December 25, 2014
Merry Mopar Christmas 2014
New door, and new paint on the house and garage, but the tradition continues!
My son, now 18 and nearly 6'4" tall posing next to the wreath he constructed many years ago.
Merry Christ-mas everyone!
October 18, 2014
Next Show - Mariposa
Today was a large (for our area) all brands car show. The show is put on by the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce. It has been growing each year, and this year there were said to be over 250 cars in attendance.
First though yesterday night was a cruise through our town, with the parking downtown blocked off for us to park and show our cars.
The cruise started at our local NAPA store as they are a major sponsor of the show.
Here my Charger and my wife's '72 Dart Swinger are waiting at NAPA for time to cruise.
Had a fun time with the cruise and park thing tonight. Talked to a lot of people. There was a nice lady who is a regular on Overhaulin' there greeting people and taking pictures with people and their cars. Her name is Cherielynn Westrich, she is it turns out, a lifelong Mopar gal apparently and was VERY excited to get her picture taken with my Charger. Evidently she has a '68 Dart of her own - very cool!
My Charger downtown after the cruise.
Then today it was time for the show - here is my Charger in position.
There were tons of classes including a Mopar class which I knew was likely to have only a few cars (in truth there were six Mopars present including a truck out of over 250 cars!)
I chose to enter the Muscle Car class so as not to compete against my fellow Mopar owners. It worked out well as I managed to win third place in the class.
October 11, 2014
Show time! - Madera
October 11th was time for the annual Fall Finale put on by the San Joaquin Valley Mopars Club in Madera, CA
We really like this show as it is usually great weather, and it is the closest all Mopar show to where I live.
There were not quite 90 Mopars there, which is seemed to be down from the previous few years.
I had the only '70 Charger at the show, there were 1 68, two '69's, and one '73 Chargers. We were all in a general "B-Body" class. There were numerous Road Runners, and a bunch more nice cars in my class.
I did not win anything, which is OK, although I was certainly ready to stride up to the award table if my name had been called.
Here is a picture of my Charger in position.
I finally got to use my diorama for the purpose I made it for. Seemed like it was a hit with the crowd.
A long time friend of ours does a lot of automotive photography and she and the owner of a really nice all numbers matching 1970 Plymouth Superbird were at the show as well, so we positioned our cars for some fun pictures together. Click here to see her photography page.
A very nice day for my Charger's first car show!
September 20, 2014
"ON THE ROAD AGAIN!"
Cue the Willie Nelson... :)
Yep, My Charger is on the road again! Ten and a half years after I started the restoration process I am complete enough to warrant registration and insurance.
Remember, you can click on my photos if you want to see one in a larger size.
Here is the 2015 tag going on over the 1996 one. (I non-op'd my Charger in 1996 but did not start to restore it until 2004)
Here my wife and I are getting ready to head out on the maiden voyage.
This video (which I forgot we had taken on my wife's phone) is of the VERY first drive of my restored Charger on paved roads since 2004 right before I began to take my Charger apart.
After a quick trip to town, it was time for fuel and a front end alignment appointment... I was very nervous about putting fuel in, I really did not want to spill on the paint.
Here is a video of a quick burn-out in the parking lot of the building where our Church meets.
What a great day, long awaited and lots of fun, I hope to enter a couple of nearby car shows in October.
September 14, 2014
Working through the final details. All four tires are on. Went with Master Craft Avenger G/T's because they were the least expensive tire I could find and they still seem to get great reviews. Bought them from Summit with no shipping, no oversize fees, no tax :) Saved about $300 over going with BFG's (which I hope to do down the road - but I could not swing it right now)
My wheels are Mopar 15 x 7.5" "cop" wheels that came on the Dodge Diplomats and Plymouth Grand Fury law enforcement cars in the 80's. The front tires are size P245/60R15 and the rears are P275/60R15's.
Got my stainless hubcaps polished and detailed with new red "circles" etc.
Some time ago I modified a jack to look original so my trunk would look right. Just to be clear, I will never use it, so safety is not a concern. In fact even if it was an actual factory jack, I would be crazy to risk the chrome on the bumpers, and the stability of the car. Those old jacks are pretty scary even when everything is right.
Here is the thread for that over at the '70 Charger Registry forum - Click Here
Well I finally got around to stripping it and painting it, then got it put in today.
A small step, but a fun one :)
A close up
Everything at home looking correct :)
Very soon, I hope to be driving on the roads and attending car shows!
June 08, 2014
DRIVING my Charger out into the sun!
For the first time in more than 10 years I drove my Charger today. It still needs shocks, tires, insurance etc so I did not go far, but far enough to get my Charger out into the sun for a round of nice pictures. Thanks to my wife for taking the video and photos, and my son for spotting for me.
Into the sunshine!
Down the driveway
If you like, join me on a quick walk around my Charger.
The to-do list is getting shorter and shorter, and my Charger is getting closer to being ready to take to it's first car show, probably in October.
March 10, 2014
Radiator is in !
Yay! a big piece of the puzzle went into place today!
I got my radiator! It looks great, it fit perfectly, including the shroud. I ordered a U.S. Radiators brand 22" 4 core high efficiency copper / brass radiator with OEM style shroud. I bought it from Mopar Ed at themoparshop.com. It dropped right in the shroud fit perfectly and there was plenty of clearance between the fan & shroud, and the fan clutch and radiator face.
With the shroud
I had my son help me so that nothing went wrong.
In place and topped off with a reproduction style 16lb radiator cap.
February 19, 2014
IT IS ALIVE!!!!
At long last my Charger has roared to life!
I do not yet have a radiator, and my exhaust is still just the manifolds, so I had to keep it short, but man was it nice!
February 01, 2014
Finally some progress!
Been quite a while since I had any progress to report. I would not be surprised if some of you may have thought I sold my Charger or something!
I had to work out some issues with some items I bought back in December, and then once I did get all that ironed out, it has been hard finding time when I also had the energy to work on my Charger.
But seeing the progress a buddy over at the 1970 Charger Registry has been making on his Charger recently prompted me to get my self out into the garage.
This same buddy from the 1970 Charger Registry very graciously hooked my up with a fan clutch and I got my fan powder coated. I bought a kit from 440 Source to get all the front end engine stuff at once back in December. I have been slowly accumulating things like 11/32 vacuum / PVC line, positive battery cable, reproduction spark plug wires, power steering pressure and return lines and other stuff.
So today I put it all together. I put the power steering together with the cooler, all the lines etc. Put the alternator on and hooked up the wiring, mounted the pulleys, belts and fan. Ran the new plug wires and PVC/ booster lines.
This is where I am for now... (Waiting for a radiator to fall from the heavens!)
I might have time to poke around under the car tomorrow, Starter, drive line, pinion snubber, and rubber fuel line segments are ready to go in. We'll see....
December 07, 2013
Merry Mopar Christmas 2013 !
Yep, it is that time again! Christmas is on its way and so for the sixth year we display the Mopar "M" wreath my son made when he was 12. It was a suggestion in my January 2009 Mopar Collector's Guide magazine, and he took it upon himself to make one for the garage door. He is a little taller than last year (he's slowly gaining on 6' 4" tall).
This has been a good year for my family and my Charger. I am looking forward to finding out if 2014 will see the completion of my Charger's restoration. The Lord has blessed us richly in many ways, and it is especially nice to our family to take time to focus on His first coming in a special way each December.
A very Merry Christmas to each of you!
October 15, 2013
Exhaust manifolds are on!
I had some time this evening and put the manifolds and spark plug wire holders on. Now I can start sorting out the pulleys and brackets for the front, and get the drive line ready to go in.
Everything came out very nicely I think.
October 09, 2013
H.P. manifolds with cermaic coating
So I got these back from the blasting and coating shop today. They did very fast and apparently very good work. I highly recommend these guys Eastwood Sandblasting and Powder Coating.
They used a no glass ceramic coating that appears to very nicely mimic clean cast iron. It is supposed to easily withstand 1,800 degrees.
Now want to get them on my Charger's engine.
Check back soon for pictures of them installed.
October 03, 2013
Well, finally a long awaited piece of the puzzle has now been procured. I have been wanting a correct style set of HP exhaust manifolds for a long - long time. Mopar Ed of The Mopar Shop.com (AKA E-Body Parts & Restoration) helped me out big time.
I will be getting these ceramic coated in a cast iron color within the next week, then they will go on. The coating is supposedly guaranteed to not change at all at 1,800 degrees.
Check back soon!
September 12, 2013
OK, so after some other work my son and I had to do, I decided it was time to pull the CH4B and lay it right next to a stock '69 intake I had.
There was not much difference! (about what I had read online, less than 1/2"). So I tried the stock manifold with my carburetor and air cleaner, the hood was still hitting something, so then out comes the hood insulation pad. Still hitting something.
Then I started searching for something that would indicate to me exactly where the contact was. I looked for some soft clay, but the clay my daughter has is really stiff. My son tries pieces of blue masking tape sticky side up, but no go. Then I get a great idea. Hot-Dog buns! They will leave a record of being smashed cut etc and not make a big mess. So I put hot dog buns on the air cleaner housing, I try to close the hood, still there is contact somewhere, then I try the same thing with the carburetor on, but no air cleaner, going nice and slow, I am still coming in contact with something... My son then spots it looking through the grill, the hood is barely contacting the wiper motor in the back. We make some adjustments to the hood (VERY slight I must say) and then everything is OK. Put the air cleaner back on, the hood closes and no squished buns.
Next, I put the aluminum intake back on, carburetor, air cleaner hot dog buns, the hood closes no squished buns.
So, all along a tiny hood misalignment was causing some very minor contact with the wiper motor. When the air cleaner was off and I knew I had tons of room I'd just shut the hood quickly and never noticed the issue. Then when I was being super cautious I would notice the contact and stop.
It never was the air cleaner! So now I'll change the intake gasket, bolt the CH4B back on, and move forward again. Happy ending to a weird story! Thank you Lord!
I was finally able to add a picture this is what our troubleshooting looked like!
August 17, 2013
Drive train day!
OK, I just got back in the house (7 PM ) after being in the garage since about 9 AM. My son, one of his friends and I managed to get a few things done on my Charger.
First we rolled the Charger back, removed the hood, jacked it up, and put the transmission in.
Next we filled the engine with 6 qts of oil and some zinc additive, then we primed the oiling system.
Next we grabbed the engine, got it off the stand, and put the flex-plate on.
Then it was time to put the engine in! YAY!
Engine in, and bolted to the transmission, NOTE here, we dropped the transmission back a bit to help get the engine on its mounts.
I spent a while hooking things up underneath, installing the transmission cooler lines, flex plate bolts etc.
Then I installed the new distributor, routed some of the wires, and put the new carburetor on. The carburetor is an 800 CFM Edelbrock Thunder AVS series with electric choke option.
Then the final touch. (- or so I thought)
The problem is, it seems the CH4B may be too tall (something is too tall anyhow) I thought it was supposed to be fine (everything I read online said so...) but I can't close the hood because it contacts the air cleaner. At this point, I am thinking I may have to go back to a stock cast iron intake. However I am going to study the problem, and see if I can find an answer first...
Great day, but it ended a bit differently than I expected. I am very thankful that my prayers were answered, and we did the entire job without scratching any part of the Charger, and that we were able to get the hood alignment perfect again when we put it back on. Thank you Jesus!