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  1. SuperDave

    Cowl fresh air venting

    Pine needles are the worst! They can and do get thru the cowl screens and are highly acidic, as they break down they greatly contribute to rust. That's why you don't see green turf grass under pines, the soil is too acidic from all the fallen needles. My answer is either park indoors or a car...
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    Low rolling resistance tires (LRR), my experience

    The very name, "Low Rolling Resistance" implies less traction. I am assuming to achieve that, manufacturers use a harder rubber compound, stiffer sidewalls to minimize flex and a smaller contact footprint, and higher air pressures. I have my suspicions they are being used for EVs in an attempt...
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    Interior work

    There is a way to redeem yourself in the eyes of the purists who get upset over cutting the panels: paint the speaker grills to match. The greatest offense to the eyes is the glaring mismatch. I took the sections I cut out to a paint shop and had them match the color, mix me up a pint of each...
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    Modern DIN radio in 1972 fury dash

    From the OP's initial picture, the factory trim plate/bezel appears larger than the replacement radio. I can see this as a problem, the gaps around the side would be visible and allow the radio to flop and vibrate, definitely a no-no for long term usage, not to mention it would it would look...
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    Ammeter Bypass from scratch?

    When I built my 73 'Port, I ran a starter cable (0 gauge?) directly from the battery to the 100 amp alternator, completely bypassing the ammeter. Gauge is defunct now, serves no purpose but as a connecting source to other underdash wiring sources. I use an aftermarket volt gauge to monitor...
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    Power antenna conversion

    I got a car cover for Christmas (yay) for my '73 Newport. However, because of the original 1 piece antenna mast, I must make a hole in the cover for it to fit. I don't really want to do that. So my options are: A) power antenna, B) an antenna with a spring at the bottom and/or a swivel ball...
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    Will an electric impact wrench give satisfactory results vs air wrench?

    I'm surprised no one mentioned Ryobi. Maybe I'm the oddball one here, wouldn't be the 1st time. I prefer shopping at Home Depot and that's what they sell. I have several Ryobi tools, same 18v batteries fit them all. The little 2ah slender packs don't last long on an impact, you're lucky to get a...
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    What octane fuel?

    90 or 91 octane ethanol free here in NE Texas. I won't run corn gas in my hotrod '73 Newport if I can help it. Always with Pro-Long fuel stabilizer, as it may sit for weeks or even months at a time. Lots of boaters out here in my neck of the woods so real gas is plentiful. 400 motor isn't...
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    hemi or not to hemi

    It's a shame you didn't grab the trans, wiring harness and computer from the donor you salvaged the gen III Hemi from, then the conversion would be easy peasy. Then all you would need to fab would be motor mounts and trans crossover. That modern engine won't return good mileage behind a 727 or...
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    Coolant Overflow Bottle

    When I was building my hot rod Newport, I made my own with a NOS energy drink bottle (24 oz), a hose clamp and some leftover braided hose/fittings. This way when the hood is open, some kid who doesn't know any better can point to it and say, "Oh cool, look! He's got NOS!" And yes, it works...
  11. SuperDave

    Check Rubber Fuel Lines

    Back in 2020 when I put Project Turd back on the road, I was concerned about ethanol blended gasoline. With a background/education in auto mechanics as well as chemistry & physics, I knew rubber and ethanol don't play well with each other. So I made it a point to replace every last single inch...
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    Has anyone ever won a car show with their C body?

    Couple years back in our small town (5000 in the entire county) an RV resort park held it's biannual car show. They hired a new manager maybe a month prior to the 2nd show and no one told him to plan for the event. No signage or advertising, the day of the event the owner called up the new mngr...
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    I asked before and I'll ask again, where God can I actually get a power steering pump?

    As far as belt squealing goes, a fresh belt or even some aerosol "belt dressing" may solve that. Maybe both. I've had to deal with that for years on my Mopar, specifically for the power steering. There's a guy I know across town with a '69 Road Runner, met him at a car show. He told me he...
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    1973 400 wake up

    As was stated earlier, 73 was a low compression smog motor. I couldn't (& still can't) afford aluminum heads for my '73 400 Newport, but if I did, my choice would be either 440Source or Edelbrock RPM heads. I went with flat top pistons and shaved heads. I made sure to have the intake manifold...
  15. SuperDave

    how to free or prevent sticky valves and lifters

    2 stroke or Marvel Mystery oil added to the fuel will only help with the valve guides from sticking, sticking/ticking lifters are treated by the oil. As was stated earlier, it's likely dirty oil, or even clogged lifters (baked on varnish from old, broken down oil or trash). That crap needs to be...
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    Anyone want to discuss This??

    Long story, so go grab a beer. Grew up in a Mopar family, at 1st anyway. Grandad had a 69 New Yorker, 440 hwy king, nobody could pass him. The only child of a single mom, I often rode shotgun in my momma's purple 70 Charger 500, white vinyl top & interior, 383 magnum & a pistol grip 4 speed...
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    Let's see your Newports

    My 73. Couldn't afford a muscle car so I built my own. I've seen big Chevys, Lincoln's & Caddies pimped out but not a Chrysler so I "Dared to be Different". Original 400 after I waved my magic Craftsman wrench at it. Now it's a 'Magnum 400' A few custom touches, custom grill, lights & LEDs...
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    Let's see your tips

    Side pipes for me, 4" balcony cut tips mounted the same angle as the cuts so they exit flush to the body. They sound nice too!
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    Will a head upgrade bring compression up on 73’ Imperial?

    If you're on a budget, choose the heads that have the smallest chambers, send them out for a 3 angle valve job and hardened seats and invest in a Dremil. Not one of those cheap Harbor Freight knockoffs either, they'll fall apart within the 1st ten hours of use. (Ask me how I know). Then watch a...