John McEwan

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  1. I replaced all the woodwork with steel when I did the restoration on my ‘23. The wood was doing my head in. Am I a bad person?
  2. I have had the DB out on several trips since fitting the new rubber engine mounts and all I can say the improvement is amazing. Even my wife noticed a big improvement in smoothness and is willing to come on more drives. That’s saying something.
  3. The front mount is still standard. I figured with the front being a pivot the slight side to side rocking with the rear rubber mount will be taken up ok. Seems that is the case.
  4. The I took the DB on a short test drive this afternoon and I have to say within 10 seconds of driving off I could feel a vast improvement. Where it used to vibrate a lot in second in the higher revs there is nothing to speak of now. In 3rd gear cruising along it is the same story. When decelerating from speed before there was a big vibration now it is smooth as silk. The engine even seems to have more acceleration now. Next job is to make a new foot brake mount as the old mounting point had to make way for the new rubber engine mount. Testing with just the hand brake is scary but I couldn’t wait any longer. I also fitted a flexible exhaust joiner under the front floor board so the header could move and not affect the rest of the solid mounted system.
  5. I am re fitting the clutch and transmission in my ‘23 this coming weekend. I have read a previous post stating the rear engine support ring should be installed in this order: engine, bell housing, support ring on last otherwise the clutch pack can slide back and forward and make a noise. I previously (30 years ago) fitted the support ring between the engine and bell housing. Looking at an original support ring it looks, by the marks on it, in the middle is correct. Does anyone have the proper position info?
  6. I have modded a spare engine mount bracket on my ‘23 for rubber engine mounts. The chassis and rear mounting system is way different than the later model. I will be fitting it over the weekend and I think it will make a big difference.
  7. Off to a swap meet for an over night camp out. Looks like the trailer will be getting built soon.
  8. I ended up repainting the front guards so that’s it for now.
  9. No hardener in acylic. Face mask is sufficient imo but if used everyday a respirator would be sensible.
  10. Good old fashioned acrylic.
  11. Apparently there is lots of information online.🙄
  12. Any opinions out there on increasing the compression on an early Dodge 4? Any advantages or maybe added strain on the bottom end?
  13. I was just going to paint the top of one front door then.....