January 11, 2007
by: jovial_cynic
Want to contact me? Leave a comment and I'll reply, right here on this page. Really, I will! And if you want me to e-mail you a reply, make sure to put your actual e-mail in the "your email" field.

This contact form doesn't work, because I was tired of fighting off the spam-bots that kept submitting it.

The e-mail server's anti-spam filter is pretty good, so you can try to reach me here:
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kendra said:
who wants to contact you? :) j/k
January 11, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
lots of folks, apparently... but they've been posting in comments in old posts since I don't have a link to otherwise contact me.
January 11, 2007

paul said:
Uh, my last email wasn't meant to be published, it was meant as a private correspondence. Could you please delete it? Thanks.
January 25, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
no prob. :)
January 25, 2007

octobrarian said:

Sorry about the non-attribution of your glorious I(Heart) Banned Books button. I've posted a note beneath linking to your site. See The Octobrarian.

February 19, 2007

rob mueller said:
I'm a circle track racer I race a 1981 200sx. I'm not very good with a computer but I can drive. Last year I set the track record in Roseburg Oregon. This year they came out with some new rules to hurt my cars performance. The rule states that you must weigh 1 pound for every cc. Currently I have a 24z block with w53 peanut L18 head. It works out to be 2444cc. I'm looking for another combination that uses stock stuff due to the rules that is about 2300cc. any suggestions. I need about 200-230 horse.
February 21, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
Rob - I've e-mailed a reply.
February 22, 2007

Eli said:
I came accross your blog during a search on dog leg 5 spped for datsuns. I have 2 510s and one 240z. Many years ago I came across a 5 speed dogleg trans. I never noticed it is as long as a 280zx 5spd. I am planing to use it on my 240z but I have not been able to find any info on it. I have owned 5 spds out of 200sx with the dogleg. Never have seen a dog leg this long. It has the old round flange drive shaft coupler. Any Ideas of what I got?
March 23, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
Eli - I've e-mailed a reply.
March 23, 2007

carman niesley said:
jovial cynic,
Just wanted to inform you that I once again have changed my blog, which I'm sure you have noticed with the inactivity on my former blog, New Day Dawning. Hopefully, this will be permanent.
The blog is
It can also be reached off of my website at


April 14, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
oh - thanks, carman!
April 14, 2007

Grassman said:
I wanted to let you know that I too have decided to start blogging about stuff. I opened a account and made my first post today. Check it out if you're so inclined.

There's not a lot of content yet, but there'll be more soon

April 20, 2007

tom rhodes said:
hi josh, i just wanted to say hi and let you know i highly appreciate your site. i was browsing the something awful forums (which i do not have an account for) and followed the link to your site in the stick man thread. i thought they were funny. i clicked on the "horror of horrors" section and liked it, then i saw religion and was like "uhoh, whats he gotta say about this?" and i was completely impressed with your views. im working on reading all of your articles right now. theyre a breath of fresh air. so many of your views and insights are things ive been struggling to say for years. to put it as cheesily as i can: in a way we're almost kindred spirits. i love reading what you have to say, and enjoy the things im learning, and am feeling encouraged to learn more about. my relationship and understanding of God is becoming more 3d than it has in a long time (its a long learning process)

thanks for being so kick ass!


May 10, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
Hey Tom - thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the site. I checked out your site, and wow -- your drawings are fantastic.

About the "kindred spirits" thing -- awesome. Keeping digging for what you're looking for; you'll find there's more of us than you realize.

May 10, 2007

Troy Wentworth said:
Hey fellow goon. Saw your thread on SA selling figures but being retarded I cant find it again. Im interested in the Ash figure. Lemme know,


May 15, 2007

Michelle said:
I wanted to get the katamari figurine but can't find the SA link again. Email me please!
May 28, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
e-mailed both of you w/ the link to the thread. enjoy!
May 28, 2007

Lisa (extrastorchy) said:
Hi! Just received your e-mail. I actually just installed your banned books badge yesterday, and I'd hoped to link to your site with it. However, since I'm new to this whole blogging/HTML thing, I couldn't figure out how. (Do I even need to use HTML to link to your site? I don't even know that much.) Frankly, I was just proud that I'd figured out how to get the wee image to show up on the page. Anyway, I'll take it down until I learn how to link.
June 07, 2007

Nathan said:
Thanks for listing the Frankenstien specs. I might try an LZ24 in my Dime at some point.

On that subject, do you know where Ben Pila's info on Z22 block/Z24 crank modification could be found?

August 17, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
No problem. Keep in mind that the L24 is prone to cracks in the block near the head, so if you get one, you might want to have it pressure checked before you dump a lot of money into a build-up.

No - not familiar with Ben Pila's data. However, I've done the swap myself, so if you list your e-mail address in a reply, I can walk you through it.

August 17, 2007

Nick said:
Hi. We love your banned books banner you made, and want to put it in an email we're sending to educators with resources to support banned books week.... Two questions. 1: may we use it, and 2) do you have it in a bit larger version? You can email it to me.

will show you the resources.


September 27, 2007

sublmnl said:
when are you gonna start doing crazy art projects like this guy's projects:
October 21, 2007

Wonder said:
Jovial, I meant what I said, I respect the work you're doing here.
October 29, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
Wonder - thanks. I've e-mailed you a reply.
October 30, 2007

ken said:
I have been wanting to get a 510 and do an electric conversion for a while now. Since you're kind of a 510 guy I thought you might be able to help me locate one. All the ones I can find are $2000 and up. i thinks that's a bit steep. You got yours for $500? That's more my speed.
Any ideas?

November 25, 2007

pat said:
I'd like to get the Katamari piece. Please, email me with price and details.
December 08, 2007

Wonder said:
hey jovial, i emailed you something kinda time-sensitive.
December 11, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
I got your e-mail, Wonder. I replied. :)
December 11, 2007

Wonder said:
I'm tagging you for the Splotchy Story Virus.

Have Fun :)

December 17, 2007

Red Queen said:
i have an idea for a digital art project based on the idea of the golden rule, but i'm not super tech savvy. Any chance you might want to collaborate?
January 15, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
Maybe. It sounds interesting. I've sent you an e-mail.
January 15, 2008

wonder said:
by the way, if you haven't already, you should totally upload something to the evil mad scientist group on flickr
January 17, 2008

Francisco said:
Hello, I need some kind of help to built my racing engine L20b, can you send me an email for more details??.tks!
March 05, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
Hey Francisco -

I've e-mailed you a response.

March 05, 2008

Leaning said:
I like Barack's stance on the war. I like him in terms of his global appeal versus McCain. Most other issues are a wash for me. The one thing, I want some clarification on is TAXES. Given recent events in the economy, I strongly believe the wealthiest Americans need to carry more of a tax burden. I assume Barack's plan will do this but wanted your take on it?
October 08, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
Leaning -

Here is Obama's tax plan.

October 08, 2008

KB said:
Read your article on the Turbo Install, do you have the 5 part "Turbo Tom" articles from the back issues of "510again"? I could not find any sources on the web,

October 21, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
No no - I didn't write that turbo install document. That was Jason Gray, another 510 enthusiast. And no - I don't have the Turbo Tom articles handy. Sorry!
October 21, 2008

KB said:
Do you have contact information for Jason Gray?

October 22, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
He's available on the bluebird mailing list:

"Subscribe to the bluebirds mailing list by sending mail to with either the word SUBSCRIBE or JOIN as the only word in the message body with no subject line."

October 22, 2008

tom rhodes said:
hi i got your message on my wild west star wars picture. thanks for the compliment, im happy when i find out people like my art

i found your site over a year ago when i found your thread on the something awful forums with the little metal men. i wanted to see more and you seemed like a pretty cool guy so i went to check out your site and i was really blown away with your religion section. ive gained a lot from it and i wanted others to hopefully stumble across it like i did, so i linked to you

and unless my memory is busted, i think i remember a sermon you had online that you had given, and i remember liking it. i was like "a something awful member... giving... a sermon??"

November 12, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
tom - I think we may have chatted about this before. This entire conversation sounds familiar. Didn't we add each other on myspace as a result of a prior conversation? Do you have another site where you've posted your drawings?

In any event - yeah. Your drawings are fantastic. I think that you manage to capture ideas in your drawings that are very close to how I'd see the ideas in my head. It really resonates with me.

Glad you like my religion/theology content. And I agree that it's pretty strange that somebody on SA would give a sermon. :)

November 12, 2008

Aaren said:
I dont know if you still check this or not but I needed some information for a project Im working on. I have an 1981 510 with a z20s.. I found a built z22 bottom end and I was curious as to what all I would need to make my head work on that block. The shortblock only comes with just a block and rotating assembly. I would have to reuse all of my timing/head stuff. Would I have to use a z22 timing chain? would my timing cover work? do you know of any problems I would run into? what head gasket should I use.. z20 or z22? Any input would be appreciated. I was going to just put a stock bottom back in but for the same price I can get a slight bump in cc's so I just wanted to see what it would take to do it.

November 23, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
Hey Aaren -

Yeah, I check my contact page. :)

I sent you an e-mail about your datsun engine questions. In short, the Z20 and Z22 block are basically the same for your purposes. Just throw the Z20 head onto the Z22 block and scavenge whatever parts you need from the Z20 that are missing.

November 24, 2008

antilight said:

Great site here. Originally found out about your welding art from some site that linked to youtube. So I wanna order something. Check out your etsy thing, something should come down here soon... once I figure out what I want!

November 25, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
antilight - thanks! I got your etsy message, and I've responded.
November 25, 2008

Robby said:
Do you have that scifi series that you suggest highly so I may borrow it and read it :D

December 20, 2008

Homemade Yogut said:
Thank you so much for the link to my Homemade yogurt site in your "Neato Links". I was analyzing my traffic when I noticed it in my logs. You have an informative and expansive blog here, and I am glad to be associated with it.


January 03, 2009

Dave said:
Hello i was just wondering the web and came across your page and had to ask you a couple questions.As of now i am building a 75 620 and am hell bent on doing the turbo deal,i dig the location of the turbo on your 510, BUT...because of the steering rod on the 620 this makes that quite difficult. Do you have any ideas where i could stick the turbo in a similar manor? i also have a 1972 510 that i relocated the firewall back about 10" in the middle and stuffed it with an L28 running about 12:1 compression with a fat cam and tons of port work it will step out in the 1/4 mile at about 14 flat at 5000 feet elevation. But i cant get traction in the ass, cant go any wider on the tires and there is no way I'm trading the independent rear end for a solid rear axle any ideas on that? thanks for your time....Dave
January 11, 2009

jovial_cynic said:
Hey Dave -

That article about the turbo 510 isn't mine -- that's a copy/paste job from 510-enthusiast Jason Gray's old site.

Regarding turbo and steering - I imagine you'll need an entirely custom exhaust that moves the turbo elsewhere in order to make it work.

Regarding your straight-6 dime, have you considered hunting around for a limited-slip differential?

January 13, 2009

tom rhodes said:
It depends on a lot of things. I'm in school now, so my schedule is extremely busy, so I think I would only be able to take commissions over the summer months (april-august), though there are some quiet times here and there. I would also have to like the story, or at least support it, or think its quality, though I won't get involved with any projects that glorify/include pornography (though I know you're not that kind of dude. I just have little faith in the goons).

So if I like your story and have time, I would totally draw some pictures for you. Unless you need them soon, then I probably just couldn't do them. That's also a factor I suppose: deadline. But I'm just stating the obvious.

January 14, 2009

PanzerAce said:
Hey, came across your site from the OT Yard Sale thread on the figurines. I was wondering if you could do a Datsun 240Z in metal about 6-9" long, and if so what the range of price on it would be.

Good luck on the 510, would have gotten one of those if the Z hadn't been available at an awesome price.

January 18, 2009

Francisco said:
Hello !
I have a cuestion:
In this formula, what is the 2.6?

Example, stock L20B = (45.2cc + 11.36cc + 7.0cc +2.6cc + 488.0cc) / (45.2cc + 11.36cc + 7.0cc +2.6cc)= 8.4:1

plase let me know you email thank you very much.

February 12, 2009

jovial_cynic said:
Francisco - that would be the chamber volume created by or occupied by the piston due to non zero deck height at TDC cylinder. The piston sits .45mm below the deck, and it creates 2.6cc in chamber volume.
February 12, 2009

Francisco said:
jovial, thank you very much, now I can ajust my compression ratio on my L20b, what you think adjust my compression ratio at 10.72:1?
Thank you very much !

February 13, 2009

jovial_cynic said:
Francisco -

At a CR of 10:72:1, you're going to have to worry about the kind of fuel you are using. You'll need the higher octane fuel.

What are your plans with the engine? Are you building a racer or a daily driver?

February 13, 2009

Francisco said:
My plans for the engine is race endurace race, but I need a faster car,the engine have flat top pistons and I modified the combustion chambers, what is you opinion for my kind of engine?,thanks

February 13, 2009

jovial_cynic said:
Francisco -

Well, you've already done more than I've ever done with an engine. I've never modified the head or gotten my hands on flat-top pistons.

What kind of carbs do you have on your engine? What cam shaft?

February 13, 2009

Francisco said:
Carbs 40 webers
Cam: 246 duration 292 lift

February 13, 2009

Francisco said:
Ok I do it , I finish the engine let´s see how its works, I put 10.62:1
February 27, 2009

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April 09, 2009

Louise said:
Hey Josh,

Im currently studying Greek Mythology for my A level art and i really love your Perseus and Medusa figurine.

Can I ask how long it takes to make?

June 16, 2009

jovial_cynic said:
Hey Louise -

That figurine took me about 45 minutes to make.

June 16, 2009

allison said:
If I had your email i would forward you the newsletter I just received from Black Lake Organic. After reading it, it's just announcing their chicken feed, but I always like to promote things I like, so I thought I would pass it along. Not that I can say I like their feed....



You asked for it- Finally, one ton of the Black Lake Organic Soy-Free Natural Layer Pellets in 50lb bags has just arrived. Hey, chickens need good nutrition too, the better they eat, the better you eat! This special formulation developed by chicken expert Bobby Johnson, is now on sale at $24 per bag. Come get some for your flock!

Superior Feed Blend- As previously reported, this is a special custom blend of non-GMO and non-spray grains with extra protein components and the essential amino acid methionine, which is required in poultry nutrition. Ingredients include wheat, oats, barley, green peas, fish meal, alfalfa meal, kelp meal, yeast, limestone powder and calcium phosphate, plus salt and vitamins, and they’re all human food grade. According to Bobby, there are a number of “organic” chicken feeds available in the area, but none of equal quality to this blend. Look again at the natural, nutritious ingredients.

Northwest Regional Source- Our special custom blend is milled by Union Point Custom Feeds in Oregon, a small mom and pop business. Mom is a certified nutritionist, and Pop reportedly can talk turkey!

How To Get It- This quality, pelleted chicken feed blend is available during regular hours (9 to 6 everyday, except Mondays) from Black Lake Organic Nursery and Garden Store at 4711 Black Lake Blvd, just 3 miles south of Highway 101, on the lake. Come get some and stock up. As a special favor, we are asking that you notify all your chicken raising friends to come get our custom feed so we can sell it down quickly and satisfy as many local chickens as possible. If you have questions, please call us at (360)786-0537.

Chicken Books- For those needing to learn the ins and outs of chicken raising, BLO still has a few copies of two books on the subject:

1. Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, and

2. Backyard Poultry Naturally, by Alanna Moore.

These, too, come recommended by Chicken Man Bobby Johnson, who refuses to say which is the better book. Guess you’ll have to read both of them if you want to be smarter than a dumb cluck.

August 09, 2009

jovial_cynic said:
allison - thanks! I'll have to check them out.
August 10, 2009

Troy said:
Great data! Thanks for posting it. Hope you don't mind if I add some of it to my blog, with attribution of course. I'm building a 2.1L longrod, was doing some research, and found your stuff. I'm using a L20b block (+3MM), L20b crank, Z20e rods, Z22e pistons (+1mm), a V912 head at 41cc, 88.5x1.5 comp gasket. I'm trying to figure the CR but can't find good data on the piston top volume and I don't know if these pistons are "early or late?" Any help availble? Thanks
Check out, you might enjoy it ;-)

August 21, 2009

Dave Hollrah said:
Did you have to install the capacitor with polarity in mind on the DVD player?
September 20, 2009

jovial_cynic said:
Dave - yes! Absolutely. But the board has the positive/negative marked on it, so it's pretty easy to figure it out.
September 20, 2009

Dave Hollrah said:
I have a cap in hand salvaged from an old Compaq PSU, (16V 1000uF low ESR)!!

I note that the light stripe on the capacitor without fail lines up with the shaded section on the board so without knowing for a fact the polarity of the cap and board I will install it like its neighbors.

Thanks for the quick reply and I also enjoyed looking around your site. I'll stop back with my results. I'm excited to find out if my thrift shop freebee will work...cost, a new 15/30W soldering iron...$10.

September 21, 2009

Derek said:
Thank you very much for the so brilliantly moron proof photos of the input speed and output speed sensor on the dodge caravan. I was able to bond with my 13 year old has his hands did the work and what can I say about the 34 dollars it cost. Thank you again. You are truly an angel as we were able to lend the van to a friend whose car had broken down.
September 29, 2009

jovial_cynic said:
Derek -

ah, cool. Glad this post was useful for you. And what a great opportunity to bond with your son. That's awesome.

September 29, 2009

Jim said:
I love the Pearl Jam stickman and would love to have one. If you could let me know if you'd be willing to make another one for me. Thanks.
October 06, 2009

Dave Hollrah said:
The Phillips DVD player now works perfectly thanks to the capacitor replacement. Seven more bucks spent on a used remote at Ebay and I was in business for around seventeen dollars although ten of those greenbacks netted me a new soldering iron, a combo 15/30 watt from RadioShack. So thanks again and I'll be checking back to see how things are going here at
October 23, 2009

jovial_cynic said:
Dave -

Glad I could help. Dave is referring to this post.

October 23, 2009

John Finch said:
I was reading the article about the Dodge Caravan transmission. Our van has started kicking down with a clunking sound at about 25 mph when we are slowing. Is that kind of what yours was doing? And did that sensor fix the problem? We have not had any problems with cruise or speedometer, and it just started a couple of days ago. Is this the start of the sensor going bad? Thanks for any help you can give.
John F.

November 02, 2009

jovial_cynic said:
John -

You are referring to this post.

Yeah - that kicking down with a clunking sound is precisely it, and that would be caused by the INPUT sensor. It's the OUTPUT sensor that would impact the cruise/speedometer.

November 02, 2009

Amer said:
I really enjoyed your site. I am especially interested in the electric violin. Is the scale length 4/4? Did you use a guitar winding? And what is that really pretty wood?


January 21, 2010

jovial_cynic said:
Amer -

I didn't make the electric violin. That's a Jensen brand 5-string electric violin. I just made some of the amplifiers that I used to play it through!

January 22, 2010

Curtis said:
Just wondering if you have ever come across this from any other people?I recently washed our 2006 Grand Caravan indoors as it was -15 degrees Celsius
outside.As I finished and opened the doors to head outside there appeared to be a lot of steam coming from radiator.I popped the hood to inspect if there was a leak.I twisted the throttle linkage to rev it up and it sputtered as the RPM's rose.I went in the van and revved it up with foot feed and it did same.Is there a rev limiter in neutral as well as at high speeds.I put in gear and drove on ice,revved and no sputtering.Any one else notice neutral rev limiter?

February 08, 2010

al said:
You don't by chance sell the heisman trophies pictured on another page.
You have any interest in making a cross out of the same material and thought design?


February 20, 2010

Nephirim said:
Hey Jovial, wanted to check up and see what was happening with the figuring I requested, you can e-mail me back and we can talk.
April 17, 2010

jovial_cynic said:
Nephirim -

I sent you a message on sa-mart for this; the welding shop should be open again in mid june, so we can talk about a new order at that time.

April 22, 2010

Scott said:
Hi, I like the way you think. In fact, I like it so much that I wanted to subscribe to your blog but I couldn't find a way to do that. Am I missing something?
May 16, 2010

jovial_cynic said:
Hey Scott -

Using blogger, follow me using this link:

I'll update my blog to have a friendly, "follow me" function to it shortly. Thanks!

May 16, 2010

et said:
Thank you for the use of your nipa hut image.
I featured your sweet nipa hut in one of the mini video clips i made...
If you go to my site
clip #10 Family Matters
Thanks much...

August 10, 2010

Mary said:

My brother, Josh W of Cary, NC, ordered stuff from you in the past. It was a rooster and a Roman God. Or a Greek God. Some God of healing. Anyway. They are both still doing quite awesome, and I was hoping you could make something for me.

Please respond via e-mail.

November 24, 2010

Cool Han Luck said:
Do you sell any of your figures? I'm interested in the one with the couple and the Effile Tower.
November 30, 2010

jovial_cynic said:
Cool Han Luck -

Yes I do! For starters, you may want to want to be a fan so you can see the latest updates.

I take orders here as well, though. I do the Eiffel Tower figurine for $37, shipped, and I take payment via paypal. I'll e-mail you my paypal address.


November 30, 2010

Mandy said:

I was wondering, how much are your custom welded figures? If I wanted two together, like that Simon and Kamina you did. If you could respond to my email that'd be great. Thanks!

January 10, 2011

james said:
I love your Pearl Jam figure and was wondering if you could make one for me
what would be the cost an will you ship to the uk.

could you please email me

January 24, 2011

doug said:
2002 caravan 167000 kms trans shifts 123 ok but must lift the accelarator to get it to shift into #4 it doesnt slip otherwise ok PS engine light is not on thanks doug
February 13, 2011

Mike said:
Hello I stumbled across your metalwork of pearl jam stickman. Do you make these still? It is quality! I would like to purchase one if at all possible? Look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks Mike :)
March 28, 2011

Jared said:
Hi! I really liked your Perseus with the Medusa head. Do you have it available to sell or could you make me one? How much would it cost? THANKS!
June 23, 2011

Ranj said:
My whirlpool washing machine Model # LSR7233EQ0 makes a metallic whining sound on spin all cycles only. The basket is tightly in place - no play. I see no sign of water leak. What do you think is the problem?
Thanks a mil.

August 12, 2011

Ron said:
I have a 2000 dodge caravan can I use a transmission from a 1997 caravan in it? Thay both have the 3.3 engine I was told by the dealer I would need to use the valve body from my 2000 in it to make it work. please email me your answer
August 24, 2011

Ron said:
I have a 2000 dodge caravan can I use a transmission from a 1997 caravan in it? Thay both have the 3.3 engine I was told by the dealer I would need to use the valve body from my 2000 in it to make it work. please email me your answer
August 24, 2011

aj said:
i have a 2002 dodge grand caravan sport 3.3ltr V6 fwd 4 speed automatic. when i shift in to reverse the lights will not come on. i've replace the neutral safely switch,the fuse and relay center, and soon i will replace the input and out put sensor.the taillight are aftermarket but it didn't work with the original.does anybody have any clues. i did a diagnostic and it said the lights was on but they were had this problem for 1 year and change.
September 24, 2011

Casey said:
So i read through your turbo 510 page and figured meybe you might have an answer for me...

I have a 71 510 with a l16, dual carbs attempting to do a blow through setup...

Got everything hooked up and figured out and finally it came time to start it, idled fine but in nuetral if you rev it up it stumbles when it comes back down to an idle sometimes dieing sometimes not. Now when i tried to drive it as soon as i give it gas and try letting the clutch out it will rev up for a second or two and then just want to die.

I know the basics about this stuff but have no ideas here. hoping its something dumb and easy that i overlooked

If you could email me id really appreciate it! thanks

October 22, 2011

Ben said:
Hi Jovial,

My friend is a huge Pearl Jam fan and is turning 40. I was looking at the Ten figurine and was wondering can you weld that on to a beer tap? It would be awesome to have a one and only unique tap to give him for his birthday.


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November 29, 2011

larrry russell said:
i have a 1998 dodge sport caravan and the transmission (or i should say) the check engine light came on and we got 2 code off of it ( p0070) (p00pd) it says it is the transmission module! is this something that can b done at home or do i have to take it to a shop?
December 02, 2011

Quoc Tang said:
Hey Josh, I normally order trophies from you each year, but haven't been able to reach you by email this year, give me a shout when you can. Thanks.
January 25, 2012

al said:
How do I change the tranny filter on a 97 dodge grand caravan with a 3.0 engine? I would like to do this myself. It has been years since I have done car repairs. Never on a front wheel drive. I am unsure if all I need to do is drop the pan or if it is more complicated. I have difficulty getting under the car so I would like to have all I will need before hand. Should I replace the pump while I'm at it?
February 03, 2012

Bob Bloc said:
Hi, I have a 2004 caravan with two problems. First is the shifting from reverse to drive. Once in a while when shifting it will not engage. If I shift back to park, sit for a few seconds then shift to drive, all is fine. Any thoughts?
Second more concerning problem is lately between 25 and 40 mph, it feels as though I'm driving on a wash-board section of pavement. Shifting appears ok, no hesitations. At first I thought tires but it is very consistant with speed on any road. Thanks, for any suggestions.

February 04, 2012

Cheryl said:
I liked your step-by-step information on replacing your dodge caravan sensors and have a question for you about my 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan.

I needed some Tranny fluid, because i felt sutle slippage in slow acceleration so I put some in (ATF+4) and it started making a knocking sound, now its empty: leaked it out. Some transmission fluid was on the ground (front drivers side)after I moved it to a level area, to recheck the fluid level. Do you know why it would be leaking now? I just bought it in the end of September (2011), and this is the first time I put some transmission fluid in it. did I put in the wrong stuff? Cheveron ATF+4 (non-synthetic I think). Any advise or suggestions would be helpful, thanks, Cheryl

February 25, 2012

jovial_cynic said:
Cheryl -

Leaking tranny fluid is no good. There's a number of reasons - you could have a cracked case, a bad seal, a loose drain bolt, etc. If you just threw some ATF fluid in because it was slipping, you may have overfilled the tranny case, which could cause your seals to literally blow out due to the pressure.

You need to have it taken to a shop, unfortunately.

February 25, 2012

Bpate said:
i want one of those pearljam stick fugures how much to send on to Charlotte North Carolina
May 31, 2012

Floyd said:
Hey Jovial Cynic,

I'm writing a free blog for the nonprofit community and I'd like to use the photograph on your blog of metal being forged in fire for an upcoming topic about core values. May I use it?

The blog is at and we're just getting it started.

- Floyd

July 30, 2012

jovial_cynic said:
Yeah Floyd - go for it. Thanks for asking!
July 30, 2012

Keith Bailey said:
Hey Jason,

I haven't talked to you in a long while - how have things been? I have a KA/DE question for you.
I am wondering if I could destroke a KA24DE using my fully balanced LZ2.2 crank. I would like to know if you have already thought about the possibility, and if so, what is the correct rod & piston combination to use to do so. What would the rod/stroke ratio be, and what would that compression end up being? AND - are is there more than one way to accomplish a destroked engine using my LZ 2.2 crank?

Thanks for your help with thoughts,

August 28, 2012

Wayne Isaac said:
Thank you for taking the time to photograph and document the transmission repair of your Dodge van. My wife's 2006 Chrysler Town and Country was shifting poorly and dislying several codes. I found your website through a Google search.I purchased a transmission solenoid module the next day.Thanks to your imformative instrucions and guidance I replaced the module and the minivan's transmission now operates flawlessly !! Thank you again.
September 24, 2012

Jim said:
I just stumbled onto this website. It's great!
Question: 1997 Grand Caravan Sport (3.3L) is heading to salvage (blown head, 296K). but it has a rebuilt tranny with about 75K.
I replaced this van with 2000 Grand Caravan(3.8L, 153K). Are the trannies compatable (1997-2000; 3.3L-3.8L)? Should I have the tranny removed from the 1997 before it goes to the junk yard and store it as back-up for the 2000? will cost some $, but maybe save some $ in the future?. Also, any maintenance suggestions for the 2000? Thanks, JIM

October 15, 2012

sandra said:
I have a dodge caravan with a 3.0 motor the automatic transmission is gone I need to know, if a transmission from a 3.3 will interchange and if not what will?
October 15, 2012

sandra said:
i forgot my van is 1992 caravan.
October 15, 2012

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