1969 Swinger 340

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    340sFastback Well-Known Member

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    Great progress, looks like a lot of solid metal there.
     
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    great car ralphie. i wonder if it was my dads old one. we used to live in st marys/celina area and he own a 69 swinger 340 T5 with black interior, he also had side pipes on his is there any clues to see if there was side pipes mounted to yours?
     
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    Thanks guys, I'm going to start unpacking the car tonight so I can work on it again! I haven't seen any remnants of side pipe mounts on it, I bought the car out of southern Illinois, so if it is your dads it took a little trip. It is definitely rusty like an Ohio car!
     
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    Ok, I never really left, but between moving and finishing my degree, I have not been on here in forever. I have made some progress on the car a little bit at a time, but when I add it up over the last six months or so, it really is coming together. A lot of work to go, but I (hopefully) graduate in a week, so it should make some progress now!
     

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    Man I love the picture of the car with the green door and orange fender.

    My dart was originally that green color and had been painted orange when I bought it in 1981.

    That picture brought back a lot memories.

    you are doing good work
     
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    GEO Sarcasm Inc.

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    This how mine looked when I bought it in 1981
     

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    ralphie361 Well-Known Member

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    That's awesome! I love the original Direct Connection plate on the front, I have a repro I run on my cars, in 1981 I was a year old! Thanks for the kind words, this is my first a body and I can't wait to get it on the road.
     
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    Jason Cunningham Well-Known Member

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    69 Swingers are AWESOME, and it's COOL that you are thinking OUTSIDE OF THE BOX with your build. I love the T5 copper, are you going to keep the original Color ?
     
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    Good for you,sticking with the T5! Dont see often,which is why I am sticking with it as well.
     
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    Still got that plate hanging on the wall in the garage

    This is the one that is on it now period correct and patriotic
     

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    ralphie361 Well-Known Member

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    I was going to stay with the T5 copper when I started, but when I went to mix the paint ppg didn't have a formula for T5 in the cheap paint. I was already on the fence between T5 and toxic orange, so when it was $400 a gallon vs. $150, it made my mind up! Its a 2011 Dodge color toxic orange, and it is similar enough to the original, but gives it a modern pop. If I hate it I guess I'll sand it off and start over!
     
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    Very cool, what part of Ohio are you in?
     
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      Well with this old monitor it's hard to tell true color,but it looks pretty close from my end.
       
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      I'm just north of Dayton, so not too far from your area Alex. I want to check out the ohio mile this year, is Wilmington close?
       
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      Got to work on the car for a few hours yesterday, got the clutch master, line and slave plumbed up.
       

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      Master
       

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      AN line adapted to Dakota slave
       

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      Wilmington is only around 45 minutes from you, maybe an hour and 45 for me. I planned on going last year, but it was hard to make longer trips with my son being so little. He'll be 2 in March, so chances are a little better this year. Not sure how exciting it'll be as a spectator, but it's definitely one of those events I need to cross off the bucket list!
       
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      A little progress tonight, got the idler, pitman, center link and tie rods on.
       

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      I guess it's time to start tackling the wire harness for this beast, I stripped the loom off of the 06 commander harness I have, and started seriously looking at schematics last night. If you don't hear from me for a while, you'll know why:-/
       
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      The wire harness wasn't nearly as hard as I had made it out to be in my head, now it is all sorted and marked ready to integrate into the original. I was able to take out the auto trans, mds, and egr circuits first, then I just went down the list on the connector pinout and either marked them or eliminated as needed. Now I need to make sure my 69 harness is actually in workable condition!
       

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      Great work man!
       
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      what brand paint did you use? what was color code? if you don't mind me asking, Looks good. Maybe I can get back to work on mine. Ok I see it's 2011 toxic orange.
       
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      Thanks! I used PPG's Omni Plus (their "better" cheap line paint) and I am pretty happy with the color quality of it. I used some USC clear that I had left over from some other project, it lays out nice, but I will probably use a better clear when I go to paint the rest of the car.
       
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      I got the rats nest of wires hooked up and integrated into the car, and it cranks over and powers up a generic code reader from the DLC. Just waiting on my flashed pcm and then I can test my "handiwork"! For now I will use an air pressurized fuel injector cleaner filled with plain gasoline to test fire it, but it may not be long until I hear it rumble! That is assuming I got the wire harness close to correct!
       

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