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Sure is quiet in here

Well I suppose no news is good news.

I haven’t had much time lately to get out and do anything really pivotal or exciting with the old Dodge. A lot of time has been spent on other far less exciting tasks.

I need a water pump. But I need it about 55% less than I need 99% of the other things in my life so I haven’t ordered one just yet. I did decide to mix some anti freeze into the car finally, as temps are hitting freezing at night and the absolute last thing I want to do is crack a block.

Brother Don stopped by today to look at all the fun parts I have laying around, but he had some Doctor Who to go watch, so he didn’t stay around for long. He did help talk me through one more thing though. My carb is running too lean, so further adjustment is still in order.

Last week I took the Dodge on Hiawatha avenue and brought it up to 45-50mph. This was awesome. The fears I’ve had of stalling for absolutely no explainable reason are disappearing from my mind. Next stop? Highway 62.

This could be the week. The week something new and exciting happens. Stay tuned.

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Yay!

I just had my longest successful drive in the dodge.  I didn’t take it on the highway or anything yet, but I’ve got the carb almost perfectly adjusted.  I kept the choke out only about 1/4 the way out the entire drive and probably drove for a solid 20 minutes.

Engine never overheated.  Oil pressure never spiked, nothing.  It wasn’t smooth as silk as once I finally got to the 40 mph range she started shaking a bit.  Undoubtedly related to completely rotten tie rod ends and an axle that probably isn’t even slightly balanced.

I had a blast though.  That was fun.  I’m finally comfortable with the concept of taking it out of my neighborhood.  Maybe even briefly on the highway(although I suspect 55mph is going to be my hard speed limit with this old old 3 speed and aging parts all around me.

If I was content with just leaving everything as is, this wouldn’t be a terrible place to leave the old car.  But I’m not content.  First and foremost the tank needs to be replaced.  Secondly the water pump needs to be replaced, as it is leaking pretty bad.

In reality, all the hard stuff is still ahead of me.  I really want to take a stab at rebuilding this engine.  I keep looking at the gasket set that the car requires and I realize that I’ve already had half of them out and on my garage floor.  Might as well get the rest of them out and have some real fun.

Even as I sit here and type this post out in my garage I don’t hear a single sizzle or pop from behind me.  No water gushing out of the head, no gas pouring on the floor.  Not even any oil dripping, yet.

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The little things start to add up

I had a really excellent day today.  Liam and I cruised down to Rochester for my Uncle Marvin’s surprise birthday party.  We got to hang out with the family for awhile and then had to go home. We got some delicious cheese on the way home and then I got the little bugger to bed.

After bed I finally got around to cleaning my actual house and doing some laundry.  Seems that when you avoid those things, they don’t just go away.  Hrrrmm.

Well, I might as well go to the garage anyways.  Can’t hurt.

I glanced at the dodge and found that the driver door window was starting to crack in another place from opening and closing the door so often.  Sad.  Most of the glass needs replacing anyways, but anything not vital is best saved for later.

I then realized that it is getting cold out, and I still don’t have a driver vent window(as you may recall, it flew off in transit, shattering into pieces on the highway.  So I started to clear out the what I assume was once rubber around the window frame and prep it for a temporary plexi replacement.

This is when two of my friends Zach and Jenny phoned me up and wanted to know if I wanted company.  Sure!

So neither of them have seen the car yet, so I better give them the tour.  Here’s this, here’s that…  go ahead and sit down.  Now my friend Zach is an electrician, so I just assume he is good luck.  He opened the passenger door and the dome light switch kicked on the dash light for the first time ever.  What?!!?  I thought this was insane, him just being near the car has caused another piece to operate correctly.

I tell him that there is a dome light in the rear, and it has a good light, but the switch does nothing.  I show him by wiggling the switch….

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Dome!

Never mind…. that light works just fine.  I guess the switch just needed to be put into the non existent middle position.  Zach, you are a magician.

Now all that is left is the spot light.

Anyways, I went back to my plexiglass after showing them the rest of the car and giving it one good late night start.  Still sounds great with the exhaust patched up.

We ended up doing a pretty decent job of cutting up some plexi and fitting it into the window frame and then siliconed it into place.  Certainly not show car quality, but should keep some wind out of my face.

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6 volts of powerful light illuminating the yet to be fully cleaned cloth interior.

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Plexiglass vent window in place, hard to see, but on the top of the other door window is a newly formed group of cracks.

Well, I thought I’d finish things off by doing an a/b comparison of the blog’s cover photo versus one I took tonight.  It’s not as dramatic as a change as I would have liked, but I blame the flash on my photo.

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close enough for government work

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It lives

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(not pictured, the grease in my hair)

I officially have brakes. But the kind of brakes where you say ‘this doesn’t stop very well, I should do a brake job.’

But that’s not the point. The Dodge stops when you press a pedal, the pedal compresses eight individual shoes grabbing four drums and in synchronous harmony the car slows down to a stop.

This is a good feeling.

Thanks to a lot of awesome people who got this car this far. Let it be known that without your assistance the old Dodge would probably still just be sitting idly by in the garage.

Thank you Don, Myrna, Mom, Dad, Owen, Wes, Uncle Marvin, Young Ed, and so many other people.

Thank you!

Tomorrow I hope that Myrna can stop by and we can go for a joyride around the neighborhood!!!

And I hope to continue to update you all throughout the week on any new exciting changes.

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