Author Topic: 1971 Rallye Red Cuda Resto-mod Project  (Read 4120 times)

Offline BobBejeski

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1971 Rallye Red Cuda Resto-mod Project
« on: August 16, 2016 - 12:39:28 pm »
     I wanted to start a thread as I begin my first Mopar Project.  Its early stages,  but in reading the wealth of information that can be shared on these boards, I thought is it would be both helpful and encouraging. 

     Starter Car:

    1971   FE5 Red Cuda Fully Restored    (over -restored in areas,  not OE)
    Show Quality Engine Bay and Undercarriage
    340 Engine  (Govier says its "incorrect font" , so not a true numbers matching car)
    Automatic
    Shaker Equipment Not Original
    Original Interior Black
 
    Price Paid  $59,900      (I'm not shy,  I will discuss invested costs of each product and installation as I go)

     Goal Completed Project

     Exterior :  Add Gull Wing,  Chin Spoilers,  Black Vinyl Top, and Rear Window Louver
     Interior:   Change Back to Original Black
     Engine:     Fuel Injected 578 Hemi
     Trans:       Tremec or Passon 5 Speed
     Suspension:  RMS  AlterKtion front and Street Lynx Rear  ,   Guess I also need to upgrade the Rear and Axles?

          I am still learning,  so some of these items may change,  and I'm open to input (except on the exterior and interior items,  those are my picks) :naughty: And I am sure there are many smaller items I havnt even thought of yet, that will be needed to make the powertrain combination work.

   BIO:
                    Back in high school (1998) i went to my first chryslers at carlisle and mopars were infused into my blood stream.  Although  my friend had 70 cuda 440 6pck i fell in love with 71 and its grill, fender gills, and  its over the top billboards.  Shortly thereafter I read the "reynolds wrap" hemi cuda article with the survivor rallye red hemicuda originally purchased by the hier to the reynolds tobacco co. That became my favorite looking car in the history of the world. Its still for sale on ebay for 1.5 mil. That car is the basis for my resto.
   But i want one i can drive and show,  hopefully for somewhere around $100,000 ,  but will be mechanically better than the original, but maintain the stock look exterior and interior. 
   Took me 15 years of saving but i finally found a meticulously restored FE5 RED cuda with many of the options i want. Undercarraige is immaculate.  Engine bay too. I purchased it  from champion Motorsports in chicago area for 59,900 and had it shipped to me near scranton pa.  I realize some would be disappointed with me starting with a restored CUDA to start with, being there are not many left out there of the roughly 5000 built,  but its not a true numbers matching car, and not an original shaker car.  And its VERY hard to find and already restored 318 Barricuda, as not many restorers want to invest the time and money into bringing them back to life.  And I don't have the time and resources to do my own NUT and BOLT,  so this really was my only viable option, and it STILL took forever to find one.
 
   It will be a cuda built my way. As if i ordered it myself in 1971. But with modern suspension and a 572 Fuel Injected Hemi.  Make sense?   My Goal still leaves me with $40,000 left.  We will see if I can finish it near budget, but I don't want to cut corners. This car wont be sold,  I'm 35 years old and plan to enjoy it as my  dream car for a long time.

  Here are some pictures,  first of my car,  then of the PLATFORM car I am using as my visual inspiration,  the RENOLDS WRAP HEMI SURVIVOR!

  -Bob Bejeski,  Scranton PA 


       
   
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Re: 1971 Rallye Cuda Resto-mod Project
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2016 - 12:45:13 pm »
Starter Car,  my 1971 Cuda 340

And the REYNOLDS WRAP SURVIVOR HEMI CUDA

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Re: 1971 Rallye Cuda Resto-mod Project
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2016 - 12:46:36 pm »
And here is a 440 Cuda that was also set up nearly the same way.


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Re: 1971 Rallye Cuda Resto-mod Project
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2016 - 04:06:19 pm »
Wow!  Beautiful car   ... Can't wait to see the progress :ylsuper:

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Re: 1971 Rallye Red Cuda Resto-mod Project
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2016 - 06:30:44 pm »
      Here is the pics of the delivery.   It was a long 10 days or so waiting for the paperwork to go through and then the Transport to be arranged from Chicago area to Northeast Pennsylvania.  The transport cost was $1,175.00  It took 2 days.  Not bad I guess.     When I bought my 2011 Corvette Grand Sport a couple years ago,  I flew out to Chicago and drove it back 11 hours,   but this is a MOPAR.....not chancing getting caught in crazy storm or overheating in 95 degree weather on the side of the highway.   I have come to think it was money well spent....(lack of A/C played a part too I guess 8)

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Re: 1971 Rallye Red Cuda Resto-mod Project
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2016 - 06:42:45 pm »
Beautiful car Bob, I would drive it till I had everything needed to do what you are wanting to do to it. :2cents:

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Re: 1971 Rallye Red Cuda Resto-mod Project
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2016 - 07:09:57 pm »
 :2cents:  I'd   :burnout: the way it sits........... :clapping:
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Re: 1971 Rallye Red Cuda Resto-mod Project
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2016 - 07:40:11 pm »
Beautiful car Bob, I would drive it till I had everything needed to do what you are wanting to do to it. :2cents:

Bruce

That's my plan Bruce.   With the exception of some of the simpler bolt on stuff like the Gull Wing, etc.   But the mechanical upgrades will wait until a point when I have enough parts so it wont sit for a few years in the garage waiting for more parts and money.  Its nice to have that option,  as many Resto's go from Body-up restoration and necessitates a longer project.  Its good that part is mostly done...

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Re: 1971 Rallye Red Cuda Resto-mod Project
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2016 - 07:40:51 pm »
 
:2cents:  I'd   :burnout: the way it sits........... :clapping:

:iagree: That car is gorgeous just the way it is.  Put the louvres, wing and chin spoiler on and put the rest of the money toward your next car.
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Re: 1971 Rallye Red Cuda Resto-mod Project
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2016 - 10:12:37 pm »
This thread is going to make me cringe every time I open it..... :crying:
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Re: 1971 Rallye Red Cuda Resto-mod Project
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2016 - 11:27:36 pm »
This thread is going to make me cringe every time I open it..... :crying:

  I understand Alan.....I checked out your website, and your restorations are top notch.  Your input on some of these boards is invaluable.   I will try not to scratch too loud on the chalkboard...... ;)

  -Bob

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Re: 1971 Rallye Red Cuda Resto-mod Project
« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2016 - 12:38:44 am »
looks like a very nice car .  :aussie:
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Re: 1971 Rallye Red Cuda Resto-mod Project
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2016 - 07:14:50 am »
Hey....."the customer" is always right....

Here is an original FJ6 340 4spd Cuda that I built into a 440 resto-mod....http://www.alangallantautomotiverestoration.com/RESTO-MOD-1971-CUDA.html  similar suspension you're talking about...
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Re: 1971 Rallye Red Cuda Resto-mod Project
« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2016 - 07:47:13 am »
Beautiful car! Scranton isnt to far from me. Hopefully will see the car sometime!

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Re: 1971 Rallye Red Cuda Resto-mod Project
« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2016 - 09:51:43 am »
Yeah, it would be tough to start digging into that car it looks so nice, I would need a case of bud light in me to start lol.
1970 challenger 95% done
1969 roadrunner in progress
1969 D-100 13,000 mile truck
1969 L-700 tilt cab in progress
2007  Dodge Ram 4x4
2017 hyundia Santa fe ultimate
1977 VERY UNDERSTANDING WIFE !! 😇