68 300 Restoration in NH

Restoration

  1. nutsnbolts

    nutsnbolts New Member

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    And so it begins! Or continues... our ‘68 300 project started in 2012- after 8 years of ownership, one of the freeze plugs started to leak. I had a shop at the time, so the plan was to yank the engine out, change the freeze plugs, and put it back. 2 weeks tops. It was a 15,000 mile car, and everything was in pretty good shape, but when I pulled the plugs the block had a great deal of rust and scale in it. Since I didn’t want any cooling problems, I tried to clean out the water jackets to no avail, so I tore the engine down and sent it to the machine shop for a bath. Everything looked good inside, so I figured I would do bearings, seals, and rings, and paint it since it was out anyway. But then I couldn’t put the fresh painted engine in the shabby engine conpartment, and to really do it right I had to take apart the inner and outer fenders. But then the subframe looked shabby so I took that out, tore down the suspension, and painted all of the parts, replaced all of the nuts and bolts, and put it back together. But then the paint on the body was flaking here and there, so I had the underside media blasted and base/cleared. That work got finished in 2015. Fast forward to this month, where the body is back to another body shop for a complete repaint. The good news is that there is no crash damage, and no rust except some small spots under the vinyl top on the C pillar. Stay tuned- I’ll update as time goes on. In the meantime I’ll upload some pics... E8DD5C73-AD1E-48EC-9C3F-A0B660DFC276.jpeg 55410416-4F60-4129-A9E3-8AA84C1A206D.jpeg 16C33C5B-0B34-423B-A834-7F8F8317472A.jpeg 757A05AE-F336-4D88-AD01-928A521387AE.jpeg 1AF7016B-A041-449F-8E0A-D0C0B14A6002.jpeg 30B69322-16D2-4D6D-A3BE-F57A4808B700.jpeg 980F6AF1-3FA5-43FF-90AF-AD77018DEFA3.jpeg 56A07E99-3F7D-4B40-A43D-7572C3EE13C7.jpeg DADF7896-8A7E-415B-8392-C699E42E7CEA.jpeg

    I’m definitely going to need some help finding parts in the future!
    -Rich
     
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  2. Davea Lux

    Davea Lux Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    It is coming along nicely, good work.

    Dave
     
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  3. nutsnbolts

    nutsnbolts New Member

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    Thank you! The big decision that I have to make is which way to go with the engine. I’m thinking of building a roller cam engine that can survive on modern oil, with Trick Flow heads and a Holley EFI setup for reliability. It will take several more years to come together, but I want to do it right. The credit also goes to my wife, who has demonstrated infinite patience for a car that she has never even seen assembled!
     
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    Davea Lux Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    The vintage mopar engines do just fine on modern oils as long as you use one that is rated for diesel service such as Shell Rotella 15-40, Valvoline 15-40 all fleet or Chevron Delo 15-40. These oils still have the traditional phosporus based anti wear additives that flat tappet engines need.

    Dave
     
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    Wonderwagon Well-Known Member

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    The rabbit hole is deep, go ask Alice. Restoration of the family grocery getter, I'm in it.
     
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    I am impressed with your dedication! Going to be Beautiful when finished.
     
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    Turboomni Senior Member

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    That is Yummy!! Keep us posted please!
     
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    Well the old snow ball effect strikes again....:lol:

    Sounds like you had a great candidate to start with so should be an amazing car when finished up.

    I understand your thoughts and desires on the motor and Holley EFI system, but I too have thought about doing this very thing but have look at the costs vs benefits of going this route, and for me personally I just can't justify it. Now if I was to put in a Modern Hemi that was already built for the EFI system that would be a different story. ;)
     
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    MOVE N UP Active Member FCBO Gold Member

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    VERY COOL !! I hope to see this in the near future !!
     
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    mr. fix it Old Man with a Hat

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    Following... Looking fantastic!:thumbsup:
     
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    if you go roller you will love it .I have a friend that has a 383 roller and this motor is so strong
     
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    Here’s the latest update: metal was prepped, and epoxy primer is done!

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