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Offline SteveM

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1425 on: August 18, 2016, 04:12:19 PM »
Second round of Shout-Outs.  Ron and Slim are reading this build thread aloud over the feed right now.

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1426 on: August 20, 2016, 09:03:40 PM »
Sounds like I need to plan a salt trip this fall.

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1427 on: August 24, 2016, 04:51:00 PM »
I want to give some special thanks to Ron and Jon for mentioning me when the H/DT entry ran at Speedweek.  Sounds like those guys with the Crosley truck are getting it sorted out.  Having R&J call the action was a real treat.

Now, I've got to do my part, and get really busy putting my stuff back together.

I'm making it my personal goal to run over 140mph in H/DT at World of Speed.

Thrash time has begun.....

Girdled bottom end....


Assembled short block top end....


Ported head....


About to hang it on the chain....


Mating the shortblock to the trans...


There's not a lot of time to spare between now and World of Speed.

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1428 on: August 24, 2016, 05:33:13 PM »
I talked to the Crosley guys a couple of times.  The motor is a very late model Renault (2015?) with very low miles on it (3000?).  Anyway -- it had something like 80 electrical connections when they got it -- they hired an electrical engineer who got it down to 9.  But I guess the throttle-down for gear changes, the lane-avoidance, the air bag deceleration cycle along with the shut-down heat cycle and non-smoking sign were eliminated.

What did it finally run?  (You can get better information by not actively attending the event.)
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1429 on: August 24, 2016, 06:44:52 PM »
I can't say exactly what their fastest run was, but I think it was in the range of 124 mph or so.

Maybe if they keep cutting wires, it will keep going faster.... :-D

But seriously, that little Crosley truck is so tiny, I think that they will be able to "bump" the existing record when they get the full potential out of their engine.

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1430 on: August 24, 2016, 07:28:20 PM »
And it was so cute to watch run. :roll:
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1431 on: August 27, 2016, 07:53:10 AM »
It's getting short on time before World of Speed, so no cuteness for me, Slim.  Time to find my "Wrench Mojo", and get seriously busy putting this thing back together.....

I received the head from Collin at Techtonics Tuning.  This thing is going to flow like melted butter over popcorn....  Smooth ports, big springs, big cam, BIG flow.



Setting up for the evening (last night)...


And opening my East German crate full of rare and lovely speed parts to find just-the-right combination...



I'm working in the office this morning, then back to the wrenches later today.  With any kind of luck, I'll be firing the #672 H/DT up before the end of the weekend - Monday night at the latest.

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1432 on: August 27, 2016, 08:39:14 AM »
  CJW Crosley made about 7 runs, well at least started the runs. this was the best run.

  112 H DT Carbone-Johnston-Wendt 118.032 112.881 119.174 119.174 17-Aug-16

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1433 on: August 27, 2016, 10:38:01 AM »
Even though the head is not a crossflow, those ports are something to be jealous of!!!

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1434 on: August 28, 2016, 12:58:00 PM »
Can't wait to see this thing at World of Speed.
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1435 on: August 29, 2016, 09:53:13 AM »
I can't wait to be at WoS!  I have my "to do", my "to pack", and my "to buy" list all made out.  It's just a matter of completing all of the items in the boxes.

I made good progress over the weekend - as a wise man said - "Slow is Fast".  I was very careful setting up the head, getting the cam, crank, and pump timing adjusted properly (VW diesels are a PITA to get timed properly).

A few more pics....



Cylinder head on the bench, with injectors glow plugs, intake and exhaust manifolds installed.



Head studs installed in block.  I'm sure glad that I decided against using hardware store lag bolts, as opposed to the ARP studs.



Head installed on the block, and studs torqued to 125 ft-lbs.  Yes, 125 ft-lbs.

Back to wrenching tonight.

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1436 on: August 29, 2016, 09:57:07 AM »
  CJW Crosley made about 7 runs, well at least started the runs. this was the best run.

  112 H DT Carbone-Johnston-Wendt 118.032 112.881 119.174 119.174 17-Aug-16

CJW must have been getting the bugs ironed out later in the week.  They ran 121.63 on Thursday, and 123.383 on Friday, both on the combined (Long) course.

To my eye, those little Chop-Top Crosley Trucks should have a lot of potential.

Steve
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1437 on: September 15, 2016, 07:48:49 AM »
Back from Bonneville, and we had an absolutely fantastic time!  I really appreciate everyone who stopped by the pit and mentioned that they enjoy the build thread. 

I'll try to share some more stories, but thought I should post one pic that sums up how our World of Speed ended.....



This happened on our last pass (7th pass overall for WoS).  I told my friend (a rookie driver), to put his foot down, drive it like he stole it, and try to bump up the record.  Go big or go home.  Well, we went home after the engine blew while on the track, leaving some oil on the salt and causing a delay as we had to tow him off the course.

Sorry about the delay to those who may have been waiting behind us, and to the clean-up crew.

We will be back next year, and plan to keep all the oil inside the engine(s) we are bringing.

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1438 on: September 15, 2016, 07:54:41 AM »
Another sacrifice on the Alter of Salt.
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1439 on: September 15, 2016, 09:09:06 AM »
Well, did you bump the record?
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