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Mopar1
Posted 2020-04-04 12:17 PM (#596432 - in reply to #596408)
Subject: Re: 1960 Plymouth 9 passenger wagon



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jboymechanic - 2020-04-03 3:41 PM

I've already separated the drums from the hubs, then I can just slip the drums on and off. .
I believe you'll find that once everything is bolted on & snugged up it'll take a puller to get the drums off again.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2020-04-06 12:03 AM (#596484 - in reply to #592117)
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Mopar 1, scroll up in this thread, you will see that I have pressed out the swaged studs and replaced them so that the original drums will now float on the original tapered axle hub. I would need a puller to remove the hub, but the drums are now floating like a newer car.

58coupe, I have never had a vehicle with the Mopar electronic ignition, but I've read that they don't perform well at mid-range RPM. I have no personal experience here, but I got the '74 distributor for free and I've converted to HEI for about $100.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2020-04-25 11:31 PM (#597337 - in reply to #596484)
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Finished rebuilding my AX15 tonight to the point that it's full of oil and ready for install.



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jboymechanic
Posted 2020-04-26 11:25 PM (#597388 - in reply to #597337)
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Stopped by my dad's shop today, he's starting to re-assemble the 318. Cam and crank are in.



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jboymechanic
Posted 2020-05-10 11:11 PM (#598065 - in reply to #597388)
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The 318 short block is together with new cam, rod and main bearings. Everything rolls over very nicely, oil pan and heads next.



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jboymechanic
Posted 2020-05-11 11:59 PM (#598123 - in reply to #598065)
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I've been working on the transmission mount and shifter for the wagon by mocking them up in my 1960 Plymouth sedan. Here is the slightly modified mount that will accept the 5 speed. I had to turn the mounting plate 180 degrees and notch it for a rib in the 5 speed. I have this exact setup in the sedan now and it is a much better setup than what I had before.

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jboymechanic
Posted 2020-05-12 12:17 AM (#598124 - in reply to #598123)
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I also found and installed a shifter from a Dodge Dakota and it fits the car perfectly without modification, position and comfort for the driver is perfect. I was previously using a shifter out of a Jeep and I had to bend the shifter significantly to clear the dash and seat, but position was ok. I also didn't care for the joint in the Jeep stick shift, it's just an interference fit square socket and as I drove the car the shifter kept working itself apart. The Dakota stick is threaded together and won't have that problem, I just don't care for the plastic shift knob from the 90s.

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jboymechanic
Posted 2020-05-25 9:37 PM (#598798 - in reply to #598124)
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Heads are on the 318, down to just the intake, carb, distributor and fuel pump.



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jboymechanic
Posted 2020-06-12 9:56 PM (#599593 - in reply to #592117)
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Tackled a big job on the wagon today, cut off the helper springs (which were not needed at all) and cut the rear axle U-bolts. The centering bolts were broken on BOTH sides, I knew at least one had to be broken. The springs were all separated, cleaned, greased and reassembled with new centering pins. I then installed a different axle housing that I had previously cleaned and installed new inner seals in, new grade 8 U-bolts and nuts were used. Repacked the rear axle bearings, installed my restored rear brakes, adjusters and hubs. I had previously separated the drums from the hubs as well, everything went together great. Car is back down on all fours, next step is to install brake lines and bleed. Oh, and the existing axle had 3.31 gears, so that is what I'm using as I don't have any other gear ratios on hand currently.

No pictures, just too messy of a job all around to handle the phone. Really glad to have this done.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2020-06-20 11:49 PM (#599929 - in reply to #599593)
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Below is a link to the refreshed 318 running. This is the first time the engine ran, it has been run for about 3 hours since and is now broke in. The blow-by observed out of the valve cover vent has cleared up. Initial compression tests resulted in cylinder pressures of 130 to 145 psi, after break in those numbers are up to 155 to 165 psi. Transmission was rebuilt and shifts into all gears without any noises. Very happy with the results, but will need a different carb. Using a loaner Quick Fuel 750 and it is just too much for the little 318.

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Powerflite
Posted 2020-06-21 12:09 AM (#599930 - in reply to #592117)
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Congratulations, that sounds good. Some blowby can be created from too much advance too. But you have real problems - your fan keeps going backwards!
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jboymechanic
Posted 2020-06-22 9:58 PM (#600031 - in reply to #592117)
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Here are a couple more vidoes now that the timing was more dialed in and the engine was actually broke in:

Cold Start and idling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc524kENdgU

Revving after warmed up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrUMCbMpZjI
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