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  1. Isaiah Estrada

    SHE’S ALIVE!! The 68 RUNS

    Thanks! We are going to definitely add some exhaust pipe! We were getting smoked out pretty bad lol. Will have the pipe going out of the garage next time… This thing was unbelievably loud. My dad has a lowrider “bomb.” Those types of cars (usually ‘34-‘35 Chevy) are known to be noisy because of...
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    SHE’S ALIVE!! The 68 RUNS

    Okay, so my title may be a “bit” misleading. We DID get the New Yorker running today, however we didn’t proceed with the break in procedure. This is because for 1, our battery happens to be absolute junk. Starter was cranking real slow, then when it fired it’d start for a second then...
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    Ready to liftoff!! She’s all set for a first start

    Thanks fellas! Yes, I do plan to install a hardline. I have the original to use as a template, will be installing that before the car is ready to drive on the road! Looking forward to hearing this beast run finally.
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    Ready to liftoff!! She’s all set for a first start

    It’s been nearly THREE years since I bought the New Yorker. January 13, 2020 was the day I put my down payment on it. I thought I’d be able to just find the 727 tranny it was missing and make the engine run with a tuneup and some TLC. Fast forward to now and the car is completely torn apart...
  5. Isaiah Estrada

    Best way to wire up my 440 for break in?

    Made some progress today. Got my rebuilt distributor from Ray at Halifax Shop installed! I was really scared, but ultimately decided I need to get over my fear and just go for it. I removed the oil pump drive gear and filled the motor with 5 quarts of Lucas SAE 30 High Zinc break in oil. Oil...
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    Non traditional ammeter bypass question?

    Some before pics of my dash. Not the prettiest sight in the world! Since I wasn’t a fan of the “plush” looking dash on the New Yorker, I went ahead and found very nice parts of various ‘68 300 dashboards. My favorite find has been this awesome and rare combo
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    Non traditional ammeter bypass question?

    Thanks! The ammeter was converted to a voltmeter but keeps its original look inside the cluster :) My unit was pretty bad … It was scratched up and had a gross layer of film on it from it sitting in the desert for 40 years. The car was a rat’s paradise and everything was covered in their pee...
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    Non traditional ammeter bypass question?

    Thank you! Can’t believe I missed that point. The ammeter gauge was converted to a voltmeter :) Super happy with how it came out! I was just wondering now, how wiring differs since I’ve bypassed the ammeter altogether. The explanation makes sense though, just hook it up like a normal voltmeter now.
  9. Isaiah Estrada

    Non traditional ammeter bypass question?

    About a year ago, I had my instrument cluster FULLY restored by Redline Gauge. These guys did an absolutely fantastic job on everything. It definitely wasn't cheap (about $1,200) but to me it was worth it. Especially because my work on this car is a labor of love - not concerned about making...
  10. Isaiah Estrada

    Best way to wire up my 440 for break in?

    LOL at the first line - we are all young at heart! Thanks for that perfect explanation, this is exactly what I was looking for. I know I have the ballast resistor somewhere, I bought it like the same week I got the car. Now that I need it it's gone hiding. Went to O'reilly's and placed an order...
  11. Isaiah Estrada

    Best way to wire up my 440 for break in?

    Thanks for the advice fellas! My plan soon is to get the dashboard back inside so we can start it with a key and be able to actually move this thing around. I think I may do some custom work to the dash. Not to change the look, but like upgrading the fusebox to the modern blade style type etc...
  12. Isaiah Estrada

    Photo of a '61 fury

    Beautiful ride! Plymouth and Chrysler are my favorite Mopars for '61.
  13. Isaiah Estrada

    Best way to wire up my 440 for break in?

    Welcome one and all to my never-ending shenanigans! Been thinking about it, would like to know what you seasoned vets think is the best way to wire up my 440 for break in. I've got my distributor situation figured out, have a new battery, starter relay and a remote start switch aka the fabled...
  14. Isaiah Estrada

    Life updates + more progress on the ‘68 New Yorker

    Yesterday was the perfect day for painting, so I took a flap wheel, wire wheel and sandpaper and went to town on this ugly driveline! I had 2, but one was broken. We ended up just using the one on the left in this pic. Reconditioned with new U Joints as seen in post #1 of this thread. After...
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    Life updates + more progress on the ‘68 New Yorker

    Thank you! I’ve definitely been checking out some really good places. We have a whole shop in Santa Maria dedicated to vintage VW’s too. The owner Ryan has a gorgeous 1950 split window bug, right hand drive! Is a rag top and sits on Porsche alloys. Really cool 70’s-80’s lowered Cali Bug look...
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    Life updates + more progress on the ‘68 New Yorker

    I’ve been a little quiet on the forums, life has been a bit of a whirlwind the last month! Unfortunately my uncle (mom’s brother) passed away so young at only 47. He was an absolute car nut himself, however he didn’t own any classics besides his cherished 1974 Super Beetle. The family couldn’t...
  17. Isaiah Estrada

    So I bought this one today.

    Everything is looking so beautiful Matt!! This is definitely inspiration for me to hit it hard from here on out with my 68. Whenever I'm feeling sick and tired of it, I see posts like these that make me more determined to get up and make more progress! I dream of taking a little road trip in...
  18. Isaiah Estrada

    Wheel Choices For My Wagon

    Those Supremes are wicked, they'd look mean on my '62 :p
  19. Isaiah Estrada

    Engine woes: Distributor drive gear removal?

    Good to know! I believe it was a mixup on the senders behalf. I’ll get in touch with them. It’s unused (I did specify a 440 distributor when I ordered). I’m sure I’ll get it worked out!
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    Engine woes: Distributor drive gear removal?

    Once again I’m stumped, so I’m turning to you all for some advice! As you know, I’ve had everything mocked up for now on the motor to my 68 as we prepare for initial start. One thing I just realized (can’t believe I never did before) is that the distributor I bought is actually a 383...
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