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JPII High: Valiant Racecar Edition

Discussion in 'A Body: Duster, Valiant, Dart, etc' started by ClayBelt40's, Sep 16, 2017.

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    ClayBelt40's Member

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    Figured a thread would be appreciated and useful as we work on the 1969 Signet we got last week. Just to start, the car runs, it has a NOS radiator thanks to the previous owner, and before it was pulled out of a barn this year hadn't run (or had a radiator) since 1996. It's a bare bones model for the most part, as the only options on the car appear to be the 225 and automatic transmission. For now I'll just try to share some photos, via the Craigslist ad we found before we bought the car:

    1969 Plymouth valiant (at https://tallahassee.craigslist.org/cto/d/1969-plymouth-valiant/6280920586.html )
     
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    We attempted to coax some functionality out of our brakes today, and discovered that only one side of each cylinder works. Shoes are toast, almost nonexistant, and our drums are visibly grooved. This is in addition to a bad master cylinder (top rusted suffiecently to prevent a seal with cap), so our brake system needs to be redone. The 3 speed auto shifts slightly rough into 3rd gear, and we have no emergency brake.

    Questions from today:

    1. Where is a good source for our damaged brake components?
    2. Is the rough shift into 3rd worrisome, or can we chalk it up to the car probably needing a filter change?

    Attaching some photos from today, with the car in its current location, and with last year's race car.

    0917171130.jpg IMG_2361.JPG IMG_2362.JPG 0917171130.jpg IMG_2373.jpg IMG_2374.jpg IMG_2375.jpg
     
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    Looks complete. The emergency brake from those years had a tendency to drag, and was often disconnected.

    If the car had been sitting for a long time, the trans filter and fluid should be changed, as should the rest of the fluids.

    Are you planning to use larger brakes, or do you want to keep it original? You might find a local parts store that stocks brake parts that old, but they'll probably have to be ordered. If you'd rather order online, rockauto has a good reputation.
     
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    The team preference would be to leave the system mostly original, with only the upgrade of a brake booster. The legal owner of the car, and the person paying for our parts, would prefer we leave it stock. Either way, current plan is to use the smaller drums currently on the car.
     

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