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ID:	265067 The first new car I ever bought was a black 1978 Dodge Magnum. It wasn't a high optioned car, but did have a 360 leanburn, floor shifter, AC, power steering and brakes.I put 126,000 miles on it in four years and sold. In the 90 I bought a low mileage (68000 miles) black Magnum in Tuscan, AZ. It had a 400, 727 with shift kit, tilt, T Tops, and 8-track.

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    The above is me bringing it home from AZ

    Over the next couple of years i replaced the engine with a 400 street/strip motor with forged rotating and ported 906 heads, an 8.75" rear end with a Suregrip end 3.55 gears out of a 72 Charger, 2.5" dual exhaust with Flowmaster 40s, Schumacher headers and other performance upgrades. Wheels are Keystone Klassics and 235/60-R15 TA Radials. Also put on a March performance serpentine system with a Sanden AC compressor and cage type 1-wire alternator. Inside, I replaced the dash with a kustom made dash filled with Dakota Digital gauges, and a modern Infinity stereo.

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    I really hadn't driven it much in the last few years, and so I decided it was time to improve the car and get to driving again. This thread will document what I've done lately and and update when I do more.




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    So last year I bought a new set of TAs and replaced the Iron heads with aluminum heads.

    I bought a set of nice black leather 2-door seats from a wrecked BMW, a floor shift console and steering column and a new carpet - and converted the car to a floor shift with power seats.

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      Those seats weren't wide enough for my Full-Figured fat ass and wide back, so I ordered a set of aftermarket black leather seats that were wider. It took three months for them to come in - but they were put in Tuesday. I still need to condition them to get a little shinier. They are very comfortable. If anyone with a skinnier butt (everyone) wants to buy the Beemer seats, they're for sale
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        Bumper had a little surface rust and was dull, so it came off. It took a three hour drive with me to the chrome shop, to be stripped and re-plated.



        They jumped on stripping to bare metal and sent me these photos.



        They promised it will be ready in three weeks. We’ll see! The huge full width bumper mount will get wire brushed and a couple coats of black POR15.

        While on the topic of Magnum, the radio (from a 99 Durango that I Installed 15 years ago) was pulled out and tested as it has it’s volume and reception goes up and down. It works bench tested, but in car its a big power draw. Testing still required to figure out.



        And staying on the subject of my 78 Magnum, about 15 years ago I made a custom dash panel and filled it with Dakota Digital gauges. The tach has gone dim on me, and they’re not as Kool now as 15 years ago. Below is an old photo, as the column shift has been replaced with a floor shift and console.



        So I bought a stock dash panel to fill with after market gauges.



        The gauge holes measure two at 4″ and two at 2 5/8″. 4″ gauges are limited, and I’m two holes short for a full set if I couldn’t find a combo. While pricey, I did find what I needed.



        I ordered them with a white face with black day face and green on black night face. Ordered a clock and a oil temp with same face and bezel to fill the 2 5/8″ holes. It rocked me about a grand, and will take 4-5 weeks to make. I’m sure there will be a lot of Dremel tool action to the dash panel to get them in.

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          I picked up the rear bumper to my Magnum XE (I point out XE as I also have a black 79 GT) and installed.



          The ten year old and squeaking serpentine belt was replaced with a shorter one that was required after changing the heads from iron to Edelbrocks. I took the car for a hard drive (110 mph to) to test the belt. While that’s good, the brakes were mushy and won’t lock up. They’ll have to be dealt with when I get back.



          Almost 20 years ago I put the above Dakota Digital gauges in a custom dash panel for my Magnum XE. To me the Kool Factor has gone away. I ordered a Kustom set of gauges that I’ll install into a stock dash panel, after I scuff, sand, and paint flat black with plastic adhesive paint. I’m still thinking about what to do with the “Idiot Lights” on right side of dash panel, as the gauges handle that monitoring.



          If you have a 75-79 B Body and want my old Digital dash panel with gauges, lights, and switches, its yours for $300.
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          • #6
            Ginger is the name of my favorite Magnum. Twenty years ago I had two beautiful black Magnums, Ginger and Maryann. I gave Maryann to my now 31-year-old son for his 15th birthday. Sadly for ten plus years, it has sat disassembled, waiting for my son to restore. But back to my story, I recently have been freshening up Ginger. I replaced the original leather seats with more comfortable modern leather seats.

            Now I'm replacing the digital dash I put in the car about 17 years ago with some nice white faced custom gauges.



            This is the current dash with 17 Year Old Dakota Dash gauges. It is for sale if you're interested.



            So I bought an empty gauge panel on eBay, and ordered about $1000 worth of custom gauges close to the size of the holes. I bought a large Speedometer (with Tach) that works off GPS; and a large gauge that has Volts, Oil Pressure, Coolant Temp and Fuel Level to fill the two big holes. To fill the two smaller holes I bought an Oil Temp gauge and a clock.



            The two big gauge holes with the sleeves in them were too small by about 1/16", so I had to cut the welds attaching the sleeves to the panel and pop them out. Once out, the holes were now 1/8" too big. On the small gauge holes, I had to cut the inset hoods off as the gauges were too shallow for the screw on collars that attach the gauges to the panel to screw on the back of them.



            To make the big gauges fit, I made some spacers from 4" schedule 80 PVC sleeves, by hand sawing about 3/8" off the end and wet sanding until they were smooth and the same size.



            I mocked the gauges up to make sure they fit prior to doing any sanding and painting on the gauge panel. They did, so I glued the spacers onto the panel.



            I wet sanded the panel and masked off the idiot lights.



            After painting gloss black, it looked too gloss and cheesy. Some of the glue around the rings (that I swore I'd sanded all of the way off) was also showing.





            So I decided to leave the coves glossy black, but have the flat portion in a hammer tone black - to tone down the gloss and hide imperfections. So I taped off the coves, sanded some more on the glue around the rings, and wet sanded the areas to get the hammer tone paint.



            I hit it with two light coats with an hour between, and then a very wet coat after another hour.



            This is where I'm at right now. I'm out of town until Tuesday, which is little more than 48 hours to cure. I'll pull the tape off Tuesday, mount the gauges - and I'll post some photos of the finished product.
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              Magnum Dash panel finished and loaded with gauges. Installation next week.

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              • #8
                I like articles like this. Lots of pictures. And it turned out really nice. Your Magnum looks really good BK.

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