1963 Dodge Dart for the Wife....

JimKueneman

Mopar Nut
I think this will be ready to stab in over the Thanksgiving holiday!.....

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JimKueneman

Mopar Nut
What do you get when you have 2 bung holes and 2 bung hole plugs? Completed dual carb /6 exhaust pipes. Now I can run an O2 sensor in each to adjust each carb independently. I also bought some thermal coating that was not cheap but no where near the cost of ceramic coating. I will see how this holds up.... Coated the inside of the Durtras as well. Went with the bronze so give it some clash with the dark turquoise.... Time for finally assembly next weekend!

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JimKueneman

Mopar Nut
Ah, why I dislike aftermarket... The AussiSpeed Dutra Duals are much better than the raw castings that Doug put out but they are not perfect... Lots of grinding and touching up on the Dual and the Offy manifold to get both to be free floating and not touching each other or the studs. This is a _requirement_ for /6 builds, those parts float and move around during thermal cycling. Need to be creative to get the batwings and nuts on the lower side of the manifolds.... wires, screwdrivers and a steady hand required.

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JimKueneman

Mopar Nut
Pertornix is wired in, need to run a wire back to the other side of the ballast resistor for a full 12V.. I always run the resistor with Pertronix, why put more stress on the module for no gain in performance in the range I run the engine. Installed the oil bleed back flapper, spring and tube... all I can see is it hold more oil to make a mess when I change the oil. I guess the real reason is people complained the oil light stayed on too long on cold starts because the filter drained back. Distributor cover shot with clear. I have installed many different torsion boots but this is the first from DMT... Jim knows is stuff, I installed these with my fingers! So easy! Need to installed vacuum plugs in carbs so I can balance them after I get it running. Going back to my old motorcycle days to get plugs that you thread into the carb body.

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JimKueneman

Mopar Nut
The flat spots on the carbs are where you drill for ported and non ported vacuum. Who will tell me the length of the tube so I can get that in? AMK vacuum fitting so no more 3 reducer Frankenstein adapter. Distributor cover installed. Groovy sticker for the oil filter after the break-in oil is changed. New oil and water sensors installed

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mhinch

Promoted Users
Your attention to detail is amazing. I'm blown away by the guy that builds the small model cars on this site but you've taken it to the full size scale! Well done and always look for you updates, thx for taking the time to share and inspire.
 
Great work. You must spend every spare minute working on that car. You wife is going to be riding in style and probably grabbing all the attention while the three of you drive to car shows.
 

JimKueneman

Mopar Nut
Great work. You must spend every spare minute working on that car. You wife is going to be riding in style and probably grabbing all the attention while the three of you drive to car shows.
The garage is a disaster. I bought covers for all the cars but is it so crappy out there I have not even put them on. Would do more damage than good. Need to get this together in one piece so I can do a deep clean.
 

JimKueneman

Mopar Nut
Got one vacuum nipple installed then things went sideways... This is a 5mm x 0.8mm thread with a 1/16" hole into the bore.... Need to take the other one to the machine shop to get done with better tools. Someone on Facebook finally gave me the measurement of 2.75" for the dipstick tube. Cut it, installed it and with 4 quarts of oil in the pan read exactly full! AMK makes nice motor mount bolts with attached washers. On the LCA don't tighten those nuts till after you have the torsion bars adjusted up. Laid out the exhaust and it is very close so I finished up the collector.... I have no idea if I can get those pipe out now they are connected.... I hope I never have to. The driveshaft is restored with NOS parts and my custom exhaust is very close to matching the factory exhaust... minimal work to get it connected to the Accurate Exhaust 2.25" center pipe after the power train is installed.

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Bob Heine

Oldtimer
Jim, I'm a big fan of straight six power. My '56 Chevy left the family 55 years ago but the intake remained in my garage for 45 years. Cleaned it up for sale when I finally agreed a Stovebolt 6 was not coming back into my life. Bought the Edmunds Custom dual two-barrel (94s) for $35 and sold the setup for $600. Sounds great until you figure inflation -- I paid almost $300 in today's money. I love the project and am quietly following along.
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JimKueneman

Mopar Nut
Rolled my own with 2 sockets. The rolled edge will keep the fabricated bracket from cutting through the oil cooler lines. Torque converter time... use blue locktite and torque... Upsy-daisy.... I did not take many photos putting it in as most of the time you are on your back.....

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JimKueneman

Mopar Nut
Tons of details putting it back in make it look clean.. the 1968 B-Body starter cable is PERFECT as was the 1968 B-Body neutral safety switch wire from M&H. Transmission cables all snapped in and adjusted ready to roll.... Double check you tightened everything. You don't torque the LCA nut until the LCA is compressed with the torsion bar. Boy the edge of the front cleaner kisses the cross brace in the hood. Need to look for a air filter that is not quite as tall.

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JimKueneman

Mopar Nut
I am done laying on my flipping back! Accurate Exhaust modified to meet up with my collector.. I needed to do a little jack tweaking of my pipes as they started to head down at the end
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. Sucked but no harm done other than bruised ego... The Accurate Exhaust uses such heavy gauge you have to really attack the clamps... got a little to rambunctious on one of them.... Restored original driveshaft in with NOS parts. Parking brake adjusted and she is on the ground under her own full weight for the first time in over a year! Done for the day, need to help around the house for tomorrow.

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Chris_Hamilton

Trying to be the best me, I can be
Outstanding stuff Jim.....just outstanding!!!!:) Not enough time in the day to work and keep up with terrific builds like this one. Gonna log some time tonight and tomorrow catching up with this thread.
You should be very proud Jim. Top quality work.:)
 
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