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Offline 70chall440

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #1155 on: November 08, 2019 - 10:56:35 AM »
Hey Scott, it has been awhile, hope all is well over on your end.

Yes, it does look good in the shop with the Challenger. I moved on to my 70 RR, but I will get back to the Cuda to refine some things. I need to work on the clutch some, it works but I do not think I am getting the pressure plate over center as it is very heavy (I am running a hydraulic system I built).

My "master" retirement plan is to do the RR and then the 68 Cuda (will be a restomod); then spend the rest of my days tweaking each one as it strikes my interest. We will see how this works out.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6 EFI, 73 Cuda 416-6 EFI
05 Hemi Durango, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 Ram 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger 6 spd RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR (under const)
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9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)




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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #1156 on: November 08, 2019 - 10:41:51 PM »
It's been a long road Mike, but at the end, it sure looks like it was worth it!  :thumbsup: Let's see some fresher pics of the truck, too!  :cheers:

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #1157 on: November 08, 2019 - 11:10:48 PM »
Are you referring to my 52? It hasn't changed much since I built it. I did start it the other day and moved it from one shop to the other, god I love that EFI... started right up and idled very nicely; despite the cooler temps and it having sat for the last couple of months. I really need to get back onto the RR, my mill and lathe have been taking up a lot of my time, I am in the process of building a steady rest of the lathe.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6 EFI, 73 Cuda 416-6 EFI
05 Hemi Durango, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 Ram 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger 6 spd RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR (under const)
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #1158 on: December 12, 2019 - 03:57:38 PM »
Great project car!!!! Congrats!!! awesome seats... with excellent side lateral support!
Autocross/road racers go in deeper... and come out harder!

See  MOPAR ACTION MAGAZINE, AUGUST 2006 ISSUE for featured article and details on my autocross T/A.

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #1159 on: December 12, 2019 - 04:56:42 PM »
Thanks, I am pretty happy wit the way it turned out, it still needs some tweaking but now I am onto my 70 RR project, perhaps in the spring I will bring the cuda back in for some more work. The one thing I need to sort out is the clutch, I am running a homemade hydraulic system with a MC on the firewall and a slave on the trans, it is very heavy currently. A buddy suggested that perhaps I am not getting enough travel to get the PP over the center point but I am not sure, its possible that the slave doesn't have enough travel as well. One more thing to get figured out. Its currently sleeping with my 70 Challenger, 01 Viper, 52 B3B and 68 Cuda (future project) in one of my shops.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6 EFI, 73 Cuda 416-6 EFI
05 Hemi Durango, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 Ram 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger 6 spd RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR (under const)
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #1160 on: February 22, 2020 - 12:21:33 AM »
In reference to my last post, I have been overruled by my wife, she "suggests" I do the RR before the 68...

On another note, I have finally completely assembled the Cuda. So, for all intents and purposes it is "done"; of course there are the inevitable bugs and changes as well having to run/drive it so the EFI can learn. 

To that point, I am trying to determine what I am going to do about insurance for all my project and "toy" cars (70 Challenger, the Cuda, my 52 B3B), here is WA I can get Broad Form insurance just for them which isn't much but it will keep me from getting fined.

Here are some pics.


Hey Mike,
When you flip the driver's seat forward, is there enough room for a passenger to get in and out of the back seat?

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69 Barracuda Fastback Project Album https://goo.gl/photos/XjsAsx4LDo7psimU8
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #1161 on: February 22, 2020 - 12:28:13 AM »
Yes I believe so but you have to slide the seat forward. I will check for sure tomorrow and post a pic here for you.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6 EFI, 73 Cuda 416-6 EFI
05 Hemi Durango, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 Ram 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger 6 spd RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR (under const)
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #1162 on: February 22, 2020 - 06:00:12 PM »
So I took these pictures, the answer is yes you can get back there (unless you are quite large..) The seat doesnt go forward a whole lot but it does go forward and if you put the seat forward there is a fair amount of room; put it this way, I can get back there.

Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6 EFI, 73 Cuda 416-6 EFI
05 Hemi Durango, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 Ram 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger 6 spd RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR (under const)
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #1163 on: February 22, 2020 - 07:18:10 PM »
Thanks Mike!  :2thumbs:
- Randy D.
1 of 88 1970 340 4-Speed 'Cuda Convertibles
69 Barracuda Fastback Project Album https://goo.gl/photos/XjsAsx4LDo7psimU8
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #1164 on: February 22, 2020 - 07:29:41 PM »
Very welcome Randy.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6 EFI, 73 Cuda 416-6 EFI
05 Hemi Durango, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 Ram 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger 6 spd RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR (under const)
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)