winter almost gone..........time to work on R/T

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    79410aspenrt Well-Known Member

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    even though we still got a bucket load of snow on the ground, the time has come to get my R/T ready for this upcoming season.

    things that need attention,

    rear main seal has small leak
    speedo gear has a small leak
    check rear brake pads

    things I need to purchase,

    trans blanket
    5 point harness
    tach
    slicks???

    I want to work on my 60' this year. 1.55 is not good enough for me. I need to tune my suspension. there is a lot of tuning with the caltracs and 9 way shocks.

    once I get my R/T running the way I think it can, it's NOS time! I think a 9 second pass is quit doable. time will tell.
     
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    Captain Caravelle Moderator--Mopar Maniac

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    Up here today was the first sign that this hell of a winter is on it's way out.
    Now we can actually get some work done.
    Keep us posted on the progress!!
     
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    We've had far too many 1st signs: 1) flowers popping up through the ground, only to have the buds singed to a crisp with freezer burn! 2) two Blue Jays dukin it out in the back yard over something. 3) forecast of multiple days over 50F, with (wishful thinking) days (plural) over 60F.
     
  4. 79410aspenrt

    79410aspenrt Well-Known Member

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    How many of you guys pull your motor and trans together? I always separate the trans from motor when I take them out.

    Is it easier to pull both a once?
     
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    I usually pull both at the same time. On my Mirada I tried to do a trans swap with out pulling the engine, but it was a real pain and while under there I noticed several freeze plugs were leaking and the whole mess had 30years of grime built up on everything, so I just pulled the whole mess out. I ended up changing all freeze plugs, oil pan / valve cover gaskets and front and rear seals, oil pump and timing set. End result lot of frustration, more money spent than I planned, engine still tired but crud free and looking good, reduced the leaks by 95%. Enjoyment from driving it everyday? Priceless.

    Man,....I need to go see a doctor. I got a Mirada Monkey on my back and I can't shake it
     
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    I separate the two.
    I used a 7/8 hole saw to drill access holes in the firewall, to gain quick and easy access to the bell housing bolts. I use a 9/16 socket along with an extension for a stress free trans removal. I'm running a Roots blower so trans bolt access was difficult from the engine bay. I used metal electrical knock out seals that fit the 7/8" hole. This way I meet NHRA tech rules, or so I think I did, as I've done this mod 20+ years ago.
     
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    My new way is to unbolt the k member and lift the car up. Much easier going back in also.
     
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    My k member wouldn't come out without unbolting the brackets that the uca's attatch to. not to mention the steering column, then an alignment and .......I prefer to do them separate.
     
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    My first race is still over a month away :icon_evil: I haven't even pulled the car out of storage yet. C'mon Topeka, get here soon!!!
     
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    winter is still here. sucks but what can I do!!!! started to take things apart tonight. tomorrow bring the hoist into the garage and lift the motor out.

    trans blanket is on order, should be here next week.
     
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    The way the weather's been, I hope you paid extra for the trans blanket with Thinsulateā„¢. :eusa_doh:
     
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    3 weeks until season opener............studded slicks might be my next purchase!!!
     
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    motor is out and on the stand. it took me 3 hours and I can tell I haven't wrenched in a while.

    wicked weather, 3 inches of snow and it's a blizzard out there!

    the first 3 street legals got cancelled. so now it's hopefully the end of May for the first race.
     
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    You guys are still getting snow??!!
    It's truly the winter that wouldn't die.....
     
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    4" of snow so far and no sign of letting off. Wet heavy snow, can't shovel this crap.

    On the brighter side, oil pan gaskets are replaced. Drop motor in tomorrow.
     
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    Progress in the face of setback. I salute you!
     
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    I have to fix the speedo cable leak tomorrow before motor goes back in. Should be a simple fix. Drill out the stripped threads and tap new threads.
     
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    speedo leak is fixed. motor is back in between the fenders. just waiting on the trans blanket.
     
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    79410aspenrt Well-Known Member

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    trans blanket came Tuesday. this was the last piece I needed to finish putting trans back in.

    once that was taken care of, it was time to put oil back in motor and fire it up.

    one thing I can say is, race fuel is 1 of the best things to smell in spring!!!!
     
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    all ready for the season opener. got everything on my bucket list done. in a few weeks, the first test and tune should be open. I like going to these races in spring to get my car warmed up after the winter hibernation!