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Old 08-18-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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Restoring a '61 Chrysler

First, some background.

My dad, being the ever loving cheapskate that he was, bought this car used in '65. It had a claimed original 300 miles on it, as rolling it back wasn't real uncommon then.

He then drove it until about '85, when he lost his job. Not knowing he'd have another one the following week and figuring he didn't need two cars, he pulled the insurance and let it sit.

Sometime around '93 my mother got sick of seeing it in the driveway rotting away. What are you gonna do about the car? What are you gonna do about the car?

Finally, in a moment of weakness he said alright, I'll sell it.

This turned into "when you gonna sell it? When you gonna sell it?".

I was 13 at the time, and wanted it. He sold it to me for a dollar.

She didn't talk to him for over a month.

More to the story later. I know we all want some visual:



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Old 08-18-2013, 10:55 PM   #2
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I see it has the nitrous oxide option for safer passing on the turnpike.
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:51 AM   #3
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:06 PM   #4
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Nice, 3 deuce setup on I'm guessing, a wedge motor. I like your Dad's style; selling it to you for a dollar.

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Old 08-19-2013, 04:45 PM   #5
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hooo baby. yer pops was a smart guy. keep us posted on progress.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:32 AM   #6
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:25 PM   #7
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:34 PM   #8
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Oh Hell yeah! That thing is awesome!!

I love the vacuum noise when starting it..... and the handful of fire extinguishers on the ground near by! Reminds me to too many of my own projects!

Sweet!

Have fun!! Need more of the story.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:12 AM   #9
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Is that just an aftermarket 3 deuce setup, an original option, or did he umm, uh, by chance...drop a 440 6 Pack in there back when they were cheap?

If the latter, this is fap worthy
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:07 PM   #10
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:30 PM   #11
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Just watched the second vid. That's a 6-Pack air box. Could this indeed be a real life HP2? in that old barge? If so, we need a new thread for cars with way more motor than they deserve. No offense, you just don't see a 440-6 every day
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:20 PM   #12
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To answer some questions, it was originally 361 with a 2bbl.

The nitrous, new cam, intake, carbs were all added later in an attempt to make it into something it was not (sue me-I was 16). It's being changed back to a cruiser now. It's still a 361, and the nitrous has since been removed.



To continue the story, I was now 13 with my own car, which hadn't moved since I was about 5. Let's take it for a ride tonight, eh pops?

Calling upon my vast knowledge of absolutely nothing I jumped in with both feet, as only a 13 year old can.
Dragging my old man out (he was a radiologist, but had gone to trade school to be a mechanic) so he did have some pertinent knowledge.

I was told to swap out the battery, because of course it'd be dead. I managed this only to get a "click" when the key was turned.

I had bought a battery. We were commited at this point. In case you're unaware of the definition of "commited"-when you have ham and eggs in the morning-the chicken is involved. The pig is commited.

The starter was removed, and rebuilt and reinstalled (more knowledge for the car newb). "click" "click".
Apparently a rust prone car stored outside in New England for the better part of a decade is prone to rust. Including the engine. Frozen solid. That got pulled next, and taken to the machine shop.

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Old 09-06-2013, 08:44 PM   #13
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More work:

The original E-brake is on the back of the transmission and never was all that reliable. Given that this car was built before "Park" existed, an E-brake is needed.



Some of you who've seen one before may notice it's missing a few things, like the adjuster.

With that in mind I've installed a disc brake conversion to the rear as it allows the install of an e-brake. It also gets rid of brakes that need adjusting.



I bought some aftermarket cables and one of the new "E-Stopp" doohickeys to apply them, and mounted that in the truck:



Apparently it's got a nifty lock, stays on even with a loss of power, and pulls the cables until 600 lbs of force is met. Seems to work pretty well.

As a bonus I can hide the switch somewhere out of sight.

This brings us to the wiring being left.

Ew:



I do love the looks of the dash though:

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Old 09-07-2013, 10:33 AM   #14
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