Updating the Super Street Mopar

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  1. ckessel

    ckessel Well-Known Member

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    Met up with a guy yesterday that has an awesome collection of Mopars, wonder if he needs a new son. LOL! He has a nice stash of early B parts so I was able to get a couple of bumpers from him. Might be able to hook him up with my cast off pieces in further needs. Got them home and took my sawzall to them to harvest out the needed sections. Don't worry, I didn't hack up pristine units. One of them even had a license frame from the dealer in the town I grew up in and that my parents had bought the wagon and truck from in the 60's. Cool! After the hack fest I started forming up my air cleaner unit. For the basic shape going on my wheel then from there transferred to my shrinker/stretcher, shrink jaws in, and started getting it in a U to wrap around the spacer on my TB. This will be part of the plenum and from there I'll be heading towards the firewall. The filter I chose is for a 14 and newer Vette [yikes!] since on that cars application with a blower, I figured the airflow would be sufficient. I was looking at using a filter from my 04 Cummins or a like 95 truck 5.9 gas but that would require me to shorten/re-thread/re cut o-ring groove on the fuel rails. Going to work some more on that today after church. For the bumper, my plan is to widen out the license opening as far as possible, which is why I needed graft material, so that there is plenty of airflow to the oil coolers and a little extra to the radiator plus through the engine compartment. Trying to maximize airflow to keep things cool in there.

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      ckessel Well-Known Member

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      Here are some more action shots.

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      I worked on the plenum to TB unit today. Cut out the base filler and the top. I tacked it to the spacer then did a side look at it and figured I had better set the front sheet metal back on to make sure there was clearance to the hood. It just hits the inner brace so I need to shorten the spacer, drop the plenum down low in the front and should be good to go on that. For the filter box, it needs to be no more total height than where the filter base is now. I pulled out the radiator to give me a better view which worked out great. The upper tie bar portion of my fabbed core support is going to work fine. Will continue hitting it this week. Hope its cooler as its been 105+ and almost raining. No A/C where I work, just some fans to blow air around. I've been back on the 67 Camaro at work replacing the heater core which is a major project requiring removal of fender, hood, inner fender, grille, bumper, carpet, seats, center console etc. Friggin sweltering in the interior with no air flow. When I get home, I've had enough for the day so no work on mine. supposed to be cooler this coming week.

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        ckessel Well-Known Member

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        I have not done much of anything on the car for awhile now. Have been busy working on stuff around the house as we are looking to move out of the area by next spring. We plan on moving to Sequim Wa. which is near Port Angeles on the peninsula. We have been wanting to be out of of this location for a long time, 20+ years, but finally decided to get on with it. Family issues and a lack of work that pays properly in an area that gets more expensive yearly takes its toll. We went up there after turkey day for 3 days to get boots on the ground, had been doing internet only, and we like the area. It does not get the rain like the rest of the area due to the topography, so its more like San Diego, and we will love the cooler overall temps as we get hit with 100+ here with the humidity pretty close to it. Getting hit with $800 electric bills in the summer suck. We live in a manufactured home park, aka mobile homes, which is sub-metered so the park adds their 2c onto the bill after they buy it from San Diego Graft and Extortion[SDG&E]. When we sell, besides the fact we have an awesome place with an almost 1k sq ft garage, our kicker is we have a 99 year lease on the land, we own the house but not the dirt, and the payment is $280 or so per month for the lease when the other tenants are paying almost a grand plus utilities on top. We can transfer the lease over to the buyer but they have to have cash for that as you can't get lending for a lease, just the house. Maybe someone who has had enough of the snow wants some heat? It still has not rained here, been low 30's at night with daytime in the 60's.
         
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          Carl, I just started looking at your thread because I just started restoring/rebuilding my 65 Coronet. I have to tell you what you what I am sure you hear all the time, you are doing some amazing work and obviously have some incredible talent. My build will be much closer to stock simply because I don't have the talent you have but I am I am inspired by some of the work you are doing
          One blessing I have is a good friend who is an artist, sculptur and fabricator. His main work is monuments and tribute pieces. He did the 12 Strong sculpture that is at the World Trade Center site. He is into building old world War 1 airplanes but, and this is the blessing, he helps me with stuff that is way beyond my pay grade.
          Anyway, thanks for the info and updates, hope mine is a fraction of what you are doing
           
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            Wow, thank you! I'm always trying to learn new stuff, do a ton of reading, hit the trade shows, car shows etc to suck up as much info as possible to keep filling the noodle. One thing that scares some away from diving in on something is a lack of skill to do so. With the friend who is a sculpter, you can pick up some valuable knowledge and you may have a skill that he needs in return. I do this with one of my neighbors who is a retired contractor. I'm pretty good at butchering wood and construction projects so we trade for when he needs stuff done on his truck. The car is on the proverbial back burner, has been for a couple of months now, as we are packing up the house so we can get it listed and move. We have not nailed down a destination yet but we want a nice water view, prefer ocean, and of course large shop/garage for me like 1k'+ in size and tall so my lift fits in with room over the top when a vehicle is loaded on. I retired? at the end of january so this has given me time to take care of homeowner stuff and house hunting trips plus other stuff. I'll keep an eye out for how yours is going and don't hesitate to grill me with questions.
             
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            Other than chiming in on others projects with my 2c worth, I have not been active on updates. We did move to the central coast of Cal, to Los Osos, which is just south of Morro Bay, as we had lived here before and love the area. My car has been on the back burner for a year now between down south and being here since may. We are waiting for our old house to sell, so that will fund my new garage/shop here. The house has a 20x20 on it but I need way more space especially since we scaled down on house size, was 1980 sq ft now its just under 1300, plus I need height for my 4 post lift. We have some nibblers on the old place but its not a fully done deal yet. The new cave will be a 30x40 with 15-16' walls and have the roof double as a deck which will connect to the existing one on the house and give us more viewing area. Love being back here and having the south end of the Morro rock and sand spit for viewing plus the constant crashing surf. I needed to go back to work since the cd we cashed in was almost out and we have taxes to pay on two houses. I checked in with a guy I knew from before to see if he or anyone he knew could use my talents. He said check in with a friend of his, named Ben Bright, who has a rod shop in Morro Bay called " Old Soul Speed and Custom". Turns out he was one of the A-Team members from Overhauling! I could not believe my luck, still don't, at scoring this. I did not watch the show as we, on purpose, were not on any systems like Direct etc. I thank the Good Lord everyday for this. In the meantime I'm getting better in my skills and being beneficial to him on the projects there at the shop.
             
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