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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #660 on: August 13, 2017 - 11:52:55 pm »
Awesome.  Looking forward to seeing your assembly progress.

Thanks, hopefully it will begin soon. I need to make some tow rings (one front and one back) first (more because I have been thinking about it for a long time).
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #661 on: August 14, 2017 - 10:09:35 pm »
I agree.  you've had me thinking about tow point also.  The front spoiler becomes an issue for sure.  I was hoping to use the rear axle but here too I have a thru valance for exhaust so it hangs low.

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #662 on: August 15, 2017 - 12:28:32 pm »
I looked at the car and have a tentative plan for the front for sure, its going to take a fair amount of fabrication but of I am going to have a tow point it has to be fully functional. Now having painted bumpers there isn't anymore pushing it anywhere, so I am left with pulling it (I will have to move the car from bay to bay occasionally in order to put the car on the lift, but I don't want to leave it there because I use the lift for other things).

I will post pictures as it goes along.
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70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #663 on: August 19, 2017 - 12:01:18 pm »
As promised, here are some pictures. I looked at the car closely and thought through what would happen if the car would be towed from this point. Specifically I had to think through where the force was going to be applied and what other components could be affected. No use in having a tow loop that if you use it your valance, bumper, etc are going to be damaged in the process. So, I decided that the best place for the tow point to be located would be directly in the center where the license plate would reside. Here is WA because of the age of the car, we can get a "collector" plate which only has to be displayed in the rear, this leaves the front open. However I intend to still have the capability to put a front plate "just in case".

I decided to put a solid bar running between the 2 inner bumper brackets. I used a piece of 1 1/8" square stock, drilled holes on the end and tapped them 1/2 x 13 and installed the bar using grade 8 1/2" bolts. Another design consideration is that it had to be removable, so this was the best method.

At this point I have a solid mounting point, what I am struggling with is the tow point design. If I make the loop so that it faces horizontally (like most you see on race cars); I have to lower the tow point itself to all room for a tow strap; so that under load the strap isn't pushed against the bumper (would probably remove the paint or at a minimum damage it). I am leaning towards making it sit vertically which solves the other problem but I don't think it will be all that good looking. So, now I am thinking vertical is the way to go but it needs to be removable (similar in concept to a receiver hitch on a truck).

I am going to work on this today so we will see what I come up with.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
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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 #664 on: August 19, 2017 - 03:11:31 pm »
What about a smaller "resse hitch" style design. Something that can be removed with a  trailer hitch style pin.
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #665 on: August 19, 2017 - 11:49:09 pm »
What about a smaller "resse hitch" style design. Something that can be removed with a  trailer hitch style pin.

That's basically where I am going with it. Almost done, have to make a few adjustments and then finish welding it up. I will warn everyone, it is probably way over built but that's how I roll...  :bigsmile:
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
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 #666 on: August 20, 2017 - 11:37:21 pm »
Finally got the tow loop done, waiting on a grille hardware kit before I put it all together. Going to paint the grille and lower valance insert satin black; I think I will use that paint that peels off "just in case". Also got the rear bumper on, starting to look like a car (albeit slowly).
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
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 #667 on: August 24, 2017 - 10:23:30 pm »
I posted this in the body shop section and haven't gotten a lot of responses but.... I bought this grille hardware kit and am wondering if anyone can tell me what goes where; specifically the black plastic blocks and the white round ones; however a complete description would be cool.  :bigsmile:
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
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 #668 on: August 26, 2017 - 11:21:04 am »
The cut and buff came out really nice!  What a shine.  :cheers:   Tow loop fabrication is slick.  :2thumbs:   I going to be checking this for updates on the grill hardware as I'm close to putting mine in also.  :popcorn:
1970 Plymouth 'Cuda.  Matching numbers 440 U Code, 4 speed pistol grip, Rallye dash, AM 8 Track, Shaker hood, 15 inch rallye wheels, Dana 60 4.10, Super Track Pak.  One of 134 - 440 "U" coupes codes built in 1970 and one of 100 - 440 Super Track Paks built in 1970.

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #669 on: August 26, 2017 - 01:34:15 pm »
I posted this in the body shop section and haven't gotten a lot of responses but.... I bought this grille hardware kit and am wondering if anyone can tell me what goes where; specifically the black plastic blocks and the white round ones; however a complete description would be cool.  :bigsmile:
Only a guess but the two #7 look like they could be licence plate bumpers. #6 I would emagine there are square holes they fit into. If not then, could they be for mounting emblems to the grill itself?

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #670 on: August 26, 2017 - 02:52:50 pm »
I don't think that is what those round things are for, according to what I have found out they are "headlight bezel mounting". The square blocks are to mount the grille to the header panel. The J clips are used in several places to include 3 per side for the headlight trim rings.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
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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 #671 on: August 26, 2017 - 02:55:15 pm »
The cut and buff came out really nice!  What a shine.  :cheers:   Tow loop fabrication is slick.  :2thumbs:   I going to be checking this for updates on the grill hardware as I'm close to putting mine in also.  :popcorn:

Thanks, I appreciate it. I think many who looked at the tow hook are thinking "man that's huge"... It actually isn't as big as it seems. I will post pictures when I get it all together.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
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 #672 on: August 31, 2017 - 10:34:56 pm »
Finally got back to the car, spent about 5 hours on it. First time this car has had a face since I have owned it. Spoiler is just to see how it looks, I will probably remove it during assembly.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
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 #673 on: September 01, 2017 - 01:59:28 am »
looking good!
Brad
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Proud to own one of the best cars ever made!!!!!

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

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #674 on: September 01, 2017 - 12:09:11 pm »
looking good!

Thanks, its been a long time coming.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)