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D2B2 Racing Performance 1987-1993 Dodge - Shadow

Best set up for SCCA ProSolo

I have a 1993 Dodge Shadow ES that I used to AutoCross with. It has made appearances at places such as Summit Point, WV (as a reply to a yahoo groups challenge). I was wondering is there any way to increase the rear camber on it to help it corner a little better?

Billy-

Sure. Just increase the camber shim pack at the lower stub-axle mounting holes. You can buy the OE shims, but many of the aftermarket ones are plastic, better if you just cut them out of scrap aluminum.

If you have rear discs, you may also need to shim the caliper mount to keep the caliper centered on the rotor.

I spent MANY happy laps at Summit Point, MANY in a tweaked Turbo II Lancer Shelby.

Rick

1 day ago
Mark Barn General 1964-1969 Plymouth - Barracuda

64 barracuda

Can keys be made from the vin # or any other tag on vehicle

Mark-

Keys can be cut from the key code (which was on the original key tag, dealer invoice, etc.) or by reading the tumblers or drivers from any of the original lock cylinder. Most Chrysler dealers that have been in business for a long time, if the parts guy is equally ancient, know how to do this (as do I).

Back in the day, there was a cross reference, VIN to key code, but that’s ancient history.

It may be more expedient, however, to just replace all the lock cylinders, although the ‘64-style (large door lock cylinders) can be pricey, they are pretty much NOS only.

History requires detective work. Chrysler historical can provide an IBM card (build record, with options), underhood data plate (“fender tag”), as well as broadcast sheet, if found, are both treasure troves of info.

Rick

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4 days ago
Northern collector Historical 1972-1972 Plymouth - Road Runner

1972 Plymouth Road Runner 400, 3 speed

I’m looking if anyone would have any specs on how many 1972 Plymouth Road Runner 400, 3 speeds might have been made. If it means anything, it has a bench seat instead of the buckets. All Original yet.

Brad-

I will assume you mean 3-speed MANUAL trans.

There were 1,433 built with the standard 400-4 and A230 fully synchronized, side-loader 3-speed manual transmission.

Rick

10 days ago
Motorland Historical 1966-1966 Plymouth - Satellite

Documentation and engine verification of a 1966 Plymouth Satellite

I have a 1966 Plymouth satellite with a 426 street wedge hemi motor. I have a few questions about the engine verification numbers. there is a 9 digit number located on the radiator support, #7L2802224. I am curious if this will verify anything about the car. I have broken down the VIN code, and it matches out to a 426 street wedge with the 4-speed manual. I do not believe it is the same motor that came with the car, however, this car ran quarters when new. I have a feeling the motor blew, and since it was still under warranty from Chrysler, they put a correct engine in. I would like to know if there is anything I can do to prove this. Thanks for reading, Josiah C.

Josiah-

One of us is confused! The 426-S (wedge) was discontinued after 1965.

The SO number you quote can be tied to the VIN via the data plate, the NICB, or Chrysler Historical.

If it is an original 426 Hemi, the 5th digit of the VIN should be “H”;There’s nothing in the VIN that indictes the transmission. Assuming a true Hemi car, under “AB” on the date plate should be “73”.

The VIN was not on the engine in 1966. If the engine were replaced, the cast date of the block could be later than the car’s build date, but all other components should be earlier than that date (carbs, all 3 manifolds, and a zillion other parts).

Rick

10 days ago
Four Daughters General 1969-1969 Plymouth - Barracuda

69 barracuda convertible

I’m trying to figure out if the 69 barracuda convertible I have is a formula S or base with a 340 automatic.on the column. I’m getting mixed answers from various people. is there a way you can help me determine if it’s a true formula S?

Scott-

Easy. Look for code A53 on the data plate.

Rick

21 days ago
Daryl's On-Line Garage General 1970-1971 Plymouth - Barracuda

70-71 Plymouth Barracuda/Cuda question

Is there such a thing as a 440 or 426 hemi Barracuda, or are all those models with those engines considered a Cuda? There was an ad for a 70 440 Barracuda and I commented it was a Cuda, not a Barracuda but I’m getting people telling me that I am wrong, that it is still a Barracuda since you could order any engine for the Barracuda – which is true, but adding that option now makes it a Cuda, right?

Daryl-

The ’Cuda was a model within the Barracuda line, so, technically, all ’Cuda are also Barracudas. The largest engine that was available in the base or Gran Coupe models was the 383 (2- or 4-Bbl); the 340 was also ’Cuda only.

Rick

about 1 month ago
The Ol' D Spot Restoration 1962-1976 Dodge - Dart

Tires for 71 Dart Swinger

I have a 1971 Dodge Dart Swinger with an original Firestone Deluxe Champion spare tire still on the rim… paper sticker still attached! (E-78-14 tubeless bias ply with 1" white wall stripe)

I am looking for replacement tires that would be in keeping with the make/model/look of my car. Can you make any recommendations?
I am trying to keep my car as original as possible.

Thanks for the help!

Cary-

You’ll want reproduction tires such as those from Coker. No modern tire would even come close.

Be aware, though, that modern radials do drive a whole lot better than bias-plys!

Rick

about 1 month ago
Mhuppertz General 1969-1969 Dodge - Dart

Restore or restomod

4,976 hardtops, 501 ragtops, 273-2, TorqueFlite.

I have all the original stuff, but I also have a 440 engine, a 5.7 Hemi and an A833 transmission…

If it were your decision, would you restore or restomod this car? Not like a 2bbl 273 is a hot option, but I don’t want to be foolish either.

Mark-

The choice is yours, it is a personal decision. I can easily come up with a laundry list of arguments for either position.

One thing I’d definitely not do: Swap in a big-block, nose-heavy A-bodies lose all their “flinginess”. The exception might be a B-engine (not RB) with aluminum heads, manifold, water pump / housing, and headers. But that way, it is little heavier than a 273.

A 3G Hemi is also a very nice swap.

You could also build a LA360 (or 408) dressed to look like the dead-stock 273.

Or, as you know, you could restore it correctly. Long-term, it would probably retain the greatest resale value that way.

Rick

about 1 month ago

Best Impala

What year and model of the Impala do you consider to be the best Impala ever made?

Hi Bayard,

First of all, we appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us to find the information you are looking for. We hope we can provide you with a suitable answer.

This question, as you know, is a very subjective question. You could ask 10 different people and more than likely you would get 10 different answers. However, I think for me personally, the earlier iterations of of the Impala are the “best”. As you stated in your question, the 1958 Impala was a game changer because it was the first version of the classic car. The ‘58 boasted chrome decoration with sculpted fenders, Chevy’s first dual headlamps, and triple tail-lamps. It was originally introduced as the top of the line Bel-Air with a few different engine options as well.

The ‘59 Impala is probably the most drastically different version of the car stylistically. That year it became it’s own standing model without the Bel Air tag. It was two inches longer in length, had a rear “bat-wing” lid and “cat eye” sideways teardrop tail lights that were only found on the 59. That year Chevy also added a four-dour hardtop and a four-door sedan. Take a look at some pictures of the ’59 online. They are a completely different car then the other versions of the Impala.

The 1961 Impala may be the most influential version (and possibly the answer to your question). That year Chevy introduced the SS (Super Sport) badge and the 409 engine, thus essentially making the first “muscle car”. The ’61 SS came with knock-off wheel covers, heavy-duty springs and shocks, metallic brake linings, a padded instrument panel, and a Sun 7,000-rpm tachometer. The SS came with either a 348 cubic inch V8 or the 409-cubic-inch V8 that could hit 60 mph in seven seconds and 360 hp.

I hope this answers your question or at least gives you some kind of background so that you can decide on which one you like best. As I stated before, I don’t think there is a wrong answer to this question but these are just my thoughts on it. Good luck on your project and again, thank you for consulting MyClassicGarage for your automotive history question.

about 1 month ago
Papa's Cars General 1970-1970 Dodge - Coronet

Production numbers for the 1970 Dodge Super Bee Coupes

Can you tell me how many 1970 Super Bee Coupes with 383 4so. Plum Crazy Were produced that year with the bumblebees strip. 4 speed transmission

Jane-

The only “take it to the bank” number:

1,336 4-speed 383 coupes.

No specific data were compiled which included options nor colors.

We can make some educated guesses, however. Assuming that Plum Crazy had a take rate of 3%, that would leave 40 cars.

Since “caliper” tape stripes were new for 1970, and popular, as well as being standard equipment, the take rate for bumblebee stripes was also probably quite low — I’ll guess 10%. if that’s true, there would have been 4 cars built as you describe.

Again — THESE ARE GUESSTIMATES.

Rick

about 1 month ago
Rat Roaster General 1965-1962 Plymouth

Voltage too high.

Dr. E-berg.
I’ve got a rebuilt early b-body alternator & repo. electronic voltage regulator on a ‘63 Plymouth. I’m getting over 15 volts at idle which seems too high. I’m picking up voltage reading off radio power wire. Your thoughts please.
On an another subject. In a previous post you mention Imperial Services. Are they still in business. I haven’t been able to get a hold of them or get a response.
Thank you.
Ken

ken-

Not sure what you mean by “repro electronic….”, the originals were electromech. At any rate, unless we’re talking sub-zero ambient tempos, 15 volts plus will definitely boil the battery (if not explode it!)

imperialservices.net is doing fine as far as I know, Steve has never been great at customer service and prefers to sell through dealers.

Rick

2 months ago
Rooker Racing Mechanical 1958-1978 Plymouth

Oil pan

Rick.
I am putting this 440 in a 1974 Road Runner that had a 360. I am using the Shaumaker motor mount adapters. I bought this engine with this odd oil pan on it with hoses that seem to have something to do with the oil filter. What can you tell me about this oil pan and filter set up? Can I use it or do I need to change pans to fit my car. If I need to change pans, which one do I need?

Thanks….Mike

Mike-

That’s a drag-race (only) oil pan, swinging pickup, and pump setup. That will never clear any stock crossmember. I suspect this engine was built for drag racing, I see the non-streetable Dominator carb, etc., probably has very high compression, crazy cam, loose piston/wall clearances, etc.

Forgetting the “much too racy for the street” aspect for a moment, if you wanna slip this into your ‘74 B-body, you’ll need an OEM (repro) 6-quart steel pan, pickup tube, and internally-fed (stock or HV) oil pump.

Looking at the pix, there’s also the possibility that someone just bolted this stuff onto a tires stock engine just to “flip” it.

Back to reality: The much better option would be:

> Sell that engine and get one closer to a stock 440

- or, even better -

> Sell that one and get or build a stroker 360 (typically, 408 CID) – SO much easier to swap.

Rick

2 months ago
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