1969 Dodge Dart Swinger clean up

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  1. Jesus Chrysler

    Jesus Chrysler Forgiving Sins Against Mopar Since 1983

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    Well if height under the lift is a concern it's probably the worst car to put on the lift. I guess it's a wash if it has to live on either side....
     
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    NAH... :thumbsup:
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    • Jesus Chrysler

      Jesus Chrysler Forgiving Sins Against Mopar Since 1983

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      I stand by my previous statement. Limit switch our we red tag your ass. Royal Canadian Mounted Mopar Code Enforcement does not take these violations lightly. We will fine you $10,000.00US ($27.50CAD) for non-compliance.
       
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      • dadsbee

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        38 Days to make it here from what amounts to a border bridge and a 5 hour drive, but they finally made it. Thanks Frank @Mr. Sinister. Frank's rear axle stops have the matching mounting plate to what I took off and Eddie's have the matching bumpers, so a clean up and mix and match and I have just what I need. Thanks guys!
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        • Jesus Chrysler

          Jesus Chrysler Forgiving Sins Against Mopar Since 1983

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          Which ones are "new?"
           
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          None, they're all 52 year old OE's.
           
        • Mr. Sinister

          Mr. Sinister Devastation Manager FABO Gold Member

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          Glad to help.
           
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          • dadsbee

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            Decided to forgo cutting a hole in the ceiling for now. The Bee is prettier to look up her skirt anyhow! Now I have some room to tear that Swinger's rear axle assembly apart.
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            • Joe Mc

              Joe Mc No Car Like A MoPar! FABO Gold Member

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              It was USPS.. taking a month to get stuff to the border. Now we have an entire main sorting facility at Canada Post with the majority of the 3000 workers with Covid or off for 14 day quarantine
               
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              Sounds freaking awesome- not...
               
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              Same here. At least a month to get parts via USPS i have had a bunch of parts at Blue Water Shipping in Port Huron since Sept. Fulfillment Guys were bringing the parts across the border, but ran into some snag with Canada Customs, who are in no hurry to resolve the issue!
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              Now I have some room to work safely. Engine ready for it's mounts and installation to the K frame assembly.
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              Yep,,, just shooting pictures while I clean up the shop today. Tomorrow I'll get some actual work done. This mornings grocery run is out of the way and we're good for at least a month this round.
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              Wonder Woman's car just about ready to go...
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              • Dana67Dart

                Dana67Dart Like a fine wine, only getting better with age! FABO Gold Member

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                Sugestion....
                Add a heavy vinyl curtain floor to ceiling to protect those beauties on the lift.

                Last weekend I split a piece of cast iron off of a clamp (long story) and a piece flew accros the garage and hit the garage door. Luckily missed the Dart.

                You may also want to protect the top car from uv from fluorescent shop lights. (Real thing, most don't think about)
                 
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                • dadsbee

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                  Thanks..I already have my "meat locker" for that..
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                    Thanks @Dana67Dart for the nudge on UV... pulled the bulbs out of that unit for now to save my dash pad/etc.
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                      One thing (of many) that I can't stand is cotter pins that are quickly installed, like a pretzel, that snag rags and cut your hands/arms when working on things. On these short repro castle nuts that leave the pin hole high I bend the head down a bit.
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                      Bent head sits nicely in the castle slot to do what it's supposed to do, stop the nut from loosening.
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                      Clip the short tail, leaving just enough to bend over the nut.
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                      Long tail, I bend about 3/16" of the tip first, then bring it over the bolt end.
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                      Then use a punch to set the end down behind the cotter's head.
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                      ..and it's snag free and looks neat.
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                      52 year old rubber axle bump stops left in AV100LL for the night and the undercoating and mess just slipped off. Rubber also softened up, so don't leave them soaking for too long.
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                      Mounts installed to the engine and engine/transmission being lowered onto the K frame assembly.
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                      K frame checked for level/reference.
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                      Carb mounting flange used to make sure that the engine is bolted down identical to the K frame level reference.
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                      • dadsbee

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                        All in the details. Engine boss touched up where the lifting chain was bolted on, leaving a bare spot front and back of the boss that would have started the rust machine.
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                        Another shot of the adjustable roller rockers and beehive valve springs. Rockers have CC on them, identifying them as Competition Cams units. Later versions that are bushed.
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                        I used $$$ cover gaskets on my Bee and they didn't seal worth a sh.. ! Back to old school cork and no sealant. It's what came off this thing and they weren't leaking, so why tempt fate!?
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                        Just lightly snugged up so they can slowly take a set to seal.
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                        Why I take lots of pictures. Just makes life easy when there's a 50/50 chance you get it right.
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                        I also marked the distributors base location so I don't have to play with timing this thing.
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                        Covers on, spark plugs in, distributor and coil back in place, as well as the breather and plug wire looms.
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                        Don't forget some sealant on the alternator bracket/water pump housing bolts. They are in the wet passage.
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                        When putting the fan assembly on, spin it and check the fan and pulley for wobble. Just like tracking an airplane propeller you can control the belt pulley wobble pending which of the 4 bolts you snug first.
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                        Just the transmission lines, distributor cap/wires, carburetor and trans kick down cable left to go and it's ready to put back in the car. Oh yah and those damn headers...
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                        • Stranglehold

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                          Looks great! Love the attention to detail! Good tips as well.
                           
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                          • Joe Mc

                            Joe Mc No Car Like A MoPar! FABO Gold Member

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                            A real pia but well worth the effort, those blasted short castle nuts and too high holes on joints, I've drilled new holes. Yea, real pia better have really good drill bits (emphasis on the plural...), cutting lube and go slow
                             
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                            Looks amazing Wayne.
                             
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                            • dadsbee

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                              What I should be doing is using some of my OE x 3 "turret" castle nut stash, but I'm saving those for a future OE restoration that may come along.
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                              Transmission lines cleaned up, removing old paint overspray and other goo.
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                              Fittings reinstalled into the transmission case with PST 592. I put this shit on everything and haven't had a fitting leak in over 25 years on aircraft, cars, oil furnaces....
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                              Transmission lines back into place.
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                              I keep staring at this intake and it's runners and wonder just how street-able this thing is gonna be...
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                              Found this when putting the carb back on. Vacuum port blocker inside the distributor vacuum advance hose. Thought maybe the last mechanic left it there when setting base timing, so I made a call and they "think" the distributor was recurved to run mechanical advance only, without using the vacuum advance. Some pedal mashing in the future will confirm or deny that theory.
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                              Lokar throttle kick down cable reinstalled from engine to transmission and adjusted for proper throw.
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                              Just happened to have the exact length of date code PCV hose left over from doing my Bee restoration. Another 24 bucks into her...
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                              New fuel line installed, with filter in a much better place than the pump inlet.
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                              Tomorrow the task at hand is trying to clean up these neglected TTI headers.
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                                Nice progress, I love the $13.84 story.
                                 
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                                  Thanks, I left out the part about the bun in the oven as well ! He's 38 in a month....
                                   
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