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Title: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Sal-Chichon on September 22, 2005 - 01:34:09 pm
I am just getting started and super excited to begin working on the car. I will have Pics later, have not taken any yet. I will be needing lots of help tracking down vin numbers due to missing parts and rust. The car is a 1970 Cuda lots of rust but I can see the true beauty of the car. Great site lots of info hope to learn from you all. Thanks Richard
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: RUSTY Cuda on September 22, 2005 - 01:36:41 pm
Not my first cuda, but my first resto on one, roll up the sleeves & dive in, lotsa fun! Rich.
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Rev-It-Up on September 22, 2005 - 01:43:34 pm
Welcome to the board!  Would love to see pics when you get them.  We just finished our first project and I can tell you, there will be some very exciting points and then some times you'll just want to kick anything nearby!  But, keep at it!  It's all worth it in the end.  We went from this to this....you can do it too!
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Sal-Chichon on September 22, 2005 - 01:46:14 pm
Nice pics that is about where I'm at with mine it is a rolling chasis with original  block and 727 tran
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Post by: 4Cruizn on September 22, 2005 - 01:56:17 pm
Welcome to cc.com  I have about the same story!  Went from this to this!  lol  Hope you enjoy the site and post those pics soon! 
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Sal-Chichon on September 22, 2005 - 02:01:43 pm
Nice car!!! anyone know the best place to aquire fenders and other body parts for a cuda
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Sal-Chichon on September 22, 2005 - 02:13:38 pm
Here it is!!! these are  some pics  the guy I bought it from took.
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Sal-Chichon on September 22, 2005 - 02:15:38 pm
It's rough I know but I will not stop. I have always wanted a 1970-71 Cuda, so now I have one, I now want to be able to drive one.
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: 4Cruizn on September 22, 2005 - 03:37:18 pm
Nice car!!! anyone know the best place to aquire fenders and other body parts for a cuda


I shop 2 places . . . the internet and major mopar show swap meets.  Of course the shows are usually the best place cause you can see the part first hand and leave with it but sometimes the prices are stupid.  Use caution and buyer beware with the internet.   (http://bestsmileys.com/evil/8.gif)
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Post by: Mr. 6pak2go on September 22, 2005 - 04:09:46 pm
well you have a car to work with anyways i know its rough but its fixable just keep your eye on the prize and never give up!! good luck and keep us posted!! ;)
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Super Blue 72 on September 22, 2005 - 04:48:57 pm
Hi Sal, how are you!   Welcome, there's lots of nice people here with lots of info and knowledge.  Have fun with your project.  You look like you have the determination to do it!

This car looks like the car Devil was selling (Car #2 of 3). 

Definately like 4c said, watch out for the stuff off the internet!  Sometimes thing get left out of the description.  Ask LOTS of questions.  It's one of those "If you don't ask, I don't have to tell you" things sometimes!
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Post by: Carlwalski on September 22, 2005 - 06:14:47 pm

Welcome!! Lovely before and after shots guys! (We should start a thread) *GRIN* (No smilies!!!)

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Post by: Mr. 6pak2go on September 22, 2005 - 07:16:06 pm
dang nz stop postin pics of lucy your makin me jelious!  haha lol ;)  j/k post away bro! she looks awsome!! oh btw i finialy saw vainshing point its freakin awsome my faviorite movie of all times!!  8)
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Andrew on September 22, 2005 - 11:00:53 pm
In Nz's pics its hard to tell which is before and which is after, it looked pretty marvelous even before he started on it.

Welcome sal, your gonna love it here.
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Sal-Chichon on September 23, 2005 - 02:33:16 am
I work with a guy who when he was in in school he had a Plum Crazy Challenger that was built by the shop that Built the challenger in vanishing point he has pictures. He loved it but he had to let her go since he joined the Marine Corps(OHH - RAW!!!!) anyways thanks for the encouragement I'll be starting on the project in a couple weeks and then off and on as i have the time. I'll be posting pics as I progress. Thanks Richard
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Sal-Chichon on September 23, 2005 - 03:33:57 am
More Pics... kinda depressing Eh!
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Mr. 6pak2go on September 23, 2005 - 07:36:01 pm
looks like you got some work on your hands!! whats the story?
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: 4Cruizn on September 23, 2005 - 08:21:40 pm
More Pics... kinda depressing Eh!



More like kind of EXCITING!  I'd be tearing that sh!t apart as quickly as possible and get that thing stripped down so the progress can begin!!  lol  (http://bestsmileys.com/excited/3.gif)
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Sal-Chichon on September 24, 2005 - 02:52:05 am
I'm trying to get the numbers figured out before I start anything I just found the numbers on the cowl BI I56753 and  on the radiator cross member. Is it true that these are the last eight of the vin? If is it also true that the BI are flipped? which means this is a 1971 Cuda? THe gas cap is original and I was told that it was from a 1971 cuda How do I tell for sure? once this is solved then I will get started on the "tearing into it" and get this fish back to swimmin!
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Post by: 71GTX on September 24, 2005 - 08:59:46 am
That does appear to be the car that Devil was selling.....ya gotta good start on a project there Sal! Keep us informed with the progress....
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Sal-Chichon on September 24, 2005 - 09:34:43 am
Yeah it is the # 2 out of three being sold out of IL. I'm just happy to have been ablt to find two sets of matching numbers. Now I'll have to pull the engine to see is we can get a Triple play on vin numbers.
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: RUSTY Cuda on September 24, 2005 - 02:43:30 pm
There might be another # , inside the trunk lip on the quarter panel I think it's stamped there too!
Got a "bit" of work ahead of you, Have fun witj it! Rich.
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: jvike on September 24, 2005 - 05:32:29 pm
Hi S-C! I've only had my Cuda for 6 months and now it's torn apart, so same story here. :) Spending evenings with the cuda in the garage is fun!

(http://home.no.net/jvike/images/Cuda/Project/Project0.jpg)
The way it was..
(http://home.no.net/jvike/images/Cuda/Project/Project11.jpg)
Current status..
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Mr. 6pak2go on September 26, 2005 - 07:56:35 pm
yea its alot of fun!! i just painted my dart saterday! iv got to get another coat on it and drop in the motor and it will be done!! then im gonna finish tearin the cuda apart and get someone to do the body and paint im not gonna try to tackle the cuda myself!!
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Ghost on September 27, 2005 - 07:34:56 pm
I've seen MUCH worse starts than yours.  Give it time, and she will be turning heads all down the street!
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Mr. 6pak2go on September 27, 2005 - 07:41:41 pm
oh yea ghost has a very valid point! look at them ones on ebay!! the one was in a fire and the poor white one!!  :'(
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Post by: Street_Challenged73 on September 28, 2005 - 02:17:58 pm
Welcome to the board, Sal_Chichon.  I thought that car looked familiar.  I'd have to assume that with the numbers you have provided would conclude that your car would be a '71 Barracuda or 'Cuda. (depending on the first two letters of the V.I.N.)  It may look overwhelming now, but just take it piece by piece and you'll have that car out on the road in all its glory. ;)
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: torredcuda on September 28, 2005 - 05:20:54 pm
It`s a serious project but nothing that can`t be done,just start tearing it down and mark everything so you will know where it goes later.Are you doing any of the work yourself or having someone else do it?
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Mr. 6pak2go on September 28, 2005 - 06:41:21 pm
id start with the media blasting get it down to medal so you will know what your working with! dont blast the rook quarters hood deck lid fenders etc!! i think iv already said that once!!
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Sal-Chichon on September 29, 2005 - 09:21:34 am
Yes, I will be doing most the work myself. with the help of some friends " sanding party" all i'll have to do is supply the pizza and beer and they will assist in the process. I'll supply the beer after the sanding because drunks + Cuda = Bad News. I just picked up a pnuematic high speed cut off tool that I will be using to cut out the floor boards. I just need to order the replacement pans.
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Mr. 6pak2go on September 29, 2005 - 08:18:32 pm
lol yea thats a great idea!! you dont want to be tipsy while workin on cars very bad situation!
Title: Re: First Cuda... First restore...
Post by: Sal-Chichon on September 30, 2005 - 03:02:03 am
yeah when I bought my house we had to install a garage door opener. well my friends got into the beer before I started the garage door opener well, long story short I didn't have any help with the installation of the opener
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Post by: hemi71 on September 30, 2005 - 05:56:28 pm
Welcome to the board Sal....just take it one step at a time, and you'll be surprised how fast it will go.