What is everyone working on in the off season.

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    Exactly right!

    Bryand
     
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      thanks for the reply,,,very helpful..i think i might try a 6 degree shim since it seems to be close,not looking forward to torching the pads off,,,,,anyone ever heard of a problem applying max power to car using shims? r u guys torqueing the u-bolts to 50 ft lbs?
       
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      I know people run low 5's in the 1/8 mile using spacers. I've used shims at low 11's in the 1/4 as well.
      Doug
       
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      • malex

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        The B body is in storage and the A body got it good today. Check it out.

        Laid a couple of good coats of epoxy primer on the Dart today. I couldn't imagine laying underneath to do this. Although I have, about 29 years ago..
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        Lots of sanding ahead..
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        Trunk turned out pretty good. Fuel neck delete. Will be opening the trunk to fill the 16 gallon fuel cell, which will reside in the raised spare tire tub.
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        Epoxy primer from the roof to the floor on the inside.
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        Doors will be finished and trimmed out off the car.
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        The RB is going to fill the space up pretty good.
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        Sides will block out good. Raised wheel wells turned out great, no regrets.
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        Exterior body sprayed with Evercoat Max Build. A DTM product that has extreme build qualities. Very short pot life though, get it mixed and sprayed out asap. Poly paint booth did the trick once again.
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        Gonna take a day or 2 off now, Body is saying ouch. Lol. I can't remember this being so damn hard to do..
         
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        • 1967coronet440

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          Nice work, you’re moving quick on this car
           
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              great work,
               
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                Nice job

                looks great :bananadance:
                spring relocation & rear sliders :thumbsup:

                good luck
                 
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                  Sir Budnicks! How are you!
                  Thanks for the compliment too. Yes I think the Dart is going to look pretty good when it's done, looking at trimming it out on Thursday. Lots of painting though so I may break it up over 2 days but I picked up my B5 blue pearlcoat and that put a tiger in my tank. It's the exact hue I was after. Will post after it's done, take care Sir.
                   
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                    Always liked the 67-69 Darts for racecars,
                    especially the 68's (looks like a mini 'lightweight' RR's)
                    B5 Blue is a great color choice too :thumbsup:

                    I look forward to seeing the final product
                    much like your 64, very nice/clean racecar
                     
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                      Got some B5 blue on the Mopar today. As usual, the weather was frigging cold today, -42 with the windchill, I got-er-done anyways but I sure feel it.. I think this is going to be the last one. Maybe.


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                      Those who have painted in a trunk knows that it's the worst bloody thing to paint ever.. Being on the rotisserie made it easier though, still, major blow back.

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                      A shot of the rear pkge tray area and trimmed out window ledge.

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                      A little extra work to spray the interior but oh well.

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                      Used up the last of the mixed clear coat and came up a little shy under the back seat. It's covered anyways.

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                      Bottom view. Tubs are smack against the frame rails and outer wheel lips are 1/2" wide. Plans are to fill the tubs with a lot of tire.

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                      The driveshaft hoop will be built in later on.


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                      B5 Blue Pearl Coat. Will look lots different once it's outside. Like the picture below.

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                        me likey :thumbsup:
                         
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                          Block is back from machine shop. Removed old rings, cleaned pistons, rods, bearings, etc., installed new ring packs, and 8 pistons back in block. Installed new solid roller cam. Degrees bang on.
                          Test fit the stroker windage tray and it needs some trimming to clear the oil pickup tube.

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                            Just got done restoring this 1961 Ford falcon futura spent a ton of money on it but sure is a cream puff to drive.
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                            • malex

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                              Keeping busy in the off season. Some progress:

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                              Finished up the Dana. Narrowed, spool, 35 spline axles, billet yoke, 3.54's and Wilwood E-brake kit.


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                              Installed and centered. Calvert, Cal Tracs, QA1 and sliders all parts that came off of the 64.


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                              Wilwood brakes went on up front.


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                              Front suspension all in place. Parts all finished with endura paint, extremely durable paint.
                              K Frame allows lots of room for the 526. Or a hemi. Motor will be supported with a motor plate.


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                              Pedals and brackets going in.


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                              Using tires from the 64 for fitment purposes. These are 15 X 12 rims with 29 X 12 Hoosiers. Tires need to come outward an inch. Need a 4.5 BS, these rims are 5.5BS.


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                              Fuel cell, battery, shut off switch all going into place. Got to come back out though, forgot to install the deck lid hinges and rods..


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                              Side shot.

                              The 64 will be coming home in a few weeks and the Dart will get put away till next off-season.
                              Been a fun winter!
                               
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                                Took out the Hemi and putting stroked 340 in. Factory non RT shaker car. Bought in 1978 for $325.

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                                  Got my wife's 67 Jeep Gladiator tore apart. Needs a valvejob, timing chain, oil leak repair. 327 AMC engine parts are heavy.
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                                    Still... Working on the Dart.
                                    Installing electrical, brake lines, fuel lines, etc, these days..

                                    Starting to come together.
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                                    Electrical run, wiper linkage back in place and shifter located and mounted. This is an old Hurst Auto Stick II from back in the early/mid 70's. ratchet up and down from Neutral, no back up light provisions. It didnt matter almost 50 years ago...
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                                    Brake lines run, line lock plumbing complete. Master cylinder removed, was in the way to install the line lock.
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                                    Voltmeter panel fab'd, gauge and switch installed. Fuel pump relay mounted, easy test / replacement.
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                                    Dana got slapped with a chrome cover. Notice the spare tub doesn't hang down, Aeromotive pump installed.
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                                    That's it. Dash makeover next.
                                     
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                                    • 1967coronet440

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                                      Did you cut out the spare tire well?
                                       
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                                      Looks like great progress, Malex.

                                      Little update on my progress.....

                                      • My shop space is done and is getting good use!
                                      • Valvetrain on the Satellite is done! As I had expected, 1.6 rockers on my Stealth heads required some clearance work at the intake pushrod reliefs. That was a little nerve-racking at first, but I got through it and it turned out good. I also stepped up to 3/8” chrom-moly pushrods (vs the old 5/16” hardened steel ones), so the valvetrain should be more rigid in addition to offering more lift to help make better use of the headwork I had done last year.
                                      • Rear suspension is still in pieces.... no big deal here, just a day in the garage will get this project done.
                                      • The wife is happy.... house interior is freshly painted, and floor project are in process (contractor handling that).
                                      I’m getting pumped for race season! Been hitting the practice tree regularly, and I feel prepared and ready to improve my performances!

                                       
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