Mopar Action June 2020

Mopar Action is the best-selling Mopar enthusiasts’ magazine on the market today. Mopar Action covers the entire world of Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge vehicles, including classics, muscle cars, race cars, new car road tests, performance tips, technical advice articles, personality profiles, coverage of major Mopar events, restoration advice and club news from around the world. If it’s Mopar—you’ll find it in Mopar Action.

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3 Min
mopar man…now.

I GOTTA CONFESS… I wasn’t born with a silver Pentastar in my mouth. I wasn’t converted over to the Mopar camp until later in life when I was “re-educated” (a term humorously used by China and North Korea to “convince” dissidents back into the party line, or simply disappear) by Rick Ehrenberg. The first family bus was a ’54 Buick Century—pretty quick with the small Special body packing the big Roadmaster engine. No power steering or brakes, but fun. I drove that in college and drag-raced a fraternity bro, John Marsini, who had a supposedly “hot” ’54 Olds. We made 3 or 4 runs, with all the bros rooting us on. Johnny tried every combo in his 3-speed (Low, Super and Drive) trans while I just punched my Dynaflow in…

3 Min
mopar social distancing

WHAT A DIFFERENCE a week makes. It is late March as I type this out, and like many readers, I am self-quarantining at the instructions of the feds. The rude awakening of this global pandemic (at least that’s what the news tells us it is) had come for me personally last week at the NHRA Gatornationals. The first day of qualifying, we got a terse message from the tower that following the day’s activities that Thursday, the race was to be immediately postponed directly at the governor’s request. Though Friday would feature some eliminations to allow the Sportsman racers to head home, no spectators were being allowed in, so I drove back to Tennessee. By the middle of this week, NHRA, NMCA, NASCAR and several other outfits like the NCAA…

3 Min
today’s forecast is…

EVERYONE has their auto parts story and it’s usually one of the big box guys. So why would I be the exception? Believe it or not, they don’t roll out the red carpet when I show up and say “Hey, look! it’s that nobody from Mopar Action!!” Anyhow, you all know what I am talking about, you go in for washer fluid and they want the VIN. Well I’m no different, I go into the parts store looking for oil, a filter, and a clean drain pan. Pretty simple right? A li’l cheap insurance after all the nonsense with Plain Jane (remember my rocker rant from last issue) to make sure that there wasn’t any “extra” metal in the engine. I grab my stuff and wait as the 4 people behind…

19 Min
torqueflite tricks and tips

A727 >> A518 My ’67 Dart has a 2014 5.7 stock engine, TTi headers, Hotwire harness, a 727 with manual valve body, and a 3.23 rear. With this setup, it ran a best of 12.8, but 60-foots like a pig (2.1). A friend gave me a converter good for 2K stall, and the car then went 12.4s. Question is: I can get a good A518 for free; will this torque converter and my valve body go into that? The car crosses the finish line at 5K, so I will be putting in 3.91s, too. Thanks for your time. Richard Gilbert Willoughby, OH Richard–No problem, my time here is 4:30 p.m. Now to your question: It depends on the year of the 518. Early ones—some were built w/o the lockup converter—one of those will…

1 Min
how to get help:

Address all queries to this address: RICHARD EHRENBERG PO BOX 302 MARLBORO NY 12542 Best bet: Online submission form at GROUND RULES: • If you want to submit your question via email, please use the online submission form at www.moparaction. com. If we ask for more info, send back all existing text, or else! • Snailmail must include a SASE and/or a cash bribe. • All letters, electronic or otherwise, must include a full name and a least your city and state. You can request that it be withheld, however, and, if we had any the night before, we might even honor your request. • “20 questions” letters instantly get shredded and the scraps forwarded to the ashpile that is the remains of Mopar Muscle. So—ask one clear question please, we’re a sleazy magazine, not an encyclopedia…

7 Min
making sense of platform designations

’74 MANIFOLDS Rick–I just bought an unmolested 1974 Newport, 400-2 Bbl, 37,507 miles. Really a mint find! But this is the first Mopar I have ever seen without a heat riser valve in the right exhaust manifold. How does the choke even work without this heat? Thomas Collins ElPaso, TX Tommy–First, as on the majority of ‘70-up Mopars, it has that trick thermostatically-operated warm-air door in the air cleaner snorkel (preheater). This supplies warm air to the carb almost immediately, requiring less choke for no-stumble drivability (and improved fuel economy). Then the real trick: The choke is electrically assisted: There is a thermostatic switch gizmo (mounted on the intake manifold) that supplies high-current to a heating coil placed close to the choke’s bimetallic coil. Depending on the under-hood temperature, this heating element is supplied…