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Offline 74CudaChief

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New 74 Cuda Owner Intro
« on: June 19, 2017 - 02:52:51 pm »
Hello all,

I just got a 1974 Cuda with 360LA Motor and Trans. It's a complete car +some extras that was taken apart to start restoration.
Shell is in primer, needs both rear quarters replaced along with some other minor metal work.

I live in Washington State on Whidbey Island. I'm looking forward to learning from all of you and sharing my build.

I'm going to turn this Cuda into a Pro-Touring car  :burnout:

As soon as I resize the pics I will post them.

Mopar or No Car!  My Mopar: 74 Cuda (Under Construction).  Replacing: Both Rear quarters(1970), Rear Tail light panel, Package tray, LH Trunk extension, Roof, LH A-Pillar, Both Front quarters(1970).

Mods: US Car Tool Level 3 Chassis Stiffening Kit with mini-tubs.




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Re: New 74 Cuda Owner Intro
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2017 - 04:36:01 pm »
Welcome to the forum and congratulations! I just did some upper control arms and new steering gear box from firm feel. looking forward to seeing the difference in handling! What plans do you have for a pro touring build?

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Re: New 74 Cuda Owner Intro
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2017 - 06:36:27 pm »
I'm just starting to research and get ideas based on others "REAL" experience from what works (Other than the ideas from overhaulin and RIDES)

I do know that I will be purchasing and adding a (Level 3 Chassis Stiffening Kit 70-74 E-Body US Car Tool Mopar Plymouth Cuda Barracuda)http://store.uscartool.com/Level-3-Chassis-Stiffening-Kit-70-74-E-Body-US-Car-Tool-Mopar-Plymouth-Cuda-Barracuda_p_155.html
And mini tub!

I'm trying to decide on suspension from HOTCHKIS or QA1, and I know I want rack and pinion steering.

I think I will stick with the 360LA motor I have. It's in great shape.

Custom interior, but I'm not sure how custom I want to go yet. I do want to update it some.

The first step is getting both rear quarters and tail light panel replaced. Then clean up the body lines and do some metal mods to the front and rear valences. I will probably get 71' fenders and quarters because I like the smaller thin side marker lights.
Mopar or No Car!  My Mopar: 74 Cuda (Under Construction).  Replacing: Both Rear quarters(1970), Rear Tail light panel, Package tray, LH Trunk extension, Roof, LH A-Pillar, Both Front quarters(1970).

Mods: US Car Tool Level 3 Chassis Stiffening Kit with mini-tubs.


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Re: New 74 Cuda Owner Intro
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2017 - 06:41:00 pm »
Welcome good luck on the 74'
1970 AAR Cuda
1970 Gran Coupe Ragtop. 1 of 66
Gran Cpe Convertible 1 yr only.

" I Want to Ride "

" I tried to be normal once...
it was the most boring
2 minutes of my life!!!!"

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Re: New 74 Cuda Owner Intro
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2017 - 10:57:44 pm »
Welcome to the site and good luck with your new project! Don't be in a huge rush to dump the OE steering box as Firm Feel rebuilt mine as a Stage 3 and it's quite good. Others can chime in there as well.  :wave:

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Re: New 74 Cuda Owner Intro
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2017 - 11:10:59 pm »
Sounds like a great project!  Glad you signed up!  Look forward to the build thread!  And pictures when you have time . . .  :thumbsup:

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Re: New 74 Cuda Owner Intro
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2017 - 07:45:51 am »
Welcome to the site... we need pics.

Sounds like a cool project, what is your total budget? I ask because that will help others provide feedback.

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Re: New 74 Cuda Owner Intro
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2017 - 08:22:48 am »
 :wave: welcome to c-c.   Navy?  Friend of mine stationed there and drives his 66 mustang to work every day
see Bill run  go Navy football///fly navy

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Re: New 74 Cuda Owner Intro
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2017 - 09:44:10 am »
jimynick, Thanks for the advice, I will take a look at Firm Feel.

wldgtx, I don't have a total budget. It will be a long build process as I have the money. My Mom moved in last year so things are tight and family comes first. I'm just working on convincing them that the car is a family member now! Lol.

doug bs23, Yep, retired Navy but still work on base. :)
Mopar or No Car!  My Mopar: 74 Cuda (Under Construction).  Replacing: Both Rear quarters(1970), Rear Tail light panel, Package tray, LH Trunk extension, Roof, LH A-Pillar, Both Front quarters(1970).

Mods: US Car Tool Level 3 Chassis Stiffening Kit with mini-tubs.

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Re: New 74 Cuda Owner Intro
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2017 - 10:21:53 am »
Pics of the 74 :)
Mopar or No Car!  My Mopar: 74 Cuda (Under Construction).  Replacing: Both Rear quarters(1970), Rear Tail light panel, Package tray, LH Trunk extension, Roof, LH A-Pillar, Both Front quarters(1970).

Mods: US Car Tool Level 3 Chassis Stiffening Kit with mini-tubs.