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Darryl T
Posted 2019-04-02 12:50 AM (#580276)
Subject: updating a '57 Dodge 2-door wagon



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I have posted some pics under "Members rides" but thought maybe I should start a thread here as it is going to be considerably modified. I purchased an '06 Chrysler 300C at an insurance auction as a donor. So far I have installed the independent rearend, the 14" front disc brakes (on the '57 spindles), and just finished making the transmission and motor mounts for the Gen III hemi and 5-speed automatic. The trans crossmember was installed backwards, notched to clear, and reinforced. I was going to use Trans-Dapt motor mounts, but they have what I consider a design flaw - they need to both be offset 5/8" to the right in order to compensate for the block bolts being 1 1/4" farther back on the RH side. Since they refused to acknowledge the problem or make me a modified set, I just copied their design with the appropriate modification. The frame mounts are gusseted on the rear which doesn't show in the photo. I installed a MoPar rear-sump oil pan in order to clear the Chrysler 300 AWD power rack and pinion which is the next task. It will mount on a removable cradle to make engine removal easier as things will be rather tight down there. The stock Chrysler exhaust manifolds appear to line up nicely, pointing between the frame and torsion bars. I plan to use the Chrysler master cylinder assembly, complete with power adjustable brake and throttle positioning. I originally had planned to use the factory navigation and 6-CD player, but not sure if they will work without a computer tie-in.

It's a slow process as I work alone and am nearing 70, but being retired really helps.



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60 Imp
Posted 2019-04-02 8:01 AM (#580280 - in reply to #580276)
Subject: RE: updating a '57 Dodge 2-door wagon


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Good on ya mate. Some neat fabrication going on there. I will be watching for your updates, you do some nice work. I liked looking at your Convertible job too. You are a true enthusiast! I am going to take a guess, you are a tradesman? Steve

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57chizler
Posted 2019-04-02 1:37 PM (#580296 - in reply to #580276)
Subject: RE: updating a '57 Dodge 2-door wagon



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Nice work. How is the oil filter clearance? I've heard this a problem with Gen III Hemi swaps.
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Darryl T
Posted 2019-04-02 1:58 PM (#580298 - in reply to #580280)
Subject: RE: updating a '57 Dodge 2-door wagon



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60 Imp - 2019-04-02 I am going to take a guess, you are a tradesman? Steve

Not really. 40 years behind a desk as an environmental engineer. But a hot rodder since I was 14, having hand built a lot of cars from 32 Fords to DeLoreans.
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Darryl T
Posted 2019-04-02 2:19 PM (#580300 - in reply to #580296)
Subject: RE: updating a '57 Dodge 2-door wagon



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57chizler - 2019-04-02 10:37 AM

How is the oil filter clearance? I've heard this a problem with Gen III Hemi swaps.

I have a MoPar angled filter adapter. I haven't tried it yet but it is supposed to be the cure.
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-04-02 2:44 PM (#580301 - in reply to #580298)
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Darryl T - 2019-04-02 10:58 AM

Not really. 40 years behind a desk as an environmental engineer. But a hot rodder since I was 14, having hand built a lot of cars from 32 Fords to DeLoreans.



Hello. I was an environmental engineer for 38 years. Retired in 2010. Worked for Associated Engineering for the last 20 years 1990-2010. Mostly solid waste and biosolids management. Worked with US people from Brown and Caldwell, CH2M Hill and Tetra Tech on various projects.

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bbdakota
Posted 2019-04-05 7:03 AM (#580404 - in reply to #580276)
Subject: Re: updating a '57 Dodge 2-door wagon


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I like! Looking fwd to updates on this build. I'm putting a 5.7/NAG1 in a 58 plymouth, it's interesting to see how others concurred obstacles I've run across. I like the rearend idea, wish I'd thought to do that to mine. Good luck!
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