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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by squirrel, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 42,268


    thanks! I hope it works....there are just so many things I had to design and make, lots of room for mistakes.
  2. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,227

    rd martin
    from indiana

    very impressive jim! got me wanting to travel a bit and see her make a pass!! oh and by the way, when your on the road, heading east could you stop by and help me put a fence up in the back yard? :cool:
  3. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 42,268


    sure! but we're taking the southern route :)
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  4. greybeard360
    Joined: Feb 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,321


    Wave as you drive thru Ft. Worth !!!
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  5. Król
    Joined: Jun 8, 2014
    Posts: 206


    I'm amazed at how quickly this is coming along. Wish I could do the same on my projects.
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  6. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,404


    I think Jim is hiding a secret from us. He never sleeps! Just stays there in the shop banging away at getting things done. Thats why he gets so much done so fast! :D
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  7. Jim, this may end up being your masterpiece! :) HRP
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  8. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,499

    from Iowa

    Looks like you got some great help from the younger generation over the weekend. That's priceless and makes the whole thing worthwhile. Building a great car with great people. Cherish that time.

    As always, totally impressed whenever I take a few minutes to catch up on your build. Thanks for taking us along and sharing your thought process along the way.

  9. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 42,268


    yup, great help! Dan ( my co pilot on Drag Week) has been over putting in some hours, too.

    Started filling it with water, found the first leak....I guess that's progress!


  10. pigfluxer
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 206


    Any time your son is there, man he earns his keep.
  11. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 42,268


    The water pump leaked, we fixed it. Starter motor works at least a little bit, one tail light works, the horn works, the gas gauge does not work. It holds water now, but haven't put in gas yet. Still have to get one collector connected it's muffler, I want it to be kind of quiet when I fire it the first time.

    maybe in a few hours it'll make some racket, we'll see.
  12. porkshop
    Joined: Jan 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,710

    from Clovis Ca

    Go Jim go....... and thanks for the help earlier.....
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  13. 63Compact
    Joined: Feb 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,169


    Thanks for keeping us posted and lettings us all ride along on your adventure. Good luck
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  14. patman
    Joined: Apr 30, 2007
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  15. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 42,268


    a musical interlude :)

    well, sorry, no video, but it fired up and ran. Letting it cool off, then check some stuff, and run it a bit longer.
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  16. Flogknaw
    Joined: Nov 25, 2016
    Posts: 177

    from Texas

    Wow that hemi is the most beautiful thing I’ve seen today!

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  17. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
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  18. Doctorterry
    Joined: Sep 12, 2015
    Posts: 671


    You're insane man. Lol! Thanks for being such an inspiration! This is so awesome!

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  19. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 11,449

    from oregon

    Unreal, I don't know how you do it Jim, I was just sure you weren't gonna even come close to being this far along.
    After Drag Week is over and you have time it would be neat to hear some of the engine details.
    Have fun.
  20. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 42,268


    sure, it's a pretty basic blown Hemi, as they go :)

    early 90s Mopar block (as far as I can tell), 60 over. Molnar crank and rods, stock Hemi journal size, 4.150 stroke. Ross pistons, 9:1, with deeper valve reliefs than typical for a piston with this compression ratio. Mopar aluminum heads, I think they are a few years old castings, they have Manley 2.25/1.94 valves, with comp springs and titanium retainers. The cam is a Comp roller, .670ish lift, 250ish duration at .050. Supposed to work well from 3500 to 6500 rpm. I got the rockers from Mancini, I dont know who made them, they are stock type with aluminum stands. The intake is an old Weiand, the blower is a new Dyers.

    I put an internal pickup pan on it, although Brian assures me it's going to starve for oil, and he's probably right. I put an idiot light in it, so I can tell when pressure is getting low, although I expect that will be too late. Hopefully it'll all stay together for a while.

    I don't know how well the chassis is going to work, either for street driving, or for racing. I plan to try to go for a drive tomorrow and see what happens, but I have few things to get done first--exhaust hangers, some fender braces, window straps, etc.

    The wiring and plumbing all seems to work ok so far, no leaks or smoking wires. I grounded the sender to get the gas gauge working.

  21. I'm speechless....It feels like Plymouth probably took more time to build one of these than it took you guys!
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  22. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 11,735


    Great job @squirrel eluded you fellas do needed that rain to to cool some of the sizzling air down.

    It looks and sounds fantastic...
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  23. Tim_with_a_T
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 986


    Note to self: set fire to all projects and take up new hobby of staring into wind while listening to The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel.....
  24. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 11,735


    What about Flight of the Bumblebee...:D
  25. mike bowling
    Joined: Jan 1, 2013
    Posts: 3,421

    mike bowling

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  26. 48fordnut
    Joined: Nov 4, 2005
    Posts: 3,526


    Thanks for sharing the ride. So much effort and work in such a short time.
    Congratulations on a well done project.
    Good Luck. Best wishes
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  27. jetnow1
    Joined: Jan 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,236

    from CT
    1. A-D Truckers

    And on top of getting it done so well/so fast you take the time to keep us in the loop. You are amazing.
  28. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,128

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    Awesome! New shoes look good too!
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  29. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
    Posts: 6,791


    Amazing Jim, thanks for letting us watch.
  30. Tackling a project such as this takes tools you won't find in any tool box. Mental and physical toughness along with a no quiting attitude are what it takes to be successful.
    Having no fear of failure is also important. Taking a car you made out on the road and track without a safety net of any kind is truly the ultimate test. How ever it turns out it will be fun just to participate.

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