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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #90 on: January 02, 2016 - 12:07:20 am »
No worries at all, there seems to a number of people on this site suffer from the same affliction. I agree with the 2 list approach and have used it on my 52 B3B PU as well as this car. That said, I knew from the beginning what I wanted the outcome to be like, some of it was "conceptual" in nature whereas other things were very specific. At this stage, I am pretty much out of the "nice to have" things, I am now executing the remainder of my overall plan. Just got the front bumper brackets modified (I think), I will mock up the bumper tomorrow and see where I am at.

To bring everyone to speed, I am not using the factory front valance insert and turn signals (always hated the 72-74 square front turn signals), instead I am using turn signals in the headlights and running 4" driving lights under the front bumper like the 70. I am going to use KS 4" lights with black housings. I "was" going to also build a piece to go into the valance to smooth the transition to the radiator but I think I am going to forego that depending on how it looks.
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 #91 on: January 02, 2016 - 04:33:07 pm »
I am seriously considering tucking in the front bumper into the fenders (left and right), the more I look at the bumper sitting outside the fenders the less I like it. I looked at some custom cars online and have see where builders have done this and it looks (IMO) much better. The Challenger has the inlets for the bumper, don't know why Plymouth didn't do this. If the rear sat outside of the body it might not be as bad, but since it is inset, the front should be as well.
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 #92 on: January 02, 2016 - 04:43:24 pm »
Focus Mike, your being pulled off track by that fairy again :roflsmiley: :roflsmiley:
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #93 on: January 02, 2016 - 04:55:10 pm »
I am focused, but that bumper is bothering me... Once I get the bumper mocked up and in place I will look at it. I have been looking at pictures of Cudas all day and I think since they will be body color it might not be an issue.
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 #94 on: January 03, 2016 - 09:16:57 pm »
I got about 80% done with the front bumper, took longer than I expected plus it was cold out so it took some time to get the shop warm. I still need to finish welding the front bumper bolts and filling the jack slots. For those who might be wondering, the bumper I used was/is a 73-74 I believe as were/are the brackets. I had to do a fair amount of modifying to get it where I wanted it and fitting the way I want it to. The 73-74 bumper has a bolt on the top, I do not believe the 70-72 bumpers do not have this hole. The way the bracket is for this top bolt, I had to remove that mounting position, I also had to modify the outside brackets to allow them to slide back. I slotted all of the mounting holes 2"; I will not use all of that but it gives me the adjustability I want. Now, for those you safety minded people who are thinking of commenting how these slots will allow the bumper to slide back into the grille and fenders, you are right to a degree, but what I may do once I am sure of the final location is weld in some stops, although to be honest I am not real concerned about it, these bumpers were never meant to take a whole lot of abuse and I try and make it a habit not to hit things with my Ebodies.
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 #95 on: January 03, 2016 - 09:19:04 pm »
Some more pictures since  :useless: 
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 #96 on: January 04, 2016 - 03:40:22 am »
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #97 on: January 04, 2016 - 09:46:38 am »
The bumper looks good now.   :thumbsup:
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #98 on: January 04, 2016 - 10:56:41 am »
I agree, it turned out pretty well. Still need to fab my driving light brackets. Then I need to go back to the fenders and close the gaps, put a stud in the pass side (in the rear). I also need to tweak the lower fender mounting points.
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 #99 on: January 05, 2016 - 01:38:35 am »
So, now I am looking at the driving lights. I am using KC Apollo lights which use a H3 bulb. The overall width of the light is 4.75" with a depth or thickness of 2.75. I was reviewing the Joe Rogan Sick Fish build book and they have a picture of a 70 Cuda and Joe's car which clearly shows the driving light placement. I am definitely leaning towards the placement similar to Rogans car. Here are some pics.
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 #100 on: January 05, 2016 - 09:13:56 am »
Great work on the bumper brackets.

I think you will be happy with the look after filing the upper bolt holes and jack slots...





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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #101 on: January 05, 2016 - 10:09:27 am »
I'm with ya on the light placement, much cleaner look.
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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #102 on: January 05, 2016 - 10:18:23 am »
I'm with ya on the light placement, much cleaner look.


I love the '70 road lights!   :ylsuper: :bananasmi


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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #103 on: January 05, 2016 - 10:30:22 am »
Agreed moving them outward is cleaner. Looks to be some metal Fab on lower valance to accept the lights. Panel is formed to follow around the outside portion of the  light.

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Re: 73 Road Race Cuda
« Reply #104 on: January 05, 2016 - 10:32:46 am »
I vote outward with the lights as well...and thanks for posting the pic of the dash switch panel....given me some ideas....Love the build!!!