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Re: Mlarky's 92 Dodge maybe getting new drive train soon.
mlarky #755693 January 11th 2020 10:46 pm
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The new year saw another major curve ball...only this time "I" WAS the curve ball!!! Tuesday morning I woke up to major chest pain, stomach going nuts, burping like a warm beer contest, back pain to match the front and my left arm hurt. After hearing the warnings from the medical folks for years about these symptoms, where they say a man should head straight for the ER to be checked, I wasn't taking any chances. Also, had 2 friends over the years ignore those symptoms and did die from a heart attack.

Wife called EMS and I got a quick ride to the ER in case I was having a heart attack. Scared the shit outta me! Lucked out, no heart attack. But they kept me for 2 days drew at least a pint and a half of blood, ran Xrays, 2 kinds of CAT scans, and an ultrasound of everything. The cardiologist said my hearts was fine, no blockages. Whew...BIG sigh of relief. Now they say the culprit is my gall bladder or other gastric issues. More tests today to figure it out. Apparently a bad gall bladder or Gastritis issues can mimic heart attack symptoms. I did NOT know that. Found out the hard way. But enough about me...

The engine and tranny are ready to swap. Plan is now to do it next weekend with help from my son. Tomorrow he and I are hitting the salvage yards for parts. Hopefully a drive shaft for the van. Know what I need, and maybe save $100 or so from having mine resized. He's looking for rear diff parts for his Ranger that now sports a 5.0 and a T5. That thing is a beast! More father son time working together on our toys. Loving it! More soon.

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Re: Mlarky's 92 Dodge maybe getting new drive train soon.
mlarky #755698 January 11th 2020 11:48 pm
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Heck yeah, glad the ticker turned out okay. Gastro issues are a huge bummer, been dealing with severe issues for about 7 years or so now. Hope you get it sorted quick.

Good news on the engine swap too. Must be engine swap season. There are a few of us doing them right now.


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Re: Mlarky's 92 Dodge maybe getting new drive train soon.
mlarky #755743 January 12th 2020 9:56 pm
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Made the rounds of the local salvage yards with my son today, looking for the drive shaft for the engine swap. Found 3 vans with exactly what I was looking for ! BUT....When those places use the oversized forklifts to move them, they BENT all 3!!!! I was so frustrated and let down. Never occurred to me that it would be an issue. frown...

Now I am back to having to modify the one on my van and spend the $150+ to get er done. Bummers. Oh, well...is what it is.

Re: Mlarky's 92 Dodge maybe getting new drive train soon.
mlarky #755880 January 15th 2020 7:17 pm
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Yep the yards destroy alot of good parts with forklifts. Even better my son has a picture of a set all four Keystone Classics welded under an escort to keep it off the ground. Parts is parts.


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Re: Mlarky's 92 Dodge maybe getting new drive train soon.
mlarky #755884 January 15th 2020 8:26 pm
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What a bummer!


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Re: Mlarky's 92 Dodge maybe getting new drive train soon.
mlarky #756213 January 26th 2020 11:07 pm
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Making head way...last weekend my son Adam spent the weekend helping me with the swap. And yes...we ran into a couple of "snags". The V6 and tranny came out easy as one could hope. Then we discovered the cross members were different where the engine mounts are. Damn!! So we spent at least 6 hours swapping cross members. Now if this was a 318, I would have avoided this extra step. But no...I had to have a 360!! LOL, Still haven't finished putting the donor van lower suspension back on to the cross member. Will need to so I can pull it to the metal recycling. Don't think I'd get squat from Pick N Pull or others with No engine. Rolling shell doesn't get their interest. Last time I did metal recycling I got 70 cents per hundred pounds. Wonder what the rolling shell weighs? Putting the word about the V6 drive train, engine and tranny both for $800, with harness and ECM. Both run fine. Tranny has about 60k on a rebuild. The engine may have 240k, but it's clean inside and the compression is 140 to 150 in all cylinders. Hope I can recoup my investment between recycling the shell and selling the other drive train. I'd be happy if it works out that way. Then it would be a free swap ion the end.

My time to work on it, got cut short this week and next. Mandatory staff meeting yesterday at the main office, but at time and a half, plus mileage for the drive, so there's the silver lining on that. This week is another 6 day work week, but it means more OT at least. So, I was left with today and next Sunday to do anything on the van. Best i can hope for at this point, is 2 weekends later it's running.

Any way...I have the 360 and A518 tranny in place! Made sure everything is properly bolted in place. The drive shaft will be ready the end of the week, and will run me around $200 or so. I swapped in the fuel lines, got tranny lines in, started on the wiring harness swap. Got the main one in at the fire wall. Another snag was routing the wiring harness. It's routed partially BEHIND the power booster. Ok, should be easy..."SNAG!" Just have to loosen the 4 bolts from the inside, nuts to the end of the threads, enough to pull it forward to pull the V6 harness, and let the V8 harness run behind, then push it back in place and tighten the 4 bolts. Now, If any of you have ever replaced a booster on a Dodge, you know there that one bolt that is a Bitch to get to. The one at the top, right side, where the brake pedal interferes with? I tried extensions and a swivel joint. No damned luck. I had to go old school... One 9/16 box end ratchet wrench, with just enough room to get one click. So there I was... 1/8th of a turn at a time kind of fun. Oh did I mention I had be a bit of a contortionist to get to it? I suppose I could have just removed the brake pedal long enough to get the bolts loose. But I wasn't ready to risk another snag. More fun next weekend, I'll keep y'all posted.

Re: Mlarky's 92 Dodge maybe getting new drive train soon.
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Under dash work will turn you into a pretzel..yep a 5.9 is a big step up from 3.9. It will be worth your hard work and effort. Keep on Truckin


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Re: Mlarky's 92 Dodge maybe getting new drive train soon.
mlarky #756445 February 01st 2020 8:22 am
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Looks like 6 days a week for a couple more weeks and less time to devote to finishing the 360 swap. Drive shaft done, with a $197 tab. Funny part is, it fits in the trunk of wife's Mitsubishi Lance practically sideways...yep it's that short. I will have some help tomorrow so hopefully make decent progress on getting my van closer to being back on the road. Hope to get the intake on, and most of the accessories, and the last of the wiring harness on top of the engine, why the intake needs to be next.

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mlarky #756465 February 01st 2020 9:00 pm
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Good luck on it, hope you quit hitting snags. My 67 Dodge I did that I changed from a standard to an automatic transmission ended up having a 13 inch long drive shaft...ha ha, damn near direct drive.


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Re: Mlarky's 92 Dodge maybe getting new drive train soon.
mlarky #756470 February 02nd 2020 12:48 am
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Cool deal man, glad you're getting her done. I'm hoping to get back on mine soon.


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