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NorCal 73 Challenger
« on: December 27, 2012 - 04:13:49 am »
Hi All, just got my car early this month and placed my intro in the newbie section. Car needs some work but for now will be minor compare to most of the projects presented here. I am amazed with the wealth of skill and knowlege being share on this site.

Anyway, I got a week off from work (company close for the holidays) and it has been raining hard the last few days, so perfect weather to work on the car. So far I replaced my ignition and door locks, painted the steering column and changed the engine oil. Took sometime to clean up the bottom of the engine bay and confirmed that I do have a 340 in the car. The engine seems to be orange color oringinally and was later painted blue. I wonder if I have a 70-71 340 with higher compression ratio and HP. How do I find out? Is the stamping of "70" on the passemger side engine block means it is a 1970 block? Also, the car was originally factory equipped with a 318 and 904 tranny. How can you tell if I have a 904 or 727? My next task will be to install the inspection cover (missing), change transmission fluid and may be the transmission mount as well.
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Re: NorCal 73 Challenger
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2012 - 09:40:26 am »
yes,I believe that is a 70 and look on this site   http://www.mymopar.com/index.php?pid=66
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Re: NorCal 73 Challenger
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2012 - 10:26:40 am »
This may help with the transmission

http://www.mymopar.com/downloads/transguide.pdf


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Re: NorCal 73 Challenger
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2013 - 12:36:02 am »
Today is a nice sunny day so I put the battery back in the car after reinstalling the refurbished battery tray and took her out for a 30 minute drive. Car runs good except the engine stalled twice when brake moderately hard. Car is AT and idle at 900 rpm smooth. Do you guys think it is a carb problem or stall converter?

Have not done much to the car except put on a rubber steering cover and top off with a leather wheel wrap. I now have a good grip with the stock steering wheel.

Car's exterior paint is decent but the previous owner did not touch the interior. The sheet metals are in good shape but there are some surface rust. So I am grinding the surface rust (starting at the tunk) the best I can before spraying on some rust converter. I will follow up with the rust encapsulator and paint. Laying down in the trunk with your feet hanging out is kind of an award position and I think I know why the previous owner did not bother. I will move on to the rest of the car's interior in the next few weeks. The goal is to clean up the rust the best I can, then new cover for rear seat, new Procar front seats, 3 point seat belts, new carpet and new dash pad. I will finish all these before moving on to the mechanical stuff. Car is driveable now and is probably the slowest muscle car around. But I don't care, I like it. No, I love it.
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2012 Challenger SRT8 392 YJ,  6 spd

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Re: NorCal 73 Challenger
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2013 - 12:20:18 am »
looks like we are in the same 73 w/ 70 340 boat
Scott in Omaha
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Re: NorCal 73 Challenger
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2013 - 12:26:12 am »
Where at in cal? Im in Sacramento

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Re: NorCal 73 Challenger
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2013 - 01:34:42 pm »
Right next to SFO, home of UAL and constant jet engine roar. Lucky you are so close to Sac Raceway.
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Re: NorCal 73 Challenger
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2013 - 12:26:16 am »

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Re: NorCal 73 Challenger
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2013 - 12:36:19 am »
Right next to SFO, home of UAL and constant jet engine roar. Lucky you are so close to Sac Raceway.

I am driving into Burlingame Hotel area almost everyday near where you are?
Mike, Fremont, CA.


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Re: NorCal 73 Challenger
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2013 - 01:57:12 am »
I am driving into Burlingame Hotel area almost everyday near where you are?

Got to go a bit more north and the other side of 101. I am in Millbrae. Come to think of it, I hear the train too.
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Re: NorCal 73 Challenger
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2013 - 10:42:38 pm »
Circle June 2nd, 2013, on your calendar.  It's the Mopar show in Fremont and it's a don't-miss show and swap meet. 

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Re: NorCal 73 Challenger
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2013 - 02:43:44 pm »
Dude's, everyone hears the damn train. It's still rips on the horn at many intersections in Santa Clara, Co. For What? The cannery's are all gone, with firetrap condo's in their place. It's getting nasty with the Summerhill Homes LLC, take over of the city governments with legal bribes, and the OVER CROWDING of cluster turds, they call homes; with the rest of the citizens looking, in horror at the three story bomb shelter dominoes. Yes, I said, BOMB SHELTER first floors, complete with pored reinforced concrete walls with two additional walls of cinder block, filled with dirt. All to create an Enclave, or what looks like a PHONY, Hanging Gardens of Shangrala, for certain people that gravitate to a foreign concept of protected living at the expense and dominance of the surrounding homes.  Fremont government is total dominated by this race of immigrants, why would I walk into an area that despises the previous residents? Screw the party in that CHP sponsored pig fest. Last time I hauled the cuda to Sonoma Drags we passed 8 CHP units all pointing radar at us in the FREMONT SPEED TRAP AND WEIGH STATION area.  I was tipped off to the problem ahead by a motor cycle Cop flagging with his arms as he passed. That means a problem ahead. I mention all this for anyone who drives through the Bay Area. Beware of Fremont, and the stoplight cameras too.   

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Re: NorCal 73 Challenger
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2013 - 04:05:58 pm »
It is a well known problem going to Sears Point with the CHP. If you have an exhaust bypass, just make sure it is closed before you get on public roads. As for red light camera intersections, I have an app on my phone and I take the long way to go around. With the amount of traffic, chances of getting a ticket is too high and I don't run red light.

Ok, lets get back to car discussions, any pointer as to why my engine stall when moderately brake hard. My searches point to float problem and looks like I need to open up the carb to check.
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Re: NorCal 73 Challenger
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2013 - 09:32:37 pm »
Dude's, everyone hears the damn train. It's still rips on the horn at many intersections in Santa Clara, Co. For What? The cannery's are all gone, with firetrap condo's in their place. It's getting nasty with the Summerhill Homes LLC, take over of the city governments with legal bribes, and the OVER CROWDING of cluster turds, they call homes; with the rest of the citizens looking, in horror at the three story bomb shelter dominoes. Yes, I said, BOMB SHELTER first floors, complete with pored reinforced concrete walls with two additional walls of cinder block, filled with dirt. All to create an Enclave, or what looks like a PHONY, Hanging Gardens of Shangrala, for certain people that gravitate to a foreign concept of protected living at the expense and dominance of the surrounding homes.  Fremont government is total dominated by this race of immigrants, why would I walk into an area that despises the previous residents? Screw the party in that CHP sponsored pig fest. Last time I hauled the cuda to Sonoma Drags we passed 8 CHP units all pointing radar at us in the FREMONT SPEED TRAP AND WEIGH STATION area.  I was tipped off to the problem ahead by a motor cycle Cop flagging with his arms as he passed. That means a problem ahead. I mention all this for anyone who drives through the Bay Area. Beware of Fremont, and the stoplight cameras too.   
Geez...Sorry I mentioned Fremont.  Try to have nice day.

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Re: NorCal 73 Challenger
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2013 - 05:27:57 pm »
Ya gotta vent sometime! It's no problem, we have processed worse, sh11 into the "PIT". Mean while, local street racers are in the news lately. I think they watch to many movies, along with the guy's that shoot it out with the cops.
 
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