1. BLIMP

    BLIMP Senior Member

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    The previous owner sure looks happy to have found his pride and joy the perfect caretaker...appears to have been a jolly old fellow!
    Thanks for sharing the background and restoration, I'll be paying attention :)
     
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  2. 1978 NYB

    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    Wow! That's the first 3 speed manual wagon that I've seen.

    Very nice!

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    TxDon Active Member

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    Wagons = GOOD. I'm in.
     
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  4. 1978 NYB

    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    Looking forward to seeing the progress on this build.

    Plenty of pictures please
     
  5. cbarge

    cbarge Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Measured the bores,rods and mains and no machining needed.
    So I ordered a rebuild kit standard bore from Summit plus cam bearings.
    The remainder of the short block gets torn down to send out the block for hot tank cleaning
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  6. cbarge

    cbarge Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Judging by the bone white exhaust valves the tuning was the best it could be with stuck oil rings,dried up stem seals and years of carbon built up.
    I have a set of 360 heads but on the fence on them or redo the original heads.
    the 360 heads have bigger valves but the larger combustion chamber will drop the compression.
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  7. cbarge

    cbarge Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    This is the official before pic of the engine bay..
    Yes power steering was an option in 1973..so was an automatic trans!
    Wagons got power frt disc brakes standard equipment,FYI
    Lots of cleaning ahead of me.
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  8. cbarge

    cbarge Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Anudder pic for now stay tuned for updates!
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  9. cbarge

    cbarge Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Motor should be back in up and running. Progress is moving well!
     
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  10. cbarge

    cbarge Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Today James stripped and cleaned the heads.
    Prepped and ready for new valves,guides and springs,
    All on order..
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  11. cbarge

    cbarge Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Crank cleaned and journals polished.
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  12. cbarge

    cbarge Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I will have to pick up the block Monday.
    Had it hot tanked and the cylinders honed.
    Dropping off flywheel same time to get machined for new clutch.
    Basically now waiting on parts to assemble the motor later this week.
    .....In the meantime I started the tedious job of cleaning up the engine bay.
    Lots of Ziebart undercoating.
    Using Varsol with a brass brush first to break it up and then a nylon brush when I get to the original paint.
    Lots of rags to get to this point..
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    Compare to the other side....
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  13. cbarge

    cbarge Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Hello fender tag!
    It was not legible with the thick coating .
    Now it looks like new!
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    And for the tag readers...
    Code Description
    E44 318-2 Barrel
    D14 3-Speed Manual Column Shift
    RH45
    R = Plymouth Belvedere/Satellite
    H = High
    45 = 6 Passenger Wagon
    G3R
    G = 318 150HP(net) or 170HP(net) 1-2BBL 8 CYL
    3 = 1973
    R = Windsor, ONT, CAN
    367878 Sequence Number '367878'
    JY9 Paint Code: Dark Gold Poly
    F2Y4
    Trim Grade/Style/Color
    F = F Class
    2 = Vinyl Bench
    Y4 = Gold
    JY6 Upper Door Frame: Dark Gold Poly
    705 Date Built: 7 / 05 / 1973
    B01872 Order Number: B01872
    JY9 Roof Type OR Color: Dark Gold Poly
    C Built For Canada Specs
    22 Radiator Diameter 22" WIDTH
    B41 Front Disc Brakes Some Yrs. Power
    F18 65 Amp Heavy Duty Alternator
    H41 Heated w/ Upper Vent
    J67 Heavy Duty Wiring Harness
    J83 Roof Air Deflector
    M21 Roof Drip Rail Moldings
    M26 Wheel Lip Molding
    M33 Body Side Moldings
    M83 Rear Bumper Guards
    M91 Luggage Rack Deck Lid
    END End of Codes
     
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  14. cbarge

    cbarge Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Tedious but well worth the effort..
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  15. Xenon

    Xenon Senior Member

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    Perfect car to put in electric steering...
    It is not expensive and parts are easy to find...
    There was a person on ebay selling the control box
    and and provides instructions on what parts to use
    from OEM cars....
    You can get universal kits pre-made but they are rather
    pricey but is a one stop deal...
     
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  16. cbarge

    cbarge Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Good idea that never crossed my mind.
    But this wagon is such a character,an oddball that I will leave the armstrong steering alone.
    The steering is surprisingly light when driving.
     
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  17. Fratzog

    Fratzog Old Man with a Hat

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    Seems like the PO,s faithful undercoating has preserved a lot of the original finish. I can imagine it is rewarding to see and makes all the hard work worthwhile.
     
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  18. commando1

    commando1 Mr. Normal FCBO Gold Member

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    Perfect car to NOT start mucking it up with Summit/Jegs crap.
     
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  19. Dsertdog

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    But PAAAWWWWW!

    I only make it better! :D
     
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  20. Fury440

    Fury440 At my age everything's a good idea FCBO Gold Member

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    I feel your Ziebart pain! My Fury had so much it looked like it had been dipped. We used a bunch of wedge shaped pieces of wood for scraping and a propane torch to soften the really thick stuff. We used minimal solvents since the garage was not vented. Also had to be very careful with solvents because of the gas fired furnace.