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Title: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on November 08, 2017 - 08:59:06 pm
Got myself a 1971 Cuda  :cooldancing: . Picked it up in Indiana, real nice guy by the name of Dave took a risk on an overseas buyer and now we good friends.  Took a trip  to USA to pick it up and now the cuda sits in my shed. Plan is to slowly chip away and get her back to they way she looked when she sat on the show room floor.

Check out my trip http://www.cuda-challenger.com/cc/index.php?topic=119965.0 (http://www.cuda-challenger.com/cc/index.php?topic=119965.0)

Still formulating my plan of attack, but luckily the car has been media cleaned and had 95% of the repair work done  :2thumbs:,
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on November 12, 2017 - 03:20:03 am
Still finalising my plan of attack, but that not stopping me from starting.

Removed seats , better check inside cover, glad the inspectors at the port didn't see this mouse nest. His buddy was living in the other front seat back.

Returning the car to a 4-speed, previous owner liked an auto so put auto replacement floor in.  I need help to know where to weld in the 4-speed hump. Any measurements be gratefully appreciated. Took some cutting and grinding to remove auto and console brackets. Got couple of nicks to weld up.

Have stripped both door skins of the light surface rust and spray can paint I applied over the rust to hide it from port inspectors. Used strip wheel . Will use a metal conditioner next then epoxy primer.

Climbed into the trunk and remover the light rust that formed as a result of driving through the Kanas rain storm 2 months ago.

Pulled dash frame apart and was pleased when I trial fitted the Ralley gauge and it fitted perfect, screw holes matched up too. Thought there was couple of brackets you had to fit to the frame before Ralley gauges would fit.

Passenger rear frame rail bit thin on inside and outside had a hole. Cut away damage ,and have made patches . I can weld , just never owned a welder. Got one in weekend, so once it set up and I have couple of practices, I will attempt the repair.

Car has an etch primer on it, I intend to remove this and epoxy prime. Body was previously media blaster and is in excellent condition under the etch. Messy job , but I enjoy the challenge.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: cudamadd on November 12, 2017 - 04:05:56 am
Tony great trip great car . Do you have the fender tag  ?  and know much of the cars history ?  When i saw that seat i said holly **** . Talk about the little fellows being wright at home .    Look forward in seeing your process  :cheers: :aussie:
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 'Cuda Hunter on November 12, 2017 - 09:53:55 pm
Was there a chewed up build sheet in the mouse nest's? 

Looks like a pretty solid project!  Be glad to watch your progress.

Was there a tag?  Curious of the original options and color. 

Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: AARCuda340+6 on November 13, 2017 - 12:58:29 am

Looks like your hard at work.   You'll be a jack of all traits when your done.   Welding, electrical, painting, sanding, etc.
Wish I had more advice to help you along your rebuild but I'm sure you'll get some help from others.
Just watch your knuckles & fingers.
  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on November 14, 2017 - 05:33:30 am
Thanks for the encouragement fellers.

Fender tags exists , finding it the issue. Previous owner had car for 20 years  and had puller car apart 15 ago. Got a 80 % build sheet, will endeavour to scan it or post the codes. B5 Blue original colour.

Been stripping the trunk lid, not looking forward to the under side.

Meant to be a slow rebuild but I got spare time and I get to excited to not do something to the car each afternoon.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: mopardave on November 15, 2017 - 09:55:27 am
LOOKS GREAT.. glad everything worked out for you.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on November 16, 2017 - 06:06:24 pm
Thanks for your help Dave in getting my new dash to me  :thumbsup: Took real good care of it and now safely sitting in my spare room .
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on November 19, 2017 - 03:05:20 pm
Still finalising my plan of attack, but that not stopping me from starting.

Removed seats , better check inside cover, glad the inspectors at the port didn't see this mouse nest. His buddy was living in the other front seat back.

Returning the car to a 4-speed, previous owner liked an auto so put auto replacement floor in.  I need help to know where to weld in the 4-speed hump. Any measurements be gratefully appreciated. Took some cutting and grinding to remove auto and console brackets. Got couple of nicks to weld up.

Have stripped both door skins of the light surface rust and spray can paint I applied over the rust to hide it from port inspectors. Used strip wheel . Will use a metal conditioner next then epoxy primer.

Climbed into the trunk and remover the light rust that formed as a result of driving through the Kanas rain storm 2 months ago.

Pulled dash frame apart and was pleased when I trial fitted the Ralley gauge and it fitted perfect, screw holes matched up too. Thought there was couple of brackets you had to fit to the frame before Ralley gauges would fit.

Passenger rear frame rail bit thin on inside and outside had a hole. Cut away damage ,and have made patches . I can weld , just never owned a welder. Got one in weekend, so once it set up and I have couple of practices, I will attempt the repair.

Car has an etch primer on it, I intend to remove this and epoxy prime. Body was previously media blaster and is in excellent condition under the etch. Messy job , but I enjoy the challenge.

You have a good plan/instincts. As for the 4 speed, I assume you are just going to install the hump instead of the floor pan; either way they both are pretty self explanatory as to placement once you have them. Once you lay the hump on the floor you will exactly where it goes.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on April 25, 2018 - 03:42:31 am
WOW , summer is over and I have done very little to my Cuda, did want to have the single stage primer off and epoxy on.

Picked up my friends rotisserie last week and have cuda attached to it. Autumn weather still nice so hope to start some stripping.

Got the correct 4-speed hump so this will be easier to install now that I an rotate the body.

Will gather up the bigger steel parts and drop them at media blaster for a clean and prime.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on April 25, 2018 - 02:00:30 pm
While I am sorry your summer is ending, I am happy ours is just beginning. I know all about time slipping away quickly, it is a challenge remaining committed and focused for sure. Just try and do 1 thing a day even if that is just planning, I have found that to be very helpful.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: jimynick on April 25, 2018 - 06:38:27 pm
Before you put the hump back in, make sure you've gotten the access holes in, in the right size. I wish I'd've measured mine when we changed the floor, but we just laid the old section on top of the new, marked it and plasma cut it out. By the way, I stand to be corrected, but all the floors were for autos and the manual cars were cut out after the fact; I know mine was. If that's the etch primer in the recent photos I don't think I'd remove it. By virtue of it being "etch" it bites into the metal and shouldn't cause an adhesion issue down the road. I would (and did) put the epoxy over it after sanding and cleaning it. Just my  :2cents:
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on April 25, 2018 - 09:59:25 pm
Appreciate the input.  :thumbsup:, definitely only want to cut once. Will double check what the paint is.

Beautiful day here , 65* F, so about to head up to shed and make some progress (hopefully) .
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on April 26, 2018 - 05:12:37 am
Progress  :) , heres hoping my addiction kicks in.

Had prepared the the patch and removed rust previously , welder worked well, just needs bit more finishing. Tried to fill some pin holes in drivers side rear floor , most of the holes just got bigger. Had fun. Bring on tomorrow.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on May 06, 2018 - 07:16:20 am
Decided to do bigger patch on inside , found a few pin holes and some of the pitting was deep. Previous owner had done a great job of removing all rust inside the rail when he media blasted prior to installing a new trunk floor .
 My welding getting better. Got a body guy coming around this week to give me some tips. Hopefully we will get a chance to look at the 4-speed hump.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on May 10, 2018 - 06:14:19 pm
Body guy came around and is keen to help. he is recovering from a brain tumour so will be in a advisory role. Happy to sit a instruct me. 4 speed hump and dent in rocker panel will be our first jobs.

I am tidying up some patches in the firewall , I was keen to try some more welding. Hoping my cardboard templates will transfer well to sheet metal.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: YellowThumper on May 12, 2018 - 12:41:56 pm
Cool on all accounts.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on May 18, 2018 - 07:10:56 am
Cheers mate.

Made my patches, just need to find some time to weld them in. The patch on the right had multiple angles and curves so I made it in 2 pieces.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 'Cuda Hunter on May 18, 2018 - 10:29:55 am
Looks good. 
Let's see some welding!

 :2thumbs: :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: cudamadd on May 18, 2018 - 06:27:52 pm
Looking good  it's all these small areas that take up all the time .  But your doing a great job . :aussie:
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on May 25, 2018 - 04:06:07 am
Work and basketball season are getting in the way of welding repairs. Found couple of hours here and there. Have finally got the settings correct on the welder, what a difference.

Got the wheel tub patch in, and the one just above the front of the rocker panel. Some deep pitting in this area so dropped some weld in the bigger craters.

Firewall patches going real good. Am very thankful the previous owner had done well with the media blasting.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on May 27, 2018 - 07:50:06 am
Firewall welding done, just got to spend time with the sanding disc to clean the welds. Dropped some weld in some pin holes.

Sail panel area also had some pin holes in some previous repairs. Cut and welded in a new patch about 2"x1".
 
Really want to get the 4-speed hump in this week.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: redo1973 on May 27, 2018 - 08:18:42 am
Very nice work. 
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on May 27, 2018 - 12:22:31 pm
Excellent progress. One suggestion, you might want to turn up your heat on your welder a little. Not a lot but just to get the welds to flatten out a little which equates to penetration.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on May 28, 2018 - 07:57:02 am
Thanks guys.

Appreciate the suggestion 70chall440 , a flatter weld means less grinding so will tweak the heat up next go with welder. Don't want my patches falling off . Am enjoying the welding but am still learning.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on May 28, 2018 - 12:36:15 pm
try it out on some scrap metal of the same thickness to get a feel for it; another tip (no pun intended) is play with you tip to surface distance. You will find that on lower heat ranges and/or with thinner wire (.023) you need the tip of the gun pretty close so that the argon is shielding the weld appropriately. If you practice with it, you will see that when you get the tip very close you will get better penetration and a better weld. As you move away from the surface you get more splatter and less penetration. Of course you cannot always get the tip where you want it and in some cases you might need to increase the gas flow to accomplish the task. That said, I seldom if ever turn the gas up (lazy) but I know there are times when I should.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on May 29, 2018 - 04:38:23 pm
I am loving this helpful advice 70chall440, I enjoy welding not grinding. I got .031 wiore and use CO2 as shielding gas. I plan to work on the car this morning so will do as you say, test on some scrap , then apply to car.

Cheers  :cheers:
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on May 29, 2018 - 08:07:23 pm
Have fun, once you get it down things will go well.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 73440 on May 30, 2018 - 12:19:10 am
 I remember when I bought my welder I was looking for things to break just so I could weld them .
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on June 01, 2018 - 04:49:09 am
Welder is now humming, thanks again 70chall440  :worshippy. Getting great penetration , too good in places. Just have to sort out my helmet, but thats another issue.

Got my 4-speed tunnel cut out, bit of fine tuning left but close.

Drivers side foot well is a replacement patch, I am being fussy and running a weld all the way around it. Am also replacing the edge welding used on the underside  to attach floor to rails with plug welds. I want it to look factory for me and the fussy NZ inspectors when I come to get car on the road.

Got a full day on the car tomorrow   :bigsmile:  ,so hope to make more progress.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on June 01, 2018 - 08:08:52 pm
Excellent, glad I could help. looks good.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on June 05, 2018 - 06:03:50 am
Amazing how much you don't get done or how small job gets bigger.

Took an extra day but got tunnel in and looking sharp. Will give welds quick grind and fill in remaining gaps. Got flange to sit snug with a bit of caressing .

Been putting of grinding my floor and firewall welds as they were rather proud, but job done.

Got couple of small welds at rear of car and then just the 2 foot long dent in drivers rocker panel and dents in roof. Will call in my body guy for roof as he has the correct dollies and flippers.

A friend has a magnetic puller which we will use on rocker.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: cudamadd on June 05, 2018 - 06:39:28 am
Looks like you are moving along at a steady rate ,love the photos  :aussie:
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: YellowThumper on June 11, 2018 - 05:23:16 pm
Nice progress there.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on June 11, 2018 - 06:46:51 pm
Coming along nicely.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on June 12, 2018 - 07:22:55 am
Cheers for the feedback  :thumbsup:

Getting lots of little cosmetic jobs done. Reducing the size of some of the stitch welds to make repairs look more factory, putting some plugs welds in where needed.

Got the support bracket in that connects inside quarter to tail panel, went smoother than anticipated . Welder behaved and was able to get weld heads flattened.

Was going to put some swages in new sheet metal to patch floor but found a removed floor section from my roadrunner that had what I needed so my Cuda has a bit of B body, . I liked the idea of having genuine mopar parts.

Talked to body guy and he coming to fix roof dents in 2 weeks.

That just leaves dent in rocker.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: redo1973 on June 18, 2018 - 06:21:25 pm
Ahh the memories! I had the same issues with the floor and I had not yet learned the welder set-up and my patches kept getting bigger and uglier.  I ended up replacing the rear floors. Yours are coming out nicer than mine did.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on June 28, 2018 - 08:13:43 am
Cheers redo 1973,  I too have been blowing holes, they didn't go crazy, but it is frustrating  chasing ones' tail.

Body guy came today, got all jobs done in 4 hours so I very happy, money well spent.

 Roof now dent free, not perfect but vinyl top will disguise .

small dents improved on both doors, and the trunk lid.

He advised my on procedure to replace a tab on front valance.

Was happy with my work to remove dent on rocker panel, to get it perfect I would need to fold a new section of the rocker to make it perfect .

What I thought was going to be a big job, the rear passenger tail light panel was sunken in on the top outside corner, was fixed with hammer and dolly, no cut/weld so I very happy.

Body finished.  :bananasmi

Body was blasted and painted years ago, got wet on its road trip and has very mild surface rust in hard to get places. I have decided to get underside and engine bay re-blasted, they will epoxy paint as well. I will remove rest of etch paint and epoxy myself. Hoping to do this early next week.

Have borrowed a friends blast cabinet, am looking forward to seeing clean parts next week.

More photos soon.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: redo1973 on June 28, 2018 - 09:25:43 pm
It's very nice to hear of your success.  BTW - your welding is looking good. :popcorn:
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on June 30, 2018 - 07:58:34 am
friend came out today and brought out his Tig welder. Had a tear in nose section of a guard, metal was very thin, less chance of damage with the Tig.

A made a new tad for front valance so welded that also.

Z bar bracket had been removed so welded new one in.

Put a relief cut in rear tail section , improved moulding fit.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on June 30, 2018 - 12:26:32 pm
Nice, its coming along.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on July 01, 2018 - 06:10:24 am
Cheers mate.

Got trailer yesterday and hope to load body Wednesday morning, fine weather forecast.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on July 04, 2018 - 07:07:20 am
Was a bit concerned that combined height of Cuda and trailer would be greater than that of the carport.  Was close but emerged safely . Car is now at media blasters. May get it back Friday.

Shed tidy and then get blast cabinet operating.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: redo1973 on July 04, 2018 - 08:06:20 am
Things are moving along well.  I wish that I had done a media blasting rather than the wire wheel approach.  You'll get to identify many of the little gremlins remaining at one time. 

We had a similar issue with the trailer/vehicle height on my dad's 74 VW Bug. He had to deflate the tires almost to the rim to gain that extra 3 inches.   
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on July 07, 2018 - 03:26:55 am
Cheers redo1973. I will be using the wire wheel and elbow grease to prep the cabin, trunk. Car has been previously blasted and the green paint is an etch primer that comes off real easy .

Pick up car on Monday , epoxy be nice and hard.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: redo1973 on July 08, 2018 - 08:35:00 pm
Fantastic.  It gets exciting as the paint starts to go back on it.  Good luck.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on July 13, 2018 - 04:17:02 am
Cheers mate, painting is definitely  on my mind. Have to slow myself down , 1 step at a time.

Got Cuda back safe and sound, blasting revealed no new holes. They epoxyed the engine bay and underside. I hand sanded the etch inside the cabin and today put epoxy on that. The quarters, roof and trunk will have to wait a couple of weeks. Will carry on blasting parts.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on July 13, 2018 - 11:06:37 am
Looks clean.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on July 14, 2018 - 05:29:06 am
Clean and shiny I like.

Because the car got wet on its trip , I have always wanted to some how clean the weld on the quarter panels. Had an  :thinkerg: and today tried it. Works great  :cooldancing:, only very small loss on media , have got a plastic sheet on the floor to capture what falls out of the can as I move along. Might try using a rubber plunger instead of the can.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on July 14, 2018 - 12:09:21 pm
Very ingenious.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on July 15, 2018 - 04:37:49 am
Pineapple can works great  :bananasmi, did make a modification , glued a strip of felt around lip of can so I can move over curved surfaces. Have taken 90% of paint off the roof and now will spend a couple of hours blasting it. Time consuming, but I got time and Do it Once Do it Right.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on July 17, 2018 - 06:45:22 am
Got holidays last week and this week.

Took 4 hours but got it done, roof blasted and epoxy on.

Today I stripped doors and trunk exteriors , used pineapple can to blast small areas of pitting. Paint tomorrow.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on July 17, 2018 - 11:38:09 am
Outstanding work, keep at it.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on July 21, 2018 - 06:24:42 am
A 3M stripper wheel made light work of the AMD paint on new quarters. Now coated in epoxy white.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: YellowThumper on July 21, 2018 - 11:30:23 am
Wow you are making great progress. Cool can idea
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: larry4406 on July 22, 2018 - 08:00:04 am
What is the plan for the weld seams of the quarter skins to the original quarters?  Bondo?
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on July 26, 2018 - 05:56:49 am
Cheers YellowThumper, The can has been great. found some mild pitting in the guards so get my sheet of plastic out for the floor, hang couple of curtains and the can captures 90% of the garnet. Pitting clean and ready for paint.

Not a lot of options larry4406, bondo will go back on , this time onto paint .

Front guards had been filled and primed, but I wanted to know what was underneath, messy job but am happy, found couple of patches and mild pitting. Blasted and now got coat of epoxy.

Next big job is to scuff insides of doors , guards , hood and trunk lid , and spray in epoxy.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on August 01, 2018 - 06:32:34 am
Valance top sides stripped, spot blasted and painted.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: cudamadd on August 01, 2018 - 06:41:16 pm
Nice work Tony  moving along a lot quicker then some body shops cheers
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on August 10, 2018 - 08:23:39 am
Cheers mate, got a bit of free time at present so going hard.

Weather forecast was positive so I got the spray gun out and went mad with epoxy. Particularly pleased with the hood .
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on August 10, 2018 - 01:43:52 pm
 :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: redo1973 on August 10, 2018 - 10:06:20 pm
 :popcorn: Wow, impressive progress. This portion can sometimes drag but you seem to have a good pace.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on August 12, 2018 - 07:41:11 am
Got the time and motivation at present. 4 litres of epoxy used, just got the inside trunk to go. Pick up a new can tomorrow and Wednesday  looking positive weather wise.Need to get some parts clean so I can paint them.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on August 12, 2018 - 10:56:03 am
Nice, stay on it.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on August 17, 2018 - 07:39:56 am
Mint spring day so got inside trunk painted. Got in every nook and cranny , rotisserie make job so much easier.

Now I am filling, yee ha, one step closer to colour .

Should be cleaning parts in blast cabinet , but shed vacuum cleaner died, fine dust is a killer.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on August 17, 2018 - 11:33:35 am
Progress!!! yay
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on August 24, 2018 - 08:00:53 am
More filling, been a lot of 2 steps forward and 1 back. Trunk lid,  valances and 1 door looking straight.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: redo1973 on August 24, 2018 - 09:25:54 pm
 :2thumbs: Very nice.  Hang in there.  You're getting close to a big milestone.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on August 29, 2018 - 08:14:42 am
Cheers redo 1973.

Had some down time so filling and epoxying going great. Ready for a guide coat are the rear quarters, rocker panels, valances , trunk lid and 1 1/2 doors. One door has a deep dent right behind the side intrusion bars, can't get any tool in behind to pop it out. may have  to use filler, but will be up to 1/3 inch thick. Been flatting the engine bay also, time consuming, but results are worth it.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: redo1973 on August 29, 2018 - 09:37:03 pm
Do you have access to a stud puller?  Maybe braze/weld one of those wire studs and pull it out some?
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on August 30, 2018 - 07:07:41 am
Friend does have one now you mention it, I will give him a call. I realise i will have to put some fill on the door, I just want to keep it to a minimum.

I welded washers to the driver side rocker to pull a dent out but want to be less brutal with a door skin.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: redo1973 on August 30, 2018 - 08:14:51 pm
I very much appreciate the minimal filler approach.  I can say with full honesty at car shows that I have maybe a pint but no more than two of filler on my car and it is mostly on the seams or but welds to smooth things. It's very much worth taking your time and doing it right.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on August 30, 2018 - 11:37:26 pm
As the saying goes, much harder to do things the right way...  :bigsmile: Its very easy to slather on filler and cut it to shape. That said, dont be afraid to use it for what it is made for, small thin areas to smooth out panels. Watch any custom car show and you will see them putting a skim coat on and then block most of it off. Definitely worth doing and makes a huge difference.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: plumbeeper on September 01, 2018 - 12:06:53 pm
Can you believe itís been a year since you were here and picked it up. Great progress! Canít wait to see it finished Tony.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on September 01, 2018 - 04:49:47 pm
Thanks for the input guys, would be so easy to chuck a can or 2 of fill on the car, but as you say, take your time and do the right thing. If I can get to a dent I have tried to smooth it out, but sometimes filler is the only answer.

Hello Dave, a year goes so fast, Bryce and I had such a great time meeting you and exploring the USA on our trip. I am really motivated at the moment and can see the finish line or at least colour.

I got some primer on some parts and gave the engine bay a good coat in readiness for smoothing and colour.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on November 01, 2018 - 06:05:09 am
Wow 2 months goes past real fast, work, holiday , school trip, life gets in the way sometimes.

Primer nice and hard, gave it a guide coat and  started blocking. Going real well, driver side only need 1 more prime and block.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on November 01, 2018 - 11:29:45 am
Thats coming along nicely, sanding is like walking across the desert.... just keeps going and going... but when you get done it is so worth it. I can't speak for anyone else, but for me it is always a constant battle; is it good enough? I have to fight the urge to get it "good enough" thinking that the paint will hide it (which it won't, it will probably only magnify the issue).
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on November 02, 2018 - 07:13:11 am
I like your analogy , my desert hike has just begun.
As you say, top coat hides nothing, often have to tell myself to give give a panel one more sand.

Got to the passenger rear quarter and am relieved that it has blocked out great. Will fill the few minor lows and then final  prime.

Not looking forward to smoothing paint on car underside.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on November 02, 2018 - 12:06:28 pm
You are doing great, just have to hang in there. The one thing I really liked was high build primer; really helped during blocking in that I was able to actually get panels smooth without having to add filler. This might sound intuitive but I was never a body guy and before I found high build, I would block it out and then find low spots which needed attention, on the ones that I couldn't push out I would have to skim coat with body filler then back to blocking. 
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on November 23, 2018 - 05:25:54 am
Cheers 70chall440, I like what you are saying.
No photos as all that has changed is there is less paint on the car due to a lot of sanding. I blocked all the guide coat on both rear quarters and have spot filled the few very minor imperfections. I then gave the quarters , sail panel, rockers and door jams a final 2 coats of epoxy primer ready for final blocking.
 Have been in the trunk, the cabin , and underside, and finally the engine bay. Have lost plenty of skin in the process. Primer is feeling smooth and looking great. Hope to seam seal and get some stone chip guard on this weekend. Color just around the corner  :cooldancing:.
 Dropped off few bigger suspension and drive chain parts off at media blaster, pick up end of next week.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on November 23, 2018 - 01:20:28 pm
Stay at it and before you know it you will have color and then reassembly  :2thumbs:
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Post by: tony 73 on November 30, 2018 - 05:10:07 am
Cheers mate.

I am half way through seam sealing, bit worried about getting a nice clean line where tail panel joins rear quarter.

Picked up my parts from blaster, they gave them some epoxy black.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on November 30, 2018 - 11:20:46 am
Outstanding, always good to seeing clean and coated or painted parts come back, almost like the are new parts.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on December 02, 2018 - 03:50:25 am
Am real keen to get the black top coat on the parts I have cleaned and had blasted, but I need to finish other jobs I have started. Seam sealing for one.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on December 02, 2018 - 12:30:05 pm
Id say that most of know the feeling; sometimes it is just hard to get started or restarted. I find that I need to start doing something small and easy and that usually leads me to do bigger things as I get motivated.
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Post by: redo1973 on December 02, 2018 - 09:34:01 pm
Very nice progress.  I often had to remind myself that it's a marathon and not sprint.  You're putting in the time that will make a huge difference in the end.  Keep it going. :2thumbs:
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Post by: tony 73 on December 14, 2018 - 05:40:17 am
 :thumbsup: Thanks guys.

I enjoy spending time with my nephews and as of Tuesday this week I will be seeing them a lot more. They brought a mopar project, surf wagon, 1965 valiant AP5 Safari. They and I are on school holidays, have spent last 3 days on strip out. A few rust repairs needed . Strip, clean/blast, paint  , rebuild.

Cuda time suffering but I having fun.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on December 14, 2018 - 12:15:22 pm
Very cool project, wagons are getting more and more desirable.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on December 21, 2018 - 11:17:55 pm
Been flat out on the boy's wagon, finally got some time on Cuda.

Seam seal 90% done.

Couldn't help myself, got some paint mixed and shot the cabin. Not quite the perfect match but you will never see it.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on December 21, 2018 - 11:51:29 pm
Outstanding
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Post by: larry4406 on December 22, 2018 - 07:51:19 am
TB3 Basin Street Blue (aka Petty Blue)?
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on December 22, 2018 - 12:03:34 pm
My 73 Barracuda was that color originally; blue on blue... I was not a fan of the combo. I think the color is nice, just have to be in the right combination and with some accents to break it up.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on December 24, 2018 - 12:25:34 am
B5 Blue is the colour I am painting the cuda, the blue you see is a few shades off and no metallic  in it.

Got some Chip guard on today, may give it one more after I have sanded down some off the lumps. After Christmas of course.
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Post by: 70chall440 on December 24, 2018 - 12:36:30 am
 :2thumbs:
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Post by: YellowThumper on December 26, 2018 - 08:22:23 pm
Very nice and the Valiant as well.
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Post by: daaboots on December 27, 2018 - 10:55:12 am
Great work! Gives me motivation to keep pressing on!
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Post by: tony 73 on December 28, 2018 - 03:00:10 pm
Thanks for the comments guys.

Heading away on holiday, so no car time for me for 10 days.
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Post by: redo1973 on December 30, 2018 - 07:06:31 pm
Nice color choice. your project is moving along nicely.
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Post by: tony 73 on February 14, 2019 - 05:59:06 am
Summer is flying by and I am not as far on as I had hoped.

I have been filling, sanding and priming the front guards along with other small jobs. Guide coat next job.

Been using the sand blast cabinet and got sick of looking at the dirty diff nugget . Blasted it, ( not in the cabinet), and gave it a coat of clear.

Need to start painting running gear black, add it to my job list.

Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on February 14, 2019 - 12:02:13 pm
we all know that feeling, keep chipping away at it and you will get there.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on March 03, 2019 - 05:22:58 am
Yee ha,  took all day but I got there in the end.  :cooldancing:
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Post by: 70chall440 on March 03, 2019 - 12:59:37 pm
 :wow:
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Post by: redo1973 on March 03, 2019 - 08:22:15 pm
Woww! alot work accomplished there.  BTW - I see that you painted the drive shaft.  I had done the same but learned that I should have painted it while it was spinning.  Maybe you did that but if not beware if you get any vibration later. Probably nothing major but my drive shaft shop pointed it out to me when they were balancing and straightening mine.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on March 09, 2019 - 05:10:00 pm
Cheers guys, summers on the run and I need to get painting while the weathers on my side.

Thanks redo73 , I painted it without a spin. Cross my fingers that my paint is evenly spread. There is so much rust pitting that I reckon that will cause a unbalancing .

Am so keen to put these shiny parts back together.
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Post by: redo1973 on March 14, 2019 - 08:52:53 pm
I can certainly relate to your feeling of excitement.   :cheers: .  Everything looks great. I began buying rolls of painters tape to protect everything I touched. I became paranoid as I started assembling but gosh it feels good to have the progress. 
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on April 06, 2019 - 06:57:55 am
Thanks redo 1973.

Purchased 2lt of B5 and today was the day to try out my skills . Got a vinyl top going on so stared with the roof. Got a bit worried as this metallic just wanted to run . Had to much paint flow, once I had  reduced this and spayed lighter coats the results I wanted appeared. Am very happy  :bananasmi with the results in the engine bay, took 4 light coats but hay got there in the end. Get the clear on soon and it should look fantastic. Am expecting 1 or 2 runs , hopefully in hard to see places. A light mist coat to start should help .
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Post by: 70chall440 on April 06, 2019 - 12:51:07 pm
Looks good  :2thumbs: :2thumbs:
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Post by: redo1973 on April 08, 2019 - 09:43:17 pm
Love that metallic sheen.  What kind of clear do you intend to spray - flat, satin, gloss? I went with a flat and it looks cool but I'm thinking the gloss would have been better for cleaning and pop.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on April 09, 2019 - 06:01:46 am
Thanks guys.
I am no painter, and when I opened the can 2 thoughts closed my mind, WOW what amazing colour and how on earth am I going to spray this  :clueless:.
I had used a Dupont gloss clear last time but it does not exist anymore.  Used a Cromax full gloss one that paint rep said gives better results. It had Made in China on it so was a bit worried :22yikes:.  Put it on today and it did like to run, took my time in the engine bay and fantastic  :cooldancing: result. No bugs landed on it and only slight orange peel.
Will get in the trunk next week.
I have used 1.5 litres on paint( 1: 0.8) and  about the same clear ( 3: 1) . The paint was $300 NZ (200 US).
I could have her back on her feet real soon, rear quarters just need guide coat and final sand which I could do when its on wheels.
B5 Blue looks so good.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on April 09, 2019 - 11:26:43 am
Great job.
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Post by: redo1973 on April 09, 2019 - 08:49:55 pm
Wow, nice job.  I wished that i had done more painting.  It must feel great to see your hard work coming together.
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Post by: tony 73 on April 11, 2019 - 07:27:44 am
Thanks.

Does feel like I am nearly there, I am excited about putting parts back on the car. I had hoped to be further along but I am not to stressed either. The weather is getting cooler so need to get this painting done. Daytime temps are still around 70F so all good. I do enjoy the painting but I am so slow and way too fussy trying to get paint in every nook and cranny. Do it once and do it properly .

My nephews project has been taking up my time also , so much hidden rust. Will be putting ig lots of time over next 2 weeks as it is school holidays.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on April 11, 2019 - 12:17:56 pm
You are busy for sure. Looks good.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on April 18, 2019 - 05:53:50 pm
Had couple of great weather days o more painting.
The trunk is so awkward but was rewarded with the result. The rest of the body will be done by a pro. I got inside of doors, guards, hood and trunk to do.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on April 18, 2019 - 09:35:56 pm
looks awesome. I definitely know what you are saying about spraying inside the trunk, very challenging to get full coverage.
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Post by: tony 73 on April 18, 2019 - 10:20:02 pm
Cheers mate,
 I am way to fussy at times, nobody is ever going to stick their head in the trunk and look in far corners, but that doesn't stop me trying to get paint there, I hate looking back and saying I should have . The satisfaction out weights the effort required.
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Post by: redo1973 on April 21, 2019 - 09:42:15 am
Very nice.  As many have said the original assembly of these cars were so poor.  This extra effort on detail will benefit your far into the future.  It's been a year for me and I have signs of rust coloration on small things like bolts and such that I now want to address. Never ending project but still a joy to drive.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on April 26, 2019 - 04:30:16 pm
 I like your thinking, bit of effort now and reap rewards later. Always jobs to do, my other car has the same signs of age you mention , just part of owing a piece of history.

More paint  :bananasmi

Was planning on painting the trunk but was about to drill holes for Go Wing and the lid I have is not a 71 and therefore the frame is the wrong shape meaning the support brackets don't fit. I am going to have to fabricate some larger ones with help from a friend.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on April 26, 2019 - 04:53:25 pm
Coming along nicely
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Post by: Cudaragtop on April 27, 2019 - 11:59:16 am
 :cheers:  :2thumbs:
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Post by: YellowThumper on May 02, 2019 - 06:11:22 pm
Wow those pieces all look nice. The color just pops!
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on May 07, 2019 - 02:25:46 am
Cheers mate.

Am hoping to paint engine soon so got some primer on the manifold.

Am fitting a wing to the trunk lid, but lid does not have the cut outs for the brackets I have . Am going to make some similar to the ones on my challenger. Made a test pattern.

Still sanding guide got in spare time.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: Cudaragtop on May 07, 2019 - 12:15:22 pm
Hmmm... Challenger and Cuda Deck lids and Go Wing placement are very different.
Challenger's mount further forward and Cuda's mount a little more rearward.
 Of course you did say wing not "Go-Wing" so maybe it's a non-issue...  :cheers:

Challenger Go Wing Brackets
(https://www.musclecarparts.cc/images/FP205.jpg)

70 Cuda Go Wing Brackets
(https://www.musclecarparts.cc/images/4a0abd47-9188-443f-8d11-db34284e4508.jpg)

70 Cuda Deck Lid with cut-outs
(http://www.cuda-challenger.com/cc/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=116076.0;attach=190229;image)

71 Cuda Go/Gull Wing Brackets
(https://www.musclecarparts.cc/images/FP208.jpg)

(https://forum.e-bodies.org/dlattach/;topic=4404.0;attach=40190;image)


Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on May 09, 2019 - 02:08:35 am
Most helpful mate, my deck lid looks the same as the 70 one above , I have a 71 Gull Wing with the correct brackets.. Number of choices, order 70 brackets and cut cutouts in deck lid to suit, make a bracket along the lines of the challenger one. or get a correct deck lid. Will try fabricating brackets first.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on June 19, 2019 - 07:29:16 am
Brackets are 85% made, no holes cut in the trunk lid.

Final sand on rear quarters 90% done, sanding up and down to tape has got me a straight crease line.

On the hunt for a painter.
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Post by: 70chall440 on June 19, 2019 - 12:13:13 pm
That's looking great.
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Post by: tony 73 on June 22, 2019 - 11:40:33 pm
Cheers mate.

Time to prime and paint engine.

Got my mates generator , fired it up, plugged in compressor and nothing, bugger, would run a power tool but not a compressor.

Plan B.  Loaded 2 compressors on my wee truck and made 3 trips for both primer and3 for top coat. Was a 8min round trip to nearest power supply.

Real happy with result.

Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on June 22, 2019 - 11:42:52 pm
Looks awesome, always good when the color starts to go on, even on things like the engine, you can start to really get a vision of what is to be the final outcome.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: redo1973 on June 28, 2019 - 09:34:30 pm
That looks great.  It's nice to see your progress.
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Post by: redo1973 on June 28, 2019 - 09:41:44 pm
I'm not that familiar with New Zealand.  How's the weather this time of year?  A little on the cooler side and good time for paint?
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on July 04, 2019 - 07:08:09 am
Thanks for the feedback.

School holidays next week   :bananasmi so hope to make more progress.

Yes winter here in NZ, not too harsh, 50-60 F is the average where I live . Am always looking at forecast in case a crazy warm day arrives so I can get my spray gun out.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on July 04, 2019 - 11:58:57 am
All a process, cooler weather is great for heavy work (sanding), sucks for painting unless you get some slow hardner.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on July 10, 2019 - 07:04:56 am
Sanding and more sanding.

Put panels on to check alignment before final primer and block down.

Looking good so far .
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on July 10, 2019 - 11:51:31 am
I know that feeling, its hard to know when you are doing and easy to accept what you see thinking that when painted it will all work out. I learned the hard way that paint will not hide bad or inadequate body work. IMO this is why good body shops get paid what they do, bc they know when it is good and be able to predict the outcome when painted.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on July 25, 2019 - 05:02:25 pm
Cheers mate.

Got my body lines sorted out, took plenty of reference points so I can find them again as I have just put last 2 good coats of primer on the panels. Let them harden , guide coat , and then final sand .

Been refurbishing the heater box , a non AC one , so nice and easy.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on July 28, 2019 - 12:18:22 pm
One step at a time...  :bigsmile:

Good progress
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Post by: tony 73 on July 28, 2019 - 05:06:41 pm
Cheers mate.

Heater box done, was fun unwrapping the new heater core which had been stored away. looking forward to opening more part boxes.

Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on July 29, 2019 - 12:10:19 am
Cheers to you.

Looks very nice, will look good in the car.
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Post by: tony 73 on August 06, 2019 - 07:27:11 am
Thanks mate. Just need to get  paint on body and these parts can be refitted.

Steering column 95% finished, crush can needs to be secured fully.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on August 06, 2019 - 01:06:02 pm
Looks good, if you haven't I would highly recommend really looking at the wiring carefully. This is one place that causes a lot of issues and it is much easier to deal with at this point. Personally I would replace the ignition switch and perhaps even the turn signal cam.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: redo1973 on August 11, 2019 - 10:33:16 pm
Looks great.  I also recommend obtaining a item developed for the coupler recall to address the cap from loosening.  It is simply a 2 pronged bent piece of 1/8 rod that hooks into the spring pin and keeps the cover down and tight.  It is installed once the full steering shaft is installed.  It's only around $10 and easily found on ebay.https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mopar-A-B-E-Body-66-73-3-Steering-Coupler-Retainer-Clamp-STAINLESS-DMT-2996935/291757502737?hash=item43ee1a3111:g:ADQAAOSwhjNbX~wl (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mopar-A-B-E-Body-66-73-3-Steering-Coupler-Retainer-Clamp-STAINLESS-DMT-2996935/291757502737?hash=item43ee1a3111:g:ADQAAOSwhjNbX~wl)
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Post by: tony 73 on August 17, 2019 - 05:44:27 pm
Thanks for the input guys. Have had good look at the wiring and happy with what I saw. I have not fully secured the crush can down so will have another look on next wet day when I need an inside job. I do have a new turn signal cam which I should fit.

Like the look of the clamp. Car came with a steering coupler rebuild kit which I used . Reused the rubber boot as new one bit tight. No harm getting the clamp.

Pulled front seats apart to get ride of rust and mouse house material. May media blast if manual labour doesn't work.

Got nugget in housing and odd bit reattached.

Got new U joints for drive shaft so pushed old ones out, was easier than expected .

Mate and I pulled Tach gauge apart and replaced old circuit board with one from rt-eng., needs adjustment as was reading 200rpm over when tested in his Challenger which had a rev-n-nator ignition box on the firewall. Need to visit another friend some time soon.

So many small jobs to complete.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on August 18, 2019 - 12:37:23 am
Its the small things that add up and is so nice when it all comes together. Great work.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: redo1973 on August 20, 2019 - 09:11:06 pm
Fun times.  The details really pull the whole project together for a great package.  Hang in there, it must be very exciting as you are checking off the list of items.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on August 26, 2019 - 06:00:04 am
Thanks for the comments  :thumbsup:.

Was not looking forward to de-rusting the seat frames until I tried to fit them in my media blast cabinet . Tight but got them in and what a quick transfer . Don't think the rear seats will fit unless I cut them in half.

Spring in getting close here in NZ and the warmer days are helping my motivation.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on August 26, 2019 - 11:39:13 pm
You might need to look at a pressurized or external system (the drum style) for the back seat.

Good work, going to be nice.
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Post by: dodj on November 08, 2019 - 10:44:25 am
Spring in getting close here in NZ and the warmer days are helping my motivation.
So motivated to work on the 'cuda, there has been no time to post. lol
I'll eat some popcorn while I wait for the next installment.
 :popcorn:
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: tony 73 on November 12, 2019 - 06:02:00 am
Been over 2 months since my last update, , I been busy working on a car , just not mine.

Have managed to stip rear seats and clean/paint the frames. Today I washed the seat foam, it was in get condition just needed some TLC.

Doors and front guards have been sanded smooth and are awaiting top coat. Hood and trunk showed some very minor low points after removing guide coat. Have filled these, hope to get last primer coat on real soon.

Not having much luck finding a paint booth to rent.

90% of my time has been spent on nephews Valiant. Body guy finally finish massive rust repairs. I have primed and filled the car 3 times. Only had limited time to use the shed ( 3 weeks).
Car looks good and think they will be happy. Will show them how to final sand. Time to finish my Cuda.
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on November 12, 2019 - 09:07:09 pm
Good work there.
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Post by: YellowThumper on November 12, 2019 - 10:20:55 pm
Nice going

Good luck on yours now.
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Post by: tony 73 on November 15, 2019 - 05:15:53 pm
Cheers guys.

Got the Go Wing brackets I made fitting nicely. Bit of filling required but should look great once painted. Have to enlarge the holes on trunk frame to get special nuts to lock up to the skin.

Nice to be working on my own project .
Title: Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
Post by: 70chall440 on November 15, 2019 - 07:37:37 pm
Looks great. I just started work again on my 70 RR project (today to be exact); good to make progress.