In 1973, I bought a used 1967 Renault 10 from a guy I worked with. It
had 4 cylinder 1108cc water cooled rear engine, 4 wheel disk brakes,
independent suspension, rack and pinion steering and a curb weight
of 1,730lbs. I wound up rebuilding the engine and transmission while
I owned it and had a lot of fun with it. I could pull the engine by
hand and carry it to a workbench and it was really easy to service.
It had the skinny 15 inch wheels like The VW Beetle but only three
lug nuts per wheel. With the tiny engine and four speed manual
transaxel, the little car got really good gas mileage. If I was in
a tight parking spot, I could grab the front bumper and drag the
car around so I could pull out. I would love to have one today, it
was a simple inexpensive mode of transportation. Mine was dark blue. :-)
You say that now! I still have one, a 70 Dart with the slant six. When I
get that magic combo of time and money it may go back on the road. Could
use a sway bar as the suspension is a little primitive, and no AC of
course, but one hell of an air vent. Did the upgrade to disk brakes...
I have a friend who blew up his slant six, threw a rod and I know it
had good oil and was running well. Not sure how that could happen, but
he may have been flying.
On Mon, 27 Dec 2010 14:28:14 -0500, Home Guy wrote:
Delcotronic EI was an option on Pontiac and Corvettes in 1963. Ford
fitted Lucas EI on some European models around the same time. Delco/Remy
tested the first EI in 1948. Mopar introduced its first EI in 1972
Being the standard (only available) 390 engine used the same starter
as the 352 and many other engines across the ford line, I'd suspect it
is still pretty reasonable. The starter for the later 429 would be a
The Bird's Nest has quality reman starters for $49 for the '65
PartsTrain lists the (new) starter for the later 429 at about $126 and
about the same for a '69 Dart six.
Parts-train lists the starter for the '65 for from $32 for a rebuilt
to $89 for a brand new one.
I get spurts, but no longer want to do it either. I once could pull and
reinstall a 283 or 327 by myself in two days, and not rushing it. I could
have the heads off in an hour and a half. Now, I'm working on trolley
systems, davits, and any lifting devices to help me just keep from hoisting
stuff, which is the major part of the problem. And with all this new stuff
that's shoehorned into a small compartment, it is tricky. And then there's
the computer, and readout screen$.
But, still, it's nice to revive an old lawnmower here and there, or just
some simple machinery, and keep some semblance of worth.
When we are all scrambling around, scrounging old parts and eating roaming
lhasso apsos, we will again return to our position of power. But we'll be
too old to remember what to do about it.
On Tue, 28 Dec 2010 21:18:46 -0500, "Stormin Mormon"
The '74 Dart was the only Chrysler I owned, and the slant six as
trouble-free as the Chevy 2.8 and 3.1's I've settled on lately.
Trans was good too. Car was dog slow though.
Never had all those ignition problems you guys are talking about,
and it went to the bone yard with the same starter it came with.
But the back end rusted like crazy.
Had to go when I was afraid the rear leaf spring mounts would let
loose. You didn't have to crawl underneath to see them either.
Just open the trunk and look. Trunk floor had dissolved.
The 170 in my 63 valiant was fast enough to bury the speedo. 60 in
1s6, 90 in second, and bounce off the pin in third.
The 225 in my '69 was good for 104mph at half throttle, and the same
wide open (just burned more gas). It would do 100 MPH for hours on
end.(and did, across the midwest and the Canadian Prairies).
Both were slightly "tuned".
The 74 sport (225) was good for just over the 100, box stock. All 3
were automatics. Neither was particularly quick off the line.
Of all the mopars I owned, my '94 Plymouth Satellite was probably my
favorite. I was now a happy family man and the roominess,
convenience, and comfort of a 4-door was not lost on me. Yet, the
damn thing, with a basic 318, was both plenty powerful and very
responsive, handling wise. I put new radials on it and it was
amazing. No wonder they were the premier cop/stunt cars in Hollywood
for 10 yrs. Cheap, yet great handling.
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