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  1. DentalDart

    DentalDart Well-Known Member

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    Been looking.
     
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    billsdartgt FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    if you get back on your dart I will do the same LOL

    you too doc
     
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      DentalDart Well-Known Member

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      My dart is running and driving "great..." I'm looking for a new block right now :popcorn:

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        halfafish Damn those rabbits, and their holes! FABO Gold Member

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        Barring some hideous disaster, the self-hijack of the Start of a Dart thread is over. The truck is done with the wheels cleaned up and painted, new tires, and AFAIK everything works with no leaks that I can find.

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        It's time to drive this bad boy for a while. Yoo-Hoo, Mr. Dart, best to awaken from your 8-month siesta. It's time to get back to work...
         
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        • RustyRatRod

          RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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          Buy my 400. I'm not going to use it.
           
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            RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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            Good lookin truck!
             
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            DentalDart Well-Known Member

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            I want a 340 or 360 block for it. So I can try my hand at building a stroker
             
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            you'll get lots more cu in's from a 400 stroker :lol:
             
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              DentalDart Well-Known Member

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              Haha thanks!
               
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              j par Well-hung Member

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              If you stop looking for that unicorn nut (a cheap big block bellhousing..) and put a slush box behind it you can put it in that valiant.
               
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                Dragging this up off of page four hoping something will get done on it this year...
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                halfafish Damn those rabbits, and their holes! FABO Gold Member

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                Hmmm. This Dart has been sitting patiently in the driveway for too long a time.

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                I wandered outside today, and............huh............where is the Dart?

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                Oh, wait a minute. Does the missing Dart look like this Dart, that's parked inside the shop?

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                Why yes it does! The D-150 interlude is all wrapped up, the Dart is back inside, and it's time to get to work on it. Let's get your front paws in the air sir, and get your shoes off. It's time to get going on the rebuild of the front end, brakes, and changing from power steering and power brakes to manual for both.

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                  jcmeyer5 Token Ford Guy

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                  Can I ask why? Is there an advantage to using a solid one vs the original red transluscent one?
                   
                • Dartsun

                  Dartsun Mopar Dude

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                  Finally the dart back in the shop
                   
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                  • halfafish

                    halfafish Damn those rabbits, and their holes! FABO Gold Member

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                    No advantage that I can figure. I got the car as an half-finished 25 year project. There were LOTS of things that I didn't get with it, or I had to figure out. I made the dividers because I had no red plastic ones at all. I also had only one tail lens housing. A shout-out to @SGBARRACUDA , as he had the housing I was missing and sent me a somewhat melted divider so I could trace it and make new ones. I had sheet metal on hand and no red plastic, so I went down the road of least resistance.
                     
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                    • halfafish

                      halfafish Damn those rabbits, and their holes! FABO Gold Member

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                      Yes Sir! If I can get it street worthy by DEC 31, @j par said he would eat his entire car. That would be a spectacle worth watching...
                       
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                        j par Well-hung Member

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                        Define streetworthy?...
                         
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                        halfafish Damn those rabbits, and their holes! FABO Gold Member

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                        Ummm....you can drive it and it goes and stops and steers, and enough of the electrical and everything else works well enough to not get you a ticket.

                        I think you have nothing to worry about, my world just exploded so time to work on the Dart or truck just went in the toilet for a while.
                         
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                          I've been working non stop... Finally got a day off and I'll be sanding on the truck cab tomorrow...
                          A new bet is needed...
                           
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                          halfafish Damn those rabbits, and their holes! FABO Gold Member

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                          Well, I've been working WAY too much, a surge I would not have predicted. However, it's nice to have money going into the checking account.

                          However, you've been to my place............here's what it looks like at the moment. It's been several weeks of trying to stay ahead of the logger.

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                            DentalDart Well-Known Member

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                            Sooo... how is progress on the dart?!
                             
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                            • halfafish

                              halfafish Damn those rabbits, and their holes! FABO Gold Member

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                              It's a sad tale to tell, sir. I had it rolled back in the shop to get going on the front end but hit a mental wall and decided to get my truck going first Mission Creep on a D-150. And I was successful, sort of. I had bad noises starting at about 300 miles or so and it got worse, so at 700 miles I threw in the towel and pulled the engine to see what went wrong Ideas on what's causing my click/tick/rattle noise?. Turns out I screwed up big time and spun a couple of rod bearings, and also had it set wildly pig-rich which crapped up the head, fuel washed the cylinders, and probably contributed to the demise of my bearings. The truck engine is back out and after a trip to the MS for a bit of bearing love, is getting all new bearings and rings, then reassembled. The head is getting all positive valve stem seals and cleaned up. Clearly, I'm a borderline lousy mechanic.

                              However, poor Mr. Dart is sitting in the carport, patiently awaiting his re-entry to the shop. I have to get this truck going but it's a slow slog. WAY too much work isn't helping matters, as well as three monstrous projects on the home front. Stay tuned, I hope to report progress in a few weeks.
                               
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                                Mr Dart's patients are wearing....
                                 
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