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ttotired
Posted 2018-05-20 9:39 PM (#563724 - in reply to #487183)
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jboymechanic
Posted 2018-05-21 11:23 PM (#563800 - in reply to #487183)
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I believe I have the charging issue solved; bad alternator. This is disappointing, as the alternator is brand new. I have a square back mopar alternator with mopar electronic voltage regulator setup in this car. With the ignition switch turned to "Run", I have 12 volts at the regulator "I" terminal and at one of the field terminals on the alternator (this is the blue wire). There is no voltage "through" the alternator to the other field terminal (where the green wire connects the alternator to the voltage regulator). This indicates a bad alternator field winding.

My next goals are to fine tune the accelerator linkage (i don't think I can actually get the carb to WOT when the pedal is to the floor) and bleed my hydraulic throughout bearing. I had to pump the clutch pedal at stops to get the clutch to release properly. I also need to adjust my clutch pedal linkage so I don't over-actuate the release bearing and blow it out.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2018-05-25 12:50 PM (#564014 - in reply to #487183)
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New alternator solved the charging issue, back up to about 14 to 14.5 volts when the engine is running. Working on putting in a new brake master cylinder next. Larger bore for firmer pedal and to feed the volume to 4 wheel disc brakes. Also lighter (aluminum) with easy open plastic reservoir screw caps.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2018-06-22 1:44 PM (#565455 - in reply to #487183)
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I'm now driving this car on short trips until I build up some confidence, I've put about 50 miles on the car this week. Up shifts through all the gears easily, but it is still difficult to down shift from 3rd to 2nd (probably a synchronizer issue in the trans). Alignment was adjusted as best I could with a tape measure, actually goes down the road pretty well. Speedo doesn't work but odometer is rolling. Will need suspension and steering rebuild before any serious miles are put on. Tires and proper alignment too. This car is officially back on the road though!
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Powerflite
Posted 2018-06-23 12:22 AM (#565478 - in reply to #487183)
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Congratulations! Time to start enjoying it.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2018-07-05 10:59 PM (#566092 - in reply to #487183)
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Changed the trans fluid to Valvoline MTF Synchromesh oil. Car shifts up even better and downshifts are much better. Downshift from 3 to 2 is still a bit sluggish, but manageable and much improved. I'm not sure what the viscosity of this oil is as it's not stated on the bottle, but it seemed pretty thin when pouring it in. If I'm still not happy long term I may go to the factory recommended (for warn climates) GL-4 SAE 140 oil as this will be a summer & fall only car.

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oldwood
Posted 2018-07-08 10:17 PM (#566318 - in reply to #487183)
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Congrats. Its nice to see another '60 on the road. Someday maybe you'll put a seat and windshield in it.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2018-07-08 11:24 PM (#566325 - in reply to #487183)
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I drove the car another 50 miles this weekend. I picked up my dad and we went to a local drive in that hosts a cruise night every Saturday. People got a kick out of seeing such a shabby car being able to make it out.

Car runs great, but it does badly need a new windshield and seat that I hope to figure out how to get from you Dorsey. I have a three corrugated boxed sitting on top of the springs and two sheets over that on the seat, but it sits darn low. The windshield is almost impossible to see through at night it's so hazy, had to be home before it got dark. Luckily in the summertime that's not until 9:00 PM. Lots of work to do, but at least I can drive it as I work on it now.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2019-01-08 8:58 AM (#576485 - in reply to #487183)
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I haven't updated this in a while, but there has been some progress. Late this fall I completed the rebuild of an AX15 5 speed manual transmission from a 1998 Dodge Dakota. The bell housing is a direct bolt on to the 318 Poly (Jeep fans using this bell housing for straight 6 to V8 conversions). I finally finished cleaning and rebuilding the shifter, i also have the external factory slave cylinder with an adapter fitting so I can use a standard -3AN hydraulic hose from the master to the slave. I hope to complete the swap in the spring, I will have to rework my transmission mount and floor to complete the job.

I also plan to re-gear the car with 2.94 gears, I have a good set that I just removed from a rear end last night. Gear set is in excellent condition, should only need a new pinion seal.

Finally, I removed and repaired the front seat before putting the car away for the winter. I cut off all the rotten fabric and foam and found that the seat frame was cracked and bent. I heated the frame up and bent it back and welded back together. No more lean into the back seat, now I need padding and upholstery. I also finally shipped my windshield purchased from oldwood, hope to get that into the car this year as well.
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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-01-08 10:24 AM (#576489 - in reply to #487183)
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hah are you watching Cold War Motors splice his 60 fury? He chopped up a 4 door dodge to use for his 2 dr ht Fury.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2019-01-09 12:13 AM (#576518 - in reply to #576489)
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mikes2nd - 2019-01-08 9:24 AM

hah are you watching Cold War Motors splice his 60 fury? He chopped up a 4 door dodge to use for his 2 dr ht Fury.


I do love me some Cold War Motors, I just wonder how the hell the guy affords the property and all the cars?
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jboymechanic
Posted 2019-01-10 12:39 AM (#576550 - in reply to #576518)
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Here is the rebuilt AX15 with correct bell housing, slave cylinder, clutch fork and release bearing. Pretty compact unit, shifts more smoothly than the A833 and not such a drastic gear ratio drop from 1 to 2 like the A833 either.



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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-01-10 2:06 AM (#576552 - in reply to #576518)
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jboymechanic - 2019-01-09 12:13 AM
mikes2nd - 2019-01-08 9:24 AM hah are you watching Cold War Motors splice his 60 fury? He chopped up a 4 door dodge to use for his 2 dr ht Fury.
I do love me some Cold War Motors, I just wonder how the hell the guy affords the property and all the cars?

 hah he isn't rich, his one barn roof fell in.

It may be his families property? He runs his business there.  He paints cars and fixes them up.  I think he's been doing it a long time.  He gets his cars for nearly nothing.  I think he got the fury for probably under 500$ and the Dodge for 800$ at the auction.

 

 



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