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  1. Old CWO

    exhaust

    Luna's in Van Nuys or Reseda Muffler and Brake are a couple old school style shops near you. How to set it up is tough to say since what sounds nice is really subjective, but it seems like most people I meet prefer the glass pack "cackle-y" sound on flatties. I like your idea of 2 in 1 out and that's what I would probably run; 2" dual in with a 2 1/4 single tailpipe to try and get a little deeper tone. I am thinking a Magnaflow 11148 muffler since you get a glasspack type interior with a compact turbo muffler package, two 2" on one end and single centered 2.25 on the other. Muffler shop should be able to plumb that in without much effort.
  2. This can not be over stated especially now that common road speeds are significantly higher than when our vintage iron was designed. Good reminder, thanks.
  3. Yes sir, I'm picking up what you're puttin' down. I would almost say late Mopar is getting nearly as soul-less as the "brand X" engines. Make a couple of clicks, load up the Master Card and a nifty new performance wonder is on the shipping dock before you know it. That's not meant to downplay how good those engines are, I wish I had one in something sporty with bright red paint and three pedals. Just, you know, sort of a belly-button engine. Euro diesel is interesting idea - I have seen a couple of VW oil burners swapped into Suzuki Samurais but not much else. Small industrial engines are also intriguing, but then that's just what the Chrysler flathead is anyway... I know they're sort of long, but a Jeep 4.0 is a great engine that doesn't get the swap creds it deserves in my opinion. I drove one dropped into an early 60s J-Truck. While no tire burner, what a smooth running little mill that's easy to keep in it's powerband. It would be cool to see one of those or even an AMC 258 engine in a B series Dodge.
  4. Some folks on this board are a little in the purist camp and that's okay. Stock or restored stuff is a great window to history and lots of fun. I wouldn't, however, expect anyone on the HAMB to bat an eye if someone was building a Ford using a vintage hemi engine, LaSalle transmission or Halibrand rear axle. Cross pollinating has always been a component of hot rodding and it doesn't ruffle my feathers if done with an eye towards safety, reliability, performance or even looks. That being said, I have seen a lifetime's worth of SBC and now LS swaps. I get it, that's a path of least resistance; they're just boring. I would much rather see a freshened up Poly 318 than another run of the mill chrome valve covered crate 350. At the end of the day, I would say it's better the old Mopars are on the road with an S10 chassis underneath than sit in a field going to rust.
  5. Very cool. Now there are two S10 frame swaps I am anxious to see progress! When done, these S10 chassis conversions should be much more comfortable to drive than the original trucks. Please start a thread when you get started so we can live vicariously through your project as well.
  6. that looks like a fun truck, I dig the way the side pipes tuck up to the running boards. Concur on the seat, it looks terrible but should be an easy fix. There's no vintage Hemi under the hood, but at least the Buford engine doesn't have the distributor in the wrong place like a SBC. Jeep sourced Buick V6 and V8 engines for several models back in the 60s and 70s so I guess that gives you some distant Mopar family connection street creds! Congrats, nice ride.
  7. That's all true, but... The new front suspension was holding up GM 4 cyl or perhaps a 4.3 V6 and half of a mini truck. He's working to make an S10 front suspension hold up the V8 and vintage Dodge. Probably going to need something stronger up front if you don't want it riding really low. Many SBC S10 conversions have been done so I am sure the right coil spring part #s are well established by the GM small truck enthusiast crowd.
  8. Amen Brother! I find it best to tread lightly among those who adulterate the heavenly beverage with anything other than whiskey. Heathens I tell ya, can't trust em' one bit . Don't even get me started about ketchup on hot dogs...
  9. Some of them are a little shady too....😁
  10. TSM MFG is a good place to look.
  11. Old CWO

    rear end swap

    The ZJ Grand Cherokee is the same width and bolt pattern but most are D35; the 8.25 is simply a better unit. ZJs have coil spring rears so there's a little bit more cutting off unnecessary bracketry. XJs are also typically more plentiful in wrecking yards. I would only consider using a Grand Cherokee rear end if one with the right gear ratio presented itself for free or nearly so. 2 or 4 wheel drive doesn't matter.
  12. Redline MTL/MTG are awesome but as you say, the price can be a bummer for some. Pennzoil Synchromesh is a great option at only $10 a QT if price is an issue.
  13. Old CWO

    rear end swap

    The XJ Cherokee 8.25 is definitely a good swap candidate, with the later 29 spline axles being the very best. That's what I run in my truck; 29 spline 8.25 with 3.55s. Be aware some XJs were equipped with Dana 35 rear axles vice the stronger Chrysler. The D35 is considered wimpy by Jeep guys but I believe it would be more than fine in a flathead Mopar. Both YJ and TJ Jeeps use rear axles the same width and bolt pattern as the XJ Cherokee so they will also work. I have seen people literally give away Wrangler D35 rear ends for free. Less common, but another great rear end that is the right width and wheel bolt pattern is the Ford 9" from a 71-73 Mustang.
  14. Anyone tried one of those new reproduction universal 1 bbl carbs? I think they are made off-shore (Brazil?) and marketed under the "Daytona" name among others. I have seen one that looks like a Holley 1904 and another that seems to be a Zenith style. They both have an externally adjustable main jet which is sort of a nice feature.
  15. This is really good advice. Sometimes the appliances and windows in them are worth more individually than the asking price so you end up with positive cash flow (not counting your labor!) I saw a 48-50 Ford F5 COE cab dropped on a Ford motorhome chassis at Hot August Nights a couple years ago. It was a super clean swap and the guy said it was reasonably easy. He ditched the original engine for a souped up Y block and had it lowered down to a hot rod stance. He used it to carry his little Model A roadster to car shows. Very cool. Lots of 70's motorhomes were Mopar based so there might be some good heavy duty drive train stock just sitting around in local fields and backyards unmolested.
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