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Title: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 27 January 2011, 09:30:24
Shiny new forums, same old goons hanging around!! ;D

Pose your car related questions, adventures, and buffoonery at will.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 27 January 2011, 09:32:38
For me, it's the same old same old.  Currently working on an Austin 10 that another shop has been "working on".  $900 for a carb rebuild?  Really?  And you should see what they did to the float. :o
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wombat on 27 January 2011, 10:45:58
What I want to know is this. I drive a Focus with a 2.0L that calls for my oil to be changed every 3000 miles, yet the EXACT SAME engine in a Euro Focus asks for it to be changed every 15000. Whats the deal? Do we use different oil here or have I just been Big Oil's B all these years?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 27 January 2011, 14:32:46
3k miles has been the rule of thumb in the US for ages.  My Toyota is 5k.  15k sounds a little high to me.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wombat on 27 January 2011, 14:39:18
Yes, but if the engine has the SAME PART # and Europe has it clearly listed as 15K, what other explanation could there be?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 27 January 2011, 14:56:24
It probably has to do with the warranty.  FordUSA will not warrant an engine that does not change its oil every 3k miles, while FordEurope really doesn't care.

Even though they are the same car from the same company, each has its own policies and procedures.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wombat on 27 January 2011, 15:03:21
Ergo, someone is Big Oil's B.  :P
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 27 January 2011, 15:19:39
Best way to know when to change your oil? Have an analysis done. Around here NAPA sells a kit that you put some oil in and send off and the company sends back an analysis. You get A LOT of data back, but it also tells you if your oil needs to be changed, or how much longer you should be able to go.
Myself (I have a fair amount of mechanical training) and my friends (2 mechanics and one teaches mechanics) all do 5K with conventional(Valvoline) oil. Synthetics are a whole different ball game.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: sir_spamalot on 28 January 2011, 12:57:21
I'd like to change oil on the car more often, but so far it hasn't hurt the few times it's gone a couple thousand over.... the van I drive so little that I change it just to freshen once I hit 3,000.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 01 February 2011, 21:14:21
There's a pretty nifty article in Hemming's Sports and Exotic Cars March issue about our shop.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 01 February 2011, 22:17:33
Currently working on:

1971 Challenger R/T - complete restoration - next step are restoring the brake booster, heater box and get the dash assembled and installed

1987 Porsche 944 Turbo - need to get whatever holds in the back of the sunroof and figure out the klunking that happens when coming to a stop

1975 Plymouth Trailduster Sport - transmission rebuild

1991 Mazda B2200 - need to figure out what is draining the battery while parked - suspect ignition switch

Mitsubishi Montero SWB (friend's car) - possible engine replacement

1972 Plymouth Duster (friend's car) - pro street conversion, installing mini tubs

Damn - the shop is a hopping
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 01 February 2011, 22:22:12
What I want to know is this. I drive a Focus with a 2.0L that calls for my oil to be changed every 3000 miles, yet the EXACT SAME engine in a Euro Focus asks for it to be changed every 15000. Whats the deal? Do we use different oil here or have I just been Big Oil's B all these years?

I would seriously question the part of being exactly the same.

The only ones that want you to change your oil every 3000 are the Jiffy Lube losers. 

Oil change is dictated by two things - how long until the molecular chain breaks down and how much crap it can carry.  The oil filter helps with the carrying and motor design and oil spec with the breakdown.

Some engines like Porsche and diesels use large capacity and superior filters.  Both my 928 and my Cummins Turbo diesel were changed every 7500 miles.

MM
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 02 February 2011, 01:11:54
If I waited 3000 miles to change my oil, it would probably go at least a year and a half between oil changes.  As it is, I change it about every 5 months.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Joskney on 02 February 2011, 01:23:56
Just getting ready to repair/restore/modify a 1986 AMC Eagle Sport 2+.  I figure my 16year old daughter can and will be plenty embarassed when she has to drive it.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 02 February 2011, 10:31:06
Hey, I like those things!!!  Is it the AWD?

And for the oil change thing, different manufacturers have different ideas as to when they need to be done.  Like I said earlier, Toyota recommends 5k, according to Wombat, Ford is at 3k.  Personally, I would not go over 6k without at least  changing the filter.  The only car the I stress that the oil must absolutely be changed every 3k without fail is the old minis and 1100/1300 series of cars.  Especially the automatics.  With the gearbox in the oil pan and charing oil, it will affect performance and shifting and can lead to failure.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 02 February 2011, 11:48:29
Just getting ready to repair/restore/modify a 1986 AMC Eagle Sport 2+.  I figure my 16year old daughter can and will be plenty embarassed when she has to drive it.

My friend made his daughter drive an AMC Gremlin so your being a saint.  Plus that's actually a cool machine and rare. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 02 February 2011, 23:28:45
My buddies had an AMC Eagle for a "winter car" (the summer car was a recently repainted 74 Charger). Awesome car. Went through quite a bit of stuff, too. Too bad we were 17 and destroyed it... 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 03 February 2011, 22:16:18
That's what 17 year old do.   ;D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 03 February 2011, 23:31:03
Same sad story happened to my friend's '92 Eclipse GSX.  That car was fun, in a sadistic way.  Lots of go, at the cost of no human-shaped object capable of actually fitting in the driver's seat.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 03 February 2011, 23:45:20
Car's that survived my teenage driving:

My mom's 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo (aka "The Mommy Carlo", "The Hawaiian Tropic")
My 1970 Plymouth Duster w/ 550HP 440 - how I did not kill myself I'll never know
My 1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite Convertible - it's 383 just wouldn't blow up
My 1971 Mazda RX-2 - that did blow up
My 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE
My 1974 Dodge W100 Power Wagon - blew up one tranny and 4 driveshafts
My 1968 Dodge Charger R/T - blew the doors off a Ferrari Testarossa  8)
My 1969 Plymouth Road Runner
My 1979 Dodge Ram Charger
My 1970 Dodge Challenger 340

That's a lot of cars for a teen and I'm leaving some out  :-\
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 11 February 2011, 20:47:20
'Cause I'm that kinda guy, here is a project I did today.

It's the oil strainer out of a 1934 MG PA.  The screen was torn and failing, so I replaced it. 8)

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o223/imacleod67/IMG_8127.jpg)
Fresh out of the oil pan, after a rinse in solvent.

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o223/imacleod67/IMG_8128.jpg)
All the parts unsoldered.

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o223/imacleod67/IMG_8129.jpg)
All cleaned up and with a new screen soldered on.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 11 February 2011, 21:54:55
Very nice.  Feel like repainting my GTO?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 11 February 2011, 21:57:41
Very nice.  Feel like repainting my GTO?

Pearlecent pink with pink ghost flames?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 11 February 2011, 22:01:03
That car is so awesome it would still look good.   ;D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 11 February 2011, 23:01:20
Very nice.  Feel like repainting my GTO?

Is the paint already failing?   ???
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 11 February 2011, 23:07:43
It's a GM, of course it is!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D





I'm just kidding, Mattlov.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 12 February 2011, 00:26:02
Is the paint already failing?   ???
No, it has a couple chips and scratches that I primarily blame on my wife.  I need to get them fixed, but ponder a complete repaint to a new color.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 12 February 2011, 01:52:11
No, it has a couple chips and scratches that I primarily blame on my wife.  I need to get them fixed, but ponder a complete repaint to a new color.

Oh - a color change is against my religion

The paint is failing on my 99 Dodge  :'(
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 12 February 2011, 02:05:20
Oh - a color change is against my religion

The paint is failing on my 99 Dodge  :'(

Yeah, I normally don't color change either.  But in the end, they technically only made 876 of my car.  With a paint change I can make it utterly unique.

The paint on the truck is failing?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 12 February 2011, 02:13:18
Yeah, I normally don't color change either.  But in the end, they technically only made 876 of my car.  With a paint change I can make it utterly unique.

The paint on the truck is failing?

Yes - it's common with these new crappy paints - clear coat over base coat.  The clear coat fails and flakes or peals off. 

Don't you guys have the sun out there?   ;D :D ;)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 12 February 2011, 10:54:12
Mattlov, I would recommend against a color change unless you are willing to do it correctly.  Just squirting paint on the outside is not enough, you need to paint all the areas like door jams, under hood and trunk et al.  Repaint the can the factory color and add highlight (racing stripes or something).  This will end up looking a lot better and keep the resale up unless you try to pass it on to someone who doesn't know better.

I can't tell you how many cars I've inspected and found a really nice paint job and opened the door, trunk, or hood (or all three) and found the dingy dirty original paint in a non-complementary color (think British racing green over purple).
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 12 February 2011, 11:08:56
Yes - it's common with these new crappy paints - clear coat over base coat.  The clear coat fails and flakes or peals off. 

Don't you guys have the sun out there?   ;D :D ;)

Not much in the winter, no.  Plus the GTO is parked in the garage.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 12 February 2011, 11:11:10
Mattlov, I would recommend against a color change unless you are willing to do it correctly.  Just squirting paint on the outside is not enough, you need to paint all the areas like door jams, under hood and trunk et al.  Repaint the can the factory color and add highlight (racing stripes or something).  This will end up looking a lot better and keep the resale up unless you try to pass it on to someone who doesn't know better.

I can't tell you how many cars I've inspected and found a really nice paint job and opened the door, trunk, or hood (or all three) and found the dingy dirty original paint in a non-complementary color (think British racing green over purple).

Yeah, I would pay for a full pro repaint.  There are a couple places around here that do it, and do it right.  It just isn't cheap.  I'm just thinking of the repaint anyway, I need to paint my house far more than I need my car painted.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 12 February 2011, 12:39:23
Not much in the winter, no.  Plus the GTO is parked in the garage.

Well it's going to be sunny and 63 here today - got lots of car work to do today
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 12 February 2011, 12:56:29
I wish it was sunny and 63, I am lucky we are in a warm spell of 25 right now.  Also, even though I keep relearning the lessen of winter fun, I love owning a RWD in the snow.

I just have to worry about some rust on my firebird now.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Shirotora on 13 February 2011, 03:52:32
Just getting ready to repair/restore/modify a 1986 AMC Eagle Sport 2+.  I figure my 16year old daughter can and will be plenty embarassed when she has to drive it.
Yeah, that is one ugly car. I had a 79AMC Concord (the Eagle's predecessor) and it was uglier, all I can remeber about the car is the Green paintjob (w/gold striping) with a tan interior. I called it the Boogermobile due to the coloring. I did love the big Inline 6 under, though
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 14 February 2011, 14:12:53
See, the issue I have with statements like that is styling is an aesthetic.  And aesthetics are deeply personal and subjective.  While one person may adore it, another is completely turned off.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 15 February 2011, 22:43:30
See, the issue I have with statements like that is styling is an aesthetic.  And aesthetics are deeply personal and subjective.  While one person may adore it, another is completely turned off.

Exception - Pontiac Aztec
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 15 February 2011, 22:57:29
Exception - Pontiac Aztec
The Aztek isn't pretty, but there are uglier things out there.  Mid-late 90's Taurus, any Buick Rendezvous (same body, different shell), Honda S2000's...
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 15 February 2011, 23:13:21
Once again, very personal.  I don't find the S2000 to be that bad of a car (stylisticly speaking).  Then again I'm kinda partial to late fifties and early sixties mopars.

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o223/imacleod67/sqeeze2.jpg)

Yes, that's my car.  In my garage while the Yaris sleeps outside.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 16 February 2011, 04:48:29

I have a car with square wheels. What can I do?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 16 February 2011, 09:29:28
I have a car with square wheels. What can I do?

Get seats with extra soft, extra squishy padding.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 16 February 2011, 11:04:14
The Aztek isn't pretty, but there are uglier things out there.  Mid-late 90's Taurus, any Buick Rendezvous (same body, different shell), Honda S2000's...

What's wrong with the S2000?  It's not my type of car, but I don't see the issue
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 16 February 2011, 11:55:41
S2000s are pretty smexy and big for the autoX around chicago.  Fast little buggers.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 16 February 2011, 18:20:47
Get seats with extra soft, extra squishy padding.

Thanks. That did the trick...
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 16 February 2011, 19:04:20
What's wrong with the S2000?  It's not my type of car, but I don't see the issue
Never liked it.  It always seemed like it was trying to be BMW Z3, which a car I also dislike.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 16 February 2011, 22:15:01
Never liked it.  It always seemed like it was trying to be BMW Z3, which a car I also dislike.

Well that's the defined in the Asian Design Handbook

Rule #1:  Copy the Germans
Rule #2:  Go back to Rule #1
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 16 February 2011, 22:53:57
I don't know man.  I always thought they were trying to copy the MGA. :-\

(http://www.britishv8.org/MG/ThomasRoss/ThomasRoss-AA.jpg)

(both the Beemer and the Honda)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 16 February 2011, 22:57:34
I don't know man.  I always thought they were trying to copy the MGA. :-\

(http://www.britishv8.org/MG/ThomasRoss/ThomasRoss-AA.jpg)

(both the Beemer and the Honda)

No - they are trying to copy the Triumph TR-7  ;D :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 16 February 2011, 23:06:13
No - they are trying to copy the Triumph TR-7  ;D :D

The shape of things to come?? :D :D :D :D

(http://www.adclassix.com/images/75triumphtr7.jpg)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 16 February 2011, 23:06:49
Well that's the defined in the Asian Design Handbook

Rule #1:  Copy the Germans
Rule #2:  Go back to Rule #1

Thne I want to know what the Skyline was copied from, cause it most be unto a god-like car.  ;D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 16 February 2011, 23:08:20
The shape of things to come?? :D :D :D :D

(http://www.adclassix.com/images/75triumphtr7.jpg)

See the wedge lives on  [notworthy]
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 16 February 2011, 23:09:03
Thne I want to know what the Skyline was copied from, cause it most be unto a god-like car.  ;D

Post a picture of it and I'll find the German car they copied
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 16 February 2011, 23:33:11
Post a picture of it and I'll find the German car they copied

Here you go.  This should be interesting. :)

(http://www.nissanpic.com/nissan/car/pictures/2010/03/nissan-skyline-gt-r-by-active-design.jpg)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 16 February 2011, 23:44:03
Here you go.  This should be interesting. :)

(http://www.nissanpic.com/nissan/car/pictures/2010/03/nissan-skyline-gt-r-by-active-design.jpg)

is broken
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 17 February 2011, 00:08:41
It is too big I think,

Here is the link.

http://www.nissanpic.com/nissan/car/pictures/2010/03/nissan-skyline-gt-r-by-active-design.jpg (http://www.nissanpic.com/nissan/car/pictures/2010/03/nissan-skyline-gt-r-by-active-design.jpg)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 17 February 2011, 00:33:36
Chance are it was copied from the European God car, the BMW-3 series.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 17 February 2011, 00:36:37
Chance are it was copied from the European God car, the BMW-3 series.

But in every aspect it spanks it, unless only the basic concept was taken and then Nissan made it truly into a demon beast.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 17 February 2011, 19:29:21
Chance are it was copied from the European God car, the BMW-3 series.

That's what I thought when I saw it.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 17 February 2011, 19:53:00
Funny how you take a Pontiac Aztek, shrink it 25%, and call it a "Prius", and it's all the damn rage.


As an aside, I didn't mind the Aztek, but I also think the Chevy Cavalier Wagon with the V6 is the spiffiest car on the planet.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 February 2011, 22:40:41
It is too big I think,



That's what SHE said  :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 19 February 2011, 00:07:57
Funny how you take a Pontiac Aztek, shrink it 25%, and call it a "Prius", and it's all the damn rage.


As an aside, I didn't mind the Aztek, but I also think the Chevy Cavalier Wagon with the V6 is the spiffiest car on the planet.

I know.  After it came out most other cross-over type SUVs tended to look really similar, just not as pronounced of angle.  I liked the Aztek, personally.  I wish it would have gotten the 3800 V-6 in it instead of that awful 3.4.  That was my only real complaint about it.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 19 February 2011, 00:47:59
The front of the Aztec followed Pontiac design well, the thing that ruined the thing for me was the back end.  Suvs should not be hatchbacks.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 19 February 2011, 11:43:17
The front of the Aztec followed Pontiac design well, the thing that ruined the thing for me was the back end.  Suvs should not be hatchbacks.

That's a common FAIL in most car design
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 19 February 2011, 11:45:20
Here you go.  This should be interesting. :)

(http://www.nissanpic.com/nissan/car/pictures/2010/03/nissan-skyline-gt-r-by-active-design.jpg)

Easy!

Mercedes Benz SL300  [notworthy]
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 19 February 2011, 11:58:46
Easy!

Mercedes Benz SL300  [notworthy]

At least Nissan aimed high I guess. :)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 19 February 2011, 12:01:27
That's a common FAIL in most car design

True, but on some, like the new Charger, I think the rear of the car really makes it great.

My point is if you look at the Aztec from the nose on, she is a rather stylish and cool looking suv, just never, EVER, walk Around to the trunk.  All of this should be taken with a certain grain of salt, as I am a humongous Pontiac lover, and kind of hate SUVs.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 19 February 2011, 15:46:20
Agree and agree.

And always remember:  SUV is marketing speak for station wagon.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 20 February 2011, 01:29:14
There are several SUVs/Station wagons that start out great on the nose, but the styling fails as you get to the back.  It's almost like they ran out of money and has to just chop off the back of the clay block.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 20 February 2011, 03:08:08
And that's what makes them great. :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 21 February 2011, 19:56:55
There are several SUVs/Station wagons that start out great on the nose, but the styling fails as you get to the back.  It's almost like they ran out of money and has to just chop off the back of the clay block.

I think the Magnum wagon was the opposite
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 21 February 2011, 22:27:23
I think the Magnum wagon was the opposite

No, it's awful from EVERY angle.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 21 February 2011, 22:30:02
I was thinking of a Mercedes SUV.  Ugly as sin from the back.  And it wasn't the cheap, entry level one, either.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 21 February 2011, 22:53:29
I was thinking of a Mercedes SUV.  Ugly as sin from the back.  And it wasn't the cheap, entry level one, either.

Are there any truly "entry-level" Mercedes that aren't used?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 21 February 2011, 23:22:18
No, it's awful from EVERY angle.

I thought the back was OK, but they messed up mot putting the Chargers front end on it
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 21 February 2011, 23:42:48
At least the Magnum has a little umph under the hood, unlike...well, any station wagong since the 70s.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 22 February 2011, 23:10:12
At least the Magnum has a little umph under the hood, unlike...well, any station wagong since the 70s.

That could be said about everything made after 71 in the 70s
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 22 February 2011, 23:26:47
Or the Cavalier Wagon with the 3.1LV6. :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 22 February 2011, 23:36:48
Hey!  I learned how to drive on the big V-8 Chevy Caprice Classic Estate Station wagons!  Those things were monsters!  A solid 9 MPG, transport 3 platoons of infantry (stacked properly), could carry (and serve!) two kegs out of the rear door...

I miss those cars sometimes...
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 23 February 2011, 10:34:13
well, since we're on a styling kick, what are your faves?  for me, it would have to be this:

(http://mycarblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/1969_detomaso_mangusta_08_m.jpg)

or this :

(http://image.moparmusclemagazine.com/f/10174741+w750+st0/mopp_0207_01_z+1971_plymouth_383_cuda_convertible+hemi.jpg)

or this :

(http://www.madle.org/armontreal.jpg)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 23 February 2011, 11:02:29
Sexy.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 23 February 2011, 11:32:41
Sexy.

There is something seriously wrong with you  ;D ;)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 23 February 2011, 11:41:38
My dream.
(http://sdpoci.com/1972gto_JeffG.jpg)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 23 February 2011, 14:37:24
How about some late thirties sexyness?

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NCTKUEHu-jQ/RzssffIjp3I/AAAAAAAAENM/uUtQAhLGgLE/Talbot+Lago+T150+SS+Figoni+et+Falaschi+Coupe.jpg)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 23 February 2011, 20:22:16
I love me my station wagons. I had an 85 Ford Country Squire, whom I named the Big Beaver, because, well it was covered in beaver wood. Had the fuelie 5.0. While not the quickest car around, I did manage to surprise more then a few individual in my cruising days. Even picked up a (toothless) girl in it. I quickly dropped her off.

1970 AAR 'Cuda...
(http://pictures.dealer.com/motoramaclassiccars/7c88bfd0404638da00cac02f794002ae.jpg)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 23 February 2011, 22:10:45
I love me my station wagons. I had an 85 Ford Country Squire, whom I named the Big Beaver, because, well it was covered in beaver wood. Had the fuelie 5.0. While not the quickest car around, I did manage to surprise more then a few individual in my cruising days. Even picked up a (toothless) girl in it. I quickly dropped her off.

1970 AAR 'Cuda...
(http://pictures.dealer.com/motoramaclassiccars/7c88bfd0404638da00cac02f794002ae.jpg)

My buddy has a Bright Fire Blue Metallic AAR with rubber bumpers front and rear.  I've begged him for 20 years to sell it to me, but no dice  :'(
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 23 February 2011, 22:16:21
I've ever really thought about what my favorite car visually is.  I tend to think in "whole package."  Time to ponder this, but my guess is that it will be European, with prancing horse on a yellow shield...
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 23 February 2011, 22:22:28
I've ever really thought about what my favorite car visually is.  I tend to think in "whole package."  Time to ponder this, but my guess is that it will be European, with prancing horse on a yellow shield...

Yes I understand.  Since cars are art to me this is a very tough question.  It's like asking what is my favorite painting?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 24 February 2011, 03:23:34
According you you cats, mine would apparently be "Dogs Playing Poker".

I don't know why I like Station Wagons...



...but I like Station Wagons. :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 24 February 2011, 13:13:31
According you you cats, mine would apparently be "Dogs Playing Poker".

I don't know why I like Station Wagons...



...but I like Station Wagons. :D

I think it was more the wagon you chose that shocked and surprised.  Anyone can love any car.  I loved my rusty beater at 16, because it ran and I got to go where I wanted.  To each their own.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 24 February 2011, 14:27:32
I love Cavalier wagons for simple reasons:

A) I want a small car that's still useful.
B) I want a reliable car, and I think (with past experience) that the 2.8/3.1 V6 is as sound as a pound.
C) Believe it or not, I've had one of these up to 140. :D
D) It's almost a running joke with me, but for some reason the Cavalier's (or god forbid I ever find one) and the Firenza just did it for me.

That said, I like the old Vista Crusiers, the Geo Storm Wagon, the Passat, and that weird Nissan Pulsar NX w/ the wagon back. I also like some sports cars, but their a bit on the odd side too, the Subaru XT and SVX, the Dodge Daytona (oh, god, the IROC), and the last of the Cougars and T-birds.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 24 February 2011, 15:49:35
For me, the best engine was always GM's 3.8L v-6s.  Damn things are bullet-proof.  My ex had a cavalier, so can understand the attraction, just was always to small for me. :)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 24 February 2011, 16:42:17
I never could afford to get a Buick 3.8. I liked the Olds 3.4 DOHC, but they made that into a dog when they put it into Camaros and Firebirds.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 24 February 2011, 17:48:37
For me, the best engine was always GM's 3.8L v-6s.  Damn things are bullet-proof.  My ex had a cavalier, so can understand the attraction, just was always to small for me. :)

That is because the 3.8 WAS bulletproof.  When I worked for a Buick/Pontiac dealership we had a magazine that had the best 100 engines of all time.  The 3.8 liter Series II V-6 was number EIGHT.

Doesn't sound so impressive if it is number 8?  None of the other top 10 were even CAR engines.  They were plane and train engines.  The next car engine was 14th, IIRC.  And it was up high as one of the first "efficient" car engines.

The GM 3.8 is a great engine.  It will run forever if you treat it OK, you don't even have to baby it.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 24 February 2011, 18:01:50
I almost had a Pontiac Transport with the 3.8. Damnit, the guy sold it about three hours ago. Wanted 2200 for it, I think I coulda had dad help me swing that. (I got about 1300...)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 24 February 2011, 18:20:13
I have been driving for about 10-11 years.  I have owned 8 cars in that time.  4 of them have had the 3.8L, including my current firebird, and only one of them was lost due to engine problems.  And that one I can chaulk up to a cop owning it before me.  They will outlast anything if treated with even casual dis-like.  I will love this motor till the day I die.  Now the Olds 307 V-8......um, no. :)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 24 February 2011, 22:24:42
According you you cats, mine would apparently be "Dogs Playing Poker".

I don't know why I like Station Wagons...



...but I like Station Wagons. :D

That picture rocks!

And remember I drove a 1968 Dodge Coronet 8 passenger wagon for two months while I waited for my truck to come
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 24 February 2011, 22:37:57
I have been driving for about 10-11 years.  I have owned 8 cars in that time.  4 of them have had the 3.8L, including my current firebird, and only one of them was lost due to engine problems.  And that one I can chaulk up to a cop owning it before me.  They will outlast anything if treated with even casual dis-like.  I will love this motor till the day I die.  Now the Olds 307 V-8......um, no. :)

Over the past 30 years I've had 94 cars with engines of 1.3L, 2.2L, 3.0L, 5.0L, 225, 318, 340, 360, 383, 426, and 440CI

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 24 February 2011, 22:47:46
Over the past 30 years I've had 94 cars with engines of 1.3L, 2.2L, 3.0L, 5.0L, 225, 318, 340, 360, 383, 426, and 440CI

Well your an over-achiever.  ;D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 24 February 2011, 23:21:08
I've driven a bunch of cars ranging from 997cc to 440cid.  And all from england, too!! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 24 February 2011, 23:38:27
Smallest engine I have driven was a '92 (I think) Pontiac LeMans with a 1.8 liter.  Largest is my current ride, a 6.0 LS2 V-8.

Couple mid-80's 5.0 and 5.7 liter V-8's as well in those wonderful Caprice chassis.

Had a couple V-6's in my day, a 3.1 in my '94 Sunbird, and than another in a Mercury Marquis, but I don't remember the size.  I despised that car.  What is worse is I had two of them at differing points in my driving career.

Engine I used the longest was the 2.4 liter in my Sunfire GT.  I still have a hard time believing I drove that thing for 7 years.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 24 February 2011, 23:47:44
Well your an over-achiever.  ;D

I was very lucky to have some very understanding parents.   :)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 25 February 2011, 00:20:47
Mopar: I am very envious of your friend. Though if I were allowed my druthers, mine would be Rally Red.   I would also settle for a T/A in Plum Crazy--if I had too.

There is an engine superior to the 3.8 in durability, however due to it's size it never saw a lot of love in cars. the 4.9/300 cu.in Ford straight six.  MY old roommate ran his POS 80 F150 on a quart of oil for 9 months before it finally died.  His parents told him they would give him a newer truck when/if that failed, which was the impetus for such a bone headed move.  I have heard from others, similar stories of reliability in the engine.  I know for a fact that a 3.8 that has about 2 quarts in it will not make it past the Taco Bell just past the High School.  Good thing I had four other people in the car to help me push it back...

Oh and I miss my 1971 New Yorker. 22 feet of Detroit iron and 440 beautiful cubic inches under the hood.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 25 February 2011, 01:54:14
The toughest engine I've ever had was a Dodge 318. I drove half a mile... when it was on fire. (The power steering pump blew out, and covered the block with PS fluid which ignited. :D

We cleaned it off, changed the gaskets just in case, and off that stupid Aspen rolled.)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 25 February 2011, 11:43:23
I've never been able to blow up a Mopar small block - and trust me I've tried
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 25 February 2011, 14:39:42
Yeah, no kidding.  I was very bad to the 318 in my cuda.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 25 February 2011, 22:27:31
318, 340 and 360s - I've pounded all of them - never a failure
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 01 March 2011, 17:34:19
Sucks having a car built in Australia that isn't produced anymore.

30,000 mile fuel system cleaning, engine tune up, oil change, and new front brakes:  $650.

AFTER the $50 in rebates...

I could have doubled that putting the new tires on it...
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 01 March 2011, 21:48:29
I don't think that has much to do with the fact that its an out of production car from Oz.  My girl has a Malibu, and the service you just did would probably run about the same on it.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 01 March 2011, 22:28:31
No that's crazy high.  Why does it need a tune up at 30k?

If it's anything like our Z/28 it required a steady diet of fuel injection cleaner. 

I don't understand how that could have added up to $700  [tickedoff]
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: ShadowRaven on 01 March 2011, 22:39:57
tune ups? what are those?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 01 March 2011, 22:53:09
tune ups? what are those?

Today it's mostly replacing the spark plugs
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: ShadowRaven on 02 March 2011, 00:09:06
Oh, that thing that requires pulling the motor? We've heared of that.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 02 March 2011, 00:22:17
I hope to God never to have a car that the engine needs to be pulled in order to do plugs.

I'm curious about the fuel system needing cleaned? If your running good fuel that shouldn't be a problem? Does it sit a lot or anything? I'm trying to come up with reasons as to why you would get build-up of stuff in the FI system.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: ShadowRaven on 02 March 2011, 00:52:42
we once looked at a PT cruiser, had a chance to get a used one. From what we could see under the hood there is no way to change plugs with the engine still in place.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 02 March 2011, 08:23:47
Same problem I am having trying to put a O2 sensor in my firebird.  I need a lift. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 02 March 2011, 16:46:51
No that's crazy high.  Why does it need a tune up at 30k?

If it's anything like our Z/28 it required a steady diet of fuel injection cleaner. 

I don't understand how that could have added up to $700  [tickedoff]

I try get a tune up every 18 months or so.  I can't let slow performance degradation get me below 400 HP!

Here's the breakdown:

New Front pads and rotor resurfacing:  $225 (After $50 Rebate "savings")
Standard Tire rotation:  $22
4 Wheel alignment: $100
Fuel System Service: $150
Full Synthetic Oil Change: $57
Replace Serpentine Belt: $85 (Belt cost more than labor)

Add in tax and you get right about $650.

They didn't feel the plugs needed replacement when they did the Fuel System check and cleaning, probably saved me an ass-load considering the rest of their parts costs.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 02 March 2011, 23:47:14
I try get a tune up every 18 months or so.  I can't let slow performance degradation get me below 400 HP!

Here's the breakdown:

New Front pads and rotor resurfacing:  $225 (After $50 Rebate "savings")
Standard Tire rotation:  $22
4 Wheel alignment: $100
Fuel System Service: $150
Full Synthetic Oil Change: $57
Replace Serpentine Belt: $85 (Belt cost more than labor)

Add in tax and you get right about $650.

They didn't feel the plugs needed replacement when they did the Fuel System check and cleaning, probably saved me an ass-load considering the rest of their parts costs.

We used to call that "Highway Robbery" - but then again I have my own lift so I do all this stuff myself  :-\

I wish you lived out here then i'd just help you with this kind of stuff
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 03 March 2011, 14:55:36
To me, the price on the brakes seems high, more in line with all four wheels.  Also, the tire rotation should have been tossed in for price of the alignment.  Just my two (hundred) cents.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 03 March 2011, 15:05:20
My rear brakes were about $245 for new high perfomance rotors and and pads installed.

What kind of car is this?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 03 March 2011, 16:52:07
My rear brakes were about $245 for new high perfomance rotors and and pads installed.

What kind of car is this?

2006 GTO.  So, yes,  it is a performance vehicle.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 03 March 2011, 17:38:40
Ah yes, the Holden GTO.  :)  I could see how those cost that much.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 04 March 2011, 21:07:00
Going to look at a 1993 Ram Charger tomorrow - it's been wrecked, but I'm looking to put the drive train in my 75 Trail Duster
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 13 April 2011, 21:16:29
So I was thinking.....   You know, bore on the drive home.

To make one of these:
(http://www.sarna.net/wiki/images/thumb/1/10/Rotunda.jpg/250px-Rotunda.jpg)

Should one start with this:
(http://www.runwalkjog.com/northcarolinacars/sanford/100_0422.JPG)

or something else?

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 13 April 2011, 21:19:17
Not a bad choice.  I can see it.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 14 April 2011, 23:06:33
you need a late model Chevy station wagon - Impala style
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 15 April 2011, 12:56:51
I always see the Ford Probe in it.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 15 April 2011, 15:39:26
like this?:

(http://www.evalbum.com/img/2436/2436a.jpg)

Maybe with a redesigned hatch.... :-\
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 15 April 2011, 19:08:50
Funny I always see a Pacer or Ointo in it.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 15 April 2011, 20:24:57
Funny I always see a Pacer or Ointo in it.

too small.  fluff says you can live in it for up to nine months.

besides, it has to go 90 mph! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 15 April 2011, 21:40:58
Pinto + small block chevy, and I can be pretty sure it be going over 90.  Who said you had to enjoy living in it?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 15 April 2011, 22:29:11
Pinto + small block chevy, and I can be pretty sure it be going over 90.  Who said you had to enjoy living in it?

a chevy engine in a ford?  that's like mayonnaise on a hot dog, only silly people in california do things like that. :P
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 16 April 2011, 00:00:53
...that's like mayonnaise on a hot dog... :P

I just threw up a little. #P
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 16 April 2011, 00:25:16
Knock it all you want, but Chevy has done masterful things with small blocks.  But just the same, then put a 429 in a Pinto, and before it explodes it will top 90 mph.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 17 April 2011, 10:42:43
Knock it all you want, but Chevy has done masterful things with small blocks.  But just the same, then put a 429 in a Pinto, and before it explodes it will top 90 mph.

Okay. Someone explain this to me. What does small block mean? I hear it all the time.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 17 April 2011, 11:29:34
Small blocks, typically, are under 400 cubic inches V8 that have a smaller size than their big block cousins.

Small block:
(http://www.ffcars.com/FAQ/small_block.gif)

Big block:
(http://paceperformance.com/files/content/genvii_8-1-big-block.gif)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 17 April 2011, 12:30:04
And the references I was making to the small block chevys pertains to the fact that one powers the new corvettes.  The ones that pump out 600+ horses.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 17 April 2011, 15:56:06

Well why would one want a small block in you could get a big block?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 17 April 2011, 16:09:12
Size of the block limits usage.  I cannot drop a 454 c.i. big block in a small car without major mods.  However, and small block requires less mods and less shoe-horning, usuallly.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 17 April 2011, 16:10:15
Cost. Different performance desires. weight.
Keep in mind, however, that with enough money you can do anything you want.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 17 April 2011, 16:27:35

Understood.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 April 2011, 20:44:15
a chevy engine in a ford?  that's like mayonnaise on a hot dog, only silly people in california do things like that. :P

I've never had Mayo on a hot dog  :P

I want chili, cheese and onions on my dog  [drool]
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 April 2011, 20:48:13
Well why would one want a small block in you could get a big block?

Most manufactures used to have two V8 engines.  The smaller one would be used in intermediate sized cars and the bigger one in full size cars and trucks.  It was just easier for most people to call them out as small block and big block rather than their call out. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 14 May 2011, 17:57:37
Most manufactures used to have two V8 engines.  The smaller one would be used in intermediate sized cars and the bigger one in full size cars and trucks.  It was just easier for most people to call them out as small block and big block rather than their call out.

And now days that is not so?  ???
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 14 May 2011, 19:34:39
And now days that is not so?  ???

Today manufactures have engine series and don't refer to big or small block but things like LT vs LS series. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 14 May 2011, 21:13:41
The big blocks, for the most part, went the way of the dodo.  Stringent EPA regulations and the death of the muscle cars during the 70 and 80 high gas prices made gas guzzling big blocks unattractive to consumers and manufacturers.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 15 May 2011, 15:40:42
The big blocks, for the most part, went the way of the dodo.  Stringent EPA regulations and the death of the muscle cars during the 70 and 80 high gas prices made gas guzzling big blocks unattractive to consumers and manufacturers.

Yea gas prices suck.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 16 May 2011, 10:33:22
The big blocks, for the most part, went the way of the dodo.  Stringent EPA regulations and the death of the muscle cars during the 70 and 80 high gas prices made gas guzzling big blocks unattractive to consumers and manufacturers.

Yet we saw the return of big engine sizes.

Dodge has a 6.4L Hemi and the diesel is 6.7L - both pretty darn big
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 16 May 2011, 12:39:36
Do not forget the Viper's motor.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 16 May 2011, 15:04:35
Do not forget the Viper's motor.

Yeah but that's out of production
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 16 May 2011, 15:22:41
Thought it was still an option on the Ram?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 16 May 2011, 17:42:52
Yet we saw the return of big engine sizes.

Dodge has a 6.4L Hemi and the diesel is 6.7L - both pretty darn big

And the 6.2 on the Camaro.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 16 May 2011, 21:17:21
Thought it was still an option on the Ram?

NBo I don't think they are making any Viper trucks right now. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 17 May 2011, 03:27:59
I think he's talking about the 8.0L V10 block in gen'l.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 17 May 2011, 10:02:27
A couple of comments on that.

1-Trucks have lower emission standard requirements from the EPA than cars do.  The 7.4 Triton and 8.0 V-10, et al are for work trucks that need the hoses and torque to haul heavy stuff.

2-the big engines in cars now a days are for specialty cars and the get huge gas guzzler taxes (or squeak by mpg regs by using variable displacement systems).  Gone are the days when you could buy a chevy station wagon with a 409 and three 2bbls, of a four door Newport with a 426 max wedge and cross ram two 4bbls.

When my gf was buying her malibu, I looked at the window sticker on a vette.  Granted, it was the loaded to the gills ZR1 supercharged, but the gas guzzler tax was almost as much as the sticker price on my Yaris.

Also, technology has come forward by leaps and bounds.  My definately non-sporty Yaris has a 1.5l engine rated at 106hp.  The original 283 v8 SBC was rated at 162 hp.  You can now get a whole lot more hp and torques for a lot less displacement.  Add in direct ignition, direct injection, and small, high efficiency turbos, a 4 cylinder can out muscle the muscliest of the classic big blocks.  Granted, they wouldn't hold a candle if you modernized the big block, but that would fall into the EPAs gunsights (426 hemi with DFI and DHEI  [drool]).
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 17 May 2011, 10:33:04
Damage,

That's all true but today's cars, for the most part, are heavier thanks to the stupidity of the National Highway Safety Morons.  They think we all need to be in tanks to save us in an accident.

A fine example would be the Honda CR-X which back in the day got 50 MPG.  It's modern day replacement, using a hybrid, only gets 35 and weighs 1000 pounds more.  That's stupid. 

MM
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 17 May 2011, 18:27:19
My v6 firebird puts out about 250 horse, but weights more then a 71 GTO.  And half of the body is plastic to boot.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 17 May 2011, 20:31:36
Well I'm in the process of putting the running gear out of a 1993 Ramcharger into a 1975 Trail Duster.

Going to a MPI 360 with a 4 speed automatic - lots of changes
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 17 May 2011, 20:33:10
I'm sorry, but this hybred crap is overrated.  My Yaris averages 40 mpg (thats all city and rush hour highway traffic jams) and it's not a hybred.  hell, a Metropolitan or Mini (the old ones) can get 25 to 30 mpg, and thats with carburetor, point ignition, and vacuum advance. :o

And I agree that modern cars are bloated with useless crap.  Why do you think racer boiz strip half of the junk out of them?

I can't tell you how many times I've seen a single occupant Ford Excursion out on the highways.  Seriously?  Do you really need a 9 passenger SUV built around the F250 (that's the 3/4 ton truck, for those who don't know)?  And lay off the "Off Road" packages.  The only time that turd goes off road is when you have to swerve onto the shoulder because you are tailgating. [tickedoff]
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 17 May 2011, 20:36:01
Well I'm in the process of putting the running gear out of a 1993 Ramcharger into a 1975 Trail Duster.

Going to a MPI 360 with a 4 speed automatic - lots of changes

Should be a pretty straight forward swap, no?  Let me know how it works out. 8)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 17 May 2011, 20:36:54
I'm guilty of driving a big ass truck but at least it's a diesel   :-\
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 17 May 2011, 20:38:30
In other news, I am now building another Ford Kent motor and have an order for a Metropolitan motor.

I am also quite dissapointed in one of the parts suppliers.  Customer bought an exhaust kit and it had a bunch of parts screwed up, including one of the pipes.  :o ::) [tickedoff]
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 17 May 2011, 20:39:49
I'm guilty of driving a big ass truck but at least it's a diesel   :-\

So are a bunch of the ****** Excursions. ::)

At least you actually use it as a truck.  Tow something, ******!!!! >:(
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 17 May 2011, 20:41:43
So are a bunch of the ****** Excursions. ::)

At least you actually use it as a truck.  Tow something, ******!!!! >:(

Yeah I use it to pull my boat and car trailer.

It gets about 18.5MPG which is disappointing
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 17 May 2011, 20:43:40
guy at work has a Tundra he uses to haul around his Hudsons.  Bought a Hemi Challenger because it gets better gas mileage. ;D :D :D :o

14mpg compared to 26ish
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 17 May 2011, 21:20:44
I'm tempted to buy a new Hemi Challenger but I don't want a car payment or higher insurance. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 18 May 2011, 00:48:16
If I could I would get one of the new Chargers.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 18 May 2011, 04:22:03
I'm tempted to buy a new Hemi Challenger but I don't want a car payment or higher insurance.

I drive by a dealer on the way to work & they have (I think) a used one for 27k. I have been tempted to look at it. I haven't had a fast car in a long time.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 May 2011, 10:13:08
I drive by a dealer on the way to work & they have (I think) a used one for 27k. I have been tempted to look at it. I haven't had a fast car in a long time.

You'd kill yourself  :D ;)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 18 May 2011, 21:32:41
I just started working at a Chevy dealership and was very surprised to see NOTHING has the 3.8 liter in it anymore.  I was sad to discover this.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 18 May 2011, 22:08:09
go and test drive a supercharged camaro!! :D :D :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 19 May 2011, 08:15:12
go and test drive a supercharged camaro!! :D :D :D

The Camaros aren't supercharged, unfortunately.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 19 May 2011, 08:27:55
really?  had one pass me on the toll way.  clearly marked and sounded.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 19 May 2011, 09:00:30
go and test drive a supercharged camaro!! :D :D :D

The SS is normally aspirated - may have been a specialty car like the Challenger 570

The Camaro is ugly however - looks like it was stepped on by a giant robot  :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 19 May 2011, 10:07:16
Seeing as how we were talking about big blocks vs small blocks and all that, take this test (http://www.americantorque.com/game/60s-V8-engine-ID/#cntnt) and see how you do.

I got 12 of the 19. :-[
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 19 May 2011, 10:08:52
Tomorrow I get my sweet purple 99 super-charged regal. Trans is weak, but driveable.  Even though I am a Ford guy, it is one sweet mamba-jamba.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 19 May 2011, 10:15:34
Seeing as how we were talking about big blocks vs small blocks and all that, take this test (http://www.americantorque.com/game/60s-V8-engine-ID/#cntnt) and see how you do.

I got 12 of the 19. :-[

17 of 19  8)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wolf Reaper on 19 May 2011, 15:43:55
I just started working at a Chevy dealership and was very surprised to see NOTHING has the 3.8 liter in it anymore.  I was sad to discover this.

They moved to the 3.6l for most and the 3.9l for their uplanders.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 19 May 2011, 18:41:46
really?  had one pass me on the toll way.  clearly marked and sounded.

As Mopar said, SS versions are just 6.2 liters, natural aspiration.  There are some suspension upgrades as well, different wheel options.  There isn't a whole lot of non-naturally aspirated vehicles in the Chevy line.  Really only the Cruze (1.4 turbo), couple Silverado models, and the ZR1 Corvette.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 19 May 2011, 19:32:53
Hopefully I can finish restoring my heater box this weekend
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 21 May 2011, 14:37:44
Hopefully I can finish restoring my heater box this weekend

Let us hope since you cannot survive below 80 degrees.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 21 May 2011, 15:41:29
Good News:  Got the motor, trans and transfer case out of my 1993 RamCharger  8)

Bad News:  The transfer case is cracked  :'(
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 21 May 2011, 16:16:59
Time to fire up the welder? :P
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 21 May 2011, 16:43:36
Time to fire up the welder? :P

I don't think so.  If the impact was enough to crack the case who knows what else got malfed
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 21 May 2011, 20:39:29
Did the use the NP205 still? Sweet case... I'm stuck with a 208. Not great but works better then those electric jobbers.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 22 May 2011, 11:01:14
Did the use the NP205 still? Sweet case... I'm stuck with a 208. Not great but works better then those electric jobbers.

Only the diesel used the NP205 that late.  My 1972 has an NP205 and wish that was what this had, but no. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 29 May 2011, 12:12:19
Waiting for the Norton club to show up at work.  Maybe some cool pics to come... 8)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 29 May 2011, 14:31:10
Waiting for the Norton club to show up at work.  Maybe some cool pics to come... 8)

Ran into a group of those up on the Central Coast.  Every cool. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 29 May 2011, 15:36:49
unfortunately, only one Norton showed up.  Something about British bikes + 100 degree temps = melted pistons. :-\
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 29 May 2011, 21:50:28
unfortunately, only one Norton showed up.  Something about British bikes + 100 degree temps = melted pistons. :-\

God I wish it was 100 here.  It only made it to 76  :-\
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 30 May 2011, 13:00:15
Be quiet. I'm enjoying Rsfield right now.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 31 May 2011, 20:29:09
Be quiet. I'm enjoying Rsfield right now.

Dude - is that even possible?  To enjoy Bakersfield. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 01 June 2011, 04:39:13
When there's no BAKE in it, yeah.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 01 June 2011, 10:32:12
Who knew?

Well I've almost gotten the dash out of my 1993 Ram Charger
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 01 June 2011, 11:34:21
what you gonna do about the busted case?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 01 June 2011, 11:47:29
anyone got experience with INTREPIDs?
I've a 2000 with the 3.2L V6 and AutoStick.
Engine and Trans is fine.
my problem is the electronics.
door locks ... going bad
HVAC digital display ... bad
remote unlock & alarm ...bad

*and some problems with the front suspension*

any suggestions?
I've checked for loose grounds etc...
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 01 June 2011, 22:20:18
what you gonna do about the busted case?

Gonna see if I can get a NP205 from a pre 94 cummins 4x4 - I need to junk yarding  [drool]
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 01 June 2011, 22:22:21
anyone got experience with INTREPIDs?
I've a 2000 with the 3.2L V6 and AutoStick.
Engine and Trans is fine.
my problem is the electronics.
door locks ... going bad
HVAC digital display ... bad
remote unlock & alarm ...bad

*and some problems with the front suspension*

any suggestions?
I've checked for loose grounds etc...

Is it a factory alarm?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 01 June 2011, 23:25:09
yep.
local mechanic says that based on the vee history, the car is probably a Norfolk "almost flooded"
Vees get swamped during heavy rains, then are cleaned up and resold before flood damage is readily apparent.
Norfolk used car community has a reputation and history of doing this.

Other than just suffering with the problems until I can replace the car....
suggestions?

Or is there a market for people looking for a good 3.2L V6 and tranny?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 02 June 2011, 09:13:34
if its a flooded out car, check the connectors for corrosion.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 02 June 2011, 10:27:34
I would disconnect and reconnect the switch in the door
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 10 June 2011, 11:36:41
God I wish it was 100 here.  It only made it to 76  :-\

Are you freaking mad? ONLY 76! That's too damn hot for my blood!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 10 June 2011, 20:55:53
Are you freaking mad? ONLY 76! That's too damn hot for my blood!

Well every car guy knows that Midgets run hot  :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 11 June 2011, 11:06:47
Well every car guy knows that Midgets run hot  :D

I think clang is a rubber bumpered midget (you know, the ones nobody wants...) :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 11 June 2011, 11:20:14
I think clang is a rubber bumpered midget (you know, the ones nobody wants...) :D :D :D :D :D

the one where the parts are all falling off
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 18 June 2011, 13:36:11
Doing a brake analysis/repair/overhaul.

It's killing me, 17" vacuum operated drum brakes. :o #P
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 June 2011, 15:55:16
Well I'm working on converting my 75 Trail Duster to 93 drivetrain.

The 93 is completely apart.  Got the fuel lines, under body wiring and the fuel tank in to the 75.  Had to re-wire the taillamps.

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Pht on 29 December 2011, 22:43:11
I come back and find the auto hall thread deep sixed?

What's wrong with you people!


Anyways, does anybody want to pick up a pair of vans, '64 and '65 dodge 100 town panels - one is parts, the other is doable without a lot of cancer but needs lovin' from someone.

Massive engine bays; and I just happen to have a 5.7liter hemi from a dodge ram that was pulled in working condition (all that's wrong is one of the engine mount ears on the block was knocked off).

Pics are entirely possible...

We've also got a Plymouth wagon, 64, I think, but its in need of serious lovin - we bought floorboards, if you get my drift.

 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Deathrider6 on 30 December 2011, 04:37:00
I come back and find the auto hall thread deep sixed?

What's wrong with you people!


Anyways, does anybody want to pick up a pair of vans, '64 and '65 dodge 100 town panels - one is parts, the other is doable without a lot of cancer but needs lovin' from someone.

Massive engine bays; and I just happen to have a 5.7liter hemi from a dodge ram that was pulled in working condition (all that's wrong is one of the engine mount ears on the block was knocked off).

Pics are entirely possible...

We've also got a Plymouth wagon, 64, I think, but its in need of serious lovin - we bought floorboards, if you get my drift.

Keep posts like this out of here this is not  the little nickel or auto trader. It's okay to describe your rides/project cars but once you say does anyone want or are interested in I have to step in and warnings could be the result. [copper]
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 30 December 2011, 13:53:05
Well I'll give some updates:

My 99 W2500 Quad Cab Cummins Turbo Diesel just hit 200,000 miles. 

I've got the 93 360 MPI engine running in my 1975 Trailduster.  Need to replace the transmission dipstick tube O ring and decide how I want to make the front axle part time.

The 1971 Challenger R/T is coming along slowly.  The undercoating has been applied.  We currently struggling to get the vinyl top on because it's just to cold.  Finished painting the dash frame so need to put that back together.  The transmission and sure grip unit should be back in about two weeks.

On a sad note my Porsche 944 Turbo has decided it doesn't want to start - haven't figured out why.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Deathrider6 on 30 December 2011, 14:11:26
What year is the 944 Mopar? Odds are it willbe something small but horribly expensive to fix.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Pht on 30 December 2011, 21:54:16
Wow. Feel the love!   :o

Oh, don't worry. I won't make an offer again.  #P
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 30 December 2011, 22:10:57
What year is the 944 Mopar? Odds are it willbe something small but horribly expensive to fix.

It's a 1987 Turbo.  My son bought it and then couldn't afford to keep it so I ended up with it.   
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 30 December 2011, 22:56:06
Well I'll give some updates:

My 99 W2500 Quad Cab Cummins Turbo Diesel just hit 200,000 miles. 

I've got the 93 360 MPI engine running in my 1975 Trailduster.  Need to replace the transmission dipstick tube O ring and decide how I want to make the front axle part time.

The 1971 Challenger R/T is coming along slowly.  The undercoating has been applied.  We currently struggling to get the vinyl top on because it's just to cold.  Finished painting the dash frame so need to put that back together.  The transmission and sure grip unit should be back in about two weeks.

On a sad note my Porsche 944 Turbo has decided it doesn't want to start - haven't figured out why.
NP203 on the trailduster? Nice case but yea... Had an 84 K2500 with it. 6 MPG was doing good. I looked into kits to convert it (just putting on P/T hubs makes it do bad things) but sold the truck before I got too far.
Strong as heck though.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 30 December 2011, 23:03:05
NP203 on the trailduster? Nice case but yea... Had an 84 K2500 with it. 6 MPG was doing good. I looked into kits to convert it (just putting on P/T hubs makes it do bad things) but sold the truck before I got too far.
Strong as heck though.

Nope.

I converted the whole thing.  360 MPI, 4 speed 518 with lock up torque converter and the NV-241 transfer case. 

I'll probably take the axles from my 1972 W200 to use under it.  That's been converted to GM disk brakes.   O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 30 December 2011, 23:10:29
Ohhh, nice! I like old iron with new tech. I always wanted an older car (mmm, Duster) with a a fuel injected LA block. Never happen, but it's good to dream.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 31 December 2011, 00:10:39
Updates from me!

Nothing really new.  The GTO is about 38,500 on miles, and tried to kill itself with a stuck thermostat which blew a small hole in the radiator.  It also got a new ignition.  All this happened over the summer.

Max speed I've driven at this point is still 142 MPH.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 31 December 2011, 13:50:39
Ohhh, nice! I like old iron with new tech. I always wanted an older car (mmm, Duster) with a a fuel injected LA block. Never happen, but it's good to dream.

Well to make it all work I had to change over a lot of stuff as Mother Mopar changed a lot of things in 18 years. 

Gas tank
fuel lines
wiring harness
heater assembly
dash assembly
steering column
brake booster
wiper motor
radiator
engine
trans
transfer case

and it all looks like it's supposed to be in there

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 31 December 2011, 14:36:55
I hope you'll post some pics sometimes! Of all the Big 3, I've never owned a Mopar 4x4. I had a sweet 77 D200 that was sea foam green with a 360, but she was only a two-by. A freind of mine had a 93 Ramcharger in High School, and boy was that sweet.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 31 December 2011, 17:11:19
I hope you'll post some pics sometimes! Of all the Big 3, I've never owned a Mopar 4x4. I had a sweet 77 D200 that was sea foam green with a 360, but she was only a two-by. A freind of mine had a 93 Ramcharger in High School, and boy was that sweet.
Yeah I'll post some pics in the morning
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 31 December 2011, 19:27:39
Pops had a '79 Dogde 200 Prospector Longbed 2WD that between him and Uncle Eddie had 600,000 miles on it before it met it's fate outside of Olympia, WA.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 31 December 2011, 22:07:31
well, I'll post updates from my front.  I've been meaning to for a while now.

Finished up a 1959 Ford Anglia.
Finished an engine for a 1934 MGPA
Finished an engine and gearbox for another '59 Anglia
Working on a 1949 Riley RM (I finished the engine and gearbox, the guys are finishing up the body work).
Rebuilding a MG Midget 1500 engine
Restoring a 1965 Mustang V8

Gearing up to work on -

Ford Anglia 100E
Metropolitan
Sunbeam Alpine
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 01 January 2012, 21:51:01
here's the motor going into the trailduster.  The rear transmission mount was the biggest challenge
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 01 January 2012, 21:52:04
And here's the motor with everything hooked up  O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 02 January 2012, 01:59:49
...like a glove!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 02 January 2012, 13:51:18
Here's the Challenger before the top going on
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 03 January 2012, 22:56:18

Fnord.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 03 January 2012, 23:00:54
Fnord.

That's too close to Ford for my liking
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 04 January 2012, 16:31:46
With my current job I've been driving the new Fusions and Taurus around and I have to say, they are pretty damn nice.

Before, the only time "nice" and "Taurus" were in the same sentence was "Sure is nice to get out of this Taurus."  Now, they are something I'd be willing to pay money for.  Not that I have that money, but I'd be willing to pay it if I had it.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 05 January 2012, 23:28:29
With my current job I've been driving the new Fusions and Taurus around and I have to say, they are pretty damn nice.

Before, the only time "nice" and "Taurus" were in the same sentence was "Sure is nice to get out of this Taurus."  Now, they are something I'd be willing to pay money for.  Not that I have that money, but I'd be willing to pay it if I had it.

I drove a lot of Fords from Hertz.  The old Taurus was total crap.  The Fusion and the Mustang were both a pleasure to drive.  I got 34 MPG with the Fusion.   O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 06 January 2012, 01:16:01
I liked the first gen Taurus in the LX model. The rolling turd (95-whatever) Taurus though was garbage.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 06 January 2012, 09:54:45
I got a TRUCK for Christmas!

2007 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab.
swiped this picture from the dealer's website.
(http://www.usedcars.com/imageserver/inventory/500x375/317A09/4031335221.jpg)

already started a list of upgrades I'd like.
straighten out the exhaust system: I want dual headers to dual straight pipes.
add more light: quad set of fog lights in the grill

The Intrepid I had just started falling to pieces.  I wanted to wait til February, but the car wouldn't make it.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 06 January 2012, 11:38:54
I got a TRUCK for Christmas!

2007 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab.
swiped this picture from the dealer's website.
(http://www.usedcars.com/imageserver/inventory/500x375/317A09/4031335221.jpg)

already started a list of upgrades I'd like.
straighten out the exhaust system: I want dual headers to dual straight pipes.
add more light: quad set of fog lights in the grill

The Intrepid I had just started falling to pieces.  I wanted to wait til February, but the car wouldn't make it.

Congrats!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 06 January 2012, 16:04:52
Rams really are the best of the Big 3's trucks.  Nice one!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 07 January 2012, 01:05:58
Rams really are the best of the Big 3's trucks.  Nice one!

Well they are the least ugly.  However I wish they still had a quad cab (small suicide doors)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 07 January 2012, 01:28:15
Right now, I actually like the look of all three brands of trucks. This hasn't happened in a long, long time. The Toyota and Nissan, however, are still pretty bad looking. :/
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 07 January 2012, 12:55:25
Right now, I actually like the look of all three brands of trucks. This hasn't happened in a long, long time. The Toyota and Nissan, however, are still pretty bad looking. :/

The Big 3 trucks don't look bad, but the new Rams drive so much better than the Silverados or F-150s.

Haven't dealt with Toyota and Nissan in a while, and that is just fine by me.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 07 January 2012, 14:52:47
The Big 3 trucks don't look bad, but the new Rams drive so much better than the Silverados or F-150s.

Haven't dealt with Toyota and Nissan in a while, and that is just fine by me.

Had a Tundra as a loaner when my Yaris had an airbag ring failure.  Not bad, but frikken huge (compared to the Yaris)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 07 January 2012, 18:09:20
Had a Tundra as a loaner when my Yaris had an airbag ring failure.  Not bad, but frikken huge (compared to the Yaris)

Well, yeah.  The Yaris is designed to go in the bed of a Tundra.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 07 January 2012, 18:15:19
I had an odd one.  The other day I'm at a stop light and it felt I had been just slightly rear ended in my truck.  The guy behind isn't close enough.  Look at the dash and the check engine light is on.  Check everything in the engine compartment and nothing.  So I make an appointment with the dealer.

Truck sits for two days.  Start it up and the light is mow off.  The dealer wants $105 to check if there are any code so I so no thanks.

Couple of days later the light comes on again but this time I see the tach has gone dead.  Then it came back alive and the truck sped up by itself.  So I'm thinking that the ECM is putting it into some kind of "limp" mode.  Very scary.

However I know what's wrong.  The Crank Position Sensor is going wonky. 

$64 and an hour of my time and hopefully it's fixed.   O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 11 January 2012, 11:11:46
Well they are the least ugly.  However I wish they still had a quad cab (small suicide doors)

MINE is a quad cab.  The dual suicide door option is no longer offered, but they're available on the used market.
Realistically, there ain't much difference.  Four seperate doors is only +150-200 lbs. difference, and they're safer in an accident than the suicide doors.  The frames help protect cab integrity.

Now I'm just waiting on tax refund.
Got my list ready to go:
dual headers>dual pipes
K&N air filter,
and a cold air intake system to get installed.
oh, and the extra foglights in the grill.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 11 January 2012, 11:24:33
MINE is a quad cab.  The dual suicide door option is no longer offered, but they're available on the used market.
Realistically, there ain't much difference.  Four seperate doors is only +150-200 lbs. difference, and they're safer in an accident than the suicide doors.  The frames help protect cab integrity.

Now I'm just waiting on tax refund.
Got my list ready to go:
dual headers>dual pipes
K&N air filter,
and a cold air intake system to get installed.
oh, and the extra foglights in the grill.

Well to me the difference is having a "B" pillar or not.  Your truck has a that and it makes it stiffer, but you are limited by the door size opening when loading things into the truck.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 11 January 2012, 11:26:04
Well to me the difference is having a "B" pillar or not.  Your truck has a that and it makes it stiffer, but you are limited by the door size opening when loading things into the truck.

I understand.  But anything I can't fit into the cab... goes in the bed.
cats, dogs, mother in laws.  :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 11 January 2012, 11:36:59
I understand.  But anything I can't fit into the cab... goes in the bed.
cats, dogs, mother in laws.  :D

My dog freaks out if I try put him in the bed.  And I mean total freak out. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 13 January 2012, 21:27:28
My dog freaks out if I try put him in the bed.  And I mean total freak out.

Hmmm.... Xanax for dogs?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 13 January 2012, 23:20:41
Hmmm.... Xanax for dogs?
We actually tried something like that and no go
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 14 January 2012, 23:22:51
We actually tried something like that and no go

Huh. Ok well send me any extra Xanax. I can use it for something...
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 15 January 2012, 19:08:21
Huh. Ok well send me any extra Xanax. I can use it for something...

Hey isn't it your birthday today!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 19 January 2012, 15:25:51
Hey isn't it your birthday today!

No it's tomorrow today on Clangluna.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 19 January 2012, 16:24:20
Idle has gone wonky on the Ranger.  The truck will not idle any longer at 650idh RPM but keeps bouncing between 200 and 1000.  If the engine is really cold, air temp today is 20, then it likes to stall at idle.  It goes into the shop monday to get it fixed, which is the downside to a Northern Ohio winter, you can't work on crap till after April.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 20 January 2012, 23:36:47
Idle has gone wonky on the Ranger.  The truck will not idle any longer at 650idh RPM but keeps bouncing between 200 and 1000.  If the engine is really cold, air temp today is 20, then it likes to stall at idle.  It goes into the shop monday to get it fixed, which is the downside to a Northern Ohio winter, you can't work on crap till after April.

Any check engine light on?  I'm guessing gunk in the throttle body
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 24 January 2012, 21:05:54
Any check engine light on?  I'm guessing gunk in the throttle body
No check engine light.  Turned out the Mass Air Flow Sensor was dirty.  Which is odd since it is behind the air filter.  I'm only out 20 bucks so no big deal.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 24 January 2012, 22:36:05
No check engine light.  Turned out the Mass Air Flow Sensor was dirty.  Which is odd since it is behind the air filter.  I'm only out 20 bucks so no big deal.

I hope it's not behind a K&N air filter.  They can leach oil that will get on to the mass air sensor getting it dirty
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 25 January 2012, 18:52:01

I hate those things...

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 25 January 2012, 21:30:48
I hope it's not behind a K&N air filter.  They can leach oil that will get on to the mass air sensor getting it dirty
stock air filter.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 25 January 2012, 23:15:23
must not be sealing very well
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 25 January 2012, 23:33:25
must not be sealing very well
I've got some time in the morning so I'm going to poke around a bit.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 06 May 2012, 20:00:58
Had our annual All British and European Car Show today.  Had about 300 cars ans bikes.  I'll post a link to pictures ass soon as I get one!

BTW, best in show (popular vote) was a 29 Rolls Silver Ghost, and Diamond in the Rough went to a BMW Isetta 600. 8)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 06 May 2012, 20:18:52
Parked behind a gorgeous '71 Chevelle.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 10 May 2012, 16:12:04
So after fighting a particularly finicky brake system and getting no pressure, me and a co-worker got it figured out and working properly.

WE HAVE BAKES!!!!

My job here is done.  Going home. :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 10 May 2012, 20:00:03
Car Show Pics!!!!!!!!!!! (http://andrewbarber.smugmug.com/Cars/All-British/22861552_NRwfK9#!i=1835419883&k=cT5rLs6)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 11 May 2012, 12:34:21
Car Show Pics!!!!!!!!!!! (http://andrewbarber.smugmug.com/Cars/All-British/22861552_NRwfK9#!i=1835419883&k=cT5rLs6)

Wow - whoever took those pictures really knew what he was doing.

I've been working on my brother's Olds F-85 Rallye 350
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 11 May 2012, 12:42:52
Wow - whoever took those pictures really knew what he was doing.

I've been working on my brother's Olds F-85 Rallye 350

I know, right?  The pics of the AC Ace with the lake behind it are spectacular!!

If you guys have any questions about what the cars are, let me know.  I can identify them for you.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 11 May 2012, 17:06:14
http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/carroll-shelby-racer-master-car-builder-dies-age-200041629.html (http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/carroll-shelby-racer-master-car-builder-dies-age-200041629.html)

Engines are just a touch quieter today... Carroll Shelby's passed on. :(
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 11 May 2012, 17:43:45
http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/carroll-shelby-racer-master-car-builder-dies-age-200041629.html (http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/carroll-shelby-racer-master-car-builder-dies-age-200041629.html)

Engines are just a touch quieter today... Carroll Shelby's passed on. :(
That news has put a damper on this day.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 12 May 2012, 02:07:34
That sucks.

How long do you think it will take Ford to make a "commemorative" Mustang?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 15 May 2012, 22:38:21
http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/carroll-shelby-racer-master-car-builder-dies-age-200041629.html (http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/carroll-shelby-racer-master-car-builder-dies-age-200041629.html)

Engines are just a touch quieter today... Carroll Shelby's passed on. :(

I saw Mr Shelby about 15 years ago at the Monterey Historics. He looked like death warmed over - very surprised he made it this long.

He will however be missed
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 01 June 2012, 18:26:51
Here is an oddity on the GTO:

Go to start it, and just get a loud CLICK from under the hood.  Doesn't start, but all accessories function and it goes through the system check and doesn't say anything is wrong.

After a few attempts, it will start.  Once it does start, it doesn't have any trouble starting after that until it has sat for at least 6 hours. 

It did get a new ignition, but that was almost a year ago. 

I'm stumped on this one, gents.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 02 June 2012, 11:08:05
battery not holding its charge, or starter is heading south.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 02 June 2012, 13:53:50
battery not holding its charge, or starter is heading south.

I'd place my money on the starter solenoid is going - my truck did the same thing
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Giovanni Blasini on 08 June 2012, 02:21:34
Muahahahahaha!  My '66 Bug now has a 2054cc engine! (Note, stock was 1300cc, and I'd previously had a 1584cc - ie. "a 1600").  Assuming I pass tech inspection, I'll be running in the autocross event the SD chapter of the Porsche Club of America is running on Saturday.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 08 June 2012, 08:54:13
Muahahahahaha!  My '66 Bug now has a 2054cc engine! (Note, stock was 1300cc, and I'd previously had a 1584cc - ie. "a 1600").  Assuming I pass tech inspection, I'll be running in the autocross event the SD chapter of the Porsche Club of America is running on Saturday.

So you found yourself a Bus engine?  Any other mods?  PICS????? >:( ;D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Giovanni Blasini on 08 June 2012, 11:07:12
So you found yourself a Bus engine?  Any other mods?  PICS????? >:( ;D

Nope.  It's still a type 1 motor, but with 94 pistons and a 74 stroke.

Transmission has also been redone, with a 3.88 ring and pinion (ie. basically it's a "freeway flyer"), which brought my RPMs down on the freeway.  For carburation, I'm currently running Solex Kadrons, though I need to either swap out to 30mm venturis (ordered a set a couple months back, and now can't find them, and no one has them in stock), or finally "go big" and get a set of Weber 40s.  I'm also running an electronic ignition module instead of points.

Pics...soon.  Need to wash the car first.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 08 June 2012, 13:34:50
Here's the Challenger at the vinyl top shop.

Posting this for Damage since there is the guys car in the background.

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 08 June 2012, 14:01:11
Here's the Challenger at the vinyl top shop.

Posting this for Damage since there is the guys car in the background.

Morgan?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 09 June 2012, 11:49:13
Morgan?

Try this one
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Giovanni Blasini on 09 June 2012, 19:26:38
Why put numbers on side of Bug with tape?  Because racecar.

Car really needs suspension mods for autocross: evidently, there is now video of me with one of the Bug's front wheels a foot off the ground going through a turn.
And not in a good way.  Running about 6-7 seconds behind the slower of the Porsche 914s, at 1:22.43 for my best time.

But, OMG was that fun!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 10 June 2012, 15:53:46
Try this one

XK150?

Why put numbers on side of Bug with tape?  Because racecar.

Car really needs suspension mods for autocross: evidently, there is now video of me with one of the Bug's front wheels a foot off the ground going through a turn.
And not in a good way.  Running about 6-7 seconds behind the slower of the Porsche 914s, at 1:22.43 for my best time.

But, OMG was that fun!

The greasy handprints on the back fenders are a nice touch!! ;D O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Giovanni Blasini on 10 June 2012, 20:22:54
Yeah...those are going to take a while to get out.  The old engine was throwing burnt oil pretty badly, fouling the #2 cylinder spark plug, tossing burnt oil around the engine compartment, soaking the rubber seals....yeah, it was a mess.  That's after some cleaning, but not a full washing.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Giovanni Blasini on 11 June 2012, 04:57:40
Couple of pics from the event...
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 11 June 2012, 16:44:29
My dad bought a 1984 Royale RP37 S-2000 spec racer back in March.  Right now i get the fun job of teardown, cleanup, and rebuild on the suspension and piping.  The car is currently fitted with an Olds Quad 4 from the early 90's Olds Pro Series.  Unfortunately the motor has been modified with a dry sump and a few other parts.  Where in the world do i find the drain plug on a dry sump Quad 4?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 12 June 2012, 20:03:18
Try this one
71 challenge r
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 12 June 2012, 20:22:43
71 challenge r

Yep - that's my 71 Challenger

Wanted Damage to see the guy's Jag
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 15 June 2012, 14:41:25
Why put numbers on side of Bug with tape?  Because racecar.

Car really needs suspension mods for autocross: evidently, there is now video of me with one of the Bug's front wheels a foot off the ground going through a turn.
And not in a good way.  Running about 6-7 seconds behind the slower of the Porsche 914s, at 1:22.43 for my best time.

But, OMG was that fun!

Talked to the bug guy here at work and he said to stick with the Kadrons and to not use the Webers.  He also said to use a Berg 5 speed gearbox (they add a gear between 3rd and 4th).  He also said that if you are serious about autocrossing you should look at getting a Super Beetle because of the McPherson strut front end.  Apparently this is the easiest way to get a bug to handle like a Porsche.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 15 June 2012, 17:44:36
What's wrong with torsion bars ???  :))
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 15 June 2012, 19:49:07
What's wrong with torsion bars ???  :))
They work for Ma Mopar, they'l work for you!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 15 June 2012, 20:16:35
What's wrong with torsion bars ???  :))

Nothing.  but a torsion bar bug won't handle like a McPherson porsche. :-\
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Giovanni Blasini on 15 June 2012, 22:22:41
McPherson strife handle better than torsion bars, just like IRS (independent rear suspension) handles better than swing axle.  There's no doubt that my '66 is at a disadvantage against other setups.

That said...pure efficiency isn't exactly the point.  It's about how much I can get out of my '66. ;)

As for Kadrons vs. Webers, at 2054cc, I'm at about the limit of what Kadrons can handle - actually, a hair past: I need the 30mm venturis to let them breathe more, and I'm seeing the heat buildup without them.  This 2054 originally ran with 40mm Webers - I wouldn't be going to 48s, like so damn many people do, and over-carburate.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 16 June 2012, 11:31:28
the reason he said to stick with the Kadron is that (in his opinion) the Webers were crap.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Giovanni Blasini on 16 June 2012, 13:22:37
the reason he said to stick with the Kadron is that (in his opinion) the Webers were crap.

 :o

Um, if you get the EMPI copies, yeah, I could see that.  There's a reason why our club jokes that EMPI stands for "Every Mistake Passes Inspection".   ;D

After a certain point, though, Kadrons just do not give you the carburation you need for big engines, and that dividing line is right around the 1915cc to 2054cc range.  Below that, I haven't bothered with Webers - I've run Kadrons on my 1600s (actually 1584cc) and 1641s, and had planned on 'em for my 1776cc.

But, Kadrons on, say, a 2165cc or 2332cc or, Cthulhu forbid, my buddy's modded-all-to-hell 2733cc Type 4 motor?  Yeah, that would be like the shop here in town (that will remain nameless) that built a 1915cc Type 1 motor for someone else's '66 Bug, then threw a 30/31 PICT carburator on it.  She couldn't understand why, within 12 miles of freeway driving, her oil temperature was up around 240 degrees.

The big mistake I've seen in SoCal is that people throw Weber 48 IDFs on their cars, and can't figure out why they run so crappy for street driving, and can't idle worth a damn.  I've seen people trying to run them (or even 44 IDFs) on 1600s, and have to wonder what the heck they're thinking.  That 2733cc in my friend's Porsche 550 replica?  Yeah, he's running 44 IDFs, because anything larger, on a 2.7 liter motor, and he wouldn't be able to drive it on the street.

Webers are great, assuming they're built right, you know how to adjust them (I don't, which is one of the reasons I've stuck with Kadrons), and you're not overcarburating.  Porting out your heads and running larger valves are usually helpful with them, too.    I've seen plenty of Weber setups done wrong, and can see why people would think they're crap.  But, I've also seen plenty of them done right.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 16 June 2012, 20:13:06
I deal with Webers too (british cars,).  I have seen some crap webers come out from the factory.  wrong parts, ports not drilled out, missing parts (like bb check balls).  and this is before trying to tune the engine with them on....
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 16 June 2012, 20:15:43
On an unrelated not, are you gonna write anymore Tabby stories?  I miss reading them. 8)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Giovanni Blasini on 17 June 2012, 00:02:23
I deal with Webers too (british cars,).  I have seen some crap webers come out from the factory.  wrong parts, ports not drilled out, missing parts (like bb check balls).  and this is before trying to tune the engine with them on....

ICTs, IDFs, or something else?

On an unrelated not, are you gonna write anymore Tabby stories?  I miss reading them. 8)

Tabby's more Cannonshop's baby, and I wouldn't want to coopt her without permission.  Might do more Sybil.

The whole deal there got discussed here:

http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,17399.msg399273.html#msg399273

and

http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,17399.msg441831.html#msg441831

Era Report 2750 and Liberation of Terra Volume 1, though, might give me a good way to reboot the whole thing and fit it better with the canon, though. ;)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 17 June 2012, 23:57:37
DCOEs, IIRC.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 14 July 2012, 13:03:18
Oh goody.  I get to assemble a BMW engine......



.....That I didn't take apart.  I wonder how many parts are missing?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 14 July 2012, 17:49:59
Sad times.  I have gotten rid of the GTO.  Changed my work schedule and have to commute now, and that just wasn't a commuter vehicle.

Got a 2010 Ford Fusion with 13K miles for it straight up.  Cost me $15 for a documentation fee.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 14 July 2012, 18:03:41
Dude, that sux bawls.  Sorry to hear that.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 14 July 2012, 20:54:17
Oh goody.  I get to assemble a BMW engine......



.....That I didn't take apart.  I wonder how many parts are missing?

What could possibly go wrong?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 15 July 2012, 10:03:36
Dude, that sux bawls.  Sorry to hear that.

Yeah, but at least I like Fusions.

Now I'm just trying to find some performance parts for it.  I need some sort of engine upgrade.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 16 July 2012, 15:35:05
Yeah, but at least I like Fusions.

Now I'm just trying to find some performance parts for it.  I need some sort of engine upgrade.

I was rather impressed with the Fusion when I got them at Hertz.  I think I got 36MPG out of one of them.   O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 16 July 2012, 18:34:57
I was rather impressed with the Fusion when I got them at Hertz.  I think I got 36MPG out of one of them.   O0

I drive them a lot for work, so I was happy to be able to get one.  The fact I stole it from the dealership was just a bonus.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 17 July 2012, 18:32:13
Well it appears "the boy" has blown the head gasket in our 1991 Mazda B2200.  He has like  an anti-Midas touch.

What should I do?

1.  Fix it myself?
2.  Donate it
3.  Sell it to the wreckers?

A new head and gasket set is $579
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Deathrider6 on 17 July 2012, 18:41:15
Mopar, what kind of shape is the the wee beastie in? If it is thrashed you may just want to sell/donate it, if is in good condition and you are willing fix (but have the boy work off some or all of the cost of the parts builds character). Just my thoughts on the subject.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 17 July 2012, 21:04:51
Mopar, what kind of shape is the the wee beastie in? If it is thrashed you may just want to sell/donate it, if is in good condition and you are willing fix (but have the boy work off some or all of the cost of the parts builds character). Just my thoughts on the subject.

It's good shape.  No rust or body damage.  The AC blows cold.  Paint is faded white.  Seats are nice. 

It does have an electrical draw that I suspect is coming from the positive battery cable.

It only has 130k miles on it.

MM
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 17 July 2012, 21:53:24
Sounds like a repair to me.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 18 July 2012, 03:18:19
If I had skills, I think $600 and some time for a decent truck would be worth it.

I have the time, I'd love the skills... it's that pesky money crap that gets in the way...
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 18 July 2012, 08:51:03
fix it, then sell it if the boy is unappreciative.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 July 2012, 13:21:50
fix it, then sell it if the boy is unappreciative.

It's our truck not his.  He was "borrowing it" because his STi is in the shop with a blown motor.

Let's recap some of "the boys" car exploits ...

Mazda RX-7 sideswipes truck
Mazda RX-7 rear ends car
Mazda RX-7 backs into car
Mazda RX-7 oil pan ripped off curb jumping
Audi Coupe sideswiped by truck - car effectively totaled
Neon SRT-4 - crashed - twice
Neon SRT-4 - stolen - recovered - totaled
S2000 - crashed - twice
S2000 - spun rod bearing
S2000 - car broken into - supposed sabotage of engine - car totaled
STi - engine blown
STi - modified to ethanol - engine blown
Borrowed Mazda Pick Up - killed dog
Borrowed Mazda Pick Up - blown head gasket

That's the short list  >:(
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 18 July 2012, 14:14:04
ok, then do this :

fix it, then sell it if the boy is unappreciative.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 18 July 2012, 14:18:55
Sad times.  I have gotten rid of the GTO.  Changed my work schedule and have to commute now, and that just wasn't a commuter vehicle.

Got a 2010 Ford Fusion with 13K miles for it straight up.  Cost me $15 for a documentation fee.
In Ohio now, you don't get your title when you pay off the loan on your car.  I had to go to the title bureau and shell out $16 for a paper title.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 18 July 2012, 14:26:26
Still working on the Royale at the moment.  I'm up to hoses.  There are two coolant lines running to the radiator in the nose of the car.  Is there any reason i can't run a big rubber line to the nose?  The current set up uses aluminum lines, but there is almost as much rubber connecting the entire mess together as there is aluminum piping.  Frankly, it runs through the center of the tub, and considering how much rubber i can see, it might be easier to go full rubber than the mess it currently is.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 18 July 2012, 16:31:46
the only reason i can come up with (and its a stretch) is hose collapse at high temps or puncture threat.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 July 2012, 16:49:10
the only reason i can come up with (and its a stretch) is hose collapse at high temps or puncture threat.

Plus hose is not that cheap
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 18 July 2012, 17:12:18
Man, he sounds like my step cousin, Mopar. Unfortunately, he met a bad end. :( I hope the boy learns that these machines are not disposable toys and he should be a bit more respectful and learn how to use them properly.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 July 2012, 22:26:24
Man, he sounds like my step cousin, Mopar. Unfortunately, he met a bad end. :( I hope the boy learns that these machines are not disposable toys and he should be a bit more respectful and learn how to use them properly.

You would have thought that would have sunk in.

Hopefully some bicycle time will help.   ;D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 23 July 2012, 11:20:16
It's our truck not his.  He was "borrowing it" because his STi is in the shop with a blown motor.

Let's recap some of "the boys" car exploits ...

Mazda RX-7 sideswipes truck
Mazda RX-7 rear ends car
Mazda RX-7 backs into car
Mazda RX-7 oil pan ripped off curb jumping
Audi Coupe sideswiped by truck - car effectively totaled
Neon SRT-4 - crashed - twice
Neon SRT-4 - stolen - recovered - totaled
S2000 - crashed - twice
S2000 - spun rod bearing
S2000 - car broken into - supposed sabotage of engine - car totaled
STi - engine blown
STi - modified to ethanol - engine blown
Borrowed Mazda Pick Up - killed dog
Borrowed Mazda Pick Up - blown head gasket

That's the short list  >:(

If he's under MY roof or on MY insurance ... I'd take the DL and all driving privileges and strike him from the insurance.  Give him a MOPED until he learns to drive SAFELY.
If he's independant: I'd stop fixing his broken equipment and forbid him from touching my vehicles.
6 different vehicles he has effectively destroyed?  wow.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 23 July 2012, 13:47:08
If he's under MY roof or on MY insurance ... I'd take the DL and all driving privileges and strike him from the insurance.  Give him a MOPED until he learns to drive SAFELY.
If he's independant: I'd stop fixing his broken equipment and forbid him from touching my vehicles.
6 different vehicles he has effectively destroyed?  wow.

He's not under our roof and our insurance booted him long ago.  His mother on the other hand is a little soft on him.  He's her only child. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 06 August 2012, 18:11:26
It's our truck not his.  He was "borrowing it" because his STi is in the shop with a blown motor.

Let's recap some of "the boys" car exploits ...

Mazda RX-7 sideswipes truck
Mazda RX-7 rear ends car
Mazda RX-7 backs into car
Mazda RX-7 oil pan ripped off curb jumping
Audi Coupe sideswiped by truck - car effectively totaled
Neon SRT-4 - crashed - twice
Neon SRT-4 - stolen - recovered - totaled
S2000 - crashed - twice
S2000 - spun rod bearing
S2000 - car broken into - supposed sabotage of engine - car totaled
STi - engine blown
STi - modified to ethanol - engine blown
Borrowed Mazda Pick Up - killed dog
Borrowed Mazda Pick Up - blown head gasket

That's the short list  >:(

I don't want to see the long list.  :o
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 06 August 2012, 20:40:59
I don't want to see the long list.  :o

No you don't. 

Good news is that I've gotten the motor torn down.  I found a cheaper supplier for the head at $380 without the gasket set, but that's only $69.  Hopefully it's back on the road by next week.

I've taken a 63 Plymouth Sport Fury as a way to support myself.

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Hersh67 on 06 August 2012, 22:05:52
Mopar, he needs some serious time running the shoe leather express or on pedal powertm

My Godson just had his first crash and it totalled his Malibu.  We're joking that his next ride will be a bumper car...  (He was in a left hand turn [banked] of a road that was oiled and chipped *after* a rain storm and got his right side tires off the surface... at 35 mph.)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 07 August 2012, 14:17:02
Mopar, he needs some serious time running the shoe leather express or on pedal powertm


Actually he's been riding his bike, but he did do some other things.

Appears he managed to get the STi put back together stock and then he offloaded it to Carmaxx.  WHATEVER YOU DO - DO NOT BUY A USED  STi FROM CARMAXX.

He's traded the STi parts he had to his roommate for a Toyota Paseo. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Notsonoble on 14 September 2012, 16:45:13
Mopar, new Dart? or should I look for a old dart with a slant 6?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 14 September 2012, 19:33:31
I don't know what to think of the new Dart.  Looks neat, but I need to find out about the engine options.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 September 2012, 12:24:19
I don't know what to think of the new Dart.  Looks neat, but I need to find out about the engine options.

The new Dart is an Alfa Romeo and is rather impressive at it's price point.  There are three engine options - I think I would check out the 1.4L turbo that is rated at 40MPG freeway.  I was very impressed with the interior for such an inexpensive car and everything I've read so far has been positive. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 18 September 2012, 23:05:14
It's an Alfa?  The odds of ever getting a real Alfa are slim, so this presents itself as a positive idea to me.

My car still books for about 13K...  }:)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 19 September 2012, 12:09:40
I thought I'd show you a side job I'm working on.  This is a 1963 Plymouth Sport Fury that we are turning into a Max Wedge Retro Mod

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 24 September 2012, 05:13:13
Today I saw a genuine Starfire, first one I've seen in years. Gods it was beautiful.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 24 September 2012, 17:19:43
As in Oldsmobile? 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 25 September 2012, 00:35:08
Yeah, the early 60's one.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 25 September 2012, 11:53:15
You see early 60s Chevys but the Olds, Pontiacs and Buicks seem far and few between
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Doug Glendower on 26 September 2012, 01:53:47
Odd, 'cause there's got to be like 10-12 60's Skylarks in town, and probably twice that in Riveras.


Of course, all the Riveras are metallic painted, have hyraulics, and scrape the chassis on an anthill, but still...
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 26 September 2012, 13:21:24
I see some late 60s Skylarks but they are all riding on 22s  :-\
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Notsonoble on 13 October 2012, 21:23:49
How I spent my day. https://plus.google.com/110434528751206810831/posts/6UbnLG2ftkU
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 14 October 2012, 14:19:13
Cool little car show  O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 14 October 2012, 18:34:16
Those are some nice cars.  I have a cuda like the first pic (but a fast back, and not restored).
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Notsonoble on 15 October 2012, 00:36:11
Those are some nice cars.  I have a cuda like the first pic (but a fast back, and not restored).

The 67 convertible is a two owner parts matching never restored...
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 15 October 2012, 14:14:58
Those are some nice cars.  I have a cuda like the first pic (but a fast back, and not restored).

I've got a 68 fastback in my shop
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Notsonoble on 15 October 2012, 22:07:39
I've got a 68 fastback in my shop

Oh?...
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 16 October 2012, 15:41:01
My '07 RAM 1500 is riding on 20"s.
Tires are gonna cost a metric buttload of $$$.
so far I've seen an average of $168 EACH.
then +tax +mount,balance, etc...
I'm thinking it'll come to about $900 - $950.
(That's ALOT of fraking minis worth!)

any idea what is involved in swapping out for a wheel that can take a cheaper tire?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 16 October 2012, 17:13:45
My '07 RAM 1500 is riding on 20"s.
Tires are gonna cost a metric buttload of $$$.
so far I've seen an average of $168 EACH.
then +tax +mount,balance, etc...
I'm thinking it'll come to about $900 - $950.
(That's ALOT of fraking minis worth!)

any idea what is involved in swapping out for a wheel that can take a cheaper tire?

Don't ask me - my tires are 285/75/16 BF Goodrich All Terrain and the total cost is $1052
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 17 October 2012, 08:26:20
first, you're not gonna get a set of tires for less than 500 bucks unless they are used.  I just put a set of 13" on the boss' Metropolitan and they were over 500.  So if you can find a set of rims for less than 300, you're gonna pay about the same.

Also, the speedo gears are set for a certain tire size, so monkeying around with sizes can affect the accuracy.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 17 October 2012, 11:54:24
My speedo has been off by 10% since day one and I can't fix it  :-[

My truck no longer uses a speedometer gear - the just count the pulses for the ABS to figure out speed
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 17 October 2012, 13:43:11


My truck no longer uses a speedometer gear - the just count the pulses for the ABS to figure out speed

based on a certain size of tire.  if you change the diameter of the tire, you change the circumference of the tire.  which changes the distance the vehicle moves in 1 revolution, or speed.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 October 2012, 14:59:21
based on a certain size of tire.  if you change the diameter of the tire, you change the circumference of the tire.  which changes the distance the vehicle moves in 1 revolution, or speed.

Right so you are stuck with tire size.  Gear ratio no longer matters since it's counting the wheel vs. before it was using the speed of the driveshaft
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: RunandFindOut on 18 October 2012, 16:33:33
Don't ask me - my tires are 285/75/16 BF Goodrich All Terrain and the total cost is $1052
I'm boggling at that, over $1000 for tires.  I can get the same size for $120 a tire from a local place that retreads used tires and despite abusing them through woods and wetlands I get over 30,000 miles out of them no trouble. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 October 2012, 16:48:53
I'm boggling at that, over $1000 for tires.  I can get the same size for $120 a tire from a local place that retreads used tires and despite abusing them through woods and wetlands I get over 30,000 miles out of them no trouble.

Oh I'm getting over 70,000 miles out of these All Terrains  O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: RunandFindOut on 18 October 2012, 16:55:03
For me at least it's not worth the extra expense, I'm not going to get anywhere near 70,000 miles without leaving my tires in desperate need of replacement.  Combination of bad roads, frequent use off-roads in forests and construction sites where they tend to get chewed up or cut, etc.  I've actually considered getting an extra set of used skid-steer tires and foam-filling them just for off-road and construction site use to cut down on the tire replacements.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 October 2012, 19:50:24
In other car news I was able to snag a 1970 426 Hemi alternator on ebay for $75.16  O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 30 October 2012, 22:42:47

I've always wanted a 1967 Mustang Fastback. Now that's a car!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 31 October 2012, 17:26:27
I got my hands on a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi.  The Fusion was nice, but was so BORING.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 31 October 2012, 21:52:32
I got my hands on a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi.  The Fusion was nice, but was so BORING.

The Pontiac has buttons for people that have sausages for fingers
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 31 October 2012, 22:52:08
The Pontiac has buttons for people that have sausages for fingers

True.  But it is nice find.  Supercharged, completely loaded, 11 years old, 65,500 miles?  ANd with trade I get a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty AND $1000?  I think I won that one.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 07 November 2012, 16:03:03
A car we recently completed.

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o223/imacleod67/IMG_9153.jpg)

1949 Riley RM Roadster
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 08 November 2012, 22:13:35
Nice!

I've started a new job so the car work has slowed to the weekend.  I'm about to get the engine into the 63 Sport Fury
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 21 November 2012, 16:57:16
Nice!

I've started a new job so the car work has slowed to the weekend.  I'm about to get the engine into the 63 Sport Fury

New job? ***faint***

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 23 November 2012, 13:09:50
New job? ***faint***

Yep - Engineering Manager at JB Radiator Specialties  8)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 23 November 2012, 13:33:09
Congratulations, Mopar.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 23 November 2012, 17:54:17
Very light tinny(not tiny) intermittent squeal emanating from the front of my Focus' engine.  The serpentine looks good, there is no obvious fluid leaks, so i'm down to either a bearing in a pump/alternator or a pulley is making the noise.  Any good ways to diagnose this?  I do have access to a lift next weekend.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 23 November 2012, 21:13:57
Very light tinny(not tiny) intermittent squeal emanating from the front of my Focus' engine.  The serpentine looks good, there is no obvious fluid leaks, so i'm down to either a bearing in a pump/alternator or a pulley is making the noise.  Any good ways to diagnose this?  I do have access to a lift next weekend.

Does it have an idler or tensioner?  Buddy of mine just lost one of those on his 5.3 GMC
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 23 November 2012, 21:15:43
Congratulations, Mopar.

Thanks.  It's nice to be back at a steady paycheck, but I do have restoration work to fall back on if I need to.

Today I got in 3+ hours on the 63 Plymouth I am working on  :)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 23 November 2012, 22:15:34
Does it have an idler or tensioner?  Buddy of mine just lost one of those on his 5.3 GMC
I think so.  But the way the front of the engine is crammed against a wheel well i cant see much.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 24 November 2012, 20:33:36
It could also be the alternator bearing
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 10 December 2012, 19:13:51
Started looking around for my first Porsche.  Right now the search is going through the standard Autotrader, Craigslist, Excellence, Pelican Parts, PCA, and a couple of registry type sites.  Any other specialty type car sites out there i might have some look perusing?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 10 December 2012, 22:30:05
I have a Porsche 944 Turbo that could use a new home
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 10 December 2012, 22:43:39
I have a Porsche 944 Turbo that could use a new home
Silver Rose?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 11 December 2012, 00:46:07
I have a Porsche 944 Turbo that could use a new home

Sign me up!  Provided you don't want any money for it...  :-\

I would drive out there to pick it up, though.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 11 December 2012, 10:45:36
Silver Rose?

It's that gold champagne color with brown interior. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 17 January 2013, 20:49:03
This was a new one that kinda stumped me.

2001 Bonneville SSEi, going along just fine.  Then, it decides it has no doors.  None of the window, lock, memory seat, or side mirror controls function.  The "door open" chime does not go off if the door is open and key in the ignition.  No open door warnings on the information center.

First thought is simple, just a blown fuse.  But, each door has its own separate control module and fuses, and none of them are burnt out.  What does the peanut gallery think?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 17 January 2013, 23:10:27
Sounds like a loose bulkhead connector
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 18 January 2013, 18:47:11
Did you check to make sure the doors were still there?   :D

I'll vote along with MM on this one.  Loose connector somewhere.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: RunandFindOut on 18 January 2013, 21:00:05
Same here, last time I ran into a problem like that I pulled my hair out then I checked the connections.  Afterward I felt stupid.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 January 2013, 23:06:47
Big car working this weekend  O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 19 January 2013, 00:06:57
According to the shop, the entire driver control module blew out.  All said and done, a $1200 repair.  Since I bought a warranty, it will cost me $50.  :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 19 January 2013, 13:27:07
According to the shop, the entire driver control module blew out.  All said and done, a $1200 repair.  Since I bought a warranty, it will cost me $50.  :D

SWEET!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 19 January 2013, 17:14:06
SWEET!

Yep.  Those aftermarket warranties are not a horrible thing to buy.  They are expensive at initial buy, but worth it.  I also got the catalytic converter replaced at no cost.  So the warranty has basically already paid for itself.  And son the transmission will fail, and the warranty will cover that as well.  All for a $50 deductible.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 21 January 2013, 22:14:24
Yep.  Those aftermarket warranties are not a horrible thing to buy.  They are expensive at initial buy, but worth it.  I also got the catalytic converter replaced at no cost.  So the warranty has basically already paid for itself.  And son the transmission will fail, and the warranty will cover that as well.  All for a $50 deductible.

Yeah I had a friend that had a Pontiac GTP with an aftermarket warranty - he probably got two transmissions out of it
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 27 September 2013, 15:17:21
Anybody read Czech?  I need someone to bounce translations off of.  I'm working on one of these :

(http://www.offroadvehicle.ru/AZBUCAR/TAM/tam-110%20t7%20bv%204x4.jpg)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: greatsarcasmo on 27 September 2013, 23:11:55
Nice! I wish I could help, but cannot.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: rebs on 28 September 2013, 06:37:21
Anybody read Czech?  I need someone to bounce translations off of.  I'm working on one of these :

(http://www.offroadvehicle.ru/AZBUCAR/TAM/tam-110%20t7%20bv%204x4.jpg)

Awwwwwww, fudge...   Wish I had seen this earlier, I would have had a better answer for you.

First off....   this is a Yugoslavian vehicle, not Czech.

You might need to get the English to Serbian dictionary, I think that might have been the problem.  Or as Clarke Marek said on the other thread, Slovenian might be correct as well.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 28 September 2013, 21:36:09
Iain

If you need translation help send it to me.  I have a guy at work that can probably help.

Thanks
MM
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: wolfgar on 29 September 2013, 19:45:22
sorry no help here either, mostly because as a mechanic i pull it apart till i find the busted part, replace said part, then put it back together again.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 30 September 2013, 09:47:46
it's so ugly...
it would fit nicely with the family's VW Thing.
wonder what it $$ and how much it would be to ship it Stateside.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 30 September 2013, 12:27:05
it's so ugly...
it would fit nicely with the family's VW Thing.
wonder what it $$ and how much it would be to ship it Stateside.
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It's about 3 times the size of a Thing (8 feet wide  :D).

sorry no help here either, mostly because as a mechanic i pull it apart till i find the busted part, replace said part, then put it back together again.

It appears to be an electrical issue, so translating the wiring schematic is most beneficial to me. O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: wolfgar on 30 September 2013, 18:25:07
schematics i understand, but i still have a tendancy to "Follow the wire" or "Pull on the wire" drove my MEPPS instructor batty
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 30 September 2013, 21:55:03
electrical is pretty basic
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 01 October 2013, 08:48:36
We are now an all DODGE family.
Picked up a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT for the wife.
(http://images.dealer.com/autodata/us/stockphoto-color/2013/USC30DOV171B0/PW1.jpg)
aka 'Blondie'

joins the 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 aka the 'Beast'
(http://images04.olx.com/ui/19/92/39/f_327048339-127346927.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 07 October 2013, 21:52:15
I approve !!!  O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 08 October 2013, 12:28:25
After 2.5 years of driving 'The Beast' with its V8, driving 'Blondie' with its 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 is a bit... underwhelming.
Even if it is "283 horsepower"...
I wish we could get modernized versions of THIS as an option...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_Hemi-6_Engine#265.C2.A0cu.C2.A0in_.284.3.C2.A0L.29
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: wolfgar on 08 October 2013, 18:04:11
hold it, a '71 Valiant? i think i've seen one of those locally, now i'm gonna have to go poking in the junkyard, AGAIN
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 09 October 2013, 16:23:08
Maybe you guys can help.

A friend of mine has a Lotus Elise, and i figured since he has a house now, and a birthday rapidly approaching, a shop manual for the Elise would be worth tracking down.  I can't find anything other than free PDF's or those same PDF's for sale on Ebay.  Are there any shop manuals for the Elise in book form out there to be had?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: sir_spamalot on 27 December 2013, 15:47:43
I admit I had a little bit of a shock (badabum ching) when I had to jump the battery on my new cobalt for the first time (due to an error of mine where I hadn't realized a light got left on all night) and was trying to figure out where the cables hooked on. There was a cover over the battery where there almost wasn't enough to clip the positive cable on so I took the cover off. Much to my surprise it looked like no battery I'd ever seen before, completely covered in fuses. Now I say this because the only cars I'd ever changed a battery on were later 90s at oldest so I kind of felt like frankenstein's monster viewing the angry mob... I wanted to run the other direction.  :D I did get the car jumped, but only after a few obligatory curses as I attempted to find a good place to ground the negative cable.  The whole interior under the hood looks like a plastic lunchbox because everything is covered.... fangled designers and what not.   ;)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 27 December 2013, 15:53:46
I've been offered the chance to upgrade my truck to a newer model.
Apparently RAM 1500s are very in demand right now.
I might do it if I can keep the same payment and certain accessories I like.

...whadyall think ?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 27 December 2013, 22:58:11
Do it, and find a newer RAM.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: wolfgar on 27 December 2013, 23:39:52
I admit I had a little bit of a shock (badabum ching) when I had to jump the battery on my new cobalt for the first time (due to an error of mine where I hadn't realized a light got left on all night) and was trying to figure out where the cables hooked on. There was a cover over the battery where there almost wasn't enough to clip the positive cable on so I took the cover off. Much to my surprise it looked like no battery I'd ever seen before, completely covered in fuses. Now I say this because the only cars I'd ever changed a battery on were later 90s at oldest so I kind of felt like frankenstein's monster viewing the angry mob... I wanted to run the other direction.  :D I did get the car jumped, but only after a few obligatory curses as I attempted to find a good place to ground the negative cable.  The whole interior under the hood looks like a plastic lunchbox because everything is covered.... fangled designers and what not.   ;)

there should be a pair of lugs, one with a red post cover and the other uncovered, the uncovered is your ground the covered one is your positive.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 27 December 2013, 23:51:47
Do it, and find a newer RAM.

I actually requested an upgrade to a 3025 Warhammer, but the dealer said they only had 3039 Urbies in stock.

(its good to have a dealer who is a geek)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: wolfgar on 28 December 2013, 16:06:58
I usually don't have much use for Urbanmechs.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 28 December 2013, 17:53:29
sadly, no new RAM for me.  Beast didn't have as much equity as I thought.
maybe after tax returns?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 28 December 2013, 21:11:23
sadly, no new RAM for me.  Beast didn't have as much equity as I thought.
maybe after tax returns?

bummer
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Notsonoble on 06 May 2014, 16:51:12
Might be getting a '72 Scamp 318 auto...
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: rebs on 07 May 2014, 08:42:48
I had a 318 V8 in my first car, an '84 Chrysler Fifth Avenue (BOAT!).  I received the car for free (yay!), but only after it was first stolen from my mom, and two weeks had passed.  She gave in and went out and bought a new car, and the very next day the old one was found on somebody's front lawn in Detroit.  Several hundred dollars in repairs later, I had my first car. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Notsonoble on 07 May 2014, 10:28:20
I've had several 318s, the Scamp'll be my first car though, all trucks.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: THUD on 07 May 2014, 11:34:31
I had a 318 V8 in my first car, an '84 Chrysler Fifth Avenue (BOAT!).  I received the car for free (yay!), but only after it was first stolen from my mom, and two weeks had passed.  She gave in and went out and bought a new car, and the very next day the old one was found on somebody's front lawn in Detroit.  Several hundred dollars in repairs later, I had my first car.


I had one of those too. Mine was dark blue with dark blue leather. Ran ok but not a lot of power. First car I ever had with a sunroof, and it didn't leak. It wasn't till later that I realized what a big deal that was for a car from the 80s. The radio was awful but the ac worked. I put it equal to the Fairmont I used to have. The 5 Ave was not as "finky" as the Ford, but no where near as solid as the Delta 88 I got latter. It was many of the "grandpa" cars that I owned as a teen. Then I got a job and bought a Honda that had a sunroof that leaked like a running faucet.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 07 May 2014, 21:32:49
This is why I hate sunroofs and refuse to own one
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 08 May 2014, 16:02:33
I have had two cars with sunroofs and had no problems.  Well, one sunroof and one moonroof.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 09 May 2014, 00:09:23
car roof: overrated.

(http://blog.jeep.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/1955-CJ5-frnt-rt.jpg)


...just as soon as I can come up with $9000 that the wife won't notice missing   ;D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 10 May 2014, 13:47:53
I have a 1975 Plymouth Trailduster and it has a removable full roof
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 12 May 2014, 00:01:03
wow. I hadn't heard that designation in 20 years!  actually had to google it... then had a !Du-Oh! moment when I recognized it.  :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Notsonoble on 13 May 2014, 10:05:03
So the Scamp may not work out. Missed the chance to see it last weekend because the seller was at an estate sale and looking to pickup more cars for his hotrod shop. It'll be a couple weeks before I get another chance to go. We'll see, even if I get there, I still have to drive it and see what happens.

The back up plan is to resurrect mom's 1986 LeBaron GTS, we blew up that 2.2 turbo years ago, but it was a neat car.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 14 May 2014, 22:34:20
wow. I hadn't heard that designation in 20 years!  actually had to google it... then had a !Du-Oh! moment when I recognized it.  :D

It's a Ramcharger with a different grill
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Notsonoble on 18 May 2014, 23:39:47
Welp, any plans for restoring/purchasing are out the window, yesterday I hit a parked car and messed up the bumper and hood of the 01 ram I've been driving. Since the title's still in dad's name, but insurance is only covering the car i hit. I have to fix the truck asap, and out of my own pocket.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: wolfgar on 19 May 2014, 18:32:22
Ouch. Are there any junkyard/you pull-it places around? Those are parts you can usually find there relatively cheap.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 19 May 2014, 22:26:24
Welp, any plans for restoring/purchasing are out the window, yesterday I hit a parked car and messed up the bumper and hood of the 01 ram I've been driving. Since the title's still in dad's name, but insurance is only covering the car i hit. I have to fix the truck asap, and out of my own pocket.

How do you hit a parked car?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 20 May 2014, 08:50:25
here's a Modern Mopar question for y'all...

WHERE the frakin' HECK is the oil pressure sensor located on a 2000 Dodge Neon?

Yes. I know it's on the engine.  I've crawled all over the dang thing, and cannot find the sensor.

The sensor needs replacement because it is triggering false Low Oil Pressure warning lights.

And this idiot light *BLING*ing at me every couple minutes is driving me insane!!!!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: wolfgar on 20 May 2014, 09:45:41
If memory serves its on the front side either below or behind the intake manifold
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Notsonoble on 20 May 2014, 10:09:19
How do you hit a parked car?
Allergies
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 20 May 2014, 22:30:36
here's a Modern Mopar question for y'all...

WHERE the frakin' HECK is the oil pressure sensor located on a 2000 Dodge Neon?

Yes. I know it's on the engine.  I've crawled all over the dang thing, and cannot find the sensor.

The sensor needs replacement because it is triggering false Low Oil Pressure warning lights.

And this idiot light *BLING*ing at me every couple minutes is driving me insane!!!!

It's on the right hand side (back side of the car) of the block at the very back (near the flywheel) half way up the block

http://www.google.com/search?q=dodge+neon+oil+pressure+switch+location&client=safari&rls=en&tbm=isch&imgil=fhpp8yL5k9unyM%253A%253Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ft1.gstatic.com%252Fimages%253Fq%253Dtbn%253AANd9GcSbvfBcGC9cTQ188C-HHrSCfbj1NUjNmj_emrZNMS-x7FglJXw-%253B379%253B241%253BUf2-S28BKZCoJM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.justanswer.com%25252Fdodge%25252F27ij1-replace-oil-pressure-switch-dodge-neon-2003.html&source=iu&usg=__9buimj7fyA1tcfOZLJdRKKkhfGE%3D&sa=X&ei=IQ98U-ClDI30oATtuoDICA&ved=0CEYQ9QEwAw#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=bWWioJJUP3pj6M%253A%3Bh0ICr_ujhyX4aM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fww2.justanswer.com%252Fuploads%252FSprinterRob%252F2012-01-31_223744_neon_engine.gif%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.justanswer.com%252Fdodge%252F66ki4-dodge-neon-oil-light-keeps-comeing-when-low-idel.html%3B640%3B548
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: RunandFindOut on 20 May 2014, 23:12:06
Allergies
Needs improvement, at least when I backed my box truck over a mailbox this winter I had the excuse of it being a white mailbox during a nasty snowstorm.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 21 May 2014, 13:25:47
thanks, MM.

I've actually had my hands on it, just didn't realize it.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 25 May 2014, 04:26:26
thanks, MM.

I've actually had my hands on it, just didn't realize it.

I hate when that happens

OR "That's what she said!"    ;D ;)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: sir_spamalot on 18 July 2014, 15:30:19
So I may need to change the air compressor for the air conditioner on my 99 chevy malibu, but I don't want to get raked over the coals through having to buy a brand new one if I don't have to.  There also aren't a lot of salvage yard options (that and I want to guarantee it works) without having to make a good trip so I wonder, is there a reliable online option? PM me if you have suggestions for any sites.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 18 July 2014, 22:42:16
I'll use RockAuto or JC Whitney.  JC Whitney more often.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Damage Inc. on 26 August 2014, 21:11:30
Wow!  It's been a while since I was here!!

Sooooo........

I've been busy at the shop.  Finished up an Excelsior Super Talisman 492cc 3 cylinder engine for a Berkeley.
Re rebuilt a terrible (not by us) Triumph Spitfire 1500 build.
Striped down an Austin 7 motor.  Now to find parts. 8)
Returning a MGB GT and a MG Midget back to service after sitting for a while

And show prepping a Vanden Plas Princess 4 Litre R to take to a local Italian Car Fest (body design by Pinnin Farina)

I also need to pull the engine on a diesel Taxi for overhaul......
Anybody wanna come help??
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: THUD on 04 September 2014, 19:55:43
OMG! I just had British car flashbacks! Why does nothing fit like its supposed to? Those things are a nightmare..

Only thing worse were VW Bug convertibles....

Parts have to be waaaaay easier to find now then they where back in the 90s.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 04 September 2014, 20:33:44
Alright.  I need some help.  In my car parts experience, I generally buy the cheapest crap (cheap cars) or exceptional stuff (my GTO).

I have a good car now, but not something I want to put a ton into.  I need brakes and tires.  I need a good middle ground for new rotors and pads and a decent all weather tire with some performance capability.  I am a somewhat..um...aggressive driver.  But I must also be able to tackle most weather since I must get to a district office for snow plowing.

What is a good middle ground between cost, performance, reliability, and durability for brakes and tires?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 10 October 2014, 21:52:59
Check out RockAuto - great prices - just watch the shipping
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 11 October 2014, 10:32:43
Alright, now I need some electrical help and/or long term GM experience here.

My 2001 Bonneville SSEi is having Security light on at reasonably random times.  After it turns off, there is a MONSTROUS battery draws that drains the battery in under 5 hours.  This is a common problem on Bonnevilles of this generation and something GM SHOULD have recalled a decade ago, but didn't.

The dealership nearby is a bunch of pant-on-head retard morons, and said my car has no problem.  They just charged the battery.  Unsurprisingly, it was dead again 3 days later.

Have any of you guys seen or dealt with this before?  I have not seen any consistent repairs on this that actually work.  Replacing the whole security system isn't actually enough to repair it.  Would reflashing/replacing the computer be enough to fix this issue?  Any other ideas?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 11 October 2014, 21:19:06
didn't the SSEi model have an optional 'lock down' mode for their alarm system?

sounds like that is trying to activate.

if you haven't check the relays under the hood.

they would be only system that could take so much juice so quick.

any other fuse would pop, I think
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 11 October 2014, 21:47:16
didn't the SSEi model have an optional 'lock down' mode for their alarm system?

sounds like that is trying to activate.

if you haven't check the relays under the hood.

they would be only system that could take so much juice so quick.

any other fuse would pop, I think

Hmm, indeed it did.  I know what my morning project is.  Excellent suggestion.  Thanks.   O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 28 October 2014, 22:05:47
Looking at getting a diesel truck in the 6-month to one year time frame.  I can figure out Ford and GM's trim packages and options.  The Ram packages are giving me fits.  Why can't i get the tow brake controller and mirrors on an SLT but you can get them on the upscale Big Horn/Lonestar?  The basemodel tradesmen gets that as an option, but it skips the SLT. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: wolfgar on 29 October 2014, 18:35:22
Differences in the wiring harnesses.  I've dealt with this before, you're usually better off going after market for your brake controller anyway, and their wiring to a seven wire flat is screwy at best compared to normal trailer wiring standards.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 30 October 2014, 21:58:53
Differences in the wiring harnesses.  I've dealt with this before, you're usually better off going after market for your brake controller anyway, and their wiring to a seven wire flat is screwy at best compared to normal trailer wiring standards.
That options pack also seems to be the only way to get the towing mirrors on the SLT.  Everything else seems to have them as a straight option.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 30 November 2014, 16:44:38
Well, my Bridgestone Ecopia tires are going to be replaced as soon as the new ones get here.  After 41,000 miles the drivers front has a pretty good leak in it.  I have to fill the tire every 5 days or so.  The tires are rated for 50, but given their kinda crap rain and snow performance i'm just going to junk them now.  Ordered a set of Falken Ze-612's.  This ought to be interesting.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 04 December 2014, 12:48:19
MoparMessiah!  O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Notsonoble on 14 January 2015, 01:15:00
For the dragon in you mopar:

Charger Hellcat CGR-HC

Mass: 80 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Chassis Config: Biped
Rules Level: Experimental Tech
Era: All Eras (non-canon)
Tech Rating/Era Availability: E/X-X-F
Production Year: 0
Cost: 27,266,370 C-Bills
Battle Value: 1,860

Chassis: Unknown Composite Structure
Power Plant: Unknown 400 Fusion XL Engine
Walking Speed: 54.0 km/h
Maximum Speed: 86.4 km/h (108.0 km/h)
Jump Jets: None
    Jump Capacity: 0 meters
Armor: Unknown Standard Armor
Armament:
    1  Heavy PPC
    1  SRM-4
    5  ER Small Lasers
Manufacturer: Unknown
    Primary Factory: Unknown
Communications System: Unknown
Targeting and Tracking System: Unknown

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Composite Structure          122 points                4.00
Engine:             XL Fusion Engine             400                      26.50
    Walking MP: 5
    Running MP: 8 (10)
    Jumping MP: 0
Heat Sinks:         Double Heat Sink             19(38)                    9.00
    Heat Sink Locations: 1 LT, 1 RT, 1 LA
Gyro:               Standard                                               4.00
Cockpit:            Standard                                               3.00
    Actuators:      L: SH+UA+LA    R: SH+UA+LA+H
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV - 240                 15.00

                                                      Internal       Armor     
                                                      Structure      Factor     
                                                Head     3            9         
                                        Center Torso     25           39       
                                 Center Torso (rear)                  10       
                                           L/R Torso     17           25       
                                    L/R Torso (rear)                  9         
                                             L/R Arm     13           25       
                                             L/R Leg     17           32       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat    Critical    Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Heavy PPC                                    RA        15        4        10.00
ER Small Laser                               RA        2         1         0.50
ER Small Laser                               LA        2         1         0.50
ER Small Laser                               RT        2         1         0.50
ER Small Laser                               LT        2         1         0.50
SRM-4                                        CT        3         1         2.00
Supercharger                                 CT        -         1         3.00
ER Small Laser                               HD        2         1         0.50
@SRM-4 (25)                                  LT        -         1         1.00
                                            Free Critical Slots: 21

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      8    Points: 19
6          4       4       2       0      4     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: SRCH, ES, SEAL, SOA

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 16 January 2015, 23:34:40
I got a new, interesting problem with my Bonneville!  YAY!

As before, 2001 Bonneville SSEi.

Idles WRONG at times, engine revs and drops and tries to die, then revs itself some more.  Never goes higher than about 1500 RPM.  Usually will die.

It then doesn't want to start.  Turns over just fine, but won't catch and stay running.

The BEST part:  It will die WHILE I'm driving.  RPMs don't seem to matter.  And it dies quiet.  No sputtering, no jerking, just a little death.  I don't even notice sometimes.  Battery light is the only light that comes on when it does this.  Battery is only about 4 months old.

Also, a burning smell can be detected at all times.  A plastic/rubber/covering burning smell, not oil or fluid.

I got nothing.  Any ideas?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 19 January 2015, 16:41:00
sounds like the computer for the EFI is shot.  Whatever was shorted out before probably did a number on the EFI system.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Wombat on 22 January 2015, 08:04:59
[...the Hellcat seems to be missing it's cigarette lighter...and the XL Fusion Engine.]
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 25 January 2015, 21:33:50
[...the Hellcat seems to be missing it's cigarette lighter...and the XL Fusion Engine.]

What do you need a lighter for when you are already smoking?   :D ^-^ ;D O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 25 January 2015, 21:34:24
I got a new, interesting problem with my Bonneville!  YAY!

As before, 2001 Bonneville SSEi.

Idles WRONG at times, engine revs and drops and tries to die, then revs itself some more.  Never goes higher than about 1500 RPM.  Usually will die.

It then doesn't want to start.  Turns over just fine, but won't catch and stay running.

The BEST part:  It will die WHILE I'm driving.  RPMs don't seem to matter.  And it dies quiet.  No sputtering, no jerking, just a little death.  I don't even notice sometimes.  Battery light is the only light that comes on when it does this.  Battery is only about 4 months old.

Also, a burning smell can be detected at all times.  A plastic/rubber/covering burning smell, not oil or fluid.

I got nothing.  Any ideas?

Sounds like a bad ground
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: wolfgar on 27 January 2015, 22:50:09
Or the plug wires
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 28 January 2015, 00:37:16
Or the plug wires

Plug wires should not kill all of your electrical
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: wolfgar on 28 January 2015, 19:31:42
If its grounding out when the plug wires fires it can, especially if its the coil wire.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 30 January 2015, 17:20:57
Both of them seem possible.  I'll check them when I get a chance.  Thanks!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 05 February 2015, 13:18:39
GM coils do have a history of frying
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 07 February 2015, 22:36:22
so it seems that the pinion seal on the Beast has begun to leak.
I've already picked up a quart of the necessary lube and checked the fluid level: it's ok for now.

any idea of the necessary Hours to replace the seal?
2007 Dodge Ram 1500 2WD with 4.7L and auto...............
the parts aren't expensive: less than $100 for all fluids and the seal.
but labor?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 10 February 2015, 22:33:16
so it seems that the pinion seal on the Beast has begun to leak.
I've already picked up a quart of the necessary lube and checked the fluid level: it's ok for now.

any idea of the necessary Hours to replace the seal?
2007 Dodge Ram 1500 2WD with 4.7L and auto...............
the parts aren't expensive: less than $100 for all fluids and the seal.
but labor?

It shouldn't be that hard a job, but why did it start leaking?  Pinions shouldn't load the seal in any way. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 10 February 2015, 23:20:04
Last Winter.
got stuck. got mad. spun them tires until bad noises come.
then I walked home.
drove it right out the next day.
and I've driven it ever since.

it's the only thing I can think of, other than 97k miles.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 23 February 2015, 17:21:56
Just took in a 1970 Chevelle SS 396 4 speed

Will be doing some rectification work on it
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 23 February 2015, 23:39:25
Dealership fixed 'Da Beast'.  only $217.

the Kid's old Ford Ranger was a totally different: $1400+ to repair the water pump and weld the housing.
say it with me: OUCH.  again, with feeling: OUCH.  like you stepped on a Lego: OUCH.

BUT...
Truck + myriad repairs + registration = $2350.
compared to:
Truck + registration + unknown issues not yet repaired = $2500 -$3000
... I'm still, just barely, a bit ahead.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 02 May 2016, 01:11:03
Sorry that I had to dig up this old post but I thought I would share with my car loving CBT buddies.

Back in October 2015 I bought yet another Muscle Car.  Or I should say I saved it from the clothes of a friend of mine.  It was a car I could not pass up.

It's a love it or hate it car.  Details -

1970 Dodge Superbee Hardtop
440 SIXPACK
4 speed Hemi transmission
4.10 Dana 60 Super Trac Pac
Hemi Orange High Impact Paint
15x7 Rally Wheels
Woodgrain Steering Wheel
Originally sent to Honolulu Hawaii
No Heater or Radio

There were 599 Superbee Hardtop 440 Sixpack 4 speeds made, but this is probably the only one with heater delete.  Basically it's a factory drag car. 

Here is a pic of it between my other 'B' bodies



Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: The Mighty ACHOO on 02 May 2016, 23:05:50
Sweeeeeet!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 15 May 2016, 05:12:26
Sweeeeeet!

Thanks Achoo.

I appreciate when our more distinguished member recognize something is cool.

I owe you a trip to Gen Con or something.

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 24 May 2016, 18:17:12
I just had a man-gasm.  I'm not a huge Mopar fan, but I still know awesome when I see it.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 26 May 2016, 12:57:47
Lots happening!

Just bought a 68 Hemi automatic transmission.  Total score!

Have a line on an NOS 70 Hemi motor

Also have a line on a 71 Dodge Challenger 383 Convertible  8)

I need a second job.

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 26 May 2016, 13:31:57
Now this is an old thread. 

Nice Find Mopar!


Almost bought into the Mopar thing with a Ram 1500 last year.  Ended up in a Willys Wrangler instead.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/411/19543378519_df7914b8d9_c.jpg)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 27 May 2016, 00:39:26
Very very nice.

but you're gonna have to remove that hard top in order to set the pintle mount for the M1919 MG.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 07 June 2016, 15:40:28
Ghost

Cool Jeep.  I looked at some the other day to show my wife how crazy expensive they are. 

MM
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 07 June 2016, 16:01:58
Ghost

Cool Jeep.  I looked at some the other day to show my wife how crazy expensive they are. 

MM
Does a Wrangler really need heated leather seats?  Mine has wind up windows.   >:D #P
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 11 June 2016, 18:00:30
So today was a fun day.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7557/26999407403_1e29ee796a_z.jpg)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 12 June 2016, 10:27:28
now that is the way a JEEP is supposed to look.  :)




wheres the thumbsup and like button around here?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 July 2016, 11:24:45
Ghost - I want pics where I can't tell it's green  ;D

Just got back from Carlisle spending major coin on Mopar goodies and paint
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 18 July 2016, 15:25:08
Ghost - I want pics where I can't tell it's green  ;D

Just got back from Carlisle spending major coin on Mopar goodies and paint
Considering how difficult it has been to get that thing clean after a few runs through the mud pit, no more mud pits!   #P ;D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 20 July 2016, 12:20:39
Considering how difficult it has been to get that thing clean after a few runs through the mud pit, no more mud pits!   #P ;D

Back in the early 1980s I bought my first 4x4 - a 1974 W100 regular cab short bed Dodge Power Wagon.  360 automatic with 33" tires.  It was Baby Blue and White.

I would come home with it brown from head to toe.  It would take over two hours to just hose the mud off.  My parents were not happy with the brown river running down their driveway. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: The Mighty ACHOO on 20 July 2016, 20:26:31
But that's the way to do it! Offroad means off road, way off the road!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 09 August 2016, 13:26:30
Currently contemplating if I should buy a 2016 Challenger Hellcat.

Looks like VW is going to buy back my 2013 VW Passat SE TDI for quite a lot of coin
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 09 August 2016, 14:56:38
Currently contemplating if I should buy a 2016 Challenger Hellcat.

Looks like VW is going to buy back my 2013 VW Passat SE TDI for quite a lot of coin
You know you want to keep it and snicker as you drive it. 

How about a Shelby GT350?  It can actually handle turns!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 09 August 2016, 17:09:47
You know you want to keep it and snicker as you drive it. 

How about a Shelby GT350?  It can actually handle turns!

Keep the Passat?   ???

The Shelby looks good and all but I'm too much of a Mopar guy to do that
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 09 August 2016, 17:36:25
Keep the Passat?   ???

The Shelby looks good and all but I'm too much of a Mopar guy to do that
Why not, it is still an efficient working car right?  The only reason anybody knows about the cheat is VW immediately fessed up to it.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 09 August 2016, 22:40:36
Why not, it is still an efficient working car right?  The only reason anybody knows about the cheat is VW immediately fessed up to it.

It is.  I paid $29K for it out the door with all the taxes and fees.  VW is going to pay me between $21.5K and $24K for it with 60,000+ miles on it and me getting to use it for 4 years.  I can keep it but then I get $6000 and they have to fix it which could result in poorer gas mileage and performance.  If they can't fix it I'll be forced to turn it over. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 10 August 2016, 14:34:01
I'm pretty sure if you have to take time to think "Do I want a Passat or a Challenger Hellcat" you shouldn't be driving the Hellcat.  :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 10 August 2016, 17:36:52
I'm pretty sure if you have to take time to think "Do I want a Passat or a Challenger Hellcat" you shouldn't be driving the Hellcat.  :D

No that's not the situation  :P

The Passat has nothing to do with the Hellcat.

I'll need to replace the Passat and that might be with another Passat.  I can't park the Hellcat at a park and ride which is involved in my super long commute when I go to the office. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 10 August 2016, 18:16:19
It is.  I paid $29K for it out the door with all the taxes and fees.  VW is going to pay me between $21.5K and $24K for it with 60,000+ miles on it and me getting to use it for 4 years.  I can keep it but then I get $6000 and they have to fix it which could result in poorer gas mileage and performance.  If they can't fix it I'll be forced to turn it over.
$24K?  Take the money and run!  I need to beg borrow or steal one so i can get in on this.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 11 August 2016, 13:24:57
$24K?  Take the money and run!  I need to beg borrow or steal one so i can get in on this.

Exactly - where else can you use a car for 4 years for $5000? 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: wolfgar on 20 August 2016, 18:08:31
i recently bought a 2014 Fiat 500 turbo, (re: september 2015) and wouldn't trade it for anything, then again though i don't have a family to have to do for with it, just the occasional dog to take to the vet. removed the rear seats and am putting a hard deck in the rear area so that i can hard mount things i need to keep with me.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 22 August 2016, 11:42:02
i recently bought a 2014 Fiat 500 turbo, (re: september 2015) and wouldn't trade it for anything, then again though i don't have a family to have to do for with it, just the occasional dog to take to the vet. removed the rear seats and am putting a hard deck in the rear area so that i can hard mount things i need to keep with me.

what kind of MPG do you get?  what did you pay?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: wolfgar on 24 August 2016, 22:30:13
what kind of MPG do you get?  what did you pay?

$15,500 and i get a minimum of around 35mpg, usually somewhere north of 40mpg
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: kuttsinister7 on 29 August 2016, 13:43:46
Anyone in Texas (San Antonio) know how to do HID kit swaps on Asian Cars?

I want to get rid of the factory head lights now that the car is paid off, want brighter lights. lol....
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 13 September 2016, 13:12:06
OK gang - need your thoughts.

VW is going to buy back my Passat and I need to find a replacement.  Keeping the car would not be the greatest financially.  Plus I'm not happy with the VW maintenance costs.

I need a car that will get my to work which is a couple of days a week at 270 miles round trip.  I need to park it at a park and ride.  Good gas mileage would be nice but it doesn't have to get the 46.5 MPG I get in the Passat.  I loathe automatic transmissions.  I prefer coupes over sedans, but would consider a wagon. 

What would you recommend?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Joskney on 13 September 2016, 21:42:36
I have a nice '83 AMC Eagle SFX  O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 13 September 2016, 23:54:40
OK gang - need your thoughts.

VW is going to buy back my Passat and I need to find a replacement.  Keeping the car would not be the greatest financially.  Plus I'm not happy with the VW maintenance costs.

I need a car that will get my to work which is a couple of days a week at 270 miles round trip.  I need to park it at a park and ride.  Good gas mileage would be nice but it doesn't have to get the 46.5 MPG I get in the Passat.  I loathe automatic transmissions.  I prefer coupes over sedans, but would consider a wagon. 

What would you recommend?
Couple people with long commutes at work have the diesel Cruze.  They like them so far and haven't had any trouble in three-ish years.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 14 September 2016, 23:20:46
I'm about to pay off my 07 RAM 1500.  one last payment.

suggestions for improvements, now that Beast is all mine?

I'm thinking HP and MPG and lighting improvements.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 17 September 2016, 11:59:53
I have a nice '83 AMC Eagle SFX  O0

Are you joshing me?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 21 September 2016, 16:00:17
Here's an odd problem.

2001 Bonnevile SSEi.  On occasion, my tachometer will zero out.  No revs registering.  The car is still running just fine.  There is a tiny little hiccup when it does this, but it is so slight it is easy to miss.  One time it did this, the check engine light came on.  Got it checked out, Error code was "Camshaft Position Sensor Failure."  Next time I turned on the car, engine light is off.

Now I don't suspect it is that sensor, because everything I read says if that sensor is bad, it is an engine kill failure.  No starting, no running, nothing if that sensor fails.

I'm running out of ideas.  I know there is SOMETHING wrong, but I sure as hell can't figure out what it is.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 22 September 2016, 11:11:22
Here's an odd problem.

2001 Bonnevile SSEi.  On occasion, my tachometer will zero out.  No revs registering.  The car is still running just fine.  There is a tiny little hiccup when it does this, but it is so slight it is easy to miss.  One time it did this, the check engine light came on.  Got it checked out, Error code was "Camshaft Position Sensor Failure."  Next time I turned on the car, engine light is off.

Now I don't suspect it is that sensor, because everything I read says if that sensor is bad, it is an engine kill failure.  No starting, no running, nothing if that sensor fails.

I'm running out of ideas.  I know there is SOMETHING wrong, but I sure as hell can't figure out what it is.

It's a crank or cam sensor going bad.  Obviously it's the cam as that's the error you have.

This does not kill the engine always but it can.  It usually goes into limp mode and keeps running.  If it fails totally at start up then it will not start.  While running it will go into limp mode.

I've replaced the crank trigger in my Cummins Turbo Diesel three times  :(
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 25 October 2016, 15:46:39
New problem, different car...

My wife's '02 Silverado V6 2WD doesn't want to start.  Acting like it isn't getting fuel.  Fuel pump is audibly working, fuses and relays are intact, and I just changed the fuel filter (which was a pain in the ass).

When the filter was changed I got gas dripped on me from both ends, so it doesn't seem like the fuel line is clogged.  I'm suspecting it is still the fuel pump, but wondering if there was another option I hadn't thought of.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 04 November 2016, 19:57:12
New problem, different car...

My wife's '02 Silverado V6 2WD doesn't want to start.  Acting like it isn't getting fuel.  Fuel pump is audibly working, fuses and relays are intact, and I just changed the fuel filter (which was a pain in the ass).

When the filter was changed I got gas dripped on me from both ends, so it doesn't seem like the fuel line is clogged.  I'm suspecting it is still the fuel pump, but wondering if there was another option I hadn't thought of.

Did you put the fuel filter in the correct direction?  They only go one way.  Your gas drip test is no indicator. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 04 November 2016, 20:24:37
Well I bought a new car.  Well new to me. 

It's a 2013 Cadillac CTS Performance Wagon.  3.6L V6 with a 6 speed automatic and 32K miles.  Original sticker was $51K   :o

I paid what VW is going to give me for my Passat plus $600.  Makes commuting in the Bay Area so much easier.

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 07 November 2016, 12:36:52
Did you put the fuel filter in the correct direction?  They only go one way.  Your gas drip test is no indicator.

Yes, the arrow on the fuel filter makes that pretty idiot proof.  :)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 07 November 2016, 12:42:27
Yes, the arrow on the fuel filter makes that pretty idiot proof.  :)

Yes, but they are making better idiots these days  :))
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 09 November 2016, 16:08:11
Yes, but they are making better idiots these days  :))

I...can't come up with a logical argument against that, unfortunately.   :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 11 November 2016, 00:58:06
Found the original window sticker for my CTS Sport Wagon

$51085  :o
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 11 November 2016, 08:46:23
Found the original window sticker for my CTS Sport Wagon

$51085  :o

Yep.  Caddy's aren't cheap.  :)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 11 November 2016, 15:41:33
Yep.  Caddy's aren't cheap.  :)

I'm glad GM took the hit on the depreciation  8)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: wolfgar on 25 November 2016, 21:00:59
New problem, different car...

My wife's '02 Silverado V6 2WD doesn't want to start.  Acting like it isn't getting fuel.  Fuel pump is audibly working, fuses and relays are intact, and I just changed the fuel filter (which was a pain in the ass).

When the filter was changed I got gas dripped on me from both ends, so it doesn't seem like the fuel line is clogged.  I'm suspecting it is still the fuel pump, but wondering if there was another option I hadn't thought of.

is it fuel injected or throttle body, if it is fuel injected you actually have two fuel pumps, the transfer pump back at the tank and the injector pump up next to the engine. couldn't tell you more than that. Also some trucks have a sock filter on the tank pump that sometimes does need to be cleaned.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 03 December 2016, 13:17:18
is it fuel injected or throttle body, if it is fuel injected you actually have two fuel pumps, the transfer pump back at the tank and the injector pump up next to the engine. couldn't tell you more than that. Also some trucks have a sock filter on the tank pump that sometimes does need to be cleaned.

Yes there is usually a pump that brings fuel from the tank to the injector pump
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Pht on 04 February 2017, 23:37:48
Been a long while, but I've got one the denizens of this thread can enjoy reading - mostly because they will be laughing at the misery I had: http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/northstar-engines-system-technical-discussion/852817-1997-deville-possible-topend-maybe-full.html

Suffice it to say, mom likes her caddies; we lost her old '97 concours, and got a new one, only to find out that the 90s-00s northstar motors were/are notorious for pulling head bolt thread out (lifting heads).

Wow, whatta fun job that was. Never taken a drill to an engine block before ... don't wanna ever do it again!  #P

I need to get moderately rich and put the '67 dart /6 back on the road and stick some handling upgrades into it.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 24 February 2017, 11:52:44
Been a long while, but I've got one the denizens of this thread can enjoy reading - mostly because they will be laughing at the misery I had: http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/northstar-engines-system-technical-discussion/852817-1997-deville-possible-topend-maybe-full.html

Suffice it to say, mom likes her caddies; we lost her old '97 concours, and got a new one, only to find out that the 90s-00s northstar motors were/are notorious for pulling head bolt thread out (lifting heads).

Wow, whatta fun job that was. Never taken a drill to an engine block before ... don't wanna ever do it again!  #P

I need to get moderately rich and put the '67 dart /6 back on the road and stick some handling upgrades into it.

GM has never been good at understanding mating surfaces and bolt strength.  Their fiasco with the 350 diesel in the 80s and the 2.8L intake gaskets are prime examples. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Pht on 03 March 2017, 23:35:30
What's worse is that I hear rumbings that GM's factory fix ("timeserts") for GM's factory screwup are known for sometimes pulling right of the block when torqued down.

I gather this has less to do with not using enough head bolts (hey, our beloved mopar blocks of 60s vin used not so many per cylinder) and more to do with using an open deck design, allowing the coolant to attack the headgasket all over the place.

Apparently the closed-deck northstars don't have the headbolt problem; go figure.

So, hey, if you're an insane masochist and like caddies, you can pickup northstar equipped caddies cheap, and roll the dice on having to fix the headbolt problem!  #P
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 07 March 2017, 12:36:37
I've never lost a head gasket in any Mopar engine that I have run

/6
318
340
360
383
440
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 08 March 2017, 01:40:57
in the past month I've put $1900 of repairs into my '07 Ram 1500.
-rebuild transfer case & bearings.
-replace front right  wheel bearings.

the spouse is not happy.

and she doesn't even know that it needs tires yet.
( $540+)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 08 March 2017, 10:49:53
in the past month I've put $1900 of repairs into my '07 Ram 1500.
-rebuild transfer case & bearings.
-replace front right  wheel bearings.

the spouse is not happy.

and she doesn't even know that it needs tires yet.
( $540+)

If you get away with tires for $540 you are doing pretty good.  The tires on my 99 Dodge W2500 Quad Cab run about $1100

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 March 2017, 10:59:55
If off to go buy my 99th car today  8)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Pht on 24 March 2017, 18:18:57
I've never lost a head gasket in any Mopar engine that I have run

/6
318
340
360
383
440

I wonder ... someone should ask doug dutra or someone else who knows ... if the aluminum /6's had problems with headgaskets. They had open decks too:
(http://www.dutra.org/pictures/engine/alm-build/repair/ring-installed-sm.jpg)
Coincidentally, the reason /6s have such epic durability is apparently because they were originally specced for the aluminum of the day, and were never respecced down in dimensions when made in cast iron.  #P >:D }:)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 28 March 2017, 09:16:53
If off to go buy my 99th car today  8)

Well her she is.

Just purchased after a 6 1/2 month ordeal.

One 1968 Hemi Charger R/T - 1 of 264 made with an automatic transmission.  Originally red with a white top and interior.  Power windows, console, power steering, power brakes.  Runs and drives and is 95% complete. 

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 29 March 2017, 09:44:11
That's awesome!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Pht on 15 April 2017, 21:17:41
Well her she is.

Just purchased after a 6 1/2 month ordeal.

One 1968 Hemi Charger R/T - 1 of 264 made with an automatic transmission.  Originally red with a white top and interior.  Power windows, console, power steering, power brakes.  Runs and drives and is 95% complete.

Neato - document the doo-doo out of her. Ma-mopar was well known for oddities, as even a goober like me knows, thanks to ppl like the goombas that used to run MA. I miss that mag, the tech was great.  :-[  :'(  :( >:( >:( >:(

So, what's this one up for? Points on resto? restomod? DD?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 17 April 2017, 14:22:52
Neato - document the doo-doo out of her. Ma-mopar was well known for oddities, as even a goober like me knows, thanks to ppl like the goombas that used to run MA. I miss that mag, the tech was great.  :-[  :'(  :( >:( >:( >:(

So, what's this one up for? Points on resto? restomod? DD?

This is one will be a full blown restoration as to how it came out of the factory.  Including the silly little Devo Hat looking hubcaps
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 23 April 2017, 03:56:20
Well I bought a new car.  Well new to me. 

It's a 2013 Cadillac CTS Performance Wagon.  3.6L V6 with a 6 speed automatic and 32K miles.  Original sticker was $51K   :o

I paid what VW is going to give me for my Passat plus $600.  Makes commuting in the Bay Area so much easier.

Sweet Cthulhu that is a nice-looking car. I wish I had nice vehicle to drive.  :(
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 25 April 2017, 18:49:00
Sweet Cthulhu that is a nice-looking car. I wish I had nice vehicle to drive.  :(

Clang that thing only cost me $21,800 - a steal and as I call it GM's best kept secret
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 02 May 2017, 01:22:05
Clang that thing only cost me $21,800 - a steal and as I call it GM's best kept secret


That seems pretty reasonable. My last car cost me 15k. Now the Clang-a-Son is driving it and I'm driving an old 4 thousand dollar used Ford Ranger.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 02 May 2017, 10:50:26


That seems pretty reasonable. My last car cost me 15k. Now the Clang-a-Son is driving it and I'm driving an old 4 thousand dollar used Ford Ranger.

Yeah the sicker on that Cadillac was $51000 - I bought it three years old with 33k miles on it. I thought it was a great buy.  Very nice to drive
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 02 May 2017, 13:43:46
I'd love to get my hands on a CTS-V.  It's the perfect car in my book.  Big (possibly supercharged) V-8, RWD, manual transmission, SEDAN.  It's everything you need AND want!

And still looks good!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 02 May 2017, 23:59:00
I'd love to get my hands on a CTS-V.  It's the perfect car in my book.  Big (possibly supercharged) V-8, RWD, manual transmission, SEDAN.  It's everything you need AND want!

And still looks good!

Those are 6.2L supercharged, basically taken from the Corvette, and can be had with a six speed.

Out here there was a 2013 CTS-V Wagon SIX SPEED MANUAL with 100k miles in Black.  That's a rare car and a kick to drive I'm sure.  $39,999  The original sticker I'm sure was over $100k

Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 06 May 2017, 11:15:17
time for new tires on the Beast.
why?
because we had heavy monsoon-like rain on I-95 yesterday.
and when I hit my brakes to stop short of t-boning a moron in a Cooper...
ol' Beast did a complete 360 spin.

in pouring MONSOON rain.
on I-95
in traffic

at 45 MPH.

and we didn't hit anything.
truck is fine.
and as soon as I can get my underwear from tickling my tonsils from the inside,
I'll be fine too.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 07 May 2017, 06:45:33
Glad your OK and the beast is OK

Tires are very important and damn if they are not expensive as all hell. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 07 May 2017, 13:24:59
Glad your OK and the beast is OK

Tires are very important and damn if they are not expensive as all hell.

Strange how that is.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 07 May 2017, 20:46:59
Strange how that is.

That's because the morons at Ford and Firestone created the Explorer tire fiasco.  That doubled the price of tires
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 07 May 2017, 20:55:53
That's because the morons at Ford and Firestone created the Explorer tire fiasco.  That doubled the price of tires
QA does cost money.  Although going from a 14" tire to an 18" tire kinda means it is going to be more expensive.  And t hen we get into the tires designed specifically for a car, that makes it even more expensive.  I'll stick with my Falkens on the Focus, although the Jeep will get KM02's eventually, that is going to hurt lots.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 08 May 2017, 00:32:24
Well the front tires in my Ranger have little cracks in them. Like the tire is breaking down or something. Plus the tires are looking like they're about worn out. They have maybe 20% tread left on them. I've been debating if I should get a couple new tires of just wait until one gives out on me.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 08 May 2017, 00:34:48
The rear tires look newer and have more tread left on them. I haven't done anything with the tires since I got the vehicle two years ago.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 08 May 2017, 01:20:24
Well the front tires in my Ranger have little cracks in them. Like the tire is breaking down or something. Plus the tires are looking like they're about worn out. They have maybe 20% tread left on them. I've been debating if I should get a couple new tires of just wait until one gives out on me.

Don't wait.  I blown tire is a great way to have a bad accident. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 08 May 2017, 05:59:09
Well the front tires in my Ranger have little cracks in them. Like the tire is breaking down or something. Plus the tires are looking like they're about worn out. They have maybe 20% tread left on them. I've been debating if I should get a couple new tires of just wait until one gives out on me.
How old are they?  Old tires start to crack partly due to age and partly due to UV damage etc. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 08 May 2017, 06:19:00
How old are they?  Old tires start to crack partly due to age and partly due to UV damage etc.

True and true, but at 20% tread it's time for new tires
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 09 May 2017, 00:20:12
True and true, but at 20% tread it's time for new tires

Hey I am thinking about getting them replaced before it's too late. Driving between Tacoma and Seattle every day is 85 to 100 miles every day at almost freeway speeds until I run into the traffic.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 09 May 2017, 08:07:20
Hey I am thinking about getting them replaced before it's too late. Driving between Tacoma and Seattle every day is 85 to 100 miles every day at almost freeway speeds until I run into the traffic.

Yep time for tires. 

That sounds high mileage wise. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Pht on 10 May 2017, 00:52:36
10 years appears to be the absolute limit for tires, regardless of how nice they look.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=11  <-- how to read date codes on tires.

IIRC from my copies of grassroots motorsports and ma, if you want to extend the life of your tires, keep them cool and OUT of the sun, even if you have to use tire covers.

Oddly, I have also heard bad things about using tire dressing and uber cleaners on tires, but that bears research and confirmation.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 11 May 2017, 14:33:42
10 years appears to be the absolute limit for tires, regardless of how nice they look.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=11  <-- how to read date codes on tires.

IIRC from my copies of grassroots motorsports and ma, if you want to extend the life of your tires, keep them cool and OUT of the sun, even if you have to use tire covers.

Oddly, I have also heard bad things about using tire dressing and uber cleaners on tires, but that bears research and confirmation.

All true.

The other day I took an original 1972 tire and rim to America's Tire to have the valve stem replaced.  The looked at it and said "I can't touch it.  That tire is from 1982."  I laughed and told him it was from 1972. 

So it looks like I will be buying my own tire machine.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 18 May 2017, 01:09:30
How much does one of those cost?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 18 May 2017, 13:53:07
How much does one of those cost?

I found a tire machine and a balancer for $1269 - I don't need to do stupid big rims or ultra low profile tires so it sould work for me.

Ordered it last night.   O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 21 May 2017, 09:14:03
Wow. I hope it works well for you.  O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 22 May 2017, 16:44:52
I'll check to see this week.  Got a lot of rim swapping to do. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 23 May 2017, 00:25:55
so the new tires came in.
on the way to my mechanic, I tried to smoke the old tires down.

it worked spectacularly.
(http://image.trucktrend.com/f/10023604+w660+h495+cr1/0708dp_01_z%2Bdiesel_truck_burnout%2Bdodge_cummins.jpg)



right up until the RR blew out, and I had to put on the spare.
2 miles from the shop, with a bed full of brand new tires.....

...where's the facepalm emoji ?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 24 May 2017, 00:36:41
so the new tires came in.
on the way to my mechanic, I tried to smoke the old tires down.

it worked spectacularly.
(http://image.trucktrend.com/f/10023604+w660+h495+cr1/0708dp_01_z%2Bdiesel_truck_burnout%2Bdodge_cummins.jpg)



right up until the RR blew out, and I had to put on the spare.
2 miles from the shop, with a bed full of brand new tires.....

...where's the facepalm emoji ?

It could have been worse.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 24 May 2017, 14:36:56
so the new tires came in.
on the way to my mechanic, I tried to smoke the old tires down.

it worked spectacularly.
(http://image.trucktrend.com/f/10023604+w660+h495+cr1/0708dp_01_z%2Bdiesel_truck_burnout%2Bdodge_cummins.jpg)



right up until the RR blew out, and I had to put on the spare.
2 miles from the shop, with a bed full of brand new tires.....

...where's the facepalm emoji ?

That's too funny.   ;D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 26 May 2017, 23:22:42
That's too funny.   ;D

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 05 June 2017, 10:30:31
Got my tire machine.  Works pretty good  O0
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 06 June 2017, 00:07:23
Got my tire machine.  Works pretty good  O0


Yes but are you tired of it yet?!?  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 06 June 2017, 13:59:27


Yes but are you tired of it yet?!?  ;D ;D ;D

Nope.  I should go work on it today actually  8)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Grognard on 06 June 2017, 23:13:54
anyone ever do a full tune up of a 4.7L V8 for the Ram?

I've got two mechanics giving me horror stories that inflate the price to several hundred bucks.  :(
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Ghost0402 on 07 June 2017, 06:11:19
anyone ever do a full tune up of a 4.7L V8 for the Ram?

I've got two mechanics giving me horror stories that inflate the price to several hundred bucks.  :(
Google/youtube it.  There is a wealth of information out there.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 07 June 2017, 17:29:17
Google/youtube it.  There is a wealth of information out there.

Plus it adds to my stock price  ;D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 09 June 2017, 01:06:00

I wonder if you can Google how to Google things.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 11 June 2017, 20:14:08
I wonder if you can Google how to Google things.

Yes.  There is a video on Youtube how to do it. 
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Clangador on 13 June 2017, 01:00:58
Yes.  There is a video on Youtube how to do it.

But if you can do it in the first place do you really need a video on how to do it?
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 13 June 2017, 08:45:53
But if you can do it in the first place do you really need a video on how to do it?

You?  YES!
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 13 June 2017, 16:15:09
You know what I can't find on Youtube or ANYWHERE else?  How to take the damn headliner off my car so I can remove the sunroof shade/cover thing to reupholster it properly.  My frickin' Haynes Manual doesn't even mention my car might have a sunroof.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 13 June 2017, 20:55:00
Probably need a factory service manual - FSM
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Pht on 05 October 2017, 23:59:44
Probably need a factory service manual - FSM

Is there any official printer that sells to the public on new mopar stuff, ala helminc for gm and such?  #P
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: THUD on 06 October 2017, 08:59:41
You know what I can't find on Youtube or ANYWHERE else?  How to take the damn headliner off my car so I can remove the sunroof shade/cover thing to reupholster it properly.  My frickin' Haynes Manual doesn't even mention my car might have a sunroof.


What kind of car is it? Most newer cars require speciality tools to remove the trim clips.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 07 October 2017, 13:27:38

What kind of car is it? Most newer cars require speciality tools to remove the trim clips.

Thought it was a Pontiac
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 07 October 2017, 15:17:30

What kind of car is it? Most newer cars require speciality tools to remove the trim clips.

2001 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi.  With sunroof, obviously.  :D
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Pht on 07 October 2017, 21:43:07
I can't speak for your car specifically, but I had to drop the headliners in LOTS of cars to do 2 way radio installs for my old job.

Usually, you do it by removing the sunvisors, the grab handles, the center light, and the pinch-windlass(the plastic/rubber liner around the door openings) and often you also have to un-attach the covers over the pillars that hold up the roof. With a sunroof, you may have to remove a windlass around the sunroof opening and whatever may be attached below the headliner itself.

Essentially, it should just be a large shaped piece of cardboard with headliner material glued on. You may or may not be able to get the headliner out of the cab once you get it dropped.

Patience is a must, you'll probably need a selection of torx head screwdrivers; the plastic pillar covers usually seem to be held on with metal clips that push into slots in the pillar steel. Ie: you pull the pillar plastic VERY CAREFULLY and if the "gods" aren't angry with you, the clip should "pop" out of its slot OR it MAY come off the plastic - either way, be very careful when pulling them. Unless you got uber lucky and they attach with screws or one of the other types of plastic attachments used for those things (some you have to pull an insert out, etc.).

Essentially, you need to be curious and careful.

You know, like entering a dungeon in an old school rpg. Take a step, examine for traps. Take another step. Examine for traps.  ;)
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 07 October 2017, 23:52:04
Another reason for me to hate sunroofs
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: THUD on 08 October 2017, 00:33:51
Yea, pretty much what Pht said.

Here is a very generic video, it's for a Saturn but most of the techniques apply to what you are doing:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RKN13KVfWaI

Here is another video for a Buick LeSabre. A similar car to the one your working on. It's just not as well done as the first video.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h8mWodZG-Jc

If you'll notice in the first video he uses this tool:

https://cdn2.tmbi.com/TFH/Step-By-Step/display/FH12MAY_PLARET_01.JPG

It's just a general clip removal tool you can get at most parts stores. There are better tools out there like these:

https://sep.yimg.com/ca/I/yourautotrim-store_2269_152556047

But they are way more expensive.  You can decide how much you want to spend.

Just remember that these videos are examples,  take your time. GM isn't as bad as Chrysler at this, but sometimes they mix clip types at the factory. So beware.  There may also be steps not covered in the videos, for example some Oldsmobiles have Velcro holding up their headliners where no other GM G type cars do.

As far as the sunroof cover goes I'm at a loss. I can't remember for the life of me how they worked on that car. Sorry. Most GM cars had a slide clip system, but I can't remember for sure on that type of car.







Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: THUD on 08 October 2017, 00:37:48
Another reason for me to hate sunroofs

True. But nothing, and I do mean nothing is as bad as convertibles. Especially European convertibles. I still wake up screaming some nights.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: THUD on 08 October 2017, 00:52:03
I wonder if you can Google how to Google things.

Are you doing the old IT Crowd gag?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OqxLmLUT-qc
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: Mattlov on 08 October 2017, 15:08:04
That's handy, gentlemen.  Thank you kindly.

Now I just have to find the ever elusive bitch, TIME.
Title: Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
Post by: MoparMessiah on 08 October 2017, 20:40:33
True. But nothing, and I do mean nothing is as bad as convertibles. Especially European convertibles. I still wake up screaming some nights.

I have owned three convertibles in my life

1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite
1970 Dodge Challenger
1970 Dodge Coronet 500

I don't think I owned any one of them more than 6 months. 

A friend has been asking me to get one and I just can't bring myself to do it.