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Offline CUDA JAS

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #105 on: January 05, 2016 - 10:51:36 am »
well if we are voting...I vote no lights, I like the open look of the lower valance...that is my plan anyway!

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #106 on: January 05, 2016 - 11:12:39 am »
I appreciate the comments, the consensus appears to be having the lights moved outboard which is what I prefer as well. I too like the lights on the 70 and for a car such as that AAR, they look awesome and need to be where they are.

I don't think I will need to do any panel work to fit the lights under the bumper outboard, it seems to fit right in the corner actually pretty well. I will need to make a new mounting bracket for the light because it is too tall/long and puts the lights too far below the bumper; I want them tucked up right under the bumper. On the Rogan car they actually inlet the bumper a small amount for the lights, I do not think this is necessary and to be honest I don't really like the look as there is plenty of room below the bumper.

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #107 on: January 06, 2016 - 12:38:08 am »
Got the lights mocked up, fortunately I there is a tab on each bumper bracket just in the right spot with a 3/8 hole in it.
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #108 on: January 06, 2016 - 05:43:41 am »
Mike, we have been mates for a while now so dont shoot me in the face!! I think the view from the front is great and the intention is fantastic,,,, but, the side view I think they need to be tucked further under the bumper, I know you cant do this without moving them more to the center line of the car due to the size of the lights which is not the frontal look your after, you would need to mod the valance 'mouth' as such to make the opening wider to be able to push the lights back under the bumper, just my thoughts mate.
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #109 on: January 06, 2016 - 09:20:51 am »
Mike, we have been mates for a while now so dont shoot me in the face!! I think the view from the front is great and the intention is fantastic,,,, but, the side view I think they need to be tucked further under the bumper, I know you cant do this without moving them more to the center line of the car due to the size of the lights which is not the frontal look your after, you would need to mod the valance 'mouth' as such to make the opening wider to be able to push the lights back under the bumper, just my thoughts mate.

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #110 on: January 06, 2016 - 11:17:31 am »
when I first looked at it after putting them in, I felt the same way. After looking at it for a little while I was less certain, however I agree that having them "hanging" out there is off putting. The real problem with moving the rearward is the inboard bumper bracket which is in the way. The other problem is that to be honest, the front of the car isn't really conducive to having lights down there in a way that "flows". Due to the way the lower valance is, the lights have to be outside of it to be functional (light beam angle). The issue here is that the way the valance slopes down and away, it makes the lights stick out very prominently which is why Chrysler stuck them in the middle on the 70 I suspect. If I want to stick them in the corners of the valance, I am going to have to modify the bumper brackets some which isn't a huge deal, just more time, cutting, welding, etc.
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #111 on: January 06, 2016 - 01:41:45 pm »
Looking back at the pic you are basing the change on. Look closely it appears that the lower valance is pulled outward and is lined up with almost the front of the bumper. Just observing the differences. 

Still like them spaced wider.
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #112 on: January 06, 2016 - 01:49:19 pm »
Looking good!  My vote is lights outward.
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #113 on: January 06, 2016 - 01:59:43 pm »
The valance is lined up with the fenders and where it needs to be. I have to rethink this a little.
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #114 on: January 06, 2016 - 06:50:40 pm »
Looking great, nice work.  I liked how member rhamson installed 71? roadrunner signal lights. Cool idea!
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #115 on: January 06, 2016 - 07:35:29 pm »
That was/is really cool.
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #116 on: January 06, 2016 - 10:25:13 pm »


I'm going no lights in the valance. I'll need to black out the center support though to get the proper look.


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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #117 on: January 07, 2016 - 12:55:32 am »
Looks good buddy!

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #118 on: January 07, 2016 - 01:37:35 am »
Looks very clean; vanishing point Cuda..
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #119 on: January 07, 2016 - 05:35:48 pm »
Thanks, been so busy at work that I have not been reading this site as much as I'd like, but I really like the ideas and theme in your build, similar to some of the ideas that I have. Got me back paying attention. I'll be following along closely...