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Offline ElDoradoCuda

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Long Time - New Intro and a Question
« on: May 21, 2015 - 10:21:49 am »
Hi Everyone,
I was very much an active member of this site some years ago when I bought a 73 Barracuda, and then when my son bought a 71 Challenger RT 383 4sp (The Barracuda is gone but my son still has the Challenger - he bought it when he was 18.  He now is a Marine and is getting married today and leaving next week for Okinawa).  I recently bought a 70 Challenger RT/SE, which can be seen here: http://austin.craigslist.org/cto/5034130567.html.  I have it on Craigslist because I originally bought it for resale, but now have bonded with the car and don't want to part with it.  This also explains the super-high asking price!  As I checked the numbers on it and evaluated it I grew to like it more and more.  Also, it is a dead ringer for the yellow 70 Challenger RT 340 4 speed I drove in high school.  So... I thought I would start by getting to know this site again and trying to get the car running to really get a feel for its mechanical needs.  It hasn't been started in a long time, but the motor turns nicely by hand using the fan to move it.  One issue, though, is the steering column.  The keys were lost long ago and the solution was for someone to remove the entire key/steering lock section from the column and leave it dangling by its wires.  I think it would be most cost effective to buy another column that has a key with it.  Does anyone out there have one (non-tilt) that may not be cosmetically wonderful but is plug-and-play mechanically?
BTW, my user name refers to my former address of El Dorado, CA.  I now am in Austin, Texas, and look forward to getting to know Cuda-Challenger folks in the area.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2015 - 10:40:53 am by ElDoradoCuda »




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Re: Long Time - New Intro and a Question
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2015 - 11:13:01 am »
If the column housing is not broken you could just purchase the key cylinder with key and only replace that. 
Someone here should have one for a good price.  Seems pretty simple to get her running again. 

Glad your back with us!!
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Re: Long Time - New Intro and a Question
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2015 - 11:31:11 am »
Welcome back. I have a cylinder with key if you need it. PM me your mailing address and I'll send it to you, no charge.

Offline ElDoradoCuda

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Re: Long Time - New Intro and a Question
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2015 - 12:22:11 pm »
Thanks Cuda Hunter and big thanks to Roadman!!  I'll send that PM!!

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Re: Long Time - New Intro and a Question
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2015 - 09:02:43 pm »
Welcome to the site! Thank you for your son's service! :wavingflag:
1973 Challenger 440 6 pack auto 3.91 rear
2012 Dodge Ram 3500 dually 6.7 Cummins Fleece EFI Live
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Re: Long Time - New Intro and a Question
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2015 - 09:40:47 pm »
I remember you from some time ago!  Welcome back! 

Offline ElDoradoCuda

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Re: Long Time - New Intro and a Question
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2015 - 12:25:50 am »
Thank you 4Cruizn, glad to be back!  734406pk, thank you for the comment about my son's service!  My other son (they are just one year apart) is in Army basic training.  He saw the success my Marine son was having and that inspired him to join the Army.

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Re: Long Time - New Intro and a Question
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2015 - 10:29:30 am »
good luck with the cars and welcome back to the site!  and godspeed to both of your sons

Offline ElDoradoCuda

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Re: Long Time - New Intro and a Question
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2015 - 03:10:04 pm »
Thank you 69ChargerRT, I really appreciate your comment regarding my sons!

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Re: Long Time - New Intro and a Question
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2015 - 11:55:32 pm »
Welcome (back) to the site and nice score on your Challenger. I hope your boys have a long and interesting life and I have two sons also and understand.  :2thumbs:

Offline ElDoradoCuda

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Re: Long Time - New Intro and a Question
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2015 - 12:42:19 am »
Thank you Jimynick - yes, you understand if you have two of your own!

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Re: Long Time - New Intro and a Question
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2015 - 11:33:45 pm »
Thank you 4Cruizn, glad to be back!  734406pk, thank you for the comment about my son's service!  My other son (they are just one year apart) is in Army basic training.  He saw the success my Marine son was having and that inspired him to join the Army.
That's wonderful, you must be very proud of your sons!
1973 Challenger 440 6 pack auto 3.91 rear
2012 Dodge Ram 3500 dually 6.7 Cummins Fleece EFI Live
1973 Challenger 318 2bbl auto 2.73 rear 22.5 mpg RIP
1970 Challenger TA 340 4bbl auto-Sold and sad
1999 Dodge Ram 3500 dually 5.9 Cummins Fleece tuned VGT-sold
1995 Kawasaki ZX1100E & still alive