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  1. Duster 383

    Duster 383 Well-Known Member

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    rumblefish360 so close yet so far away

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    Sound funny? Nope! Not at all. I think it a wise move. As well as sensible. No sense jumping into something with two feet into strange waters. Finding a guy that can walk you through and show you things before you break them or screw with it is smart.

    BUT! You and Dad must learn how to tune the car through and through. Carb, ignition, chassis, suspension.

    I know all of this seems like a mountain of stuff before you. But that is OK. The EZ way to conquer it all is by 1 thing at a time.

    Start with the ignition. Learn how the distributor you have works and where it should be set and set up.

    Then the carb. Read up on it and mess around with it. See wht works and what doesn’t. Right now it is how well it drives. Later, how well it goes at the track.

    On the chassis & suspension. Same thing.

    Write everything down. Where you started and what you changed. This way going backwards to where you was is only a quick look to see where you have been and reinstall/change/swap back the parts.

    This is where the fun begins.
    Enjoy!
     
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      Duster 383 Well-Known Member

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      You almost made me tear up thinking about all the fun me and my dad will have with this ...he always said I grew up in the wrong generation lol
       
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      Welcome from sellersville. There is a guy up off of Ridge Road and old Bethelhem pike in Sellersville (2 buildings down from the White horse tavern). Not sure of the address but he has his business from the garage behind his house. I can find out if your interested. He was to be the go to guy for tuning these cars. His name is Barry Styer.
       
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      I will never turn down someone who knows about these cars ......no offense to old guys but ....they know it all !!!
       
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      rumblefish360 so close yet so far away

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      LOL! I understand that in a big way.
      Myself and my son in law.
      (Currently 22 & a hell of a mechanic!)
      Pick up a book or two.
      The Mopar engines and chassis books are a good start. There are various back books on Holley carbs.
       
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      MOPARMITCH Minister of Offence FABO Gold Member

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      Welcome to the Madness !!!!
       
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        Welcome from Gettysburg!
         
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        adriver Blazing Apostle

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        Great color.
        They can see you coming.

         
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          I bought my car 30 years ago thru Barry Styer !! He used to babysit me when I was a kid !! His vette is what hooked me on cars back when I was 6
           
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            Welcome from Finleyville, PA
             
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            Yeah his vette is nice. He has an impala to that sounds very healthy too!
             
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            Welcome from Selinsgrove...
             
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            That's probably your best resource.
            Here's the catch; it depends on what you've got there. If dealing with a street rod, its different than knowing a stock setup.
            Here's the deal, tuning for a stock engine means bringing it to factory specs. Tuning for hot rod means systematic experimentation (within some guidelines based on the setup). This is often two very different things. A few people can do both well. Ken Montgomery's son may be someone in your driving range, if he's running his dad's place. Montgomery Service Center, Corner of Baeder & Wharton, Jenkintown.
            That's a matter of perspective; The previous owner may have loved it that way. Probably set up with low gears to maximize power in the 1/4 mile. Your car now, so you must have a vision for it. Going to other people for what it "should be" rarely works out. Go to other people to get what you want, that sometimes works out. LOL.

            There's a lot of nonsense out there, between1/2fasts, BSers and marketing. Didnt start with the internet either. lol.
            Most trustworthy written tech will be from authorities on the subject, SAE and Chrysler training materials and stuff like that.
            Master Tech series is available here
            Master Technician Service Conference - Chrysler's Training for Mechanics
            There's booklets on combustion, timing, carburation how it works as well specific tuning. Start with the how it works stuff.
            For Holley carbs, I like Mike Urich's books the best for explaning the basics. Buy them used.
             
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              Wow!! I know that car!! I looked at buying it late last fall from a guy near Harleysville!
               
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              Yeah ...was his name Toby lol
               
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              What are you going to do about the oil pan?
               
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              Me and my dad found a 699 pan ...fixed it up powder coated it and put it on along with all new steering components...and it clears it fine..now we need to put new polyurethane spacers in between the engine plate and the frame to keep the headers from rubbing the steering shaft.. its coming along nicely