Project BeepBeep – ’68 Road Runner – Drum or Disc – The Decision

1968 Ply Road Runner
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Welcome back to #ProjectBeepBeep.  Bill is looking at the brakes and gets some professional assistance to help him make a crucial decision.  You know if you’ve got a lot of GO…you need a lot STOP.

It not an easy decision to alter a car’s originality, especially if it’s not 100% required for safety. So, as Bill has, you need to weight the decision carefully and get some expert opinions.

Here is Bill’s latest video.

 


 

I recall when I restored my 70 Dodge Dart – back in 1977, I wasn’t sure what those springs were that were wrapped around the drums – must guys didn’t put them back on.

More great information in this video.  Thanks for sharing it Bill.

Come up next for Project BeepBeep the conversion process gets started.

Thank for check in @ Average Guy’s Car Restoration, Mods and Racing.  You can us on Twitter @AGCarRestore.

Tim

Introducing #ProjectBeepBeep – Code H 1968 Road Runner

I’d like you to take a look at one of my constant readers classic muscle car. First let me say that Bill has been an a long quest to find a car to replace this car:   Back in the day. It was a long search with lots of phone calls with many …

Project BeepBeep – ’68 RoadRunner – Door Panel Tips

Ready for some more #ProjectBeepBeep?  Bill takes you through a few tips for restoring your B-Body door panels. Take a look:     Great stuff!!!  Thanks Bill!!! Have a few Mopar tips – Post them up or drop me a note @ agcarestoration@cox.net and we get you video/tip posted on the site. Thanks for reading Tim                 Introducing …

Project BeepBeep – A look at the Brakes

Bill takes a look at the heavy-duty brakes that came on the ’68 Road Runner. Bill doesn’t like the stopping power that these give him and even though they are in good shape, he may still upgrade them.     Here are a couple close-ups of those heavy-duty brakes:   That’s some great information on brake …

Project BeepBeep – ’68 Road Runner – Door Update and Power Steering

Welcome back to #ProjectBeepBeep.  Bill is going to stuff a lot into this post, including tools, fire suppression, update on his work with the doors and windows on the 1968 Road Runner and the swapping out the  half a century old power steering hose!!!    These pics show the location and how …

Project BeepBeep’s First Car Show!!

Taking your car to its first (for you) car show is nerve-racking and accelerating at the same time. Bill handles #ProjectBeepBeep well.  Here’s the video.     Congrats Bill! I bet there will be a few more in #ProjectBeepBeep’s future!!! Thanks for reading. Tim   Introducing #ProjectBeepBeep – Code H 1968 Road Runner I’d like you to take …

 

Project BeepBeep’s First Car Show!!

Taking your car to its first (for you) car show is nerve-racking and accelerating at the same time.

Bill handles #ProjectBeepBeep well.  Here’s the video.

 


 

Congrats Bill! I bet there will be a few more in #ProjectBeepBeep’s future!!!

Thanks for reading.
Tim

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Introducing #ProjectBeepBeep – Code H 1968 Road Runner

I’d like you to take a look at one of my constant readers classic muscle car. First let me say that Bill has been an a long quest to find a car to replace this car:   Back in the day. It was a long search with lots of phone calls with many …

Project BeepBeep – ’68 RoadRunner – Door Panel Tips

Ready for some more #ProjectBeepBeep?  Bill takes you through a few tips for restoring your B-Body door panels. Take a look:     Great stuff!!!  Thanks Bill!!! Have a few Mopar tips – Post them up or drop me a note @ agcarestoration@cox.net and we get you video/tip posted on the site. Thanks for reading Tim                 Introducing …

Project BeepBeep – ’68 Road Runner – Door Update and Power Steering

Welcome back to #ProjectBeepBeep.  Bill is going to stuff a lot into this post, including tools, fire suppression, update on his work with the doors and windows on the 1968 Road Runner and the swapping out the  half a century old power steering hose!!!    These pics show the location and how …

ProjectBeepBeep – 1968 Road Runner Update Video 2

Thanks for looking back in on #ProjectBeepBeep Bill begins the odyssey. Will he wrangle this Road Runner and show up that old Coyote or will an ACME Anvil be his fate?  Keep up to date by grabbing the RSS feed. Here is Bill’s latest video More coming up the ’68 Road Runner including a …

Project BeepBeep – A look at the Brakes

Bill takes a look at the heavy-duty brakes that came on the ’68 Road Runner.

Bill doesn’t like the stopping power that these give him and even though they are in good shape, he may still upgrade them.

 


 

Here are a couple close-ups of those heavy-duty brakes:

 

That’s some great information on brake conversion – for any muscle car.  Thanks Bill – Good Stuff!!!

 

Coming up – #ProjectBeepBeep’s first car show!!!

Thanks for reading.
Tim

Introducing #ProjectBeepBeep – Code H 1968 Road Runner

I’d like you to take a look at one of my constant readers classic muscle car. First let me say that Bill has been an a long quest to find a car to replace this car:   Back in the day. It was a long search with lots of phone calls with many …

Project BeepBeep – ’68 RoadRunner – Door Panel Tips

Ready for some more #ProjectBeepBeep?  Bill takes you through a few tips for restoring your B-Body door panels. Take a look:     Great stuff!!!  Thanks Bill!!! Have a few Mopar tips – Post them up or drop me a note @ agcarestoration@cox.net and we get you video/tip posted on the site. Thanks for reading Tim                 Introducing …

Project BeepBeep – ’68 Road Runner – Door Update and Power Steering

Welcome back to #ProjectBeepBeep.  Bill is going to stuff a lot into this post, including tools, fire suppression, update on his work with the doors and windows on the 1968 Road Runner and the swapping out the  half a century old power steering hose!!!    These pics show the location and how …

Project BeepBeep – ’68 Road Runner – Door Update and Power Steering

Welcome back to #ProjectBeepBeep.  Bill is going to stuff a lot into this post, including tools, fire suppression, update on his work with the doors and windows on the 1968 Road Runner and the swapping out the  half a century old power steering hose!!!

 

 These pics show the location and how tight the area is where the power steering hose is located.   I have to say, that’s tight but not as bad as some cars.  I’m lucky #ProjectSportsRoof had a lot of room.

 


 

A lot of great information in this post.  Thanks Bill!!!

Thanks everyone for reading the blog and drop us a note @  AGCarRestoration@cox.net

Tim

Introducing #ProjectBeepBeep – Code H 1968 Road Runner

I’d like you to take a look at one of my constant readers classic muscle car. First let me say that Bill has been an a long quest to find a car to replace this car:   Back in the day. It was a long search with lots of phone calls with many …
Project BeepBeep – ’68 RoadRunner – Door Panel Tips

Ready for some more #ProjectBeepBeep?  Bill takes you through a few tips for restoring your B-Body door panels. Take a look:     Great stuff!!!  Thanks Bill!!! Have a few Mopar tips – Post them up or drop me a note @ agcarestoration@cox.net and we get you video/tip posted on the site. Thanks for reading Tim                 Introducing …
ProjectBeepBeep – 1968 Road Runner Update Video 2

Thanks for looking back in on #ProjectBeepBeep Bill begins the odyssey. Will he wrangle this Road Runner and show up that old Coyote or will an ACME Anvil be his fate?  Keep up to date by grabbing the RSS feed. Here is Bill’s latest video More coming up the ’68 Road Runner including a …

 

Project BeepBeep – ’68 RoadRunner – Door Panel Tips

Ready for some more #ProjectBeepBeep?  Bill takes you through a few tips for restoring your B-Body door panels.

Take a look:

 

 

Great stuff!!!  Thanks Bill!!!

Have a few Mopar tips – Post them up or drop me a note @ agcarestoration@cox.net and we get you video/tip posted on the site.

Thanks for reading
Tim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing #ProjectBeepBeep – Code H 1968 Road Runner

I’d like you to take a look at one of my constant readers classic muscle car. First let me say that Bill has been an a long quest to find a car to replace this car:   Back in the day. It was a long search with lots of phone calls with many …
ProjectBeepBeep – 1968 Road Runner Update Video 2

Thanks for looking back in on #ProjectBeepBeep Bill begins the odyssey. Will he wrangle this Road Runner and show up that old Coyote or will an ACME Anvil be his fate?  Keep up to date by grabbing the RSS feed. Here is Bill’s latest video More coming up the ’68 Road Runner including a …

ProjectBeepBeep – 1968 Road Runner Update Video 2

Thanks for looking back in on #ProjectBeepBeep

Bill begins the odyssey.
Will he wrangle this Road Runner and show up that old Coyote or will an ACME Anvil be his fate?  Keep up to date by grabbing the RSS feed.

Here is Bill’s latest video


More coming up the ’68 Road Runner including a good video on replacing the vapor barrier in your Mopar car.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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Introducing #ProjectBeepBeep – Code H 1968 Road Runner

I’d like you to take a look at one of my constant readers classic muscle car. First let me say that Bill has been an a long quest to find a car to replace this car:   Back in the day. It was a long search with lots of phone calls with many …

Engine Line Up for 1964 Plymouth

With such names as Fury and Barracuda and Valiant, you would expect the 1964 power plant offering for Plymouth to be some monsters, maybe even a Wedge tossed in.

But no, the Wedge 426 cid (Stock Max Wedge Stage III) was only available as a $500.00 racing option.  The standard fair was the straight 6’s (170 and the 225) and the 318.

Dubbed the Valiant Six the 175 was an inline (straight) 6 cylinder iron block.  It had overhead valves and a bore and stoke of 3.40 x 3.125.  Fair enough compression ratio of 8.2:1 with solid lifters and four-main bearings.  Top it with a Carter single barrel carb (BBS Model 3839S) and you’d squeeze  101 ponies out of it.

Valiant Six

Valiant Six

The Barracuda had a straight 6 in it as was well.  It was the 225 cid with 3.40 x 4.125 bore and stroke, same compression as the 175 (8.2:1), as well as solid lifters and overhead values.  Using the same carb as the 175, you could must up to 145 hps.

But don’t think the Valiant and the ‘Cuda were left to struggle with less than 150 hps – nope there was a V-8 available as well. That engine was the 273 cid and it ran a compression ratio of 8.8:1 with it’s cast iron block, overhead valves and bored to 3.62 and stroked of 3.312.  It sported 5 main bearings, solid lifters and was topped with a Carter 2 barrel carb (BBD 3767S).  As outfitted it produced 180 hp.

The other V8 of standard production was the 318. Having personal experience with this engine, I can say it was (is) versatile and solid. You could do a lot with this hunk of iron.   For 1964 it had overhead valves, cast iron block with standard bore and stroke of 3.906 and 3.312 inches.  9.0:1 compression ratio with five main bearings, solid lifters and 5 main bearings breathed though BBD two barrel Carter carb (Model 3682S) and produced a respectable 230 hp.

The 318

The 318

Yes...you can do that with a 318!!!

Yes…you can do that to 318!!!

As mentioned there were some competition engine available that year but you didn’t them in average street cars.  There was the Super Cammando 426cid Hemi (available in early Feb ’64) for competition use only.  There was the de-tuned street 426-S(street).  Also available were the Commando V8 383 in 305 hp and 330 hp versions as well as Commando 426 (Street Wedge) with 426 cid and 365hp.

According to my research there were 6,359 Dodge and Plymouth cars built with the 426 engine in 1964.  Of those only 271 were racing Hemi’s.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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Chrysler Too Late to the Party

A couple posts back I wrote on my chance meeting with the Maserati – Chrysler TC Club….no it’s fine go back and look…we’ll  wait.   (Insert whistling sound.)   One response mentioned that the Maserati/ Chrysler TC was …”two years late to market.” (Bill  February 10, 2014 at 12:00 PM).

That didn’t occur to me about the TC but I had just finished reading an article in Hemmings Motor News the Muscle Car Profile section – 1969 Plymouth Baracuda 383.  It was written by Terry McGean.

The article chats about the 383 and the Formula S package.  But the article starts out by saying  That Chrysler peeps are pretty sure they started the “pony” car craze by revamping the Valiant line of cars to come up with the Baracuda just before Ford released the Mustang.  And that is the case but unfortunately the A-body wasn’t up to par with the Mustang and the Camaro in the performance department and both cars left the Valiant platform in the dust or as Terry wrote “…Ford mastered the art of re-skinning an economy model as a sporting coup, or else these cars would have been called ‘Fish cars’…(I’m inserting a chuckle here.)…From there Plymouth seemed to be chasing the Mustang and not long after the Camaro and Firebird twins.”

This ties in to what I thought about when Mother Mopar came out with the Charger.  It was a horrible attempt at recapturing the ‘pony’ car era. Ford had already re-invented the Mustang buy then and Chevy gave the C6 Corvette a retro ’60’s style shape and then came the Camaro and still Chrysler didn’t have the answer, until the Challenger.  That was nicely done and I love it, but it was still late to the party again.

I thought they might make a hit with the ‘Dodge Dart’, I considered that a pony car of sorts, but instead we got a Dodge Neon.

'65 Cuda

’65 Cuda

'65 Mustang

’65 Mustang

'65 Camaro

’65 Camaro

 

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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“Christine” 30th anniversary celebration coming to Carlisle | Hemmings Blog

I love book and the movie, and I even started considering collecting one.  When I was a kid (back in the early 70’s) across the road from our house, in a field, sat an old Plymouth Fury – can’t recall cars year but it did have fins.

I remember asking my Dad why we didn’t drive it and he said it needed a carburetor.  It seemed in my young mind’s eye that the carburetor wasn’t much more than a can looking thing with a butterfly looking think in the middle.  So I fashioned one out of a soup can and the metal dividers in an ice cube maker – yes kids it was before ice fell from a frig with a push of a button.

Stephen King said he chose a 1958 Plymouth Fury to play the inhuman title character in his book from the year prior because Furys “were the most mundane Fifties car that I could remember. I didn’t want a car that already had a legend attached to it like the fifties Thunderbird, the Ford Galaxies etc… Nobody ever talked about the Plymouth products.”

Enjoy this article at the link below (and go pick up a Hemmings periodical).  You’ll love them.

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Thanks for reading.

Tim

Car Show in – Rothrist, Switzerland

Remember a few post ago that covered MOPAR’s in Sweden? (Short Link:  http://wp.me/pKHNM-174)  I wrote how interesting it was to see US sheet metal in other countries.

Well check out this car show in Rothrist, Switzerland.  This is from Andres Palomares who lives in Bern, Switzerland.  There are some great examples of US car history in this show.

Switzerland is beautiful and visited Interlaken several times while living in Europe.

Thanks for reading.

Tim