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My daughter Sky loves Penny...

Post by MoParJoel on Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:59 pm

My daughter Sky Loves Penny...











^ 1-1/2 years old And I already started brainwashing her by buying her a 2012 Ram 3500 dually We go to car shows together her new and my old Dodges

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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by R.A.D on Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:22 am

Very cool. Keep the little one involved

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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by rich on Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:01 pm

how is penny doing joel?[b]

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Post by MoParJoel on Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:12 pm

Penny doing O.K one of my tires is wearing goofy since the accident so now I have steel cord showing on my right front so trying not to drive it, I am shipping off the South Korea for the Airforce on the 8th of march 2013 so Penny will sit in my driveway In AZ for a year, so I dont want to get new tires since they are just going to sit and rot and get flat spots. I did make it out to a rally a few of my buddys put on down at the Arizona state capital to protest the shutting down of are local dragstrip Speedworld, It made the news and penny was taped but when I watched the broadcast later that night they cropped penny out, just being able see pieces of penny...Kinda sucked, and from what I heard the Gov still shut it down over dirty politics.....its a Shame. I even dressed penny up with two US flags to fly for the shoot.




Link to the news cast: http://www.kpho.com/story/21092869/one-of-arizonas-longest-running-motorsports-park-closed

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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by froy on Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:36 pm

thats a bunch'a molarky. closen down a race track. sorry sorry sorry

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hhhmmmm...

Post by MoParJoel on Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:19 am

Just realized most of the pictures of penny on here are pretty old, and dont do her justice, execpt the one with the flags, heres some pictures from this year prior to me leaving her behind in the states.





Penny and the wife's Hemi Chrysler











still needs some straightening out but the new primer cleans her up.









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Post by MoParJoel on Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:32 am

Penny with my CJ5








Cruising through the Tunnel under Central in PHX












We match Very Happy























This is what Im thinking of painting it in the distant future, I had a cool guy over at the HAMB draw this up for me.



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Pennys first Mods

Post by MoParJoel on Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:24 am




Just got some Video software and made a little tribute/build video to Penny.

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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by rapidtransitrick on Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:05 pm



Just got some Video software and made a little tribute/build video to Penny.[/quote]

nice job joel!!
what are you using for video equipment?
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Post by MoParJoel on Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:16 pm

rapidtransitrick wrote:

Just got some Video software and made a little tribute/build video to Penny.

nice job joel!!
what are you using for video equipment?[/quote]

I bought a Macbook Pro laptop awhile back for the "FaceTime" program much like Skype but a better all around program so that me and my wife could talk using her Iphone/ Ipad while Im deployed to Korea for a year. So I started hating this thing, Cursing at Mac and swearing I would never buy another, and while I still feel this way about most of the computer a buddy deployed here with me, who is a huge computer nerd. told me the main reason people get Macs is the Video editing software, so I thought i would try it, so I downloaded it free for mac users and it amazing so easy and fun and so many options. It really helps pass the time, editing videos until I get back to my Family and truck. Oh and the program is called IMOVIE.

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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by rapidtransitrick on Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:27 am

nice info joel
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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by Dave Wilkes on Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:53 pm

If (for some reason) that nasty chrome "V" falls off of your hood.... I would even pay the postage to help you get rid of it.
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Just cant seem to find one of those.
Anyways, I like keeping up on your progress and hope all is going well for you. Cant wait till your back to see more vid of you driving that truck. Maybe I will get down that way some day with mine. Be safe

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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by MoParJoel on Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:10 pm

Dave Wilkes wrote:If (for some reason) that nasty chrome "V" falls off of your hood.... I would even pay the postage to help you get rid of it.
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Just cant seem to find one of those.
Anyways, I like keeping up on your progress and hope all is going well for you. Cant wait till your back to see more vid of you driving that truck. Maybe I will get down that way some day with mine. Be safe
Sorry, nice try Dave Wink 

I have a extra one I use for my garage display but some jackass drilled holes into it from the outside so its going to take some work to repair, though its not going anywhere Very Happy . I do seem to come across alot of extra parts for these through craigslist so i will keep an eye out for one and let you know, neither of mine came with my truck I just got lucky finding the good one i got for cheap, and the extra i got for free.




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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by Dave Wilkes on Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:28 pm

That would be great if you spot one for a decent price. Even damaged is ok
That display is amazing... and in better shape than my truck! I cant find any parts up here so I rely on ebay and once in awhile Kijiji (like craigslist)
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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by MoParJoel on Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:36 am

Playing around on Photoshop and lowered the truck and threw some white walls on while I was at it what do you guys think?



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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by MoParJoel on Thu Mar 27, 2014 5:17 am

Well quick update, Made it home from my 1 year tour over in South Korea, got home and when i left i told my wife to start my truck every two weeks and let it run for about 20 minutes. Well she ran it out of gas after the first month. and was never able to start it again. So last night I started to try and get my daily driver Penny started after sitting for over a year.

After some trouble shooting I found the engine was getting no spark and narrowed it down to the coil. so bought a new coil popped it in and it started right up.

checked everything over real good, went to get inside put my foot on the brake pedal and it went all the way to the floor…. I was pissed after missing my truck for a year it seamed like I was never going to drive it again at this rate ( I know I'm dramatic  Razz ) But anyways I bleed the whole system and still nothing, so then i adjusted every wheel, (drum brakes on all 4) and nothing, still went to the floor. so started calling around all the parts stores and last i called Carquest it was the only auto parts store to stock one and they had it in their warehouse a few minutes away. after throwing the new master on and bleeding the brakes the truck stops on a dime, but I have noticed when I floor it the truck starts coughing…

So thats for the next story...

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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by rich on Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:52 pm

they don't like to be left alone  Laughing

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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by MoParJoel on Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:44 pm

Penny made it to Mopars at the strip and Viva LasVegas


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Mopars at the strip after party at the Cannery Casino, where Mopar collectors guide magazine interviewed me and took pictures of Penny so hopefully i will make it into the magazine in the not to distant future.


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And Viva at the Orleans Casino off the strip…


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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by rich on Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:34 pm

cool pictures love the garage

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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by rapidtransitrick on Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:15 am

kinda quiet joel!!
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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by MoParJoel on Mon Sep 22, 2014 4:38 am

So little update on Penny… as stated before It hasn't been running right since my return from Korea. It has a bad miss, and starts to cut out when warmed up under a heavy load. only able to drive short distances and preferably at night when its cool.

So I went through the whole system new. Fuel pump, rebuilt the Carb.




Had extra back up electrical components like the voltage regulator and ignition box. swapped them out and nothing. So I was down to the fuel sending unit, a fuel line, or a distributor, or plugs and wires. So this weekend after driving it like this for months. I decided the cheapest rout would be first... a tune up. So driving to the parts store I started to wonder to my self could I have gotten a bad Coil, when I changed the 1st bad one out right after i got back from Korea? It would make sense thats when the issue started. even though I thought it could be dual issues.
So while at the parts store I bought a Accel Coil. I liked the fact it was all chromey compared to my blah looking blue stocker replacement. well about two hours ago. Took it around the block… And Penny has never been quicker and smoother. with all the new stuff and rebuilt carb. Now that it running right. It kind of scared me. pinned me to the seat and I had a smile from ear to ear.

Had to share this with you guys. Its been really stressing me out since I got back. And I feel kind of stupid since it was such a easy fix. But how often do you get a bad part from a reputable Parts store…. Wink



Few problems to work out still. (This helps me keep reference on what I need to do)

- I need to take a sander to my thermostat housing surface on my intake. It has always leaked and is getting real bad.
- Radiator has started cracking all over and pissing coolant out of every where. So a new Custom radiator needs to be in the works.
- Having some issues with my electric fans as they stopped working a few days ago. (but I got a mechanical too so no biggy)
- Need to try to see if I can rebuild one of my electric cutouts since the electric motor in it took a crap. So I put a block of plate on my Y-pipe. or buy a new one.
- Reverse lights keep popping fuses so need to figure out where a short is.
- Kick down linkage needs to be adjusted. I shift the truck manually everywhere even though its a Auto. So its never been a problem. Just something I haven't done since installing the 727.
- Rear main seal and rear diff have developed pretty bad leaks so one of these days I need to take care of those.
Also on that note. I want to change to a car oil pan and pickup to give myself more room above my front axle.
-Rear Tires, the ones on it are getting pretty sick of burnouts Smile
-BIG(expensive) plans include… Paint, 87-90 Dakota frame swap, new wood/strips for the bed. And I would like some new from rims(Slimmer) I went to wide originally and it has bugged me ever since.

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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by MoParJoel on Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:02 am

And Just for fun Here is a Updated photo of Penny at the Mopars at the Strip Show 2014 from a few months back.



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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by rich on Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:50 pm

that will teach you about the pretty chrome stuff lol glad you got it figured out. sounds like you have a few things to keep you busy for a while. thanks for the up date

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