1970 cuda 440+6 restoration

Posted by: biggE

1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/04/17 10:44 AM

I picked up this car in 2011 in Southern California. It's originally from New York and was sold new at a dealership called Meritt in Freeport Long Island. From what I have found out it was raced somewhat early on. The original engine was pulled in favor of another 440 to do this. Luckily the car was stored inside and not used in the winter months so it is in very nice condition sheet metal wise retaining a good percentage of it's original paint. It has been through several owners including at least one member here, James T. When James had it he didn't have the original motor but knew that a previous owner in Pennsylvania had it and was kind of holding it for ransom. James sold the car to Dan and on his way back to So Cal stopped in PA and worked out a deal for the original motor. That was around 2006. So basically a lot of things are restored at this time and the car is going to paint very soon and I should have it back in February some time for final assembly.
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/04/17 10:46 AM

Here is when I picked it up.
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/04/17 10:51 AM

Before body work with original paint still on the car.
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/04/17 11:26 AM

Here's the tag. Really nicely optioned car. Included on the build sheet is 15x7 rallye wheels, a rim blow steering wheel, power steering and clock in the standard dash.
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/04/17 11:31 AM

Engine and K frame assembly almost ready
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/04/17 11:44 AM

Original transmission
Posted by: ScottSmith_Harms

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/04/17 12:41 PM

Very nice car! Cool that you got the original engine back, thats awesome!
Posted by: Tempest

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/04/17 04:51 PM

Nice!
Posted by: Alaskan_TA

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/04/17 06:46 PM

Formerly owned by L. J. McCaffrey Jr. in Syosset, NY
Posted by: Matt M

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/04/17 07:51 PM

Nice Eric
Cant wait to see it done.

That's the car you sold me your 70 340 Cuda to buy, right?

Matt
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/04/17 08:14 PM

Originally Posted By Matt M
Nice Eric
Cant wait to see it done.

That's the car you sold me your 70 340 Cuda to buy, right?

Matt

Yep, This is the one Matt
Posted by: big-block-dave

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/06/17 02:12 AM

Nice cuda!! That's funny, a guy in Cali buying a car from NY!!
I have a similar car from way up state NY. One owner, 35k miles, no winter's!
Posted by: Morty426

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/06/17 03:56 PM

E

Looking forward to seeing this coming out paint.

M
Posted by: B5 Bee

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/18/17 10:47 PM

ALMOST!

I saw VIN on your FT and thought I found an extra BS for it, an extra I found in my car.
Unfortunately not, but similar.
BS23V0B157224
BS23V0B157442

I sent the 157442 BS to Barry.
Posted by: 70440+6bbl

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/18/17 11:54 PM

Originally Posted By Alaskan_TA
Formerly owned by L. J. McCaffrey Jr. in Syosset, NY


Here's some more of the history:

Ernesto owned it from around '81-82, until 1986. He sold it to Leonard McCaffrey Jr. in order to buy a Pontiac Fiero of all things. He offered the original 440 long block to Leonard for an extra $500, but he passed on it, in order to have the cash for a front end rebuild...

Leonard kept the car at his parents house and a fellow named Rich saw the car sitting outside in the driveway sometime in the mid-'90's. He told his friend Greg Tombolo about it and he purchased the 'Cuda around '95. I really liked the car and every time I spoke with the owner, I'd ask him if it was for sale. One day out of the blue, Greg called me to say it was up for grabs and he kindly gave me first shot at it. Within a week or two, the 'Cuda was in my possession. I embarked on the idea of performing an OEM restoration and proceeded to buy as many date coded correct NOS and good used parts. Many were sent to RestoRick and Pete Bloathner.

In 2001, after a long search for Ernesto's information, Daniel Banker (RIP) somehow located his phone number for me. I ended up speaking with Ernesto about the 'Cuda for hours, before I even inquired about the original 440. Sure enough, he still had it sitting in a garage. I met him and he took me to see the engine. The wind was knocked out of my sails when he told me he wanted $9,500 for it. Mind you, it had dropped a valve in the early '80's and there was no guarantee on the block. I had paid $7,500 for the rolling body a few years prior and complete '70 V-code 'Cudas were only selling in the $30-40k range at that time. By 2006, I had burned out on restorations and was burning up with Viper fever and posted a for sale ad here on Moparts. The car sold quickly to another member and he flew out and trailered it back home to San Pedro, California. I satisfied the Viper itch (lasted for a year or two, before I got bored and sold that off, in order to buy another ‘70 6bbl 4-spd ‘Cuda wink

I'm glad the 'Cuda is in very capable hands and can't wait to see the finished product!
Posted by: hemi68charger

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/20/17 10:22 AM

That is going to be one nice car when done..............
Posted by: 64 Sportfury

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 12/20/17 05:06 PM

You forgot one part of the story. I offered to buy the car from Greg and he declined. I asked that if he ever wanted to sell the car to contact me. I would've bought the car for the price you ended up paying it for. I was happy to sell the engine to the new owner and see the car again. I did not hold the engine for ransom as someone stated.
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 02/18/18 03:49 PM

Just got back from hanging the doors and deck lid. Paint and body look very nice. I should be able to pick it up by next weekend.
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 02/18/18 03:55 PM

Driver side
Posted by: mattsmopars

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 02/19/18 02:19 PM

That looks Fantastic!
Matt
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 02/24/18 07:08 PM

Picked it up today. I am very happy with the results.
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 03/13/18 10:56 AM

Things are moving along. Tail panel black out and molding on.
Posted by: 70440+6bbl

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 03/13/18 04:22 PM

Looking good! Can’t wait to see the black top back on it with the white interior. Such a sharp combo👍
Posted by: Tones21

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 03/15/18 09:43 AM

Nice!
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 03/15/18 09:55 AM

A few more parts installed
Posted by: Morty426

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 03/23/18 02:06 AM

Looking good so far
Posted by: rocksmopar

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 03/23/18 08:53 AM

Nice work, can't get enough of this one
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 08/28/18 10:12 AM

Things are moving along with the cuda. the rear end and springs went in this last weekend.
Posted by: Matt M

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 08/28/18 08:38 PM

Eric
looking good man.
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 09/04/18 09:42 AM

Made a lot of progress Monday.
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 09/04/18 09:43 AM

Undercarriage, nos tie rod ends and nice original suspension parts.
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 09/04/18 09:45 AM

Original rotors
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 09/04/18 09:50 AM

First time on suspension in a few years
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 09/04/18 09:51 AM

Looks good on the Polyglas tires
Posted by: Matt M

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 09/05/18 09:02 PM

Eric
Looks great, I can't wait until the interior is in.
Posted by: HEMICUDA

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 09/07/18 09:07 AM

That's a sweet piece right there Eric.
Posted by: 71redcuda

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 09/22/18 10:32 AM

Very nice work.
Posted by: 2JcodeChargers

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 09/23/18 05:09 PM

Looks like you are doing a great job! It looks like you have a 70 Coronet R/T in there as well. Love those Coronet R/T's
Posted by: RJS

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 10/02/18 01:54 PM

WOW WOW WOW!!!! That is a nice piece! The options and color combo is outstanding. Your workmanship looks perfect.
Have fun with that one.
Ron
Posted by: PasiR

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 10/03/18 02:43 AM

Very nice, like your garage too.
Posted by: rdrnr6970

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 10/06/18 12:44 PM

Looks great!
Posted by: biggE

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 10/09/18 10:34 AM

Installed the dash assembly last night. Original dash pad and gauges. Kind of an oddball with the standard gauges, clock, AM/FM along with the three knobs for the road lamps, speaker fader, and clock adjust. Also included are rear defrost, headlight time delay along with delayed lighting for the dash instruments, basically all lighting groups available with vinyl interior.
Posted by: Matt M

Re: 1970 cuda 440+6 restoration - 10/09/18 07:42 PM

Eric
Its coming together man, not long now.