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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #645 on: August 01, 2017 - 01:00:18 am »
Thanks Randy, hope you are having better success than I am  :bigsmile:

Have slowed down a little but still making progress.  :cheers:
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #646 on: August 01, 2017 - 11:21:30 am »
 :2thumbs:
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #647 on: August 02, 2017 - 06:43:55 pm »
The paint really looks good!  :2thumbs:  I need to start cutting and buffing mine also, but I keep putting it off and doing other things.  :bigsmile:
1970 Plymouth 'Cuda.  Matching numbers 440 U Code, 4 speed pistol grip, Rallye dash, AM 8 Track, Shaker hood, 15 inch rallye wheels, Dana 60 4.10, Super Track Pak.  One of 134 - 440 "U" coupes codes built in 1970 and one of 100 - 440 Super Track Paks built in 1970.

Restoration pictures at:  http://spanks4thememory.smugmug.com/Cars/70-Cuda/7240639_M24oi#465274575_2MBqW
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"usraptr" = United States raptor - bird of prey = United States Bald Eagle.  FYI, somebody else thought of it first so I had to drop the "O" in raptor.


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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #648 on: August 02, 2017 - 06:56:54 pm »
The paint really looks good!  :2thumbs:  I need to start cutting and buffing mine also, but I keep putting it off and doing other things.  :bigsmile:

I am doing that now...  :bigsmile:

Actually some life issues have intervened and it has gotten pretty hot here. Also, I ordered some more supplies that I am waiting on... that should be enough excuses for now... lol
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #649 on: August 10, 2017 - 01:01:04 am »
Just an update, have finally got the car sanded which seemed to take forever. I did have an issue or 2 but overcame them (or decided I could live with them...  :bigsmile:). Now its on to buffing and polishing.. Might start tomorrow, I really need to get this done and move on.

For anyone wanting to know what I have done, I sanded it with 1000 grit first to level out any orange peel (yes I had some...), then went to 1500 and finally to 2000. The "tricky" thing here is that when you first do it with the 1000, you will see spots (literally) that is the orange peel. The spots are lower than what you have knocked down, your inclination will be to keep sanding to get rid of the spots, however you will find out (perhaps the hard way) that depending on how much paint you have on the car, you will burn through requiring a repaint. However if you sand it with the 1000 to get it somewhat even, the 1500 will get you even closer and the 2000 closer yet. The 2000 is really to get the sand scratches to a point you can buff them out. All this said and as it relates to me, I am willing to accept the fact that there are some places that have a small amount of peel. Trying to get it all out has proven not only difficult but all too often catastrophic in that I burned through the paint far too many times. I am sure a professional would not have had the issues I did, but I did get a lot of experience learning here.  :cooldancing:
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #650 on: August 12, 2017 - 10:22:02 am »
Well here it is.... cut and buffed, looking all shiny..  :bigsmile: (again). For wondering, yes I would do it again (not on this car...) and I am sure I will. This is far from perfect but it is perfect enough for me. Definitely is shiny and green which were the original mission parameters.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #651 on: August 12, 2017 - 10:34:22 am »
Nice work, very nice looking car! 

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #652 on: August 12, 2017 - 08:43:23 pm »
Looks good from here............lets ride
Here is my sons Cuda he had refurbished. 7 yrs.
Viper green.
440 - 6 pack.
was black interior to white.
From Petty blue to Viper green.
1970 AAR Cuda
1970 Gran Coupe Ragtop. 1 of 66
Gran Cpe Convertible 1 yr only.

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #653 on: August 12, 2017 - 11:17:44 pm »
Thanks all. This car was originally Petty blue, then painted black over that and not sublime (not true Mopar Sublime).

Now just have to put it together.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #654 on: August 12, 2017 - 11:52:02 pm »
Looks great, good job!
Brad
1970 Challenger 451stroker/4L60 auto OD
Barrie,Ontario,Canada
Proud to own one of the best cars ever made!!!!!

My restoration thread 
http://www.cuda-challenger.com/cc/index.php?topic=59072.0
 My handling upgrade post
http://www.cuda-challenger.com/cc/index.php?topic=73985.0

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #655 on: August 13, 2017 - 12:11:32 pm »
Looks great Mike. Look forward to seeing it again one of these days.  :cheers:
F&B on my wish list for the ragtop.
Have to finish the fastback first. There is always a reason for not getting things done as fast as I would like. :money: :money:
- Randy D.
1 of 88 1970 340 4-Speed 'Cuda Convertibles
69 Barracuda Fastback Project Album https://goo.gl/photos/XjsAsx4LDo7psimU8
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #656 on: August 13, 2017 - 12:38:25 pm »
Thanks Randy and Brad, I appreciate it. I am going to start getting the wiring harness and EFI harness routed and sorted. The EFI harness needs to be shortened some, originally I had left it as it came but there was a lot of excess wiring which I tired to hide, but since it is all apart I will take the time to fit it correctly (never enough time to do it right but always enough time to do it twice...). I need to get the dash assembled and wired up, but I need to make some connectors so that I can install the dash and just plug everything together. I also need to figure out how I am going to start and turn off the car, I was going with a master switch and then a push button (like a race car) but then I bought a push on - off button, however I am not sure I like it (was on the cheap end).
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #657 on: August 13, 2017 - 12:47:43 pm »
Got an iKey-RS for the fastback. Thought I got the idea from a post by you...  :clueless:
- Randy D.
1 of 88 1970 340 4-Speed 'Cuda Convertibles
69 Barracuda Fastback Project Album https://goo.gl/photos/XjsAsx4LDo7psimU8
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #658 on: August 13, 2017 - 08:29:48 pm »
Awesome.  Looking forward to seeing your assembly progress.

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #659 on: August 13, 2017 - 11:51:12 pm »
Got an iKey-RS for the fastback. Thought I got the idea from a post by you...  :clueless:

Thanks Randy, I have looked at them a number of times but they are more complicated than what I need. The system I currently have is basically just a on-accessory-off system which is what I wanted. My question is really how well it will work, but I intend on mocking it all up before I actually spend a lot of time installing it.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)