the support on the steering shaft?

The nylon support is junk.

http://www.cuda-challenger.com/cc/index.php?topic=91398.0
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Re: My first Mopar! Craigslist find.
« Reply #37 on: June 03, 2015 - 09:31:51 pm »
Looks great but did you add the Go cart bearing for the support on the steering shaft?

The nylon support is junk.

http://www.cuda-challenger.com/cc/index.php?topic=91398.0


Funny you should ask...I sure did!  I read that thread before rebuilding the column...love this place!

I also installed the steering coupler clamp.  I think I saw that here also:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Mopar-2996935-Steering-Coupler-Retaining-Clamp-most-Dodge-Plymouth-/301416193929?hash=item462dce1f89&vxp=mtr
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Re: My first Mopar! Craigslist find.
« Reply #38 on: June 14, 2015 - 09:57:47 pm »
Installed the new Power brake booster, master cylinder and prop valve.  I also went ahead and installed all new brake lines throughout.  I also refurbished the door panels and rear panels.
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Re: My first Mopar! Craigslist find.
« Reply #39 on: June 14, 2015 - 10:15:27 pm »
Jeez, do you have 6 brothers who help you? That's an amazing amount of work you've done and the car's just gotta love you for it.  :cheers:

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Re: My first Mopar! Craigslist find.
« Reply #40 on: June 14, 2015 - 10:44:34 pm »
@Jimmy...I just spend every spare second working on these things :)

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Re: My first Mopar! Craigslist find.
« Reply #41 on: June 15, 2015 - 11:22:11 am »
@Jimmy...I just spend every spare second working on these things :)

Ha ha I know my problem now. I spend every spare second thinking of working on mine.

Mike
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Re: My first Mopar! Craigslist find.
« Reply #42 on: June 21, 2015 - 09:10:18 pm »
Took apart the front grill to refurbish.  After working on this car, it seem better built than my same year Mustangs and Camaros!

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Re: My first Mopar! Craigslist find.
« Reply #43 on: June 21, 2015 - 09:21:27 pm »
Pulled out some Weld Prostars that I had on a Mustang at one time and test fitted them onto the Challenger.  I think they look pretty good!  The offsets are a bit off, but I think they will work and I like the way they look :)

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Re: My first Mopar! Craigslist find.
« Reply #44 on: June 22, 2015 - 02:26:56 pm »
If your maintaining 200 degrees thats not to bad.  Experimenting with diff thermostats, fan on/off timing, distributor timing can help. You ever get down Orlando/Kissimmee area give us a shout.   :cheers:

Hey Mark,  I've been driving the car in this 100 deg weather we've been having and the temps started getting up to 210 - 215.  Not really used to seeing much past 200 on any of my other cars.  This is after the radiator, water pump, water pump housing and thermostat replacement.  I put more advance in the timing (now about 36 BTC @ 2500rpm), took the transmission cooler and moved it away from the radiator,  put in a high flow 180 deg thermostat (had a NAPA 165 in it before) and put a bottom radiator hose with a coil inside to prevent collapse and now the car runs 180 ALL DAY LONG!...Even idling for long periods of time.  Thanks!

I actually make it down to Orlando for business quite a bit.  Do you have a Mopar shop in Kissimmee?