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1979 Dodge Lil Red Express Truck Restoration

Basketcase

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good to hear your getting things sorted out. I've got all the sheet metal rounded up to swap mine over to an early '70s, and got a set of stacks yesterday. As soon as I get my wife's Karma Ghia painted I'm tearing into the truck. Even picked up a rear bumper from a Warlock, and fabbed the brackets. Looks way better than the big ol step bumper.
 

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Yes on the bumpers, you like me all the upkeep on other vehicles take all the time away.
 

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well this was a 20th wedding anniversary for her...had crappy paint on it then, and we're closing n on our 31st...my '69 road runner took priority. I let it go a few weeks ago, and I really want to tear into the truck.,..but figured I better get her some nice paint first.

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Compression on a couple of cylinders is looking a little low, 115 is getting close to not firing 145 is good. It may need a valve job in the future
 

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Compression on a couple of cylinders is looking a little low, 115 is getting close to not firing 145 is good. It may need a valve job in the future
Probably not a bad idea. I’m not sure what they all did anymore when I sent my heads in to get dipped. Guess I’ll pull them this fall when I park it for the season.
 

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I finally caved and replaced the Thermoquad with a Holley Street Demon 625. Muuuuch better idle and throttle response. It really was bolt on and go. I did reset the idle mixture but that was it.

I had to get creative with the throttle linkage because even with the Holley stud I couldn’t get the throttle cable connected without binding on the carb linkages. My threaded rod seems to be a good solution.
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I had to get creative with the throttle linkage because even with the Holley stud I couldn’t get the throttle cable connected without binding on the carb linkages. My threaded rod seems to be a good solution.
I had a Holley Avenger on a car I got, it was setup with a bolt like yours, never had any issues with it. Whatever works.
 

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10% alcohol has ruined the carbs, the new one will do the same like filling it with water and letting it sei for a few months. If you can find just straight gas, use it or add Sta-bil, Marvel mystery oil or even better the 2 stroke oil from Walmart brand. One quart every fillup.
 
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