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  1. limegreen70

    limegreen70 Pokorny Enterprise's

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    Get some Headlight Bezels for her. Like everyone else I like the patina a lot but no Headlight bezels Bothers me a Bit lol.
     
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    • 75slant6

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      lol I've got the bezels in the shop I just can't find the screws.
       
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      • bkd

        bkd Two Scoops To GO!!!

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        Love it Looks AWESOME!!! Pics turned out GREAT!!!
         
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        • DusterDaddy

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          Totally love this car! What a Brawler!!
           
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          • MopaR&D

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            Hey Caleb, man that thing is sweet with the patina nothing says "I don't give a ****" like that LOL! Regarding the gearing I would first try going to a slightly bigger rear tire, it will not only "raise" your final drive a bit but will also increase grip from the bigger contact patch and be more resistant to spinning because of the larger diameter and rotational inertia. Just some nerdage for the day lol...
             
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              Rear tires are pretty near brand new so they'll be staying for now. 275/40/17s eventually I'll be going to 295/40/18s. Ralphie361 has this same trans in his dart and when I found out that 2.76s suit this trans better he put some 2.76s in and said it's MUCH better all around. Just gotta find the time to swap mine in.
               
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                That's awesome, your driveshaft and u-joints will be hardly spinning at all... How's the RPM drop between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd btw? I've noticed on my '93 Jeep Cherokee with the 4.0L and AX-15 the drops between 1-2-3 are HUGE and then 3-4-5 are noticeably closer. I've always been a little leary of the torque rating too, I wonder what it actually takes to blow up one of those transmissions I haven't really heard of it happening...
                 
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                Tell you the truth I'm not sure on the RPM drops. I don't have my tach installed yet. Ralph blew his first ax up in his dart (behind a 5.7 Hemi) on a hard 2-3 shift. I won't run it once I do a Hemi swap (I'll run either a built a500 or a T56) but behind a stock 5.9 I'm not worried at all
                 
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                I didn't realize it was that long since I've been on here, that's awesome that it's up and running, congrats! I beat my 5.9 Dakota for years in front of the v6 ax15 in that, so you should be good for a while!
                 
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                  Here you go! Got the headlight bezels put on about 2 minutes ago!!

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                    Back in January I bought this '72 Valiant for $500. I had planned on getting it running and using it as a driver but I don't have a title and have too many projects anyway. It's a shame to part it. But I pulled the screws for the headlight bezels, horn button, defrost vents and the dash pad last night for my Duster. The dash pad is mint but was brown, then dyed blue for the valiant and I'll be dying it black.

                    I'll also be parting out the rest of the valiant this summer so keep y'all's eyes pealed for parts for sale :)

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                  • limegreen70

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                    You shoulda told me you were losing sleep over it! I would've left them off for a few more weeks! :poke: :D
                     
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                      Got my dash pad painted Monday night. Hope to get the wiper linkage back in, pull the column and get the dash frame painted in the next day or 2.

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                        Well I got my wiper linkage seals put in and got the linkage all back in and hooked up, still need to put grease in the pivots.

                        I also masked off the dash frame and painted the dash in the car using semi flat spray paint. Turned out pretty dang good if I do say so myself!!
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                        Here's after paint

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                        If I have time tomorrow I'll put the dash pad on and start reassembling the dash. Gonna make a big difference!! Bad thing is, now I'm gonna have to upgrade the rest of the interior to match!!! Lol
                         
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                          Interior is coming along nice! Looks like we are both headed down the same path with these cars
                           
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                            Thanks. The dash SHOULD be back together in the next week or so (been saying that the last 2 months. Lol)

                            We have a cruise-in once a month and the first one was Saturday so my goal is to have the car back to being drivable in time for the next one.
                             
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                              I said mine would be ready by summer but I am starting to question that. After reading your build you are well aware things don't always go as planned hahah
                               
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                              Oh I know all about that!! :BangHead: Lol. This just MIGHT be the year it actually makes it to the Nats!! But I'm not gonna say for sure until the morning we leave! Lol
                               
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                                Well, I got a small (but kinda big for me) update. So I bought a sunpro tach a few months back and I knew I didn't wanna mount it on my steering column, didn't wanna put screws in my nice dash pad, didn't wanna mount it on the lower dash and I didn't have room in my gauge cluster. So here's what I did about all that!

                                This is what my bracket looked like when I got it.
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                                Here you can see I took my dremel and cut the base off the bracket.

                                By the way, after everything I used the dremel for on the bracket, I'd suggest that EVERY household and/or shop needs a dremel!!! I'd wanted one for a few years and a few weeks ago I bought one used at an auction for cheap and they're badass!! But back to the pics!
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                                I then cut the bracket at a slight angle.
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                                And here's how I welded it back together! I'll save y'all the trouble (and me the embarrassment) of looking at the pics how this thing looked after I welded it and before I ground the welds down with the dremel. I literally spent about 2 minutes welding and 20 minutes cutting and grinding those welds!!:BangHead: IMG_2054.JPG IMG_2056.JPG IMG_2057.JPG
                                And here is how it'll mount!! I'm pretty tickled with how it turned out, someone who can weld worth a flip could've done it much faster but all in all I'm happy! IMG_2050.JPG IMG_2051.JPG
                                I took every apart again and I'm about to get it painted and then I'll see about getting it out back in and wired up!!
                                 
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                                Hey Caleb! Your mailbox is full. Can you give me a call. David Bolinger Pembroke
                                 
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                                I cleared my inbox. Must've lost your number
                                 
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                                Well, I got a little something done yesterday. I discovered that when it comes time to do body work, I'm gonna have to either patch or replace the drivers door jam :BangHead:

                                Here's the lower rear part and is definitely the worst. IMG_2080.JPG
                                Here's the top of the jam, by the quarter window. IMG_2081.JPG
                                And here's the front lower corner of the door sill. IMG_2082.JPG
                                Anyway, I wire wheeled it all down, then a coated it in navel jelly a few times (wasn't real impressed with the results) then wiped it all down with paint thinner and sprayed it with the same semi flat that I used on the dash frame. Next I'll need to do the passenger side and also the upper and lower parts of the doors as well as the sail panels. IMG_2083.JPG
                                Btw, anyone have any 70-72 Duster front door panels kicking around? Color doesn't matter as long as they're in fairly nice shape
                                 
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                                  Yesterday I also got a cardboard template cut out for the upper transmission crossmember and today I traced it over to steel IMG_2094.JPG
                                  I went way overkill on the thickness of the materials but I had this plate kicking around for months so I decided to use it IMG_2095.JPG
                                  Here's what I have so far, I'll cut out a few more pieces and will need to weld it all together then. Can't explain it but I'll post pics once I get it done. IMG_2096.JPG IMG_2097.JPG
                                  I did have to cut this one stud off on the transmission to get it to clear the second "hoop" that I'll be putting in. IMG_2099.JPG IMG_2103.JPG
                                  That's all I got for now but hopefully I'll be getting more done on the crossmember tomorrow.
                                   
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                                  Well, I got the crossmember built! Only thing left to do is clean it good then I'm gonna dip the whole thing in enamel paint so it's coated inside and out.

                                  Here's the main frame of the crossmember, I got this done yesterday. IMG_2140.JPG IMG_2142.JPG

                                  Today I finished boxing it in. IMG_2156.JPG IMG_2157.JPG IMG_2158.JPG IMG_2159.JPG IMG_2160.JPG

                                  I got a lot of practice welding on this thing!! Some of the welds even turned out pretty dang nice for a newbie with a flux core welder!!
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                                  I'm hoping to get the crossmember welded into the car first of next week!
                                   
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