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« on: October 05, 2011, 01:28:56 PM »

Well, the drip spots in my drive way were almost as big as my VW Cabrio when I decided to just pull the drive train out and get it all re-sealed.  So yesterday I spent most of the morning under the car pulling the starter and making sure everything was disconnected while my buddy Joe was doing the same up top.  We got it out, on the stand, and pulled into the garage.  Now I just need to get the transmission out of the car and in the garage so I can work on re-sealing it also.  





Before I do the reseal I am going to pressure wash both of them and scrub them clean as I can with some Engine Bright so I can hopefully get them painted after the seals are done before I put them back in.

Going to have to pressure wash the engine compartment also, man it got dirty with all the leaks.  



Also noticed that the brake master cylinder has been leaking on the new paint on the shock tower down by the frame rail and the paint came off the frame over by the fuel line.  Now I also have to fix the paint while I am in there.  



Has anyone ever done a seal job on the steering box?  The kit is $60 at Napa and I need that to stop adding its to the puddles as well.  Going to replace the steering pump lines as well as soon as I find out what pump is on the car.



Hopefully this doesn't take to long to get done.  Ideally I would like to be reassembling the car within the next two weeks.  Assuming that happens I might even try tackling the one small rust hole that each fender has were they bolt to the inner fenders.  Neither is bigger than a quarter at the moment so it should not be to hard to do.  After that I want to try and get the front valance mounting tabs replaced and maybe even get ready to paint the whole front clip.  Things are looking up money wise and I hope to start collecting sheet metal for next summer

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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2011, 06:37:39 PM »

Spent about 4 hours today with a metal toothbrush, a pressure washer and a can of degreaser.   Man it was caked on there.  All that and I still haven't got it all cleaned yet.  I am afraid I am going to have to remove the exhaust manifolds in order to get heads cleaned up all the way.  I kind of wanted to avoid that, but oh well. 





Just noticed I didn't get any pics of the cleanup so far.  I'll have take those next time I pull it out of the garage in a few days to continue.

Just out of curiosity, does anyone know how to get old paint off a motor without hot tanking it?  I was thinking maybe Easy Off Oven Cleaner, some orange paint stripper my brother uses, or there is something in the car section at Walmart called aircraft stripper or something like that.  That says it is the strongest remover on the market, but I would be spraying it off with a pressure washer and dont want it lingering around on the ground because of the kids and the animals.

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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2011, 06:19:34 PM »

Finally got the transmission pulled out today and pressure washed.  Found the stamped VIN plate on it too.

 

 

It matches the VIN on the dash!


 

 

To bad the motor is is date coded 68 so it could not be original.  I think I will run the numbers again just out of hope.

Man, I wish I at least had the damned fender tag. 

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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2011, 10:42:25 PM »

I would like to some day do the same thing as you and pull, clean, and repaint my engine! Congrats on the tranny! I feel ya man! i didnt have fender tag or build sheet for the Charger but now i have all three crucial components! i still need to check the block and tranny on the GTX to check for originaity but i doubt there original because it seems to be a race car and my tranny is painted bright rallye red! HAHA but that doesnt mean much...
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2011, 11:49:35 PM »

I didnt even think the front half of the car was original to the back half at one point.  I know the front fenders, front valance, both doors, hood, trunk lid, rear passenger quarter, tail light panel and lower rear valance are not original. By default I dont think my trunk is original either, it is to solid.  Ha! Frankin-car.

I was told a few years ago by the guy that owned it before my friend that the 383 was a stock rebuild with a slightly more aggressive than stock cam.  Aside from that I know it has an Edelbrock Torquer 383 manifold with 2 inches of spacers under the 750CFM Edelbrock carb and 906 heads.  No clue on the pistons or bore.

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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2011, 11:59:39 PM »

Avolow, is your Charger an original R/T? I notice you have the scoops on the doors etc. If so, no 383 would have been original in your car. Unless I am mistaken, a 440 4bbl would be the "base" R/T engine. If that is the case, it should make you feel a bit better about not finding the matching VIN on your 383.

You are doing some great work, and it is easy to see the momentum is building, keep it up!
 

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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2011, 12:19:56 AM »

Tolley. 

Nope not an original R/T, just original R/T doors.  Hehe.  Wish it was, but the VIN tells me it was originally a 383 2bbl car. 

I hope I can keep this pace going at least long enough to stuff the motor and trans back in.  I tried something called aircraft remover on the side of the block today, MAN that paint melted.  Next time I get to it I'll finish that off and get the thing painted so that part will be done.  Hehe, that darned silver paint will be a memory for the motor, unfortunately it is all over the transmission too  I will probably try to order the right speedo gear while its out also.

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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2011, 03:27:16 PM »

Avalow, the aircraft stripper is an awesome product. I used it to strip down an intake manifold I got. I found it in a rattle can, just spray it on and wait til the paint bubbles and wash it off. Just be sure you wear gloves and wash down the driveway really well when your done. For those stubborn spots a round wire brush on a drill works really quick.
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2011, 06:05:18 PM »

looking good at least you have heard your engine run i missed the time the engine was on the dyno running so keep it up looks like fun 
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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2011, 06:53:49 PM »

Avalow, the aircraft stripper is an awesome product. I used it to strip down an intake manifold I got. I found it in a rattle can, just spray it on and wait til the paint bubbles and wash it off. Just be sure you wear gloves and wash down the driveway really well when your done. For those stubborn spots a round wire brush on a drill works really quick.

Yep I am liking this stuff.  It took most of the paint off and even a little of the stubborn black grime around the exhaust ports on the heads.  I do have a couple of wire brushes for the drill and a wire wheel for the angle grinder, plus I just picked up another can of remover and 12 new steel toothbrushes to work it with.  About 70% of the paint is off, just have a few spots left to work on and I can start painting.


looking good at least you have heard your engine run i missed the time the engine was on the dyno running so keep it up looks like fun 

Hehe, I can't wait to hear it again.  I just hope that I get all the leaks taken care of. I would really like my driveway to not be a toxic waist sponge.  I still need to get the power steering hoses, but I am trying to decide what to do about the box.  It leaks but a seal kit is $60, so should I just get a rebuilt cop unit.

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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2011, 07:20:10 PM »

It was a beautiful day today so instead of doing the house work like I was supposed to I decided to get a little more work done on the motor.

These are from the other day when I was still stripping paint and cleaning.





 It has been setting in the garage for a while now out of the elements, but there was some minor flash rusting going on.  Once I got it out I cleaned it off one last time and blew it dry with the air hose.  After that I primed it with Rust-Oleum engine primer.





Then coated it with the Rust-Oleum Hemi Orange engine paint.





I still need to remove, strip, primer, reseal, and paint the timing cover, water pump and housing, and oil pan.  I am also unable to make up my mind on if I am going to keep the chrome Moroso valve covers, go back to one of two pair of stockers that I have, or break down and order the Mopar Performance covers I ultimately want.  Need to clean up and paint the harmonic balancer also.

Going to just stick with my stock exhaust manifolds for the time being, but I'll be wire wheeling and painting them black before I put them back on.  

One bit of today, while taking off one of the exhaust manifold bolts, the stud broke off in the head.  Now I have to drill it out and re-tap it.  Guess its a good thing it is out of the car already.  

Also have a new valley pan for it, going to paint that and get it put on too.  

I wanted to get it all done before I painted it, but that rust was starting to concern me.  At least this way I don't have to worry about it.  Once it is all assembled I will give it one more spray around the seals to give it the correct look and it will be ready to drop in.  

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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2011, 09:17:30 PM »

Looking good Avolow!  I think the stock covers or the ribbed MP ones are a better choice over the Morosos. 
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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2011, 10:23:49 PM »

the aluminum Mopar Performance covers have a bit of an interference issue with the HP exhaust manifolds on the passenger side from what I have heard....they hit the exhaust and will not seal tight

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« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2011, 12:20:31 AM »

Looking good Avolow!  I think the stock covers or the ribbed MP ones are a better choice over the Morosos. 


 

I would probably be easier to keep them looking good too.

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« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2011, 01:03:33 AM »

the aluminum Mopar Performance covers have a bit of an interference issue with the HP exhaust manifolds on the passenger side from what I have heard....they hit the exhaust and will not seal tight

Bryan


That is good to know actually.  I still haven't made up my mind if I am going to go with the HP manifolds or headers yet.  Everything seems to point toward the HP manifolds because I don't think I want to deal with the possibility of burned wire boots and toasted starters.  May still do headers though since I want to go with a 3 inch exhaust when it comes time to replace it.  Somehow I don't think the manifolds would make use of that, could be wrong though.

Hopefully I will be able to get the motor and trans back in the car in the next week or two, weather permitting that is.

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