74 Duster - My first project.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:05 am

Well I learned something last night. If you don't plug in the distributor you get no spark. If you have no spark your car won't start. If you whirl it over toil the battery is dead before you find the distributor issue, you are best off to have a beer and go to bed cause 4:30am is very early.

Most people already know this but I'm not as sharp as most people.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by JGL on Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:03 am

At least the fuel should have made its way to the carb.

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I finally got to do a burn out!

Post by 89on35s on Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:56 pm

Well here it is the first time under it's own power! I had some trouble getting it running because I put the plug wires on in reverse rotation. That caused a nasty backfire that made me change the timing chain. But when it finally roared to life I was so happy!






I immediately loaded it up because I was a day late going to the lake for my week of holidays. I dropped it off at my parent's house on the way by and Dad did a little tuning and tweaking so I could drive it to my First car show as a participant. It was homecoming in my home town. It was a great feeling to have my car there. I did my official first burn out that day too. I haven't burned tires in Quill Lake Saskatchewan for over 20 years!



It still needs a wheel alignment to be ready to drive on the highway but hopefully I can get that done this Friday. I was super happy to load up the family and cruise down to Dairy Queen on Monday evening.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by smoken340 on Wed Aug 03, 2016 1:18 pm

She looks good. It certainly gives you a different feeling when you cruise into a Dairy Queen or Burger joint, when your driving a classic car. Congratulations on your first Burn out in 20 years.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:39 am

Honestly driving it for the first time was so much fun! I just need to do a couple more things to make it highway worthy like a wheel alignment and get the alternator charging. There are still a quite a few things I want to do before it's "finished"! But I doubt it will ever be finished.

I also need to learn to speak "Holley" so it idles well.

Cley

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by smoken340 on Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:53 am

89on35s wrote: There are still a quite a few things I want to do before it's "finished"! But I doubt it will ever be finished.Cley

You are absolutely right. They are never done.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by JGL on Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:55 pm

smoken340 wrote:
89on35s wrote: There are still a quite a few things I want to do before it's "finished"! But I doubt it will ever be finished.Cley

You are absolutely right. They are never done.

Yup, we find usually at least one little thing to improve on or replace.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:38 pm

Well I got the wheel alignment done on the weekend. I have a rubbing sound when the wheel is half way from center to full lock when turning left. I still need to solve my charging issue. Sometimes it charges good at about 14 volts and sometimes no charge at all. I'm losing about .5 volts through my ignition switch to my voltage regulator but I don't think that's a problem since it does charge sometimes. I'm scratching my head on this one. I'll check the brushes, then I guess I'll have to do some research. Maybe study my FSM.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:34 am

Well I have put a hundred km or so on my Duster. There are still a couple bugs I need to work out but it sure feels nice to be driving it! My son and I went to his football game in the city with it this past Sunday, What a great feeling! Well at least it was a great feeling when it started for the trip home. I'm still a little nervous every time I take it out.

I started this adventure about 11 years ago and now I can honestly say it was time and money well spent! I know it's far from done but now I can take it out of commission over winter and every spring bring it out as a new and improved version.

Cley

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89 Ram 4x4 - 318/727/NP241/D-60s fromt and back. 38" Super Swampers.
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03 Ram 4x4 Hemi
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by smoken340 on Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:12 am

Nice to hear that you are finally enjoying it. The fear gets less and less every time you take it out, and returns for the first couple of drives, when you take it out of storage. Did you resolve the charging issue ?

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:34 am

I ended up with a new alternator and it charges great now. I should have done that in the first place but I guess I overthunk the problem.

Cley

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89 Ram 4x4 - 318/727/NP241/D-60s fromt and back. 38" Super Swampers.
01 PT Cruiser (I hate that car)
03 Ram 4x4 Hemi
10 Ram 4x4 Cummins Quad Cab (The family car)
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:30 pm

Well I guess I am sidelined for the year with a front suspension issue. I think the inner bushings in my lower control arms must be shot really bad. When I accelerate hard, the front end comes up, but then won't settle back down to ride height. It causes enough change to my toe in that the tires squeal like crazy. Eventually it does settle back down and ride/steer correctly. When I pulled my front tires off, I could see where the torsion bar keys had been hitting the frame, so the LCAs must have moved out enough to allow this. Over the winter I'll go through the entire front suspension and be ready for spring. I was really hoping to take it to the track this Sunday for the final day of street legal drags but definitely not moving it anywhere like it is! I guess there is always next year.

Cley

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89 Ram 4x4 - 318/727/NP241/D-60s fromt and back. 38" Super Swampers.
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by Ragtacker on Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:15 pm

That sucks but at least you got it figured out and can get it looked after over the winter. I have lots I want to do to the dart just have to make sure its done before next cruise season.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:54 am

Yeah, the couple rides I took it on were so great that I'm super excited to work on it this winter again! I think I'm gonna take a couple weekends off of car stuff to use my ATVs before the snow flies!

Cley

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by smoken340 on Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:20 am

I'm surprised, that the alignment shop to catch this.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:42 am

Yes, Me too! I spoke to them and they agreed to align it again after I make the repairs for no cost.

Cley

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89 Ram 4x4 - 318/727/NP241/D-60s fromt and back. 38" Super Swampers.
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by smoken340 on Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:50 pm

Well at least it's not a complete lose.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by JGL on Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:49 pm

I think most of us have this happen to us to some extent, we end up just trying not to think about it.

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