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#1 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted August 14, 2012 - 04:57 PM

The accompanying photos are of a '68 WH Charger 12 project. When I got it, it was in fairly good shape except for the engine which had thrown a rod. I took it completely down, sand blasted and painted it, none of which I have ever done before. Then someone gave me a K341 engine that was taken out of a Kohler genset. I rebuilt the engine, another first. The genset engine had this weird looking aluminum oil pan that had the dipstick separate from the engine block, hence the Cub Cadet dipstick. Also, the oil pan is CC style. You may note the odd motor mounts to restore the engine heigth. Other than that, it has been ported, a K361 cam, and the head milled. No, it's not a puller. I prefer to call it a Yard Rod. Nothing I've done to it affects it's ability to do work, or at least pull a parade float.

As for the reason for being so slow getting it done, ummmhh.... I go to Virginia for the winter??? And, I spend too much time fixing everything else. This summer was too hot to be outside. I spend time on forums adding to my education.......

Okay, and I'm a procrastinater. There!

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Posted August 14, 2012 - 05:03 PM

Looks good. I have some projects that are taking a bit to finish, but I doubt I'll make four years!

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Posted August 14, 2012 - 05:04 PM

Nice looking start! So, it's slated to be done sometime in 2016?

I don't know how you do it... 4 years and no mention of lost parts...
I can't keep my "stuff" together for 4 minutes without loosing something.

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Posted August 14, 2012 - 05:07 PM

That engine looks really sharp and sounds like it should have no problem running whatever attachment you need. I'm 3 yrs on my MF8 restore, so I don't think you are taking long at all. Sounds about right to me. :thumbs:

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Posted August 14, 2012 - 07:02 PM

Looks like you've done some nice work there. Is that red coil something special, or did you paint
a black one?
I've never seen a K341, with the dipstick on that side of the block.

4 years to do what you've done, isn't that long, if you consider, that the WH waited 40 some years, for
you to get started.

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Posted August 14, 2012 - 07:40 PM

Once I finally get it done, I have some other ideas to add, so it's going to be an ongoing project anyway.

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Posted August 14, 2012 - 08:53 PM

I have never seen a WH with red rims, but I have to say that it looks great. I also have never seen that configuration of a K341 with the dipstick on the timing gear side of the block. Looks Great so far !! :thumbs:

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Posted August 14, 2012 - 10:14 PM

I don't know how you do it... 4 years and no mention of lost parts...
I can't keep my "stuff" together for 4 minutes without loosing something.


It's usually the tool I was just using and need again.

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Posted August 14, 2012 - 10:24 PM

I have never seen a WH with red rims, but I have to say that it looks great.


I'm in agreement there. Looks fantastic to me!

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Posted August 15, 2012 - 06:31 AM

I think maybe white pinstripes on the rims.... or not! I have some WH Hub caps, also.

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Posted August 15, 2012 - 07:31 AM

4 years? That's nothing. I have a deck that's been in progress for going on 30 years now.

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Posted August 15, 2012 - 09:37 AM

LD Okay, and I'm a procrastinater. There!

My usual tag line is "procrastinators unite... tomorrow" :bigrofl:

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Posted September 01, 2012 - 04:55 PM

This is a followup photo to my article on engine turning. This is the dash I made for my custom '68 WH Charger 20. I used the aluminum panel I made, backed by the steel reenforcing plate from the original dash. As you can see, I didn't include the headlight and cigarette lighter. If I ever decide to add headlights, a simple toggle switch can be added.The knobs are ones purchased at the hardware store. The screws are stainless steel cap screws. You can't see them, but I also built the throttle/choke cables.

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Posted September 01, 2012 - 05:26 PM

No lighter? No headlights? Must be the bottom of the line model! :bigrofl: Nice dash you have there!
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Posted September 01, 2012 - 05:37 PM

That's a really nice job so far! Keep us posted as you make progress...we'll be here when you get around to it LOL.
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