Mabel Gets A New Battery

New Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelI noticed a few months ago that if Mabel sat for a week or so without being started, the starter struggled a bit to turn the motor. I installed a hard start relay to see if this made any difference. The battery I was using was a Autocraft Silver 42-1 which is perfect for these cars, it has the protective cap over the positive terminal to keep from accidentally grounding out the battery if somebody is sitting in the back seat. Anyhow, I’d throw the charger on the battery for an hour or so and it’d be fine for a couple of weeks, then after she sat for a few days, I’d have the same issue. Voltage out of the battery without the car running was 10.8 volts, that’s low. Should be around 12.6. With the car running, I was getting right at 14 volts, so I knew the generator was working properly. That battery just wasn’t holding a charge like it should. I also tested for parasitic battery drain and everything checked out ok. The battery is almost 5 years old, time for a new one. This time, I decided to go with a Interstate MT-47. It got good reviews even though it cost a bit more compared to other batteries. It doesn’t have the protective cap over the positive terminal, but the case is built to prevent any accidental grounding. For added protection, you can always throw a piece of rubber, such as an old floor mat, over top of the battery as well. [Read more…]

Walk Around Mabel

Testing some new video editing software, used the GoPro 6 to do a walk around Mabel.

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!

New Exhaust Installation Part V

Finished the intake seal and new muffler install today. Took a lot longer than anticipated, but taking my time and doing everything right, I can’t complain. Big change in the carb after a new accelerator pump and cleaning. Couldn’t be more happy with it. Took her for a long drive this evening and there’s such a noticeable difference in the way she runs. So much smoother and more responsive. This is the last video and post for this project, again, very pleased with the outcome.

New Exhaust Installation Part IV
New Exhaust Installation Part III
New Exhaust Installation Part II
New Exhaust Installation Part I

Stay tuned for the next project which will probably be a valve adjustment.

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
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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
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New Exhaust Installation Part IV
New Exhaust Installation Part V