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Title: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: Markp on November 16, 2016 - 12:14:36 pm
Hello,

I am a new member and recently purchased a 1974 Barracuda. It was originally a 318 car previous owner made it into a pro street with a 502. I purchased it without the 502 but I have a 1967-68 383 that I was thinking of doing a 496 stroker with nitrous, but I may just get a 440 and do a larger stroker not sure yet. The car has a full tub, cage, dana 60 with strange internals, 4.88 gears, Qa1 coil-overs. I also have a 727 transmission. The car came with full interior minus back seats. I have always wanted a Cuda or a Challenger so when this one came up I had to jump on it. Please feel free to make suggestions or give advice as I need lots of it.

My plan is to build a low 10 to high 9 second streetable car. I would also like to add AAR hood, spoiler, stripes and side exhaust.

Thanks,

Mark
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: anlauto on November 16, 2016 - 12:18:43 pm
Neat project....I saw it on KiJiJi, thought it was a pretty good deal for somebody :2thumbs:
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: Markp on November 16, 2016 - 12:25:49 pm
Neat project....I saw it on KiJiJi, thought it was a pretty good deal for somebody :2thumbs:

Yup as soon as I saw it on there I went to look at it and had to buy it.

By the way

Thanks Alan for referring me to Mauro. We actually know of each other he used to work with my brothers best friend, small world.
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: Markp on November 16, 2016 - 03:24:23 pm
A few more pics

Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: nsmall on November 16, 2016 - 04:13:10 pm
Markp, I am about to start my thread.  Thanks for the inspiration. Its taken me 1.5 years to have the courage to make a thread.   I need my students help uploading some photos, my resolution is too high so it messes up my ability to post pics.  Your car is going to be fast.  Looking forward to watching your build.  Glad I finally figured out where to post a restoration thread. :bananasmi
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: nsmall on November 16, 2016 - 04:17:08 pm
I forgot to mention, be very calculated with what you buy.  I research everything to the point of I may be mentally ill and I am still somehow going to be 10k over budget, yet I love my car so it will be worth it in the end...I think.

Seems like you know way more than me about cars so that is where you can save money. 

Your 9-10 second street car...build good brakes!!!
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: Markp on November 16, 2016 - 05:04:16 pm
Markp, I am about to start my thread.  Thanks for the inspiration. Its taken me 1.5 years to have the courage to make a thread.   I need my students help uploading some photos, my resolution is too high so it messes up my ability to post pics.  Your car is going to be fast.  Looking forward to watching your build.  Glad I finally figured out where to post a restoration thread. :bananasmi

Thanks. If you open your pics with the paint application on your computer then go to the top and click on resize then resize them smaller and save. Hope that helps
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: Markp on November 16, 2016 - 05:10:03 pm
I forgot to mention, be very calculated with what you buy.  I research everything to the point of I may be mentally ill and I am still somehow going to be 10k over budget, yet I love my car so it will be worth it in the end...I think.

Seems like you know way more than me about cars so that is where you can save money. 

Your 9-10 second street car...build good brakes!!!

I have been researching and I am also going to be at least $15000 over budget. I have gotten some prices and I am looking at about $18000 just for the motor and transmission. Around $15000 for body and paint and $5-$10000 on interior. I was hoping to build the car for less than $30000 but now I know it is going to be around $40000-$45000 done right. You just reminded me that does not include brakes :banghead: Like you said I think it will be worth it in the end. I got the car for really cheap so I don't mind spending a little extra to do it right. I plan on keeping the car forever. This is going to take more then a few years to finish.

Good luck with your build I look forward to seeing some pictures and watching your build progress. We can give each other inspiration. :thumbsup:

Thanks,

Mark
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: RCCDrew on November 16, 2016 - 09:12:13 pm
I like it!
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: nsmall on November 17, 2016 - 02:42:36 am
Sounds good Markp.  Your engine and tranny should be a beast with that kind of money.  No offense to every other muscle car out there, but the E-body is so gorgeous and like you I plan to keep it forever so I'm "all in."  The hard part I have found is trying to be content.  For example my dash is new, but whoever installed it did a poor job as the sun has warped it and it was hardly in the sun for long.  New dash pad from ultimate rides is like $700 and from Just Dashes its around $1200.  This was NOT part of the budget  :stomp:

However the dash is coming out as the car will be media blasted soon, SO...I will be getting a new dash...sigh

I have saved a lot of money by being patient and researching the life out of every part I buy.  This site has a ton of kind/smart/helpful people so reach out as this site will be a priceless asset. 

Thanks for the encouragement.

Neil
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: marc70challenger on November 19, 2016 - 11:51:50 pm
Mark .. are you going to stay with TF 727 trans?  I know some reputable trans builders have 800hp TF's ... but you don't see too many when you start diving into 9sec range.  Guys I'm working with are telling me to go to TH400 when I blow up the TF ...  :roflsmiley:

I really would like to stay all Mopar.  I'm keeping the leafs ... will throw CalTracs on of course.

Our goal is the same .. high 9s.  But that motor/trans solution will be a year from now.  I just need to get back on track first ...  :rofl:

Will be fun to watch your build and see what you do and find.  Thanks.   :ylsuper:
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: cudamadd on November 20, 2016 - 12:48:21 am
Awsome love the look of a tubbed cuda .Cannot wait to see your build  :ylsuper: :aussie:
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: Markp on November 24, 2016 - 11:45:26 am
Mark .. are you going to stay with TF 727 trans?  I know some reputable trans builders have 800hp TF's ... but you don't see too many when you start diving into 9sec range.  Guys I'm working with are telling me to go to TH400 when I blow up the TF ...  :roflsmiley:

I really would like to stay all Mopar.  I'm keeping the leafs ... will throw CalTracs on of course.

Our goal is the same .. high 9s.  But that motor/trans solution will be a year from now.  I just need to get back on track first ...  :rofl:

Will be fun to watch your build and see what you do and find.  Thanks.   :ylsuper:

The plan right now is to stick with the 727 and beef it up. I am also looking into other options but the more I look the more I am going over budget. I was planning on putting $3000 into the 727 that was what I budgeted for the trans. Hopefully it will last a couple years then when I have more money or it blows up I will put something better. I am still researching as of now. Building my dream pro street Cuda is difficult I can't even decide on a color.
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: marc70challenger on November 26, 2016 - 03:24:50 am
The plan right now is to stick with the 727 and beef it up. I am also looking into other options but the more I look the more I am going over budget. I was planning on putting $3000 into the 727 that was what I budgeted for the trans. Hopefully it will last a couple years then when I have more money or it blows up I will put something better. I am still researching as of now. Building my dream pro street Cuda is difficult I can't even decide on a color.

 :2thumbs:  understand !  Thx.
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: Markp on January 11, 2017 - 03:16:55 pm
So I am have started ordering parts but I need to decide on a paint color before I purchase the interior. I cannot decide on a color it is driving me insane almost all the colors look good but I have narrowed it down to three.
Inviolet, limelight and deep burnt orange. The reason I need to decide before I order my interior is if I go Limelight or inviolet I will be ordering black interior but if I go deep burnt orange I want deep burnt orange interior.
So what do you guys think? Remember this is going to be a big tire AAR looking prostreet car.

1) Deep Burnt Orange

2) Limelight

3) Inviolet

Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: polarbear123 on January 11, 2017 - 03:57:13 pm
Deep Burnt Orange
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: 7212Mopar on January 11, 2017 - 03:59:51 pm
Deep burnt orange, black interior but this is your car.
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: RCCDrew on January 11, 2017 - 06:59:11 pm
I agree, the DBO is done less.
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: jhaag on January 11, 2017 - 07:17:10 pm
Always orange for me!
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: 1 Wild R/T on January 11, 2017 - 08:15:12 pm
I owned an FK5 (Deep Burnt Orange) Challenger R/T SE, I thought it was a really good looking color... Buttt.... I could drive it down past  the local cruise spot doing a huge smoky burnout & no one would notice... They all see the red Camaro.... I've owned three factory Sublime cars, from a 1/4 mile off you can't not get noticed when driving one.... Plum Crazy looks great up close but from 500 feet it looks like another dark colored car, so you can at least have some level of anonymity.... How much attention do you want?
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: 73440 on January 11, 2017 - 09:18:01 pm
Deep Burnt Orange would look great!
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: dodj on January 11, 2017 - 10:27:38 pm
Deep Burnt Orange would look great!
Says the guy with a very green car..... :bigsmile:
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: 73440 on January 11, 2017 - 11:01:17 pm
Says the guy with a very green car..... :bigsmile:

Yep, haha, I would like to repaint but after hearing all the stories about what you see after media blasting almost afraid to find out whats under the paint.
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: nsmall on January 12, 2017 - 12:17:17 am
Honestly, I looked at none of your reply's.  Another burnt orange vote for me.

You know my pick Markp (took 15 months) is toxic orange and like others, lime and purple are awesome, but there are many.

As for burnt orange interior, that may be more complicated vs black and I think black would look good.

So another vote for orange, and black interior.

I had a similar thread and 1/2 the people on this site I needed to stick to the fender tag, well I am not and I am 100% okay with that choice.

Its a major choice.  Take your time.  I am thankful I have stuck with toxic orange for 6 months.  Picking a color was the hardest choice so far.

Good luck.
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: Cudakiller70 on January 12, 2017 - 12:30:05 am
 :popcorn: burnt orange  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: Markp on January 12, 2017 - 09:38:50 am
This is the hardest decision to make because almost every color is nice on a Cuda. It took me a few months to narrow it down to 3. :pullinghair:
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: Cudakiller70 on January 12, 2017 - 01:13:41 pm
This is the hardest decision to make because almost every color is nice on a Cuda. It took me a few months to narrow it down to 3. :pullinghair:
Print them out, hang up somewhere, on a wall wherever you spend a lot of time. Then just note mentally which one grabs your eye and you are looking at the most.
It's a tough decision for sure, personally I think the darker colors seem to hide the Cuda's lines.  :2cents:
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: Rolling_Thunder on January 12, 2017 - 02:19:22 pm
Not like my opinion matter -  but I also vote for the Dark Burnt Orange....    it is a rich color that you rarely see...     Everyone seems to love in-violet and sublime...    but everyone seems to have cars that color...    like black...     yes - it looks great but for me I like being just a touch different...        If it were my car I would clone a 1970 Dark Burnt Orange, white top, black billboards with custom engine size, and white / black interior...         :ylsuper:
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: Markp on January 12, 2017 - 07:38:00 pm
WOW I am surprised how many of you guys like deep burnt orange. My fathers T/A is burnt orange it is now my brothers car. I can't believe how hard it is to pick a color. Inviolet is gorgeous with the black stripes it looks rich and expensive. Limelight is in your face it is bright and racey a look at me color. Deep burnt orange is the plainest of the three but it has class and old school look about it. This is hard because all three colors look incredible but which one do I want to look at till I die is the question.
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: Cudakiller70 on January 19, 2017 - 01:24:56 am
Is it too late to change my vote to orange? :bigsmile:
Title: Re: 1974 Cuda Pro Street
Post by: dodj on January 19, 2017 - 07:01:11 am
Limelight. Never been a fan of DBO, and purple looks best on Challengers...IMO.