1971 Chrysler Newport Custom 383, rebuilding in Europe

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Just read the whole thread, what amazing job, great car and good to see you using it with your family! Congratulations!
 

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Cruisin today because of a break in the weather. Still a lot of dry salt around. Car runs like a dream, covered over 100 miles.

When cruising, not far from my house, I noticed the old dismantled soviet era statue painted in yellow/blue colors of the Ukrainian flag for support to the people of Ukraine. The West doesn't understand what it's like under soviet rule (in Poland we overthrew the government in 1989 and the iron curtain fell, freeom and prosperity followed), so no wonder Ukraine is fighting for freedom and survival. There are over 1,4 million refugees in Poland as we speak, and more coming. At my company there are plenty of people helping with providing aid for the fighting in Ukrainie, food, medicine, first aid kits etc, some of them offering a place to stay for the fleeing people in their own houses. Just in 2 weeks, my daughters classroom accepted 2 new kids from Ukraine to her class alone. Crazy times.

Back to the car, i recently mounted new tires on the back, 255/70/15, nice n' tall. Keep rollin'

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Fantastic ride! Great car too! Awesome work too, I quietly gripe about the lack of parts and aftermarket support for my car. But, I don't live on the other side of the globe either. I can't imagine. Kudos on the car and keeping it alive with your daughter!
 

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Thanks!

Since the weather is keeping up, more scenic drives. Went to the desert again for a stroll. Check out this clip, it was filmed recently on the same spot. Polish and Scandinavian company !



Keep rollin' !

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Could be any one of the components. Ballast is easiest to check: just jump across it with a wire. I believe there have been some complaints about the reliability of the Proform kits. There's a pretty good chance that the module has failed. Can't overlook the pickup in the distributor or a simple connector problem either.

The easiest way to troubleshoot that system is to substitute known good components until it starts, otherwise you need an oscilloscope to properly test everything.

Jeff
 

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Could be any one of the components. Ballast is easiest to check: just jump across it with a wire. I believe there have been some complaints about the reliability of the Proform kits. There's a pretty good chance that the module has failed. Can't overlook the pickup in the distributor or a simple connector problem either.

The easiest way to troubleshoot that system is to substitute known good components until it starts, otherwise you need an oscilloscope to properly test everything.

Jeff
Thanks for the tips. Swapped out both the ignition module and ballast resistor. The engine started no problem :) . Guess I'll be having those spares in the trunk, you never know the day ;)
 

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Hey, anyone know what this is for? Not plugged in anywhere, and not sure what is is...

Otherwise, cruisin full time.

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Hey, anyone know what this is for? Not plugged in anywhere, and not sure what is is...

Otherwise, cruisin full time.

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Hey, anyone know what this is for? Not plugged in anywhere, and not sure what is is...

Otherwise, cruisin full time.

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Hard to say but I will guess a wire for either the ac compressor or electric thermostatic choke??
Put a test light to it to see if it is live with key on??
 

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Hey, anyone know what this is for? Not plugged in anywhere, and not sure what is is...

Otherwise, cruisin full time.

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Starting in 1970, the cars built with the California emission package had an electrical connection to the vacuum advance on the distributor, this was to limit the amount of advance under certain conditions, mostly when the engine was cold. That is probably what the connection is for. If the vehicle did not have the CA package, the connection was not used.

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Just finished a 1500mile trip. Went from Poland to the Power Big Meet in Sweden. Didn't have any problems with the Newport whatsoever. Teaser pic below and a report will shortly follow :)

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More or less the route of the trip, with one difference - we took the ferry from Poland not Germany.

Packed the car, entire trunk, + 3 people on board. Went with my buddies.
Checked all fluids, oil, radiator, and washer. The engine burned around 1 quart of oil / 700 miles.
Washed and polished the car ;) ofcourse it rained half the way to the Baltic coast.

The rear suspension was really low with the load, so for the next trip i'm planning on the rear shocks with the coil overs - what do you think of these ? More Information for MONROE 58577

Before leaving, we weren't really sure we would make a round trip with no problems, so we packed plenty of tools, and spare parts : complete distributor, ballast resistor, coil, plugs, alternator, voltage regulator.
The attitude was, well we'll see how far we get ;)

Got some cupholders for the front ;) Lots of pockets as well for keys, and other small items u usually carry inside the cabin.

More pics in the next installment ;)


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Przejrzałem cały temat - kawał świetnej roboty !!!
Efekt końcowy jest rewelacyjny :)
 

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Day 1
Rained most of the day. Wipers were on for hours on end. 500 miles down the road and got to the Baltic coast. Had some fish & chips and went to the beach to relax, had a good swim. Chilled in the evening, whiskey followed ;)
Next afternoon we had a ticket for the ferry ride accross the pond to Sweden.
Day 2
Clouds and windy. Had some time till the ferry in the evening, so slept in, and went sightseeing + checked out a new oceanarium.
Later had some lunch by the water on Karsibor island, almost hit some wild boars, and went past old Nazi U-Boat docks. Not far away is a site where an RAF WWII plane crash landed, but didn't have the time to check it out.
Finally, washed the car before we hit the ferry terminal. The ferry sails around 7 hours, so we had a cabin for the night. Next day Sweden would greet us with pouring rain... Talk about washing the car the evening before ;)
Luckily the blokes on the ferry immediately gave us a nice parking spot, with no need to go up or down really steep ramps, our "lowrider" would have scraped some metal. Got a spot between trucks and buses.

More updates soon

Baltic Coast
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Had some fun in the waves
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Camp Crystal Lake from Friday the 13th eh ?
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Day 2 - windy and cloudy
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Getting set the leave and cruise around the area
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New oceanarium - real cool and plenty to see
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Great views
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Day 2
Lunch time
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Crusin Karsibor island
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Old Nazi U-Boat pens. Not far away in Germany is Peenemunde, a Nazi research and rocket development center. V2 rockets were built & tested, later to become the backbone of the US Apollo program to the moon ;)
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Ferry check-in
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Into the belly of the beast
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Nice spot. No need for almost "vertical" ramps ;)
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Excellent adventure - you clearly know how to live and enjoy your very nice Newport. Thank you for all the detailed photos of your trip.
 

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Day 3

During the ferry crossing at night, the seas were rough, so didn't get too much sleep. Luckily my emergency parking brake works well, so i didn't have to worry about the car bouncing all night long on PARK on the transmission.

Getting of the ferry, we were greeted with mist, strong winds, and pouring rain - this would continue for another 300 miles, so didn't take many pics on the way to Lidkoping - the town where the Power Big Meet would take place.

Once we arrived, we went to the marina. Lidkoping is located on the shores of the largest lake in Sweden, it's like a see, can't see the other side.

Next, we walked around town a bit, checked out the city center, had some lunch, checked in the Bed&Breakfast, and headed on in the Newport to check out the planned out "cruise route". In the next few days, the town would be completely taken over by classic American cars, mostly from the 50s, and 60s.

And so it begins...:)

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