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Sep
28

Was Mopar was on to something in the late 70’s (exhaust)

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The link below is probably 90% entertainment, 70% advetisement, 30% useful
It talks about how headers, with large long collectors improve power when combined with a merge into a single system WAAAAYYYYY back behind the usual "Y" pipe location;

Ive never seen, but have heard about the Mopar exhaust system for the 360 in the late 70's which had dual mufflers, and merged to a single exhaust pipe right in front of the rear axle..

What do you think? would such an animal improve midrange...

Was Mopar was on to something in the late 70's (exhaust)
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Sep
19

Tranny filter change => good news? bad news!

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Changed the filter on the imperial today. Fluid was still red and not burned smelling..

Bad news: the magnet was all but covered in what I assume is clutch material. I've only had 3 other transmission oil pans off to change filters in the past, and this was by far the worst.I would say there was 1/4-3/8 of material on the magnet...

Good new? The transmission is now completely silent when in neutral, where as before you could hear a difference between drive and neutral and I am gonna call...

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Sep
16

Holley Carb, Wanting suggestions with reoccurring flooding

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I believe this is a 4160 vac Secondary carb.

I'n new to Holley carbs. Last summer the imperial would not run or idle well, and it turned out to be the rear float valve had crud in it, and the high fuel level was leaking into the engine.

Got an Edelbrock carb kit locally, cleaned the fuel bowls and all is well.. ended up only using the float bowl gaskets at that time, the rest of the carb kit went on the shelf.

Car just quit while idling, and a puddle under the secondary throttle shaft...

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Aug
27

85-91 318 heads, or 318 4bbl heads

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I have 318 4bbl heads on the car at this moment. It is an 82 Imperial, so those heads came on it from the factory.

I can get some of the higher compression roller cam heads for $50 for the pair.

Is that a good swap to boost compression in a a car that will never see over 48-5000 RPM?
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Aug
10

“Mopar Performance distributor ignition kit”

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My Imperial has an electronic distributor and orange control module that the previous owner installed when he removed the fuel injection.

I am assuming that the "performance curve" that is sold with this distributor is not right for an imperial with a 2.2 rear axle ratio.

Does anyone know where I can find the advance curve for this unit as it was when sold by Mopar Performance? OR is it just a standard electronic distributor, and not all that performance oriented other than the orange...

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Jul
23

85 5th ave, Wiper bushings needed, do they exist?

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I found a 5th ave at the junk yard and was going to get the wiper set up.. but there is play at the transmission joint, and where the wiper drive arms attach to the posts that go up to the wipers.

It appears there is a nylon bushing right next to the metal post that does all the work on all three of these joints. Can I get new nylon bushings, or do I need to find another donor car?

Thanks,
Jase
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May
15

new to the interior…. where to start?

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Ive done enough work around the outside and underside of a vehicle to be generally comfortable.

Never done any interior work. Looking for strategies that have worked for you, or a way of approaching this that does not become overwhelming..

The car smells musty after a rain. I want to remove the carpet and give it a proper cleaning, and hopefully get some idea as to where the water leak is coming from. Thinking that getting the carpet out, and being able to scrub and dry it properly...

new to the interior.... where to start?
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