Wyatt convinced me to destroy my 71...

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  1. 70bigblockdodge

    70bigblockdodge Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Another quick check for wander in the steering is tie rod angles. If you level the center link (shims under the tires, best to drive on them, jacking changes things). Then using a good not cheapy angle finder, check the tie rod sleeve angles they should match, if not you have something out of wack.
     
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  2. Xenon

    Xenon Senior Member

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    Welp... All this caster / camber talk is a waste of time....
    Everyone has seen this heap *sitting * outside his shop......
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    I kidnapped Tim and stole that damn car.. Tim said he didn't have much time
    and I said I was taking it to my house,, and he was welcome to ride along....
    Heyyy!!! I told you I was kidnapping him and stealing his damn car....!!!!
    So off to my house we went.... I may have exceeded the speed limit a tad but
    only cuz Tim was inna hurry.....
    Here is proof that the car can make it further than around his shop...

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    That freakin' car drives like a dream... Handles well... Drive straight and true,,
    makes good power, and is just plain enjoyable........

    So I was nice and let Tim drive his own car back to his shop...
    He will haffa tell you how it went...... :thumbsup:
     
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  3. sixpkrt

    sixpkrt Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    If anybody knows @Xenon just a little bit, and also knowing the only way he likes to drive, you'd know he's being modest.
    A "tad bit" over the speed limit is like close to 3 digits on the speedometer.

    Ever since the decision was made to tear this car apart while having a few beers with Wyatt, the rebuild journey has had its share of ups & downs (but with a lot more ups than downs) since it all started on November 2nd 2019.

    As everyone who’s read through this post knows, there has been many days & nights when some of the best car people I have ever met, gave their assistance and guidance to help me reach the goal of driving the NYer to Chryslers at Carlisle in 2020. Without their help, this would have never happened, and I am deeply appreciative of their generosity and devoted time over the past several months.

    The main two contributors have been Wyatt & Xenon. Words cannot describe or account for the many “Thank You’s” I have already said, but do know this, working with both of you have made it all worthwhile.

    During the past 8 months there have been many others in our C Body community here on FCBO that has given suggestion on this build which I have used, purchased parts from, or provided the direction where to buy parts that I either needed or wanted to replaced, responded to my PM’s, made suggestions on where to purchase items from reputable venders, and to those I’ve spoken with on more than one occasion when I had a question or two, has helped me get to where I am today.

    Everyone here makes this forum unique in their own way. Additional “Thanks” go out to these well-deserved folks too:

    saforwardlook
    Dana
    Elmo153
    LocuMob
    marty mopar
    68PK21 440.6bbl
    C Body Bob
    Halifaxhops
    ayilar
    SGT FURY
    bluefury361
    70bigblockdodge
    polara71
    MarPar
    Blimp
    davidhill
    cbarge
    69FuryIIIConvertible
    CanCritter
    Wollfen
    78Brougham
    .....hope I didn't miss anyone.

    Tomorrow begins the next challenge: taking the New Yorker on the 700 mile ride to PA.
    Our caravan will make for a great time, and will give all of us who will be driving or riding together an experience not many are fortunate enough to do, and will certainly be a blast as we trek across the back roads and hills, through a few states to our destination.

    I am looking forward to meeting all the rest of you guys at Carlisle. Hopefully we can all get together at a local food & drink joint, but if they are closed due to C19, the Homewood Suites place has room for plenty in their courtyard with several grills for our use.

    Finally, as mentioned in a previous post, I said I’d list the venders used for this rebuild. Below is a list of most, if not all of them:

    440 Source
    NAPA Auto Parts
    Bumper to Bumper
    Precision Powder Coating
    Summit Racing
    Color My Auto
    The Right Stuff Detailing
    PST
    Advanced Auto Parts
    Pep Boys
    Rock Auto
    Evans Wiring
    Mancini Racing
    Direct Lift
    A & A Transmissions
    eBay
    Opel Engineering Co.
    US Parts Outlet
    Jegs High Performance
    Mega Parts
    Sealed Power, Inc.
    AC Global, Inc.
    Restoration Specialties & Supply, Inc.
    Vans Auto
    National Moparts, Inc.
    AutoZone
    Ironman Tires
    Valley Hydraulic Service, Inc.
    Dynatech Engineering, LLC
    Southwest Reproductions, Inc.
    Power Brake Booster Exchange, Inc.
    The Eastwood Company
    Lectric Limited, Inc.
    Craigslist
    Addison Abrasives, Inc.
    Classic Industries Parts & Accessories
    Zoro
    Courtesy Metal Polishing
    Laser Beauty World
    The Parts Geek
    ABC Moparts, Inc.
    Mobile Parts
    Woodruff Carburetor Specialties
    Onyx Enterprises, Int’l, Corp.
    521 Restorations
    Wesnew, Inc.
    Fornparts, Inc.
    Detroit Muscle Technologies, LLC
    Arizona Parts
    Year One
    Rex Radiator & Welding Co., Inc.
    BTS Brokerage Transportation
    Discount Tire
    Firestone, Inc.
    The Hot Rod Shop
    Ace Hardware
    Menards
    Harbor Freight
    Douglas Automotive

    Drove the car home last night, and got this pic of the rebuilt engine this morning...
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    @commando1 , don't worry, that radiator hose won't be on it after today.:poke:
    See everyone at the C Body parking lot at Carlisle:thumbsup:
     
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  4. polara71

    polara71 Old Man with a Hat

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    Not sure why I'm not at the top of that list but , whatever, I'll be here all day...





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  5. cbarge

    cbarge World Famous Barge in a Budget FCBO Gold Member

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    Congrats and have a safe trip. Wish I was there but borders are still closed.
     
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    david hill Well-Known Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Congrats Tim, looks super clean under the hood. All shined up and ready to go. Doing my own walk around on my 300 today. Pm me about the route were taking to Carlisle.
     
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  7. MarPar

    MarPar Meat Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    BLIMP Senior Member

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    Haha yeah I'd say @Xenon driving "like he stole it" is being very conservative, it's not like him to keep it under 100mph!
    Great post Tim, I'm very happy for you...best of luck on your voyage.
     
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    Ripinator Senior Member

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    Hey! I can't wait to see you and this car. Have followed this thread every day since November. Way-ta-go!
     
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  10. 70bigblockdodge

    70bigblockdodge Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    There's the trucker spirit, no tolls no way.
     
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  11. saforwardlook

    saforwardlook Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    So is the takeaway that Xenon did the alignment instead of the shop you had in mind?

    Or after taking the stubframe off and rebuilding all the suspension components (right?) did the car just happen to get put back together perfectly the first time with no suspension adjustments/alignment and it just happened to be perfect driving "out of the box"?
     
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    Xenon Senior Member

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    No.! Xenon did not do the alignment....
    It was done by a shop and is a story in of itself....

    But if you would like you can ask Tim how the kickdown works...
    The gear selector was in D the entire 300'... :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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  13. saforwardlook

    saforwardlook Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Thanks for the clarification! Sounds like the alignment guy knew what he was doing unless, from what you are implying, Tim had to tell him how he wanted it done and perhaps it wasn't easy to convince him?

    I think I now know where Tim got all his bad habits. You must have real confidence in your engine rebuilding abilitites as you definitely break them in with gusto!

    I know a guy that has done engine rebuilds for a friend of mine and maybe me in the future, and when my friend took his newly rebuilt engine to an engine dyno facility to break it in on the engine dyno, he was shocked that after some initial run in, they did a simulated WOT run all the way to red line under full load as part of the process. No mercy was shown and the rebuilder said no engine he has ever put together has ever NOT passed that test. I continue to be amazed at what I learn that I didn't know by now..............................
     
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  14. 78Brougham

    78Brougham "Chump" FCBO Gold Member

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    Hey Steve, if you want real road feel, stability etc. You need to drive a Caterham 7... or a Lotus, and I'm the guy to let you do it!:poke:.

    It'll amaze you!
     
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    Xenon Senior Member

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    Steve,, it is a simple formula to follow when rebuilding an engine..
    If you KNOW how it will be used then the builder should know how to build accordingly...
    If you wish to discuss off site we can do that. :)
     
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  16. 70bigblockdodge

    70bigblockdodge Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Once the cams broken in, time to load the rings.
     
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    Race engines don't get 500 easy miles...
     
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    polara71 Old Man with a Hat

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    I had a beautiful 440 professionally built 30 years ago.
    The installer took my Polara out and tore it up. I asked about the break in. His answer was, if its gonna break its gonna break now.
     
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    Dana Woodruff Carburetor Specialties FCBO Vendor

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    Well done Tim. Congratulations
     
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    71Polara383 Kid with ballcap

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    Couple photos of these beautiful Chryslers at Carlisle...

    And a few of me polishing the car while the others slept...

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