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Mopar Action June 2019

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.

United States
Athlon Media Group
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
quota quandary

DIVERSITY and non-discrimination. That’s our creed in hiring staff for this fine publication. You can have two heads, be illiterate and drunk 90% of the time, but it doesn’t matter to us. You still make the level hiring field here because we can’t discriminate against those who can’t speak or read or write English, two-headed applicants or drunks. Yeah, it’s kind of liberal, but we’re just anticipating upcoming anti-discrimination and diversity legislation and we want to be ahead of the curve. As far as the authorities are concerned, competence or lack of same on the job is a non-issue as long as there is a live (or semi-live) person who meets the diversity regs. For the first 29½ years of Mopar Action we had a staff of two. Which made it…

1 min
...breaking news

AS WE GO TO PRESS, Zoo just got back from Las Vegas where he did some NBC-SN commentary on the Steve Juliano collection, which is being sold by Mecum Auctions in May at Indianapolis. The biggest news is that a lot of the excess material is tentatively scheduled to be sold ONLINE at mecum.com even before that finale, with low opening bids. Steve had no junk; don’t miss this once-ever chance to own a part of Steve’s incredible legacy. Creating a mecum account is free and, like eBay, bidding will not require you to be at your computer when the sales are closing. See the details in the Mecum advertisement on cover 2. We will have post-auction coverage after the event as well.…

3 min
paper racer chaser

“WOW , that’s cool!” The problem with places like eBay is that it is too easy to spend your money. Of course, you need to be looking for something. Since I was a kid, I have always liked printed items, and eBay is a one-stop shop for just about anything in that realm. Magazines, photographs, books, postcards, negatives, catalogs, and so on. There is something to be said for what you can still hold in your hands, one of the reasons why Mopar Action remains viable and coming in your mailbox every 60 days or so. Magazines in general have always had that effect, at least on me. When I first became a “car guy” in high school, it was back issues of Super Stock and Car Life that fueled my…

5 min
it ain’t just paint!

IT AIN’T JUST PAINT , or is it? I hear and read a lot of stories from way too many people bad-mouthing the body shop business, and it’s the same BS over and over. “I took my car to a shop and it took longer than they said it would.” “They were supposed to do this and that and they didn’t!! ” “I didn’t get the magenta metal flake mural of Ehrenberg and Gromer wearing matching Speedos!” BLAH BLAH BLAH. So whose fault is it? Is it their fault--or yours--that what you got isn’t what you wanted or when you wanted it? Did you want just simple bodywork and paint or a full-concours resto? Guess what? There’s no such thing as “simple” in that business. If you think you’re gonna roll your car into Maaco…

10 min
should i bypass my ballast resistor?

GLYDING Mr. Ehrenberg–I need to replace the strut rod bushings on my 1966 Barracuda. These are the old one-piece style. How can I get them through the hole in the crossmember without damaging them? I tore one up already. Charles Fuller Meriden, MS Charlie–You need to lubricate them first. The factory recommended Ru-Glyde (which was even sold, back in the day, labeled as a Mopar part), nowadays this is usually sold in paste form and used mostly for lubricating tire beads during mounting, so your local tire shop will probably let you take a small amount out of the bucket that is likely hanging near their tire mounting machine. Simply schmear the small-OD end and smack ’em in with a mallet. The stuff is made by American Grease Stick Co. (AGS). Can’t find Ru-Glyde? Silicone…

1 min
how to get help

Address all queries to this address: RICHARD EHRENBERG PO BOX 302 MARLBORO NY 12542 Email (new): moparactiontech@yahoo.com 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 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 Mopar Muscle. So – ask one clear question please, we’re a sleazy magazine, not an encyclopedia publisher. We won’t tell you step-by-step how to swap a 2019 Redeye…