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Offline YellowThumper

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #120 on: May 02, 2019 - 06:11:22 pm »
Wow those pieces all look nice. The color just pops!
Removing the warning labels one at a time.
Nature will take care of the rest.




Offline tony 73

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #121 on: May 07, 2019 - 02:25:46 am »
Cheers mate.

Am hoping to paint engine soon so got some primer on the manifold.

Am fitting a wing to the trunk lid, but lid does not have the cut outs for the brackets I have . Am going to make some similar to the ones on my challenger. Made a test pattern.

Still sanding guide got in spare time.

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #122 on: May 07, 2019 - 12:15:22 pm »
Hmmm... Challenger and Cuda Deck lids and Go Wing placement are very different.
Challenger's mount further forward and Cuda's mount a little more rearward.
 Of course you did say wing not "Go-Wing" so maybe it's a non-issue...  :cheers:

Challenger Go Wing Brackets


70 Cuda Go Wing Brackets


70 Cuda Deck Lid with cut-outs


71 Cuda Go/Gull Wing Brackets





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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #123 on: May 09, 2019 - 02:08:35 am »
Most helpful mate, my deck lid looks the same as the 70 one above , I have a 71 Gull Wing with the correct brackets.. Number of choices, order 70 brackets and cut cutouts in deck lid to suit, make a bracket along the lines of the challenger one. or get a correct deck lid. Will try fabricating brackets first.

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #124 on: June 19, 2019 - 07:29:16 am »
Brackets are 85% made, no holes cut in the trunk lid.

Final sand on rear quarters 90% done, sanding up and down to tape has got me a straight crease line.

On the hunt for a painter.
« Last Edit: June 20, 2019 - 06:42:12 am by tony 73 »

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #125 on: June 19, 2019 - 12:13:13 pm »
That's looking great.
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 #126 on: June 22, 2019 - 11:40:33 pm »
Cheers mate.

Time to prime and paint engine.

Got my mates generator , fired it up, plugged in compressor and nothing, bugger, would run a power tool but not a compressor.

Plan B.  Loaded 2 compressors on my wee truck and made 3 trips for both primer and3 for top coat. Was a 8min round trip to nearest power supply.

Real happy with result.


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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #127 on: June 22, 2019 - 11:42:52 pm »
Looks awesome, always good when the color starts to go on, even on things like the engine, you can start to really get a vision of what is to be the final outcome.
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 #128 on: June 28, 2019 - 09:34:30 pm »
That looks great.  It's nice to see your progress.

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #129 on: June 28, 2019 - 09:41:44 pm »
I'm not that familiar with New Zealand.  How's the weather this time of year?  A little on the cooler side and good time for paint?

Offline tony 73

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #130 on: July 04, 2019 - 07:08:09 am »
Thanks for the feedback.

School holidays next week   :bananasmi so hope to make more progress.

Yes winter here in NZ, not too harsh, 50-60 F is the average where I live . Am always looking at forecast in case a crazy warm day arrives so I can get my spray gun out.

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #131 on: July 04, 2019 - 11:58:57 am »
All a process, cooler weather is great for heavy work (sanding), sucks for painting unless you get some slow hardner.
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)

Offline tony 73

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #132 on: July 10, 2019 - 07:04:56 am »
Sanding and more sanding.

Put panels on to check alignment before final primer and block down.

Looking good so far .

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Re: Kiwi 1971 Cuda.
« Reply #133 on: July 10, 2019 - 11:51:31 am »
I know that feeling, its hard to know when you are doing and easy to accept what you see thinking that when painted it will all work out. I learned the hard way that paint will not hide bad or inadequate body work. IMO this is why good body shops get paid what they do, bc they know when it is good and be able to predict the outcome when painted.
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 #134 on: July 25, 2019 - 05:02:25 pm »
Cheers mate.

Got my body lines sorted out, took plenty of reference points so I can find them again as I have just put last 2 good coats of primer on the panels. Let them harden , guide coat , and then final sand .

Been refurbishing the heater box , a non AC one , so nice and easy.