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Bobacuda last won the day on February 7 2019

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    Old Mopars and Texas history
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    B4B, 1954 Chevy wagon, '67 Barracuda convertible, '70 Barracuda convertible, '74 Barracuda


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    Deep in the Heart of the Texas Hill Country
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    Old Mopes, wildlife and aquatic biology

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  1. There are A LOT of bolts to tighten. Sorry I don't have the before photo, but I do have a helpful tip. I did this back around 1978 by crawling around with lots of truck in the way. This last time, I made a roll around, open top cart to set the bed on for reassembly. The roll around cart will allow you (or some other poor soul) the "ease" of going under the bed to tighten all of the bolts with minimal things in the way. Over the years, the bed sides on my truck kind of "pouched" out, so this also allowed me to use straps and manpower to push them back in while bolting the bed wood straps in place.
  2. Ma and Pa Kettle were good at math... https://youtu.be/4yO3oRLY5zA
  3. DG - After photos. The black stuff by the carb was to protect the area while touching up paint. I was tuning the engine, so the vacuum advance line is disconnected, timing light connections hanging on, etc. Site won't let me load the passenger side, so I will have to do that separate.
  4. With the spin on filter (modern type, equivalent to a Fram PH8A - not a bypass spin on), I had lower oil pressure. At driving rpm's it would be around 30 lbs, but it would drop to maybe 5 lbs at low rpm's - no matter what weight oil. Went back to the cannister, 30 - 35 low rpm with a hot engine, 40-45 lbs with a hot engine at driving rpm's. With the spin on, the average pressure for a trip through the pasture (or parade event) - 10 lbs. Highway, maybe 30 lbs. With the cannister, the average pressure for a trip through the pasture (or parade event) - 35 lbs. Highway, 40 lbs. It was that way up until I installed the spin on filter on it. Pressure was back to normal after I removed the spin on and put the cannister filter back. The lack of pressure bothered me.. I realize that Fords and Chevy's worked with low pressure, but the Dodge is not a splash oiling system and I'm convinced they put an oil pump capable of a consistent 40 lbs pressure.
  5. And it won't let me load anymore photos at this time. Will try again later. If you search my past posts, there are photos of my 53 and a write up on building my wiring harnesses.
  6. DG - I've had my 53 since 1975. Rebuilt it about 3-4 yrs ago and I took lots of photos if you ever need some. My engine (original) was pulled once for a valve job and painted blue - it is red now. It came with an oil filter, and I tried to use a spin-on instead, but it was not compatible with the bypass oil system - back to the cannister. On the intake manifold, you will see a Hollywood Wolf Whistle - been on there since 1975. It will take another posts to give you "after" photos of the engine.
  7. I installed kingpins with nylon bushings in my truck. I asked a mechanic friend of mine that works on lots of old vehicles and his responses were, "Nylon is found in all new suspensions, and how much "real-time" use will your truck be getting?" He followed that up by telling me if it was his, and he could get brass and was sure they would be honed properly he would use brass. Based on that, he installs a lot of nylon bushings and reminds everyone that these vehicles were greased about every six months or 2,000 miles when new. Going on 4 years, still working fine - and I do keep them greased.
  8. Good point about "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Looking at my list, I overlooked "Shane" and "True Grit" (both versions), as well. "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' was another great one, as was "Little Big Man." I always watch "Midway" and "The Longest Day" whenever they are on TV, as well. I just like too many to limit myself to five :-)
  9. I like so many and I would almost have to pick genres or actors. I think if I could only pick 5 the list would be forever changing. If I think about this any more, I will probably add new topics and different movies. :-) Western The Searchers Stagecoach (John Wayne version) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence The Three Godfathers (both the 1948 John Wayne and the 1936 version) The Magnificent Seven (both the Yul Brenner and the new one) Family The Wizard of Oz Old Yeller Marley and Me The Three Amigos Young Frankenstein War Shenandoah The Alamo (John Wayne and Billy Bob Thornton) Das Boot (German subtitles or dubbed in English) Gallipoli All Quiet on the Western Front (1979 TV version with Richard Thomas and Ernst Borgnine easily my favorite version) SciFi/Adventure/Monster King Kong (original and the newer versions) Frankenstein (Boris Karloff) Mummy (Boris and the new versions) The Time Machine Mysterious Island
  10. Brent - Somehow I missed the backstory on this one. Your photo made me wonder Is this how all of those fires on the West Coast got started? Were you trying to compete with PFlaming's cat? Were you trying the PFlaming custom patina treatment? Or, were you fogging for mosquitos?
  11. My brother is the wood worker...I am the wood butcher. He uses fine cut saws...I use chain saws. . The last time we worked together we built a pole barn. He cut each rafter on his side individually. I strapped all of mine together and made one cut with the chain saw - I thought he was going to kill me. Like I told him, "The hay and the cows will never know the difference." And that is why rolling cart is made of metal - less chance of it falling apart and landing on me. I am lucky enough to have a tractor with a front end loader, which is how I pick up heavy stuff now.
  12. ARGH! Tooljunkie - My most humble apologies, I meant to say '69 Sweptline, NOT '79 Sweptline… I also apologize to anyone and everyone that felt I was wasting their time and efforts. I make typos, but that was ridiculous. OK, I am sufficiently red-faced. Bob
  13. The Sweptline trucks use I-beam with king pins, same as the Pilothouse trucks. I think I first read about this swap on a Sweptline forum. Anyhow, it was just a matter of disconnecting the brake line, the steering ends and then removing the king pin. This removed the spindle and the hub. I did this to both trucks, then I installed the Sweptline spindles with new king pins on my truck. Make sure you get spindles with the same diameter king pin - the first set I got were from a Sweptline model that was supposed to be a "gas miser," and the pins were smaller. The set that worked for me came off a full size, 1/2 ton '79 with a slant 6. After the spindles were installed, I put the brake backing plates back on and replaced the brake components. I ran all new brake lines, and I regret not using the original diameter lines. I used the size that the '79 and the '90 Dakota used. I have always wondered if this affects the amount of pressure I have to apply to stop the truck. Anyhow, I put new bearings and seals in the hubs and had the drums turned when putting it all back together. If the set you get has left hand lugs, this is a great time to change them out. Since I have a Dakota diff in my truck, I have eliminated the LH lugs. Its all hidden behind the hub cap, so no one ever sees it. Fixed my bad hub problem, I now have brakes that are easy to get parts for and are easy to adjust.
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