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Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 26, 2013 - 03:01:43 pm
Hey folks, after searching for a few years I finally found my cuda.  I've looked at so many in Ontario and saw so many rotten cars, or over priced projects, I lost count. I even drove all the way to Chicago (8hrs) to pick up a cuda off of ebay only to find that the seller had advertised the wrong VIN (and sent me the wrong title copy) and I couldn't bring it back across the border.  :swear: ... Anyway, it's a 1973, Barracuda - 318 (project) car. I was focused on finding a 72-74 because I prefer the round tail lights and grill of those years.   Of course with the restoration I'm steering away from the original trim a bit - to make this car 'my own'.  I've picked up a 440 already, and will be going with a 4speed.  It'll be finished with sassy grass, black billboards and rally rims.  Interior will be in the original black finish with console, and I've already picked up a set of rally gauges for it.

I picked it up in August and am just beginning to really work on it now.  I just got it back from media blasting and of course, it revealed the "easter eggs" I thought (but hoped wouldn't) might be there... :22yikes: 

No big deal, the car is pretty solid, just weak in the usual spots - especially for a canadian car.

Anyway, looking forward to sharing my restoration in the restoration story forum area and pulling on you guys for advice as I make my way through this - so thanks in advance  ;)

some starting pics below.  see the one with the uhaul and trailer, I bought the car disassembled and all the parts in the uhaul truck  :eek4:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: blown motor on December 26, 2013 - 04:16:59 pm
I love what you're going to do with it. I live just north of you at Mitchell. Will you have it done in time for Moparfest?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 26, 2013 - 04:25:14 pm
I love what you're going to do with it. I live just north of you at Mitchell. Will you have it done in time for Moparfest?

Thanks a lot, I'm pumped to drive it.  I won't have it done by this year's moparfest  :(  Next year's moparfest maybe, but I'll have to see how the money flows.  If I sell my 68' camaro, it'll be done by then for sure, but not sure I'll sell it.

I was at this year's moparfest - great weather, great day, picked up lots of parts.  You?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: blown motor on December 26, 2013 - 04:28:21 pm
Ya I was there. I thought that was a Camero in your garage. Where did you find the Cuda?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: johns cuda shop on December 26, 2013 - 04:44:55 pm
Looks like a great start.  :bigsmile:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 26, 2013 - 04:47:25 pm
Nice - hoping to make some mopar friends around here.  There are so few around here.  All the cruise nights around London are primarily ford & chev.  I love my 68 camaro, it's a convertible RS, but there is just something about mopar that really gets me going.

I found the cuda near windsor, it went up on kijiji on a sunday and i was there monday to see and buy it :-)  I learned over the past few years that you have to move quick on these things, they don't stay up for long - if they do, there's a good reason for it :-)

I'll put some more pics of my progress so far later today. 

cheers!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 26, 2013 - 06:35:15 pm
Here it is coming back from the media blasters.  Local guy in Mt. Brydges that does a great job, he's usually at the local swap meets/shows to promote.   I'll post some of the 'easter eggs' revealed by the media blasting next.  Always wanted to do this to a project car, I didn't with the camaro and should have.  So nice to have the car down to bare metal.  I had them lay down a coat of epoxy primer on to protect it while i do the metal work.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: brads70 on December 26, 2013 - 06:35:41 pm
Looks pretty solid! :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 26, 2013 - 07:01:28 pm
here is the majority of metal work ahead of me.  you can see the previous owner thought it was a good idea to patch the rear rails :nono:

I have new rails on the way right now, been working the past couple of nights cutting these out.  will post 'after' pictures when i'm done.  Although the trunk isn't bad, it does have a few pin holes - so a new AMD trunk pan is going in now too.

unfortunately the previous owner also didn't replace drop downs when he put the new quarters on  :clueless:  so, i haven't made a decision on repairing them or replacing them yet - it's the right time to do it, but I also don't want to tear into the brand new quarters so, bit of a dilemma.  open to anyone here trying to push me one way or the other :-)

Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: moparman82 on December 26, 2013 - 07:11:09 pm
Great project man!  Good luck!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: CUDA JAS on December 26, 2013 - 09:11:17 pm
Looks like a nice project.

I am just east of you in Cambridge.  I was at moparfest this year too!!

If the quarters are new, I would try to replace the drop downs.

Look forward to pictures.

Jason

Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 26, 2013 - 09:43:25 pm
Needed to do some work on the front of the rear driver side rail, since i'm only putting in new rear rail sections.  Removed the section that had a few pin holes, internally braced and put a new patch in.  Once I expoxy prime and skim it with a little filler, it'll look great. 

The underside of the car will be sassy grass as well - so the metal work needs to be clean.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 26, 2013 - 10:42:37 pm
Wanted to share what I worked on a few weeks ago while my car was away getting blasted.  I decided to work on the main interior panels to see if I could restore and re-use them - some of them were pretty rough, and faded.  So, with a little research I turned to SEM products to prep and paint the panels.  Pictures of the products I used are included below.

I'm extremely happy with how they turned out, I'm confident the paint has good adhesion and will be durable and the landau black is a perfect black for interior pieces.

Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: usraptr on December 26, 2013 - 10:55:30 pm
Wanted to share what I worked on a few weeks ago while my car was away getting blasted.  I decided to work on the main interior panels to see if I could restore and re-use them - some of them were pretty rough, and faded.  So, with a little research I turned to SEM products to prep and paint the panels.  Pictures of the products I used are included below.

I'm extremely happy with how they turned out, I'm confident the paint has good adhesion and will be durable and the landau black is a perfect black for interior pieces.
X2 I just painted some of my interior trim pieces with exactly the same SEM products.  Looks like new again! :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: blown motor on December 27, 2013 - 08:20:57 am
Twalker, where did you get the SEM products? I'll be going through London on Monday, might pick them up.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on December 27, 2013 - 08:56:16 am
Twalker, where did you get the SEM products? I'll be going through London on Monday, might pick them up.

I order them all the time from a local Car Quest....Haven't came across anybody that keeps it on the shelf. :2cents:
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 27, 2013 - 09:02:56 am
Hey blownmotor, as anlauto said I haven't seen these in a retail outlet yet.  Bought mine from Eastwood - I buy a fair amount from them as their shipping to canada is reasonable.  Let me know if I can help more.


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: blown motor on December 27, 2013 - 10:14:45 am
Thanks Alan, there's a Car Quest here in town.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on December 27, 2013 - 10:16:47 am
Go there with the product numbers if you can. You can get them from the above posted picture (if it's black you want) :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 27, 2013 - 10:53:33 am
Maybe I'll try car quest too when I need more, might be cheaper with no shipping fee...
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on December 27, 2013 - 11:08:49 am
Maybe I'll try car quest too when I need more, might be cheaper with no shipping fee...

Well I never said it would be cheaper :smilielol:

I just dug out an invoice for SEM 15103 Super White Spray bombs dated 09/09/13
Keep in mind I have an account with every jobber in town EXCEPT Car Quest (not sure why)

They have the "List Price" as $24.70/can, my price was $19.02/can, plus 13% HST of course...  :stomp:

So a total of $21.49/can for paint.

Not sure where Eastwood is for price plus shipping /taxes etc... :dunno:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: usraptr on December 27, 2013 - 11:18:36 am
I just bought 3 cans from Summit Racing.  $9.75 a can.   :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on December 27, 2013 - 12:20:55 pm
I just bought 3 cans from Summit Racing.  $9.75 a can.   :2thumbs:
How much was shipping it to Canada ? That's where the problem lies....I don't think Summit will ship paint outside the USA...
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: blown motor on December 27, 2013 - 02:25:41 pm
That's where the problem lies....I don't think Summit will ship paint outside the USA...

And car Quest knows it too. It's like........bend over boys and we ain't going to grease you either!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 28, 2013 - 04:16:06 pm
Well I never said it would be cheaper :smilielol:

I just dug out an invoice for SEM 15103 Super White Spray bombs dated 09/09/13
Keep in mind I have an account with every jobber in town EXCEPT Car Quest (not sure why)

They have the "List Price" as $24.70/can, my price was $19.02/can, plus 13% HST of course...  :stomp:

So a total of $21.49/can for paint.

Not sure where Eastwood is for price plus shipping /taxes etc... :dunno:

hey guys, sorry for the late response - here is a copy of my receipt from eastwood - so you can compare to the prices/shipping from Car Quest.  Hope this helps, cheers.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 28, 2013 - 04:28:56 pm
picked up my 440 ... it's going to need some work. :eek7:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on December 28, 2013 - 05:27:42 pm
hey guys, sorry for the late response - here is a copy of my receipt from eastwood - so you can compare to the prices/shipping from Car Quest.  Hope this helps, cheers.

Is that $143 USD or CDN, either way it's a bit cheaper for sure  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on December 28, 2013 - 05:29:00 pm
picked up my 440 ... it's going to need some work. :eek7:

I have 70-71 exhaust manifolds and valve covers currently on KiJiJi if you're going that route... :2cents:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: HP_Cuda on December 28, 2013 - 06:21:07 pm

Hey how far will a can of SEM Landau black go?

Guessing I should pop for 2 or 3 of them.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 28, 2013 - 08:12:26 pm

Hey how far will a can of SEM Landau black go?

Guessing I should pop for 2 or 3 of them.


I used almost 3 cans to do the kick panels, door panels, rear panels.  Two-three coats.


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 28, 2013 - 08:12:53 pm

I have 70-71 exhaust manifolds and valve covers currently on KiJiJi if you're going that route... :2cents:

Send me a link to your ad


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 28, 2013 - 08:14:42 pm

Is that $143 USD or CDN, either way it's a bit cheaper for sure  :2thumbs:


That is USD


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: usraptr on December 29, 2013 - 02:56:36 pm
I'm on my 5th can. I've done everything inside the car except the door panels.  Figure I'll need two more cans to finish those when the time comes.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: jimynick on December 29, 2013 - 03:23:36 pm
Just saw this thread, so welcome to the site and good luck with your restoration. For my 2 cents worth, I'd pop the welds to the trunk extensions and change them when you have the trunk floor out. It'll make that operation easier, too. With those punky rails, have you considered subframe connectors, especially since you're putting in a lot of engine, both in weight and horsepower? US Cartool makes a good set and have the torque boxes and frt inr apron reinforcements as well. Read some of the applicable threads and the general consensus seems to be all positive and I've bought them for my Challenger. So you're in London? As well as Jason, I'm in Cambridge, too and know a lot of the bodyshops in the London area. You've got a nice car and I'm interested in seeing your progress.  :wave:  :canada:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 29, 2013 - 07:01:34 pm
Just saw this thread, so welcome to the site and good luck with your restoration. For my 2 cents worth, I'd pop the welds to the trunk extensions and change them when you have the trunk floor out. It'll make that operation easier, too. With those punky rails, have you considered subframe connectors, especially since you're putting in a lot of engine, both in weight and horsepower? US Cartool makes a good set and have the torque boxes and frt inr apron reinforcements as well. Read some of the applicable threads and the general consensus seems to be all positive and I've bought them for my Challenger. So you're in London? As well as Jason, I'm in Cambridge, too and know a lot of the bodyshops in the London area. You've got a nice car and I'm interested in seeing your progress.  :wave:  :canada:

Thanks Jimynick.  I'm taking your advice on the trunk extensions, as you'll see from the update i'm posting in a minute, I've got the rails cut out, and trunk floor - I can see that doing the extensions/dropdowns will be pretty straightforward to do right now - as usual, just more $$.  Regarding the subframe connectors, I wasn't going to go that far - do you think I'll need them?  I won't be racing the car, just cruisin.  Welcome your thoughts on this.  How much is that kit from US cartool?  i'll read up.

great to meet more local mopar folks!  big reason I wanted to get on this board, meet other mopar people and learn  :1zhelp: ;D

Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 29, 2013 - 07:10:43 pm
well, got a little work done this weekend (in between beers and cigars with my neighbor :cheers:) getting things ready for the new rear rails and trunk pan.  Going ahead with trunk extensions/drop down replacements,  :money: oh well, as mentioned earlier now is the time to do it.  Anyway, here are a few pics of what I was up to.

first photo is the section I cut out.
second photo I have the new rails in place (just to test fit, they are coming back out)
third photo is the fuel tank supports pulled out - plan to reuse them.  waste not want not!!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 29, 2013 - 07:18:25 pm
Oh yeah, did I mention I'm doing all the body work and painting on this car and I'm a virgin at that?  :22yikes:  haha, anyway, I took an extra rear valence that came with the car (not using it, if you want to buy it (brand new repop) let me know :-))  - i'm going with the valence with exhaust cut-outs -  :thumbsup:

anyway, I took that panel and laid down a few test coats of the paint I'll be using and then did a cut-buff-polish to test out my skills.  bottom line - I can do this!  excited to do the whole car.  Plan is to get all metal and body work done by end of summer and paint early fall.

have a look ...

i'll post the paint products i'm using later, need to take a photo
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: blown motor on December 29, 2013 - 07:35:39 pm
Looks great :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 29, 2013 - 08:18:38 pm
Just saw this thread, so welcome to the site and good luck with your restoration. For my 2 cents worth, I'd pop the welds to the trunk extensions and change them when you have the trunk floor out. It'll make that operation easier, too. With those punky rails, have you considered subframe connectors, especially since you're putting in a lot of engine, both in weight and horsepower? US Cartool makes a good set and have the torque boxes and frt inr apron reinforcements as well. Read some of the applicable threads and the general consensus seems to be all positive and I've bought them for my Challenger. So you're in London? As well as Jason, I'm in Cambridge, too and know a lot of the bodyshops in the London area. You've got a nice car and I'm interested in seeing your progress.  :wave:  :canada:


wow, just had a look at those sub-frame connectors - I like the way the mount (no floor gouging and protruding into the interior) and the price is right!  http://store.uscartool.com/e-body-frame-connector-plymouth-cuda.html (http://store.uscartool.com/e-body-frame-connector-plymouth-cuda.html)

you got thinking me about that now...
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 29, 2013 - 09:20:22 pm
finally got around to decoding my trim tag today.  I also have the build sheet for the car - and although it's only a 318 car, still cool. :-)

BS23:
Plymouth Barracuda
Special, 'Cuda
2 Door Hardtop

G3B: 318 150HP(net) or 170HP(net) 1-2BBL 8 CYL
1973
Dodge Main, Hamtramck, MI, USA

480374:   Sequence number

E44:    318 cid 2 barrel V8 230hp
D34:    Light Duty Automatic Transmission
TB3:    Blue Streak Exterior Color
A6X9:    Trim - Basic, Vinyl Bucket Seats, Black
000:    Full Door Panels
511:    Build Date: May 11
B77657:   Order number

TB3:    Blue Streak Top Color
C:    Canada Specifications
B41:    Front Disc Brakes w/Standard 10in RR Drum
C16:    Console w/Woodgrain Panel
C56:    Bucket Seats
G37:    OS Dual Racing Mirrors

J54:    Sport Hood
M21:    Roof drip rail moldings
M25:    Wide sill moldings
M31:    Belt Moldings
M88:    Decklid Moldings Treatment
R11:    Radio Solid State AM (2 Watts)

V6X:    Longitudinal Stripes, Black
EN2:    End of Sales Codes
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on December 29, 2013 - 09:26:59 pm
Neat ...TB3 is know as Basin Street Blue in the Plymouth camp and Super Blue over in the Dodge camp.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: jimynick on December 29, 2013 - 09:50:18 pm
"wow, just had a look at those sub-frame connectors - I like the way the mount (no floor gouging and protruding into the interior) and the price is right!  http://store.uscartool.com/e-body-frame-connector-plymouth-cuda.html (http://store.uscartool.com/e-body-frame-connector-plymouth-cuda.html)

you got thinking me about that now..."
Yeah, they're not a fall in proposition and will require some massaging, but from what I've seen so far, you're not shy about getting into it and they'd make your car much stronger and stiffer/resistant to flexing and rattling. I haven't gotten to the point of putting mine in yet, so can't speak from direct experience, but there's a few threads here on the subject. You're doing great, carry on!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on January 02, 2014 - 06:36:54 pm
Frame connectors from us cartool ordered :-). New AMD trunk extensions also ordered ... And AMD 4 speed hump. Going to be busy the next few months -  will update with pics soon. 


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: ourname on January 04, 2014 - 03:59:24 pm
Just a quick blurb on the SEM paint. I can buy it locally in Edmonton (CAPS).  I used it on a few pieces when I did my Build. All My interior Metal around the windows. Matched perfect. Easy to use and reasonable. 
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on February 08, 2014 - 08:38:00 pm
Hi All.  It's been a while since the last post.  Time to give an update.  First of all, I received most of the sheet metal I need to do the necessary repairs and mods to the body.  Have a look at the pics, it's time to get busy!  AMD trunk pan, AMD trunk extentions, gusset, US Cartool frame connectors, AMD manual conversion hump.  Started fitting the trunk in today.  With everything here that I need now, I'll be posting more frequent updates with pictures.

I also ordered my transmission 2 weeks ago.   :cooldancing:  I ordered a TKO-600 5 speed pro conversion kit from american powertrain, I'm very anxious for that delivery!  The only thing I left out of their kit was the pistol grip handle - I want the OEM hurst look, so ordered a repop of that off ebay with the 5speed lens - should be saweeet.  hope to share pics of that by end February.

And, I've been talking with my local machine shop to get things started with the machining of the 440 block.  And, have been talking to the guys at 440source for the stroker kit and other bits for the build.  Man, I can't wait to put that together...

Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: usraptr on February 10, 2014 - 11:49:13 pm
 :2thumbs: :ylsuper:  :bananasmi
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: usraptr on February 10, 2014 - 11:50:39 pm
Just a quick blurb on the SEM paint. I can buy it locally in Edmonton (CAPS).  I used it on a few pieces when I did my Build. All My interior Metal around the windows. Matched perfect. Easy to use and reasonable.

 :iagree:  Just did most of my  interior vinyl, plastic parts with SEM Black Landau and they look new!  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: jimynick on February 11, 2014 - 10:05:02 pm
Good looking parts and it looks like it's coming together for you nicely. Remember, measure 4 times and cut once!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2014 - 11:07:16 pm
Well, it's been too long since I've updated, and I've been busy ... so here it goes, a series of posts. First off ... regarding the drivetrain, I've got the block back from the machine shop and it's good news ... after tanking and fluxing and measuring, we know it's standard bore, no cracks ... it's a perfect core :jumping: (always a bit of a gamble when buying a motor off the net).  I picked it up now before the machining is done because I need to use it to do my mock up with the new tko600.  Once that's all done, it'll go back to get bored 30 over, line honed, etc.  I haven't ordered the stroker kit from 440source yet, that'll come soon enough.

So here's a picture of the block, to start off my series of updates.

Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2014 - 11:20:30 pm
Okay ... so here are some photos of the US CarTool frame connector installation.  All in all, they went in very easily ... once I realized that applying pressure to force them against the floor pans is key ... (by the way, it mentions this in they manual, which I read later ...  :roflsmiley:) the only other item is that they are about 1/2 inch wider than the rear frame rails so the you have a address that when you fit the rear. All I ended up doing was welding a bridge, carefully.  Here are the photos ... enjoy.

Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2014 - 11:21:53 pm
and the rest, all welded and ready to rock.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2014 - 11:25:58 pm
Getting things ready for when my TKO600 arrives (which is a week late BTW  :'()...
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: Surfmichaels on March 08, 2014 - 11:40:35 pm
Did you have an fit issues with the small hump near the rear of the tunnel? When I test fit mine it doesn't line up so it looks like a cut will need to be made somewhere.  I'm about to install on my 73 in the next week or so, any tips would be much appreciated.


Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2014 - 11:41:48 pm
And as far as the rear rails, trunk pan, and extensions ... here's the mock up.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2014 - 11:45:30 pm
Did you have an fit issues with the small hump near the rear of the tunnel? When I test fit mine it doesn't line up so it looks like a cut will need to be made somewhere.  I'm about to install on my 73 in the next week or so, any tips would be much appreciated.

sorry  :sleeping:... editing my original post, I misunderstood what you were asking about ... regarding the AMD hump, yes - there is a fitment issue with a hump in the floor pan near the rear of the tunnel.  I will have to cut the AMD piece to make it work, but am waiting for the tranny to arrive to ensure i know exactly where the hump is going to sit for proper shifter throw.

cheers
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2014 - 11:49:36 pm
and the finished product for the rear rails, pan and extensions ...
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 09, 2014 - 12:17:45 am
also doing some floor pan patching, they weren't bad enough to replace.

still have to step drill the drain hole in the driver side pan.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 09, 2014 - 12:19:41 am
and some more...
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 09, 2014 - 12:23:06 am
and there it sits ... waiting for American PowerTrain to send it's tranny  :popcorn: ... hurry! 
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: johns cuda shop on March 09, 2014 - 09:08:02 am
 Don't you hate welding upside down......Nice metal work.. looking good.. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 09, 2014 - 09:46:17 am

Don't you hate welding upside down......Nice metal work.. looking good.. :thumbsup:

Thanks!  Actually don't mind working/welding under the car so much, with the hoist. No way I would/could do it on my back on jack stands - yuck!

Having it on the hoist and using its weight to force the connectors into position was key, would have been tricky if on a rotisserie I think.  But generally speaking yes, rotisserie would have been handy for this work. :-)


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: Surfmichaels on March 09, 2014 - 10:25:18 am
Impressive amount of work, can't wait to see more progress!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: larry4406 on March 09, 2014 - 11:55:30 am
Nice work.

When I did the floor hump conversion on my car, I kept the floor pan at the transmission cross member covered.  I figureed it would help keep crap out of it.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 09, 2014 - 12:12:20 pm

Nice work.

When I did the floor hump conversion on my car, I kept the floor pan at the transmission cross member covered.  I figureed it would help keep crap out of it.

Hey good idea!  will do that after I'm all done mocking up


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: moparstyle on March 09, 2014 - 07:32:20 pm
Nice work, you are a skilled body man!
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 09, 2014 - 07:38:43 pm
Nice work, you are a skilled body man!

thanks!  I'm looking forward to laying down finish coat on the chassis, that time can't come fast enough!  But back to reality, another few months of metal and body work.....


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 09, 2014 - 10:45:35 pm
a little more work done today.  finished patching the passenger side floor pan.  just need to step drill out the drain hole, and button up the underside so all looks good.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 11, 2014 - 01:10:38 pm
 :o  :( just heard from amercian powertrain, won't ship to me until March 21st.  That's 8 weeks from time of order, was told 4 weeks.   :swear:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 24, 2014 - 10:44:12 am
Hi guys, update on progress ... still waiting on my transmission, but did receive a bunch of other goodies - it was like Christmas on Saturday for me!  So over the weekend I unboxed and installed my US CarTool inner fender braces.   They are sweet, can definitely see how much support they add to the structure of the car.  With those installed and the US CarTool frame connectors, car should be plenty stiff to handle what the 440 and TKO will throw at it.

Pictures below of the install!
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Post by: brads70 on March 24, 2014 - 12:45:08 pm
Looking good!  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: MizzouRT on March 24, 2014 - 01:15:13 pm
Lots of progress, sure you can't wait for that TKO to show up!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: larry4406 on March 25, 2014 - 06:30:05 am
Nice work.  What made you decide to add the reinforcement plates to the cowl where the connectors attach?  I saw in the prior pictures some minor cowl pinhole damage; was that the reason?  I have not seen anyone do this before.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 25, 2014 - 12:42:56 pm
Hi Larry, I did have a few pinholes in the cowl that came out when the body was sandblasted.  I used those plates to help create more strength in the area, not fussing too much about cosmetics because it's hidden. 
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on March 25, 2014 - 12:55:52 pm
Any transmission yet ?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 25, 2014 - 12:58:51 pm
Unfortunately not Alan, was "supposed to ship today".  Planned on calling them tomorrow if I don't get a shipping email today.  Jay, the salesman hasn't responded to my email last week re how it late is is.


U?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on March 25, 2014 - 01:22:36 pm
Unfortunately not Alan, was "supposed to ship today".  Planned on calling them tomorrow if I don't get a shipping email today.  Jay, the salesman hasn't responded to my email last week re how it late is is.


U?

Same boat, kind of get tired of asking. Mine was supposed to go out last Thursday, haven't heard a peep from them. I just got back from the border this morning, I couldn't put off picking up the other stuff I had there waiting over six weeks now... :sadwavey:
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 28, 2014 - 09:20:15 pm
Hi guys.  I made my k frame dolly tonight, should work great.  Once my tremec arrives I can finish the back section of the dolly where the tranny mount will sit.


You may be wondering why the k frame sits so high...well, I when I lower the cuda on to the motor and tranny on the dolly, I'll be using my 4 post lift and I needed to make sure it was high enough to reach the frame rail bolt holes for the k frame.


(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/29/taqyre3y.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/29/asehenud.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: HP_Cuda on March 28, 2014 - 10:20:40 pm

Quick take that stand and put another tee at the tranny end to hold up the transmission!

You could even pad it to boot!

Looks good!
 :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 28, 2014 - 11:31:37 pm

Quick take that stand and put another tee at the tranny end to hold up the transmission!

You could even pad it to boot!

Looks good!
 :2thumbs:

I will!  Just have to wait for my tranny to come in so I get the height right.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: usraptr on March 29, 2014 - 10:13:56 pm
That K frame dolly is sweet.  You could make some money producing those.   :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 30, 2014 - 12:22:34 am

That K frame dolly is sweet.  You could make some money producing those.   :2thumbs:

Thanks man!


Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: tqfastfish on April 19, 2014 - 08:35:00 am
Very cool resto, any more updates?       :clapping:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on April 19, 2014 - 11:05:21 am
Stay tuned!  On the way right now to port Huron to pick up parts!!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: HP_Cuda on April 19, 2014 - 12:04:54 pm

You know what would kick butt? Is to have the height adjustable on that baby and folks would go nuts!

I know you set the height that way because you have a lift. Anyway, that dolly is looking really nice!

I wish I had one when I was at that stage.

 :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on April 20, 2014 - 09:58:52 pm
You know what would kick butt? Is to have the height adjustable on that baby and folks would go nuts!

I know you set the height that way because you have a lift. Anyway, that dolly is looking really nice!

I wish I had one when I was at that stage.

 :2thumbs:

Thanks, appreciate it ... it's the little things like building that dolly that gives me satisfaction ... call me crazy   :screwy:
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on April 20, 2014 - 10:06:01 pm
Well guys, more parts are finally rolling in...  Got my tires and rims, yeehaw!  Check em out below.  275/60/15 on rear and 235/60/15 on the front, 15x7 rims for the front, 15x8 for the back.  Rears fit and look great, wanted to get them on checked for clearance before getting too far.  Call me cautious. 

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/21/uju8e8yr.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/21/nu8usy5y.jpg)
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Post by: twalker on April 20, 2014 - 10:13:07 pm
But the bigger news is I finally got my tranny!!  Waited for over 12 weeks for this thing.  In the end, American powertrain did the right thing and upgraded my back ordered bell housing to and in stock quick time housing - wow, is it sweet...  Check it out ...

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/21/qe3ujaja.jpg)

Got it all mated up to my 440 block, ready for mock install...

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/21/asuqadyz.jpg)

And I was able to finish my k frame dolly and get it all resting on there nicely...

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/21/3amy9amu.jpg)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/21/nytapema.jpg)




Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on April 20, 2014 - 10:18:48 pm
And went a step further tonight and got the motor and tranny installed...

Here is the dolly in action, wow - this is the way to do it folks!!!  All installed in 30 minutes by myself!

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/21/qedurypu.jpg)

I can start to see where I'm going to have the clearance issues they warn about ...  Two photos showing the two areas that hit:

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/21/ema4uvyz.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/21/9anu7eqe.jpg)

And a couple other pics of the install:

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/21/vuzegeme.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/21/myna5ade.jpg)


Next up - mock up tunnel hump for shifter and carve out the tunnel where there are clearance issues ...


Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: brads70 on April 21, 2014 - 12:10:49 am
Looking good!  :2thumbs:
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Post by: HP_Cuda on April 21, 2014 - 01:21:32 pm

That is sweet!

I gotta get me a lift... :cheers:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: daaboots on April 22, 2014 - 08:37:49 am
Excellent job! Where are you located in Canada? I'm just outside of Ottawa.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: blown motor on April 22, 2014 - 09:06:58 am
He lives in London. Member 74challenge is from Ottawa. Go to Newb Intros and introduce yourself. Don't forget to include pictures because we love pictures.  :picture:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on April 30, 2014 - 09:38:19 pm
Update on my progress guys ... The tunnel mods are all complete and I'm ready to move on to the next phase ... Epoxy prime all new metal and welds, and begin body work and panel fitment.  Still on track for laying down colour this fall.

Here are some pics of what I had to do to make that TKO 600 fit.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/01/ujudytyr.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/01/tyhy2une.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/01/6ybere4e.jpg)

And with the tranny installed:

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/01/a6ejyne2.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/01/8udura4e.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/01/segu2aze.jpg)

(Yes, I have yet to make the mods to my automatic console.)




Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on April 30, 2014 - 09:41:28 pm
And so I've had another set back with this tranny.  Turns out the shift rail "got bent during shipping".  So I have to ship it back to have it replaced.  Sigh.  Here is a picture of the rail.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/01/7aqamyra.jpg)

Apparently that rod should be straight ;-)


Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on April 30, 2014 - 09:43:45 pm
Looks like I could be in trouble....Didn't realize the original crossmember would need to be notched too :banghead:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on April 30, 2014 - 09:46:37 pm
Yeah, I didn't expect it either.  It hit just enough that it was going to be a problem.  Now it clears easily and I created enough room in the tunnel that I have a little extra space to play with drive line angle later if necessary.


Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: brads70 on April 30, 2014 - 10:03:21 pm
That's maddening about the tranny!   :pullinghair:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on May 12, 2014 - 09:30:29 pm
Body work continues folks ... Busy with the chassis , underneath at the moment ... Want to make sure it looks pretty clean underneath before it's painted.  Pictures soon!  Hope to have this wrapped up by end of June so I can move onto blocking the quarters, doors, etc.  paint by October, must reach that goal!


Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on May 12, 2014 - 09:39:44 pm
That's maddening about the tranny!   :pullinghair:

Least he got his tranny...I'm at 16 weeks and counting... :pullinghair:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: brads70 on May 12, 2014 - 09:42:44 pm
Least he got his tranny...I'm at 16 weeks and counting... :pullinghair:

Yikes!  :pullinghair:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on May 12, 2014 - 09:46:15 pm
Yikes!  :pullinghair:
....and I'm just about outta hair... :22yikes:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on May 12, 2014 - 09:46:52 pm

Least he got his tranny...I'm at 16 weeks and counting... :pullinghair:

Oh my god, still nothing?  Mine gets shipped back on Friday.  I have found better customer service when working with Gray, who I believe is the founder.  For what it's worth.  I think these are REALLY struggling at the moment though.  If I had to do it all over again, I'd go hurst.


Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 05, 2014 - 06:40:06 pm
Well, the time has finally arrived to lay down my paint!  It's been a long road and I have a lot of pictures to share of all the body work.  I have new respect for those who do it every day, I learned a lot about blocking panels.  Someday when I tackle the 68 bee it'll go faster.  Anyway, just a couple pics to share today, more later.  Ignore the black specs in the photo, my iPhone has a scratched lens.  Sigh

Before:
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/05/9293dae3544e869671a36a43e7785516.jpg)(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/05/1c5607f06b2bc8c5074a104b08dcc5e5.jpg)

After:

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/05/fe543301d110025cfefe588382098748.jpg)
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/05/931e786705ddaac101f1cd7ac9bf4879.jpg)(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/05/41cd0ec831dd24bf9799460d3b06bf99.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on October 05, 2014 - 07:08:35 pm
What ?......I thought the TKO600 was a direct bolt in kit ?  :swear: :roflsmiley:

I finished the car I was doing, but the owner had to tear out the interior and modify his freshly painted floor much like yours. He took the heat because it was his decision to not wait for the tranny to do a mock-up and went ahead and painted the car first.  :banghead: It's all done now and works great.  :woo:
I'm starting another resto-mod right now with the same TKO600...it should go a lot easier the second time.

Your car looks great ! :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: brads70 on October 05, 2014 - 08:05:03 pm
Great job, looks seamless!  :clapping: :2thumbs:
I read about another issue with that shifter rail hitting the yoke when shifting gears. Something to check.... :-\
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 05, 2014 - 10:56:00 pm

Great job, looks seamless!  :clapping: :2thumbs:
I read about another issue with that shifter rail hitting the yoke when shifting gears. Something to check.... :-

Thanks Brad.  I wanted the underneath to look clean, a lot of elbow grease in body work underneath the car.  Like making it look like the rear rail sections haven't been replaced.  Cheers
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 05, 2014 - 10:58:44 pm

What ?......I thought the TKO600 was a direct bolt in kit ?  :swear: :roflsmiley:

I finished the car I was doing, but the owner had to tear out the interior and modify his freshly painted floor much like yours. He took the heat because it was his decision to not wait for the tranny to do a mock-up and went ahead and painted the car first.  :banghead: It's all done now and works great.  :woo:
I'm starting another resto-mod right now with the same TKO600...it should go a lot easier the second time.

Your car looks great ! :2thumbs:

:-) yeah definitely not a direct bolt in.... But no surprise.  Can't wait to try it, next summer.

Keep us posted on your new build. 

Thanks for the feedback, cheers
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: Paul97 on October 06, 2014 - 12:21:34 am
Looks great!  How do you find working off the four post lift?  I am thinking of using a lift instead of a rotisserie when I do mine.  Overhead welding is not an issue for me and I think the lift will be way more useful both short and long term.  It would be great to hear your thoughts.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 07, 2014 - 09:19:32 am

Looks great!  How do you find working off the four post lift?  I am thinking of using a lift instead of a rotisserie when I do mine.  Overhead welding is not an issue for me and I think the lift will be way more useful both short and long term.  It would be great to hear your thoughts.

Hey Paul, thanks for the feedback.  I love my lift!  Have been using it for the whole restoration so far and I think it is the most versatile.  Key is making sure you get the integrated jack.  I shopped around and bendpak is the best I think, a little more money but worth it.  I also don't mind welding overhead, actually went well.  What are you restoring?
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 07, 2014 - 09:34:29 am
Next section complete!  Very happy with how it's laying down so far.  (http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/07/7cf9e6e4bf503dc1a09872911a8be612.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/07/1803f9f8c2e94cf31a2b9d3dcbb7d387.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/07/a17f27c05f4018b4c463c2e803c946a2.jpg)

This is the paint system I'm using.  Note - all FOUR cans are required for a successful paint job. :-)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/07/ef904096b0fc4a50d3ef4487cf58784a.jpg)

Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: dfrazz on October 08, 2014 - 09:02:28 am
I think the Labatt's is the secret ingredient!   :cheers:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: swe_challenger on October 10, 2014 - 04:32:40 pm
Great job, clean look!!
Ahhh what I like 'em U.S. Cartool inner fender braces.
Must also have on my build  :clapping:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 10, 2014 - 04:43:41 pm

Great job, clean look!!
Ahhh what I like 'em U.S. Cartool inner fender braces.
Must also have on my build  :clapping:

Thanks!!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: dodj on October 10, 2014 - 07:18:34 pm

This is the paint system I'm using.  Note - all FOUR cans are required for a successful paint job. :-)

1 can looks a little small. Might need two or three of 'em. :bigsmile:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 11, 2014 - 12:55:01 am
Next section complete!! Next up tomorrow night outside body - quarters, roof, etc.  that will finish the chassis.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/10/c0f7713a1f7d1df925f60cf342458b97.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/10/76f2fc0d3f4e01198c8befeded3d3023.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/10/b652a3d1d6527538275f16c42ec74670.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/10/f481b6a80125ab723c15db45cfe706ce.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/10/4177a13c492313848d96cb64eec07f3c.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: brads70 on October 11, 2014 - 12:09:51 pm
Looks fantastic, it will be a shame you have to cover up some of that with carpet etc...  :lol:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: Pimtao on October 11, 2014 - 03:16:35 pm
Looks great! Can't wait to see more :popcorn:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 11, 2014 - 06:52:51 pm

Looks great! Can't wait to see more :popcorn:

Thanks!  More tomorrow!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 11, 2014 - 06:53:21 pm

Looks fantastic, it will be a shame you have to cover up some of that with carpet etc...  :lol:

I know!  But I'll know it's there :-)
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 12, 2014 - 01:25:39 am
Ready for the final step on the chassis!

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/11/e15c26c6ceec7930ff9a70708e5da2f9.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/11/8a90bcb99cc92f98068d469640d35c1a.jpg)
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 12, 2014 - 11:38:02 pm
GYSOT fellas!!!  Time to crack beers open.


(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/13/7affd98bf74506f70028f96cabba90f8.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: Topcat on October 12, 2014 - 11:41:09 pm
Looks Great!!

Nice work done in a Garage.

 :2thumbs:  :cheers: :clapping:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 13, 2014 - 12:09:35 am

Looks Great!!

Nice work done in a Garage.

 :2thumbs:  :cheers: :clapping:

Thanks man!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: dodj on October 13, 2014 - 06:59:04 pm
 :2thumbs:
NICE!!
 :2thumbs:
Hope I can do as well in my garage :grinyes:

Nice work twalker  :cheers:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: Paul97 on October 13, 2014 - 10:17:14 pm
Inspiring Results     :cooldancing:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 13, 2014 - 11:46:04 pm
Thanks guys
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: daaboots on October 14, 2014 - 01:28:54 pm
Excellent work! Any tips for a person that has never painted before? I'd like to paint mine myself in my garage but I'm a little bit afraid of making a huge mess. What kind of equipment are you using?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 14, 2014 - 10:21:45 pm

Excellent work! Any tips for a person that has never painted before? I'd like to paint mine myself in my garage but I'm a little bit afraid of making a huge mess. What kind of equipment are you using?


Thanks!  This was my first time too.  Don't be afraid, it's doable. The hard part is actually the lead up to painting, all the body work to make the panels straight.  I spent 6 months just blocking and prepping panels - I usually put a couple hours in each night, more on the weekends.  Not every night but most.  Here are a few tips I can pass on:

Equipment -
Air compressor is critical, min 60 gal tank and 5hp, good CFM rating, 15-18 I would say.  And a good air dryer min 25ft away from the compressor
air tools - 6" DA sander, air file, jitter bug, ...
Paint guns - get the three gun system! Primer gun, top coat gun, detail (small) gun.  I chose devilbliss starting line - very happy, great price and great guns.
Blocking kit - dura block is what used and 'soft sanders' is another branding kit I highly recommend
Rotisserie or hoist if you are doing metal/body work under the car
Strong and stable saw horses for blocking panels off the car
Large orbital polisher, 8-10 inch wheel, for the cut buff and polish
And all the usual tools to pull the car/panels apart.

Materials -
I sorely underestimated the amount of sandpaper and hi build primer I needed.
Part of this I'm sure is my inexperience in blocking panels, likely use less on the next car.
Choose a good quality paint system and use the whole system - epoxy primer, hi build primer, top coat.  I decided to use eurothane because of my research it should be more user friendly - and I have to say it's great paint.  I chose DuPont nason products, see below for pictures.
Get good quality filler, it'll make your life easier, and get a very good quality polyester finishing 2 part filler, key for the final stages of blocking.

General tips -

The Internet is your friend ... I learned from reading and watching videos.  I watched everything from Kevin tetz, YouTube and paintucation - huge help for me.  Like how to block a panel.

Get a test panel and practice!  I did this to start and it built my confidence.

Patience ... Patience ... Patience ... There were times where I lost mine, it's very tedious to get panels just right.  But it's what makes the paint job turn out.

I'm sure I'm missing some stuff but it's a start.  Let me know if I can help more.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/14/6e4bddeda02337a251b930f00b4f0369.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/14/a90f2026be928940b2773cb78ccb7d58.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/14/980e04bdf321062eeb95eb0fa7b350f5.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/14/49d6cf1f7ec259801832faa6a91db395.jpg)

Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: daaboots on October 16, 2014 - 09:01:35 am
Thanks. Looks like I have a lot of research to do!

What about preparing your garage? Did you put up plastic sheets and use some type of an exhaust fan? I'm just wondering how you controlled the dust.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: 74 challenge on October 16, 2014 - 11:40:02 am
ohh man if I painted a car drinking labatt's there would be water marks everywhere - the tears of my tastebuds.  :poopoke:

I would also be interested in pictures of the setup in the garage. I don't think he tented if off because there is green dust in all the pictures.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 16, 2014 - 12:45:36 pm
Hi guys, I only covered the things that matter in the garage with overspray plastic sheeting.  No tenting, etc.  I have a window in my garage which fits a household box fan perfectly.  I run it high speed when painting.  That's it, nothing special.  Of course I make sure the garage is clean.
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 16, 2014 - 09:28:47 pm
Next stage complete...


(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/16/36209794d03f5d0fcddef94eb676525a.jpg)

Should have the doors, mirrors, deck lid and rear valence on the car this weekend.  Yeah!

Also spending time this weekend doing the cut, buff and polish.

Cheers guys
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on October 16, 2014 - 09:30:34 pm
I think you should paint cars for me  :worshippy

The trunk lock rod cover hanging in the last picture should be black :2cents:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: Topcat on October 16, 2014 - 09:34:27 pm
Hi guys, I only covered the things that matter in the garage with overspray plastic sheeting.  No tenting, etc.  I have a window in my garage which fits a household box fan perfectly.  I run it high speed when painting.  That's it, nothing special.  Of course I make sure the garage is clean.

Do fumes go into your house?

I've heard this is something to prepare for; like taping the door shut.
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 16, 2014 - 11:21:43 pm
Hasn't been a problem so far.  It doesn't take long for the overspray and deep fumes to exhaust out.  The garage smells of paint for awhile of course.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 16, 2014 - 11:36:38 pm

I think you should paint cars for me  :worshippy

The trunk lock rod cover hanging in the last picture should be black :2cents:

Thanks Alan!  Re the trunk lock cover, just felt like I wanted it body colour too - of course deviating from stock in a few areas to make it my own. :-)
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 17, 2014 - 11:51:44 pm
Next section complete.  Doors go on tomorrow night!

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/17/e69ee045abefb556734c1d715964ec41.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: dodj on October 18, 2014 - 08:26:53 am
I've been sitting on the fence about whether to get a two post or four post lift for a while now. At any point during your resto, did you think a two post would have been better?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 18, 2014 - 11:07:35 am

I've been sitting on the fence about whether to get a two post or four post lift for a while now. At any point during your resto, did you think a two post would have been better?

I think the four post is the most versatile for a restoration like I'm doing, if I was doing mechanical work most of the time two post might be better.  The four post allows me to stack cars in my garage 2 high, not sure that would work as well with clearance on a two post. 

With the four post though you have to get one with the integrated sliding jack, that is key.  Check out bendpak, I love them.
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 18, 2014 - 11:08:54 am
Just had time to go through this whole post.  I am IMPRESSED!  Very, very nice work.  Quit your day job.......whatever it is :worshippy

Wow, thanks for the kind words - appreciated.

If you want the measurements and details of my k frame dolly, say the word - I don't have them written down but will measure it up and post it.
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 19, 2014 - 12:32:05 am
Practiced cut buff and polishing tonight.  Think it came out good, what do you think?

Wet sanded with 1000, 1500, 2000 then turned to the wheel with this system:

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/18/10e0bc66c45c3ee780d1332792fee386.jpg)

Love this buff wheel quick connect system:
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/18/af030e8b037a3d5fd3097b44c424a76a.jpg)
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/18/c9d0c9aa29f4a9140ed3998af260e02b.jpg)

Before:
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/19/85c4f034ff4aa990694d1b78a92ef45e.jpg)

After:
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/18/80f99c89bfff12cb73b63ecfed6f1e8a.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: blown motor on October 19, 2014 - 10:17:42 am
You missed a spot.  :roflsmiley: Really, it looks awesome. Will you do my car next?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 19, 2014 - 12:00:19 pm

You missed a spot.  :roflsmiley: Really, it looks awesome. Will you do my car next?

:-) thanks.  When I get this thing done we have to meet up for a cruise since you're so close.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: blown motor on October 19, 2014 - 03:46:59 pm
Absolutely. I run with a guy from Stratford that has a 72. I thought sometime I might slip down and see your work in progress. Are you available days or do you work days?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 19, 2014 - 03:49:06 pm
That be great.  I work days, during the week after 8 is best or pretty much anytime during a weekend.  Let me know how your schedule is, and we can set it up.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 23, 2014 - 01:23:11 pm
Little update on progress...some pics below of the doors going back on.  Now that I have them fit and gapped will mask off and paint the hinge bolts. 

Also, called totallyautoinc.com today and ordered organisol black for the tail panel, can't wait to lay that down.  They were great to deal with.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/23/adea390797a0471e5ce48b1670799c1b.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/23/8aea98f808f493ba246eaf17645744f1.jpg)

Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: dfrazz on October 23, 2014 - 02:43:53 pm
You're killing me with that Camaro banner in the background of all these pics.    :villagers:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on October 23, 2014 - 02:49:15 pm
You might want to put your locks in the door handles first... :2cents:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: 1carhunter on October 23, 2014 - 02:56:04 pm
Very good eye with regards to that door handle. 

Car looks fantastic.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 23, 2014 - 03:46:57 pm
:-) re: door handles, I can't slip anything by you guys !! :-). Didn't put the locks in yet, they need to be cleaned up.  I just put the handles on now so I can easily open the door.  I put the strikers on so the doors would stay shut when I'm moving it around - don't want any accidents!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 23, 2014 - 03:47:58 pm

You're killing me with that Camaro banner in the background of all these pics.    :villagers:

Haha, legacy from the last car build - having a hard time taking it down :-)  I have cuda and mopar banners on the other wall, that help? ;-)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: dfrazz on October 23, 2014 - 04:19:52 pm
Haha, legacy from the last car build - having a hard time taking it down :-)  I have cuda and mopar banners on the other wall, that help? ;-)

At least it sounds like there are 2 mopar banners and only one Shemaro one.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: blown motor on October 24, 2014 - 08:42:59 pm
Haha, legacy from the last car build - having a hard time taking it down :-)  I have cuda and mopar banners on the other wall, that help? ;-)

You'll have to take your pictures from a different angle.  :lol2:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on November 02, 2014 - 09:21:29 pm
Making some more progress guys.  Organisol black arrived from totally auto and it looks great!! Very happy.  Painting the fenders, header and valence today and tomorrow - will send pics of that soon.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/02/3f7f856f63aeeab7e547481a3ea2e3b4.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/02/16b38493a5d03da5d632af74f399cd2e.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: brads70 on November 02, 2014 - 09:23:43 pm
That looks better!  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on November 02, 2014 - 09:31:59 pm
Are you planning on adding the factory "Cuda" tail panel chrome trim to the trunk lid and quarters ?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on November 02, 2014 - 09:32:55 pm

Are you planning on adding the factory "Cuda" tail panel chrome trim to the trunk lid and quarters ?

Hi Alan, no - not much Chrome on this one.  Bumpers will be painted green too.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on November 02, 2014 - 09:35:58 pm
Okay, good...Now I don't have to inform you that you messed up the black-out on the tail panel.
It should go under the trim, but since you're doing it YOUR way.....you can follow YOUR own rules :cheers: :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: Topcat on November 02, 2014 - 09:38:03 pm
Looks good.

I recommend you paint the organosol lower onto the spot weld area so no paint is shining betwen the tail panel and bumper.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on November 02, 2014 - 09:48:52 pm
Looks good.

I recommend you paint the organosol lower onto the spot weld area so no paint is shining betwen the tail panel and bumper.

At first I was going to say the same, but then he added that the bumper will be green as well, so I think he's chose the best possible look :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on November 02, 2014 - 09:51:09 pm
Yeah I see what you guys are saying.  Hmm.  I will get the bumper painted and installed and see if I should go farther with the organisol.  Thanks guys appreciate the feedback.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on November 02, 2014 - 10:55:46 pm
So what do you think about the wing- satin black or organisol black?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on November 17, 2014 - 08:19:04 am
Well, work continues...front clip is on and I'm nearly finished gapping the car.  Big job.  Not perfect, but it's pretty good.  Got to cut, buff and polish the fenders, hood and quarters and then the billboards go on.  Can't wait for that.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/17/de514adcecc383e2b031f51b9371dc30.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/17/f5f8a06c6aaf5d8f39f3383680c21e7c.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on November 17, 2014 - 08:41:12 am
Looking good ! I see you got the door locks in the handles, now you'll have to remove the door handles to put the billboards on :pullinghair:.... Rear bumper guards will get mailed out today !
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on November 17, 2014 - 08:46:46 am
:-) was laughing at myself about the door handles too.  I should have waited but the excitement to put the handles on the fresh paint over powered my good judgement.

Thanks about the bumper guards! Looking forward to getting them and the rear bumper on.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on November 17, 2014 - 09:22:38 am
.... Rear bumper guards will get mailed out today !

....or not..... :smilielol:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on November 17, 2014 - 05:02:58 pm

....or not..... :smilielol:

Sorry about that Alan
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on November 17, 2014 - 05:03:54 pm
No worries :drunk:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on November 23, 2014 - 10:00:49 pm
Working away at the cut, buff and polish.  Tedious and time consuming, but rewarding.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/23/3d18aec56c3f871c6d4b4ba33addb57f.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/23/5e627ac5ca7a04f12e6713911f0d6655.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/23/0371cc5cc61e5922361d36e2d889e24c.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/23/658f698f49891b99fd7bf55dce3424ea.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/23/0630bc1c6d96ced4f19aa5a7054cbc54.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/23/c2e99b2ad94a95a9183f8db7e62ce3f8.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on December 09, 2014 - 10:34:34 pm
Picking away at the front end ... Hope to have the grill in this weekend.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/09/6b6c7babc9166859cc23950eac98df0e.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on January 24, 2015 - 11:23:26 am
Been a while since I updated ... Here was santa's drop off at the Christmas break:

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/24/798c87ccf978fcbe7264c266990bcefc.jpg)

Love my new seat covers, look like great quality from legendary.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on January 24, 2015 - 11:24:55 am
Front end is back together...

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/24/6ef27b6409c4049ff528eec0c8927e4d.jpg)

Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on January 24, 2015 - 11:26:10 am
Rear end too...

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/24/91ff027ed986a5cdaa750ba7cdf92278.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on January 24, 2015 - 11:27:21 am
Trunk pretty much ready to go

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/24/3f6cb77b74ab9994d1d9d462a70151dc.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: moparman82 on January 24, 2015 - 11:30:59 am
Looking good man!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on January 24, 2015 - 11:38:41 am
Installing billboards from Phoenix graphics.  Tricky tricky...

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/24/b0ff39d96bc9bbfb4ba351b0a5dcae64.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/24/521b3dc252f410e3df7bf50325117ffe.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/24/ab5073ebd2fca7a99566c7a10872adbc.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/24/855890193dd02c24424dfcc7b9d0914e.jpg)

Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on January 24, 2015 - 11:46:22 am
The boys checking out my work.  Tough judges.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/24/4d11d6ccf0f80ba137a0762087c572a9.jpg)

Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: brads70 on January 24, 2015 - 12:54:56 pm
Looking great!  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: blown motor on January 24, 2015 - 01:02:44 pm
Looks awesome! Will it be done by spring?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on January 24, 2015 - 01:06:07 pm

Looks awesome! Will it be done by spring?

Hope so, have a lot of money left to spend on the motor, 440 source is going to love me...so it will only depend on cash flow.  Focused on getting the interior finished up in the next 2 months.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: daaboots on January 24, 2015 - 10:00:53 pm
So clean and pretty!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: dfrazz on January 25, 2015 - 09:41:42 am
The boys checking out my work.  Tough judges.


Great pic!  And probably no one better to give an honest opinion than your boys.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: loco340cuda on January 25, 2015 - 12:29:23 pm
Looking good, love the color.  Keep those picts coming!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: dodj on January 25, 2015 - 03:18:21 pm
Looking good, love the color.
:iagree:
Great finish! Almost a shame to cover your work with a great big decal.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: 73440 on February 01, 2015 - 12:35:59 am
Great work you have done!!
Mine looks the same , but it was bought that way, you have gone and done it all!!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on February 01, 2015 - 09:44:33 am
Thanks guys
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2015 - 01:24:05 pm
Way behind on updates.  Here goes...first, my attempt at repairing my dash.  Not completely happy, but think it will do for now.  Some day I'll get it redone by just dashes or somewhere else, need to be mindful of cash.

Before
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/23cbb7973b44cc015f532f2736914e54.jpg)

Product used to help create the coachman grain, together with plastic epoxy
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/7095e7cd769ac2b8e37b1794f30ecc88.jpg)

First application
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/e8669ddae0d35053f689299cb23957e9.jpg)

Before applying SEM TRIM BLACK
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/e0c0a74d6a18cd3e7392547fac76566e.jpg)

finished
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/5ece751b525b4956776c1d565e4d7caf.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/2b5921032de06a11f150093cf80901ff.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2015 - 02:07:26 pm
Interior trim pieces all prepped and painted in SEM trim black

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/c486adf1fe8117a13635a0078a0dac35.jpg)

Before on mirror
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/630109fd64526f7958cb80c6c6290e31.jpg)

After
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/0f688268989d7cb70dccdbb9091fd8f4.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2015 - 02:10:43 pm
Seat frames, blasted, epoxied, painted black...

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/db32fad977023fe2444fc312575d250a.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/d2815098f8c7d76af76b33fe8a505ca7.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/6e59119f36652c596741c9b3680112eb.jpg)

Frames are now off at the upholsterer's getting all rebuilt, legendary skins.  Can't wait to have them back.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2015 - 02:15:15 pm
Had the upholsterer here to help me with the headliner.  So so happy with how it came out, this guy (chad noakes) really knows his stuff.  C1 upholstery in Lambeth Ontario, check out his site - http://www.c1custom.com.

These pictures don't do it justice, need a better camera and lighting.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/f6812b5845c941c97438224d1a749ea5.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/368449ca208997cdc72ec7222fa86b7a.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/9023fb483148def66ee6f888a8aeb212.jpg)

Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2015 - 02:17:04 pm
Heater box completely rebuilt with DMT kit and new heater core.

Before, including broken off stud for fan motor mount.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/cb01f60fb0c4ff2911bd4a8bd0b62a82.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/40b915f20ac2efd4c7f7b6a0d97d3129.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/70d140ed4f928ab20c62a8921da96fb3.jpg)


(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/96c96463bfdecb199f09ac44bb9c2280.jpg)

Forgive the long screws going through the box seam, somewhere along the cars life the heater core went and someone did a cheap/fast repair.  Anyway, I just put them back in as the holes were already there, not needed.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/b06ee8d31fce58981fca3cdf3f00d446.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/5643ce6de53226931b46884511dcf40c.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2015 - 02:22:57 pm
Threw in some 6x9s and put the package tray jute in.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/ada51e4ee17d2abe75b1fdefef4d75ef.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/4454e904840a166f6900a6d496b68ec9.jpg)

Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2015 - 02:25:35 pm
Cleaned and installed wiper transmission and motor, tested and ready to roll.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/0646ae5f45bc30a622700e68ae65b94f.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/b392f69bc0d60a29ce49e05e78c626c8.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/eab78b5af3412cf28a0151a8836d0cc2.jpg)
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2015 - 02:28:17 pm
Dynamat installed throughout.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/d314251f01595da89b2d5b4e6f898083.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/a3ba62b923c07c4c77b406bdce1f2270.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/9f7ee10bcc9f52c59bb95c4cf192e9ad.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: Paul97 on March 08, 2015 - 02:30:54 pm
Looking good!  You are moving right along!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: daaboots on March 08, 2015 - 02:37:14 pm
Yeah, lookin good  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2015 - 02:39:14 pm
Installed carpet, modified console, installed

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/c899ce37d1f8be0b72babe3b7a6e12d5.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/792fe33167daf5a62e1699c45e1353da.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/4917a34f07b7dbcd55528be173af6d8f.jpg)

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My kids enjoying the comfy carpet...
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Post by: twalker on March 08, 2015 - 02:40:58 pm
Passenger door panel installed.  Went with black screws, just not sure I like the chrome ones, maybe il change my mind,.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/2a198440638244853f85337e2bb2b1f1.jpg)
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Post by: twalker on March 08, 2015 - 02:41:54 pm
My version of 'mopar Ava', Sarah Boo...

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/76bca612ee0a4235211ba7f2b171f66d.jpg)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2015 - 03:23:37 pm
Some other pics of where things are at,

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/08/5013ca62dfd24054951fd9a931aee0e8.jpg)

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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: blown motor on March 08, 2015 - 06:33:05 pm
It looks amazing. Good for you. When will you have it on the road?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 08, 2015 - 07:05:46 pm

It looks amazing. Good for you. When will you have it on the road?

Well, it pains me, but I don't think it will be on the road this year.  Everything but the motor will be done by end may.  But I have another 10k to spend on the motor, and I likely won't have that money till the winter.  Sigh

And this year is mopar feature at plunketts!  So frustrating
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Post by: blown motor on March 08, 2015 - 08:17:36 pm
Your inbox is full.
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Post by: twalker on March 08, 2015 - 08:46:18 pm

Your inbox is full.

On here?  I'll check
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Post by: daaboots on March 09, 2015 - 12:56:43 pm
Thanks for posting how to modify the center console - that will come in handy for me later on  :)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: jimynick on March 09, 2015 - 10:21:11 pm
Wow! Just caught up on this thread and you're doing a great job! Who's doing your engine work, may I ask? 10k plus parts sounds pretty rich and I know some guys who do it for a living (while running a pro mod and some super stock cars as well) who may be able to save you some dough. Let me know via a PM and we'll chat. Ian   :cheers:
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 23, 2015 - 07:55:37 pm
Making some more progress, pics below.  Seat belts go in next then building my dash.  Just heard my gauges are done being restored by auto instruments, can't wait to see them.  The upholstery work on the seats was done by the same guy who did my headliner, C1 upholstery in Lambeth Ontario, fantastic job.

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Got my new AMD windshield and back glass today...
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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: BFM_Cuda on March 23, 2015 - 09:00:46 pm
Looks great!     :ylsuper:

Seats and console might get in the way of the dash install, unless you have alot of help. I wish I was this far on mine....   :worshippy
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on March 23, 2015 - 09:16:12 pm
There's a few things in the way of the dash install, :2cents:  but everything looks great  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on March 24, 2015 - 07:20:36 am
Thanks guys, yeah I got a little ahead of myself in a few areas like seats, console and kick panels, but couldn't help myself :-) wanted to see how it all looked.  The console isn't screwed down yet :-O
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Post by: dfrazz on March 24, 2015 - 10:33:38 am
Great progress!   :2thumbs:
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Post by: roadman5312 on March 24, 2015 - 11:05:17 am
 :cooldancing:    Awesome.    :clapping:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on April 05, 2015 - 10:07:20 pm
Finished my stainless trim polishing today.  Wow, that was a big job.  Thanks to Cody for his how-to video, helped me a lot.

Here is the before:

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After:

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Where there was deep scratches or dents (had two), used file, then 80, 120, 220 grits.  All the rest of the trim got started at 220, 320, 400, wet 600, 800, 1000, 1500, 2000.  Went up to 2000 because I felt it made things easier at the wheel.  Bought this kit from Eastwood, it worked perfectly. 

http://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-1-2-hp-buffmotor.html
http://www.eastwood.com/buff-kit-stainless-aluminum-brass-steel-8-inch.html
Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on April 05, 2015 - 10:13:26 pm
Getting ready to epoxy my dash and steering column pieces, they are all blasted and ready to roll.  Got the ppg black suede dash paint ready to go.

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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: Topcat on April 05, 2015 - 10:25:14 pm
Getting ready to epoxy my dash and steering column pieces, they are all blasted and ready to roll.  Got the ppg black suede dash paint ready to go.


Go light on the primer so as to not create to much texture.
Remove the grab handle and spray separately on your ash tray. 

Ground contacts need to be bare metal. Like any dash mounting screw areas.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on April 05, 2015 - 10:29:51 pm

Go light on the primer so as to not create to much texture.
Remove the grab handle and spray separately on your ash tray. 

Ground contacts need to be bare metal. Like any dash mounting screw areas.

Thanks for the advice, have read about the grounding issues - will be careful to sand those areas.  Still have to prep the parts for paint.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on April 06, 2015 - 09:00:56 am
Not all those parts in that picture are the same shade of black. :2cents:, some are not black at all.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: Haddixj on April 06, 2015 - 09:09:42 am
oh any chance you can tell which are and are not? On threads like these I save the pics with notes usually for my future resto's.
Thanks
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Post by: anlauto on April 06, 2015 - 09:14:33 am
The three odd shaped brackets for the steering column should be gloss black, the tube for the steering column should be flat black, not textured, steering shaft should be silver, although I've seen some painted black
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Post by: Haddixj on April 06, 2015 - 09:16:22 am
thank you
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Post by: dfrazz on April 06, 2015 - 09:56:59 am
That trim looks beautiful!  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on April 06, 2015 - 11:51:10 am

The three odd shaped brackets for the steering column should be gloss black, the tube for the steering column should be flat black, not textured, steering shaft should be silver, although I've seen some painted black

Thanks Alan!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on April 06, 2015 - 11:52:05 am

That trim looks beautiful!  :2thumbs:

Thanks!  So many hours...
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: BFM_Cuda on April 06, 2015 - 12:20:46 pm
 :iagree:  Trim looks great! Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: blown motor on April 06, 2015 - 12:30:33 pm
That trim is amazing. Any idea on how many hours that took?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on April 06, 2015 - 12:48:58 pm

That trim is amazing. Any idea on how many hours that took?

Thanks guys.  Took about 12 hours or so.  Had a couple dents to work out, and just going through all the sanding was very time consuming.  Will be a little faster 'next time', because it was a learning process.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on May 06, 2015 - 10:18:51 pm
Got the steering column restored.  Thanks to topcat and anlauto.  Will have pics of the restored dash in a couple weeks.  The finish on the steering column main parts and dash is ppg black suede from instrument specialties.

Before:
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Apart:
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Sandblasted:
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Painted:
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Together!:
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Post by: brads70 on May 06, 2015 - 11:19:01 pm
Looks good, Nice paint job! Is the crush can/steering wheel on 180 degs out?
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Post by: twalker on May 07, 2015 - 06:19:22 am

Looks good, Nice paint job! Is the crush can/steering wheel on 180 degs out?

Well they each are keyed to go on only one way so I think they're ok?


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on May 07, 2015 - 06:43:43 am
I was thinking that same thing. In that picture, with the steering wheel in that position, where is the main spline on the coupler for the steering box ?
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Post by: twalker on May 07, 2015 - 06:49:59 am
I turned and locked the steering wheel the way it should be and it looks to me the main spline on the coupler is at the bottom.

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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on May 07, 2015 - 06:57:13 am
I can't tell where the main spline of the coupler is in your photo. HOWEVER.....with the steering wheel in the correct position, the main spline of the coupler needs to be on the top. :2cents:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on May 07, 2015 - 07:18:35 am

I can't tell where the main spline of the coupler is in your photo. HOWEVER.....with the steering wheel in the correct position, the main spline of the coupler needs to be on the top. :2cents:

Ok thx, I'll double check tonight
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on May 07, 2015 - 07:48:33 am
if the spline is not at the top, i should be able to just flip the coupler, no?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: 74 challenge on May 07, 2015 - 07:50:03 am
question about this.

my car was put back together by a moron, is there a way to quickly fix this? the alignment of my wheel has been off  since I bought the car? Can you just pull the crush can easily?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: brads70 on May 07, 2015 - 07:51:25 am
question about this.

my car was put back together by a moron, is there a way to quickly fix this? the alignment of my wheel has been off  since I bought the car? Can you just pull the crush can easily?
Sounds like the steering box coupler was installed 180 degrees out?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: 74 challenge on May 07, 2015 - 07:58:31 am
Sounds like the steering box coupler was installed 180 degrees out?

If I undid the coupler, and just rotated it till the wheel was straight, would that not affect how many turns from lock to lock?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: brads70 on May 07, 2015 - 08:02:40 am
If I undid the coupler, and just rotated it till the wheel was straight, would that not affect how many turns from lock to lock?
Sorry I misunderstood you. I thought you meant the steering wheel was 180 degrees out. Either the tie rods are not adjusted correctly ( to center the steering wheel)  or the pitman arm is not installed right if it has no master spline ( like the fast ratio firm feel arm)
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on May 07, 2015 - 10:10:51 am
Yes
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on August 08, 2015 - 12:42:15 pm
Been too long since my last update, lots of progress.  Let's start with this ... Got the rear glass in, from AMD.

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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on August 08, 2015 - 12:44:56 pm
And the windshield, also AMD

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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on August 08, 2015 - 12:47:43 pm
Looking really good  :thumbsup: Are you going to get it out to Moparfest ?
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on August 08, 2015 - 12:53:33 pm
Got my rallye gauges restored by auto instruments, they did a great job.  Speedo rebuild, modern tach internals, 4 gauges calibrated, quartz conversion, bead blasted and silk screened.  Basically all new :-)

And thanks to Alan , new rallye gauge wood grain bezel from performance car graphics. I sent the one I ordered from year one back, junk. (Fit, colour off)

http://www.performancecargraphics.com/Dash_Stuff/Woodgrain/E-body_Rallye_Wood_Plates.htm

Amazing product.

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Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on August 08, 2015 - 01:03:28 pm
And the dash build and install.  Earlier on in my thread I did a dash crack repair, but just wasn't satisfied.  Not wanting to put the money out for a just dashes rebuild at this point, I tried two different types of dash caps until I landed on one that I'm reasonably happy with, it's made by accuform.  It will get me by for a few years.


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on August 08, 2015 - 01:09:34 pm
Had all my suspension components blasted and brought them home to be epoxy primed and painted.  The car is now sitting on the front suspension and the back is just being painted.  Will post pics up soon.


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Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on August 08, 2015 - 01:10:36 pm
Looking really good  :thumbsup: Are you going to get it out to Moparfest ?

Thanks Alan, car won't make it this year - so close.  But I will be there, looking for a few parts and hopefully meeting you and others at the beer tent.  Cheers


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on August 08, 2015 - 01:13:05 pm
P.s. Thanks to the help of a few people on here, wiring on the car is all working, even my wipers, that will never get used...


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on August 09, 2015 - 12:05:15 am
Couple more pics of things coming together ... More to come

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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on August 09, 2015 - 12:08:10 am
One more

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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on August 09, 2015 - 05:57:51 pm
Sittin on all four paws for the first time, getting there!

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Post by: roadman5312 on August 09, 2015 - 06:00:41 pm
Lookin good dude.    :ylsuper:


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: plycuda67 on August 09, 2015 - 06:46:36 pm
looks great will pay off at the end enjoy
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: JCWCuda on August 11, 2015 - 10:42:23 pm
Looking SWEEET and i'm sure when you fire her up for the first time you'll have a hard time fitting that smile in the car!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: dodj on August 12, 2015 - 09:11:57 am
Looking SWEEET and i'm sure when you fire her up for the first time you'll have a hard time fitting that smile in the car!

:iagree:

With myself i also get nervous firing it up after a long down period thinking "what did i forget? "
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Post by: twalker on August 12, 2015 - 07:53:58 pm
Thanks guys
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Post by: daaboots on August 13, 2015 - 10:52:08 am
It's looking great! You did excellent work on the dash.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on August 30, 2015 - 03:38:07 pm
Rebuilt my charcoal canister and installed.

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Post by: twalker on August 30, 2015 - 03:41:14 pm
With an idea from someone on here, made a bracket and installed the hydromax clutch master cylinder reservoir.

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Post by: BFM_Cuda on August 30, 2015 - 03:46:03 pm
That's not the factory correct positive battery terminal.... :lol:

But seriously, you are doing a great job and making really good progress. You will be cruising in no time. I wish I was able to get as much done as you are, keep up the good work!
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Post by: twalker on August 30, 2015 - 03:47:36 pm

That's not the factory correct positive battery terminal.... :lol:

I actually did laugh out loud at that, my wife even asked why I was laughing... :-)

Thanks for the feedback!  piece by piece...


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on August 30, 2015 - 03:49:11 pm
rear brakes all rebuilt and ready to stop this thing...

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Post by: twalker on August 30, 2015 - 03:52:25 pm
front brakes ready to go.  Missing anti-rattle clips, will install later when they arrive.

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Post by: twalker on August 30, 2015 - 03:57:01 pm
Got the booster, and master cylinder installed.  Master bench bled, and all lines bled, I have brakes!!

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Post by: AARuFAST on August 30, 2015 - 09:35:29 pm
amaze me on your restoring the emissions canister.    :clapping:
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Post by: twalker on August 30, 2015 - 11:00:03 pm

amaze me on your restoring the emissions canister.    :clapping:

:-) thx


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Post by: 70chall440 on August 31, 2015 - 12:34:58 am
and think all these years I thought those canisters were for throwing away.... :) didn't even know you could rebuild them.
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Post by: twalker on September 03, 2015 - 07:55:13 pm
Made my clutch pedal stop.

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Post by: twalker on September 05, 2015 - 06:20:24 pm
Backed it outside for the first time since paint...

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Post by: 73440 on September 05, 2015 - 07:42:17 pm
It's in the sun, all right.
Mine looks almost exactly the same , except for the color of the fake hood inlets.

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Post by: brads70 on September 05, 2015 - 09:06:55 pm
Very nice!  Now hurry up and install the drivetrain, Murrays BBQ is only a week away!  :poopoke:
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Post by: 73440 on September 05, 2015 - 11:11:15 pm
You have done more work in this time than i even though of doing.
You have got a sweet looking ride!!
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Post by: blown motor on September 05, 2015 - 11:11:38 pm
It's ok Brad, he's going to put it on a trailer and bring it the way it is.   :crazy:
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Post by: brads70 on September 06, 2015 - 09:14:04 am
It's ok Brad, he's going to put it on a trailer and bring it the way it is.   :crazy:

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Post by: bored on September 06, 2015 - 03:20:36 pm
Amazing job on the brakes!  :ylsuper:
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Post by: roadman5312 on September 06, 2015 - 03:38:16 pm
Been contemplating how to on the clutch pedal stop.  Nice work, I might steal your design.     :icon16:

                                                                                             :rebel:
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Post by: dutch on September 06, 2015 - 04:19:12 pm
nice work sir....  :bigshades: :bigshades: :bigshades:
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Post by: twalker on September 08, 2015 - 10:09:33 pm
Thanks for the kind comments everyone.  Next spring can't come fast enough, will have the motor in by then.


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Post by: dodj on September 09, 2015 - 10:10:42 pm
Looks like your neighbor has good taste in vehicles as well...
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Post by: YellowThumper on September 09, 2015 - 11:01:30 pm
Looks like your neighbor has good taste in vehicles as well...

Can we assume you are not referring to the Toyotas? Lol
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Post by: usraptr on September 12, 2015 - 08:21:43 pm
Just curious, did you have your O.E.M. power brake booster rebuilt and if so by whom?  Hopefully, I'll be back working on my Cuda in the near future (major back surgery) and will be at the point of installing my PBB soon.  However, it's original and has been sitting since 1983 so I'm a little hesitant about reinstalling without having it gone through. 
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Post by: twalker on September 12, 2015 - 08:29:00 pm

Just curious, did you have your O.E.M. power brake booster rebuilt and if so by whom?  Hopefully, I'll be back working on my Cuda in the near future (major back surgery) and will be at the point of installing my PBB soon.  However, it's original and has been sitting since 1983 so I'm a little hesitant about reinstalling without having it gone through.

Hey man, I had the original but needed a complete rebuild and considered getting it done by Dewey booster but it was so much cheaper to just get a reman from my local auto parts store I went that route.

Hope your back is feeling better soon and you can spend some time on your car.  Cheers
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Post by: twalker on October 12, 2015 - 07:01:26 pm
Early Christmas!!  Look what arrived from Dr. Diff!  Who's up for a diff rebuild party?? I'll supply the beer.  ;-)

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Post by: brads70 on October 12, 2015 - 07:18:50 pm
Nice! HEY! How do you rate getting a T-Shirt? I bought a whole rear end, spring relocation kits, brake M/C etc.... and never got a t-shirt!  :( :lol:
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Post by: twalker on October 12, 2015 - 07:30:41 pm

Nice! HEY! How do you rate getting a T-Shirt? I bought a whole rear end, spring relocation kits, brake M/C etc.... and never got a t-shirt!  :( :lol:

Sadly, I had I pay for it :-)
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Post by: brads70 on October 12, 2015 - 07:35:51 pm
Sadly, I had I pay for it :-)

Ah..... :-X   :lol:
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Post by: blown motor on October 12, 2015 - 09:39:05 pm
When's the diff rebuild happening? I might be able to swing that.
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Post by: anlauto on October 12, 2015 - 09:44:23 pm
I love the "pay me to advertise for me" plan on T Shirts  :2thumbs:
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Post by: Topcat on October 12, 2015 - 10:57:28 pm
I love the "pay me to advertise for me" plan on T Shirts  :2thumbs:

where's our shirts Alan?   :grinyes:
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Post by: twalker on June 20, 2016 - 09:14:49 pm
I'm back!!!  Just finished moving out east with the family... Busy times but I'm ready to finish this restoration and build my 440... Seems like there is a good group of mopar guys out here in Nova Scotia!  Anybody from eastern canada on here?


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: dodj on June 20, 2016 - 11:15:57 pm
I have a friend in lunenburg with a 440 72rr  out there.
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Post by: twalker on June 21, 2016 - 05:02:51 am
I have a friend in lunenburg with a 440 72rr  out the.

Awesome!  Lunenburg is only an hour away from me, I'm there sometimes for work.  Maybe I'll see him at some shows.


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Post by: cordodge on June 21, 2016 - 07:22:09 am
where are you located? my two boys are in chester
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Post by: twalker on June 21, 2016 - 07:34:37 am
where are you located? my two boys are in chester


Fall River!


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Post by: cordodge on June 21, 2016 - 08:00:02 am
oh ok I know that area a bit
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Post by: twalker on July 31, 2016 - 02:41:59 pm
Parts arrived, yeah!

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Post by: twalker on July 31, 2016 - 02:42:49 pm
Off to the machine block, have it back in a week for assembly!

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Post by: twalker on July 31, 2016 - 02:45:01 pm
Exhaust is 'tacked' in and ready for motor drop in.

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Post by: anlauto on July 31, 2016 - 02:47:41 pm
The exhaust is on, but the motor is not in ? :clueless: Aren't you worried the exhaust moving position once connected to the engine ?
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Post by: twalker on July 31, 2016 - 02:50:01 pm
The exhaust is on, but the motor is not in ? :clueless: Aren't you worried the exhaust moving position once connected to the engine ?

Nothing is fastened in, the rear pipes are where they are going to be regardless, the adjustment will come in the mid pipes to x pipe slip connectors ... And best way to install is from the rear working forward.

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Post by: twalker on July 31, 2016 - 03:02:17 pm
Part numbers for TTI exhaust:

XE30HW-CU

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Post by: blown motor on July 31, 2016 - 05:57:03 pm
 :2thumbs:
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Post by: dodj on August 02, 2016 - 09:14:02 am
 :popcorn:
I'll be following your engine build.  I just recently up another 440 block and am going with pretty much the same parts as you. Only major difference will be that i have stealth heads and an 850cfm qf carb with a choke.
 :popcorn:
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Post by: twalker on August 13, 2016 - 12:27:03 am
Back from the machine shop!

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Post by: twalker on August 13, 2016 - 12:30:11 am
Started the initial mockup and checking clearances...

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Post by: twalker on August 14, 2016 - 04:11:14 pm
Mockup process continues ... Pistons and rods in and checked for clearance.

Have to shave some material off the oil pickup tube area:
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Post by: twalker on August 14, 2016 - 04:14:23 pm
Pickup tube mods are done - had to take about 1/2 inch out of the height to fit.  Windage tray fitted and hemi pan, all fits good now.

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Post by: twalker on August 14, 2016 - 04:17:35 pm
Just looks mean...

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Post by: crash340 on August 14, 2016 - 04:49:17 pm
What did you use to measure the pickup clearance? that white sponge looking stuff.
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Post by: twalker on August 14, 2016 - 04:50:35 pm
What did you use to measure the pickup clearance? that white sponge looking stuff.


Home made play doh :-). Of all the times for kids to be out of the real stuff....


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Post by: daaboots on August 18, 2016 - 08:56:10 am
Looking great!
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Post by: blown motor on August 18, 2016 - 09:23:00 am
daaboots! How are you making out with your car?
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Post by: twalker on August 18, 2016 - 09:25:28 am
daaboots! How are you making out with your car?


Echo that!  I've been wondering too.


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Post by: dave73chally on August 18, 2016 - 04:18:19 pm
:popcorn:
I'll be following your engine build.  I just recently up another 440 block and am going with pretty much the same parts as you. Only major difference will be that i have stealth heads and an 850cfm qf carb with a choke.
 :popcorn:

I'm running stealth heads and an 850 holley  :thumbsup: I'll let you know how it works if I ever get it fired up!
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Post by: twalker on August 27, 2016 - 10:13:49 pm
Things are coming along.  Another round of parts ordered - distributor, mopar performance valve covers, prw rocker assembly, a whack of ARP fasteners, timing chain, etc ...

Got the cam in and timing chain.  Degreed the cam and it checks out as it should according to the cam card.  Now waiting for prw assembly to determine push rod length and get them ordered.  Then I'll be able to do the final step in pre-assembly - valve to piston clearance.  Then I can tear this thing down for cleaning, paint and final assembly. 

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Post by: Chryco Psycho on August 28, 2016 - 11:14:01 am
Cool  :2thumbs:
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Post by: twalker on August 28, 2016 - 03:35:43 pm
Cool  :2thumbs:

Thanks for your help so far! 


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Post by: mopardave on August 29, 2016 - 10:57:14 am
Lots of Great stuff going on here.
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Post by: dave73chally on August 29, 2016 - 11:10:33 am
Looking good! When I had my engine initially assembled, I loved the look of a black block with aluminum heads and intake that I painted it that way. I know it's not mopar style but it looks mean :bigsmile:
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Post by: twalker on August 29, 2016 - 07:49:44 pm
Lots of Great stuff going on here.

Thanks - anticipation of startup is killing me!


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Post by: twalker on August 29, 2016 - 07:52:15 pm
Looking good! When I had my engine initially assembled, I loved the look of a black block with aluminum heads and intake that I painted it that way. I know it's not mopar style but it looks mean :bigsmile:

Thanks!  Agree, I like that contrast look too. But I am partial to the Chrysler orange though too so I've got a can of Eastwood ceramic 2k engine paint coming in orange.  Looking forward to laying that down, from examples I've seen its got that thick glossy look I like.

Cheers


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Post by: Cudakiller70 on August 29, 2016 - 08:00:26 pm
 I'm liking this, good stuff here!  :2thumbs:
:popcorn: mods this guy needs a soda
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Post by: twalker on August 30, 2016 - 08:06:27 am
I'm liking this, good stuff here!  :2thumbs:
:popcorn: mods this guy needs a soda

Thank you, it's been another learning experience...

FYI for all - I will be posting a complete parts list later in case anyone is wondering what I used.  And if things go as planned, an engine dyno report card.


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Post by: Chryco Psycho on August 30, 2016 - 09:59:22 am
Awesome build
 I would have gone with the 71 wing as you have the 71 billboard decals  :2cents: I love the 71 wing !
 I would also reverse the exhaust hanger bolts so most of the bolt is hidden under the seat .
 Take a picture of the combustion chamber side of the heads if you have a minute , that is one of the few big block heads I have never used .
 Thanks
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Post by: twalker on August 30, 2016 - 10:55:44 am
Awesome build
 I would have gone with the 71 wing as you have the 71 billboard decals  :2cents: I love the 71 wing !
 I would also reverse the exhaust hanger bolts so most of the bolt is hidden under the seat .
 Take a picture of the combustion chamber side of the heads if you have a minute , that is one of the few big block heads I have never used .
 Thanks


Thanks.  Re the wing, I hear ya, I just like the look of the go wing better, it's a personal preference thing though I know.  Good idea re the exhaust hangers, I will do that!

Here's a picture of the underside of the head -

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Can't wait to see how these heads perform.


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Post by: twalker on August 30, 2016 - 05:04:35 pm
Rocker assembly arrived, woohoo!

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Looks like a great piece, very happy.  And even comes with the push rod length finder tool! :-)


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Post by: twalker on September 02, 2016 - 09:10:24 am
things are pretty much on hold at the moment - rocker assembly fitment issue - see, http://www.cuda-challenger.com/cc/index.php?topic=115860.0 (http://www.cuda-challenger.com/cc/index.php?topic=115860.0)

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Post by: twalker on September 10, 2016 - 06:25:03 am
New rockers arrived...they fit perfectly right out of the wrapper.  Every one is aligned on the valve stem and correct side to side play.  Back in business!  Time to measure push rod length and get those ordered.  (Ignore shaft hardware, just temporary to check fit)

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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on September 10, 2016 - 08:51:20 pm
Money.

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Post by: brads70 on September 10, 2016 - 09:01:06 pm
How did you check that pattern? You need to have it assembled with the camshaft and then roll it over to check the pattern.
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Post by: twalker on September 11, 2016 - 09:57:33 am
Hey Brad, I ran that test (see below) but - only using a push rod length finder tool at the moment, hydraulic lifters, and I don't have the head gasket on yet.  So either way I have to do all this over again at final assembly time. Make sense?

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Post by: twalker on September 11, 2016 - 10:04:04 am
Hey guys, re push rod length - using a push rod length finder tool and following the instructions from Harland sharp, eg. No more than 2 threads and now less than 0 threads showing, adding the compressed head gasket thickness I'm getting at push rod length of 9.664...end to end, will have to account for the cup depth at time of order.  Note I set the rocker adjustment just over 0 threads showing knowing that I'll need to account for preload of one turn which roughly equates to a thread thickness.

So I think I need to look for ball to cup, 5/16, non oiler, 9.650 length (again accounting for cup depth).

I'm only posting this because it seems so long compared to stock and what I see widely available  pre made.  I guess it's because of the trickflow head shaft position and rocker combo?




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Post by: brads70 on September 11, 2016 - 02:15:11 pm
Hey Brad, I ran that test (see below) but - only using a push rod length finder tool at the moment, hydraulic lifters, and I don't have the head gasket on yet.  So either way I have to do all this over again at final assembly time. Make sense?

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That one looks ok, the first picture the pattern was too narrow  making me think you did it without rolling the engine over.  :2thumbs:
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Post by: twalker on September 13, 2016 - 08:09:19 pm
Ordering pushrods from smith bros.  they were great over the phone today, customer service!!

2k ceramic orange engine paint in arrived from Eastwood yesterday.

Think I'm ready to tear this thing down, clean everything and start final assembly!


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: Chryco Psycho on September 13, 2016 - 10:14:03 pm
Are you not going to use a lash cap ?
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Post by: twalker on September 14, 2016 - 04:51:31 am
Are you not going to use a lash cap ?

Didn't plan on it, why should I?


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: Chryco Psycho on September 16, 2016 - 09:42:17 am
I would , thew retainers are designed for them , it will increase the surface area & protect the tip of the valve , not expensive
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Post by: twalker on September 16, 2016 - 11:31:00 am
I would , thew retainers are designed for them , it will increase the surface area & protect the tip of the valve , not expensive

That would change intended geometry though wouldn't it?  Push rods are already ordered, may be too late.  May be able to compensate in the adjuster but want to stay within the spec Harland has firmly suggested. Reading about them and some think they are a good idea, some don't...perhaps leading from misuse/installation.  Confusing


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Post by: HP_Cuda on September 16, 2016 - 01:31:58 pm

From what I read most use them for valves that come up short and it's a way to make it up.
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Post by: 73440 on September 17, 2016 - 06:44:56 am
http://www.rbssuperchargers.com/Products/Valve_Lock_Lash_Cap_5_16_--2610%2D0068A (http://www.rbssuperchargers.com/Products/Valve_Lock_Lash_Cap_5_16_--2610%2D0068A)

Has anyone used the lock lash caps like these?
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Post by: dodj on September 17, 2016 - 08:29:50 pm
They seem like an extra couple of parts to potentially fail and bust your engine to me.  :2cents:
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Post by: dodj on September 17, 2016 - 08:38:11 pm
Or do they just replace the regular keepers? And if that is the case, what are they really for?
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Post by: 73440 on September 17, 2016 - 08:53:59 pm
The lock lash are a one piece combination keeper and lash cap.
Ive read that titanium valves are a candidate for lash caps.
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Post by: twalker on September 17, 2016 - 08:55:23 pm
Finished pre-assembly and all clearance checks this weekend.  Tore it down and got the blocked soaped up and cleaned.  It's dried now and surfaces oiled.  Will start cleaning the crank now and putting it in for the final time.  Lots of parts to clean, better get busy!

Also cleared the oil pickup area for the stroked crank-
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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on September 21, 2016 - 10:12:20 pm
Final assembly has begun.

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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: 73440 on September 21, 2016 - 10:46:57 pm
Is that heat discoloration on that 3rd bearing?
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Post by: twalker on September 22, 2016 - 05:17:23 am
Is that heat discoloration on that 3rd bearing?

Just the way some of them come nowadays - did some research on that, cause I wondered about the colour of them too


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Post by: 73440 on September 22, 2016 - 07:45:14 am
Ok, thats good to hear.
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Post by: twalker on September 23, 2016 - 06:51:57 pm
Some more progress.

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Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on September 23, 2016 - 09:23:42 pm
Prepping for paint

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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: anlauto on September 23, 2016 - 10:07:59 pm
Why wouldn't you assemble the engine more before painting ?
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Post by: twalker on September 23, 2016 - 10:15:40 pm
Why wouldn't you assemble the engine more before painting ?

Water pump - so I can paint behind it, and front of timing chain cover

Not painting the trick flows or intake, just the valley pan separate

I see some people paint all the parts separate, some paint it fully assembled... I'm painting it this way for the look I want


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Post by: usraptr on September 23, 2016 - 10:19:04 pm
Twalker, I also did the same when I recently painted my 440 so I had better coverage on the timing chain cover.  However, I didn't paint my valley tray, left it bare.  You'll like the Eastwood engine paint.  I used the same stuff and it came out really nice.   :2thumbs:
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Post by: twalker on September 24, 2016 - 06:38:43 am
Twalker, I also did the same when I recently painted my 440 so I had better coverage on the timing chain cover.  However, I didn't paint my valley tray, left it bare.  You'll like the Eastwood engine paint.  I used the same stuff and it came out really nice.   :2thumbs:

Do you have a picture of your finished motor?  Thanks!


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Post by: twalker on September 24, 2016 - 07:20:45 pm
Happy with the Eastwood engine paint.

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Title: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on September 25, 2016 - 06:34:29 pm
Things are coming along... just dealing with some fitment of the valley pan to head ports at the moment.  Alternator is just on for a test fit.  Water pump test fit soon.

Smith bros push rods arrive this week.  Should be ready to fire in a couple weeks!

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Damper not pushed on yet.

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Post by: twalker on October 02, 2016 - 09:11:17 pm
Things are coming along.  We have a date with the dyno on Friday.  Should have it in the car on Saturday - it's ready to receive it so hopefully will be running in the car by Easter.  Woohoooo

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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 02, 2016 - 09:16:12 pm
Smith bros push rods are beautiful.

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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on October 08, 2016 - 09:19:27 pm
It's alive !!!! Engine is broke in.  What a feeling to hear that thing roar to life. I think all went all, great oil pressure, kept the temp in a good place, and sounded good.  Tomorrow will drain and check oil, put fresh in, re torque the heads and put my inner valve springs back in. 

The engine build has been quite a learning process.  Want to thank everyone here who helped, especially Chryco!

This 3 year restoration is nearing completion....

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Post by: usraptr on October 08, 2016 - 09:41:31 pm
Do you have a picture of your finished motor?  Thanks!


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Sorry for the late response.  Also, been busy installing and doing break in run of my engine.  Congrats on bringing it to life.   :2thumbs:   Did you do your Dyno run yet  for HP and torque or just do the break in?

Pictures of my engine attached.
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Post by: blown motor on October 08, 2016 - 11:05:57 pm
Congratulations but....................where's the video???  :poopoke:
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Post by: twalker on October 09, 2016 - 06:56:28 am
Drained the oil and took apart the oil filter, I THINK all is ok.  Nothing unexpected or out of the ordinary for a break in.

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Post by: twalker on October 09, 2016 - 06:57:05 am
Congratulations but....................where's the video???  :poopoke:


Coming soon!


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Post by: twalker on October 09, 2016 - 06:57:55 am
Sorry for the late response.  Also, been busy installing and doing break in run of my engine.  Congrats on bringing it to life.   :2thumbs:   Did you do your Dyno run yet  for HP and torque or just do the break in?

Pictures of my engine attached.

Beautiful looking engine!  It's in the car now?


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Post by: twalker on October 11, 2016 - 09:43:54 am
This is the tool I made to remove valve springs while the heads are on the engine.  Worked great!  Made sure the piston was at TDC and then fed 30PSI into the cylinder to keep the valves up. 

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Post by: 70chall440 on October 11, 2016 - 11:44:18 am
 :2thumbs: :2thumbs:
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Post by: usraptr on October 12, 2016 - 08:31:28 pm
Beautiful looking engine!  It's in the car now?


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Yes and we did the 30 minute cam break in last weekend.   :2thumbs:
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Post by: twalker on October 12, 2016 - 08:32:27 pm
Nice, seems like we're on the same schedule!  :-)


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Post by: twalker on November 05, 2016 - 02:20:45 pm
Finally out enjoying the car.  What a great feeling to take the kids to the park on a nice fall day.

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Post by: blown motor on November 05, 2016 - 04:19:29 pm
Good job Tom!! Congratulations.   :2thumbs:
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Post by: twalker on November 05, 2016 - 04:54:29 pm
Good job Tom!! Congratulations.   :2thumbs:

Thanks Murray!


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Post by: twalker on November 05, 2016 - 05:40:44 pm
How long I've waited to be able to take this photo....


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Post by: Cudakiller70 on November 05, 2016 - 06:48:01 pm
Excellent job! Like the engine look kinda a stock plus look. Nice!
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Post by: Challenger in NC on November 05, 2016 - 08:50:33 pm
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: 73440 on November 05, 2016 - 08:52:56 pm
Great work. She sure looks nice. Congratulations on completion and getting out on the road.
Been following your build for awhile.
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Post by: twalker on November 05, 2016 - 10:08:56 pm
Thanks a lot guys!


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Post by: 73440 on November 06, 2016 - 07:45:44 am
One question, my 73 looks exactly like yours, do you have a picture without the billboards and wing?
Im thinking of removing them on mine.
Also the hood scoops and grill insert were red when I bought , as seen in my forum picture,, how is yours done, what was original?
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Post by: twalker on November 06, 2016 - 04:50:02 pm
One question, my 73 looks exactly like yours, do you have a picture without the billboards and wing?
Im thinking of removing them on mine.
Also the hood scoops and grill insert were red when I bought , as seen in my forum picture,, how is yours done, what was original?

Sorry don't have a picture without the wing, I think if you look in my build thread there are one or two of it without billboards but it was mid assembly. 

Re hood scopes, pretty sure they were body colour from the factory, basin street blue,black inserts.  I painted them semi gloss black because i think it helps balance the black from the billboards and rear tail panel.

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Post by: redo1973 on November 06, 2016 - 05:02:33 pm
Sweet ride. Congratulations!
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Post by: anlauto on November 06, 2016 - 06:30:25 pm
ALL hood scoop inserts were black from the factory 1970-74, and all grill surrounds were orange/red from the factory in 1972-74 :2cents:
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Post by: 73440 on November 06, 2016 - 06:47:55 pm
Sorry don't have a picture without the wing, I think if you look in my build thread there are one or two of it without billboards but it was mid assembly. 

Re hood scopes, pretty sure they were body colour from the factory, basin street blue,black inserts.  I painted them semi gloss black because i think it helps balance the black from the billboards and rear tail panel.

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Ill look further back for without the billboards, thanks.
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Post by: 73440 on November 06, 2016 - 06:52:05 pm
ALL hood scoop inserts were black from the factory 1970-74, and all grill surrounds were orange/red from the factory in 1972-74 :2cents:

Thank you, I may change to the orange red., mine look more like blood red.
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Post by: 73440 on November 06, 2016 - 07:33:02 pm
I found your photos without the billboards, now I have to wonder if the paint will look different underneath after removal. Time to do a thread search.
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Post by: daaboots on November 30, 2016 - 04:29:13 pm
Hey congrats buddy! Great restoration on the car and the motor turned out real nice! Can't wait to get back to my Challenger one of these days. I'll probably bug you for some tips on engine assembly  :thumbsup:
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Post by: twalker on December 01, 2016 - 01:33:05 pm
Hey congrats buddy! Great restoration on the car and the motor turned out real nice! Can't wait to get back to my Challenger one of these days. I'll probably bug you for some tips on engine assembly  :thumbsup:

Thanks man, anytime!  Anxious to follow the rest of your build...


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Post by: 73cudabr on January 17, 2017 - 04:07:09 pm
Impressive. Subscribing to continue to follow along
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Post by: twalker on January 21, 2017 - 11:49:22 am
Impressive. Subscribing to continue to follow along

Thanks!
Winter warm-up! 

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Post by: Pentastarnut on May 22, 2017 - 11:05:13 am
just went through this entire thread, awesome work  :thumbsup:
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Post by: dodj on May 28, 2017 - 07:19:07 am
Did you install a windage tray Twalker? If you did, what did you use? I see a lot for a std 440. but not the 512.
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Post by: xtopfuel on May 28, 2017 - 07:48:28 am
I too just went through this thread, you did a hell of a nice job
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Post by: twalker on May 28, 2017 - 10:02:28 am
Did you install a windage tray Twalker? If you did, what did you use? I see a lot for a std 440. but not the 512.

Yep, from 440source, it worked great.  Picture with part number below.  Cheers


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Post by: twalker on May 28, 2017 - 10:03:11 am
I too just went through this thread, you did a hell of a nice job

Thank you very much!  Sure is nice to be out driving it this year!!

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Post by: twalker on May 28, 2017 - 10:03:29 am
just went through this entire thread, awesome work  :thumbsup:

Thank you!!




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Post by: blown motor on May 28, 2017 - 05:47:58 pm
 :woo: Good job Tom!
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Post by: twalker on May 28, 2017 - 08:07:51 pm
:woo: Good job Tom!

Thanks Murray!  Wish I was closer to go for a cruise with you!


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Post by: twalker on June 17, 2017 - 04:09:19 pm
My restoration book arrived in the mail!  One of those keepsake things and something to put on the front of the car when at shows.

Including a special shot out to all of you that have helped me!

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Post by: brads70 on June 17, 2017 - 05:17:22 pm
Wow ! How cool is that! Never seen that before. Usually its just a photo album . Well done!  :clapping:
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Post by: Chryco Psycho on June 18, 2017 - 12:22:58 am
 :2thumbs:
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Post by: dodj on June 18, 2017 - 06:36:24 am
Nice!
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Post by: blown motor on June 18, 2017 - 09:22:15 am
Looks good Tom!
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Post by: mrbill426 on June 18, 2017 - 04:50:29 pm
Awesome project!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Cudakiller70 on June 18, 2017 - 06:54:48 pm
That is first class, way to top it off!
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Post by: redo1973 on June 18, 2017 - 11:07:08 pm
Very classy touch to a fine project. :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: AU6pack on June 20, 2017 - 06:35:08 pm
Awesome work. Classy keep sake and would add value if you ever sold the car too  :clapping:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on June 20, 2017 - 06:53:48 pm
Thanks everyone!


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: xtopfuel on June 21, 2017 - 06:10:11 am
hats off to you and a very big congrats on your completion
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: usraptr on July 13, 2017 - 07:07:53 pm
Been a while since I checked in.  Congrats on an outstanding restoration and driving it now!  :2thumbs:  I'm still several months away from driving mine.  Hopefully, by the end of summer or early fall before the snow flies.   I've got three questions for you if you have time:

1. Since our engine builds are exhaust systems are almost identical with the exception of rocker arms and heads (I used Promax heads and the PRW rockers) did you ever get get your engine dyno'd and if so what were the nos?

2. I'm about ready to buy new tires for my "Cuda and also plan on running BF Goodrich TA radials on 15 " OEM 7" Ralley wheels.  What size tires did you run on the front and back and are your rear rims 7"s?  The rear wheels look wider than the front wheels.  Guess that was two questions.

3.  I'm also running the TTI 3" exhaust.  Did you use the TTI 3" polished exhaust tips or did you use somebody else tips?

Thanks
Brad
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on July 15, 2017 - 07:28:59 am
Been a while since I checked in.  Congrats on an outstanding restoration and driving it now!  :2thumbs:  I'm still several months away from driving mine.  Hopefully, by the end of summer or early fall before the snow flies.   I've got three questions for you if you have time:

1. Since our engine builds are exhaust systems are almost identical with the exception of rocker arms and heads (I used Promax heads and the PRW rockers) did you ever get get your engine dyno'd and if so what were the nos?

2. I'm about ready to buy new tires for my "Cuda and also plan on running BF Goodrich TA radials on 15 " OEM 7" Ralley wheels.  What size tires did you run on the front and back and are your rear rims 7"s?  The rear wheels look wider than the front wheels.  Guess that was two questions.

3.  I'm also running the TTI 3" exhaust.  Did you use the TTI 3" polished exhaust tips or did you use somebody else tips?

Thanks
Brad

Hey brad, thanks for the kind words!  Sounds like you're almost there on your build, congrats and looking forward to seeing it.

Answers to your questions -

1- no, my dyno appointment was cancelled by the shop (frustrating memory) and I didn't want to wait for the next one so I went ahead and put it in the car and fired it up.  Given the components of the engine and what I picked up from builders, I just estimate it out at around 600hp at the crank.

2-
Front rim - 15x7
Rear rim - 15x8

Front tire - 245 50
Rear tire - 275 60

3- yes, it's TTI exhaust including headers with 2" primaries back to 3" inch exhaust, X, and out to TTI stainless tips.  Love it

Hope that helps!


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: usraptr on July 15, 2017 - 11:09:14 am

THANK YOU! :2thumbs:  Good info!  :ylsuper:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: redo1973 on July 16, 2017 - 09:18:38 pm
I too am at the tire stage considering a similar size.  If you don't mind, I don't know if it is a standard metric on rally wheels so what is the backspacing you used? I'm thinking of using  BF Goodrich 255/60/15 on 8 inch rim with 4.5 backspacing on the rear and the front 235/60/15 on 7 inch with 4.25 back spacing.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on July 18, 2017 - 07:15:41 pm
Sorry for the delay guys, I looked up my order from jegs - here you go-

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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on July 28, 2017 - 04:26:53 pm
Well for those that have been following my thread from the beginning, amazingly my car just sold and picked up today.  I had no plans to sell but a couple saw my car at a show and had to have it.  It was an offer I couldn't refuse. I'm excited for the next project, looking for a 68 charger to build.

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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: moprr on July 28, 2017 - 05:35:52 pm
Have to love the easy sale I sold my truck once like that wasn't going to sell it but $ talks
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: redo1973 on July 29, 2017 - 01:25:38 pm
Sad to see it go.  I remember when it was just being brought home.  Congrats.  It must be nice to know that others appreciate and are willing to pay for your vision on that project.  Life rolls on.  Good luck with the next project.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: usraptr on August 02, 2017 - 07:26:37 pm
Oh no!  :22yikes:  Can't believe you sold it after all that work!  No, really congrats on a great job and getting top dollar for her.   :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: dodj on August 05, 2017 - 09:32:58 am
Oh no!  :22yikes:  Can't believe you sold it after all that work!

 :iagree:

That was a surprise. But, if the right deal ($$$) comes along, everything is for sale!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: daaboots on September 20, 2017 - 04:01:48 pm
Great job on the resto... can't believe you sold it!!
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on February 05, 2018 - 07:17:56 pm
Hi folks, just an update that I found a 1968 Charger and Iím heavy into the restoration.  Build thread on FBBO if youíre interested in following!  Hope youíre all doing well.

http://www.forbbodiesonly.com/moparforum/threads/project-unicorn-1968-charger-restoration.144166/



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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: cudamadd on February 05, 2018 - 10:30:47 pm
Yes you do enjoy building these cars . And that's fantastic. Because with out  people like you the hobby  would not be  as big as it is . There is an art to your work  . And just opens up the eyes of  muscle car lovers , in just how much  replacement panel work can go in to  a restoration or  a build .  Great job and awesome photos cheers  :aussie:
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on February 10, 2018 - 03:39:18 pm
Yes you do enjoy building these cars . And that's fantastic. Because with out  people like you the hobby  would not be  as big as it is . There is an art to your work  . And just opens up the eyes of  muscle car lovers , in just how much  replacement panel work can go in to  a restoration or  a build .  Great job and awesome photos cheers  :aussie:
Thanks!!


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: redo1973 on February 11, 2018 - 08:07:03 am
I went through your thread.  That project is moving along quickly.  My brother has one of those chargers but is currently a heap of rust in the backyard.  Thanks for putting up the detailed pictures.  I took away some great ideas.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: 70chall440 on February 11, 2018 - 12:14:25 pm
Just read your Charger thread, very nice work. I am trying to get my 73 Cuda restomod done and have a 70 Roadrunner sitting in my other shop waiting its turn so your situation feels familiar (except I will retain my 73). For me, the 70 RR, Charger or GTX was/is at the top of my B body desires. I absolutely love the overall style, tall pistol grip shifters, air grabber (RR and GTX) and wood grain dashes (GTX and Charger). My RR will be a bit of a restomod as it is pretty modified already complete with a tilt front end...  :bigsmile: Sounds bad but is actually well engineered. I am going to put a 66 426, a 4 speed (or maybe a Tremec if I can afford it) and a Dana in it.
Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on February 12, 2018 - 01:51:15 pm
I went through your thread.  That project is moving along quickly.  My brother has one of those chargers but is currently a heap of rust in the backyard.  Thanks for putting up the detailed pictures.  I took away some great ideas.

Thanks! :-)


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: twalker on February 12, 2018 - 01:52:43 pm
Just read your Charger thread, very nice work. I am trying to get my 73 Cuda restomod done and have a 70 Roadrunner sitting in my other shop waiting its turn so your situation feels familiar (except I will retain my 73). For me, the 70 RR, Charger or GTX was/is at the top of my B body desires. I absolutely love the overall style, tall pistol grip shifters, air grabber (RR and GTX) and wood grain dashes (GTX and Charger). My RR will be a bit of a restomod as it is pretty modified already complete with a tilt front end...  :bigsmile: Sounds bad but is actually well engineered. I am going to put a 66 426, a 4 speed (or maybe a Tremec if I can afford it) and a Dana in it.

Sounds like two beautiful cars and love what youíre going to do with the runner - someday I hope to build a car with an air grabber - how awesome are they!!


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Title: Re: Canadian 73 Cuda Restoration; Project Sassy.
Post by: 70chall440 on February 12, 2018 - 11:58:14 pm
Thanks, I have a pretty full Mopar collection (only took 40+ years..)

The 2 greatest things Mopar ever did was invent and sell the pistol grip shiftier and the air grabber hood. Neither of the other 2 US car companies had anything close. The 70 Chevelle cowl induction hood was half an attempt at making something cool, but no where near the air grabber. My only criticism of it is/was the vacuum system they used; should have gone electric which is what I am going to do  :bigsmile: