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Smitty's C Restoration 1962-1971 Plymouth

727 Tranny

383 engine with 4B/Carb with 323 gearing in the rear would you keep the 727 or would you select after market auto tranny with over-drive for high-way cruising.

Larry-

The only bolt-in aftermarket OD automatic has a very low first gear, which means the car will kind of “fall on its face” on the 1-2 shift, but the OD is sweet, as is the lockup converter. (shiftsst.com )

3.23:1 cogs aren’t at all bad for cruising, 2.94 is even better.

It comes down to this: You pays your money and you takes your choice!

Rick

about 1 year ago
Smitty's C Restoration 1970-1974 Dodge - Challenger

71 Challenger Convertible

Restoring a 71 Challenger Convertible with factory A/C. Production numbers suggest 126 car were manufactured with 383 4B/Carb.

Larry-

Yes, the K-H (pin type) brakes were quite good. Modern aluminum staggered-bore calipers (EG: Brembo) are better, but the K-H’s still hold up well when you consider that they were inexpensive mass-produced items.

I’d not touch an aftermarket K-member setup if you paid me, unless the car is to be drag-only.

Rick

about 1 year ago
Lyle W Restoration 1965-1967 Dodge - Coronet

Numbers on VIN tag

Restoring a 1966 Dodge 500 Coronet Convertible 383 4 brl VIN # WP27-G61-111617. Numbers in the trunk is 1008000 (I think, number is hard to read). Can you tell me how to read the meaning of these numbers for paint etc. Is there a book available to explain the numbers?

Lyle-

Yes, I can decode the data plate, but even better is giving Chrysler Historical their $35 for a photocopy of the build card. (make it $55 and they will decode it)

Rick

about 1 year ago
Mopar Jack's My Car 1967-1976 Dodge - Dart

A body buckets

Hi Richard, happy new year. I have a ‘71 Dodge/Swinger 360 4 spd slightly modified but have a factory stock exterior & interior w,bench seat. What bucket seat from a bit more modern vehicle that can easily fit. Don’t want a high bucket, but would like the seats in MA’s April edition ‘71 black Cuda. I am looking for a junk yard special. If they need work that’s OK, just want the bucket seat look & feel.
Thanks,
Jack

Jack-

Do what everybody else does: Go to the junkyard with a tape measure, there’s a wide array. The fabricate brackets and floor pan reinforcements.

The alternative: Buy aftermarket seats with bolt-in bracket kits. (You’d then still need the factory-clone bucket-seat floor pan reinforcements.)

Rick

about 1 year ago
Tater's Mechanical 1970-1974 Plymouth - Barracuda

Carb and Manifold

Just started work on a 74 Cuda with a 318 and looking to replace the factory Carb and Manifold. What combo would you recommend?

Doyle-

All OEM manifolds, and, to the best of my knowledge, all currently-available aftermarket aluminum manifolds, are 340/360 intake-port size. Using any of these will result in a port mismatch, giving up some of the gains you’d normally glean from the improved manifolding.

Consider this your golden opportunity to swap on a pair of #308 heads (‘89-’92 360). These are cheap, easy to find, and best production LA heads ever made. And they’re unleaded-ready.

Rick

over 1 year ago
A body fanatic General 1962-1989 Plymouth

Retro ABS on Mopar

I swore you did an article a long time ago about putting an ABS system on an old Mopar. I’d love to take on that project. Keep up the good work.

Keith-

Yes, I did a RWAL swap using junkyard parts for Mopar Action. It worked out extremely well and generated a lot of positive feedback.

moparaction.com includes a back-issue index and ordering instructions.

Rick

over 1 year ago
demort71 Mechanical 1971-1993 Dodge - 1/2-Ton Pickup

recommended cam specs mild street 360LA

Dear Richard…next year I want to build a new 360LA motor for my 78 Lil Red Express. I would be happy with 350 to 400 HP without stroking it. Any thoughts on the specs of the cams I should be considering to make this a reliable motor with some growl? Thanks!

Randy-

I’d sure re-think the entire build….a 390 HP crate motor clone (Magnum), with EQ heads, makes and easy 400+. The hydraulic roller is the way to go!

But, if you must, to make 400HP with LA heads, you’ll need something in the vicinity of 280-290 deg. advt duration and 0.500"l lift.

Rick

over 1 year ago

Purple trans am

Preparing to sell my mothers 1998 trans am it’s in unbelievable condition with only 28,000 original miles. A friend of the family informed us that it is a rare color and we should get it appraised before selling it… Is this true?

1998 is pretty easy to research value on your own , thanks , Rick McLaughlin

over 1 year ago
Daddy J's Mopars General 1966-1966 Plymouth - Fury III

Reasonable price for a 1966 Plymouth Fury III

Found a 1966 Plymouth Fury III with a 383 for sale. Meets Hagerty’s Condition 4 criteria.

David-

It would mostly depend on the body style, with a secondary consideration being originality.

$14K for a clean driver convertible is in the ballpark, even with the poor body work.

A 4-door sedan might be worth well under $5K, while a 4-door hardtop would ramp that up maybe $1K.

Wagons are a unique, small market. The guys who want the, REALLY want them, so maybe $8-10K. A 2-door hardtop would be in that same range, assuming it is all still there with mostly original components.

I am assuming an original 383 4-BBl. (code 62), a 2-BBl (61) would cut nearly a thou off the value. Note that both were VIN’d G, so be careful.

Rick

over 1 year ago
Big Phil's Historical 1970-1974 Dodge - Challenger

Vin Number Question

I am searching to see if my 1973 Challenger still exists. All current vin searches require 17 digits, whereas mine is 13 digits. Can you suggest something?

Phil-

Unfortunately, no. Due to enhanced privacy laws, this is nearly impossible, unless you do some good old fashioned gumshoe work….try to find the guy you sold it to back in the day, and work forward from there.

You could just Google the VIN and see if you get lucky, this could work if it is for sale somewhere.

Rick

over 1 year ago
Flud's Fab Restoration 1963-1966 Dodge

1964 Dart 270 Weatherstripping

I"m trying to order windshield (front and rear) weatherstripping and I keep seeing a distinction made between the GT and the 270. I can’t find anything that says the glass is different between the two models. Are they different? Did all of the weatherstripping for the 170, 270 and GT models have the chrome trim?

Ryan-

Your’re right, all Dart models used the same glass and weatherstrip for 1964. As far as the aftermarket re-pops…who knows?

The weatherstrip lockingstrip was bright metallized polyester (Mylar), on all A-bodies.

Rick

over 1 year ago
Mark's Dodge Shop Restoration 1969-1969 Plymouth - GTX

Hood stripe color for 69 gtx

HI I’m looking to see if you know what color the hood stripe was in Red on a 1969 plymouth GTX, my fender tag says red and the car is B5, I need to repaint the hood and looking for a paint code on that?

Easy. There were no hood stripes. If you are referring to the V21 performance hood treatment, it was always black organosol paint.

Rick

over 1 year ago
Thy Taylor's General 1969-1969 Dodge - Coronet

Coronet R/T

Can you provide me with more information on the 1969 Coronet R/T specifically?

Makenna-

The Coronet R/T can be thought of as the performance version of the Coronet 500, which was the top trim level of the “standard performance” Coronets. They shared virtually the interior interior, save for the (optional rallye) instrument panel, and the exterior variations were primarily the hood and a few small trim differences.

The mechanicals, however, were significantly upgraded.The base R/T engine was the 375 bHp 440 Magnum, with thr 425 bHp 426 Hemi optional, whereas the top 500 engine was the 300 bHp 383. Brakes were larger, as were wheels and tires, suspension and shock valving was firmer. There were options of stiffer axle ratios and so on.

Most options that were available on the 500 could also be had on the R/T – power windows, A/C (with some powertrail combos only), power steering, disc brakes, radios, etc.

Rick

over 1 year ago
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