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Offline tony 73

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #75 on: November 01, 2018 - 06:05:09 AM »
Wow 2 months goes past real fast, work, holiday , school trip, life gets in the way sometimes.

Primer nice and hard, gave it a guide coat and  started blocking. Going real well, driver side only need 1 more prime and block.




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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #76 on: November 01, 2018 - 11:29:45 AM »
Thats coming along nicely, sanding is like walking across the desert.... just keeps going and going... but when you get done it is so worth it. I can't speak for anyone else, but for me it is always a constant battle; is it good enough? I have to fight the urge to get it "good enough" thinking that the paint will hide it (which it won't, it will probably only magnify the issue).
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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: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #77 on: November 02, 2018 - 07:13:11 AM »
I like your analogy , my desert hike has just begun.
As you say, top coat hides nothing, often have to tell myself to give give a panel one more sand.

Got to the passenger rear quarter and am relieved that it has blocked out great. Will fill the few minor lows and then final  prime.

Not looking forward to smoothing paint on car underside.

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #78 on: November 02, 2018 - 12:06:28 PM »
You are doing great, just have to hang in there. The one thing I really liked was high build primer; really helped during blocking in that I was able to actually get panels smooth without having to add filler. This might sound intuitive but I was never a body guy and before I found high build, I would block it out and then find low spots which needed attention, on the ones that I couldn't push out I would have to skim coat with body filler then back to blocking. 
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: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #79 on: November 23, 2018 - 05:25:54 AM »
Cheers 70chall440, I like what you are saying.
No photos as all that has changed is there is less paint on the car due to a lot of sanding. I blocked all the guide coat on both rear quarters and have spot filled the few very minor imperfections. I then gave the quarters , sail panel, rockers and door jams a final 2 coats of epoxy primer ready for final blocking.
 Have been in the trunk, the cabin , and underside, and finally the engine bay. Have lost plenty of skin in the process. Primer is feeling smooth and looking great. Hope to seam seal and get some stone chip guard on this weekend. Color just around the corner  :cooldancing:.
 Dropped off few bigger suspension and drive chain parts off at media blaster, pick up end of next week.

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #80 on: November 23, 2018 - 01:20:28 PM »
Stay at it and before you know it you will have color and then reassembly  :2thumbs:
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: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #81 on: November 30, 2018 - 05:10:07 AM »
Cheers mate.

I am half way through seam sealing, bit worried about getting a nice clean line where tail panel joins rear quarter.

Picked up my parts from blaster, they gave them some epoxy black.

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #82 on: November 30, 2018 - 11:20:46 AM »
Outstanding, always good to seeing clean and coated or painted parts come back, almost like the are new parts.
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: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #83 on: December 02, 2018 - 03:50:25 AM »
Am real keen to get the black top coat on the parts I have cleaned and had blasted, but I need to finish other jobs I have started. Seam sealing for one.
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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #84 on: December 02, 2018 - 12:30:05 PM »
Id say that most of know the feeling; sometimes it is just hard to get started or restarted. I find that I need to start doing something small and easy and that usually leads me to do bigger things as I get motivated.
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: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #85 on: December 02, 2018 - 09:34:01 PM »
Very nice progress.  I often had to remind myself that it's a marathon and not sprint.  You're putting in the time that will make a huge difference in the end.  Keep it going. :2thumbs:

Offline tony 73

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #86 on: December 14, 2018 - 05:40:17 AM »
 :thumbsup: Thanks guys.

I enjoy spending time with my nephews and as of Tuesday this week I will be seeing them a lot more. They brought a mopar project, surf wagon, 1965 valiant AP5 Safari. They and I are on school holidays, have spent last 3 days on strip out. A few rust repairs needed . Strip, clean/blast, paint  , rebuild.

Cuda time suffering but I having fun.

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #87 on: December 14, 2018 - 12:15:22 PM »
Very cool project, wagons are getting more and more desirable.
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: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #88 on: December 21, 2018 - 11:17:55 PM »
Been flat out on the boy's wagon, finally got some time on Cuda.

Seam seal 90% done.

Couldn't help myself, got some paint mixed and shot the cabin. Not quite the perfect match but you will never see it.

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #89 on: December 21, 2018 - 11:51:29 PM »
Outstanding
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)