1964 Valiant "Get Runnin & Drivin"

Early A-Body Discussions

  1. Dartnut

    Dartnut I'm H.R. Shovin'stuff

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    Ha Ha Ha!
    You know that i was just kidding!
    Good on you Rob, that patina is what some pay big buck$$$$ to recreate.
    I like the fact that you have the stones to drive it and enjoy it when most people would hate it for not being a concours show car all painted up and fancy.
    To me, another one running and driving is better than one in the garage ''waiting for perfection''...........
     
  2. RustyRatRod

    RustyRatRod 30 Degrees Outta Whack FABO Gold Member

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    Evan and I have already been scheming about how quickly we can get the car in paint. My plan is to get the floor pans done first, then move on to the outside. I figure if I limit it to one section at the time I can keep costs down while still driving it.

    And I do promise to be better about posting pictures in the future.
     
  3. barbee6043

    barbee6043 barbee 6043 FABO Gold Member

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    I too am one to want to be able to drive a car as I do the work. Yes a ( good) body shop will pull the fenders/ doors as it is easier to work on them, and they can do a more thorough job. But us guys that are hands, on want to drive it types, if we are doing the body work, we find a way not to spend 5-10 years on the project car!?? We are the types to not demand a perfect finish capable of winning the grand prize at the largest Mopar gathering in the continental US!? Just the key word is "drive"!?
     
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    • RustyRatRod

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      Cut a lot of the bad metal out of the rear floor pans tonight. Not cutting around the seat mounts yet, as I want to drive it a few more days. Cut through the gas line like a dumbass. Fixed it though. Dammit. Pics to come.
       
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        Here is a shot of the bad metal cut from the floor pans. The new pans will cover a considerable amount more than I've cut, but I left what I did because I plan to drive the car a bit more before I replace the pans. The new pans will repair over 90% of the rust through. The other small percentage I will repair with scrap sheet metal. Of course, you can see the compression fitting where I cut the fuel line dead in two. lol

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        COMPRESSION FITTING.jpg
         
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        • famous bob

          famous bob mopar misfit

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          Wondering about exhaust fumes !
           
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            I fixed the exhaust. The tailpipe is at the bumper.
             
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            jedrattle Well-Known Member

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            What headlight switch did you use? I bought a Standard DS 165 and it doesn’t work correctly.
             
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            The DS165. What doesn't work correctly?
             
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            jedrattle Well-Known Member

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            When I pull the knob the headlights come on in the first click and then the high beams in the second click, where the headlights should come on normally.


            Edit...actually the high beams come on first and then the low beams.
             
          • pishta

            pishta I know I'm right....

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            H lug is headlight feed to hi/lo beam switch and then its red or black 12V out depending on what the hi beam switch is selected. P lug is parking lights. P is well #3 of 8 port bulkhead connector, H is well #8.
             
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            The DS165 is the correct switch for that application. You may have a defective switch, a bad dimmer switch, or a wiring issue.
             
          • moparmandan

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            LOL I cut my fuel line too. Looking good man. What you going to do for floor pans while you're driving it?
             
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            Nothing. lol
             
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            Lol. Fred Flintstone.
             
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            • jedrattle

              jedrattle Well-Known Member

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              The dimmer switch and all that worked fine. I just didn’t have dash lights. I think the new switch is no good
               
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              • Stephen Hotz

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                Have recieved bad switch straight out of the box as well.
                 
              • RustyRatRod

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                Looks like I am going to have to stop driving it for now. The driver's side leaf spring is creaking badly and has sagged a bit since I have been driving it. I am sure it is going to fail. At least I do have it running well. Oh well. lol
                 
              • rumblefish360

                rumblefish360 so close yet so far away

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                Standard A body length springs, who got a set for Rob?!?!?!?!
                 
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                I got a '62 Valiant and a '62 Lancer parts cars here. I'll take the tractor and lift them up for him BUT he has to take them out.
                I have wrenches, sawzall, torches, impact, whatever. Or he can bring his own. His for the taking. But l ain't doing the work.
                 
              • rumblefish360

                rumblefish360 so close yet so far away

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                Concord where?
                 
              • RustyRatRod

                RustyRatRod 30 Degrees Outta Whack FABO Gold Member

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                I am going to get some new XHD springs from General Spring. I was just hoping they would last a little longer. lol I may try some air shocks to prolong the agony since I can get them cheap. I hate to quit driving it because it runs so well and it's getting really good mileage.
                 
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                • oldmodlover

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                  Near Frank Liske park
                   
                • rumblefish360

                  rumblefish360 so close yet so far away

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                  LMAO! Well, thanks but that doesn’t help. What state?

                  RRR, have you figured out about the kind of mileage your getting?
                   
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                  I haven't measured it yet. It had a 1/4 tank when I drive it the first time. I could not tell the needle had moved until I drove TO work the second day. I put 3/4 tank in yesterday. The needle hasn't moved yet. When I can afford to fill it up, I'l do some measurin. lol
                   
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