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Post  Ghostcruiser on Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:55 pm

OK, I'll start the ball rolling....here's my 1975 Dodge Monaco K-package (police) car, that I'll be converting to a Bluesmobile clone in the near future...actually, the process has already begun! I got it from down in South Florida from a good buddy of mine (and a prince of a guy) named Huey, who is THE premier Bluesmobile expert, bar none...if you need to know ANYTHING about Bluesmobiles, he's the go-to guy you need! I couldn't build this without his help, and he fixed me up with this car, after years of me looking for a likely candidate (but to no avail).

It originally came with a 360/727 combo, but that's since gone by the wayside in exchange for a 1969 Dodge 440/727 combo that I am swapping into her (I'm considering putting the 360 into my '57 Plymouth Christine clone, but that's another thread!). The front bumper is going to be swapped for a '74 version (with pushbar) that will match the grille that's already installed, and the bent rear bumper will be replaced with a straight one, also. The front right fender will be replaced (I have 2 extras), and there's some work needed in various places on the body that I'll be taking care of. I have to add some small details to the interior, like a 6" Unity spotlight, and of course, a cigarette lighter!

These pics are what she looked like when I got her, and during the process of getting her home from Huey's, with my oldest son and my dad's help. I'll be adding more pics, as well as some building tips and how-to's, as the restoration moves along, so keep watching! Wink







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Post  Ghostcruiser on Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:03 pm



No, that's my pop, NOT Billy Gibbons....


Me striking "The Pose"....


Finally home...








More to come! Wink
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Post  Elwood on Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:41 pm

What happened to the first "D" on the back?

Ghostcruiser wrote:
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More to come! Wink
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Post  Ghostcruiser on Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:12 am

I've still got 'em...Huey stuck them in for the top photo, but the clips aren't on them, so I took them off to keep from losing them on the way home.... Cool
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Post  Ghostcruiser on Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:28 am

Here's my donor 440, in the Dart.....



I pulled her out this weekend....




Gonna freshen her up a little this week, and replace the tranny....
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Post  dwc43 on Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:06 am

What's wrong with the tranny? Good time to add a TCI shift kit to it too. Laughing

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Post  Ghostcruiser on Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:13 am

dwc43 wrote:What's wrong with the tranny? Good time to add a TCI shift kit to it too. Laughing

She's slips as bad as an oiled-up hooker on a Vegas vibrating bed..... Shocked ....I've got another one with a better performance record to put back in her....

BTW, what will that shift kit do for me? a faster, smoother shift?
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Post  dwc43 on Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:28 am

I'll have to remember that one. The kit will give you a faster but firmer shift depending on the level of performance kit you install. Most have three levels. Soft shifting trans wear out quicker. A firmer shifting tranny is not slipping the clutches as much and they make them hold tighter with a higher fluid pressure or line pressure as it's commonly referred too. Very Happy

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Post  Ghostcruiser on Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:45 pm

Well, my head casting pics didn't turn out (too dark, and the number is under the rockers), but this is what I've got:

2843906

Anyone know if these are the hi-po versions?

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Post  dwc43 on Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:32 pm

I would not call them hp's, but they came on most every big block from about '69 to the mid '70's when the 452's came out which is the same exact head with hardened valve seats for unleaded fuel. Very popular head to use. You can mill them about .035 without having to mod the intake to add some compression to the old mule and she would be good to go. Very Happy

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Post  PAIN on Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:25 pm

The head surface mill should also have the intake side done as well rather than the intake itself. This way, you can swap to any intake you want in the future if need be. Worst case, you have to elongate the intakes holes which is better than milling an intake to fit.

The 906 is OK and fine for use.

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Post  dwc43 on Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:10 pm

How's the work coming along on the BM ?? Very Happy

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Post  Ghostcruiser on Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:55 am

Dude, it's not... Crying or Very sad ...between burying my pa-in-law, and sorting all that business out amongst my wife's family, and then it rains like hell down here for 2 weeks, and now it's going to be in the low 30's tomorrow...it's like everything is plotting against me! Wink
But....I'll be bouncing back, before long! Gotta look on the bright side, ya know! What a Face
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Post  dwc43 on Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:31 am

Sorry to hear that. If there's anyway I could help, I'd would. Hang in there, it'll turn around for ya. I wished you could get it ready by Sept. WE have a great car show up here with the Music City Mopar Club. if you get a chance check it out at www.musiccitymoparclub.com. WE have about 150 to 200 cars every year. Never seen a BM. I found the hat,glasses and tie. I already have a black suit. I hope to get to work on mine later this year. Very Happy

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Post  Ghostcruiser on Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:56 pm

dwc43 wrote:I found the hat,glasses and tie. I already have a black suit. I hope to get to work on mine later this year. Very Happy

Well, brother...you're already half-way there! Wink

And, thanks for the thoughts...we're getting through it, one day at a time! Wink
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Post  dwc43 on Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:59 pm

Well, I have the car too. I just want to pull the big block out and freshin it a bit to make sure it's in good running order. And then I need to paint it and I'll be almost done.

Hang in there my man. Very Happy

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