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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by duke460, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. duke460
    Joined: Jan 7, 2009
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    from Wisconsin

    Put in the not so Hamb Friendly motor. 5.7 Hemi for a Plymouth.
    Cut down a set of ram headers and snaked them all the way to the rear with 2-1/2" pipes. A lot of cut and cut and re-cut and finally weld. Understand why people use lake pipes. To hard to fit them over a lowered chassis.

    Had to raise the transmission to make sure it does not hit the ground.

    Nothing hangs below the frame.

    6" frame clearance at ride height, 2-1/2" when down, body should be about 1"+ when parked.

    A few more items and will drop the body back on. Planning on chopping the top but wanted a solid frame to bolt it down to first.
     

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  2. farmer12
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    Wow! You're really moving along. Great progress!
     
  3. duke460
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    It is fall and the snow is coming. Need to get the body back on the chassis to free up garage space so I can get my other car in the garage.
     
  4. theman440
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    I'm liking your choice of powerplants.
     
  5. j hansen
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    That HEMI is just fantastic,,,been driving mine for 3 years now.I dont think you will be disappointed
     
  6. duke460
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    I bought a '05 dodge club cab that had been in a roll over for $1600. Started and ran fine. 5.7 is a bit wide and required quite a bit of firewall mods. Sold the truck in parts for $2200, not bad deal. Putting body back on soon. Been working on engine wiring with computer. Will see if it starts.
     
  7. 41 C28
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    Nice job on the Plymouth.
     
  8. 73RR
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    ...can't you move any faster?....:p

    Tremendous amount of work in such a short time. Is your 'full time' job?

    The 5.7 looks good in there.

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  9. duke460
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    I have been collecting parts for over a year. Full time job, been working 55 hours a week. Building stuff is stress relief. It also beats watching TV. I want to chop the top but thought it should be done when bolted to the final frame. My son built me a rotisserie and we have the body on cut cutting out rust. Will start posting body work in a week or so.
     
  10. BuiltFerComfort
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    Do you have a grill or are you going custom with that?
     
  11. duke460
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    I have the original grill. Looks like it is all there and in reasonable shape. Trying to tuck the bumper in tighter in front and have been eyeballing a lot of grills, the original looks a bit boring. Any ideas? Looking at a few custom mods but nothing to dramatic. Despite the critics it will not be a tail dragger. Big tires in rear and a nose down rake. Give a few days and will post with the body back on at ride height.
     
  12. n847
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    Damn...keep it up!

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  13. duke460
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    Started work on rust removal. Easy stuff first, cut out the spare tire well and cut out clearance for the axle when dropped down low. Simple stuff. Tried flange and spot weld versus butt weld. Practice on the floor so I will get better by the time I hit the body panels.
     

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  14. duke460
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    Did not think the rust was to bad until you start trying to remove it. Rockers were completely dust. Built a wooden cart for to support the body on all its mounts but after cutting had to weld in braces in the door openings to keep it from collapsing. Not sure how people cut and shop with out fixing the key supports first. A lot of open air space.
     

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  15. duke460
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    Got the rockers welded in which gave it some support. Started working the toe boards and floor. Going to have to put it on the frame and try to notch the firewall for the engine.
     

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  16. duke460
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    Did final clean up on the chassis. Installed e-brake lines and had to re-route the fuel line around the exhaust. A lot easier to work on it before the body is installed.
     

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  17. 73RR
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    Perhaps I missed the info, but what are the plans for the computer stuff? Modified oem or aftermarket?

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  18. farmer12
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    Nice work so far, looking good!
     
  19. duke460
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    Regarding the computer found that each year has a few differences. The 2004 controls both the engine and transmission. I found a download from Daimler Benz on line with the complete wiring harness, more like a phone book. When I pulled the engine keep ALL the wiring intact. Took my time, pulled the wiring harness apart, and cut out all the unused wiring. Just had to add a small fuse block. Cranks over but have not tried to start yet. Will post wiring pictures.
     
  20. duke460
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    Found a few pictures, Pulled the engine will all wiring on it. Marked each connection, and slowly pulled it apart.
     

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  21. duke460
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    Here is the wiring harness, lots of wires, not much is used, need to be cool once you start cutting. Also the throttle box, still works by cable, just plan on hiding it under the hood. Final wiring harness with fuse panel. Just 4 wires to hook it to switch and run. Will see in a few days if it all works.
     

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  22. 73RR
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    I am very interested to see where this goes.

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  23. 1959apache
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    Wow

    When you are done I will fly you out to finish my car in a couple days :D

    Keep up the good work, looking forward to the progress
     
  24. falconvan
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    Looking killer, Duke!
     
  25. GoFastHotRods
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    This is a dangerous thread. Your making it look too easy. Great job.


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  26. duke460
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    Got back to work trying to fit the engine in the firewall. My original idea was to cut around the beads on the firewall saving some of the detail. Made a pattern of what the recess needed to be. Had to cut more of the floor out to make sure the transmission pan was above the bottom of the frame. Needed to re-work the headers to get some clearance to the bottom of the floor.
     

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  27. duke460
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    Gave up on fitting the firewall and just cut it all out. Think it will look cleaner with a new panel in place. Bought a wheel barrow tub from lowes but after a few our gave up on that to. Just grabbed a sheet and started notching and bending. Seems to fit pretty good.
     

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  28. mcflyart
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    awesome work! keep it up.
     
  29. duke460
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    McFlyart,
    Tried sending you front suspension details but they keep getting rejected? Here are a few pictures, let me know what dimensions you need.
     

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  30. bako48
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    Sweet... I just chopped my 48 special so if if you have any questions just ask. If you decide to get rid of the stock grill let me know IMA modified my stock by taking out the parking lights and seperating headlights.
     

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