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71charger_fan
Posted 2019-04-13 9:09 PM (#580837 - in reply to #580641)
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I changed the oil today. Having the flexible braided lines on the filter housing paid off when I was able to pour out a half quart of more of old oil that would have otherwise remained behind. I had put 40 miles on it between October and today then put over 20 miles on it today. I'm trying to burn off most of the old gas that's in the tank from last September so I can give it an infusion of new fuel.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2019-04-16 7:43 PM (#580990 - in reply to #580837)
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Today, I installed an NOS piece of hood trim I bought from user Powerflite.




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Powerflite
Posted 2019-04-16 7:53 PM (#580991 - in reply to #526294)
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That looks great on there. I'm glad you are putting it to good use.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2019-04-17 12:31 PM (#581021 - in reply to #580990)
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Today, I took it in and had new tires installed. There's not much selection in 75 series anymore. I read that if a tire doesn't have a DOT date code, it's older than 1990. My tires had no date codes.


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56D500boy
Posted 2019-04-17 12:49 PM (#581022 - in reply to #581021)
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71charger_fan - 2019-04-17 9:31 AM

Today, I took it in and had new tires installed. There's not much selection in 75 series anymore.


I'm running 235/75/15s. Look similar to yours. What brand did you use?

What is your disc brake conversion?

I didn't realize the difference between 55 and 56 Grills:

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71charger_fan
Posted 2019-04-17 12:58 PM (#581023 - in reply to #526294)
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They're Hankook. The only tire the place I used had in 215/75-15. Cost me $382 out the door, but there's supposed to be a $70 rebate. Disc brake conversion is from Scarebird. Cadillac hoses, Probe rotors, S-10 calipers.
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-04-17 3:36 PM (#581027 - in reply to #581023)
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71charger_fan - 2019-04-17 9:58 AM

They're Hankook. The only tire the place I used had in 215/75-15. Cost me $382 out the door, but there's supposed to be a $70 rebate.

Disc brake conversion is from Scarebird. Cadillac hoses, Probe rotors, S-10 calipers.


Thanks Terrence for both answers. I've been finding lately that I *am* getting some rubbing of my 235/75/15s on my 56 Dodge on the inside of the front tires (frame and tie rods ends) and the outside of the rear tires (on the rear wheel well lip - even I trimmed a bunch of metal out of there before the tires were installed back in the fall of 2016). So 215/75/15 would be a good alternative for me.

I asked about the disc brakes on behalf of George B. who does visit the forum and is interested in a brake conversion for his 56 Dodge with 11" drums.

I will pass the info along.


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71charger_fan
Posted 2019-04-17 7:40 PM (#581045 - in reply to #526294)
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'56 knuckles should be different than '55. The disk brake conversion process will be the same, but the caliper mounting bracket, rotor, and caliper might be different. A lot of the specifics of my conversion are back on pages 2 and 3 of this thread.

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56D500boy
Posted 2019-04-17 9:12 PM (#581058 - in reply to #581045)
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71charger_fan - 2019-04-17 4:40 PM

'56 knuckles should be different than '55. The disk brake conversion process will be the same, but the caliper mounting bracket, rotor, and caliper might be different. A lot of the specifics of my conversion are back on pages 2 and 3 of this thread.


Thanks for the reminder about your earlier work. I went back and reviewed the photos and the text. I captured the brake related stuff and created a WORD doc if you want a copy for your files.

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71charger_fan
Posted 2019-04-17 9:44 PM (#581060 - in reply to #526294)
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Too bad, I could have sent you a Word doc as I wrote up the conversion for the Chrysler Product Owners Club of DC newsletter.
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-04-17 11:05 PM (#581064 - in reply to #581060)
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71charger_fan - 2019-04-17 6:44 PM

Too bad, I could have sent you a Word doc as I wrote up the conversion for the Chrysler Product Owners Club of DC newsletter.


Never too late for a better document (than what I pieced together). I've pm'd you here at the forum with my email address.

Going back to page 3 of this thread, which Gabriel shocks did you use for the rear? These ones:





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71charger_fan
Posted 2019-04-18 11:24 AM (#581091 - in reply to #526294)
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The rear shocks are the same application as later A-body rears. I think they were 81469.
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-04-18 3:06 PM (#581105 - in reply to #581091)
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71charger_fan - 2019-04-18 8:24 AM

The rear shocks are the same application as later A-body rears. I think they were 81469.


Thanks Terrence. I chased Gabriel 81469s at Rock Auto and then went back in and pretended my car was a 68 Dodge Dart 340 (which would be okay to have ) and got this result:

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