1966 Factory V8 Valiant Signet Restoration For My Other Daughter

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  1. Jim Kueneman

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    Lookee what I got!

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      That's some kind of alright!!!
       
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      Man Jim, that looks sweet! I really like the painted heads and intake! Well done, sir.

      That engine's going to look like a cherry on top of a pie. Or maybe a jelly filled lemon donut. Haha!
       
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        Cherry-filled lemon rumble cake...
         
      • Jim Kueneman

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        After a little head scratching and a few text a friend I have the accessory brackets figured out. Looks like I did good getting everything I needed except the water pump pulley is just a tiny bit too big guess I’ll have to find the correct part number and start looking. It’s 6 1/2 inches and it touches the bottom crank pulley the other thing they didn’t work out his plan was I bought some transmission to engine brackets and my understanding is there’s two different lengths I took a guess and I think I guessed wrong as the left hand one it’s just a tiny bit too short I’ll get some measurements tomorrow and start looking for that other than that I did really good at finding all the parts, it’s basically mocked up.

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          Amazing wow!
           
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          Hey Jim, random question if you don't mind. I was skimming through your 63 Dart convertible build and this one and am wondering if you had to replace the grommets on the upper vent window pivot? If so, where were you able to find those? Thanks!

          Here's a photo of the grommets/gaskets I'm referring to.

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        • Jim Kueneman

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          No one makes those. Talked to Jim at DMT and he _may_ reproduce them but do not hold your breath.
           
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            Well, crap. That's kind of what I was expecting. What'd you end up using? I'll probably try to make some out of rubber/plastic sheet and a short length of rubber hose I guess.
             
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            mine were good enough to reuse, more or less.
             
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              The engine looks beautiful! I'm having a similar issue with the pulleys for my '65 Barracuda right now. I already bought 3 wrong ones. Now I bought crank + warerpump pulley set of ebay that should hopefully fix that. Should arrive today. But between big block and small block, pre and post '70 and a/c and non-a/c it's hard to find the right ones you need.
               
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                Actually looks like you have a big block water pump pulley - from what I figured out the sb ones have an angled profile while the bb ones are straight.
                 
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                Sometimes when life gives you lemons you have to suck it up and go buy some half-inch steel tubing and make your own brackets. Just made a couple templates out of cardboard to get the basic shapes in the bend angles and a hammer and vice. Total cost invested $11 for 8 feet of tubing and an hour and a half in the garage.. And yes sometimes you have to throw away what you’re doing and start over made three to get two.  I’ve got some more correct looking hardware coming from AMK

                One customization done two more to go in this thing may be ready to go in.

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                  Looks factory...noice!
                   
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                    Fabrication components all mocked up with cardboard and metal cut and sized ready for welding.

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                      So I was not happy with the thoughts of making my own lines as there did not seem to be a way out of it. I found factory '73 disk brake proportioning valve so I thought what was the difference between this and a '73 Duster? I took a chance and ordered a power brake '73 Duster front end line kit... Eureka other than needing to loop the crossover line around the column (remember the post '66 cars are 2" wider) it was a perfect fit! Even the holes to bolt the valve on were there! Now it is hard to decide if I want to spend another $100 and see if a Duster rear line will work with minimal bending instead of the hack of stretching that rear line 12".......

                      A few details came in from Classic Industries, the last (famous last words) batch of OEM style bolts from AMK.


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                        It's a Chrysler it has to have a Carter brand fuel pump... it just has to.... Now to see if anyone wants a set of original InLine Tube lines for an early A...

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                          I stopped buying some original things and upgraded made the Mopar faithful mad lol...hahaha looking good soon!.
                           
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                          Free heat shield day! Too damn hot to spend to much time here but I will be back!
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