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Clean it up and get it together!
I hear you on crappy machine work. My machinist sold off his equipment a couple years ago, he got cancer. So there is no machine shops worth a crap around here. I have been taking my stuff to another guy, which he is real reasonable but a 4 hr round trip. I just got back from his shop had to pick up my “J” heads that I returned to him earlier in the week because the valve tips were shoddy. His prices are really good, just this one part was not up to my standards. He charged me $650 to clean block and heads, manuflux, install cam bearings, do a valve job on the heads, minor mill to make sure they were flat and grind the crank.
Thanks, I had actually been looking up aluminum pans, originally thinking I might mount it to the hood and use a flat base and foam seal. (Similar to the factory air grabbers) I need to build some ducting from the scoop openings in the hood. You can just see one side in this picture.
Mine has the duel snorkel, with two holes in the center, so it dumps right into the air cleaner.
Got the dumpster 318 to where it will run. Just doing some mock up, before moving it into my outbuilding and starting on the Cuda'. Got to finish stripping another 70 Cuda' out that has been sitting on my car trailer for almost 2 years, I would really like to have my trailer back to where I can use it. Plus my wife is really on my case to get it out of here, it is an eyesore rust bucket, but a gold mine for parts. I would have taken it up to my farm years ago, but it is so rusty it will not roll off the trailer, and I need parts for my drag car, dash, steering column, manual steering, rear windows, wiring etc. To load it on the trailer, I had to winch it on with my cousin running a log skidder picking the back of the car up.
Just trying to use some inventory up, I had the gold Moroso valve covers on it, but it clashed bad. Took the valve covers to the powder coater's yesterday, he is going to do them to match the red anodizing on the carb. I also have a new in the box NOS system to complement the engine. I think the 318 will still make its earth shaking factory 150hp.
Update time, its been a while. Did get the valve covers back from the powder coaters, they look much better. Saran wrapped the engine, put a gas grill cover over it, and shoved it under the work bench.
I did get the old 70 cuda stripped and off my trailer, it was in real bad shape rust wise, not worth saving financially, but alot of its parts will go on my other cuda roller body I have.
Empty trailer, what do you do, go buy another car. Me and a friend of mine road tripped 2000 miles in 2 days to buy another Duster. This one is a 6cyl auto, nice driving little car, decent interior, has some rot behind the tires, alot of dents and scratches, but looks good from 20'. Just need to fix a few lights, and replace the AC components that were removed under the hood. Condenser, drier, lines and going to update with and modern Sanden compressor. I do have a set of twin scoops, so they may get installed on the hood, other than that it is just going to be a fair weather driver.
you gotta love a new project
Sad thing is I don't need anymore projects, I have several done classics that did not even get driven last year. Still have not driven any of them this year. I like building them more than driving I guess.
I did get all the lights working on the red Duster. 4 194 bulbs 1 1156 bulb and plugged the ground wire into the tail-light 1 20A fuse It will pass WV safety inspection now as soon as I fix the bushings in the passenger side wiper arm. I have been driving the crap out of the red duster, its fun, cruises really good, but has a small vibration from the right front wheel, my guess is tires because they are date coded from 2002 and dry rotted. Maybe I will steal the ralley wheels off my Challenger, if they are not too tall, they have new tires. But have not even had time to let the car down off jack-stands, so they would be easy picking.
On the fence on what rims to run on the red Duster, I have a set of 14" ralley wheels with new tires, already mounted and balanced, on my Challenger, tires have never touched the ground. But I bought another set of slot wheels a week or so ago cheap. But they are a weird size, two are 15 x 8.5 with a 5" back space, fronts I really am not going to use them they are 14" Crager slots two piece wheels, steel and aluminum. How much tire can I put on the 15" wheels, I have the stock 7.25" rear, have not had time to get the old tires dis-mounted and measure what will fit, or if these wheels with the 5" back-space are even going to fit.
at least with a lot of backspace you can centre them in the wheel well with spacers. i've had 325 50 15's on 8 1/2" rims before. i wouldn't go bigger though. neil.
That's a sharp duster! Looks very solid.
I bought it out in the midwest, never again will I fool with any east coast cars, well worth the 2000 mile round trip to buy it.
That's kinda my plan for my next one. I gotta get my truck in shape to pull a trailer that far. My oldest boy is wanting to do a project together kinda his first build that will probably be my next adventure. He is wanting a mustang I'd like to find him a sold 64-67
There is a real decent looking mustang that era, sitting on a car lot in Buckhannon WV, it looks clean from the road, decent paint.
Took some pictures of the slots I may use the rear ET 15" but not the old Crager 2-piece mags, the center caps were a sob to get off the 15" because they bolted on. These rims and tires came off a friend of mines dads 71 440-6 pac, shaker hood, 4-speed, billboard car, decent car with original paint, but has sit since the early 70's with a blown engine. His dad passed and he is going to put it back original. The Cuda has multiple fender tags, a very high option car. I did get the rear tires dis-mounted yesterday and took them to the blaster to clean them up. They are going to take alot of work to polish back out. After they come back from the blaster, I will blast them two more times, first with glass beads, then with soda. The the tedious job of wet sanding and polishing, I bet I will have 20 hrs of polishing in each rim. The front 2-piece Cragers, just going to put them in my barn for now.
Went and picked the rear ET mags up from the blaster today, he did an awsome job cleaning them up, but they are corroded bad.... So I most likely will not be using them. On the plus side, he only charged me $20. On the positive side, I did get the wiper seals, and new bushings in the red duster. What a party that was, no pics yet, but if you have to do it to your car, remove the glove box liner, and take the gauge cluster out. It gives you a little more room.
Do like 318wr and paint them gold.
I reconditioned a set of aluminum wheels that had been blasted by a guy that used gravel for his medium. The wheels were seriously pitted. I powdered them with Super Chrome, then a HEAVY layer of clear to smooth out the surface. Those wheels were on a car that won Best in Class at a Carlisle event about a decade ago.
These wheels are so pitted where they sat on the ground, not sure if I am even going to uses them. I might pull a rear wheel off the red Duster tomorrow evening, and see how they fit the wheel wells. I did buy new tires for the slots that are on the red duster and they mounted and on the car, but they are just skinny stock size radials.