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#2380074 - 10/01/17 04:00 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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Installing various parts


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#2380076 - 10/01/17 04:03 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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July 2017

Installing various parts, and all the under dash stuff.
Note the Heater Box Factory OK inspection tag. A little over 10 years ago, I was able to speak with Frank, who happened to be one of the Chrysler quality control inspectors back when these cars were built. His job every day was to inspect heater boxes. They came in on pallets, and he was supposed to inspect a certain percent of the boxes on every pallet. He had a pile of these green tags, and a ball point pen to write on them. He didn't always sign the tag. If the box got a tag, that means it was checked. Only heater boxes that were inspected received the green tag, so not every car has one of these.


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#2380080 - 10/01/17 04:07 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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The Dash


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#2380083 - 10/01/17 04:10 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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The Dash


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#2380087 - 10/01/17 04:13 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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The Dash


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#2380089 - 10/01/17 04:16 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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Dash Install
sitting on the side bolts and held in place at the center by a metal wire with a hook bent on each end, so that everything can be plugged in and hooked up. Then just remove the wire, tilt the dash up into place, and install the fasteners.


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#2380092 - 10/01/17 04:18 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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Dash Installed


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#2380095 - 10/01/17 04:22 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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Engine Bay


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#2380098 - 10/01/17 04:25 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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Engine Install
That distributor is just there to plug the hole in the engine. I used a different distributer with a tan cap.
The exhaust manifolds were coated in Cast Blast before being painted orange. When the orange burns off the manifolds, the cast blast grey will still be there to protect them from rusting.


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#2380100 - 10/01/17 04:27 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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July 2017

Transmission


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#2380105 - 10/01/17 04:32 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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A few more pics of some of the suspension items that I mentioned earlier.
I probably should have duplicated the original cosmoline look on the lower control arms. Oh well.


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#2380107 - 10/01/17 04:34 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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drivers front suspension, view from front of car.


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#2380108 - 10/01/17 04:38 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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Install steering column, grill, & front bumper
Paint hood
Paint V21 organisol performance hood treatment
Install tail lights, rear bumper, & exhaust with tips from Accurate Exhaust


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#2380110 - 10/01/17 04:43 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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August 2017

Install side glass
Install rear window, door panels & rear seat


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#2380113 - 10/01/17 04:45 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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Install hood pins


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#2380116 - 10/01/17 04:51 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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Armrests

This car was missing all of it's armrests when I got it. That meant I had to do some research to figure out what I was supposed to have.
1. Front and rear armrest pads are the same length on this car.
2. The white interior is supposed to have white armrest pads front and back.
3. The rear armrest pads always have ashtrays.
4. The rear armrest pads should be installed with the ashtrays toward the front of the car.
5. Standard armrest bases are color keyed to the interior on 1970 Belvederes & RM21 Road Runner Coupes (has B pillar).
6. 1970 Belvedere sedans could get chromed armrest bases only with the extra cost Custom Trim Package.
7. 1970 RM21 Road Runner Coupes (has B pillar) could get chromed armrest bases only with the extra cost Road Runner D├ęcor Package.
8. 1970 Satellites, Sport Satellites, GTXs, & RM23 Road Runner hardtops (no B pillar) had standard chromed armrest bases.


That was more complex than I expected!
Not having any of these parts, I went to order reproductions. black or white front armrest pads are available. Only black armrest pads are available with ashtrays installed. Even though I never intend to use the ashtrays, I want to have them because every car had them, and it would just be wrong to not have them. I'd really rather not paint a black armrest pad white though.

Side Note: Door lock knobs are supposed to be white on a white interior car. Only black door lock knobs are available reproduction. I did not want to paint the black door lock knobs white because this car will be driven, and I don't expect the paint would hold up as well as I'd like. I've decided to leave my door lock knobs black for now. In the future, I may pull one off, use it to make a silicone mold, and resin/plastic cast my own white door lock knobs.

Back to the armrest pads now. I decided to get 4 white reproduction armrest pads, and install ashtrays into two of them myself.
I grabbed on of the rear armrests out of my Satellite parts car for an example to work off of.
1. Place the ashtray bezel upside down on the armrest, located where it's supposed to go.
2. Trace around the inside of the bezel where the ashtray goes. This marks the area that needs removed for the ashtray.
3. I used a Dremel tool to grind out the part of the pad that needed removed.
4. Surprise! Unlike the originals, the reproduction has a metal reinforcement inside, and it's in the way.
5. I put a little cut off wheel in the Dremel, and removed the metal that was in the way.
6. Continue grinding the rest of the foam out, to the depth needed for the ashtray.
7. Test fit the bezel & ashtray into the armrest pad. The bezel is very flat, and the armrest pad has a slight crown. Some slight adjustments with soft jaw pliers will do wonders for fitment.
8. Some of the bezel retaining tabs were longer than others. The shorter tabs held tighter for me, so on the second armrest pad, I cut all the bezel retaining tabs down to the short size, and got a much tighter fit than what I achieved on the first armrest pad.
9. Bend the bezel retaining tabs over into the armrest pad to hold the bezel in place. Squeeze them nice and tight.
10. Install ashtray


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#2380119 - 10/01/17 04:53 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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Armrests continued...


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#2380123 - 10/01/17 05:00 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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August 2017

Installed front license plate
Installed armrests, carpet, pistol grip shifter, passenger seat, seatbelts, hood mounted turn signal indicators, and most of the other A01 Light Package stuff, windshield, etc.
Installed Go-Wing Spoiler


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#2380126 - 10/01/17 05:02 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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August 2017

Received and installed carburetor from Harms Automotive, and an NOS choke
(that's still not the right distributor in these pics, it's just there to fill the hole in the engine)


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#2380128 - 10/01/17 05:05 PM Re: 1970 Roadrunner Project [Re: cataclysm80]
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August 2017

Carburetor close ups


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