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kope49 last won the day on October 20 2015

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About kope49

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands
  • Birthday November 14

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    Woodbury, MN
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    Grandkids, Minnesota sports teams, traveling
  • My Project Cars
    1950 Dodge Wayfarer sedan


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    Minnesota - 50 Dodge Wayfarer sedan
  • Interests
    babysitting grandkids, home remodeling, when possible hobby car work !

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    mostly retired

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  1. Don - Mopars in general at least through the 80's it seems are oil leakers - wouldn't you agree? I had a Duster with slant six that leaked significantly and have had several K-Cars and early Minivans with 4 cylinder engines (2.2 and 2.5) and all of them were leakers after 40-50K. I have 81K on my 2014 Town and Country with the 3.6 and it doesn't leak a drop (or burn even half a quart between changes either). I have about 2,500 miles on the rebuild. The shop that reassembled the engine did not do a good job with gaskets. I replaced the valve cover gasket (under the exhaust manifold) because of obvious leakage and it looks like the oil pan gasket leaks too. I can't tell how much of the leakage is from the rear main seal but am sure that is part of it too and harder to address. I suppose I could do a compression test but since the engine runs smoothly and has so much more power since the rebuild I haven't bothered to.
  2. It is still more than in should be on a rebuilt engine. I probably get 700-800 miles to a quart. With the amount I drive it's not a big deal. To be honest most of it is probably leaks - I need a pan under the car in the garage. It doesn't smoke at all - before the rebuild it looked like a mosquito control vehicle going down the road.
  3. Yes the o.d. is nice. At least with fluid drive I don't have 4.1 ratio some cars have.
  4. We took a 305 mile round trip to Northwestern Wisconsin with the Wayfarer today. It ran great and I had no trouble keeping up with traffic. I only hit 70 once but cruised easily at 62-65 when I could. I guess the amount of driving on county roads and state highways at lower speeds must have helped my mileage. By my calculation I got over 18 mpg for the trip. It was a perfect day for a car without a/c - cloudy much of the day with temps around 70 but without rain. I still am bothered with that chattering clutch when taking off but haven't tried any remedies yet. At least it is only a problem when starting out from a stop
  5. Ed - barring weather or car issues in the morning we are planning to see you at the cabin Sunday. Quite an adventure for your kids!
  6. You aren't the first one to say that. It just seems strange to me that at idle oil pressure would be that low on a rebuilt engine.
  7. I thought about the throwout bearing - I would have thought when they rebuilt the clutch and transmission last winter they would have replaced that but maybe not. Guess i will check that out. Then again maybe they put in an overseas cheapo part.
  8. Don I have resisted not using the clutch because of the low oil pressure reading at idle. With the rebuilt engine it reads 5-10 lbs at 450-500 rpm and 40-45 at cruising rpm. The shop told me they checked and said my gauge is reading wrong its more like 15 lbs. Just for my comfort leveI I set the idle faster which means I have to stand on the brake more at a stoplight with the clutch out. I will try your suggestion on the chatter. Thanks.
  9. My best friend turned 68 Tuesday and has always been a dirt track racing fan. He decided it's now or never and paid to drive a sprint car on a 1/4 mile oval. He got over 25 laps for whatever he paid. The hardest part was getting that senior body shoe-horned into the car. Wife and I drove the old Wayfarer about 110 miles to see him - we had a perfect weather day. The Wayfarer runs great - my only complaint is the amount of chatter from the clutch on startup - it seems to be getting worse. It works fine otherwise. The clutch disk was just resurfaced this winter.
  10. I need to let you talk to my wife. I am the one who pushed to move to a townhouse with an undersized garage three years ago and am regretting it every day. A 19x20 garage and covenants against doing any car work outside the garage are not conducive to owning or working on hobby cars. I am thinking either the Wayfarer goes or we move to a house with a real garage. Stay tuned.
  11. When you do get a solution please post it here. I was frustrated a couple years ago with similar problems. With a rebuilt engine my Wayfarer had little power when warm - it had less pep than before the badly needed complete rebuild - slowing down on even moderate hills at full throttle. In my case there were two issues - the vacuum advance was not working properly and the spark plug wires were old and shorting out. Making those two changes solved my problems.
  12. I was going to leave early tomorrow to catch the car show at Culver's tomorrow night and judging Saturday. Just looked at forecast - heavy thunderstorms tomorrow with hail and damaging winds. I will pass on the 1200 mile r/t and hope there is no damage to the cars there.
  13. Like the car but it would extend about a foot outside my garage door.
  14. Pat Boone and Patsy Cline do too! (I am dating myself)