Car Shows and Heavy Loads

I took the truck to the big Mopar car show here in town 2 weeks ago. The attendance was lackluster at best, but the weather was perfect. Not too hot, not too cloudy. In a crowd of 3 cars in my class, I got 2nd place. Second year I’ve been at that show, second time I’ve gotten 2nd place. :) But last year there were at least 6 or 7 cars in the FWD class.

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These are the awards from this year’s car shows. 

Anyways, moving along.. I’ve got a line on another Rampage, very cheap, but needs a new engine. So I snagged a pair of engines I found on CraigsList, today. One is known good out of a Rampage, the other has been sitting under a tarp for 8 years, but was rumored to have come out of a race car, perhaps a circle track car or something. I picked them both up with my Rampage. You know, the one I just lowered? heh.

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Amazingly enough, the tires didn’t rub, and the axle didn’t bottom out against the frame rail (perhaps the shocks prevented that, not sure). Had to drive 25 miles home with that 600-800lbs in the bed on the freeway. It performed like a champ, no problems.

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It was raining out today, so I had to cover the engines with a tarp. I layer them both down, draped the tarp over them, ran a strap around both of them to make them stick together, and hold the tarp on. Then I did the crossing pattern with the straps to keep them from moving around in the bed. They didn’t budge on the way home.

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Here’s a 12 year old added for scale. hehehe.. It was certainly sitting low.

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There’s the two engines standing up and waiting for the cherry picker to come remove them. The one at the back of the truck is the “race motor” that we’ll get into next. Note the improperly routed timing belt on it.. haha.. FAIL..

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Race motor’s camshaft. The paint between the lobes on cylinder 1 is unique, I’ve never seen a cam with that before. I think it’s a performance cam. I just don’t know which one. Time to do some research. The head itself is sparkling clean, and note the studs on the cam caps. I’ve never seen that before either.

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It has a 655 casting head on it. That’s an ’81/’82 only casting, very very rare. Note how big the intake port is. It’s huge, actually matches the gasket. It doesn’t normally match, the bottom 10% or so is blocked off on all later heads.

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Oh what’s this? Looks like the cam seal has been pushed out. I bet it leaked like mad!

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What in the hell is that? Yeah.. They RTV’d the seal in place, then switched to a different type of RTV and RTV’d a second cam seal in front of the first one. Yes sir, put down the tools and step away from the car. RTV is a dangerous thing that is very easily abused if you don’t understand it’s risks. This guy should be cutoff for life. heh.. 2 cam seals.. I guess the second was to keep the first from popping out? Geeze..

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One thing I forgot to mention about this race motor, and is really the only reason I had to pull the head off of it.. It’s an ’84 turbo block. It has the oil return port for the turbo sticking out of the back, capped off. So I had to know what they’d done about the pistons. Well here you have it.. It does have replacement pistons in it, apparently .020 oversized. But.. They aren’t flat top carb’d pistons, they’re dished turbo pistons! So this is a turbo engine with a very rare and great flowing head and a performance cam. WooHoo!

That’s all for now. I’ll post pictures of the new Ramapge when I get around to getting it. :)

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