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My 1973 Plymouth Scamp Shorts to Death
9/7/2011

Engine compartment of 1973 Plymouth Scamp, with alternator clearly visible at left front  and the separate voltage regulator bolted to the side of the engine compartment.
Engine compartment of 1973 Plymouth Scamp, with alternator clearly visible at left front
and the separate voltage regulator bolted to the side of the engine compartment.

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Douglas Smock
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Star washer
Douglas Smock   9/7/2011 8:19:47 AM
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A star washer is a bad --and strange-- place to look for cost reductions.

Alexander Wolfe
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Mopar
Alexander Wolfe   9/7/2011 8:28:56 AM
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I had a 1973 Duster, w the famous slant 6, which was a hand-me-down from my father. The problem I had, when the car was about 15 years old, is that the column shifter wouldn't stay locked into Drive. Being disinclined to disassemble the whole steering column, I never figured out what the minor part was, that was holding the thing into the detent.

TJ McDermott
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Re: Mopar
TJ McDermott   9/7/2011 9:24:51 AM
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I love the jaunty, carefree wire routing shown in the attached image as well.

Rob Spiegel
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Easy to work on
Rob Spiegel   9/7/2011 12:23:45 PM
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I miss those engines. They were so easy to work on. And there was tons of room. You could almost stand in the engine compartment.

Jluminais
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Roomy
Jluminais   9/8/2011 9:36:48 AM
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Look at all the room in there!  I miss that.

NdYag Junkie
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NdYag Junkie   9/8/2011 9:58:05 AM
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 The fact these cars are easy to work on shows in the photo as the owner of this Scamp must be having a lot of fun with it. The engine compartment shows a lot of modifications from stock. Aftermarket valve covers and spark plug wires, Carter Competition Series 4 barrel carb on an aftermarket aluminum intake which necessitated the mounting of the coil on the firewall, the windshield wiper motor has been removed. A fuel pressure regulator is mounted on the inner fender panel which most likely means the car has an electric fuel pump feeding it. The heater has been bypassed or removed because the hose which typically feeds it has been rerouted to the intake manifold. This car isn't your typical "grocery getter" anymore!

Rob Spiegel
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Shorts in the wheel bearings
Rob Spiegel   9/8/2011 11:37:43 AM
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Reader Thomas Alosso sent in this comment:

I had a Chrysler Horizon the first year that they were made and after having front wheel bearings replaced six or sever times (every 1500 miles), they finally sent a top guy out to check the car. What they found was that the ground strap from the starter to the frame ground was missing and every time the car was started all the current went through the wheel bearings and cooked them.

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Re: Star washer
averagejoe72677   9/8/2011 11:42:56 AM
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I had a 1972 Dodge Dart I bought new. The electrical system in general was designed by monkeys. I was warned early on to keep a spare ignition resistor in the glove box as these fail without notice and leave you stranded. It seems Chrysler chose to run the ignition system (points) on 6 volts and the rest of the car on 12 volts. Why on earth they did that is beyond me as all other makes used 12 volt systems.

The Technology Consortium
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Re: Easy to work on
The Technology Consortium   9/8/2011 12:17:52 PM
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BTW,

I am surprised that nobody noticed the lack of Power Brakes!

Yup, I remember those days...

 

 

Ratsky
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Re: Easy to work on
Ratsky   9/8/2011 1:01:46 PM
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I want to assure everyone that the picture was NOT my Scamp!  It did have the 5-liter V8, but no mods of any kind (besides the addition of that star washer...).

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