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Title: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on August 12, 2011 - 12:15:11 am
Greetings, I am a long time mopar guy. Been over at moparts.com since about it's inception. I am currently assembling my 1972 340 4spd Cuda. It's a factory FE5 Rallye Red car with Black top and side stripes, and the V21 (blackout) hood performance treatment option. Since the car was a cuda and came with the G36 color keyed racing mirrors and was one of the 5 colors designated, it also came standard with a color keyed grille..... the attached pic is another car equipped like mine and was a great inspiration to to motivate the build
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on August 12, 2011 - 12:20:42 am
The car when I got it
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on August 12, 2011 - 12:21:57 am
Engine and eng bay done
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on August 12, 2011 - 12:24:47 am
It had some minor rust
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Post by: UCUDANT on August 12, 2011 - 12:29:59 am
 this was before the better quality metal was produced but it fit ok with some careful fitment
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on August 12, 2011 - 12:38:05 am
I once had a real shaker hood... and a real AAR spoiler but i let em go  for good causes
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on August 12, 2011 - 12:39:16 am
Teaser
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Post by: UCUDANT on August 12, 2011 - 12:40:58 am
My entry way... my wife is so awsome she only ever asked if I would be assembling now that the car is back in my garage
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on August 12, 2011 - 12:43:05 am
Dash by Ultimate Rides   
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Post by: UCUDANT on August 12, 2011 - 12:46:42 am
 Seat skins by legendary, sold via Dantes parts...  highly recommend both
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on August 12, 2011 - 12:51:49 am
It was a long road
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Post by: UCUDANT on August 12, 2011 - 12:59:27 am
 :cooldancing:
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on August 12, 2011 - 01:03:08 am
Well to keep it short.... here' s the car currently almost  and a link that details the rest. I retired from the military so "it was on"     http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=5080515&page=0&fpart=all&vc=1 (http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=5080515&page=0&fpart=all&vc=1)
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: fantum on August 12, 2011 - 05:16:51 am
Welcome aboard.  Looks like you have a really nice project going there.

Where in New Mexico are you?

fantum
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on August 12, 2011 - 08:28:03 am
 Thank you, I am in Albuquerque.
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on August 28, 2011 - 10:42:22 am
 :biggrin:
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on August 28, 2011 - 10:43:33 am
Vinyl top installed
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Post by: Matt70 on August 28, 2011 - 08:52:41 pm
Cool car, like the direction you went with the stripes don't see them often
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Post by: brads70 on August 28, 2011 - 10:01:37 pm
Welcome! Car looks great!  :2thumbs:
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Post by: hezzel on August 30, 2011 - 08:44:07 am
Welcome :wave: Nice work  :2thumbs:
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Post by: GoodysGotaCuda on August 30, 2011 - 08:48:01 am
Glad to see you and the car are doing well!  :wave:
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: jimynick on August 30, 2011 - 10:46:59 pm
Welcome, nice car! :wave:
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: 'Cuda Hunter on August 31, 2011 - 12:14:19 am
That looks Sweet!!

Love the hood blackout!

My first Cuda came with that.  No tag though. 

Can't wait to see more! 

(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab115/Cuda_Hunter/cuda1a.jpg)

Welcome!
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: AARuFAST on September 03, 2011 - 12:08:42 am
Well Done!
LV New Mexico.
B sur u post your ride n the Poll go to home page click on Classic Cuda's & CHallengers
Poll top of page

Gran Coupe Convertible

 
////////////  CUDA AAR

AARuFAST
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on September 05, 2011 - 05:15:20 pm
Thanks for the compliments, this is a few weeks old...but here's the tail panel before the plate etc
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on September 05, 2011 - 05:21:01 pm
I'm almost done installing the drip rail molding and window channels...this one is still just loosely bolted
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Post by: E-Body Products on September 06, 2011 - 09:48:03 pm
Welcome aboard!!!
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Post by: 'Cuda Hunter on September 07, 2011 - 01:47:21 am
The black stripe on the top of the door is a great addition to the black out hood.  Looks great!

Was that stripe original to the factory paint?
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: gargoyle on September 07, 2011 - 03:37:25 am
Nice cuda man.   I'm in Albuquerque as well.  you have done a great job so far.  sweet ride. 
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on September 17, 2011 - 02:57:06 am
Was that stripe original to the factory paint?
  yup
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on October 09, 2011 - 12:43:32 am
 :) 
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Post by: DAYLEY/CHALLENGER on October 09, 2011 - 08:27:29 am
WOW..............First time I have seen that combo for stripes.........looks good........................
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: GoodysGotaCuda on October 09, 2011 - 01:55:26 pm
:)

Nice!
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: hooD on October 19, 2011 - 04:47:19 am
 :2thumbs: Excellent work.  My brother lives in Santa Fe, I was out there a few years back.  Keep them pictures rolling.
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on October 30, 2011 - 12:37:56 am
Bumpers and valances installed
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: GoodysGotaCuda on October 30, 2011 - 08:29:09 am
 :thumbsup: I'll have to check that thing out if I ever cruise through NM  :wave:
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on March 16, 2012 - 05:42:18 am
 :2thumbs: almost there
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: brads70 on March 16, 2012 - 07:13:44 am
Looks great! I really like it! The hood  stripes really set it off! :2thumbs:   Good job! :clapping:
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: Super Blue 72 on March 16, 2012 - 08:01:54 am
 :iagree:  Looks great! 

I usually am not a big fan of the '72-'74 center caps but with the wide rims it looks awesome!  How wide are those rims?  Are they 8 inch wide front and back?  :clueless:  Thanks! 

You do some really nice work!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: SBDave on March 16, 2012 - 03:07:27 pm
I read through his whole build post on the other website looking for wheel/tire info and then did a google search for "Cuda Mickey Thompson" and found this:

http://www.moparts.org/Tech/Archive/rearsusp/12.html

Nice writeup!  They are 15x10's on the back.  I really dig that look!

-Dave
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: Super Blue 72 on March 16, 2012 - 07:27:48 pm
I read through his whole build post on the other website looking for wheel/tire info and then did a google search for "Cuda Mickey Thompson" and found this:

[url]http://www.moparts.org/Tech/Archive/rearsusp/12.html[/url]

Nice writeup!  They are 15x10's on the back.  I really dig that look!

-Dave


Cool, thanks for the info!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: AARuFAST on March 16, 2012 - 08:21:38 pm
Stripes and top make the car pop.
Like the non wheel rings.

 :clapping:   Rubber meets the road    :burnout: 
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: mikeljAAR on March 16, 2012 - 10:38:13 pm
Nice car, I'm up near Santa Fe with my AAR
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on March 17, 2012 - 06:53:21 pm
 You should come down for Fathers day, there should be a few shows.

Yup that was my car you found. It had MT sportsman pro's I think they were 26-12.5-15's basically a 295-50-15 but 26" tall not 26.6" tall. I just scrapped them this week. I went with 275-60-15's to gain 2" in height, but lost 1" in tread width

A 295 65 15 drag radial might not fit
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: Travis72 on March 17, 2012 - 11:33:45 pm
Looks fantastic!!  The vinyl roof and the stripes really tie it all together!

Travis
72 Cuda
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: MMorgan on March 20, 2012 - 10:54:27 am
very very nice bro keep it clean

Performance Chips (http://www.engineperformancechip.com/)
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: ViperMan on March 20, 2012 - 01:22:47 pm
In that teaser pic, it was really odd how the black seemed to sparkle - almost like it was some sort of bedliner material with an actual texture...

What IS the black, anyway?  Just flat-black paint, or...?

BTW looks really neat.  I've never seen a stripe pattern like that before.  Never knew it existed.
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: mikeljAAR on March 20, 2012 - 04:46:54 pm
Hard to tell from the pictures, but it may be organosol paint like used on T/As and AARs, here:
https://www.yearone.com/Product/DisplayProduct/18631

It's a textured flat black paint, like on the hood of my AAR

Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on March 24, 2012 - 02:27:01 pm
 Yup the paint is textured, originally organisol from the factory.  I used something newer from house of colors rugged texture line that mimics the factory finish but is more durable and easier to shoot ect.  Hmm that AAR is OEM Gold standard isn't it?  Here's a well worn original V21 Cuda. Your Cuda Tail panels should all have this finish ...No?
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: mikeljAAR on March 24, 2012 - 06:47:03 pm
Hmm that AAR is OEM Gold standard isn't it?  Here's a well worn original V21 Cuda. Your Cuda Tail panels should all have this finish ...No?

Yep, according to the Mopar National judges, but now she is retired and ready to enjoy.  And at one time, her tail panels looked just like that, but all things can change.
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: AARuFAST on March 24, 2012 - 10:42:39 pm
The original organosol paint was lacquer.
When it was painted on the fiberglass hoods it being lacquer created a texture I was told.
Since, the EPA banned lacquer it is hard to find it anymore.
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on March 25, 2012 - 11:35:38 am
Heres another sample of the organisol paint from a 72 Cuda V21 door top with molding removed. This paint was more protected from the elements
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Post by: UCUDANT on March 30, 2012 - 09:08:21 am
Comparison shot
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Post by: jimynick on March 30, 2012 - 11:48:02 pm
The original organosol paint was lacquer.
When it was painted on the fiberglass hoods it being lacquer created a texture I was told.
Since, the EPA banned lacquer it is hard to find it anymore.
Lacquer doesn't have any more texture than any other paint, it just depends on how you thin it. Mopars weren't painted in lacquer to my knowledge, but rather enamel; at least all the ones I owned, were.   :2cents:
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: mikeljAAR on March 31, 2012 - 06:28:11 pm
Comparison shot

That looks fabulous!
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: 72440Cuda on April 03, 2012 - 11:56:24 am
 :wave:
Hi Bob! Car is looking good!
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on April 10, 2012 - 08:01:38 pm
Chris is that you?   Here's my newly aquired Dart. Rust free (except for the surface rust from the sun burnt paint) one owner, 340 4spd, with plenty of documentation, even a window sticker.
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: mikeljAAR on April 14, 2012 - 11:18:28 am
UCUDANT, what do you use and how do you clean your organosol or similar textured paint areas?  Thanks, I can't find this out.
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on April 16, 2012 - 09:45:04 pm
So far I've vaccuumed it with a shop vac with the soft hair attachment. The finish is different then real organisol and should even tolerate wax if I ever get some on the edges
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on September 13, 2012 - 09:10:28 pm
This video is old but for those that liked my tire write up and the street graffiti ....this is for you (those stripes went clear down the street but the photographer backed me up so the car could be seen) http://www.streetfire.net/video/my-340-4speed-cuda-lighlty-hazing-tires_19405.htm (http://www.streetfire.net/video/my-340-4speed-cuda-lighlty-hazing-tires_19405.htm)
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: Triple Black hemi on September 13, 2012 - 09:30:39 pm
Hey B your cuda looks awesome brother!!   :wow:    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on September 14, 2012 - 09:58:08 pm
Thanks, I just beat a new 392 SRT with it too, 2 lights had em by 1/2 car.

Heres real organisol on a 2000 mile hemi survivor as a comparison to the paint I used
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on November 17, 2012 - 11:46:46 pm
I've had this car since the mid 90's and just scored the window sticker, 2 build sheets, warranty card, predelivery inspection, original owners and emmissions manuals in their holder. Researching a cars history and keeping in touch pays off.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on November 17, 2012 - 11:49:35 pm
Broadcast sheets
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Post by: UCUDANT on November 17, 2012 - 11:55:48 pm
 :biggrin:
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on November 18, 2012 - 12:29:50 am
Carpet dyed, seats and seat belts back in
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on November 18, 2012 - 12:34:24 am
Cleaned original interior panels
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Post by: UCUDANT on November 18, 2012 - 12:36:07 am
more
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Post by: UCUDANT on November 18, 2012 - 12:38:08 am
I finished my headliner.
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Post by: UCUDANT on November 18, 2012 - 12:41:16 am
and...
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Post by: GranCuda1970 on November 18, 2012 - 02:42:08 am
Very Nice !!!
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Post by: mikeljAAR on November 18, 2012 - 12:20:52 pm
Great work!  Do you know of a good engine shop in Alb. that can adjust valve trains on a 340?
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Post by: Triple Black hemi on November 21, 2012 - 01:08:56 pm
Just awesome B!   :ylsuper:
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on November 22, 2012 - 10:47:22 am
Thanks Guys.... and D that's you isn't it?  With the black 71 `Cuda in the sig, it had to be you or Curt

Great work!  Do you know of a good engine shop in Alb. that can adjust valve trains on a 340?

Personally I do all my own work, you could try Six Pack Performance on 4th Street
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: mikeljAAR on November 24, 2012 - 08:14:40 pm
Thanks, sounds like the right name for a place to fix AARs  :wow:
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Post by: beebeep on November 25, 2012 - 11:27:08 pm
Welcome to the club. :burnout:
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: 3404speed on January 13, 2013 - 08:04:15 am
Really like the 72 Cuda you're building
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Post by: huntbuilddrive on January 13, 2013 - 01:51:58 pm
Welcome to cc.com nice car
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on January 14, 2013 - 10:23:21 pm
Thanks, sounds like the right name for a place to fix AARs  :wow:

I'm sure Art can sort them out. He's been racing since these cars were new and what I've heard is pretty impressive. Great folks!! I did see one Six pack car he worked on and it was much faster in the 1/4. I like stopping there, you never know what you'll see.

Thanks to all for the welcome/compliments
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on January 14, 2013 - 10:42:08 pm
Hey Goody if I never replied to ya HUGE APOLOGY bro

How the heck have ya been? How's the car?

Oh after over 16 years of ownership I just had the prior owners stumble on the missing original paperwork  :cooldancing:   How's that? I scored the car because of a divorce and the owners were family. The paerwork was the husband's. The wife remained in the residence. He was unsure where the paperwork ever went. I stay in touch and recently had showed the young cousin (son) a broadcast sheet and asked that if one ever fell out of an old book or something to save it. Well they recently found a packet (cars original owners manual packet) they saw the 72 Barracuda owners manual and told my nephew to call me...the rest is history...this is not all :)
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on January 14, 2013 - 10:45:28 pm
I was extremely happy.
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on January 15, 2013 - 12:02:54 pm
 :)  I had another nice original set I bought but this is the actual set it was delivered with
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on January 15, 2013 - 12:11:05 pm
 :biggrin:
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Post by: 'Cuda Hunter on January 17, 2013 - 08:49:20 pm
Man! That is Sweet!

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Post by: GoodysGotaCuda on January 24, 2013 - 11:22:20 am
Hey Goody if I never replied to ya HUGE APOLOGY bro

How the heck have ya been? How's the car?

No worries! I've been pretty decent, busy as ever. My car is lonesome, it hardly gets out and I haven't done much of anything to it in awhile. I try real hard to keep those "just sell it thoughts" out of the back of my head...some day I'll have the room and extra funds to mess with it. Just not now, my Jeep has been eating up my fun
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on July 13, 2017 - 08:40:21 pm
Where to begin... first I installed my Shadydell W2 heads, Erson roller rockers, TTi W2 headers, Victor intake etc etc
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on July 13, 2017 - 08:49:05 pm
The car has had a hidden MSD 6AL and a wide band A/F ratio gauge set up (the factory box is left in for looks)  I installed a headlight relay upgrade. As always all upgrades fully bolt in style no holes drilled and fully removeable/reversable

I rebuilt the front end and added disc brakes and detailed everything. I did not blast my parts I used evaporust and then coated them in Eastwoods Exo Armour. The K frame and upper arms were blasted and powdercoated
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Post by: UCUDANT on July 13, 2017 - 08:56:27 pm
And now...... 
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Post by: 'Cuda Hunter on July 15, 2017 - 02:43:07 pm
that sure is a sweet ride.  Glad to see it coming together. 

Please keep the pics coming!
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: brads70 on August 28, 2017 - 05:52:14 am
Nice clean install. How is the FI working for you? Are you happy with it?
Title: Re: Another newbie from New Mexico
Post by: UCUDANT on September 16, 2017 - 09:43:29 pm
Yes, it's been a welcome upgrade. I think some folks issues are due to less than optimal installations. I did find I was getting RPM noise(an RPM reading) with the key on engine off and a software update fixed it. It was oming from the O2 sensor preheat.