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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Yeah, it works now. That bearing isn't looking too happy.

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Yarr, looks a bit on the buggered side, how's the spindle?
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    I guess i'll find out for sure when i clean all that old rotten grease off. But the bearings were intack so i'm sure they are fine.
    No wonder why the car was getting sloppy feeling...
    Would have been nice to swap in my spare spirit es rear susp with disc brakes... Too bad that car apparently went to the crusher...



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    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
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    Well finally!
    Slugmobile is back down on her own four wheels!
    Had some delays of course. One bearing from RockAuto wasn't even close to what it was supposed to be and had several different part numbers on the box. I found some rotten brakelines so there was no way to replace rear brake hoses without redoing some sections of lines. Then i found a rotten section of fuel supply line so figured i better address that.
    The spindle on the right rear that had the really bad bearing looked ok. So i just cleaned it up and gave it a touch up with emery cloth.
    The rear polybushings control arm bushings were a pain in the nuts! Literally! The control arm bushing bolt was so rusted i had to chop it off with my cutoff wheel.
    I so wish i still had that parts spirit es. I was going to swap that entire rear axle from it into Slug and give Slug rear discs. But its gone.
    But, Slug now has all new rear brakes: shoes, cylinders, drums, hardware, etc.

    The Polybushings rear track bar looks good. And i didn't realize the original track bar was bent in two places before i removed it.
    I've got the Spirit R/T rear coil springs swapped in and replaced the rear shocks. Got a KYB GR2 on the passenger side and a new air shock on the drivers side. I did find that Gus had the passenger rear spring clamped. I know he probably had just that one clamped in an effort to balance the weight on the four wheels. But I haven't reclamped it yet. I'll need to get some new clamps.
    Since these springs have not been on a car in several years, the car does seem a bit high right now. I'll have to see if the car has to settle again. But if these front speings don't sag any, I think I'll have to cut some down.



    So I might be close to putting her back on the road. She is waiting for a piece i ordered, a tee hose for the bov. The JB weld didn't hold on the new aluminum pipes. So i'm going to try a tee hose, and if that doesn't work I'll get the aluminum pipe welded.
    I will have to order some front tires. I mocked up a SRT4 wheel to see how she'd look. Although those wheels are too heavy, I was thinking about using them.


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    Wayne H.

    '91 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5L turbo 5spd
    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Glad to see this car get all the love it needs, cant wait to see it at SDAC.

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    Well, don't know about that. I already promised Mean Mini I would take her! And i don't need her getting mad at me!
    Slug did make it to one many years ago, but Mini has never been. This is her year.



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    '91 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5L turbo 5spd
    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Hey once you get her back on the road and cleaned up a bit, gimme a call I would love to work out my new camera.

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    Ok. Will do!



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    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Well visited MeanMini at my buddy's shop.
    After some delays she's finally wearing the correct color paint!
    I should get her back next week if all goes well.
    Have to figure out what i'm doing with the bumpers. Rechrome or just paint.



    Last edited by wheming; 03-22-2012 at 08:57 PM.
    Wayne H.

    '91 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5L turbo 5spd
    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    no pic.

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    There you go. Pics fixed.
    Wayne H.

    '91 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5L turbo 5spd
    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    WTF, are they supposed to be shiny? ... thought you were going for the original chalk matte TM look
    DD1: '02 T&C Ltd, 3.8 AWD. DD2: '15 Versa Note SV, replacing.. DDx: '14 Versa Note SV << freshly killded :( ....... Projects: '88 Voyager 3.0, Auto with shift kit, timing advance, walker sound FX muffler on 15" pumpers wrapped in 215/65/R15 H rated Nexens.... and a '95 phord escort wagon PnP head << Both may need to go :( ..... I like 3.0s ... so??? ... stop looking at me like I've got two heads!

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    Don't worry that petina will eventually redevelop...

    Might have her back next friday. We'll see.



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    '91 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5L turbo 5spd
    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    The spirit R/T springs are going to lift the car because that POS head weighs a ton. They needed all that spring rate

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    Quote Originally Posted by GLHNSLHT2 View Post
    The spirit R/T springs are going to lift the car because that POS head weighs a ton. They needed all that spring rate
    Yeah i did kinda find that out.
    Right now it probably sits like factory height if not slightly higher.

    Due to a potential assembly issue with the struts, i think i'll order some stock replacement strut assemblies (entire strut cartridge) and replace.
    I probably should have cut a coil out of the spring.



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    '91 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5L turbo 5spd
    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Cool Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Got some pics of Mini.
    She's getting put back together.
    The front bumper is incorrect and just temporary until i can get the original recoated.
    (And these pics weren't taken by me, or with a decent camera, so low quality 2MP cameraphone.)



    Wayne H.

    '91 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5L turbo 5spd
    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Very nice but you gotta change the wheels,

    Thought about using the one piece plastic bumpers, they look awesome,
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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    uhh changing it much from the way Gus had it is kind of defeating the point of having it right?

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    But did he ever call it "done" or did it exist in a state of continuous development?
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    Quote Originally Posted by turbovanman View Post
    Very nice but you gotta change the wheels,

    Thought about using the one piece plastic bumpers, they look awesome,
    Those wheels were given to him and are 15x7. I think they are lighted that stock aluminum dodge wheels. Thats the only reason why he was using them. They were on Slug at one time.
    I would like a lighter weight wheel but still maintain the sleeperness.

    I have a bumper cover and reinforcement. But its just too much heavier than the stock aluminum bumper.



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    '91 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5L turbo 5spd
    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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