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Offline SteveM

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1215 on: September 14, 2014, 07:02:08 PM »
I'd be happy to put it in a little liner. Got any engine-less little liners laying around?
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1216 on: September 14, 2014, 10:46:52 PM »
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1217 on: September 16, 2014, 11:30:48 PM »
I'd be happy to put it in a little liner. Got any engine-less little liners laying around?
Why yes, I do. In fact I lost the engine guy that was with me!. It is a lakester now but is able to go wheels in easily/  :cheers:

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1218 on: September 17, 2014, 10:03:03 AM »
The truck is already built, and built to go much faster... Why not up the power and gear/tire size and crush your old record even more? Like 150~???????

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1219 on: September 17, 2014, 12:23:34 PM »
I think there is some more potential left in the 1.5L diesel / Rampage combination.  More fuel, more boost, better flow through the head, more gear/tire.....   Keep adding these together until something lets go.

My current daydreaming bounces back and forth between trying to wring more out of the current combination, and building another engine to put in the Rampage for a different class.

I already have a pretty fair collection of parts to build a bigger engine, and have the "hookup" for both diesel and gasoline possibilities.

It doesn't cost anything to dream, but once you start buying parts, the $$$$ add up in a hurry.

Right now, my credit card is busy recovering from this adventure.

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1220 on: September 17, 2014, 02:05:00 PM »
Congrats on absolutely SMASHING the old record and raising the bar so high!!  It was great to see your car run at Bonneville! :cheers:
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1221 on: September 18, 2014, 10:44:54 AM »
Thank you very much, Nate.  Sorry we didn't get to talk at WoS.  Even with the relatively small number of passes we made, it was amazing how busy we stayed and how quickly the time passed.

Your Squareback was a big hit at the event - a very well done car!

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1222 on: September 18, 2014, 11:09:56 AM »
... a quick link to GoPro footage of the Salty Frog's 135 mph qualifying run....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ppI9AEdvWA&list=UUtJ8BFry5_gAIhYO8EhDbGg

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1223 on: September 18, 2014, 11:31:27 AM »
No fuss, no muss.

Doesn't get any more businesslike than that.


Thanks for letting us go along for the ride.  :cheers:
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1224 on: September 18, 2014, 02:19:26 PM »
Nice ride, very little steering input.

Enjoyed the mini Docu at the end.

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1225 on: September 18, 2014, 03:28:14 PM »
What a nice driving race car! Steve you've done an excellent job.  :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

I too enjoyed your little appendix showing the expanse of the salt. Well done.

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1226 on: September 18, 2014, 06:01:40 PM »
Thank you, everyone!

The only time the Rampage felt a little uneasy (just the slightest bit) was during some surging cross-winds, and after I had aired the tires up to "11".  I just let it go where it wanted, and didn't try to fight it.

I have a few more videos, I'll have to post later.

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1227 on: September 20, 2014, 03:45:38 PM »
just re-read the whole thread (on call at the house). A couple Qs? How far out in inches does that turbo set from the c/l of the engine?

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1228 on: September 20, 2014, 06:22:05 PM »
Trent - the truck is not with me right now.  I'm guessing 12-14" from the C/L to the far point of the turbo.

The setup I'm using is not exactly ideal.  It's a generic VW turbo manifold that sticks out straight away from the head, and also uses a T3 to T25 adapter.

There are both "top mount" and "bottom mount" turbo exhaust manifolds available for these engines if that's a path that you want to go down.  Those manifolds really tuck the turbo in tight against the block or the head, depending on the up/down orientation.


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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1229 on: September 24, 2014, 12:29:44 PM »
Just to let everyone know that I'm fully hooked, I have begun collecting engines and parts for the "next" build.

If things go as planned, I will have 3 potential pathways (engines) to explore for MOAR POWER!

Hmmm - should it be another VW, or perhaps a Mercedes this time?????

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