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1975 Plymouth Scamp (advice wanted)


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deviantbeast
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Aug 11, 2012, 1:39 PM

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I am new to the car world, fresh out of the computer world. I acquired a 1975 Scamp and would like to learn how to work on cars, but nobody around has been able to help me. I have plans for its and know a little bit about cars, but i have a lot of questions including converting a few things for a "new" engine to put in. If anybody could at least answer some questions, i would be grateful.


Discretesignals
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Aug 11, 2012, 2:16 PM

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What is your questions?





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Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 11, 2012, 3:25 PM

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Huh? What do you want to convert? If you want a techno buggy this ain't it. Good grief, you can fix almost anything on those with a good Swiss Army knife,

T



deviantbeast
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Aug 19, 2012, 5:00 PM

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Well we wanted to put a 318 in it but its an electric start, i also wanted to know if the transmission would be ok with this or if i am going to need to get a new one for this engine. The car itself has less than 60k miles so everything is still "good" in a sense. Another question would be how would the frame "feel" about this bigger engine.


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Aug 19, 2012, 5:13 PM

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Less than 60k? Don't mess with the thing or kill the original value. Put a 318 in it with electronic controls and you need a pro to install it with a stand alone programmer tuned on a dyno.

Cars have used electric start for about 90 years. You haven't got a reason there.

If you do a motor swap to a non-original motor that has more power than the original and is a significant amount of year difference you will likely need a trans to go with it. Also note that the motor mounts, trans mount, crossmember, driveshaft, shift linkage, suspension and about 50 other unforseen things will likely need to be changed in order to accomodate the swap.

This could be a neat project but it needs a pro touch to be safe and that costs money. You could be out over a grand in exhaust alone to do a swap. If a novice at best I would leave this alone and enjoy that it is original and worth more that way. If you want to modify it I think you need to hire someone who has a true understanding of what this will take and know that upfront that a project car is a hole in your garage to throw all your money into.


Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 20, 2012, 12:59 AM

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deviantbeast : If you think cars were manual start in even the 1940s or 50s go back to computer programming. This car would almost certainly be either a 225 (slant six) or the 318 (V8) from new and no Chrysler cars had frames - not even the Imperial! Same unit body IMO for this for either engine, mounts would be different, wiring, cooling system and not much else. Torsion bar front springs if you will can be adjusted with a pair of pliers. Rear leafs you can add a leaf if it sags.

If not rusted the "frame" which is like all just strong parts welded to the floor pan is strong enough but by 1975 both engines were pigs and a bit lame so leave it alone. Frame as you call it where torsion bars twist to suspend front would snap off if rusty - a deadly problem. Engines could take a hand grenade and still run.

A few common but easy problems on the whole era of these that were around like litter.

Straight forward practical simple cars with almost no difficult ordinary maintenance. Leave it original as Nick says,

T



CAM80Z28
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Aug 24, 2012, 5:16 PM

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FIRST ONCE YOU DESIDE WAT ENGINE YOU ARE GOING TO USE ..YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE K MEMBER (REMBER ITS A CHRYSLER )


Hammer Time
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Aug 24, 2012, 5:47 PM

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FIRST ONCE YOU DESIDE WAT ENGINE YOU ARE GOING TO USE ..YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE K MEMBER (REMBER ITS A CHRYSLER )


Why don't you use spell check before posting so you look like you have a little intelligence.



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