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Offline Mpdlawdog

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Re: 1970 Cuda EK2 Build
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2017 - 01:09:34 pm »
Mpd - I will get you photos and measurements this weekend when I install the shocks and button everything up. At this time, only ones I have are what is posted.  Thanks TC, happy I went with Hotchiss, my 3" would have issues.

Charles

no worries!  I had a factory rear sway bar on mine...I unbolted it from the frame and stuck the hotchkis bar on...Im not sure how close to the factory holes it goes or if I can just use those holes :dunno:..........Ill weld it to the frame when I get it bolted where it is suppose to go....I heard the horror stories about them getting ripped out of the frame!  Thanks




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Re: 1970 Cuda EK2 Build
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2017 - 09:27:55 pm »
Well worked on things this weekend, still procrastinating on the door glass.  But got the door seals installed, rear end buttoned up and the dash finalized.  My friend came through with the dash, nothing perfect but it was nice enough to install, but not perfect enough I needed to worry about drilling the setting's switches into them  - Can you see them????
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Re: 1970 Cuda EK2 Build
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2017 - 09:53:08 pm »
I like those gauges. Were they had to install? Worth the $$?


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Re: 1970 Cuda EK2 Build
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2017 - 11:53:33 pm »
 :popcorn: love the color and sounds sweet!  :2thumbs: going to be a nice ride!  :burnout:
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Offline Cazbah362

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Re: 1970 Cuda EK2 Build
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2017 - 12:17:04 am »
EMCD - Yes worth the money!!! and easy to install!  Everything was very nice so far, only thing I have not messed with is the speedometer setup, will need to drive to setup.  The fuel gauge is fantastic - I have a Tanksinc setup and this system picked it right up.  Also other cool feature like 1/4 mile time, 0-60 and others, but again have to drive to use.

CudaKiller - thank you

Offline Mpdlawdog

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Re: 1970 Cuda EK2 Build
« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2017 - 10:25:22 am »
love the gauges!  Im really trying to justify the $900+ for them though...especially since my car isnt running yet!!!!!!!!!

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Re: 1970 Cuda EK2 Build
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2017 - 09:42:00 pm »
Gauges look killer.   :2thumbs:  Sometimes I wish I had gone your route instead of all matching numbers so I could make those kind of mods
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: 1970 Cuda EK2 Build
« Reply #22 on: February 02, 2017 - 11:37:32 pm »
Gauges look killer.   :2thumbs:  Sometimes I wish I had gone your route instead of all matching numbers so I could make those kind of mods

Very nice.
And I myself am very thankful mine is a boring bottom dweller on the option front. Get to change it as I see fit.
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Offline Cazbah362

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Re: 1970 Cuda EK2 Build
« Reply #23 on: February 04, 2017 - 11:58:12 am »
mpdlawdog - I understand, I am at the point I want to drive mine so - priorities. 

USRaptor and YellowThumper - Yea I am happy to have low options, which provide the build with OTHER options, as for a numbers matching - that attention to detail is a bit much for me, I love these cars, but also love to drive them.  I would get worried with a full numbers matching - but they are beautiful when someone can do them that way. 

Thank you all 

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Re: 1970 Cuda EK2 Build
« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2017 - 02:55:58 pm »
no worries!  I had a factory rear sway bar on mine...I unbolted it from the frame and stuck the hotchkis bar on...Im not sure how close to the factory holes it goes or if I can just use those holes :dunno:..........Ill weld it to the frame when I get it bolted where it is suppose to go....I heard the horror stories about them getting ripped out of the frame!  Thanks

Cazbah362....Im sure you have been busy like me...Im going to tackle the rear end this weekend...any chance you can shoot a couple of pics so I can see where the rear sway bar mounts??

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Re: 1970 Cuda EK2 Build
« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2017 - 11:41:36 pm »
mpdlawdog - attached are the photos, hope they help.  Spots are mud, happy there there because means I got to drive it - pissed they are there because weather keeps me from washing it. 

Good luck - I will check in a bit later

CP

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Re: 1970 Cuda EK2 Build
« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2017 - 06:04:04 am »
Thanks for doing that!  How close to the factory sway bar mounts on the frame does the new bracket go???  It looks close....
Glad you are getting to enjoy your baby....Im getting close!

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Re: 1970 Cuda EK2 Build
« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2017 - 10:52:27 am »
MplLawDog - Well how close?  not sure, I did not have one.  But looking at others, I agree it looks real close.  Keep us posted on your progress!

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Re: 1970 Cuda EK2 Build
« Reply #28 on: April 01, 2017 - 11:48:25 am »
So, have not posted much lately, seems there has been a lot going on.  Here is the progress:  First, I have the car out driving, so that is a big deal to me.  With driving, you start working the bugs out.  I had a pretty substantial oil leak which was driving me crazy.  Started by changing the pan gasket from a traditional dual cork and the crappy 440Source windage tray to a modern all in one system.  This worked for most of the leaks, but still had one at the front of the engine.  Only things I could figure is the factory cover was flexing too much with the roller cam or the fuel block off was leaking. 

To fix these, pulled the fuel block off which looked like it may have caught and flexed on the pump rod hex nut?  Tightened the hex nut, flattened the plate and installed a new gasket.  For the timing cover, I bought a AR Engineering cover (expensive) and installed it.  After a quick driver in the neighborhood, seems the Valdez is fixed.   

As for updates and upgrades, what lead to me finding the leak was taking the car to a welder to install the torque boxes, frame connector, roll bar and well up the TTI exhaust.  The guy did a bang up job and definitely welds WAY better than I do.  I bought and installed the TTi with their bands.  This worked well, but had a bit of leaks for the wideband.    As for the USCarTool torque boxes and frame supports,  well the welder said not the best of pieces, but they worked.  Car seems to be a lot more stiff.  Also installed 5 point harnesses from Summit.  Yes, a bit of overkill, but wife wouldn't ride with with me with lap belts.

Next on the agenda is some electrical gremlins.  I think I will be doing a LED taillight upgrade during this time. Also, bought a 2012 5.7 from a manual Challenger.  This will be the winter project.  Right now scrounging up all the items to drop this in.  At this time have the engine, Hemi EFI Gold Box, LS throttle body adapter and flywheel and clutch.  A this time, I just want to drop the engine in and get it driving.  Down the road I will decide how much HP etc is needed for my driving pleasure.  Between now and winter, I will be doing small items, like changing the Areomotive dual pressure regulator and possibly installing an SRT radiator and fan system.     

Well that is it, almost 9am here, wife says I can start the car only after then - pesky neighbors

Off to burn some 100 octane - found at one of the local pumps......

CP

 

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Re: 1970 Cuda EK2 Build
« Reply #29 on: May 21, 2017 - 11:54:29 pm »
Car has been fun lately, so thought I would change small things.  This weekend I found a Fitech 600 on CL, brand new so i purchased it.  Spent the day installing it, really only took a few hours.  Luck would have it, I had the TanksInc pump and an AN8 system installed, so install went fast.  After basic install, fired right up, albeit a little rough and lot rich.  After a few minutes, balanced it out and ran fair.  Since I locked it out and had the system managing the timing, I set it and idled like a champ.  Now we are in the learning phase.  Here is a video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrzhzFOwQoc

and some photos:


Only question I have now is what is a good AF Ratio for a 470?