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Resto Mod 1973 Barracuda round 2
« on: February 04, 2016 - 10:13:55 pm »
Well Ive been a member since 2013 when I bought my second Barracuda. Ive read numerous threads on this site and have appreciated all the support and opinions.  Its now time to record this journey.  As with many of you on the site I had one when I was in high school.  It was not a first owner car but more the 1980s passion trying to rebuild on a teenagers budget with rivets and bondo.  I had a 1970 base Barracuda with auto on the tree.  I hated how it drove but loved the look.  My dad never liked the car and expected me to fix everything before it hit the road; so he thought.  Well the short of it is that he and my brother were key to my brief six-month ownership where I replaced numerous front end parts repaired the quarters, floors, dents and put a fresh coat of paint before I sold it and went into the Army. I always wanted to do a real restoration so now is my chance.
One of my sons is a natural when it comes to mechanics and is in a four-year program in Pennsylvania.  He found a 1973 Barracuda on Craigs list that in short was only 15 minutes from my house.  I went with a friend to hold my rose colored glasses so that I would make a rational choice but really, as soon as I saw those lines there was not much holding me back.  I bought the car that had been torn down, labeled and in boxes.  Most of the critical items: mechanicals, glass, interior, grill, and steering were there and the body had certain work I knew that I would replace. Supposedly a body guy had worked on it but frankly I did not care for the work performed.  The car is a numbers matching 318/LA-904 with 2.76 gears car originating in North Carolina and traveled with a long stay in Pennsylvania.  He also had a rotating 340 dated February 1972 with J heads, Edelbrock single plain and exhaust manifolds from a 1978 truck that was a reasonable match to the August build date . I bought it super bowl Sunday 2013 and was in my garage the following weekend.
I spent many hours researching the car and available parts.  I went to the Nationals at Columbus with my Dad, Brother and son in August 2013 and met 4-Cruizin. I was thrilled to see how many people love these e-bodies and he connected me with this site.  This site has been fantastic and has saved me hundreds of dollars and hours.  Im pretty much a newbie in this but have just enough talent, support and  drive to do most of the bodywork and mechanics on this car myself with my son doing the motor and drivetrain.  I wont claim this thread to be an ideal story but hopefully provides enough dos and donts for others wanting to learn and take pride in their own restoration of these e-bodies.




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Re: Resto Mod 1973 Barracuda round 2
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2016 - 10:20:52 pm »
Cool story, can't wait to see your progress!  :2thumbs:
Brad
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Barrie,Ontario,Canada
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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: Resto Mod 1973 Barracuda round 2
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2016 - 10:23:47 pm »
Struggling to load Pics.  I have hundreds and will do my best to share.


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Re: Resto Mod 1973 Barracuda round 2
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2016 - 10:29:59 pm »
Thanks.  You're one of the guys that have helped get me to this point and saved me hours and dollars.  I have three years of progress and will be loading pictures fast and furiously. This first set is the arrival, with more surprises to come.

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Re: Resto Mod 1973 Barracuda round 2
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2016 - 10:34:33 pm »
I began by purchasing a rotisserie.  This was a great purchase in these past three years that made numerous efforts achievable by myself when help was not available.  I figured that I could always resell it at the end of this project. 
I removed the remaining drivetrain and other parts from the car.  The drivetrain removal was done entirely by me. The key was creating the jigs on wheels so that I could elevate the car with the hoist.  This design came from an article in the Mopar Muscle magazine.

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Re: Resto Mod 1973 Barracuda round 2
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2016 - 10:45:21 pm »
The rotisserie made removal of the undercoating easier but still a pain in the A!!. I had a heat gun used for removing paint on my house.  It worked okay with a 1.5 inch putty knife but took many hours.  I also used Goof Off for areas that I needed to weld like the battery shelf.
I did a video of all areas that I did not like and began on my first big effort, the battery shelf on the inner fender.  Sorry I cant find my pictures.

The next section was the driver rear quarter because the car had a minor accident and the sub-structure had rot on the B-pillar.  Edison 1970 helped me with the idea of how to fix this as well as Topcat providing me with a how to remove lead and stepping through the Dutchman, passenger side quarter and tail panel replacement. I had planned on these from the day I bought the car.  Ill step through my progress in pictures.

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Re: Resto Mod 1973 Barracuda round 2
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2016 - 10:53:27 pm »
October 2013, I removed the Dutchman after making various measurements to ensure that I could orientate the replacement if necessary because the existing quarter had been hit, patched with an original panel skin and then patched lower quarter.  I drilled all spot welds out so not to risk wasting a part and provide a template if ever needed. I then test fitted the new part and had to make a few pie cuts to get the correct arch.  I also dry fitted the rear window trim to be sure the piece fit okay.

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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2016 - 11:01:30 pm »
November 2013 - The driver side quarter where I again removed as many spot welds as possible until I hit the door pillar where I had to cut it away.  Note the B pillar and the real bad rot.  Here I also drilled all spot welds so that I could recreate the parts.
I built the replacement B Pillar with a bench vice, vice grips, hammer and hammer/dolly. I spent a lot of time trying to fit the correct bends and ended up fabricating a two piece template and welding the pieces together.
I was very happy with the fit including all holes lining up and my confidence was building.  The outer wheelhouse only required a hammer/dolly work and I was able to get a pretty good finish.

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Re: Resto Mod 1973 Barracuda round 2
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2016 - 11:08:36 pm »
I removed all rust and paint with a wire wheel, surface preparation discs and applied POR 15 in these areas because it will not likely be open again.  I then did a coat of Epoxy primer over the POR15 after scuffing the paint and the areas within the trunk that will have a topcoat. I was later told that POR required some level of rust to bond but too late; I left it alone and hoping for the best.
Installing the quarter has only been a dry fit with a number of screws.  The lines fell into place fairly well except that I could not quite get the wheel opening to fit.  Ill hold off cutting these parts for the final install when I have the chassis on its wheels (key point!). I had secured the body with jack stands and the rotisserie arms but the best way to do this later proved to be done on the suspension.

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Re: Resto Mod 1973 Barracuda round 2
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2016 - 12:12:28 am »
Brings back memories... Nice job.
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Re: Resto Mod 1973 Barracuda round 2
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2016 - 06:00:00 am »
Nice work , looks great :2thumbs:
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: Resto Mod 1973 Barracuda round 2
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2016 - 01:55:35 pm »
Nice work! I need to do this too...I'll be following. Thanks for sharing.  :2thumbs:

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Re: Resto Mod 1973 Barracuda round 2
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2016 - 10:09:12 pm »
December 2013 My son was home from college and it was time to put the motor together.  I chose to rebuild the 340 for its great reputation.  Ill store the 318 for the worst or future owners wanting a matching drive train. We had rust in the number one cylinder at the top.  It looked like an intake leak.  We had the motor bored to .40 over at a local engine shop during the summer and cleaned it up fine.  My intentions are your typical cruise night and occasional straight-line or auto cross but nothing competitive.  The motor was magna fluxed and all the freeze plugs replaced.

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« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2016 - 10:11:28 pm »
The shop helped pick the internals: Sealed Power pistons, stock rods, stock cast crank, purple power camshaft 216/218, valves, OEM J heads, heavy-duty hydraulic push rods, OEM rockers and stiffer springs.  We put in a Miloden high volume oil pump with a windage tray and a six fin water pump. I had checked all casting numbers for a match and they did; crank, block and heads.  Unfortunately the motor was one of the first series with a cast crank (Dang!).  I bought an external balancer.
Time for paint but I had to wait for better conditions I wire brushed the intake and painted it with a silver lacquer recommended by the engine shop. Youll notice that the intake is rough but Im going with it for now.  It is an Edelbrock Performer.  Based on my research it has a 299 CFM for which I plan a 650 quad carb to rest upon.  Im yet to pick the carburetor.  I cleaned the motor with engine cleaner, Simply Green and then lacquer thinner before painting.

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Re: Resto Mod 1973 Barracuda round 2
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2016 - 10:18:10 pm »
January 2014 Time to start the second rear quarter! I had decided to do this quarter since I was removing most of the rear end already and then I found the rust that sealed the decision.  Once again the B-pillar had rust from the quarter windows similar to the driver side and the roof skin was okay but the outer wheelhouse was rusted through at the base of the pillar.  Fabricating the B pillar piece was more difficult for some reason; probably the frustration.  I followed the same approach as the driver side.  There was more rust on the wheelhouse but I chose to patch rather than replace the outer wheelhouse.