New forum group, Nor-Cal Mopars

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  1. belmateo

    belmateo Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Fuji!
    If you read my build my plan was to originally do a small block mopar or what you suggested in an Alpine. After much measuring and head banging it just would not fit and it is still an old car with no modern features. When the S2000 came up for sale it was just too hard to pass up.
     
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    You wanted to put a 340 into the Sunbeam? I could have told you that wouldn't fit. Remember, Chrysler bought Sunbeam while it was still building Tigers. Ma Mopar wanted to replace the Ford small block with their small block, but no way... For one thing, the distributor would be under the cowl behind the dashboard — a little inaccessible for setting the points. So they shut down Tiger production, to general dismay. Your build looks awesome, BTW.
     
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    belmateo Well-Known Member

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    Thanks,
    The distributor was not an issue because I would have been using a F.A.S.T. engine management. Also the magnums do not have a distributor. It came down to having a narrow 50+ year old car with no modern features.
    You are right, many diehard Mopar people didn't even know that Chrysler owned the Sunbeam in the end.
     
  4. CichliDart

    CichliDart Well, where is it now?

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    Which Magnum does not have a distributor? my 5.9 has
    one.
     
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    belmateo Well-Known Member

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    What I meant to say is that I would not be using a distributor on a magnum. Thanks for correcting me.
     
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    gts4fuji Well-Known Member

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    Guy either way the Sunbeam is badd azz. Love the body style.
     
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    • bradmancan

      bradmancan 65 Valiant Wagon

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      I'm in Santa Rosa and looking for a 225 slant motor to start rebuilding or on that's recently built. I'd like to find something close to home here in the North Bay I could pick up without driving crazy distances on my day off work.
       
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      bradmancan 65 Valiant Wagon

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      WHAT??!! THE DOUG DUTRA LIVES IN Santa Rosa, CA???!! I had no idea! Maybe we are neighbors!
       
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      • Trevor B

        Trevor B FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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        Yeah - he lives on HWY 12!
         
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        bradmancan 65 Valiant Wagon

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        Wow, literally fell out of my chair. Maybe I can get my Dutra book signed. lol
         
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        • Ottmundr

          Ottmundr 68 Fastback

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          Hey, did I see your wagon parked on the side street that ends at the little honda motorcycle store off of Pope St in St Helena? A few years back for a couple of years?

          Back on topic, I don't have any 225 engines.
           
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          bradmancan 65 Valiant Wagon

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          I'm not sure that was it. For the past 2 years it's been in Santa Rosa with me. Previous owner had it for a bit deep in Sebastopol and I think before that it was up further north like Eureka-ish. Not out of the question tho, just not sure
           
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          • Jim Lusk

            Jim Lusk Well-Known Member

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            I had no idea he moved out of Sunnyvale...
             
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            i've got a 64 p/u version /6 sitting here if you want .
             
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              i could show off go go green . DSC01537.JPG DSC01125.JPG DSC01122.JPG
               
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              • bradmancan

                bradmancan 65 Valiant Wagon

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                That's a neat ol' truck! It needs that slant in there! Thanks for posting it up. Love looking at engine bays with Slants in there.

                Is that a garden hose in there?
                 
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                Do I see a Hydraulic clutch in that beast?
                 
              • Trevor B

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                Here's your mill:
                Slant 6 & 904 Transmission - auto parts - by owner - vehicle...
                 
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                Hi Gents, thought I'd join in, I'm in Atascadero CA. Hey bradmancan PM me I have something you might be interested in
                 
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                bradmancan 65 Valiant Wagon

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                I reached out to Dr. Dodge and got on his list for a rebuild. Thank you guys! The fun is only beginning. Next step is finding a cherry picker.
                 
              • Trevor B

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                I got you. PM me - you can borrow mine.
                 
              • bradmancan

                bradmancan 65 Valiant Wagon

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                Anyone doing any racing at Sonoma this year?
                 
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                I’ve been going. Been a lot of fun! Hope to see you there
                 
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