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    Long Distance Marauder Ressurrection

    This past March, my friend was driving to his lake house in Wisconsin and saw a Marauder sitting in a field on the side of the highway. He immediately called me and asked me if I'd like to get "back in the game"...of course I said YES! She had been sitting in a field for over a year and needed someone to love her. 90K on the clock and she is pretty much all stock. We picked her up for $3000 which wasn't bad because the engine was toast!

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    Last edited by Peace2Peep; 08-25-2019 at 03:46 PM.
    2003 300A
    Widened Rear Wheels with 295 45 Nitto G2's
    Eaton Swapped by Curless
    Brake Upgrade
    Mo's Tune
    JLT Intake
    Addco Sway Bars
    Metco Control Arms
    4.10 Gears
    Aeroforce Gauges

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    My friend drove up and picked her up and shoved her into a storage unit until we could get a plan together. She ran but sounded like there were wrenches clanking under her valve covers! Ha! Also...missing foglight....

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    2003 300A
    Widened Rear Wheels with 295 45 Nitto G2's
    Eaton Swapped by Curless
    Brake Upgrade
    Mo's Tune
    JLT Intake
    Addco Sway Bars
    Metco Control Arms
    4.10 Gears
    Aeroforce Gauges

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    As if by the very providence of God, Chris Curless offered up a used Marauder motor for sale! A deal was struck and my friend and I picked up the car and towed her from Green Bay to Grand Rapids! New engine here we come! The trip was not short...but was cool...people were staring and giving us thumbs up on the car on the trailer. Pretty dang cool!

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    Last edited by Peace2Peep; 08-26-2019 at 06:52 PM.
    2003 300A
    Widened Rear Wheels with 295 45 Nitto G2's
    Eaton Swapped by Curless
    Brake Upgrade
    Mo's Tune
    JLT Intake
    Addco Sway Bars
    Metco Control Arms
    4.10 Gears
    Aeroforce Gauges

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    Once we got to Curless' shop, I was amazed at the number of Marauders this man possessed and has built! As he and I talked, I found Chris to be a man of passion and integrity. I wanted more for this car and I felt like Chris did too! Here are some more pics of the interior and exterior under the sunlight at Cureless Auto Repair.

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    Last edited by Peace2Peep; 07-06-2020 at 01:57 PM. Reason: messed up Chris' name!
    2003 300A
    Widened Rear Wheels with 295 45 Nitto G2's
    Eaton Swapped by Curless
    Brake Upgrade
    Mo's Tune
    JLT Intake
    Addco Sway Bars
    Metco Control Arms
    4.10 Gears
    Aeroforce Gauges

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    Here's the Original Motor and the Donor Motor from Curless:

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    2003 300A
    Widened Rear Wheels with 295 45 Nitto G2's
    Eaton Swapped by Curless
    Brake Upgrade
    Mo's Tune
    JLT Intake
    Addco Sway Bars
    Metco Control Arms
    4.10 Gears
    Aeroforce Gauges

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    The teardown begins!

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    And just like THAT...new (to me) motor is installed!

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    She runs!

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    Last edited by Peace2Peep; 08-25-2019 at 04:35 PM.
    2003 300A
    Widened Rear Wheels with 295 45 Nitto G2's
    Eaton Swapped by Curless
    Brake Upgrade
    Mo's Tune
    JLT Intake
    Addco Sway Bars
    Metco Control Arms
    4.10 Gears
    Aeroforce Gauges

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peace2Peep View Post
    Here's the Original Motor and the Donor Motor from Curless:

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    Glad to see Marauder rescued and in capable hands. Coil springs on the rear?
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    The previous owner was no jerk, but must've had no idea about the Marauders many quibbles. She needed new axles, 4.10 gears, rebuilt with cobra clutches and a T/A girdle cover:

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    Last edited by Peace2Peep; 08-25-2019 at 09:57 PM.
    2003 300A
    Widened Rear Wheels with 295 45 Nitto G2's
    Eaton Swapped by Curless
    Brake Upgrade
    Mo's Tune
    JLT Intake
    Addco Sway Bars
    Metco Control Arms
    4.10 Gears
    Aeroforce Gauges

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    It was right around this time I started getting the bug...Chris's shirt didn't help my addiction (although my wife is my ONLY...you know!):

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    He encouraged me to do THIS! (He also is an expert in sourcing and assembling the forced induction madness. It is ON!

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    Last edited by Peace2Peep; 08-26-2019 at 06:53 PM.
    2003 300A
    Widened Rear Wheels with 295 45 Nitto G2's
    Eaton Swapped by Curless
    Brake Upgrade
    Mo's Tune
    JLT Intake
    Addco Sway Bars
    Metco Control Arms
    4.10 Gears
    Aeroforce Gauges

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    Now it was time for traction. I love the quality work that Weldcraft produces. Those welds look so perfect!

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    Here are all four with Nittos installed:

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    From the rear:

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    2003 300A
    Widened Rear Wheels with 295 45 Nitto G2's
    Eaton Swapped by Curless
    Brake Upgrade
    Mo's Tune
    JLT Intake
    Addco Sway Bars
    Metco Control Arms
    4.10 Gears
    Aeroforce Gauges

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    The Cool Brake Mod you all came up with is boss! What a fantastic setup!

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    Here they are installed with Zacks lines:

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    Looks great under the wheels...so sweet!

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    2003 300A
    Widened Rear Wheels with 295 45 Nitto G2's
    Eaton Swapped by Curless
    Brake Upgrade
    Mo's Tune
    JLT Intake
    Addco Sway Bars
    Metco Control Arms
    4.10 Gears
    Aeroforce Gauges

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    The original owner put coil springs on, but I asked Chris put the air bags back in. He had to source the parts, but got her done!

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    Last edited by Peace2Peep; 11-21-2020 at 06:32 PM.
    2003 300A
    Widened Rear Wheels with 295 45 Nitto G2's
    Eaton Swapped by Curless
    Brake Upgrade
    Mo's Tune
    JLT Intake
    Addco Sway Bars
    Metco Control Arms
    4.10 Gears
    Aeroforce Gauges

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    Quote Originally Posted by Invective View Post
    Glad to see Marauder rescued and in capable hands. Coil springs on the rear?
    The original owner put the coil springs on, but I asked Chris to put the bags back in. He had to source the parts, but got her done!
    Last edited by Peace2Peep; 07-06-2020 at 02:00 PM.
    2003 300A
    Widened Rear Wheels with 295 45 Nitto G2's
    Eaton Swapped by Curless
    Brake Upgrade
    Mo's Tune
    JLT Intake
    Addco Sway Bars
    Metco Control Arms
    4.10 Gears
    Aeroforce Gauges

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    Suspension upgrades are also in order. What's the point of power that causes me to lose control and lose my baby?

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    Last edited by Peace2Peep; 08-25-2019 at 09:58 PM.
    2003 300A
    Widened Rear Wheels with 295 45 Nitto G2's
    Eaton Swapped by Curless
    Brake Upgrade
    Mo's Tune
    JLT Intake
    Addco Sway Bars
    Metco Control Arms
    4.10 Gears
    Aeroforce Gauges

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    Had to add the Watts link too...I'm not sure it makes a big difference, but why not? I hope it does...does it?

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    Last edited by Peace2Peep; 08-25-2019 at 09:39 PM.
    2003 300A
    Widened Rear Wheels with 295 45 Nitto G2's
    Eaton Swapped by Curless
    Brake Upgrade
    Mo's Tune
    JLT Intake
    Addco Sway Bars
    Metco Control Arms
    4.10 Gears
    Aeroforce Gauges

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