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Re: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #315 on: October 08, 2016 - 11:01:51 am »
That's great!
Have you tried to upload to youtube?


Great idea!  :2thumbs: I had completely forgotten about that!  Here's the link with the edited 1 minute version of the start up!  Thanks again 73440!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eltlC6r5948&feature=youtu.be
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 #316 on: October 08, 2016 - 12:33:16 pm »
Sounds healthy!
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Re: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #317 on: October 08, 2016 - 08:56:41 pm »
Yeah, my ears are still ringing from that open exhaust!  But it's a good ringing!   :ylsuper:
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 #318 on: October 10, 2016 - 06:13:50 pm »
Double check your pistol grip.  I think you have it installed backwards.

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Re: Brad' second '70 Cuda and first (and last) restoration project
« Reply #319 on: October 11, 2016 - 09:54:18 am »
Double check your pistol grip.  I think you have it installed backwards.

Thanks, will do.  :banghead:
« Last Edit: October 12, 2016 - 08:26:53 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 #320 on: October 12, 2016 - 08:27:51 pm »
Turned the shifter around today and adjusted the linkage.  It shifts much better.   :2thumbs:
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 #321 on: October 13, 2016 - 06:36:23 pm »
Excellent!  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #322 on: January 13, 2017 - 09:13:42 pm »
Finally got back to my 'Cuda after a couple of months break.   I dropped the engine and trans and removed the old trash headers I used for break-in and installed my new TTI  1-7/8" polished ceramic headers.  I've also been cleaning up the engine wiring harness and ordered the retaining clips for the reverse light harness (thanks HP-Cuda), a "677" stamp for the trans along with some miscellaneous things that will be easier to install while everything is out of the car.  I also R&R'd the alternator, water pump and timing chain cover to make sure that I had properly installed the oil slinger.  After watching an recent episode of Graveyard cars they had an engine that had been recently rebuilt but after 100 miles it wasn't running right.  They disassembled the engine and discovered the person who rebuilt the engine had installed the oil slinger backwards resulting in it rubbing on the timing chain/gear and sending metal throughout the engine and wiping the bearings.  After watching that episode I began questioning myself as to which way I had installed mine.  Not wanting to destroy my engine I therefore took everything off the front to check and discovered I had installed it correctly.   :smilielol: So a day wasted but at least now I don't have to worry about it anymore.   :bigsmile:  So now I just have to save up the $900 for the TTI 3" X pipe exhaust system with mufflers. 
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 #323 on: January 13, 2017 - 10:53:04 pm »
Very nice!  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #324 on: February 07, 2017 - 09:07:30 pm »
After waiting almost a month after I ordered it, the stamps to do the factory style transmission number "677" for my A833 Hemi 4-speed finally arrived.  After several trial attempts trying to judge how much paint to apply to the stamps and how hard to push, etc,  I finally stamped the transmission.  I'm not really happy with how it came out but I don't see it getting any better.

Ever have one of those Murphy's law days when working on your car and afterwards you're just ready to throw in the towel and list it for sale?  Today was one of those days for me.  Seemed like everything that could go wrong did.  I tired and eventually succeeded in re-installing the engine and trans back in the car by myself, but what should have been an easy job fought me at every step.  I won't bore you with the details but I'm not  happy camper today.  Anybody want to buy a partially finished matching no. 440 '70 Cuda?  :banghead: :pullinghair: :stomp: :swear:
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 #325 on: February 08, 2017 - 10:54:55 pm »
One step forward and two back.  Took the engine and trans back out of the car today to remove the oil pan to inspect the oil pick up tube after yesterdays accident.
Glad to report the pick up tube was undamaged.  I also inspected the bottom of my oil pan for metal debris/shaving since it still had the break in oil in it.  Glad to report there was none.

 I ordered a new pan from 440 Source and a new re-usable windage tray from Jegs (Thanks Cody). 

Traced some electrical issues with my tach and think I found the problem (again thanks to Cody-what would we do without you on the sites).

Forgot that yesterday I sprayed the inside of my driver's front fender with undercoating.  That way it will be ready for paint next week if my body man comes through.  Need to buy another can to do the driver's side.  One can doesn't go as far as I thought it would.

All in all today was a better day in spite of everything  Onward and forward.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2017 - 10:47:38 am 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 #326 on: February 08, 2017 - 11:08:13 pm »
Hang in there.  We all have those days when if there was a window nearby many parts would be sent through it.  You're project is coming along nicely.  I love that motor set-up.   I continually question my choice of the automatic over standard but it can always be changed in the future right?  Glad to hear that you had more success.

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« Reply #327 on: February 19, 2017 - 10:09:22 pm »
Got back at it again. Nothing really picture worthy, but accomplished a fair amount.  Anyway, installed the new oil pan and windage tray that Cody recommended that I got from Jegs.  Nice not to have to use any gasket cement.  Put the engine back on the K-Frame and with the help of my wife (she worked the lift and handed me tools when I was under the car) got the engine and trans reinstalled.   :woohoo:
Sanded and painted the torsion bars.  Again, with my wife's help installed and aligned the steering column.  Adjusted and hooked up the trans linkage and Z bar linkage and lot of other small stuff that needed to be done. Ordered some parts for the Z bar linkage that didn't come with the rebuild kit???  The radiator developed a small leak at the lower hose fitting so I removed it and will take it in to the radiator shop to have it soldered.  Got a text from my body man that we might be able to get the car in to the shop on Monday for final paint work so I'll  gathered up all the small parts that will also need to be painted along with the larger body panels. I media blasted the small parts and then painted them with primer/sealer which included the driver's side remote mirror.  I know my car came with a passenger side mirror, but I'll be darned if I can find it.   :headbang:  Hopefully when we move all the body panels out of the storage room it will appear. It's been five years since we did the initial paint work so I'm super excited to finally get the paint work finished.  :D 
I also installed my new to me QA1 shocks that I purchased from another forum member.   Fronts went on with no problems but since I was installing the rears on traction bars (the car came with them and I like the nostalgic look) I had a problem fitting them.  The old bolts on the traction bars were toast so I had cut them off and replaced them.  Problem was the bottom fitting on the shock is the correct size for the original leaf spring retaining plates, but they're an old ball size for any bolts at the store.  After going to two stores I found finally some sleeves that fit perfectly with 1/2" hardened bolts.  The bolts are a little two long so eventually I'll replace them with shorter ones. 
Today, I installed the torsion bars and new dust boots.  What a pain they were, both the boots and torsion bars.  I've removed and installed the torsion bars at least a half dozen times since I've had the car and they were never a problem.  Today,  I couldn't get the LCA torsion bar fitting in the correct orientation to get the bar to slide in?? :verymad: Anyway, after a lot of playing around I got the passenger side in, but the driver's side just was not cooperating no matter what I did, even after I undid the shock and the upper control arm.  After using a ratchet strap to pull the suspension down another 3/8" I got the bar in.  I also discovered that the driver's side torsion bar hits the TTI headers.  That may be why it was such a bear to get in.   :notsure:  I  followed some suggestions I found on Google about stretching the rubber dust boots over sockets and then slipping them off the socket over the knuckle on the torsion bar.  It worked for the passenger side.  However, when doing that for the driver's side I ended up tearing the boot.   :pullinghair: I had read where one guy cut his and glued them back together so since I wanted to get the bars installed before they take the car to paint, I put it on anyway and will try gluing it when it comes back.   Anyway, like I said, nothing really picture worth, but I got a lot accomplished.  Now I just need the body shop to come through and pick up the car tomorrow.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2017 - 11:04:24 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 #328 on: February 20, 2017 - 10:35:02 am »
Thought about doing the same thing by selling the car (still may) and I'm not nearly as far along as you are. Looks like you're back on track, good to hear.
 

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« Reply #329 on: March 02, 2017 - 10:40:18 pm »
Well after almost 5 years my Cuda finally went back to the Body shop for the final paint work.  They have to touch up the right rear quarter panel and paint the doors, front fenders, trunk lid, shaker hood and front and rear valances.   :cooldancing:  I can't wait to see the final product!   :droolingbounce:  Naturally, I'm running around like a chicken with its head cut off this morning trying to find all the bolts and U-nuts for the front fenders and after going through ALL my parts tots I couldn't find them.   :pullinghair:  Anyway, after we got the car and all the parts delivered, I came home, got on the internet and ordered new  ones.  Naturally, then I went out in the shop and found them in a bag on my work bench.   :banghead:  So tomorrow AM I'll drop them off at the shop bright and early so they can start hanging the doors, fenders and hood to test fit everything for proper gaps before they do the final paint work.  Considering, my body guy already did the body work and primed all the pieces, including the guide coat 5 years ago,  they should good to go; but they want to do one final block sand to verify they didn't get dinged while sitting around the last 5 years.  Here's some pics of them loading the car into the trailer.   :bigsmile:
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.