What is everyone working on in the off season.

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  1. malex

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    I replaced the bottom section of it. I cut a few inches out of the sides while I was at it, raised it enough that it would no longer be noticeable from behind with the bumper on.
     
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    • malex

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      Hey LW you've been busy!! A good upgrade going to the 3/8" push rods. Smith Bros? I believe they are located not too far from you. I recall having to do all sorts of clearancing on my victors too but it has to be done.. Reno's done, happy wife, happy life! Good luck on the track this year!!
       
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      I called both Smith Brothers and Manton thinking I would need a custom length. Once I mocked it up and measured, I realized the exact size I needed was offered by 440-Source, and they were way cheaper than either of the custom builders, so I went that direction. (I’m cheap, it’s the only way I can afford this hobby).
       
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      IMG_0047.JPG Just starting mocking up whats going to be a 512 pump gas ass kicker.. Going in my 65 coronet
       
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        I put a EFI 383 in a ....
        Chevy 1/2 t pick up, I know, I know its a Cheby but it tows the Mopars here and there. Had BlackBear perf tune the ECM and built it up and man does it go better than the old 350 vortec.

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        • 1967coronet440

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          I gotta put this motor in one day lol, almost warm enough to get back in the garage.

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          • Bo Hardin

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            I have a 1972 Charger 440 HP 375 hp slap stick auto. It has a double plate with just a P on the second plate, any idea's? Fender Tag_ACD_0.jpg
             
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            Malex you work so fast you can come install this for me.

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            • malex

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              I think that if we just hold off a little it will become your back up motor.
               
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              Picked up a 68 440 .030 block at the indy show last weekend going to check the bearings and put in a hydraulic cam and run it until i get my 470 built

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                I had a good couple of hours in the shop tonight; got the suspension back together and the car down off the jack stands for the first time in a while. Decided to take a shake-down cruise to the gas station. First thing I noticed is the new rocker gear gear has a different sound to it. The old rockers were were bronze bushed steel roller-tip rockers. The new 1.6’s are full roller aluminum, and it seems to emit more of a “solid lifter hiss” than it used to; a sound I’m pretty fond of! Shake-down went well, although it was just a 20 minute cruise.... no blasts. I’ll probably pull the valve covers again just for a quick inspection, but all seemed to be good, car felt stout.

                On to one last project before race season: re-decking my trailer.
                 
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                • gtxracer

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                  Not much going on here as I wait for machine work to be finished. Hopefully in a couple weeks. Good that I left the engine in the GTX, at least I can get more seat time until the new engine is ready to install. My '65 Coronet awaits the current engine.
                  Gary, I one upped you, and bought a new Haulmark trailer.
                  Bob :moparsmiley:
                   
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                    Malex, you are a master builder. Dart is coming along very nicely and fast too! I like it....
                    Bob :moparsmiley:
                     
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                    • 1967coronet440

                      1967coronet440 FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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                      Worked with PST to get a custom set of Viking crusader coilovers for my 4 link. Should be here next week sometime.

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                      • Bigfoots N Mopars

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                        Well...It’s still Minnesota in Minnesota. Hoping to start getting back on plan Bee, want to have it running by June.

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                        Got new seat covers door panels headliner sail panels taking it to the upholstery shop also got new seat cushions
                         
                      • malex

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                        Bob, thanks so much for the compliment, I'm just another guy like all you guys, doing what we like to do. All of you guys share good ideas and tips that helps all of us along with our builds. I have kept busy on the Dart though. Here's a few shots of the latest.
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                        Mounted a plate to hold the additional electrical for the Dart. It mounts where the heater box used to be. And the Furd type solenoid, that was a pain in the ass to wire in with the NSS, but I got it, just another relay needed..
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                        Dash is in place.
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                        Could have bought a $20 gauge holder but this whole build is about the build so I made one out of scrap aluminum.
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                        Wiring is pretty much done now. Need a top dash pad still, and the lower pads will be changing to black in a day or 2.
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                        The Dart is sitting on it's own suspension now. Rear tires are from the 64 and for mock up. There's going to be a lot of masking for when the exterior gets paint, and that will be in the fall..
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                        There's a lot going on under the back of the Dart!
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                        This was Oct 1, 2018, so the Dart has come a long ways. Little Buddy has been busy with hockey and all that, but he'll come swooping back in towards the end of the build..lol.
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                        The Dart is just about done for the season, will pick it back up again after race season is over. The 64 will be coming home soon now, the mopars are changing with the seasons.

                        And this was the last time I seen the 64. Soon back home. Also have Super Tricks for the rear this year. Will have a different look and launch in 2019. (ladder bars)

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                        • 1967coronet440

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                          Geez, at this rate Malex you can be finished next month! Might as well knock it out lol
                           
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                          • Mike Gaines

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                            Mike, You are becoming my hero...
                             
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                            • malex

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                              Hahaha... Mr. Gaines, you're the iconic Dude around here buddy'
                               
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