Turning a 73 Dart into a 72

Members Restorations

  1. jomoper

    jomoper Mope or Nope

    Messages:
    2,994
    Likes Received:
    190
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Location:
    NorCal.S.F.bay area
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    So I went to prime my oiling system and make sure I had oil to the rockers.As I'm doing this I can hear the air being bled out of the lifter gallery oiling passages but it gets progressively louder when I look down at My feet and see this ...
     

    Attached Files:

  2. jomoper

    jomoper Mope or Nope

    Messages:
    2,994
    Likes Received:
    190
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Location:
    NorCal.S.F.bay area
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    Seems the piece that the oil filter seats on is warped and did not seal to the block.So since I had a right angle oil filter adapter on the shelf I threw that on and problem solved.Glad I discovered this prior to firing the motor up !
     
  3. jomoper

    jomoper Mope or Nope

    Messages:
    2,994
    Likes Received:
    190
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Location:
    NorCal.S.F.bay area
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    So My new driveshaft arrived today,fit perfect! I was very careful taking measurements..
     

    Attached Files:

  4. jomoper

    jomoper Mope or Nope

    Messages:
    2,994
    Likes Received:
    190
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Location:
    NorCal.S.F.bay area
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    Well she's finally running need to do a bit more tuning but I'm so stoked to turn that key and hear it fire up !!! here's a short video pardon the shakey-camera work but I was excited.
    [ame="http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t62IFtF6Coc"]http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t62IFtF6Coc[/ame]
     
  5. jomoper

    jomoper Mope or Nope

    Messages:
    2,994
    Likes Received:
    190
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Location:
    NorCal.S.F.bay area
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    Cool got a freebie today.a friend of mine just got tires on her moms car went to costco and got a buy three get the fourth free deal.One of the tires had been replaced recently so I asked her to have them put that one in the trunk.It's an almost brand new 225 65 15 .cost Me $15 to have it mounted and balanced.So including the cost of the wheel I've got a spare for $35.00!
     

    Attached Files:

  6. stansblue72

    stansblue72 one of one 1953 ME! Legendary Member

    Messages:
    4,470
    Likes Received:
    460
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2007
    Location:
    Marysville, Washington
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    Your dart sounds great! Good deal on the tire too.
     
  7. 1972DusterPaul

    1972DusterPaul Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    999
    Likes Received:
    41
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    Location:
    Northville (Southeast) Michigan
    Local Time:
    7:54 PM
    The Dart looks and sounds great!

    Paul
     
  8. superchargeddrt

    superchargeddrt Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,304
    Likes Received:
    868
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2009
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Local Time:
    7:54 PM
    Well I'm kind of a fan of the blacked out grille too!
     

    Attached Files:

  9. jomoper

    jomoper Mope or Nope

    Messages:
    2,994
    Likes Received:
    190
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Location:
    NorCal.S.F.bay area
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    Thanks for the comments guys, It's been a long time coming and with everything going on in My life right now it's hard to find the time to address all the little odds and ends that need finishing.Hopefully I'll have a full day tomorrow to work on 'Er.My Nephew is taking film/video classes so some time in the future I should have a HD burnout Vid!


    Nice dart !
     
  10. jomoper

    jomoper Mope or Nope

    Messages:
    2,994
    Likes Received:
    190
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Location:
    NorCal.S.F.bay area
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    Well after struggling to get this thing running right-rough idle,stumble.I decided to tear into it once again.found the lifter for the #7 exhaust was tore-up.Strange as all the others look fine with a nice swirl pattern.Well I figure the whole block is probably full of metal shavings. So it's definetly coming out.I wasn't sure what to do next but I was able to find a low mileage rebuilt 360.I'm going to pick it up tomorrow morning.I will post pics.I'm hoping this mildly built motor will salvage My project.
     

    Attached Files:

  11. jomoper

    jomoper Mope or Nope

    Messages:
    2,994
    Likes Received:
    190
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Location:
    NorCal.S.F.bay area
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    So I was able to pic up this slightly used rebuilt 360 for a very reasonable price .I've cleaned it up painted it and just got it installed this afternoon.should be running by next weekend!
     

    Attached Files:

  12. jomoper

    jomoper Mope or Nope

    Messages:
    2,994
    Likes Received:
    190
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Location:
    NorCal.S.F.bay area
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    Nobody seems to read this thread but I'll keep updating it anyhow .Got the engine running and it sounds great! A bit scary at first seeing as it sat for a long-long time. Those lifters were dry and rattled for a few moments before it warmed up.On subsequent fire-ups it just seems to run better and better!So I have all the accesories installed. Also applied the sound deadener/heat- shield and put the carpet and seats back in permanently.Just have to fix a leaky valve cover gasket get an alignment and she's Road Ready!
     

    Attached Files:

  13. jomoper

    jomoper Mope or Nope

    Messages:
    2,994
    Likes Received:
    190
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Location:
    NorCal.S.F.bay area
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    Here's pics of the sound deadener installed and the seats/carpet re-installed.
     

    Attached Files:

  14. dusted72

    dusted72 Thanks Hemiroid!!!!

    Messages:
    3,349
    Likes Received:
    167
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2009
    Location:
    Triangle, V.A.
    Local Time:
    7:54 PM
    I haven't commented on this thread but I have been watching your progress. Looks great keep on plugging you don't have much left. She's come a long way.
     
  15. jomoper

    jomoper Mope or Nope

    Messages:
    2,994
    Likes Received:
    190
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Location:
    NorCal.S.F.bay area
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    Thanks,this project has really tested me.If this engine didn't work out I was ready to throw in the towel as they say.But I have too much invested to just walk away from it.
     
  16. Old Tired Rebel

    Old Tired Rebel Legandary Member Legendary Member

    Messages:
    12,442
    Likes Received:
    246
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2009
    Location:
    NC
    Local Time:
    6:54 PM
    I have to agree it has come along way. Sorry I missed this thread earlier. WHat seats do you have and where did you get them?
     
  17. dustermaniac

    dustermaniac Senior Member

    Messages:
    6,235
    Likes Received:
    543
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2009
    Location:
    Modesto, CA
    Local Time:
    6:54 PM
    I have been watching your thread and reading it and commend you on a great job. Well done! Post more pics please.
     
  18. stansblue72

    stansblue72 one of one 1953 ME! Legendary Member

    Messages:
    4,470
    Likes Received:
    460
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2007
    Location:
    Marysville, Washington
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    I've been watching, but haven't commented in a while. Your doing a nice job.
     
  19. GGs66GT

    GGs66GT FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

    Messages:
    455
    Likes Received:
    75
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2008
    Location:
    Shasta Lake, Cal.
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    Looking Goood !

    Be sure to add some ZDDP to you oil to prevent a repeat of the lifter failure. It should be added at every oil change if your running non roller lifters.
     
  20. Old Tired Rebel

    Old Tired Rebel Legandary Member Legendary Member

    Messages:
    12,442
    Likes Received:
    246
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2009
    Location:
    NC
    Local Time:
    6:54 PM

    Where do you find the ZZDDP at? I have been looking for it and can't find it here.
     
  21. jomoper

    jomoper Mope or Nope

    Messages:
    2,994
    Likes Received:
    190
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Location:
    NorCal.S.F.bay area
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    Thanks,OTR! I got the seats at the local Kragen (now O'reilly's) .Seems like every auto store has some version of these for sale.They were sold under the name scorpion seats.Usually about $175 a piece.I had a coupon so I lucked out .Got the set for less than $200.They look a bit too wide at the shoulders for an a-body mopar but they fit My budget.
     
  22. Old Tired Rebel

    Old Tired Rebel Legandary Member Legendary Member

    Messages:
    12,442
    Likes Received:
    246
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2009
    Location:
    NC
    Local Time:
    6:54 PM
    Thanks I need seats for my Doba looks like they will fit nicely.
     
  23. gerahead

    gerahead Glutton for Punishment

    Messages:
    689
    Likes Received:
    45
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2009
    Location:
    Maple Grove, MN
    Local Time:
    6:54 PM
    There are some additives being made, but the brands escape me at the moment. When I had the engine in the race car done a couple of years back, the builder (well respected in this area) told me to use about a 1/2 quart of break-in oil with the regular oil if you cannot find some that has the ZDDP in it already. Soem brands still do and it seems that there is more being marketed. It is also a good idea to use weaker springs (or just the outers) during engine break-in to relieve some of the seat pressure. L8r

    Jim
     
  24. eric22

    eric22 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    129
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2007
    Location:
    Staten Island NY
    Local Time:
    7:54 PM
    Great thread keep up the good work
     
  25. jomoper

    jomoper Mope or Nope

    Messages:
    2,994
    Likes Received:
    190
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Location:
    NorCal.S.F.bay area
    Local Time:
    4:54 PM
    Thanks for the positive feedback!
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalize content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.