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Paul Hettick
Posted 2018-06-12 9:24 AM (#565080 - in reply to #561778)
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Jackie , I sent a pm with my phn #. I'm the prior owner. Can help with some issues and have some fun stories of that car.
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58Jackie
Posted 2018-06-21 1:36 AM (#565392 - in reply to #565012)
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mstrug - 2018-06-11 5:52 AM

The freeze plugs either popped out when the block froze or rusted away and fell out. You have a video of it running? I didn't. I was working on my car anyway so I removed my left fender and exhaust manifold to get to my trouble spot.


Yes, I had a video of it running. It was taken about a year before I bought the car.
Judging by how much rusty crap is in the motor and around the freeze plug holes, I'd say it had plain water in it for some time and that's how most of the damage happened - including the freeze plugs. There is 2 missing, one on passenger, the other on the drivers side.
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58Jackie
Posted 2018-06-21 1:42 AM (#565393 - in reply to #565033)
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ttotired - 2018-06-11 3:55 PM

Freeze plugs can be got at with the engine in, but it is hard (I did this on my dodge)

There isn't much room and you will need to remove the engine mounts and other bits and pieces

I used 2 hammers to reinstall the new plugs, 1 was an old claw hammer that I had to cut the claw off to make the head shorter

The engine meeds to be jacked up a bit to give room and buy more than 1 set, so if 1 or more pop back out, you have spares to put back

Good thing is, they are cheap.

I also found that the steel ones were better than the stainless steel ones (they kept popping out)

Have fun, its an awkward, messy uncomfortable job, but unless you really want to pull the engine, I wouldn't



As I just want to hear the original motor run before I decide if it needs a total rebuild or not (may go with a 440 then); I will be going with the temporary screw-in type freeze plugs. I dont have all that much room to swing a hammer to get the press in type in, just barely enough room to get a wrench in there.
I would probably have more room if I took the whole front end apart, but I want to do that about as much as I want to pull the motor - not very much.
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58Jackie
Posted 2018-06-21 1:53 AM (#565394 - in reply to #565035)
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ttotired - 2018-06-11 4:23 PM

Just read the rest of it, I wish you well with your project

As for the engine choice, the 318 can look pretty nice without it costing "too" much (nothing cheap about this era mopar) and go well enough to satisfy most urges

If you want to be the fastest car on the street, thats a whole new can of worms

The trans should be ok, but may need resealing (fatsco have all the seals in a kit) as for the buttons, go buy some felt and make new seals that go around the buttons, its the seals that stop them falling off.

This engine was basically a stock build except for a very mild cam, the 2x4 set up and electronic ignition



I do want to hear the original motor run first, and to tell me if it needs a total rebuild or not.
If it will need to be rebuilt, I am planning to build a 440 to put in it, in the neighborhood of 500 horses.

Where did you get the cam at for your motor? I researched that you have to have a special one custom made?

As for the pushbuttons, you must've read above that I had the pushbuttons fall out when I went through the gears.
When I worked on that, it does have the felt gasket. It seems that where the point of them falling of at it when the plastic indicator piece clips onto the metal shift linkage.
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58Jackie
Posted 2018-06-21 1:59 AM (#565395 - in reply to #565056)
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jboymechanic - 2018-06-11 9:37 PM

Don't be discouraged, your engine is telling you it's time to be cleaned out. This should be viewed as a good preventative maintenance exercise. Thoroughly flush the block while poking around inside the block with a long screw driver, you will be impressed by the amount of crap you get to fall out. Keep flushing and poking until the water comes out clear (at least mostly). Then fill it up with coolant and rust inhibitor and you'll have piece of mind.


I was attempting to do that when I learned (the hard way) that I had the 2 freeze plugs out. I had already flushed out the radiator (it leaks too) and moved onto flushing the block out by pouring plain water down the water inlet.
Made about one of the biggest messes in my garage when all the water starts flowing out of the freeze plugs. I did have a bucket under the water pump outlet, no water even bothered to flow out where it was supposed to.
I plan to flush it out more when I have freeze plugs back in. Hopefully I find no more leaks then.
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58Jackie
Posted 2018-06-25 12:42 AM (#565561 - in reply to #561778)
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So I've moved (for the time being) onto getting the fuel system straightened out as I still had the little bit of bad fuel still in the tank. I am still going to drop it as the stuff that came out was disgusting, so I will need to properly flush it out.

Few questions...

Is it ok to hot tank the fuel tank?

Is the sender (most likely should replace) the 73-10 ohms?

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Powerflite
Posted 2018-06-25 9:39 AM (#565582 - in reply to #561778)
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The sender should be 15-200 ohms. You can get new ones with the proper range through Vans on ebay. But make sure it lists that range on there as people try to sell the smaller range versions to us.
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mstrug
Posted 2018-06-25 12:39 PM (#565587 - in reply to #561778)
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There are fuel tank shops out there, check the radiator shop ads too. they will clean them if feasible. Other wise Vans has one for $275.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mopar-57-58-59-Chrysler-300-gas-tank-fuel-t...

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58Jackie
Posted 2018-06-25 12:44 PM (#565588 - in reply to #565582)
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Powerflite - 2018-06-25 8:39 AM

The sender should be 15-200 ohms. You can get new ones with the proper range through Vans on ebay. But make sure it lists that range on there as people try to sell the smaller range versions to us.


I didn't find too many options for that 15-200 ohms sender.

Is it possible to go with a different ohm reading, as I do plan to use aftermarket gauges (except speedo) anyhow.
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Posted 2018-06-25 1:24 PM (#565591 - in reply to #561778)
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If you have an aftermarket gauge, then use a sender that matches it. But Vans does sell a sender in the 10-70 range too.
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mstrug
Posted 2018-06-25 4:40 PM (#565597 - in reply to #561778)
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Oh Reeeeaaallly:

Says Chrysler, but will work. Don't buy one for a wagon and you will be o.k.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1957-58-59-Chrysler-Mopar-Fuel-Tank-5-16-Se...

NOS: See how it fit all our cars...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mopar-NOS-1957-59-Plymouth-Dodge-59-Windsor...

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mstrug
Posted 2018-06-25 4:52 PM (#565598 - in reply to #561778)
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Another:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1957-1958-1959-Chrysler-5-16-Fuel-Sending-U...
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Powerflite
Posted 2018-06-25 5:16 PM (#565600 - in reply to #561778)
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The last one you posted that doesn't specify the resistance range, is the lower 10-70ohm version. If it doesn't explicitly state that it goes to 210 ohms, it doesn't.
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58Jackie
Posted 2018-07-06 1:26 AM (#566104 - in reply to #565591)
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Powerflite - 2018-06-25 12:24 PM

If you have an aftermarket gauge, then use a sender that matches it. But Vans does sell a sender in the 10-70 range too.


Ok thanks! That's a great help!

I do plan to use aftermarket gauges, except the speedo.
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58Jackie
Posted 2018-07-06 1:27 AM (#566105 - in reply to #561778)
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One of the many steps into getting her running is the fuel. I know John had her running off an external can, most easiest way, and I'd probably do the same if it weren't for something that I'll have to do anyhow.
So I'm in the process of getting the tank out.
A long dragged out process, as this car's personality is down right STUBBORN on everything.

I already tried using the nut/bolt to remove the tank. It seems that how the straps are curved next to the bolt, there's no way you can get a socket on it. An open end wrench gets stuck against the strap.
I tried forcing it, ended up in a losing battle, as the bracket that's secured to the body twisted up badly. The bolt however, didn't budge.

Now I'm getting serious. Or some may say, mad, at this bolt.
Out comes the hacksaw and I'm working at these 2 bolts. I don't want to take a grinder to it, as its so close to the tank.

Wow, gotta love rusted/froze on bolts.
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big m
Posted 2018-07-06 11:22 AM (#566123 - in reply to #561778)
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Jackie,

Have you drained the tank? If there's still fuel in the tank it may come crashing down when you cut the 2nd bolt,

There is a drain plug in the bottom of the tank, it takes a 1/2 inch drive ratchet to remove, or use a short extension on your ratchet for extra clearance. Be sure to have a pan or bucket ready!


You'll need to remove the rubber grommet at the fuel fill, to allow the filler tube to slip downwards, also have the car jacked up substantially so you can remove the tank with the tube attached from beneath the car, it will be easier to remove the filler tube once it's out of the car, on something that has set this long.

---John
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bad58mike
Posted 2018-07-06 4:00 PM (#566137 - in reply to #561778)
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My 2cents don’t do a 440

There gray engines don’t get me wrong but unless your building a race car I wouldn’t bother . I had a 440 build for my 58 and it’s cool and all but more problems than it’s worth. I’m having the darnest time keeping it cool. She runs hot in traffic or a hot day.

Personally if I could do it over I’d build a 318,361,0r 383 tops all day long
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bad58mike
Posted 2018-07-06 4:05 PM (#566138 - in reply to #561778)
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Congrats great find by the way
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bad58mike
Posted 2018-07-06 4:07 PM (#566139 - in reply to #561778)
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Typo sorry meant

Great engines
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58Jackie
Posted 2018-07-18 12:36 AM (#566771 - in reply to #566123)
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big m - 2018-07-06 10:22 AM

Jackie,

Have you drained the tank? If there's still fuel in the tank it may come crashing down when you cut the 2nd bolt,

There is a drain plug in the bottom of the tank, it takes a 1/2 inch drive ratchet to remove, or use a short extension on your ratchet for extra clearance. Be sure to have a pan or bucket ready!


You'll need to remove the rubber grommet at the fuel fill, to allow the filler tube to slip downwards, also have the car jacked up substantially so you can remove the tank with the tube attached from beneath the car, it will be easier to remove the filler tube once it's out of the car, on something that has set this long.

---John


On the drain plug, its recessed in there (female end) where I'd have to get a special type tool to get it out. I tried that, but the problem is, its a star like pattern on the plug, and the tool I got is a standard. It wont work...

What type of tool do you use?

I used a siphon pump to get most of the stuff out of the tank. (it was only about a 1/2 gallon)
I'm using jackstands to hold the tank up while I'm cutting the bolts.
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58Jackie
Posted 2018-07-18 12:37 AM (#566772 - in reply to #566137)
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bad58mike - 2018-07-06 3:00 PM

My 2cents don’t do a 440

There gray engines don’t get me wrong but unless your building a race car I wouldn’t bother . I had a 440 build for my 58 and it’s cool and all but more problems than it’s worth. I’m having the darnest time keeping it cool. She runs hot in traffic or a hot day.

Personally if I could do it over I’d build a 318,361,0r 383 tops all day long


What core size of radiator are you running with the 440?
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big m
Posted 2018-07-18 11:34 AM (#566799 - in reply to #561778)
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The drain plug is an eight-point type, use the square end on a 1/2" drive extension or ratchet, it'll fit perfectly.
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matte
Posted 2018-07-18 11:42 PM (#566839 - in reply to #561778)
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Finally got your dream car and looks like a good one.. Still have your 59 Chev?

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58Jackie
Posted 2018-07-23 12:14 AM (#567043 - in reply to #561778)
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FUEL TANK FUN!

So I finally managed to get the fuel tank out by cutting the bolts. Unfortunately, I damaged the brackets the straps attach to. They're severely twisted around in the direction that I was trying to loosen the bolts. I don't trust the integral strength of them anymore (already thin poorly designed bracket to begin with), and I for sure don't want the tank falling out when its full of gas.

So I plan to get a welder out there to weld on a good L bracket; one side welded to the body, the other side hanging down in place of where the original bracket was.


My other more serious problem is that I found a little surprise when I dropped the tank. First off before I say this, this car has zero rust anywhere; been in Sacramento CA her whole life as far as I know.
So I have a golf ball sized rust hole in the tank (you can see inside the tank) and a 5 inch area around it that's sacrificed (very spongy metal). Its around the filler tube.
I'm still unsure how the tube removes from the tank, but I don't want to even try now as it would most likely rip out all that surrounding metal. You can move the tube without much pressure and watch the metal on the tank move with it. Its very bad...

I'm going to have it hot tanked to 1 remove all the crap that's in the bottom of the tank (initial plan), and 2nd to remove the loose rust.

Plan A with this tank is see if I can salvage it and have it welded.

Plan B is a good suitable "new" tank.


By the way, the area around where the rust is on the tank, there is absolutely no rust on the floorpan. You can still see some shiny good metal. Makes me wonder....


Edited by 58Jackie 2018-07-23 12:19 AM
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58Jackie
Posted 2018-07-23 12:23 AM (#567044 - in reply to #566799)
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big m - 2018-07-18 10:34 AM

The drain plug is an eight-point type, use the square end on a 1/2" drive extension or ratchet, it'll fit perfectly.


Wow, now I'm mad at self as I drained it the much harder way before I dropped it! I used a siphon hand pump that worked, but not fun.

I now know why I couldn't get that plug out. I was using a 9/16 size large allen wrench. A no-go.........
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58Jackie
Posted 2018-07-23 12:26 AM (#567045 - in reply to #566839)
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matte - 2018-07-18 10:42 PM

Finally got your dream car and looks like a good one.. Still have your 59 Chev?



Thanks Matte! Yeah my dad took the 59 over, now his, I don't have time for that anymore now with this. Must say, this is my dream car and that makes it much more fun.
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Posted 2018-07-23 9:05 AM (#567060 - in reply to #561778)
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If the tank is that bad, you will be better off purcahsing a brand new one for $275. You can get them from Vans Auto on ebay. The only issue with them is that the inlet that the pipe goes into may be too small, and needs to be opened up a little to fit the pipe in there properly. So try it out ahead of time, without the gasket.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mopar-57-58-59-Chrysler-300-gas-tank-fuel-t...

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58Jackie
Posted 2018-07-25 12:53 AM (#567152 - in reply to #567060)
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Powerflite - 2018-07-23 8:05 AM

If the tank is that bad, you will be better off purcahsing a brand new one for $275. You can get them from Vans Auto on ebay. The only issue with them is that the inlet that the pipe goes into may be too small, and needs to be opened up a little to fit the pipe in there properly. So try it out ahead of time, without the gasket.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mopar-57-58-59-Chrysler-300-gas-tank-fuel-t...



Thank you! I already contacted John (Big M) to see what he's got for a factory one.
That one on ebay, says 23 gallons. Wasn't the factory ones 20 gallons, or am I mistaken?

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mstrug
Posted 2018-07-25 5:03 AM (#567155 - in reply to #561778)
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I believe 2 tanks were offered.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/9-pc-Fuel-Tank-Tank-Bracket-Fill-Seal-Set-f...
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58Jackie
Posted 2018-07-27 12:58 AM (#567275 - in reply to #567155)
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Thanks Marc; I believe I have a tank for me from John.

Edited by 58Jackie 2018-07-27 1:00 AM
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