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Offline brads70

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I though I would start my own post on the evolution of my 1970 Challenger. I bought this off E-bay ( from CA ) in Oct. 2008 , finally got it jan 2009! Never use DAS shipping!! I picked up my car after a lengthy shipping process to find lots of rubber on the right rear quarter panel. tranny leaking badly. drive shaft hanging, and the front valance smashed! bone dry out of gas and the battery dead. Other than that and the 4 months( it's a 40 hour drive door to door???? ) to ship it to me in Canada it was a great shipping experience! DAS was even kind enough to phone me up after the 3 month mark with no car and tell me they needed another $300 as it was now "inoperable" ???
Anyway...... this is how I looked when I got it home
Car is very clean and I was quite happy with the condition of it. Almost no rust under the car , light surface dust/rust in some area's very solid! It was fun to remove bolts and just crack them loose with a 3/8 drive ratchet and remove them with your fingers! I'm not used to that here in Canada!
« Last Edit: June 20, 2012 - 06:23:09 pm by brads70 »
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: Brad's 1970 Challenger, living the dream!
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2009 - 10:50:05 pm »
So after deciding that the k-frame had to be replaced. As it was a 6 cyl. car and someone had cobbled up some motor mounts and the rear end was replaced with an 8 3/4 3:55 gear unit and new rear springs from espo. I welded in some plates on the k-frame while it was out around the steering box mounts to firm things up.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2009 - 11:07:04 pm by brads70 »
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: Brad's 1970 Challenger, living the dream!
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2009 - 10:53:00 pm »
Motor (440) before and after a clean up
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: Brad's 1970 Challenger, living the dream!
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2009 - 10:54:59 pm »
Some more "additions" T/A hood and spoilers and upgraded to the 11 3/4 rotors. Someone was nice enough to replace the stock drum brakes and the power steering box with the 73-74 units so every thing was a bolt on! Notice how the roof seems to glow green from the sublime paint!LOL looks like a nuclear reactor in there! LOL My wife hates the colour? It's growing on me.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2009 - 11:03:50 pm by brads70 »
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: Brad's 1970 Challenger, living the dream!
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2009 - 10:56:03 pm »
 :thumbsup:  You're not wasting any time.  It's looking good so far.   :bananasmi Keep us updated.
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
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"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's 1970 Challenger, living the dream!
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2009 - 06:52:28 pm »
Wow, you are making excellent progress!  Looks great.  Keep us posted.

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Re: Brad's 1970 Challenger, living the dream!
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2009 - 09:01:50 pm »
good work man.  Keep at it. :ylsuper:

Are you planing on driving it this summer?

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Re: Brad's 1970 Challenger, living the dream!
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2009 - 09:03:18 pm »
looking awesome!!   :2thumbs:

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Re: Brad's 1970 Challenger, living the dream!
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2009 - 11:06:39 pm »
Very nice.  :2thumbs:
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Re: Brad's 1970 Challenger, living the dream!
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2009 - 01:27:25 am »
Nice Looking Challenger :2thumbs:
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Re: Brad's 1970 Challenger, living the dream!
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2009 - 05:00:02 am »
great progress,  keep it up  :2thumbs:
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Re: Brad's 1970 Challenger, living the dream!
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2009 - 11:20:05 am »
lookin good whats the strange plug and looks to be a bolt or something on the rearend housing?
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Re: Brad's 1970 Challenger, living the dream!
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2009 - 05:13:04 pm »
lookin good whats the strange plug and looks to be a bolt or something on the rearend housing?

It's a drain/fill plugs I put in.
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: Brad's 1970 Challenger, living the dream!
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2009 - 06:47:09 pm »
 :ylsuper: Challys coming along excellente.great work.i myself love sublime.still thinking about it for my 71 chally if i ever get that far.  ;D
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Re: Brad's 1970 Challenger, living the dream!
« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2009 - 10:49:11 pm »
Thanks for all the encouragement guys! It's driving me nuts not driving it, SOON though!
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