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Offline TonyBolton

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Re: Hello, under unfortunate circumstances
« Reply #30 on: August 18, 2014 - 01:54:44 pm »
Thank you. I can tell you all that hauling that car to the track really got me emotional all over again. I kept seeing the car in my rear view but the drivers seat was missin my dad.

Pretty difficult 45min drive.




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Re: Hello, under unfortunate circumstances
« Reply #31 on: May 11, 2015 - 07:29:43 pm »
I've been quite for some time....but weather has gotten better....got some things in my life straightened out....

Was undecided where to go first and ended up doing some exterior stuff first to my liking. Thought about doing a vintage trans am thing....but I really like the pro touring side of things.

I must say....the wheel tire combo makes this such a greater pleasure to drive. Much more safe and stable. Accompanying suspension upgrades to follow.

The big wheels may not be my dad's style...but he always said to "make it yours when I'm gone.






Offline brads70

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Re: Hello, under unfortunate circumstances
« Reply #32 on: May 11, 2015 - 07:37:16 pm »
Looks great!  :2thumbs:
Brad
1970 Challenger 451stroker/4L60 auto OD
Barrie,Ontario,Canada
Proud to own one of the best cars ever made!!!!!

My restoration thread 
http://www.cuda-challenger.com/cc/index.php?topic=59072.0
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http://www.cuda-challenger.com/cc/index.php?topic=73985.0

Offline TonyBolton

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Re: Hello, under unfortunate circumstances
« Reply #33 on: May 11, 2015 - 07:39:16 pm »
I would've like a lil taller sidewall tire in back....but just played it safe. The rubber is close to the leaf spring but I've got some room near fender lip.  I'll put a taller one on it when I burn the down. ;)
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Re: Hello, under unfortunate circumstances
« Reply #34 on: May 12, 2015 - 02:31:09 am »
Wow....looks like I got liked at:

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Offline MorePower

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Re: Hello, under unfortunate circumstances
« Reply #35 on: May 13, 2015 - 12:27:37 pm »
Hi Tony, my deepest condolences for the loss of your Dad. I too like others that have commented have lost my Dad as well to leukemia this past January and has left me his 71 Cuda. I too wish to make him proud with a full resto on his car. Each one of our fathers with take pride in knowing that their wheels are well taken care of.

Offline TonyBolton

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Re: Hello, under unfortunate circumstances
« Reply #36 on: May 13, 2015 - 12:29:27 pm »
I hope so man!  He was a man of few words....but those words always meant alot.

Thank you for the help and wishes!

Offline 734406pk

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Re: Hello, under unfortunate circumstances
« Reply #37 on: May 13, 2015 - 09:01:47 pm »
Sorry for your loss, Tony. I lost my Dad over 10 years ago I am still feeling it. He was my "Rock" , a man of few words as well. That's one beautiful Cuda you have there! I hope it bring you many "smiles per gallon"! :2thumbs:
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Offline TonyBolton

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Re: Hello, under unfortunate circumstances
« Reply #38 on: May 13, 2015 - 09:04:35 pm »
Thank you all for your continued support! 

Offline TonyBolton

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Re: Hello, under unfortunate circumstances
« Reply #39 on: May 16, 2015 - 12:12:18 am »
Oh man! I'm in the lead now!!  Thanks everyone!   Still a good opportunity to get some "pad the lead" votes in!

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Re: Hello, under unfortunate circumstances
« Reply #40 on: May 16, 2015 - 11:10:50 am »
Tony,  Welcome aboard.  Your dad's Cuda is in good company here.  It will get easier.  You will eventually see that what you are living is the naturally way of things, and you get to do it Mopar style!  Enjoy it - it's yours now.  Be good to her and she'll be awesome to you.  Blessings and safe miles. 

Offline TonyBolton

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Re: Hello, under unfortunate circumstances
« Reply #41 on: May 16, 2015 - 12:40:42 pm »
Thanks man.....it means a lot to me.

Somehow those damn bikes are back in the lead......dang!

Offline TonyBolton

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Re: Hello, under unfortunate circumstances
« Reply #42 on: May 27, 2015 - 02:12:11 pm »
Thanks to all that voted in 129photos weekly picture voting.....i won!  Gonna hang this at mom's house .....she'll love it!


Offline js29no

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Re: Hello, under unfortunate circumstances
« Reply #43 on: May 27, 2015 - 04:13:18 pm »
my condolences about your father, congratulates on winning! i always thought red with black looked good on a cuda 

Offline TonyBolton

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Re: Hello, under unfortunate circumstances
« Reply #44 on: June 28, 2015 - 03:52:39 am »
Oh man....what an awesome driving feeling now!

Been wanting to go through the suspension on this thing for some time but just haven't made up my mind on the exact parts I needed or wanted.

With my background in autocross and open tracking I knew I wanted something that I was familiar with.... But wasn't concerned about ultimate handling like with heim joints like I have on my Mustang. I'm wanting to make this a really good street car and not change up everything with a k member/coil overs and keep it sort of true to the seventies suspension style.

I was anxious and threw the wheel and tire package on it previously just to get that look and inspiration that I was looking for.

All I did was crank the torsion bars down and put a 2 inch block in the rear to subtract some of the Super Stock leaf springs lift. It had the look but nothing to back it up.

I noticed the Hotchkis kit used heim joints in the upper control arms and on the steering and I was a little bit leery of that because of how my Mustang feels. I mean don't get me wrong it feels like a race car should but I really want to drive this thing is so much fun.

So with having my game plan established and my budget I went with the following:

Safety items first...Moog steering tie rods and joints....global west fully threaded adjustment sleeves...Moog lower balljoints.

Qa1 lower control arms
Qa1 upper control arms
Qa1 strut rods
Hotchkis 1.03 torsion bars
Hotchkis leaf springs
Hotchkis 1.5 fox shocks
Hotchkis sway bars

I did the best home alignment that I could with the upper control arms caster camber and what not the only thing I think I got wrong was that the steering wheel is just a tad off center but that's just annoying not really a problem to me right now.

I was very happy that the ride height didn't change from what I had before because I really liked the way it looked.

This thing is such a blast to drive now it feels like my old autocross Mustang which was really built out the ass with suspension... it's so flat and stable and predictable now!  The ride is not harsh at all I really think the shocks are really what's making the difference on this. I was never a fan of the adjustable shocks because I just spent too much time worrying about if I got it right or not and I've had good luck with Bilstein non-adjustable in the past but I figured I'd give these a try....im glad I did!

I bet my dad would probably freak out with how well this thing handles and drives like a modern sports car!  He always said that you didn't drive these cars because they handled good,  you drove them because they went straight.... fast.

We've got a few popular curvy roads down here where I live and on its maiden voyage where I was feeling it out and I had become more comfortable with it I run up on one of those Subaru STi and we hit some corners together and he couldn't lose me and in the straight aways I was all over is ass.   We pulled up together at a two lane split and I got the thumbs up and he said "man there's no way I figured that car would have hung with me!  I was like I'm getting ready to put this guy in check!!"

I'm still getting used to that long hood but I'm getting more comfortable with it each time I drive it and now with this suspension I can't wait to really get comfortable with it!


Pile of 45 year old stuff...some still ok....some sketchy. ;)





Stuff goin together...





Sitting just right to me!!