I did it backwards

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  1. TrailBeast

    TrailBeast AKA Mopars4us on Youtube

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    Well, backwards from the way a lot of people do it.

    I don't generally discuss what I do with my car, but I figured I would try to do it a little more.
    It's not on purpose, just don't have a lot of spare time usually.
    I do all my own work, including engine, trans, suspension and alignment which saves a ton of money, as well as makes sure some sh** for brains newbie doesn't mess something up.

    I have a stock 318 and a A999 trans, both in good condition so I started adding accesories instead of modifying the engine itself so I could use it as a daily driver without breaking the bank on fuel costs.

    I added,
    Eddie electric choke 600 carb and dual plane performer intake
    Chrome unsilenced air cleaner
    Electric fuel pump
    Hedman 1-5/8 aluminized headers with Remflex gaskets
    Fabricated aluminum valve covers
    2.5 inch dual exhaust (X piped)
    Flowmaster 40's
    Mini starter
    HEI ignition and NGK's at .050
    8mm yellow silicone wires
    Innovate wideband Air/Fuel guage
    Line lock (anti roll) kit
    Procomp dual stage rev limiter
    8 blade aluminum water pump
    26 inch radiator
    Fully automatic electric cooling
    Recaro Sport buckets (in custom two tone)
    Chrome 15 inch LBP rims
    LED brake, tail, signals and running lights
    Custom guage pod for the dash (carbon fiber detail for dash not ready yet)
    New tach (white face)
    New fuel guage and sender (white face)
    White face oil, temp, and volt guages in the original dash bezel locations
    Hurst Promatic 2 floor shifter
    All front and rear Energy Suspention red bushings and ball joint covers
    2x3 .085 wall subframe connectors

    Next will probably be the Cherokee 8.8 rear with disc brakes and driveline mods.

    The plan is to run it like this while I find a good LA 360.
    Have the 360 heads milled .040 and run them on the 318 while I build the 360 bottom end.
    I already have a new MP cam, new MP lifters, and double roller timing set for the 360, but it will need boring, rods, pistons and balancing before the 360 short block gets dropped in.
    I don't think I need to deck the block due to keeping it fairly low on the compression so I can run 87-89 regular fuel.
    It also does not need to rev to the moon, as the added bottom end torque of the 360 will be fine, and should move pretty good around town with the A999 gearing.
    Right now it still has a 7-1/4 rear with 15 inch tires and runs 2800 RPM's at 70 mph. (I normally do 75-85 when on the freeway)

    After all of this is done I want it to still be daily driveable with mild compression and freeway capable gearing

    After that, who knows where it will go from there as I have no specific plans beyond this except to drive the hell out of it like I do now. :D
     

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  2. cuda65vpt

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    Don't look backwards to me! Very nice:)
     
  3. jos51700

    jos51700 Green Bearing thread connoisseur

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    I did it backwards once, and I'm not falling for that again.
     
  4. 67Dart273

    67Dart273 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    Looks pretty good from here
     
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    pro-tech Well-Known Member

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    I Don't get the backwards comment??? Different strokes for different folks,,, I don't think there is a right or wrong way to restore a car is there...The car looks great...Bill
     
  6. cosgig

    cosgig MoBro Inc. FABO Gold Member

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    Nice job!! Backwards must be the way to go cause it looks great!! Geof
     
  7. Abodybomber

    Abodybomber Breaking street machines , since 1983.....:) Legendary Member

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    I like it,keeps it reliable & fun....
     
  8. TrailBeast

    TrailBeast AKA Mopars4us on Youtube

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    The backwards comment was because I started with all the parts upgrade details first, instead of with the horse power.
    But in one weekend I will be able to swap out the bottom end and have everything else in place ahead of time.

    A person has to do both anyway, but I won't have to iron out a bunch of details when it comes to the power adding swap.

    Thanks for the positive comments guy's, it's taken about two years to get it this far from a totally stock starting point.
     
  9. PanGasket

    PanGasket has cork sides

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    Lookin good man! :thumbrig:
     
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    I love my dart, and I love your too. way to go, brother!
     
  11. Pentastarnut

    Pentastarnut 67' Barracuda

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    nice, good color too:thumrigh:
     
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