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Offline MoparJunkie

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Re: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #330 on: March 02, 2017 - 10:55:55 pm »
Gorgeous Cuda man. Yeah these car builds aren't for the impatient for sure! I have quite a long way to go on my 71 chally and I've been in your shoes thinking to myself do I really want to finish this? lol. But then I buy stuff, do more work and rekindle the spark that started the build in the first place. Seeing progress always helps. I recently just ordered the 2" TTI headers for my 440, they should come in tomorrow. Like you I want the rest of the exhaust, but I gotta save to buy the x-pipe system and another $425 for freaking challenger dual tips!!

Anyway, looks awesome man. Keep at it, and enjoy something you built, makes it more valuable imo than just buying a built car. 




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Re: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #331 on: March 03, 2017 - 02:45:21 am »
Why buy the TTI Tips? Alternatives are less than half of what TTI is. Check out accurate exhaust.
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Re: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #332 on: March 03, 2017 - 10:52:57 am »
Good to know, I didn't know there was cheaper alternatives, haven't gotten that far in my build yet. Starting with the headers first and working my way back, lol. I usually buy the complete exhaust system from a company but TTI exhaust tips is a lot, so I'll look at accurate exhaust after I buy the TTI 3" x-pipe system.

Looked at accurate exhaust quickly and while the tips are $175, a lot cheaper, they only support 2" and 2.5" exhaust. While TTI supports 3" inch exhaust and that's what I'll need unfortunately. Accurate exhaust looks like it's more for stock setups and I'm building a restomod.
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Re: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #333 on: March 03, 2017 - 08:39:42 pm »
Awesome news.  It gets really exciting now.  I remember money getting spent quickly whenever they needed something.  I love the smell of paint in the morning, feels like progress.  :ylsuper: Keep the pictures coming.

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Re: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #334 on: March 07, 2017 - 09:40:58 pm »
Wow! Work is progressing very nicely on the Cuda at the body shop. Ron has made some repairs to the doors, fenders and front header panel and got them all hung and gaps checked already. At this rate we'll be in paint in no time!  :bananasmi
« Last Edit: March 07, 2017 - 09:43:49 pm by usraptr »
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: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #335 on: April 07, 2017 - 03:10:29 pm »
Got a call from my best friend who works at the body shop last night to tell me the 'Cuda was done.  Went down this morning to see it.  Could hardly sleep last night in anticipation.  :crazy:
Well it's definitely a "black beauty," even with a layer of dust on it.   :cooldancing:  It's going to really shine after the "cut and buff!"  Can't wait to get it home next week so we can start final assembly.   :bananasmi
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
(Edited 8-1-17)

"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: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #336 on: April 07, 2017 - 06:43:54 pm »
Gorgeous.  That color is going to pop., Congratulations and keep the pictures coming.  It really gets exciting now! :wow: :ylsuper:

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« Reply #337 on: April 12, 2017 - 12:15:23 pm »
Picked up the "Cuda from the body shop today.  Now final assembly can finally start.    :working:  It shines so much now I can't wait to see it after we cut and buff it!
Waiting for my boys to get off work and come over and help unload her.  Here's a few pictures, dust and all. 
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
(Edited 8-1-17)

"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: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #338 on: April 13, 2017 - 08:35:40 pm »
 :wow:
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Re: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #339 on: April 13, 2017 - 11:18:24 pm »
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Re: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #340 on: May 28, 2017 - 04:16:38 am »
 :droolingbounce: looks awesome
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Re: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #341 on: June 23, 2017 - 12:07:09 pm »
Slowly but surely I've been getting back at the 'Cuda.  Installed the front header panel and valance.  With the help of Alan and Cody got the passenger door window installed. Re-installed my radiator after the small leak was fixed.  Installed a new bracket at the rear valley pan to hold the electronic ignition ECU.  Installed my new Lokar accelerator pedal cable and accelerator pedal linkage bracket.  Installed new door handles on both doors.  Installed new door molding on the driver's door.  Sanded and polished the passenger door frame channel modeling and glued a new gasket material to it.  Installed my new TTI 3" "X" pipe exhaust system and Dynomax Ultra flow mufflers back to the mufflers.  I'm waiting for new exhaust hanger trunk plates so I can install the over axle pipes. 

Issues:  Despite carefully tightening up the inlets to the carb, the front fitting still leaks.  I'm afraid to tighten it any further as I'm don't want to strip the threads in the carb.  I'll call Quick Fuel on Monday and see what suggestions they have as both the carb and inlet lines are Quick Fuel.

After firing and running the engine (break in was already done) and then lifting the car up on the lift, I discovered I have a significant oil leak coming from the rear of my oil pan gasket.  This is the re-useable, no gasket cement needed pan gasket that a member here  recommended.  The oil pan  is brand new so there should be no issues with it being true.
« Last Edit: June 23, 2017 - 12:09:52 pm by usraptr »
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
(Edited 8-1-17)

"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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« Reply #342 on: July 20, 2017 - 07:48:47 pm »
I haven't posted in a while, but I have been busy.   Received, painted and installed my rear exhaust hanger trunk plates and then finished up installing the over the axle exhaust pipes.  After giving the widows a thorough cleaning I was surprised at the scratches in the glass, especially passenger door glass. Considering that they are the original windows,  I'll try and do some glass polishing although from other posts I've read it's not very effective.  I finished sanding and polishing the driver's side SS rain gutter and roof weatherstripping  channels and installed them along with the weatherstripping.   I also installed new quarter window weatherstripping on the forward edges.  I received and installed my Shaker ring gasket and installed same.  After deciding that I didn't like my adjustments of the door and quarter glass windows I made several more attempts until I got them as good as I think they are capable of.  Or at least as good as I'm capable of getting them. :)  My hat goes off to Alan for "liking" to do the E-body windows.  I think this was one of the most frustrating parts of this restoration.   :pullinghair: I installed the rear bumper and rear valance.  I removed the large clutch spring from the clutch pedal as has been advised by others considering the clutch I have.  I installed my shifter rubber boot and the center console and the back and front seats.  The interior is done except for the front kick panels, door sill plates and inside door panels.  I need to buy new new door ajar switche  and buy and install a new antenna, so the kick panels will have to wait until then,  No sense in doing them twice.  Also need to clean and repaint the door panels and the steering wheel center caps and spoke covers.  Lastly, I installed the side marker housings, reflectors and lights.  I do have a question regarding the front side lights.  The rear lights are almost flush with the reflectors.  However, the front lights are recessed a good 1/4" or so below the reflector.  Is that normal?  If not, any idea why?  I removed the whole assembly and as far as I can tell they are installed correctly.  The back side of the housing says LH and RH with arrows pointing up so it would be pretty hard to reverse them.  The rear housings did not have these markings??  Do I maybe have the front and rear housings reversed.?  :help:   I'm going to have to take them out again anyway to paint the gaskets as they really show up against the black paint.  Almost forgot to mention.  Regarding my oil pan gasket leak mentioned in a previous post.  I lowered the pan with the engine in place.  Thoroughly cleaned both sides of the gasket, the engine block and the oil pan mating surfaces and then applied some 3M ATV transmission gasket maker.  Re-torqued the pan and let it sit for a week with no oil.  Added the oil and fired it up and I'm happy to report, so far no leaks.
« Last Edit: July 20, 2017 - 10:10:21 pm by usraptr »
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
(Edited 8-1-17)

"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: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #343 on: July 20, 2017 - 09:47:25 pm »
That is coming out fantastic.  Very exciting.  I ran into a couple delays so I'm a bit behind you now but still at it.  Photos to come. 

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Re: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #344 on: July 20, 2017 - 10:37:14 pm »
If you can check if there is a part number on the housing and check against the numbers in this link with photos of the front and rear side marker lamps.
https://pisuladevelopmentcompany.box.com/s/18zpjj5kliz8tmlm6qtmjz8fp5us6z61

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