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  1. 73Charger318

    65 Commando stock brake set up

    So how did you "unswedge" them? Lol. Are you saying this is why mine are stuck on? Mine do look like your first photo.
  2. 73Charger318

    65 Commando stock brake set up

    Thanks for all the info. I actually found a set of NOS 256 shoes. Great info. Sadly I don't have a build sheet. I found a very small piece of it under the back seat, the rest is in some dead mouse. I can make out about half a dozen build codes, none seem to be brake related. So it...
  3. 73Charger318

    65 Commando stock brake set up

    V8525xxxxx - yes V8 car. I did get my missing items from Rock Auto. I would love to see the shoe photos. I would like to get the brakes back to what they should be. Now to work on those front drums and see what's hidden under them!
  4. 73Charger318

    65 Commando stock brake set up

    Commando, meaning 273 V8 four barrel. Yes all original V8 car. Data plate, vin, and engine casting numbers show this. I think I'm going to switch it back to 10 inch drums and buy new shoes. Who knows what happened over nearly 60 years. Just trying to understand these brakes. I did see an...
  5. 73Charger318

    65 Commando stock brake set up

    As some know I picked up a 65 Commando about a month ago that has set for 30 plus years. Drums are stuck on, but managed to get the back two off finally. Finding nine inch drums on the car, and I don't think that is correct. I might add that the secondary braking material came off with the...
  6. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    Sounds like a fun car! 5K shipped to your door and you can do whatever you want with it. No millionaire bank account needed. lol. Thanks!
  7. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    Sledge hammer? Explosives? lol
  8. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    Yes, had Texas plates, last known registration was in Texas in 1992. Pretty sure a military guy, found an army hospital medical card under the backseat when I pulled that out. I hope nothing is wrong with mine, I plan to use the pistons in the engine now. Read somewhere you can change out the...
  9. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    I got the manual off mymopar. Thanks!
  10. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    Thanks Richard, I have an automatic. Chatting with a guy with a 3854S on eBay but he doesn't seem interested in coming off his crazy high price. I'm in no hurry, it will be at least August before I can even start the engine rebuild. No plans to build any racer for sure. Even keeping the...
  11. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    Sounds like I need to look harder for a carb. I believe you're correct that the edelbrock will need an adapter. I want the air cleaner to fit for sure. Who knows when this remanufactured 3858 was stuck on the car. I'll sell it as soon as I can find a 3854S. Thanks.
  12. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    I saw one on there this morning that looked like it had been in a fire and they wanted $250. lol. I have a guy that can rebuild one if I can find a decent one somewhere. Can you see a VIN on the firewall on any of your 65's? I would like to find another location before my 551 inspection at...
  13. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    My carb number is 3858. It's back on the car for now. Still have visions of getting it started at some point before pulling the engine. AI says carbs correct for that car: Edelbrock Performer 1404 Carburetor: 500 CFM, 4 Barrel, Square Bore, Manual Choke Inlet Holley 4160 Series 600 CFM 4 Bbl...
  14. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    Perfect, scratching the new lifters idea. Will get factory ones refaced. Thanks.
  15. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    Thanks, I had the cam located. Was just confused on what lifters since this cam isn't shown in any cam/lifter kit. This lifter keeps popping up, but count me out if these are $400 each. lol https://iskycams.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1853
  16. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    I don't see a cam and lifter kit with the E-4 isky cam. Can you verify what lifters you used? Also if the original was solid lifter, how come when you search by year and make all 11 of the cam and lifter kits have hydraulic cams? I found that strange with the isky website.
  17. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    Thanks. Already replaced the oil/filter. Aways run VR1 racing oil in my older cars for the zinc. New plugs, wires, battery, and coil. What should the carb be? I was getting ready to possibly rebuild it, but sounds like replacing it may be a better option. Not sure how to adjust valves. I...
  18. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    The part of the fill tube that was inside the tank was rusting away too, so need to replace it also. It's a pain to get to. Other than that no issues, except the bottom of the car above where the tank set may always smell! Did a leak down test this evening. Was only holding 25% at cylinder...
  19. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    Who wants it?
  20. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    I'm not really over my head on the motor, since I'm not the one that will be doing the rebuild. I have the budget, just not the desire to spend thousands to end up with a pretend commando with a 318 or something. I would definitely entertain selling it if the motor isn't rebuildable. I agree...
  21. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    Two hours from bull shoals.
  22. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    I think I'll just take the pattern, but if you want to bring it down I'll put you to work for a few days!
  23. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    Part # for rebuilders choice would be nice. I saw no way to even search items on their website. Edge for egge for ease of shopping! lol If the engine isn't rebuildable I may consider selling this car to someone on here who wants to drop a different motor in. Odometer shows 52700 and it may...
  24. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    Stainless and unlike the rest of the original exhaust it's withstood the test of time. Not so for the large hole right behind the muffler in the pipe that goes over the rear axle. lol. I'll be looking for exhaust options also, and again would like to keep it mostly original. Thanks.
  25. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    I believe I found the cam. https://iskycams.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=608
  26. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    Read on axleaddict.com that they're on only game in town for a 10.5-1. What would you recommend instead? Hopefully I can just use the current pistons in the engine. Thanks.
  27. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    Perfect. Casting number on block comes up 1964-1966 273 V8 so no reason to think this engine isn't original. I'm sure the transmission is to, just haven't got that far yet. Link to Isky cam? Been to the site and couldn't come up with anything searching E-4. Thanks for the advice.
  28. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    All good points. If I find out the motor is wasted and can't be rebuilt I don't see dropping a 318 in. The car needs everything, and I think it loses a lot of its appeal if it becomes a commando look a like. It has set for 30 years. All the interior is now out, it needs everything from...
  29. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    Will do! I'll take some more in the morning. I've changed all the fluids, new plugs and wires, coil, battery. I have a new tank but since part of the fill tube was rusted away I have to get it out of the floor before that can be put in. I have plenty of pics from when I picked it up also...
  30. 73Charger318

    273 advise needed

    First I know there have been several 273 rebuild discussions here and I've learned a lot already reading through toolmanmike's build and others. Most of what I've found are builds of a 273 two barrel, or have a lot of technical information that I don't really understand. I already have the...
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