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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1575 on: July 08, 2017, 11:16:47 PM »
I love the Gangrene Van Steve but you need to lose the self tapping screws in the licence plates & change to pop rivets so you don't F--k somebody's $800 tire on the salt.
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1576 on: July 10, 2017, 03:06:49 PM »
I agree with you on the pop rivets!

Will remove the screws and replace with rivets one at a time!

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1577 on: July 10, 2017, 03:10:29 PM »
Still pushing forward (one piece at a time) on multiple fronts.

I picked up the 1.5L block from the machine shop on Friday @ lunchtime....



Then promptly set it aside to get back to work on the intercooler piping, brake system, and fuel system for the 2 liter....













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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1578 on: August 02, 2017, 07:34:09 AM »
Crunch time is here - it's "All hands on deck" for the final push.  Got my dad in on the action.  Got my son in on the action.  Got my friends and neighbors in on the action.....  It's all asses and elbows from here on out....






We had a short family vacation thrown in ( NOT MY BOAT)...









There's still plenty of work to be done.  It WILL get done, but there won't be much spare time between now and departure time for SW.

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1579 on: August 20, 2017, 06:14:03 PM »
Any post Speedweek update?
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1580 on: August 20, 2017, 06:43:27 PM »

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1581 on: August 20, 2017, 07:48:15 PM »
Wait for Steve to catch his breath & he'll tell the story, it's a long one.
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1582 on: August 21, 2017, 09:54:18 AM »
The short story is that we are home safely, and we all had a fantastic time.   :cheers:

No new records were set, but we did get a new driver through Rookie Orientation and 3 or 4 passes.  Best speed of something like 133 on a 135.003 record.  We were on the salt early every morning, and stayed late every evening.

We had problems with both engines (1.5L and 2.0L), but nothing completely catastrophic.

The long story is much, much, much longer.

Catch you later,

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1583 on: September 05, 2017, 09:25:46 PM »
Are you ready to tell the story?
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1584 on: September 07, 2017, 09:17:56 AM »
We recorded video and audio for an hour-long Podcast about our trip to Speedweek.  It was broadcast live on FB, but hasn't yet been uploaded to YouTube.  When it's on YouTube, I'll post a link here.

Most "normal" folks will find the podcast dry and boring, but the audience here may enjoy it.  Let me see if I can post a link to the FB broadcast....

I'm not sure if this will work or not:

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectSyncro/

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1585 on: September 07, 2017, 10:39:04 AM »
Is that going to tell the marathon story on the salt with the engine issues, the engine changes, the used engine out of Utah.......?
You guys busted a$$ from what I could see & I was kinda busy!
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1586 on: September 07, 2017, 11:09:25 AM »
Sid:

The podcast should tell as much of the story that will fit in 1 hour (including lessons learned).  We had a fantastic time even though the racing gods did not smile upon us.  We just weren't as prepared as we should have been for a very ambitious plan to run 2 engines and 2 transmissions, neither of which was fully sorted out.

It was a pleasure to pit alongside you and Burton's team - I think there was a good synergy / camraderie all week.  You have a great team!

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1587 on: September 08, 2017, 02:09:04 PM »
I listened to the whole thing but it cut off as you started to discuss the upcoming plans.
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1588 on: November 28, 2017, 01:58:00 PM »
I haven't had any luck gettting my buddy to upload the podcast to YouTube, so I'll get back to sharing the plan here:

for 2018, we want to run at the Arkansas Mile, and at Bonneville (not decided whether for Speed Week or WofS yet).

The plan is to chase the G/DT record.  I'm not planning to rebuild the H engine before next year.

To that end, we have removed the drivetrain from the Rampage, and will methodically disassemble, inspect, and rebuild the engine....

A few pics  of the removal are shown here:









Next step = careful disassembly of the short block.

Thanks for looking.

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1589 on: November 29, 2017, 02:38:24 PM »
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