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Tropical Beast (72 'Cuda)
« on: August 30, 2015 - 01:43:39 am »
Good day, everyone!
My name is Michael, I live in sunny/rainy Costa Rica.

I've been reading this forum for quite a while, probably 2 years or something like this. A lot of you guys have done great jobs restoring your Mopars, I've truly enjoyed every hour I spent reading restoration topics, browsing pages with pictures of both finished and unfinished projects.
I've picked up a couple of ideas from several threads here on Cuda-Challenger, and I believe my own project wouldn't be possible without your work and you sharing information. So I would like to thank every one of you guys!

Ok, here is my story: about three years ago I decided to buy and restore a classic muscle to be my weekend driver. I was especially interested in only 6 production years, from 70 to 75. I always liked Barracudas, but it was very hard to find a good deal. My second choice was Duster, and I almost bought one already restored, but at the very last moment I hesitated and got out of the deal. Something didn't feel right and there I realized that the only car I wanted was Barracuda. Esthetically I liked 72 more than 70 or 71, so I started to search. After some months I found a good deal on eBay: 72 'Cuda, rebuilt 440 motor from a 70 RoadRunner, A833 4 speed manual, fair amount of rust, and the car was running.

Here are the pictures of it from eBay:



 
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2015 - 02:13:55 am »
After 2 or 3 phone conversations with the seller called Rob (it turned out he was selling this car for his friend, I think his name was Craig Balmer) during which I asked a lot of questions, we agreed on the price and Rob offered to me to deliver the car to Miami. At that moment I already had arranged an ocean freight to Port Moin in Costa Rica.

4 or 6 weeks of waiting passed and I got my "new" car. Oh, how exited and happy I was!!
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Re: Tropical Beast (72 'Cuda)
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2015 - 02:21:16 am »
There were dents and scratches, some rust I was aware of, dead battery and a lot of dust. I managed to fire it up and drove it around the customs lot. The engine was strong and the car mean.
Awesome!

Stay tuned, I will be posting much more pictures soon!
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Re: Tropical Beast (72 'Cuda)
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2015 - 02:34:22 am »
Very cool car and even cooler story, keep us posted :2thumbs: :2thumbs: :2thumbs:

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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2015 - 05:11:23 am »
When almost all of the first excitement worn off, the question arose - what am I going to do with all this?
So my idea from the beginning was to repare all the mechanics, fix everything that do not work and make the car drivable - check for leaks, change all liquids, grease everything that need to be greased, check for faults in electric system, etc. I did not want to park the car and start some profound restoration - my idea was fixing it bit by bit and enjoying driving it every weekend.

So I started with small things, like cleaning the carb and changing jets more suitable for our altitude...
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2015 - 05:15:29 am »
What really bothered me was the grill.. chipped, broken en half... So it was taken out for temporary repair.
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2015 - 05:19:39 am »
Temporary repaired grill was sent to be painted...
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2015 - 05:23:41 am »
Meanwhile, I decided to paint steel rims, install new headlights (it was impossible to drive at night, old ones were horrible) and to repair a rearview mirror (really necessary, because side mirrors are too small and are almost useless from my point of view)

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Re: Tropical Beast (72 'Cuda)
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2015 - 05:46:02 am »
 :wave:  Welcome! Nice Cuda!  :2thumbs:
Brad
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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: Tropical Beast (72 'Cuda)
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2015 - 08:28:35 am »
:wave:  Welcome! Nice Cuda!  :2thumbs:
X2
Must be a pretty rare car for Costa Rica!
Scott
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Re: Tropical Beast (72 'Cuda)
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2015 - 11:06:11 am »
Sweet looking Cuda!   :ylsuper: :ylsuper:

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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2015 - 12:11:10 pm »
Awesome story and car.  :woohoo:
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
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9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: Tropical Beast (72 'Cuda)
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2015 - 02:28:38 pm »
Thanks people! I hope you will enjoy my thread. I will not make it too long!

X2
Must be a pretty rare car for Costa Rica!

It's actually the only one E-body 'Cuda here =) I believe there is one 68 Barracuda, but I haven't heard of it for a long time.
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« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2015 - 02:35:00 pm »
Grille finally came back from the paint shop and was installed back where it belongs.

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« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2015 - 02:45:36 pm »
As I mentioned above, I was focused mainly on things that would make the drive comfortable and safe, so that I have confidence that the car won't break down at any moment. It actually did a couple of times. One Sunday night I was driving it, stopped to pump gas (this beast makes 6-7 MPG :D ), and the car died. I found out later that the alternator wasn't charging the battery well enough, I tried to fix it, but finally got a new one.

But some details were just too unpleasant for my eyes: fender tag looked horrible.. I decided to clean it and paint it white until the car goes to the body shop.

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