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  1. Adam

    Adam Well-Known Member

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    Keep the slant six power steering pump, it will give you more road feel than a v8 unit... if you swap it out just switch the valve behind the inlet fitting.

    Search the web for a Mopar Action article called “pump it down” for more info.
     
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  2. SFEbody

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    Adam what do you mean by "more road feel"? I did intend to keep the /6 pump if it bolts up to the new brackets.
     
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    Adam Well-Known Member

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    Chrysler power steering, in my opinion, has too much assist. Maybe when I’m 80 I will like steering with one finger, but I doubt it.
    Firm Feel is a company that offers steering boxes with 3 levels of firmness check their website and links.
    Also, find and read the “Pump it down” article...

    I have a Firm feel box (Stage 3, I think) and the pump it down mod in my 71 Chally and I love it. Compared to my old 70 Cuda it is wonderful....
     
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    SFEbody Well-Known Member

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    Today I dropped in the 440,tried to do it with the tranny on it but the cheap harbor Freight hoist would not get me close enough to clear the firewall. Took the trans off and slid in like butter. BIG difference from the SLANT /6 Now hooking everything up. stay tuned.

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  5. mrjlr

    mrjlr Well-Known Member

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    Looks perfect in there!
    No E-Body should have a /6....!

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    SFEbody Well-Known Member

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    Running into a snag, used my old power steer pump on new 440 source brackets and it is about an inch from lining up to the crankshaft pulley. If anyone has experienced this let me know if you have a good fix.
     
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    Ok, Engine is in its home, trans bolted in and everything hooked up. Will post some photos Saturday.
     
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    Just curious how is the clearance on the pass side to get to the spark plugs? 4 and 6 on my dart are horrible, really thinking of drilling holes to get access to them.
     
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    SFEbody Well-Known Member

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    Clearance is tight bit not restrictive

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    Yer gonna love it!

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    SFEbody Well-Known Member

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    Update .... As soon as I get the parthound wiring harness from Tommy. I’m ready to fire it up. Need to swap the rear end and cut down the driveshaft yet!!!!! Damn Holliday travel will put me on hold a few weeks. :-(.

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  12. moparlee

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    Looking real nice. Have you run your 4 speed thru the gears yet? It looks like the reverse rod bracket is up side down. How did you come out on your power steering belt alignment?
     
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    Thanks Lee. I will flip it. It looked weird but did not shift yet. (Can’t find my Hurst shifter ). I shimmed it with washers like you suggested. I wanted to keep the slant six pump because it has less assist tha the V8 pumps according to Adam
     
  14. Tom Berkebile

    Tom Berkebile New Member

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    I can speak from experience. My 72 came with a /6. I put a 383 with a 391 rear gear in it back in 82. I went from 19s to 14s. If I would have put smaller tires on the rear I'm sure it would have been in the 13s. You will be amazed!!. Mine rusted off the wheels but I've almost got it back together again. Painting the bottom before Xmas. I also swapped the K-frame. You did the right thing there. I think the conversion brackets have interference issues. I also kept the slant 6 T-bars in mine back in the 80s. It was incredible for drag racing but I couldn't take a corner hard. The /6 T-bars would only bring the K-frame 4" off the ground.
     
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    I am excited Tom. I swapped the T bars for the R/T ones when I swaped all the rest of the front suspension including power disk. Should be a fantastic change driving
     
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  16. DodgeGuy

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    Tom, love that picture in your profile of your 'Cuda! I really like that color scheme.

    I also notice that you're located in NW Ohio, which is where I live. Might I ask where? I'm located in the vincinity of Tiffin/Findlay.
     
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    Tom Berkebile New Member

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    Located in Perrysburg. That is my car from 1982 after it's first new paint job. My 76 Charger is behind it.
     
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    Ok, fired her up today after installing my new harness from Tommy @ partshound.net. He makes AMAZING wire harness exact to the OEM. Now have to get the driveshaft cut down.

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  19. DodgeGuy

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    I didn't even notice the Charger behind it!! Unbelievable, because your Charger looks EXACTLY like my first car, which was a mid-70's Dodge Charger. I can't quite remember if it was a 75, 75, or 77, but it was one of those and looks EXACTLY like yours. It was a green color with a white vinyly roof that covered the area directly above the rear seats only!! Man that's awesome to see, that Charger was THE reason I became a "Mopar Guy". I was 16 back in 1988, and loved that car. My next Mopar was a 1973 Dodge Charger, and then a 1973 Dodge Challenger.
     
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    You'll probably need to get the 440source pump pulley and possibly crank pulley. I just did a conversion with their parts and everything lined up perfectly.
     
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