Journey of my 68 Newport

Early C Bodies - The Slab Side Years

  1. Big_John

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    This looks like what they did... Mostly on page 2, but you can see what's up and why they do this mod.

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    I'm not really 100% on board with this mod but many have done it this way.
     
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    Looks like the ground for the washer pump.
     
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    That would also explain the dead alternator gauge.
     
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    Well I’m no pro at all - but I’m more than willing to lend an extra set of hands and I’m somewhat competent
     
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    Wait... there's no way to pull the old distributor and drop in the new one without screwing up my timing, is there?
     
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    Scribe a line on the base and onto the engine block. Note which direction the rotor points. Replicate when you reinstall.
     
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    LocuMob Fluid Technician with a hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Easily set. One of the basics. Put your engine at TDC #1 cylinder and your timing is where you need it to be, then it will be easy to tune it if it's off a little with the new distributor. Remember to line up the rotor to #1 as well.
     
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    Sorry, but you are going to have to got out the timing light.

    Just point the rotor in the same direction as it was and try to orient the distributor in the same way as the old one.
     
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    Dad to the rescue, I'm picking up his timing light tomorrow, I have to go get some cotter hairpins and washers to get the kickdown linkage set properly anyway.
    Maybe a can of seafoam for the tank, and some carb cleaner won't hurt either.
     
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    Heavy black wire goes to stud back of alternator.
    From there it goes to the bulkhead and inside the car spliced to feed ignition switch and discharge side of ammeter gauge.
    Dead ammeter gauge is not surprising to me.
    Unless you want it to work,don't worry about it.
    Wiring has become one of my strong suits on 68 Chrysler's.
    Looks like somebody bypassed the bulkhead as mentioned and that is OK.
    I would simply clean up the wires,close up the exposed black wire.
    Replace the red wire that is cut at starter relay which goes to the red wire that goes through the bulkhead.
    Add a wire from the battery stud back of alternator,run it to the battery stud at starter relay use a fusible link or in line fuse.
    If you want to monitor the charging system and do not want to pull the dash,install an aftermarket voltmeter gauge.
     
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    My radio monitors voltage discretely, and shows it on my phone, so I'll just leave the dash as is. I'll grab some good primary wire while I'm out tomorrow!
     
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    ...of course I wake up today feeling like my guts are turning inside out. Daily plans are in the toilet, with the rest of my internals.
     
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    Okay, I forgot to post this the other day, so I'm troubleshooting from the toilet... When I connected the kickdown spring, I noticed the carb isn't quite resetting down to full rest. The clip shows what I'm referring to.

     
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    I grabbed this screenshot from the FSM. The throttle return spring is connected wrong and likely the kick down spring is too strong and is overpowering the throttle return.
    B0C0277E-0526-438C-BDB3-4BED3704FEAC.jpeg
     
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    My initial thought was that it was the kickdown spring, but I tested it with the kickdown spring off, and it's the same. I can try moving the throttle return spring and see if that helps, along with a healthy dose of carb cleaner.

    I'm still on the fence about getting the new distributor, can't decide if it's worth it or not right now.

    On a side note, I'm planning to clean out my shop, so I'll be able to get to all my tools and setup my workbench again. I won't even be able to get the nose of the car in there, but I won't have to worry about rebuilding the carb in the kitchen.