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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: DynoDave] #2929942
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The last few items were hurriedly moved out, and the demolition work began on Tuesday.

A few errors occurred here. They were not supposed to demo the drywall on the walls. By the time I saw it, it was too late. They also were not supposed to remove the 16' of workbenches, nor the 6-7' of desktop area. So those will have to be reconstructed somehow. The upside is the exterior walls (not shared with the house) were not insulated. I'm going to pay them to do that while they are in there. Also getting a little electrical work done, and having the exterior entry door replaced.

I now have a new pile of things to go through again...the old cabinets, a few missed contents, and some other odds and ends.

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More curious smoke patterns, this time from a sheet of peg board sitting 1.5" off the wall. These were 4x8 sheets laid on their side, so 4' up from the workbench surface. Curious how the smoke pushed it's way through the first 5-10 rows of holes, then swept downward.

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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: DynoDave] #2966786
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We're getting close. Painted, new overhead door, new opener, new man door, new benches, new peg board, second layer of insulation blown into the attic....and did I mention LIGHTS? It's like an operating room in there.

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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: DynoDave] #2968127
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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: ZIPPY] #2992126
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Exactly 3 months later than planned, all of my "stuff" is back (at least I hope it's all there).

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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: DynoDave] #2992170
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WOW a daunting task sir. I don't feel so bad about my situation anymore. grin
Do you have help or are you a one man band?
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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: Copper Dart] #2992672
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The remediation company offered to help me unpack, but half of the "places" these tools and items lived don't currently exist...pegboard, (there, but I need to clean all the hooks), benches (still have to paint the frames), wooden shelves and wire shelves (no tools to cut/build/hang), or old kitchen cabinets (all need to be stripped and rehung). So I had to decline their help. It's all on me.

I've started to unbox and put out what I can, but still moist of it needs a home. Some things I haven't found yet that are making me nervous.


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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: DynoDave] #2992827
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I get anxiety just thinking about your situation! Good luck and Gods speed sir.
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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: Copper Dart] #2993334
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Wow Dave, it's really turning out great, from what could've been a disaster!

Glad I found this.


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Thanks Bill. As long as all of my tools and things are returned, I'll be happy.


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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: DynoDave] #3016834
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I've missed a few updates here. Still working on things when I get the time.

I have a couple of swivel lamps for each end of the bench. The lamps survived, but their mounting hardware did not. Also, the way the benches were reconstructed, there was no lip (overhang of the top) to clamp them to. So I had planned to used a couple of scrap 2x4 4" squares with a hole drilled in the middle to mount those lamps on.

Meanwhile, one of my favorite new YouTube channels is for the Battleship New Jersey. A few weeks or so back the curator had an episode discussing the ships teak wood deck. The are replacing it, and pieces of the old deck are for sale as souvenirs, the purchase of which helps support the museum/ship. Perfect! I ordered up two squares of. Waiting for some teak deck cleaner and conditioner to come in, then I'll get them mounted. Video below. Mine appears to my eye to be WWII vintage, based on his description.



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Book cabinet survived and is all cleaned up. Very pleased that all of the books, manuals, and tons of factory documents and ads all survived. Lab coats and uniforms back from the dry cleaners.

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Tools are all back up on the pegboard....at least the ones I got back.You'll notice there's a lot of vacant space on this section.

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This side is a little more complete.

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Because the benches were not reconstructed properly, the 340 short block for my '72 Charger lost it's home (it also got coated with drywall mud and paint speckles, thank you contractors without tarps). To get it back into it's previous home, a pair of drawers (also built in the wrong place) will have to be torn out and rebuilt, then I can wheel it into the corner under the bench on this engine stand (bought God knows how long ago...I believe from the old State Fair Winter Swap Meet, when it was at the State Fairground on 8 mile). The Mopar reman small block Mopar shipping crate c1987 will have to go.

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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: DynoDave] #3017780
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Coming along nicely Dave.

Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: CDN72SE] #3019090
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A little here, a little there. Wish I had more time to devote to it.

Dug out the cherry picker from the back garage (a small project in itself), and got the 340 moved from the pallet to the engine stand. Getting to this point was an entire evenings worth of work, starting at 5-ish, and didn't go into the house until 10:30. Wrestling that picker out of the over-stuffed back garage, dragging it across the frozen snowy yard, moving things in the attached garage to make space for it, assembling it (yes, even that fought me), figuring our how to mount the engine on the stand (tried it several ways before realizing it was not meant to be mounted with the engine mounts still bolted to the block), and finally wrestling the 4 arms of the stand into alignment with the holes on the block (this is a china made $39.99 swap meet item...precision is actually pretty good, but not perfect).

And here it is. Victory!

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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: DynoDave] #3019092
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It would appear that my measurements with tape measure of the assembled stand, engine and bench were off by a 1/16th or so.

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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: DynoDave] #3019093
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I did try (no photos) moving the engine into the spot by the bench where I wanted it to be under, just to make sure the bench or floor didn't slope that 1/16" or so, but no luck. Standing there watching the news out the Ukraine, and thinking about this mess, I thought if I tipped the engine and stand (can this spindly stand take all the weight of the engine tipped at an angle and on two wheels without collapsing?) up on two wheels, I could duck that china wall under the bench frame, and when it came out on the other side, the block is lower after the wall, and I'd be good (the engine is too long to make it all the way under the bench, so the wall at the flywheel and of the block will not be an issue). Turned out that while the idea was sound, and while the block and frame of the stand would clear, the casters (which turned out to be the widest spot) would not, colliding with the leg of the bench and gouging into the drywall.

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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: DynoDave] #3019095
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Before I turned out the lights for the night, I stood there and thought about this for a while (a slow process laugh ).

So close. If I could just get that bench a "tiny" bit higher. Tried lifting up on the bench...zero play. So the only thing that would help would be making the stand lower. There is room under the pan. If this garage and the other were set up (not still being reconstructed), I could cut a 1/2" out of each leg, weld it back together, and life would be good. But that's not an option right now. So I started looking at the iron casters. Very beefy, but a full 4" tall. If I could find some that were just a fraction of an inch shorter, I'd have the room I needed.

A quick visit to the local Ace Hardware the next day produced these. Not much shorter, but I only need maybe an 1/8th inch to clear comfortably. 90lb. rating each, so 360 across the four of them, should be enough for the short-block. They will probably flat spot terribly over the coming years, but I'm not worried about that right now.

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Smaller roller bearing area, and using flattened pins for an axle Vs. the bolt on design of the original. Not as strong and serviceable, but also quite a bit thinner. You can't see it in this photo of the new caster in front of the old, but the wheel itself is half the width, and the axle is much slimmer (you can see the bolt/axle of the original caster in the background behind the new caster).

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The other issue I foresaw while at the hardware store...the new downsized casters have a mounting stud just as tall (which means they will have the same reach through the tube frame...that's a good thing), but smaller in diameter. This would allow the new casters to wallow around in that hole, and under load, get cocked sideways in the frame. So I walked one of the new casters over to the Ace bulk material center, and picked up a piece of aluminum tube that would just go around the outside of the stud.

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Back in the shop, a test fit of that tube into the hole in the frame showed it to be just a touch too big around. A quick bit of work with a round file (one of the few files that got returned post-fire) removed the powder coat and opened up the hole just a touch. I only opened the upper hole. Leaving the hole in the bottom of the frame tube smaller will prevent the bushing from dropping out of the bottom of the frame.

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Test fit = perfect.

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Marked and cut to length to create a bushing for the caster stud.

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Set it into place = perfect. Shown here only partially installed. It sits flush with the frame when fully installed.

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A mixed bag on the amount of grease on the caster bearings from their factory. One had an OK amount, two barely any, and one appeared to have none. A trip to the back garage and the 25 gal. drum of '50s vintage Sinclair brand bearing grease (doesn't everyone one have one of those?) for a little scoop of product. Each caster bearing got packed.

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Cleaned up and ready for action. Action in this case means rolling it about 8' and sitting for a decade.

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As long as we're at it, a touch of grease for the new busing too. Installed and tightened. Now repeat 3 more times.

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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: DynoDave] #3019096
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Victory (again)! And a damn site closer than I had hoped for. I was nervous for a moment.

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While I expect those rubber casters to eventually flatten and fail under load, they are a day and night difference to roll around on. Those iron casters sucked, very hard to roll, and damn near impossible to steer. With these new casters, it's like steering a shopping cart. Super easy.

Wheeled into place for a long nap.

With a Trans Am powertrain build up (along with a whole host of other mods) as Job #1, the Chrysler Cordoba will be build #2. The Duster #3, and the poor Charger #4. Hope to get to it before I die. So easy access of this stored engine is not a priority.

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Not sure the engine is even salvageable (or the car). But it's the numbers matching engine, so we'll keep it and determine it's fate another day. Before this space gets boxed in by a large filing cabinet, I'll add an additional layer of oil/grease to the bores and other machined surfaces, then bag it as best I can.


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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: DynoDave] #3019505
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The New Jersey channel is great, and Ryan shows a lot of great areas of the ship. Hope to visit one day.


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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: basketcase] #3019637
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Me too!

A guy I grew up with (we were next door neighbors and born 1 week apart) joined the Navy after college, and requested a battleship. I remembered that he served on one, but was thinking it might have been the Missouri. Nope...it was New Jersey! Chatted with him this weekend, and he's headed to the channel ti subscribe and start watching.


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Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: basketcase] #3038078
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Originally Posted by basketcase
The New Jersey channel is great, and Ryan shows a lot of great areas of the ship. Hope to visit one day.


This was the topic at the shop the other day. Hope to visit it, too!

Re: A new start for my '77 Cordoba [Re: Drei] #3065258
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It's a great channel, and I've added several more ship channels, like the U.S.S Texas.

Ugh...last photos from February. not a lack of posting really, just sidelined with other projects.


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