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#1955519 - 11/21/15 05:34 PM OK! No more BS. Time to start working.
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After my mother-in-law passing away this week, I decided that life is too short to procrastinate on everything you want to do. So the garbage got thrown out, everything else got put in a spot, the Cuda finally saw daylight after, I don't know how long, bath and up on jack stands. Tomorrow, measure, measure, measure, disassemble and measure.


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#1955526 - 11/21/15 05:48 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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I wondered what happened to that car. Glad you're back on it.
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#1955540 - 11/21/15 06:07 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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Measured frame rail widths. Front rails are 33" on the inside where the notch is to clear the header tube. Rear backhalf is 31" on the inside. Headers are 28" on the outside. Going to cut right in front of the notch and go straight back to the ladder bar crossmember, and stay 1/2 above the rocker sill (stock rails are about 1" lower than rocker sill from front wheel well opening to transmission crossmember). New trans crossmember and driveshaft loop crossmember will get added. Old loop member is welded in and creates issues when removing trans. 4 speed input is very long.
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#1955619 - 11/21/15 09:10 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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That will buff right out...
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#1955633 - 11/21/15 09:35 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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Originally Posted By sgcuda
After my mother-in-law passing away this week, I decided that life is too short to procrastinate on everything you want to do. So the garbage got thrown out, everything else got put in a spot, the Cuda finally saw daylight after, I don't know how long, bath and up on jack stands. Tomorrow, measure, measure, measure, disassemble and measure.



Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. frown The car looks like a fun project, everyone else's stuff always looks more fun than mine though.biggrin Is that the same car that's in your signature pic? If so, what was your reason for tearing it down in the first place?
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#1955667 - 11/21/15 11:16 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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Well, I got in a bit of trouble some years ago, so I sold the car to a co-worker. After sanding it down and sitting out in the weather for 2 years, I was able to buy it back. Not quite the same shape as before, but at least I got it. I wasn't happy with the first attempt, homemade front end, so that got torn out. Engine in avatar was almost done, until I got some new ideas.
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#1955981 - 11/22/15 03:31 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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Well, disassembled and pulled the rear end out today. Internals look great.


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#1955984 - 11/22/15 03:33 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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But serious damage was just around the corner on the right side. Something weird causing the right axle shaft to move around. The inside of the drive studs started to cut through the wheel cylinder. Could have been nasty.


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#1955988 - 11/22/15 03:38 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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Measured both axles flange to retainer, drivestud distance, checked for differences in wheel cylinders, mounting studs for retainer, backing plate depth. Checked axle bearing registers, heights, etc. The only thing I see is that there is a grease line around the seal on the right bearing where it oozed out a little. The left bearing is sparkling clean. Could the rollers in the bearing be worn? It had to move over .100". I didn't notice any motion when I tore it down. Going to call Moser during the week to see if they could shed some light.
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#1956419 - 11/23/15 09:43 AM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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Glad to see you're getting it out and working on it again Kenny! Sorry about your MIL...tell Diane I'll be thinking about her.
On the axle...take a good look at the machined surface the bearing is pressed onto. It must be worn and letting the axle/bearing slip in and out...IF the bearing itself is still in good shape.
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#1956754 - 11/23/15 07:27 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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Thanks, Chip.
Nope. Bearing isn't walking on the axle. I think the inside step on the race is worn. Changing both axle bearings.
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#1958015 - 11/25/15 09:37 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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Thinking of going with a set of outlaw bars. Anyone use them yet? Any other companies make them at a better price?

http://chassisengineering.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=25_223
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#1958026 - 11/25/15 09:55 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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Does anyone have a coupon code for Chassis Engineering???
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#1958522 - 11/26/15 06:54 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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Figured out axle problem. Housing was deeper than bearing thickness, plus gasket thickness, plus backing plate thickness, allowed for .150" motion. Will fabricate up shims.

Ran a ride height line along the side of the car and set the rear slicks in place. Setting up for about 4" ground clearance in the front and 6" in the rear. Significantly lower than before. For the first time, the lower ladder bar will actually be able to adjust above and below parallel to ground.


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#1958538 - 11/26/15 07:34 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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Hey Kenny, here are some outlaw bars at a better price

http://smithracecraft.com/index.php?page...rt&Itemid=1
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#1958554 - 11/26/15 07:56 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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Thanks, Neil.

They look as good as the chassis engineering piece, minus the coil over brackets. I'll give them a call and see if they have a bracket upgrade.
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#1959380 - 11/28/15 04:52 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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So, I have come to the conclusion that when in your 20's, since priorities are sex and alcohol (and not necessarily in that order) maybe welding should be left to the more experienced. Finally repaired/redone/finished the parachute mounting crossmember. My level of expertise at that time was "Make sure the snow plow doesn't fall off the front of the boss's tow truck!".

I'm getting close, Chip. Take a good look at the pic. Your going to be seeing this view a lot this summer. beer


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#1960284 - 11/30/15 01:09 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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I should hope so Kenny, but remember mine looks the same as yours. biggrin Only you can see my mufflers, small tires, and license plate from the rear. smoke
Just let me know when you're ready to TRY. biggrin
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'69 road runner 440-6, 4 speed...Dad's ride
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#1963893 - 12/05/15 03:48 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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I had the motor pro built while I did the chassis and suspension back in the late 80's. Not knowing anything about coil overs, I went through an extreme learning curve, including 1 time veering off the track on a 2-3 full power shift. Didn't wreck, minor damage, but knocked out the mirrors in the headlight buckets. Never got around to putting them back after I sorted out the suspension... until now.


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#1963897 - 12/05/15 03:49 PM Re: OK! No more BS. Time to start working. [Re: sgcuda]
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And here's my pit crew


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