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1998 Grand Caravan.....440 mid engine bracket toy!!

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  • T-REX
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    It wuz a bran new balancer...In 1971!!!...LOL......it look'd good, so I went with it...az tha Name on tha side ov tha van...CHEEP!!!.......In reality, that iz tha firss time I ever had a balancer kum apart!!!...Live an leern...Nut'in but a tater!!...Lol

    Thankz fer tha compliment...it iz a fun lil ride!!!

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  • Cranky
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    How old was that stock balancer? When they were not 40 years old, you could get away with that sort of thing lol. Man, that thing looks way cool!!

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  • T-REX
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    Finally figger'd out tha problemz wit tha van...Fuel issues!!...Stock mechanikle pump juss wuzn't keep'in up fer sum reason!!...I add'd a lektrik pump and it woke tha mota up!!...Then tha harmonic balancer decided to depart...Damm stockie stuff....New balancer on tha way, and I'm thank'in sum 12:50's mite be await'in fer me nex time to tha track!!......A few more pics after tha final touches, wit tha decals on!!!



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  • 80 Aspen RT
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    That's awesome T rex!

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  • T-REX
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    I do agree wit ya missa Cranky!!... a 440 six pak would outrun a 440 wit a 4 bbl, and look at tha CFMov tha six pak....My mota haz a six pak retro purple shaft, and good heds , so I'm Purdy sho it kan handle mo fuel/air....Thankz fer ya input!!

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  • Cranky
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    A stock 440 with an intake and headers will benefit from an 850 carb! Everyone always told me that I over carb my engines but they go faster with the bigger carbs....

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  • T-REX
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    First pass on tha lil van....Idle punch(2800 converter)...Shift @ 5K...Thru lights @ 6K...Thru tha Mufflers(ole demonz Mufflers, so they wuz prolly plugg'd from dead HP...;-) )...13.04 @ 102.94mph.....Tha 750 carb turned out to be too small...It wuz borderline leen with mufflers...Removed mufflers last pass, labored above 4500, so I shifted and it labored in hi geer, so I lifted before finish...it'z slowed to 13.47....Drive train very smoothe...Drove like it wuz on a string....Never moved tha wheel from hit ov throttle to the end....Drivers compartment very comfortable, and no fumes or smoke up front.....Have to run without fan on till I git to bleechbox and cleen tires, then flip on fan...Mota will cool from 150/160 back to 140 @ finish line!!.......I haven't weigh'd tha lil Van yet, but it'z feelz kina heavy, so I'm figger'in 3500+ #'s,.,...Will weigh it nex week.....,.,.,.All and All a fun day, and a very successful first day at tha track....Only made 4 passes but found out a lot ov info...needs MO GAS!!!And NUTT'IN BROKE!!...I'm thank'in 8:50cfm, or even a six pak setup....Santa, are U lissn'in???.....https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...type=2&theater
    Last edited by T-REX; 11-24-2013, 05:42 PM.

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  • T-REX
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    I'm poze ta be goin run tha Van tha day befo Thanksgive'in, and hope to git a video ov it'z first run...Will also take sum pic's after it iz all one color....I wuz hope'in Ole Demon wuz gunna go, and take sum nice pics, but he's skeer'd an ain't gunna take tha leep...lol.....I know it'z been a while since an update, But I had a kidney stone in Julyn an didn't git rid ov it till lass week, that reely put a damper on my van time, but tha nex update won't be that far off, and will be tha finished project!!!!....Thankz fer hang'in wit me!!!!

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  • 80 Aspen RT
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    T Rex....... we need some updates....more pics......

    This project is SO friggen cool!!!!!!

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  • Dobaroy
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    T-Rex, cool project . . . look forward to seeing it once it comes out of your brothers body shop. Hope she can lift the front wheels nicely off the ground.

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  • hemisatellite
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    Trex, pls call me. lost yer number in a fone crash. needa talk to you and luois maybe on a few race dates fer nex year an tell ya a little more about my ride. thanx

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  • T-REX
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    OK, Lil update on tha lil van....I know it's been a while, but it's been in those stages that ain't much changed that meant anything...I took itout on tha road for a lil stress test today....Drive trane iz nice and smoothe...tha spool and slicks make it tuff to steer in close quarters, but, hell, we poze ta be goin in a strate line anyway!!!.....I had ta tight'n up thashocks a lil to git tha stance I wanted..It actuall set lowerin tha rear than tha front..... Mota sounds reel good, well, sept fer that STOCK idle!!!...It haz a Purple shaft kam kit, It'z a retro 440 +6 shaft....10.5 TRW's, steel crank, and a good set ov stockie heds wit new stainless valves wit 5 angle job and a lil pocket port'in...Torqer II manifold, and a 750 holley( it had a Edlebrock, but ya kan't git jets local like them holleys).... Car iz sett'in in My brutherz body shop az I type this....He volunteered ta do tha body work and paint, so why piss tha boy off, and not let him do it...lol....We juss have to have an understand'in that this van iz a BRACKET TOY and not a sho car!!....Hiz nickname should have been, M&M!!!...Mr. Matickulous!!!....I always kina figger'd bad body work always presented it'self az a purfektplace for a decal!!!.....OK, datz all fer now...I'll put up sum pivcs after it'z painted.....

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  • Cranky
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    Or maybe a shock that has a stud on the top would work a bit better.....like what the 60's 70's B and E body cars used.

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  • T-REX
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    Good catch der Cranky...Maybe yo eyez ain't leff ya in yo ole age...:ROFLMAO:.....Tha sprangz are short, and stiff, tha movement iz very limited(even up and down)...If it turns out to be a problem, I prolly kin find sumbody ta fix it fer me!!....Thankz fer tha help!!!

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  • Cranky
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    Hope you don't have any problems with your front shock mounts. You usually don't want to mount the eyes 90 degrees apart top to bottom. If you don't have too much axle movement, then it won't be a problem....

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