what would you do to make this car a dayliy driver

1975 - 1979 Mopars

  1. tunescape1

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    what would you do to make this car a dayliy driver? its a 1976 dodge charger se[​IMG][/IMG][/IMG][​IMG][/IMG][​IMG][/IMG][/IMG][​IMG][/IMG[​IMG][/IMG]]
     
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    Well...edit the wheel and tire setup is ok (although I'd get 4 of the same tire). I'd make sure it's mechanically sound, and drive it like I stole it
     
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    LOTS AND LOTS OF WET SANDING :yes:
     
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    Whats the drivetrain combo?

    I find for a super excellent daily driver, the little things go a long long way. My first Magnum was such. Everyday useage bar none because there was no replacement for it. That car was "IT!"

    It had a 360 in it stock and I addeed a few bolt ons. That's it. 20 mpg's and running on regular gas. I dumped the poor running 2bbl. for a;

    Carter 625 on top of a OE 4bbl and a OE 340 trap door air cleaner.
    I did dual exhaust off the exhaust manifolds into a H pipe exhaust and thrush turbo mufflers. I added a MSD which is a nice mileage getter, onto a junk yard distibutor because a vacuum advance was needed. Which also adds some really good mileage over the fixed lean burn distributor. The 904 was left stock save the deep pan, the gears were 2.76's with 26 inch tires on all 4 corners.
    (235/60/15's)

    The car had good power and drove really nice on the Hwy. Good passing power. Not so much off the line, but then again, with 2.76 cogs.......
     
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    Can you say "Hot Rod Black"!
     
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    thats a little harsh. somes best isnt quite the same as anothers. Hard to put a 10,ooo dollar paint job on a 5k car thats a driver.
     
  7. tunescape1

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    drive train is 318 2bbl/904 and 2.71 rear end, its not mecanicly sound i suspect it spun a bearing it knocks and squeeks internally...... but it isent to bad a stock rebuild would cost 1,550 but that puts it at the stock hp rateing of 140 hp...... i plan on going mild performance, the guy said i could get around 270 out of it with the stock heads, mild cam, edilbrock intake and carb(500 cfm) and a complet ballence and bluprint of the motor for 2,800 CAD. taxes in, he's been in busines for over 20 years and my step dad has had 3 motor rebuilt by him and had no problems, other stuf the car need is suspenson, the leafs in the rear are almost flat thats why the guy put huge tires in the back to compsate for it but other than that it dosent need much other than some TLC
     
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    It would cost (basically) the same to rebuild a 360 as the 318. There are a few things you need to know to do that, but the can make a lot of power. If the trans needs to be done as well, you might as well consider going big block instead of sticking with the small. However, you'll open a can of worms as far as making sure you have all the right brackets etc goes.

    Rebuild the suspension and brakes. Replace the rear springs. "Tall" tires to compensate for sagging springs is an idiotic idea, cause if you're really really lucky, they'll rub the top of the wheel wells. New springs should give you plenty of room for those tires tho. On the other hand, the tall tires (if significantly taller than stock) will kill your gear ratio and acceleration. Could help to lug the car down.
     
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    well i dont know how to read the old tire size the door sticker says G78 X 15 or GR78 X 15, the breaks are 6 months old all around(pads and shoes rotors and rear break cyilenders) and the ball joints and tie rods are 8 months old the car came with the recipts, and i would have to find and pay for a 360 ontop of the rebuild rather put a 340 in it than a 360, the trany is fine for now i plan on puting a 4 speed overdrive 833 i think it is next year, any other coments on what i should do?
     
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    update: i have found a 1979 chrysler cordoba doner car good runing 360/727 combo sufers from frame rot but the body is solid for 400.00 if i'm not wrong 85% of the parts should be interchangeable betwen the cars, it should all be the same other than the front clip and tail light panels right?
     
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    for 400 I'd take the motor and trans and transplant them in to your car
     
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    thats what i plan on doing, will the AC bracets from the 318 fit the 360?
     
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    I personally didn't mean to offend anyone! I'm not that way. I thought tunescape1 was talking about the car as a whole. I thought you may have boughten it that way. And if you painted it yourself tunescape1, kudo's to you!!
     
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    Lots will interchange for sure. I'm not sure about the bumper though.

    Swaping in the 360 is only a few shims on the motor mount where it attachs to the block, driverside.
    All brackets will swap.
    The driveshaft will need to be shorten IF;

    you use the chargers driveshaft with the 727 OR;
    if the rear ends are different, in example a 8-1/4 to a 9-1/4.

    The 727 is longer than a 904
    A 9-1/4 is ever so slightly longer than a 8-1/4.
     
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    no harm done alleyoopmgv and i did paint it myself and those pics where taken right after i put it back together but befor the paint was treated its a single stage urathane by dupont after a week of cureing you polish it with this compound and it takes a lot of the orange peel efect away, and thanks for the input rumblefish360 i'm not shure if the doba has a 727 or 904 tho i'm hopeing its a 727 tho, i cant rember tho how to tell them apart by a quick look the 904 has the cut off cornor on the pan and the 727 has a round bulge on the side of the pan??? or is it the other way around?
     
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    Could you pm what you did on the dist? Mine has been changed from the lean burn system to a points type dist. I want to go electronic dist for my 318. So far I have put a 360 intake and a Edelbrock 1406 on my 318.
     
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    Those are actually different bodies, the drivetrain/ rear end will be the only thing interchangeable. The front clip is different. up to early 77 will work for yours. I have a cordoba listed as a 77 on the door, but it is for the 78 Model year, same as the 79
     
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    The car with the 360 should have the 727 tranny and yes it has the round bulge on the side like this:

    727
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    Oh yea, rear bumper may not work between cars, cause the tail lights are even different
     
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    Most of these BIG luxury MoPars with the 360 had the 999 trans, which is basically a beefed 904. Less rotating mass means less power to drive and uses less fuel. My mom had one of these rich Corinthian leather cruisers. What a ride!!

    Rumble, 20 MPG in das boat!!?? That's fantastic!!
     
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