Some Upgrades For Ruby

Some Challenger UpgradesSome Challenger UpgradesSome Challenger UpgradesSome Challenger UpgradesSome Challenger UpgradesSome Challenger UpgradesSome Challenger UpgradesRuby got some upgrades over the past couple of weeks starting with LED replacement fog lights. I did the same thing to Ruby #1 last year. I can’t stand the yellowish look of the stock fog lights, they just don’t look right with the LED angel eyes. Unfortunately, the light replacement wasn’t as easy as it was on the Camaro. Same process, pull the fender well away from the fender and you can reach in and replace the lights. Chevy was smart enough to use easy removable plastic rivets that could be re-used, but Dodge used permanent plastic rivets that require a tool for removal and installation. You’ll need a plastic rivet removal tool and a rivet gun that can handle the larger plastic rivets. You can pick up the removal tool for about 8 dollars at any automotive store and the automotive rivet gun (not your standard riveter) can be picked up at Harbor Freight for about 12 dollars. Replacement rivets are about 5 dollars for 12. Anyhow, I got them replaced and they look so much better. I also installed Welt piping around the dash, console and door panels just to add a little color. The install around the dash and console was super easy, took about 30 minutes. Around the door panel was a different story. Total pain in the ass and took about 3 hours. I’ve got about 10 dollars in the welt piping. I’m still not 100% sold yet, but it’s growing on me. Best part, if I don’t like it, it can be removed in about 3 minutes. Next project for both the Challenger and Charger is installation of catch cans. Should be here next week.

New Hot Wheels and Roof Wrap

New VW's For The CollectionRoof Rack WrapAdded two more Hot Wheels to the collection. 50th Anniversary redline Beetle and Walt Disney Classics Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs T1 Bus with real riders. Very nice! Both of these were found at Walmart. When I first read about the 50th Anniversary Redlines, it was obvious that people were snatching them up and trying to sell them for a profit. Ebay was flooded with them for a few days. However, a recent visit to our local Walmart proved that these were readily available. Don’t fall for the trap. I also began wrapping Mabel’s roof rack with rope. I’ve always like this look and decided to give it a try (sorry video of the process). Just the top part required 90 feet of rope. Don’t know if I’ll take it any further than this or not, we’ll see.

Busy Month At Kentucky Hot Wheels

2018 Dodge Challenger Fuel FillerRuby Has Been UpgradedRuby Has Been UpgradedRuby Has Been UpgradedRuby Has Been UpgradedRuby Has Been UpgradedWe’ve had a busy month at the Kentucky Hot Wheels/House Of Boyd. We finally got Ruby (2) windows tinted, hood detailed, gas filler replaced and graphics installed. I’m about 90% satisfied with the graphics installation and tint, therefore, I won’t mention who did it. It took me a couple days of work to work out the kinks, air bubbles, etc. Something the installers should’ve done to begin with. As a matter of fact, when we picked the car up after installation of the graphics, we waited around until they were replaced because they had done such a crappy job. In the end, all is well and everything looks good. The gas filler I did myself. The Challenger came with a chrome filler which really didn’t fit the look of the car, so I ordered a matte black from Dodge. Installation took a whole minute or so and looks so much better. A must for any new Challenger or Charger 5.7 or 6.4 owner is the Z Automotive Tazer. I installed it on the Challenger first and I couldn’t be more pleased with the menu’s and options it unlocks. So, if your a new Charger or Challenger owner, 5.7 or 6.4, check out their product, it unlocks the full potential of your Hemi. Mabel (our ’68 Beetle) got a couple of upgrades as well, started with a new stock exhaust and finished with a new roof rack. She’s such a great experience to drive, wouldn’t trade her for anything out there! Lenora and I have also become grandparents, so we’ve spent a lot of time in Pikeville with our daughter and her husband. Summer is here and it’s time for some car shows, hope to get Mabel out to as many as possible!

Odds and Ends

Raising MabelRaising Mabel2018 Dodge Challenger Fuel Filler2018 Dodge Challenger Fuel FillerTaking care of some odds and ends this evening. Had to raise Mabel a couple of inches in the front to keep her from scraping and leaving sparks down the highway. I’ve got her as high as I can with my current setup, hopefully no more scraping the ruts in the road. I also replaced the chrome fuel filler door on our 2018 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack. Wasn’t a fan of the chrome, decided that the matte blacked looked so much better.

New Exhaust Installation Part IV

Before I put on the new exhaust, I decided to replace the intake seals to the heads that I didn’t replace year before last when I installed the new intake. Just loosing the intake does not give me enough room to install the seals, so I start by removing the fuel pump, distributor cap, generator and generator stand. If you loosen the dog house, lift it up and towards the rear, you can get the generator and fan out fairly easy. Helps to have an extra set of hands. Just be mindful of the oil cooler. Oddly enough, after I got the intake away from the heads, I discovered that there were no seals at all. Not only did I forget to install new seals, the person who installed the last intake forgot as well. I double checked to make sure they weren’t stuck to the intake and looked at the one I replaced. No seals. I can’t believe this car ran so well without a vacuum leak of any kind or maybe there was one, I just didn’t notice it. Anyhow, I’m going to take this opportunity to clean up some other parts, particularly the generator stand and breather tube. This will slow me down a bit, but it’ll be worth it. I’m in no rush. Hope to get everything wrapped up tomorrow or the next day. Enjoy the video!

New Exhaust Installation Part I
New Exhaust Installation Part II
New Exhaust Installation Part III
New Exhaust Installation Part V

New Exhaust Installation Part III

Cleaning Up Tins For New ExhaustCleaning Up Tins For New ExhaustCleaning Up Tins For New ExhaustCleaning Up Tins For New ExhaustCleaning Up Tins For New ExhaustContinued to prep for the new exhaust installation. Not a whole lot more we can do until the new exhaust arrives. Today, I decided to clean up the rear engine tins to make them look a bit better. I started by stripping the paint off the tins by using Dupli-Color paint stripper. I let them soak in the heat for about ten minutes, then sprayed them off with the water hose. I repeated this process 3 times to get as much paint off as I could. I then dried them and used a wire wheel to remove any paint that was left and then sanded them with 400 grit sandpaper. For a final prep, I used Dupli-Color Paint Prep to remove any grease, oil or other contaminates that might keep the paint from sticking. I then painted the tins with Dupli-Color Matte Black engine paint. I gave all of the tins 3 coats, waiting about 15 minutes in between coats. A little elbow grease, 15 dollars in supplies and the tins look 100% better. I also picked up some anti-seize to use when I install the new exhaust. That’s about all I can do until the new exhaust arrives. Hopefully it’ll be here later this week.

New Exhaust Installation Part I
New Exhaust Installation Part II
New Exhaust Installation Part IV
New Exhaust Installation Part V

New Exhaust Installation Part II

VW Beetle Exhaust InstallationVW Beetle Exhaust InstallationVW Beetle Exhaust InstallationVW Beetle Exhaust InstallationVW Beetle Exhaust Installation Not a big update for part 2 of the new exhaust installation. I’m still awaiting word from CIP1.com that the new exhaust has shipped. I decided to go ahead and remove the existing exhaust. Since I had already broken loose the nuts that secure the muffler to the head, all that I had left to do was remove the 4 bolts that secure the heat riser to the muffler and the 2 clamps that secure the muffler to the J pipes or heat exchangers. I don’t (and wouldn’t) plan to re-use the clamps that secure the muffler to the J pipes or heat changers. Most installation kits will come with new clamps and O ring seals. I’m also going to take this opportunity to clean up the head studs before installing the new exhaust. I’ll also use anti-seize when installing the new brass nuts. I’m also going to clean up the engine tin a bit and I’ll probably strip and paint the tins that had to be removed in order to take out the muffler. As far as the Abarth exhaust, I was planning on selling it. Some parts of it still have factory paint on them. It does look like there’s an exhaust leak around one set of pipes. It appears that the weld has broken loose. If somebody wanted it and had a welder, I’m sure they could fix it in just a couple of minutes.

New Exhaust Installation Part I
New Exhaust Installation Part III
New Exhaust Installation Part IV
New Exhaust Installation Part V