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Mopar Action October 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

4 min
marathon mope

IT’S TRULY AMAZING , it really is. The Dodge Challenger—reintroduced in 2008 and still going strong some 12 years later. I’d bet the folks at FCA are also amazed, ’Course, Challenger’s success didn’t just happen by chance. Credit goes to some shrewd marketing and competent engineering. First of all, the 2008 Challenger was faithful to the “soul,” if you will, of the ’70 model (which was, unfortunately, not the case with the ’78-’83 Bitsumishi version). As a matter of fact, when the new ‘08 Challenger was being designed at Pacifca, there was a first-gen Challenger on display right in the studio. The designers kept their eye on the ball, so to speak. The biggie, of course, was the SRT8 Hemi which put the car solidly back in the performance game. Ma…

4 min
a star i are… (or not)

TELEVISION. Remember when you were a little kid, and it was a big deal to see people your age as TV stars? To be honest, I never chased after that sort of thing as an end goal. By the time I was in high school, it was far from my mind (street racing, baby—no TV cameras allowed!), and while it was sort of a kick to catch a glimpse of myself during some NHRA telecast as a photographer wandering around the starting line in the 1990s, it just wasn’t anything I ever figured would I would be involved in at a deeper level. Enter the 21st century and cable sports channels have come and gone and come again. Mopes are regularly seen on shows like Graveyard Carz, and I end up…

6 min
wagon ho

THE YEAR IS 1990 and yours truly was doing double duty in the body shop and a pizzeria? Yes, I was living a double life, getting high from paint fumes and then making and eating pizza. This was my version of Zen in 1990. So here I am slinging pizza in one of New York’s finest which wasn’t the worst job as it gave time for the paint fumes to escape my system for some rare moments of normalcy. Crec, what does pizza and Mopars have to do with anything? What, ya’ never ordered pizza while wrenching? Sit tight; it’s comin’! I met a lot of good people and one guy still stands out in my mind. There was an old man named Andy who used to come in all the…

11 min
drums beat?

DAMPER DOWNER? Mr. Ehrenberg – I am using a low-mileage 2002 360 short block in my buildup. The engine has a really weird balancer with a giant iron built-in pulley for a serpentine belt. I know the Magnum is balanced different than the older 360s. Is there a damper that I can use with a regular fan belt and bolt-on pulley? Sonny Saperstein Yonkers, NY Sonny – Yes. 360 Magnums did not begin using the integral-pulley damper until 1998. If you get a boneyard damper from a ’93-’97 360, you can bolt on any “old style” crank pulley. The aftermarket mfr’s substitute the heavy integral-pulley damper for use on 360 Magnums. The original Mopar P/N is 53020182. DOPE SLAP ME Mr. Ehrenberg – I bought a 1969 Charger that has a stroker big block, I think it is…

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 Preferred: Online submission form at moparaction.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…

10 min
tips on ’cuda exhaust tips

BARRED? Mr. Ehrenberg – I have a 1965 Belvedere that I have only owned for two years. I was under it the other day draining the oil, and I noticed that one torsion-height adjuster, on the right side, sticks out much more than the left. Is this a cause for worry? James Avalon Sacramento, CA Jimmy–Probably not. Here’s the explanation: Cars with light or standard-duty torsion bars needed long adjuster screws to pre-twist the bars enough to obtain normal ride height. Cars with the stiffer HD bars didn’t need as much twist to obtain the same height, so the screws didn’t need to be as long. Using a standard screw with an HD bar left quite a bit of the screw exposed beneath the control arm, causing a possible road-hazard snag point, although I…