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Dream'Cuda
« on: November 08, 2007 - 10:36:57 pm »
Here we go,1973 340 cuda.5 speed keisler,3:91's.375 h.p. 340 may be replaced with a 408 stroker crate.Or cleaned up and driven.New manifold,carb.,6AL. TTI headers,Aluminum Rad. XV rad. brace. AAR torque boxes.Has frame connectors already. The 340 needs a valve job,rings,lifters.Considering Baer brakes.Tubular UCA's,LCA plates.New strut rods.  ect...    This is a DREAM :bigsmile:        for me.          I'm gonna' have questions.

The engine bay will get new red paint.I will relocate alot of things to clean/simplify the look. This little remodel has to be back on the road no later than May 1 st. 2008. As my B-day is the 31st. I don't have alot of money,things will happen slow,but it will happen.  This car needed some help.  Any recomendations? Any crucial upgrades I should also consider for the build?        Thank you all!   Robert. :wave:
« Last Edit: August 24, 2008 - 03:40:38 pm by IMNCARN82 »
'73 340 5 speed,RMS,BAER,... "Supercuda" (O[   ]||||[   ]O)  
'69 Dodge Charger 383,Auto                  (OiiiiiiiiiiIiiiiiiiiiiO)
13' Challenger R/T BlacktoP  6spd. (OO________OO)
71' Demon
75' Duster
87' Conquest TSI
56' Plaza
Boulder CO
Robert    "cuda bob"




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Re: Dream'Cuda
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2007 - 01:33:31 pm »
Your plans sound good so far.  For torsion bars, I'd suggest either .920's or .960's and it would probably be good to go with either the HD steel strut rods or the adjustable aluminum ones.  For the upper control arms, I'd also suggest going with the tubular UCA's with heim joints over rubber/polyurethane bushings.  You're basically planning on doing all the same things I'll be doing with my '73 Chally, so I'd be interested in how well it feels.  I probably won't be able to get all the parts I've gathered for this build together until I'm done with college, so hopefully yours will be finished well before that time. :2thumbs:

Here's what I've gathered so far for mine: .920 T-bars, HD steel strut rods, LCA plates, Moog offset UCA bushings (probably going to tubular heim-jointed units & have these for spares), Napa Premium UCA/LCA ball joints, and all the Moog suspension bumps for both the UCA and LCA.  I'm also going with some sort of rigid lower rad support, torque boxes, and U.S. tool subframe connectors.  I'm sure doing this will definitely tighten things up on it, but I know it'll feel way different than AWD & AWS in the Stealth.
1973 Dodge Challenger......................The ongoing project. (00/----\00)
1991 Dodge Stealth R/T Twin-Turbo....The sunny day cruiser (RTBoost)
1990 Toyota Celica GT Liftback...........The new daily & winter driver.
All-American Muscle: 'Cudas and Challengers...Still the Elite and always will be.

                                                                                             
                 
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Re: Dream'Cuda
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007 - 07:42:21 pm »
I've decided to keep the 340. And put the cash towards an alterKation and some brakes.   :working:
'73 340 5 speed,RMS,BAER,... "Supercuda" (O[   ]||||[   ]O)  
'69 Dodge Charger 383,Auto                  (OiiiiiiiiiiIiiiiiiiiiiO)
13' Challenger R/T BlacktoP  6spd. (OO________OO)
71' Demon
75' Duster
87' Conquest TSI
56' Plaza
Boulder CO
Robert    "cuda bob"


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Re: Dream'Cuda
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2007 - 06:10:00 pm »
Got almost everything out of the way now. Starting the prep.  It'll get there. :working:
'73 340 5 speed,RMS,BAER,... "Supercuda" (O[   ]||||[   ]O)  
'69 Dodge Charger 383,Auto                  (OiiiiiiiiiiIiiiiiiiiiiO)
13' Challenger R/T BlacktoP  6spd. (OO________OO)
71' Demon
75' Duster
87' Conquest TSI
56' Plaza
Boulder CO
Robert    "cuda bob"

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Re: Dream'Cuda
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2007 - 10:37:40 am »
Dropped the 340 off at the shop yesterday. :woohoo: It's a load off my back,with all the prep. work, I've got my hands full anyways. Prep.,Prep.,Prep.... :horse:  The builder is all Mopar 30+ yrs. He's got a 69.5 RR 440 11 sec. car.  I've had to go to Wis. and Fla. to help out my parents. Dad got new steps at the cottage,Mom got a new bathroom with shower.  Now my full attention is aimed at my ride.  :working:  I kinda' like winter  :screwy:...In the summer I'm too busy drivin' to get into big projects on the car. I enjoy playing with it as much as drivn' it!   

         HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYBODY!!!!!    :wave:
« Last Edit: December 22, 2007 - 03:28:43 pm by IMNCARN82 »
'73 340 5 speed,RMS,BAER,... "Supercuda" (O[   ]||||[   ]O)  
'69 Dodge Charger 383,Auto                  (OiiiiiiiiiiIiiiiiiiiiiO)
13' Challenger R/T BlacktoP  6spd. (OO________OO)
71' Demon
75' Duster
87' Conquest TSI
56' Plaza
Boulder CO
Robert    "cuda bob"

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Re: Dream'Cuda
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2007 - 04:26:28 pm »
Nice progress so far. :thumbsup:  It's weird, but I too enjoy working on cars almost as much as driving them. :screwy:
1973 Dodge Challenger......................The ongoing project. (00/----\00)
1991 Dodge Stealth R/T Twin-Turbo....The sunny day cruiser (RTBoost)
1990 Toyota Celica GT Liftback...........The new daily & winter driver.
All-American Muscle: 'Cudas and Challengers...Still the Elite and always will be.

                                                                                             
                 
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Re: Dream'Cuda
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2007 - 05:46:05 pm »
Great progress and keep working while your on a roll as if you stop you may not go back and continue working on the Cuda. I miss not having a Cuda or Challenger to work on after working on my Cuda for 5 years. Take lots of pictures and keep us posted on your progress.


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Re: Dream'Cuda
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2007 - 02:06:30 pm »
Looks like your well on your way :2thumbs:
Keep at it and it will go together in no time.
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Re: Dream'Cuda
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2007 - 03:53:23 pm »
Lookin' good...    :2thumbs:   Looks like you will make your self imposed deadline.....    :ylsuper:   (hopefully)...lol 
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Re: Dream'Cuda
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2007 - 05:09:45 pm »
Looks like your well on your way :2thumbs:
Keep at it and it will go together in no time.
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Re: Dream'Cuda
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2007 - 05:11:47 pm »
Looks like your are headed in the right direction for sure.  Make a list and cross things off as you go it will make it go better imo. 
Got a pretty good start on my M46 optioned Barracuda restoration but now it is on hold till I can gather more funds.  Still need a few parts for it.  SIU Graduate 75 AAS Automotive Tech, 94 BS Advanced Tech Studies, 1997 MSED Workforce Education and Development

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Re: Dream'Cuda
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2007 - 05:19:47 pm »
Next week a buddy is coming over to do some welding for me. The lower rad. brace,weld the innerfenders to the shock towers,all kinds of little stuff. I'll get a welder soon...Just want to speed things up for now.Once I get some primer going it won't take long. The alterKation is 4 weeks out anyway. Lot's to do... :working:  
'73 340 5 speed,RMS,BAER,... "Supercuda" (O[   ]||||[   ]O)  
'69 Dodge Charger 383,Auto                  (OiiiiiiiiiiIiiiiiiiiiiO)
13' Challenger R/T BlacktoP  6spd. (OO________OO)
71' Demon
75' Duster
87' Conquest TSI
56' Plaza
Boulder CO
Robert    "cuda bob"

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Re: Dream'Cuda
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2007 - 06:15:36 pm »
  The welding will be done tomarow. No more frame brackets. Next week I'll be priming the engine bay.The alterkation will look like Travis 72's.(the green car) But with the wheelwells coated again.I like the black/silver. The drivers side frame was still full of crap.It's clean now.No word on the 340.   Back at it...! :working:
'73 340 5 speed,RMS,BAER,... "Supercuda" (O[   ]||||[   ]O)  
'69 Dodge Charger 383,Auto                  (OiiiiiiiiiiIiiiiiiiiiiO)
13' Challenger R/T BlacktoP  6spd. (OO________OO)
71' Demon
75' Duster
87' Conquest TSI
56' Plaza
Boulder CO
Robert    "cuda bob"

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Re: Dream'Cuda
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2007 - 03:16:21 am »
Looking good.  Isn't it fun scraping and cleaning off 30+ years of grease and grim off of there?   ;D

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Re: Dream'Cuda
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2008 - 07:51:46 pm »
I stopped by the shop to check on the 340.He said I could come in and strip it myself to save money! So It's all apart.Found it +.030,forged pistons,floating pins,.474 cam F1414 ?Comp, Mopar? Everything looked very good! A windage tray.       So, the plan is: New crank and rod bearings,rings,lifters,pushrods, Hughes adjustable rockers.,340 Eddy RPM heads,340 Eddy air-gap intake,Holley 750,MSD 6AL,Billet dist.,ARP bolts.,Pan.  I'll use the pistons,rods,crank. Just got a new WP,Got VC's,TTI's.  I'd like an aluminum rad. too.     I found a funky stamp on the edge of the block by the ignition hold-down!  Any ideas what it means?  RCSKPC340STG2   :dunno:   Gotta' go down and finish cleaning everything up,The block will be blue again.I'll start a post in the small block section. Can't seem to get my pics to the computer... :clueless:     back at it :working:
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'73 340 5 speed,RMS,BAER,... "Supercuda" (O[   ]||||[   ]O)  
'69 Dodge Charger 383,Auto                  (OiiiiiiiiiiIiiiiiiiiiiO)
13' Challenger R/T BlacktoP  6spd. (OO________OO)
71' Demon
75' Duster
87' Conquest TSI
56' Plaza
Boulder CO
Robert    "cuda bob"