1972 340 4spd Cuda

Posted by: UCUDANT

1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 05:19 AM

Where I started this was taken within days of when I bought it. Since the #'s 340 was locked up I disassembled and stored it and built another I could "build"
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 05:21 AM

The good part is was very solid here is the pass floor (driver side is similar etc)
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 05:22 AM

trunk... thats dust and dirt not rust
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 05:24 AM

The engine bay before
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 05:25 AM

and after
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 05:27 AM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 05:28 AM

I relocated the springs, and detailed the rear and springs
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 05:30 AM

UR pad
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 05:32 AM

The before seat LOL
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 05:33 AM

After (I got the wrinkles out)... Legendary seat skins.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 05:35 AM

The bad
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 05:36 AM

The patch material
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 05:37 AM

rust removed ...trunk floor extension was sweet
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 05:38 AM

test fitting
Posted by: 4speeds4me

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 11:28 AM

Post more pics...want to see MORE of your car!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 11:33 AM

Sure will, had to stop posting to depart for work this AM.... more tonight. Stay tuned. The car is numbers matching (#'s enginge stashed though) is is also a V21 blackout hood coded car with a color keyed grille from the factory. I do metal fab but XtremeJohn does the welding and is my resident body man also leading the charge on the current paint work...and he has pics too. Glad to see you are still around it's been years and I recognise your screen name from long ago
Posted by: 4speeds4me

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 03:00 PM

Thanks. I've been here pretty much the whole time, but a bit more limited. About a year after my surgery my wife decided that "here" was a place she didn't want to be. I sold off almost all my car stuff and nifty tools (English wheel, bead roller, stretcher and shrinker, etc) and focussed on being a dedicated Dad. I lurked here for awhile, and a little over a year ago, I had the opportunity to trade the last car I had (a 69 340 Dart body) for a 56 Dodge 2-door sedan "gasser", so I did. Now you'll find me mostly frequenting this section and the street rodders section. The kids are a bit older now and actually willing to learn stuff in the shop, and since the 56 showed up, I got a 54 Fargo, 2 37 Plymouth pickups, another 56 Dodge 2-door hardtop, and I'm trying to nail down a 56 Plymouth 2-door sedan or hardtop...and MAYBE a 28 Model A roadster...

And now you're up to date!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 06:45 PM

Now back to our regularly scheduled program this is still a work in progress but....

The trunk lip (specifically the area above license plate) was drilled to clear studs from a deck lid mounted spoiler
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 06:55 PM

Now this is actually the other side but it's still a during pic of the same type repair. An hr or two more and we should be done with them both.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 07:02 PM

Drivers side this time
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 07:06 PM

Rust removed, see how clean the untouched portion of the trunk floor extension is...
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 07:11 PM

The patch, i did this a long time back and set it up for a flange type repair and not a butt weld... I think I can change that
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 07:28 PM

Intermission again. Heres a less boring pic. Thats a real AAR OEM spoiler BTW. It's not the spoiler the previous owner had on it. I gave this AAR unit away to a friend to refinish and surprise his good buddy replacing the cracked original on his restored AAR
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 07:30 PM

OEM Shaker hood and bubble, ring was a repop. Just wasn't right on a 72. I sold them
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 07:46 PM

Mo ugly stuff, this time it's the pass side qtr just forward of the tire.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 07:50 PM

Rust cut out, inner panel cleaned and treated/neutralized ( 3/8 stainless fuel line, and flowmasters)
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 07:55 PM

Patch to be welded real soon
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 08:02 PM

Hood had holes for 4 hood pins. Apparently made with a chisel. Cowl was also repaired.

EDIT: Hey John look it's the Duster
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 08:15 PM

The underside
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 08:21 PM

It must of had an AAR theme back in the day. The antenna was relocated to the pass qtr. They also installed the rear spoiler, chin spoiler, 4 hood pins and the relocated antenna.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 08:23 PM

Pass door
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 08:26 PM

Pass door almost done, of course I cleaned and treated it
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/09/09 08:31 PM

heres the dash and seats excuse the dust. The flash makes them visible. Looks sweet in person though. I'm tired so thats all for now.

EDIT: That's "Hemi" the stuffed Elephant on the dash, best seen as a reflection on the glass. He was a McDonalds Happy meal toy that I snatched from my youngest. He has almost always been up there. One Sat while I working she paid me a visit to the garage and abducted him back. I spun a bearing that night........ Now he never leaves that Dash. I was told an Elephant with his trunk facing up brings good luck. I'll buy that
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/10/09 09:25 AM

Great progress! Keep them pics coming.

Looking forward to cruising alongside your car one day.
Posted by: DusterKrazy

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/10/09 09:59 AM

That looks great~ !!! Let's see more
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/11/09 01:56 AM

More? OK
http://videos.streetfire.net/video/My-340-4speed-Cuda-hazing_19405.htm

Tom I got the link, your Cuda's paint came out sweet. Black was a nice choice

Krazy how's that cam bro
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/11/09 01:56 AM

http://videos.streetfire.net/video/Cuda-idling-at-the-old_19410.htm
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/11/09 02:51 AM

Now this is more XtremeJohn then me
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/11/09 03:00 AM

Another, the rear glass and door panel safely tucked away.

EDIT: Can the gas can get any closer to the welder? LOL
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/11/09 03:06 AM

Heres a seat bottom, the frame and foam are untouched
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/11/09 08:15 PM

Heres a picture of an engine strap I fabbed up...it's a someday speed part.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/11/09 08:20 PM

How about some Shadydell prepped W2 heads with Erson roller rockers? .... patiently waiting
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/11/09 08:23 PM

Hedman Hustlers, lakewood scatter shield, and a centerforce and an Edelbrock Victor W2 intake
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/12/09 08:57 PM

Off to be rebuilt by Resto Rick
Posted by: bugsydog

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/14/09 08:30 PM

Very, Very nice, i like what i see this is going to be a an awesome ride when it's done, you have to take me out for a ride when it's done! or let me drive it?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/09 04:59 AM

Thanks Curtis, with what you have done to help me in the past there will always be a seat for you in my Car. I should have listened on those black door panels too. Why not edit your post above and add a pic of your Cuda THAT CAR IS GORGEOUS.

These will be blasted this week if all goes as planned. Have to spend the planned funds before the MATS or I'll buy NOS widgets for someday
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/09 05:00 AM

I have decided to use the spare hood
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/09 05:04 AM

Deck lid, also being soda blasted. I am after the cracked OEM AAR spoiler I GAVE up the good one to the same car . This lid is drilled and I have a real AAR lid for a template.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/09 12:18 PM

We (John) started to weld in the patch on the fwd section of the pass qtr.

EDIT: the gap is only do to the panel pulling in a touch yeah we should have had magnets that night.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/09 12:20 PM

Where the rear glass channel repairs start
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/09 12:21 PM

Rear glass out, the dremal makes smaller cuts
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/09 12:23 PM

Rust removed


EDIT: Playing find the spot weld on pitted metal is not fun

I think I'll still use my original hood. Mine was sweet except for the patches from the bogus hood pins. Not too happy about engine heat Vs filler shrinking issues. not to metion hood slamming etc. Since I applied the current "All Metal" brand body filler a few years ago I should be good on the filler shrinkage issue. The spare hood has minor pitting above the battery area otherwise mint
Posted by: HemiChallenger

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/09 12:56 PM

This thing is looking GREAT! Keep it up and i will tell you this now, take your time and do it to the best of ability. Your only going to hate yourself later for trying to get it done quick and taking shortcuts just to get it done. I know with my project i did some things that i regret now, sure it looks great but there are just some little things that bug me that only will bug me. Its all about satisfying yourself.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/09 01:05 PM

Thanks, and coming from you it means allot

Your work is very inspiring and to be so young and tackle such a large project is amazing!!

I am trying not to take any short cuts. Short of not removing entire panels to totally illimante hidden rust.

This will be a 2 stage repair
Cover me I'm going in
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/09 02:21 PM

Ok been handling a few more items
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/09 02:23 PM

lil Red Cuda hood... not extacly off for a stroll through the woods to Grandma's house

Scoops and hardware removed/bagged off to the soda blaster
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/09 02:25 PM

Spare nose going also
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/09 08:52 PM

Went to drop off the parts to be blasted and make the patches and then ended up with my friends sample V-gate adapter/mounting plate. I called a relative and headed to drop it off to be CNC replicated (for personal use NOT FOR SALE for the moparts police)well Dan is cleaning up some Hemi parts and could use a blaster. I just got one and it is at Johns and we headed over.... so I got side tracked...but had a blast... pun intended



What beer?
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/16/09 05:18 PM

Great progress!!!
Gonna be a challenge keeping all the rubber off your new, shiny quarters after the paint goes on! Looking forward to seeing you at MATS. Let me know when you will be in Vegas.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/16/09 06:29 PM

Thanks Tom, not such a good day today. I got a start on the patches yesterday afternoon. They should be cool.I should be finishing the rear window patches but came down with a rather violent stomache flu this morning.

The individual who runs the Soda Blaster lost a family member so he is gone all week. Sheetmetal is in my truck. Either another blaster or after the MATS but I am in no shape to do anything

The day we started
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/16/09 06:37 PM

That night
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/17/09 12:10 PM

Just getting started making the rear window patches. I cut it large and will trim to fit as I go
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/17/09 03:52 PM

Still just a rough draft
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/19/09 09:19 PM

Kudos to Restorations by Rick. http://www.restorick.com/ First his replies to all my inquires for hood hinge resto work were very fast and courtious. I mailed my hinges on Friday during lunch so something was still progressing even while I was at the MATS.
The hinges I sent were only supposed to arrive to him possibly Wed. He sent a tracking number for the restored hinges and my invoice on that Wed? Wow that was some fast service Can't wait to see them and share more progress. Thanks Rick I appreciate it

Additionally John and I made some progress last night on the rear window channel patches.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/29/09 12:53 AM

Hinges arrived while I was in Vegas. Again Thanks to Resto Rick
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/29/09 01:23 AM

I stopped in to see my friend Curtis (and his sweeeeet 71 Cuda) he gave me a new qrt of Argent paint he did not need. Thanks Curt

Also saw another friend Tom_440 at the MATS. Tom thank you again for what you did for me.

If either of you ever needs anything just let me know
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/29/09 05:31 PM

Today it was back to work on the car. John did some more finish welding/grinding. Here is the pass qtr foward of the tire
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/29/09 05:35 PM

Here is the passenger door
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/29/09 05:36 PM

The trunk well lip repairs
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/29/09 05:38 PM

While the Goat was welding/grinding I started to strip the trunk floor
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/29/09 05:46 PM

As I stated earlier in this thread the car had the antenna reloacted to the qtr panel. The qrt was repaired. Here is the fender after I stripped the paint/filler it had a washer brazed in place
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/29/09 05:52 PM

I started to remove the plug
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/29/09 05:56 PM

EDIT: Thanks to John aka Da Goat. He is helping me with my car and today gave me a belated B-Day gift... a grinder I was going to buy, it was on sale while I was gone and he had an additional coupon and he thought of me THANKS BRO.

I have some really cool friends Curtis aka bugsydog is always good to me.

Tom_440 is one of the nicest guys I've met and is also too good to me.

And ole Jerry has been into Mopars since they were new we give each other all kinds of mopar stuff. Need it...take it with ya

I also did some more work on the rear window channel patch. This will take allot of patience. Goat had an excellent idea, make a mold of the original from bondo. So I lined it with aluminum foil and made a bondo mold to help check shape. this should help ensure the molding fits properly
Posted by: GOAT Duster

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/29/09 10:33 PM

Dang whoever did those welds for you sure is good. Just dont let him use that Kitty hair that duster goat (whatever his name is...) used. The humane society will be all over you.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/10/09 07:34 PM

Drivers quarter patch install started (John welds... I grind).
Posted by: moparpollack

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/11/09 07:35 AM

Looking good glad to see you doing patch and body work than panel replacement.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/11/09 10:46 AM

With the panels out there now I hear that replacement isn't the chore it used to be. I bought my patches long ago. Check the marker light recess in this panel EDIT one side's marker light "locater tab" was even backwards

Or the wheel lip (which I corrected)
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/13/09 10:44 PM

Nice to see the progress!!!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/14/09 04:50 AM

Thanks Tom, trunk floor is closer to being done too. Past 2 weekends were spent working in my father in laws garage $$ and with family. I did drop off the parts to be soda blasted last week and should be getting a call soon. Hows your car doing?
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/15/09 10:05 AM

My Cuda is being neglected... Still collecting the last few bits of the 4 speed parts. Got wiring harnesses, just looking for time. Hoping to drive to MATS with you next year!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/16/09 06:36 PM

I picked up the soda blasted parts tonight. The only things besides the hinges and my 340's machine work I had to farm out so far...

I will be picking up an AAR deck lid for template purposes. More info on the othe OEM AAR spoiler tommorow


Tom send more pics when you can
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/16/09 06:38 PM

The spare nose I'll be using (the other one was already beutifully painted underneath too)
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/16/09 06:41 PM

The hood
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/16/09 06:43 PM

I had him hit the hoods "cowl vents" so I wouldn't have to strip them later. I'll carefully sand the hood to ensure I can try to capture and verify the factory V21 measurements against the data I already have
Posted by: GOAT Duster

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/16/09 08:12 PM

Boy that soda blasting sure beats hours upon hours of sanding. We need to get some primer shot on that pretty quickly so surface rust doesn't start. I have some here at the house we can use, and no I dont mean the spray bombs. lol No more ladybug primer jobs, I promise. Looks great...money well spent.
Posted by: GOAT Duster

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/16/09 09:33 PM

Hey I am ready to paint. I think the roller is wide enough to do the V21 hood treatment.
Posted by: bugsydog

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/18/09 05:48 PM

Congrats on the progress of your cuda, its coming together and looking reeeeaaaallllyyyyyy sweet, the wait is worth it!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/19/09 09:15 PM

today we cleaned the parts removed some light corrsion the blasting would not, and treated the metal as required in prep for primer. I left the nose at Johns since he is going to prime the under side and he just sent pics (he applied the chemical after I) I took the deck lid home since it needed more work anyway and the welder is here....
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/19/09 09:32 PM

Heres the deck lid
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/19/09 09:35 PM

One corner split where it folds over the underbrace
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/22/09 10:05 PM

Repair welded and ground... Thanks John
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/22/09 10:07 PM

The holes that were for the previous (non AAR) spoiler were welded up and ground smooth... again Thanks John. The remaining holes that you may see match an OEM AAR deck lid. The side holes are not yet drilled
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/22/09 10:09 PM

An AAR OEM lid for a template
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/22/09 10:12 PM

The holes for the same previous spoiler repaired from below. John welded and I ground it smooth
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/22/09 10:14 PM

The holes in the underbrace are all now cut, the edges will be cleaned up and the metal beneath cleaned and treated.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/22/09 10:34 PM

the areas ground smooth were spoiler holes. Note the grass and fuzz on the deck lid...it was a mouse nest at one time inside the underbrace


EDIT: Progress should pick back up a little very soon since I am suppossed to get my Air Compressor back tonight. I loaned it out about 2 weeks ago.
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/23/09 05:41 PM

Looking good! That's gonna be one beautiful Cuda when you are done.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/23/09 08:56 PM

Thanks Curtis and Tom, progress is slow but steady
Posted by: 4speeds4me

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/23/09 09:58 PM

Lovin' watching this progress!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/24/09 01:47 AM

Again thanks for the encouregment Here is a red V21 car (by the factory manual the grille should be color keyed as well since the car is red). It was a standard option on certain color `Cuda's for 72.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/24/09 03:53 AM

Except for the color here is they way my car came optioned with a vinyl top, side stripe, V21 black out hood treatment and a color keyed grille
Posted by: MoparJim

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/26/09 08:25 AM

Is the V21 option rare?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/26/09 10:13 AM

It is a scarcely seen option, I have no data on numbers though. It's hard to say since most folks repainting a car would probaly leave it off. Ever see one in a magazine or at a show? I've seen a few thru internet searches and one at the MATS once. Heres an old thread http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/show...t=2#Post3880794

Now let's get back on track
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/02/09 09:08 AM

Trunk floor closer to being stripped, I'll pull the hardware and do the finish work when the floor itself is done. Everything but the floor was pretty sweet (I'll neutralize that). There will be more progress by Sunday night...... the local mopar series races were last night, I have to go help my FIL today, and then go to the track with John and Justin tonight so stay tuned.....SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY

(Oh FYI: Johnny Da Goat gave me that Grinder, aint he swell)
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/03/09 04:50 PM

The before shot of the rear window patch loosely held in place with magnets
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/03/09 04:51 PM

A during shot(it's hard to take these due to the flash)
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/03/09 04:57 PM

Keep in mind we are using a 110 wire feed flux core set up since we don't currently have the gas set up. The results were amazing considering what John had to work with (Sorry for the pic quality John's camera may have much better shots...if so I can replace these later) I fab, John welds THANKS FOR ALL THE HELP JOHN
Posted by: moparpollack

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/03/09 07:09 PM

From someone who's doing the process with gas it's tougher than it looks. Must have ground and rewelded 50 pin holes. Looking good hopefully the rain will stop and I can get some work of my own done.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/03/09 07:14 PM

That's more like 2 full passes and maybe a touch up of pin holes, he's getting real good with this thing.

It was complicated and took a few hrs though we started by tacking it in one area, and then had to tweak the position slightly, grind an edge a touch, re-check then tack it and so on type of a deal. Due to the many edges/angles and tha fact the patch was made from scratch. John had an excellent idea. He had me make a bondo mold of the original to check fit. Very smart and helpfull


Posted by: 734x4PW

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/03/09 08:16 PM

"Keep in mind we are using a 110 wire feed flux core set up"

I know EXACTLY what you mean! Your progress is looking good! Thanks for the pics and updates - keep us in the loop!

Mark
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/04/09 03:31 AM

Thanks, right back at you. Your truck cab is looking like a new one.

now on tonight's agenda... get this patch ready
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/04/09 03:36 AM

The new nose near ready for primer at John's place
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/04/09 03:07 PM

Nice work! Gotta keep that bondo mold and start re-poping those window corners. I bet you are not the only one who needed them.

Looking forward to more progress pics!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/04/09 05:28 PM

Thanks Tom, AMD and Goodmark both make full quarter so technically they already make that metal, just not seperate. Here is the passenger side patch closer to finished and just loosely in place
Posted by: bugsydog

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/04/09 05:58 PM

Lookin good!
Posted by: GOAT Duster

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/04/09 08:15 PM

I see the work in person and believe me it is looking awesome. (I am not just saying that because I am doing the welding either...lol) Seriously though, it has been a lot of fun helping out, so thanks Bob for inviting me in on this restore. P.S. Bob is learning to weld too so look for some of his welding to appear here before too long.
Posted by: 4speeds4me

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/05/09 12:50 AM

Nice to see steady progress, guys. Makes me feel a little shameful...
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/06/09 08:59 PM

Tonight we started the pass side rear window lower window patch. I THINK THIS IS THE LAST PATCH

I forgot to take a during pic. Since it's not done yet this is the "during pic"... John made one full pass with the welder and I ground most of it... more soon. Thanks for coming over John.
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/15/09 10:29 PM

Last Patch? Congrats!

Is it blocking time?
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/22/09 11:54 AM

Done yet?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/12/09 12:16 PM

I have been working on landscaping. Now mind drifts to thoughts of for sale adds
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/13/09 01:18 PM

Forgetaboutit!

Lets see some Cuda progress!
Posted by: Scott Carl

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/15/09 06:28 PM

Quote:

The before seat LOL



Those aren't before seats!!! ("That's not a Noif!") Check out my "Just another 74 Challenger" thread. THOSE are before seats
Great project!!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/02/10 08:16 PM

The shifter adapters that were reproduced for me ( duplicated from originals). One is an A-body and the other is for my V gate I had them duplicate the additional holes/threads etc a previous racer had added
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/02/10 08:19 PM

A little mud to smooth out the patched area (thanks to John, seen here)
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/02/10 08:22 PM

Me getting into my work (good to know a body fits in there )


Trunk floor is pretty clean, but I found some rust and scale under the excessive factory? seam sealer



I could only think of one easy way to clean up the area, I removed the jack bracket. The spot weld had ceated a hole that they had plugged with the seam sealer. I should have drilled the hole larger on the side
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/02/10 08:33 PM

John did a little work on the dr door today as well
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda *DELETED* - 01/02/10 08:46 PM

Post deleted by UCUDANT
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/03/10 07:39 AM

See it's a Mopar town
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/03/10 10:56 PM

Glad to see you are back at it! Are you suggesting that ma mopar might have cut some corners during original assembly? Perish the thought! I'm sure a tube of "structural seam sealer" was used to fix the "irregularities" when your Cuda came off the line.
Posted by: Hotwheelsjr

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/04/10 12:46 AM

Lookin' good Bob! I didn't even know you were doing this...I just tripped across this thread tonight. GREAT job! In between work and family, Rick (71autoxr) and I are prepping my daughter's '67 cuda for paint. We hope to have it in paint by Feb. Then we move onto a '69 Dart project Rick has going. We have a couple lined up for the next several months.

Again, great job!

Posted by: 1972CudaV21

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/09/10 10:41 AM

Hi,

Things are looking good. A lot of the pics remind me of the work I did on my '72 'Cuda.

BTW, I'm going to ABQ from 3/27 to 4/4 I believe. Can you PM me about the Mopar scene and drag racing?

Andrew
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/09/10 03:12 PM

PM has been sent.


Missed on a deal on a Lincoln welder for $120, another Dude called before me and set an appointment for an hr out....I'd have been there with cash

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/10/10 01:27 PM

More of the trunk L/R corner. Jack bracket removed to ease the required work
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/10/10 01:28 PM

After removing the seam sealer and corrosion.

Oh and Thanks Guys.

Hotwheels are you hitting the MATS I think I'll be there again this year

aliving824 I would love to see a few pics of your car. I can PM you my email and maybe you'd be kind enough to send em??? Maybe we can exchange data tag info and build dates etc etc?

Tom I might pick up a .10th in the 1/4 after removing all this extra sealer
Posted by: topfueldart

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/20/10 02:35 AM

Nice progress, cant believe I skipped right over this section for so long. Its been 5 years since me and Jim Dufrain stopped by your place in Vegas. My how time flys.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/26/10 06:33 AM

Quote:

I have been working on landscaping. Now mind drifts to thoughts of for sale adds




Well we finished the Yard in June (try to picture the grass nice and green now)everything you see was done by us, porch, pavers, decorative flower bed walls, grass, sprinklers, leveling the yard (TONS of dirt removed)



And now it's time to dust off the Cuda again
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/26/10 06:38 AM

Spare nose cone with a little color (John was just playing but it looks sweet) time for more play time....
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/10/10 08:20 PM

More sanding
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/10/10 08:22 PM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/20/11 09:02 PM

Progress is coming....... hoping by July 4th. Farming out the paint work. Don't hold me to that time frame what it should look like done
Posted by: MuuMuu101

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/20/11 10:38 PM

Quote:

Progress is coming....... hoping by July 4th. Farming out the paint work. Don't hold me to that time frame what it should look like done




That looks amazing! That is pretty cool. It is definitely one I would drool over at a car gathering
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/21/11 02:46 PM

Thanks
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/21/11 03:47 PM

Glad to see you're still plugging away at the Cuda. Can't wait to see it painted!!
Posted by: hotairballoonpilot

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/21/11 04:31 PM

so what part of albuququre are you in? we will be down for fiesta this year.

corey
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/22/11 03:38 PM

Quote:

so what part of albuququre are you in? we will be down for fiesta this year.
corey




I am in the NW section of town not too far from Balloon fiesta park.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/16/11 10:15 PM

gathering a few items
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/16/11 10:31 PM

And I started to strip the grille
Posted by: UCUDANT

PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 08:05 PM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 08:05 PM

and....
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 08:07 PM

fender
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 08:09 PM

more....
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 08:12 PM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 08:13 PM

this is just PRIMER
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 08:15 PM

other fender
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 08:17 PM

more primer
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 08:18 PM

passenger side primed
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 08:24 PM

both fenders primed
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 08:26 PM

the hood. AGAIN JUST PRIMER
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 08:29 PM

doors, valance's, nose bagged and waiting. JUST PRIMER
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 08:31 PM

oh the under side of the hood PRIMER
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 10:00 PM

front glass will be removed and replaced just because, and window channel done at that time. Door hinge area as well
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 11:25 PM

That is some big progress and FAST. Looking awesome!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 11:46 PM

It's been a few weeks progress all in a days updates LOL Thanks Tom. Can't wait to catch back up..... Next year MATS bro? Can ya have yours ready?
Dang I had this one and the Ghetto-Cuda when you first stopped my place in Vegas huh?
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/17/11 11:53 PM

I remember the Ghetto Cuda! Was pretty solid, all things considered.

Its on! If you are going to roll your Cuda to Mats 2012, I'll put mine together so I can join you. Looking forward to it!
Posted by: UCUDANT

WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 06/22/11 12:55 PM

A teaser from the painter. This is paint this time. Car will be painted in about a week
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 06/22/11 12:56 PM

Rear valence in color
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 06/22/11 12:57 PM

A scoop (paint not primer )
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 06/22/11 05:24 PM

Looks great!
Stripes?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 06/22/11 09:58 PM

Yes Sir, they are patiently waiting......to be applied about 30 days after paint. stripes in tube in pic


even the rear valence will stay off till it's cured
Posted by: johnscudashop

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 06/23/11 02:49 PM

Very Nice!! I love the color. I bet you can wait to drive it.!!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 06/25/11 12:34 AM

Thanks John.


The top matches the original material pretty good
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/01/11 01:26 PM

Grille with the argent texture sanded off
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/01/11 01:28 PM

Data tag, I used aircraft paint stripper on it then lightly hit the stubborn spots in my media blaster, then lightly coated the underside with a rust converter/inhibitor



If you look closely you will see 3 71 lightly stamped above the R11 and V21. Car was built 12-71?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/06/11 02:40 PM

It's turning red.....
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/06/11 02:41 PM

Doors
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/06/11 02:42 PM

The other fender
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/06/11 02:44 PM

...and the deck lid
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/06/11 07:46 PM

It is looking Great!!!!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/06/11 09:23 PM

Thanks, I am pretty stoked. Small issue with the trunk...it was painted with the exhaust hanger support plates in. No biggie. I'll remove em touch up under them and refinish them
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/08/11 06:27 PM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/08/11 06:30 PM

primer
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/08/11 06:33 PM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/09/11 11:18 AM

From the Cyber Cuda web page CYBER CUDA



KEY:

A = 20" UP from hood edge (nose side). 9 5/16" between red areas
B = 39" UP from hood edge (nose side). 9 9/16" between red areas
C = from bottom vent corner (passenger side vent hole; hole closest to middle of hood). 11 1/4" to red
D = 11 1/4" from hood lip (windshield side) to red. ** (Align togther with point 'C')
E = 9 3/16" hood lip (windshield side), going over 6th vent (from center of hood) hole
F = 9 10/16" hood lip (windshield side), going over 13th vent (from center of hood) hole
G = 10 10/16" hood lip (windshield side), going over 5th vent (from driver's side fender) hole
H = 15 3/4" from CORNER of hood lip (windshield side) to red ** (align together with point 'I')
I = 46" up from hood edge (nose side). 9 1/4" IN from hood edge (driver's side fender edge)
J = 36" UP from hood edge (nose side). 6 15/16" from edge to red
K = 25" UP from hood edge (nose side). 6 13/16" from edge to red
L = 13" UP from hood edge (nose side). 6 13/16" from edge to red
M = AT hood edge (nose side). 6 11/16" from edge to red

1 = 4" UP from hood edge (nose side). 6 11/16 from edge to red
2 = 21 1/4" - from edge to far side of first 'red' scallop
3 = 30 9/16" - from edge to near side of 2nd 'red' scallop (not pictured)
4 = 45 10/16" - from edge to far side of 2nd 'red' scallop (not pictured)
5 = 52 1/8" - total width of hood from driver's side to passenger side (not pictured)

# 3,4 & 5 are not shown on picture, but would be a continuation of the line between
points #1 & #2. This 'line' was measured starting at 4" above the hood egde (nose side)
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/09/11 11:18 AM

Again from the Cyber Cuda web page



OUTSIDE AREAS (from outside edge of hood to 'red' scallops)
* = 7" wide at 40" UP from the front edge of the hood (closest to the nose). This is between the outer edge of the hood (on both driver & passenger sides) and the edge of the red scallops (just before the scallop curve begins).

6 11/16" wide measurement is at the front egde of the hood (closest to the nose of the car).

CENTER SECTION (between the scallops)
9 1/8" wide at 4" UP from the front edge of hood (closest to nose)

9 5/16" wide at 20" UP from the front edge of the hood (closest to the nose of the car).

9 9/16" wide at 39" UP from the front edge of the hood (closest to the nose of the car).
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/09/11 11:22 AM

Compliments of 69CoronetRT Shows the color keyed grille was standard with certain color `Cudas if you opted for color keyed mirrors (I think)
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/09/11 11:27 AM

Again compliments of 69CoronetRT
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/09/11 11:31 AM

I got this from Snoopy (from Barry's website) it shows flat black under exterior trim colors. I need to determine if the hood paint should be textured organisol or a flat black?
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/11/11 07:04 PM

I can't answer your question...but the Cuda is looking Great!!! Nice progress
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/12/11 10:33 AM

Thanks Tom, make sure to start planning for next year. More pics...
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/12/11 10:34 AM

Grille again
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/12/11 10:35 AM

Hood
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/12/11 10:36 AM

More hood
Posted by: GoodysGotaCuda

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/12/11 03:43 PM

Lookin awesome!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/13/11 09:51 AM

Thanks Mike, hope all is well with you.


The 1970 paint chart (think AAR organisol hood) shows a black velvet paint?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Who wants to see pics of my assembled/painted Cuda? - 07/13/11 12:39 PM

Teaser...pics to be posted later anyone interested?
Posted by: DPelletier

Re: Who wants to see pics of my assembled/painted Cuda? - 07/13/11 12:51 PM

yep.

Dave
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: Who wants to see pics of my assembled/painted Cuda? - 07/13/11 01:46 PM

Ok I just got em so here we go.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: Who wants to see pics of my assembled/painted Cuda? - 07/13/11 01:48 PM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: Who wants to see pics of my assembled/painted Cuda? - 07/13/11 01:49 PM

dr side
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: Who wants to see pics of my assembled/painted Cuda? - 07/13/11 01:50 PM

different angle dr side
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: Who wants to see pics of my assembled/painted Cuda? - 07/13/11 01:52 PM

It's just the light and camera making it appear orange...it's red
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: Who wants to see pics of my assembled/painted Cuda? - 07/13/11 01:55 PM

Posted by: JohnRR

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/14/11 09:12 AM

Quote:

I got this from Snoopy (from Barry's website) it shows flat black under exterior trim colors. I need to determine if the hood paint should be textured organisol or a flat black?




Don't know if you got your answer yet haven't read that far ....

I'll go out on a limb and say it is Organisol, my dad ordered/bought a 72 Duster Twister with V21 hood and I remember it having a rough texture and having to keep wax off of it ...
Posted by: JohnRR

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/14/11 09:13 AM

I can't remember ever seeing a 72 'cuda painted like that, I like it .

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/16/11 02:21 PM

John, I have only ever seen one and I guess I really only learned about these cars 15 years ago when I bought this one. I did not like it at first but it grew on me. Now I like it, even more so knowing that it seems to be one of the very few remaining examples (at least wearing it's V21)


Ok so I needed a place to store parts for safe keeping for just a few weeks and it hit me.... I don't have to store the stuff in the garage
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/16/11 03:32 PM

Great progress!! Coming along nicely
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/16/11 04:44 PM

Thanks I drove it from out back of the shop to back inside. Looking over the fresh hood and hearing her rumble was AWESOME, just AWESOME. Cant wait
Posted by: moparpollack

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/16/11 06:09 PM

And to think at one point you were thinking of selling it. Give us a rundown of the motor in it, anything special?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/16/11 07:24 PM

340,
2.02 J HEADS
KB243 .030 pistons
MP 284 484 purple shaft and valve springs
trimetal bearings
Air Gap intake
Demon carb
Headers (old school unknown make)

It went 13's in Vegas untuned and unable to 60ft at only 98mph. I also have a complete W2 set up stashed for this car
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/17/11 10:15 PM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/17/11 10:18 PM

polished a few trim items today, excuse the finger smudges
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/17/11 11:39 PM

That stainless does clean up nicely... Looking good keep the pictures coming..
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/18/11 07:54 PM

I blasted my bumper brackets
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/18/11 08:04 PM

I blasted my rear bumper brackets too
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/18/11 08:05 PM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: WE HAVE COLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/20/11 09:08 PM

more home redecorating Sshhhhh she hasn't said anything yet
Posted by: topfueldart

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/21/11 01:25 AM

Looks killer man! Lots different than it did next to the 3 million dollar hemi cuda at The Cannery! Keep it up!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/21/11 11:41 AM

Quote:

Looks killer man! Lots different than it did next to the 3 million dollar hemi cuda at The Cannery! Keep it up!


Thanks and Ahh yes breakfast at the canery, I bribed that valet to move a chevy so I could park beside that car. I still have that photo
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/21/11 07:38 PM

Rear plate holder
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/21/11 07:39 PM

... and cleaned up
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/22/11 07:55 PM

Wheel lip molding. My cars originals were ok but would pale in comparison to the rest of the car so I went in search of new ones. Six Pack Performance had these locally in a Mopar bag so I got them. I hope my experience with these is better than some reports I have heard about reproduction wheel lip moldings
Posted by: cdp

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/22/11 10:07 PM

Weren't you thinking of selling your Cuda at one time?

Now, aren't you glad you didn't?

Car is looking great!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/23/11 06:51 AM

Quote:

Weren't you thinking of selling your Cuda at one time?

Now, aren't you glad you didn't?

Car is looking great!




Thanks, well I asked a whats it worth but was not really considering selling it (at least I don't think I was)

EDIT: it was the lazy part of me trying to talk the real me into taking the easy way out. I guess I was tired of waiting....so here we are THANKS MOPARTS
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/23/11 01:18 PM

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/25/11 02:24 PM

My painter found, and is waiting on a spec sheet for the attached paint sample. If all looks ok on paper, he'll be test spraying some of this.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/27/11 11:43 AM

Another shot.

EDIT He called all looks good on paper. He said that it will be waxable since it's a single stage hardened product
Posted by: DPelletier

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/27/11 12:48 PM

Quote:

Wheel lip molding. My cars originals were ok but would pale in comparison to the rest of the car so I went in search of new ones. Six Pack Performance had these locally in a Mopar bag so I got them. I hope my experience with these is better than some reports I have heard about reproduction wheel lip moldings




I hope so too; my repro fronts grace my storage room wall now as I re-used the originals due to the EXTREMELY poor fit and look of the repops. Still have to install the rears (originals were long gone) and I'm NOT looking forward to it.

Dave
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/27/11 01:46 PM

Quote:


I hope so too; my repro fronts grace my storage room wall now as I re-used the originals due to the EXTREMELY poor fit and look of the repops. Still have to install the rears (originals were long gone) and I'm NOT looking forward to it.

Dave


Thanks for the info Dave. Do you know what brand your repro's are?

link to pi of Metro's installed
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/27/11 04:10 PM

Quote:

Wheel lip molding. My cars originals were ok but would pale in comparison to the rest of the car so I went in search of new ones. Six Pack Performance had these locally in a Mopar bag so I got them. I hope my experience with these is better than some reports I have heard about reproduction wheel lip moldings




My w/w trim pieces were on backorder from year one for nearly 9 months, and when I got them I was not really impressed with their quality either. They were missing the contours at the body lines and when I formed them I pushed them to the limit..Not a recommendation buy I would give to anyone. My originals were long gone.. Good luck
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/27/11 05:52 PM

I heard year ones were a no go, any idea what brand they were? Did they have the Mopar Name on them?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/01/11 05:43 AM

Getting the tail lights ready
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/01/11 08:54 AM

The W/W Trim pieces didnt have a mopar name. Cant what remember what lableing was on the packaging. Mine are OK but There has to be someone out there that makes a quality product that is easy to install.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/01/11 02:33 PM

This post has pics of the same Metro (Labeled as Authentic Mopar Reproduction) wheel lip trim on a 71 Cuda that I am waiting to intall http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/show...rue#Post6742691
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/02/11 07:13 PM

This is a test panel sprayed with the textured black previously shown (not the reflective version)
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/02/11 07:15 PM

A closer view, it's not exact but from a foot back looks real nice. It will be a little easier to maintain than the original organisol paint, and is a Urethane.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Textured Hood Paint 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/03/11 04:55 PM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: Textured Hood Paint 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/03/11 04:56 PM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: Textured Hood Paint 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/04/11 08:08 AM

Thought I would share the joke, done by a mopar loving painter.... since our frind Gary is a Pontiac guy
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: Textured Hood Paint 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/04/11 12:45 PM

Just one more (it's not orange... it's red)
Posted by: UCUDANT

IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/06/11 08:00 AM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/06/11 08:47 AM

Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/06/11 07:20 PM

The car looks great..... Did you ever figure out how many of the 72 were painted like this? or was this a dealer addon for a customer request??
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/06/11 07:43 PM

Thanks, it's a factory option (V21) but I don't have production figures
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/06/11 11:05 PM

Your car is going to be stunning when done!!

Did you use the factory FE5, or Viper red? Regardless it looks beautiful.
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/07/11 12:11 AM

Not only does the care look great, but the wife must love the remodeled living room!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/07/11 10:16 AM

Thanks. it's FE5 (thats whats on the sherwin williams paint can)or supposed to be. It was shot in Urethane over tinted primer, and theres some red in the clear too. We had done the engine bay at home back in 99 using a single stage PPG omni paint. He matched the color.

Tom she did ask when I would be assembling it
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/08/11 05:41 PM

I used a metalic charcoal grey rustoleum wheel paint, then lightly dusted it with the same brand silver wheel paint. Inset is a better view of the color
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/09/11 11:11 PM

before and after
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/09/11 11:17 PM

lower grille before and during
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/09/11 11:25 PM

That By Plymouth Emblem is sweet>> Nice job tell us more.

Dennis
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/09/11 11:55 PM

You mean about the emblem? I picked the metal plate from the backing cleaned everything, then I ran a dremel with a buffing wheel on the letters. I painted it in semi gloss, then cleared it.
Let it sit 24hrs and used an exacto blade to scrub the paint from the letters (DISCLAIMER not the best method). I may have scratched the chrome a bit but I can't really tell.
Posted by: burdar

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/10/11 08:02 AM

A guy over on CC.com just bought a red 72 that also originally had the V21 option. Hopefully he will decide to put it back that way. I posted a link to a couple of your pictures over there.

Your car is looking great. Keep the pictures coming.

I just redid the "Challenger" grill emblem on my car. I put some petrolium jelly on the face of the letters before spraying the whole thing with Trim Black. Once the paint was dry, the areas that were covered in the jelly, just wiped clean. That seemed to work pretty well. Try that next time instead of taking a blade to the chrome.
Posted by: rayztoy

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/11/11 08:19 AM

Quote:

I put some petrolium jelly on the face of the letters before spraying the whole thing with Trim Black. Once the paint was dry, the areas that were covered in the jelly, just wiped clean. That seemed to work pretty well. Try that next time instead of taking a blade to the chrome.






Darren,
That's what I did for my Plymouth emblem, works great.

Ray
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/12/11 12:11 AM

The font was kinda small so auto wax would offer more control on this if you were real careful.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/21/11 01:08 PM

Tail panel taking shape
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/21/11 01:10 PM

This is motivating for me. I have been wanting to see this option in FE5 forever. The pic earlier in this post was a photoshop by a board member
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/21/11 01:15 PM

And this a metro "Authentic Mopar reproduction" part Looks like the fit is determined per the careful installation. Only the two upper screw holes were drilled I had to elongate one a little. Then I use a scribe to mark the holes to be drilled while it is carefully held in place.....
Posted by: denfireguy

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/21/11 09:18 PM

Quote:

And this a metro "Authentic Mopar reproduction" part Looks like the fit is determined per the careful installation. Only the two upper screw holes were drilled I had to elongate one a little. Then I use a scribe to mark the holes to be drilled while it is carefully held in place.....


That looks pretty good. How much massaging did you have to do to get it on? Was there any point where the trim seemed close to the point of buckling as you formed it into place?
With all the controversy about these parts, I would be happy for mine to look like that.
Craig
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/21/11 10:03 PM

Wheel lip trim link no massaging. It seems to fit ok but iI also patched the lower quarters so the contour may be off very slightly. I think the better you secure the top and work carefully it will go as well as you like
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/22/11 09:53 AM

Wow the tail panel is really looking good. Your making great progress. That painted grille blends in really nicely to the rest of the paint. Keep up the good work.
Dennis
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/23/11 10:05 PM

Thanks Dennis, I really like the way it turned out. The pics actually kind of pale in comparison to what it looks like in person on this one. Look forward to seeing yours done as well, it looks great
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/27/11 05:43 AM

Unofficial, unfinished maiden voyage this AM..... wish me luck
. I'll post the reason/results as soon as I can
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/27/11 09:23 AM

Good luck, hope all goes well!!!
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/27/11 11:33 AM

Best of luck!! Keep us posted with pictures.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/27/11 01:56 PM

Thanks Fellas. I blew a header gasket, my adjustable pinion snubber is annoying.... need to adjust the rear ride height up off of it... and the M/T's are shot and shaking me to death.... wind through no windows makes if tough to drive mirror moves etc etc. Top should be done in a few hr's though
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/28/11 05:18 AM

window track is clean...Spent a day or two working on that, it's black on purpose
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/28/11 05:20 AM

it still needs to be trimmed
Posted by: bugsydog

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/29/11 02:42 PM

Wind through the window LOL, been there done that. The car is looking great lookin to be a show stopper.
Posted by: Moe

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/29/11 08:10 PM

What a great thread!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/29/11 08:58 PM

Thanks guys, taking a break tonight.
Would you believe since I've owned this house the garage has never been left open....but twice since Friday the family has left it open and both times a cat came in and climbed all over the Cuda. I am extremely unhappy
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/29/11 09:49 PM

Thats sucks and so do cats...
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/30/11 05:59 AM

[croc hunter voice]crikies theese are the prints of a misguided feline. We goota trap and relocate em... no worries mate, he fled the car of a crackhead transient months ago and is coming here to find said crackhead...[/croc hunter voice]
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/04/11 06:43 PM

I have been working late hrs at work (a little OT is good for my needed chrome) but finally I am back to work in my garage, a little anyway. I called Dante to order the front bumper and some other small items too.

There is a difference in vendors and some pride themselves on carrying better parts ...know this. I like to use board members. Want your hidden window clips rusting and undoing your hard work?

Here's a shot of the passenger side window molding in. I need to get cleaned up, Ma ma called and I am taking my inlaws to eat dinner....
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/05/11 03:03 PM

For the next guy out there sweating this out...here's how I did mine. I can tell you no one will do it quite as carefully as you will

There were varying opinions on how to trim and seal the vinyl top at the drip rail/molding. To fold it over or trim it at the edge. I folded it over and sealed/glued it with 3M Super weatherstrip and gasket adhesive... $9.69 at your local parts store
I carefully thinned the "doubled over" seam section of the vinyl on the A pillar. The exposed portion you can see is unaffected. I used a razor to thin it down to a single ply and sealed it well.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/05/11 03:07 PM

I used a razor to apply the 3M adhesive to the underside of the vinyl a few inches at a time and simply held it with my fingers (the rear section is a little more complicated and taping it can help) The razor provides a wide easily controlled surface like the edge of a paint brush, this stuff is thick and dries fast
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/05/11 03:18 PM

Mark the holes before applying the sealing tape
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/05/11 03:30 PM

Then I applied the tape as far out toward the drip rail as possible, if you look at the drip rail trim you would see that trim holes are at the outer edge so I am merely placing the tape accordingly.. I did not snap a pic at that point I guess. With tape covering the quarter panel carefully started with installing the trim loosely so it could be fit together and aligned with the holes. I installed the screw loosely until all was assembled then tightened and then I applied a thin bead of the 3m adhesive to the back of the channel and applied the foam seal...then installed it...here it is loosely installed note the window guide is not installed
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/07/11 10:51 PM

Headliners incorrect......
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/07/11 11:36 PM

That top came out nice! What happened with the headliner? Inaccurate repop or just shipped the wrong one?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/08/11 06:04 AM

Thanks Tom, I had an upholstry shop glue it on and I instructed them how to trim it so I could do the rest.
For the headliner no one ever told me there were 2 styles used that year, I got the wrong one because I did not know.... need a headliner?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/08/11 06:54 PM

TIP: having a difficult time trying to install your "mouse trap" style spring loaded rear license plate holder? I used vice grips to carefully clamp one side....just the lower half and let the upper section rest down on the pliers like a stop, holding the assembly open....yeah I know but it worked and the car went unscratched
Posted by: jdr2483

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/09/11 07:10 PM

Nice looking car. What part of New Mexico do you live in? If you get it finished and would like to show it off you can bring it over to Amarillo Texas for the 3rd annual Chrysler's in the Canyon.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/10/11 09:06 AM

Thanks for the kind words. I'm in Albuquerque NM. Unfortunately my car won't be done in time for your show. Just been too busy to focus on the car and I still haven't sent out my rear bumper for chrome, it has to go to Texas. I need to find an anodizer. And there's always a little snag...wrong headliner etc. Since you all are only a few hr's maybe next year
Posted by: 4speeds4me

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/10/11 09:45 PM

Thanks for the link! It's coming along quite nicely!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/11/11 08:12 PM

Thanks.

Here's a sail panel you can see it's not the same material. I am told the type headliner I had was called yorkshire.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/11/11 08:16 PM

Is this vinyl it sort of has the feel of old stiff shoe leather or cardboard
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/11/11 08:34 PM

close up of material, the grain is only visible in the areas that were not exposed to light
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/11/11 08:57 PM

A pic Dante sent of the yorkshire type repop material he has.... I have a sample of this on the way from both Dante and Burdar. Burdar also sent the SMS material. Thanks to both Dante and Burdar for their help

{EDIT} this is the underside the flip side is a more accurate match to my original material
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/11/11 10:24 PM

Quote:

close up of material, the grain is only visible in the areas that were not exposed to light




I need to recheck my old sail panels too. Never noticed the grain pattern before now. Thanks
Posted by: UCUDANT

Parts 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/12/11 08:11 PM

My 72 Cuda had what appeared to be two factory holes for the `Cuda tail panel emblem they align neatly between the centers of the outer most portions of the letter C and the A. The Cuda logo I had was an original of some kind that was drilled to align with these holes. the car was built in late 71 at Hamtramck

I- is the OEM tailpanel emblem with the holes

II- A stick on Dales Cuda shop reproduction Nice part but I still longed for the pin style

III- And finally an Ebay Cuda dual pin/post style reproduction, item is just slightly shorter in length. The pin holes are off, at least for my car. The outer edge is rough and and the thickness even varies. Both ebay emblems are also softer/bendable as if what ever it is made from is a much softer alloy lead or aluminum? Put it this way Scott Smith would throw em out
Posted by: UCUDANT

Parts 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/12/11 08:25 PM

The "by Plymouth" emblem it was paired with in the auction appears correct in size and appearance is very close, however this is made in one solid piece, where the original was 2 parts and they are supposed to have a chrome border and letters this does not


in this shot you can compare the correct style shape and contours of the Dales #II emblem to the ebay part #III

my original by Plymouth emblem
Posted by: UCUDANT

Parts 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/12/11 08:38 PM

Another profile shot Thanks to Dales Cuda shop for an accurate part #II. I have had the best luck when purchasing parts from moparts members
Posted by: UCUDANT

Headliner Material 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/12/11 10:05 PM

Here's a comparison of the headliner material.

I is the factory material from my car
II is the SMS material from member Burdar ..thanks Dennis
III is Dante's Parts Material provided through Dennis
Posted by: cdstl

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/13/11 05:01 PM

Are you going to put the headliner material on your sail panel? I haven't gotten a close look at mine but they just look like some kind of vinyl. I'll be waiting to see how you attach it.

Looks good,

Chuck
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/14/11 11:09 AM

No, I plan to replicate a stock appearance
Posted by: rayztoy

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/15/11 04:29 PM

HI,
I've been following your thread and just wanted to say your doing an awesome job! Keep up the good work and thanks for posting the pics of the progress and the repro parts. I like the detail distinctions you point out of the parts.

Ray
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/15/11 10:47 PM

Thanks, the AMD bumper arrived today overall a nice looking part. Here are the details. I stacked it against a 73 core I had.... NOTE a 72 bumper has an 18" bumper bracket bolt spacing and a 73 has 13-1/4"



The licence plate area has a bit more "texture" then the stock 73 in the same area.

KEEP IN MIND THIS IS AN OEM 73 BUMPER SO ANY NOTED DIFFERENCES MAY ONLY BE MODEL YEAR CHANGES
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/15/11 10:57 PM

The bumper jack slots appear to be at a slight angle but due to the spacing difference and the bumper being V shaped it could be an optical illusion....


Of note is the absence of chrome at the lower hole , also the difference in contour of the lower edge of the bumper, possibly a 72/73 model year difference and maybe not OEM Vs Repro difference can anyone confirm this. A friend does have a 72 in his rafters

Anyone who is following this thread notice the box the bumpers are on?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/15/11 11:01 PM

the OEM 73 has a fish hook jagged point in the underside edge at each end. The 72 Repro does not
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/15/11 11:34 PM

There is indenture that appears to be prior to chrome. Not something you might see on the next unit



That same Cat snuck into my garage when I got home....I only discovered this when reopened the door a short time later and he darted out. I set a humane trap
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/17/11 09:20 PM

an original 72...note there are no holes in the lower edge, my AMD unit has holes and the area around them is sans chrome. Also note the contour of the lower edge is not correct on the repop compared to this 72
Posted by: cdstl

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/19/11 09:52 AM

How did that Organisol knockoff work out for you. Who makes it?

Thanks,

Chuck
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/19/11 04:56 PM

So far I like it but it's just sitting in the garage. I have dusted/cleaned it by using my shop vac with the soft hair broom attachmen. It's made by planet color and it's probably not cheap my painter tacked on a few bills over the initial esitmate this is it http://www.planetcolor.com/en/Products/~/media/Shared/Planet-Color/catalog.ashx about 15 pages in.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/22/11 07:49 AM

Light argent
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/22/11 07:56 AM

Sample of color
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/22/11 07:58 AM

I had some put into aerosol cans
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/22/11 04:32 PM

Center caps before
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/22/11 04:35 PM

A center cap completed (only 2 are done so far) I shot it over light grey primer but they had a greenish appearance, I decided to mist them over in a silver and then I cleared them. I am pleased with the end result
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda *DELETED* - 09/22/11 04:36 PM

Post deleted by UCUDANT
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/22/11 04:39 PM

up close
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/22/11 04:40 PM

another... and I dropped off my rear bumper and bumperettes to be chromed out of state
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/22/11 08:53 PM

Posted by: 69Cuda340S

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/22/11 09:33 PM

Beautiful car. First one I have ever seen with that hood treatment. I like it.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/23/11 10:57 AM

Thanks, it's really just a street car. Check this out V21 Post

This is the argent with and without the misting of silver paint, looks greenish to me
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/23/11 03:06 PM

next... anti rattle window guides
Posted by: rayztoy

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/23/11 03:23 PM

Quote:

I had some put into aerosol cans




Nice work on the center caps! Who put the argent into aerosol cans for you? TIA

Ray
Posted by: cuda-sweden

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/23/11 04:06 PM

hm.ive heARD The cuda sign that has pegs on it is real early -70 production.and by 72 they should be glued,taped.?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/23/11 06:24 PM

rayztoy I'll shoot you a PM


Quote:

hm.ive heARD The cuda sign that has pegs on it is real early -70 production.and by 72 they should be glued,taped.?




Yes but since I didn't fix the neatly drilled holes before I sent it out for paint I thought I would look for a pin type emblem, looks like a stick on and 2 small dabs of sealer for good measure
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/24/11 09:21 PM

Trimming the vinyl top, placing the trim, re-trimming etc etc
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/24/11 09:23 PM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/24/11 09:24 PM

Posted by: DPelletier

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/30/11 01:01 PM

car is looking great and all your work continues to appear very nicely done.


Dave
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/01/11 12:51 AM

Looks great! Were you able to install the aft retention nut on the 340 cuda pin or did you have to drill a holes for access? My hood only has access for the fwd pin.

Dennis
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/01/11 10:04 AM

Thanks guys, Dennis there's no easy access but I'll figure out how they did it. Maybe a plastic insert? I wondered why my car had a (broken) strange type rivet at the drivers side quarter panel for the vinyl top trim retention instead of the stud type clip. I later saw they miss-aligned it and the holes did not match. I simply opened the inner hole and used the clip, guess the factory had no time for that.
Posted by: cudacar340

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/02/11 08:30 PM

My 72 has the V21 hood paint and color keyed grille. Paint and hood was gone off the car when I bought it in 81 but tracked down the original owner, he still had the hood in the rafters of the garage. I bought it and still has nice original paint on it. My car has shaker now. Coming up in Mopar Muscle soon. Cool thread!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/02/11 11:37 PM

Started to install the wheel well trim
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/02/11 11:41 PM

body line/contours are off on the pass front. I think the 2 pre-drilled holes were off slightly compared to the bends one is high and the other is low, essentially it needs to rotate clockwise some
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/02/11 11:44 PM

Posted by: moparpollack

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/02/11 11:54 PM

A little late now but I use sheet metal clecos to hold the trim in the factory holes then clamp the patch panel in to get the panel straight.
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/03/11 09:53 AM

Quote:

body line/contours are off on the pass front. I think the 2 pre-drilled holes were off slightly compared to the bends one is high and the other is low, essentially it needs to rotate clockwise some





Looks like yours fit similiar to mine. It took some time but I was able to get them to contour in a little better. I didn't use the old holes. Just clamped in place and drilled new holes. Next car I do I will weld up the holes prior to paint. Your doing good keep us posted with pictures.


Dennis
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/04/11 11:34 PM

Great attention to detail! This thread is reading more like a resto book than a guy putting together his driver car in a garage. Excellent work!
Posted by: rayztoy

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/05/11 11:51 AM

Quote:

Great attention to detail! This thread is reading more like a resto book than a guy putting together his driver car in a garage. Excellent work!




Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/05/11 09:41 PM

The antenna was an issue. I ordered the kit from DCS but the bezel forced the antenna at a 45 degree angle. Details are here: the antenna thread This is the bezel that caused the issue, I believe it is an AAR bezel
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/05/11 09:43 PM

Installed
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/05/11 09:46 PM

New bezel
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/05/11 09:48 PM

Installed, and things are much straighter. Reflection is pretty clear huh?
Posted by: jrwoodjoe

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/06/11 12:14 PM

I think you are right on the bezel. The first one looks like my T/A one. The top came out great, you did a really nice job on it. Keep the progress reports coming. You are making super progress on it.

Joe
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/08/11 09:32 PM

Just a shot from a few days ago....
Posted by: dmoore

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/20/11 09:03 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I had some put into aerosol cans




Nice work on the center caps! Who put the argent into aerosol cans for you? TIA

Ray




Totally Auto has the correct dark argent in a can....
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/21/11 08:32 PM

I installed the AMD front bumper from Dante. anyone see Ma ma's nitro R/T?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/21/11 08:41 PM

my original rear bumper is back from chrome.... SWEET

total was $420 with lifetime warranty, company is in Colorado, I have a local rep.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/21/11 08:45 PM

I also got my headliner from Dante. I think I'll install it this weekend (using Resto Rick's install tips). Here's another macro shot of the material
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/21/11 10:19 PM

Use lots of clamps. Lowes here had a bag of assorted sized plastic clamps when I did my 69 RR. I bought 2 bags and used almost all of them at one point. Didn't have any wrinkles though! Take your time and it will turn out great!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/21/11 10:27 PM

I'll buy 3 or 4 bags, Burdar said the yorkshire cloth is easier than the vinyl.

SIDE NOTE your detail is excellent and your car will be hella accurate. Mine was already messed with and a mute point oh well
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/23/11 03:53 PM

Rear bumper and valence installed
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/23/11 07:57 PM

Video of car idling
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/24/11 08:49 PM

Sounds great! Looking forward to the day I fire mine up.....
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/24/11 08:59 PM

Thanks it needs a little TLC still but it's getting there. I started to install the front lower valance and grille tonight, I had to stop for a brake job.... so it's in there loosely
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/24/11 09:00 PM

Without the glare you can see some of the dust she's covered in
Posted by: lahatte

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/26/11 10:35 PM

So, that hood and grill treatment was a factory option?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/27/11 07:40 AM

Quote:

So, that hood and grill treatment was a factory option?


Yup, it's factory
http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/upload2/6838738-72_Barracuda_1.jpg

http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/upload2/3811046-72cudaad.jpg

http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/upload2/3876104-72_Cuda_600.jpg

This shows that a Cuda model (with the G36 color keyed miror option?) came standard with the color keyed grille in the specified colors
http://www.hamtramck-historical.com/images/dealerships/1972PlymouthOrderingInfo/1972_page_61.jpg

I think of it as the 72's version of the billboard stripe....very bold statement that not many opted for

I'm not sure if the color keyed grille made it into 73 production but this videpo of a 1973 test car shows it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwfFH70V5fE I also have another brochure page somewhere that shows a red 73 with a blody color grille
Posted by: dmoore

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/27/11 08:07 AM

That guy looked serious Thanks for posting...looking good!! D
Posted by: lahatte

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/27/11 06:37 PM

Cool nostalgia. Thanks.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/28/11 07:03 PM

Another
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 12/05/11 03:03 PM

Planet colors Rugged Tones, Black Texture (Durable/High wear) PCR2 Paint. I decided to show a better pic since the painters sample I showed appeared more like bed liner. It's a modern paint, mimics organisol very well, should resist wax, can be applied over the actual paint
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/02/12 02:14 PM

Cuda going to be at MATS this year?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/09/12 07:40 PM

It's possible. I finally started to install my headliner today. How's yours coming along?
Posted by: 1972CudaV21

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/29/12 07:33 AM

Wow, your car is looking great. Sorry I've been away for a long time. Go V21!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 02/18/12 07:35 PM

Finally back to finishing the car.... headliner in the works excuse the dust
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 02/25/12 10:12 AM

Glad you got back to it!
Mine is still sitting. One of these days I'll bolt it back together...
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/06/12 09:28 AM

Post pictures Tom.

Installing the front and rear glass today. Cars ready, including painting part of the window channel black to hide the paint thru the glass. My youngest is home sick so I have one of the glass installers we contract at work bringing the windshield. The old one's not original so might as well go new. He's also going to clean the rubber from rear glass. All this could have been done months ago but I got to a point and walked away.

One corner of the headliner needs work but I'll probably just drive it to a shop and pay them to adjust that
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/06/12 08:17 PM

Rear glass
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/07/12 02:00 AM

Looks great Good Job!!! The vinyl top makes that stainless stand out..with the Red..
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/07/12 02:16 PM

Looks great! When is it coming out?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/07/12 06:08 PM

Thanks guys, I need to locate the screws for the front lower window trim corners and determine if the factory put anything between the lower windshield trim and the cowl area...then post a front pic

Tom I'll be there in July not sure if I'll plan 2 trips tho
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/08/12 03:04 AM

Ucudant are you talking about these slots for the front corner trim piece screws?. Here is a shot of mine. let me know if you need measurements
Dennis
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/08/12 05:34 AM

Yes Sir, the srew holes are visible I just have to go thru my parts bags to locate the screws themselves. Did the factory use anything between the lower windshield trim and the cowl where it bolted to? Thanks again for looking out.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/11/12 04:47 PM

The windshield and hey there's my Ram
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/12/12 01:52 AM

Nice Job Well Done!!! That trim fits great! Mine is still sitting ready to go. I need the garage to warm up a little more. We had snow all day today.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/12/12 07:58 PM

Thanks, I got lucky... it was warm the day we installed the glass. Oh but I also installed a Dayton industrial type garage heater before last winter too. (seen in the corner above the `Cuda) Now for some rubber
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/12/12 11:15 PM



Glad to see you're back at it. Keep up the great work, you're almost there!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/12 09:05 PM

Thanks Dennis, I painted the wheels with MP argent silver wheel paint. Then I mounted and balanced them myself....
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/12 09:08 PM

So I had to throw them on the car, the wheel well trim needs finishing so they'll come back off but I wanted some pics and a short trip around the block (complete with my lil copilot/camera woman... yeah I said video) so.....
Posted by: UCUDANT

VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/12 09:47 PM

Video This was my youngest filming and its just for fun. It's blurry but it was a blast. She loved it. She immediately said of the exhaust and fuel smells "Ohhhh I love that smell" She said it with feeling like a car guy too.... the aire to keys. If you saw the precurser you'd understand her reaction LOL As a wee one I used to buckle her in, and ask "ready?" then dump the clutch and she'd fall over, I'd laugh, and she's say stop it.... she still remembers
Posted by: RobX4406

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/12 10:30 PM

Very cool.

Nice that the little one enjoyed it! LMAO
Posted by: lahatte

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/12 11:42 PM

Does the car get a stripe on the side?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/16/12 03:10 AM

Thanks to all. Yes Sir, the cars coded for the stripes


The car had the stripes still wrapped around the inner door?



EDIT Ooops no stripes PM if ya need some stripes LOL
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: PROGRESS 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/16/12 02:18 PM

I think you got those stickers of the tires!!! Awesome
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/17/12 02:37 AM

Sweet!!!! Great job nice to get it out on to the Street. Still love that color combo. Enjoy
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/17/12 05:01 AM

Thanks guys I am getting allot of positive feedback. I open the garage and even dog walkers and skate boarders stop to comment. I just stumbled on this old pic of my youngest. I believe this was the night she snuck off with her stuffed Elephant... as the symbol of the Hemi he was my dash riding copilot. My sis in law had once said that an Elephant with an up-turned trunk was good luck. That night the only drive (or clash with the Cobra) without him ended very expensive, and with me using my tow strap. He never leaves my dash, even at the body shop he was there.
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/17/12 09:34 AM

Thats awesome! Gotta love the little helpers that are usually the biggest cheerleaders!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/17/12 10:12 AM

That's funny she is an actual cheerleader on a local team but since she's youngest/smallest she's a "flyer". So she's really my smallest cheerleader... and now that i know your awake I'm checking a certain Duster resto post for paint pics in 5
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/17/12 10:22 AM

Not yet. My painter is killing me..
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/19/12 11:54 AM

I had an issue with today's fuel killing my Holley pump. I swapped in a stock pump. I need to see if they make an alcohol compatible diaphram ??
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/19/12 11:59 AM

Then Ehrenberg had the same issue and they mentioned the accelerator pumps oops did not think of that. Yes mine leaked the other night.... soooo I pulled one. I should have two holley alcohol compatible diaphrams tomorrow night.

BUT WHAT ABOUT POWER VALVES? MY FUEL PRESSURE GAUGE? Less stress part means not such a big deal?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/19/12 12:43 PM

nothing too glorious going on today just knocking out the minor to-do's. Cleaned the stock snubber for install. Before... after some cleaning
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/19/12 12:49 PM

After blasting and a few coats of clear, should have been satin clear. I saw the metal showed a little staining and I think that added character
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/19/12 04:14 PM

I had the wheel well molding semi installed. I completed the Pass side rear and am almost done with the Drivers rear. These are to show that the "Mopar Authentic Reproduction" (by metro I believe) units I bought fit ok for my tastes. Someone more patient or talented could install them even better. Dennis this is for you my friend....
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/19/12 04:15 PM

same one, more shadow than gap
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/19/12 04:17 PM

Pass side now where it has a gap is not factory metal but it's still pretty close. It's the lower body curves that seem to be the only tough spot.

EDIT The cars jacked up and suspension is suspended I didn't put in a lift kit
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/19/12 04:21 PM

again, the front of that same pass rear wheel trim. I need to tighten those screws it fits near perfect
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/19/12 06:13 PM

Those fit the best I've seen!!! . Nice work. They look better than mine. They take time and patience but really stand out against that Red.
.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/19/12 07:58 PM

Thanks Dennis, I wanted you to see this. Six Pack Performance sells them for around $225 I think.

I found the shards of tire decal in the wheel well??
Posted by: DPelletier

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/20/12 09:15 AM

Lookin' good.

The B body ones I bought from Metro are garbage; don't fit, don't have all the holes and the finished "face" is distorted. The ones I bought from Dale's Cuda Shop were far superior.

...just wanted to mention that so that any B body guys reading this don't go off thinking that Metro = good in all cases.


Dave
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/23/12 07:40 AM

Thanks Dave, I know parts are always a toss up. I used the existing holes BTW, tough but do-able. Hold in place, mark thru the existing wheel lip hole from back, remove molding, drill it, repeat... over and over until it's done, starting from top center
Posted by: dmoore

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/23/12 08:26 PM

Quote:

Thanks guys I am getting allot of positive feedback. I open the garage and even dog walkers and skate boarders stop to comment. I just stumbled on this old pic of my youngest. I believe this was the night she snuck off with her stuffed Elephant... as the symbol of the Hemi he was my dash riding copilot. My sis in law had once said that an Elephant with an up-turned trunk was good luck. That night the only drive without him ended very expensive, and with me using my tow strap. He never leaves my dash, even at the body shop he was there.





What a cool pic!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/24/12 01:37 PM

Thanks Dave, can you spill the beans on why you are selling the white Duster, I'm still in shock you sold the yellow one.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/25/12 09:19 PM

F#$%^ing Demon carb. It's about to get adjusted via mini-sledge. Nothing changes the idle circuit vacuum. Power valve seemed blown... the more ya turn the screws in it goes hog wide on vacuum, all the way in, eng still runs...and better. Pulled the PV and you could suck air thru it, all the BS and the new valve does squat. Shavings in it?????
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/25/12 09:43 PM

Ya know theres a place down on 4th st that can help out with a replacement carb..or three!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/25/12 09:53 PM

Thanks man that seriously made me laugh. Now that I had a beer my mind says PCV valve but I don't dare go down there right now.

Man your car is going to look great. I'll be cheering ya on. Funny we had the same car once...
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/25/12 10:55 PM

Great minds think alike!!
Posted by: bugsydog

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/26/12 07:32 PM

Damm that car turned out amazing....you did a superb job you couldnt have done any better than what you did. Now i cant wait to go for a ride in it.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/27/12 07:21 PM

Thanks Curtis, hell you can drive it. I'd be scared to drive yours that thing was as fast as it was gorgeous.
I think this real Vegas plate would look stunning on that car..... I still have the other one if you need it
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/28/12 10:22 AM

I got a call at work out of the blue......and I can't even think straight now, because my poor Ram may be getting parked outside
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/28/12 02:24 PM

Hopefully its a good call out of the blue...not the bad kind.
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/04/12 07:56 PM

And so the Cuda is getting a new friend in the garage. Should arrive in 30 minutes or so

Brent, no guessing. Just wait.
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/04/12 09:57 PM

Posted by: bugsydog

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/04/12 10:26 PM

gotta see some more pictures
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/04/12 11:29 PM

Brent Thanks, yes the call was good news for me....

Tom and Curtis Thanks my brothers, Curt if this other works out I'll pick ya up/put ya up....... man come on bro

Ok without further ado... my new fire wires arrived and yes I did drag home another 4spd car...look for a separate post in 5
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/08/12 01:45 PM

Whats the SPD on your Cuda?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/08/12 03:42 PM

C07 so I'm told that's 12/07/1971 door VIN decal says 12 71
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/09/12 12:22 AM

Thats sounds right. If it was 813 I'd be freaked out.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/10/12 02:13 AM

I installed the Fire Core wires and they are a little longer than my MSD's, so now I'll look into some new plug wire locating hardware.

Neighborhood kid likes to work on his Dad's and bro's Harleys and came by with an exhaust that had a broken bolt. I carefully drilled it to just below the thread inner diameter and tapped it from behind (then I found my easyouts )

Then Lauren wanted me to get her new dresser upsatairs, so I had the young man return the favor.

I still managed to get a few things done to the car but need to address the carb to see if it's dumping fuel and why it won't adjust for decent vacuum. I have a power valve dummy plug to install while I investigate. Probably just the fuel dumping due to low vacuum at idle
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: VIDEO 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/10/12 11:56 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Thanks guys I am getting allot of positive feedback. I open the garage and even dog walkers and skate boarders stop to comment. I just stumbled on this old pic of my youngest. I believe this was the night she snuck off with her stuffed Elephant... as the symbol of the Hemi he was my dash riding copilot. My sis in law had once said that an Elephant with an up-turned trunk was good luck. That night the only drive without him ended very expensive, and with me using my tow strap. He never leaves my dash, even at the body shop he was there.





What a cool pic!




I'll get a current reshoot. I'm trying to get her to take a pic in the new 69 too but she makes a face and says "I'm not getting in there"

I picked up some holley blue gaskets and will verify they are correct for this demon carb before digging in. I plan to plug the power valve with a dummy plug and see if I can get it to run off the idle circuit and make sure there are no vacuum leaks. Carb was an ebay reman so maybe it just has the wrong metering plate gaskets?
Posted by: the4ork

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/16/12 09:16 PM

Quote:

A guy over on CC.com just bought a red 72 that also originally had the V21 option. Hopefully he will decide to put it back that way. I posted a link to a couple of your pictures over there.






that was me, just joined this forum today. ive had the car a while. trying to locate a set of scoops so i can paint them. i plan on doing the v21 and tail panel and wing all at once very soon. I like your paint, care to share where to get it or the codes? i have a local place that can mix anything pretty much.
Posted by: the4ork

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/16/12 09:23 PM

forgot to mention i just made this thread earlier today:
http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/show...&PHPSESSID=
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/17/12 05:33 AM

Thanks, PM me for info if you need.

I thought I had a link to the the paint data is in this thread (must have been another thread though) to their catalog etc. It's a Planet Color "Rugged texture" product, Black textured PCR2. Sending a PM with some stuff you might like to see


EDIT: Found it here's the link to the paint found earlier in the thread "It's made by planet color and it's probably not cheap my painter tacked on a few bills over the initial esitmate this is it http://www.planetcolor.com/en/Products/~/media/Shared/Planet-Color/catalog.ashx about 15 pages in. "
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/20/12 12:02 PM

I used to pull about 11" of vacuum at idle when I lived in Las Vegas. The car sat for a few years then I finished paint and body and now it's only pulling about 7" of vacuum.... but I'm at 5500ft now

At any rate I put a dummy plug in the power valve, changed the oil and might start to finish items. I need it ready before fathers day weekend.
I'll certainly put some fuel in it and have it out for at least a short drive this weekend so I can change the oil again. I might fire up another Mopar this weekend


EDIT: came home, immediately dusted it off a little,went for some fresh fuel, then put a few miles on it. I got a few looks, thumbs ups, a few comments like "nice car" or "nice ride" feel good. I have some dead/soft header collector gaskets for it too


Took it out again around 9:30pm and had a little fun. Even had a Cop roll up and say it looked and sounded good man, whats in it? Wanna run officer? LOL fuzzy pic ...I was stopped
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/28/12 01:45 PM

Decided to recheck the Cuda's origanl parts. I stashed the origianl engine and parts for later.

The starter is dated for 71, so was the cars build
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/28/12 01:47 PM

Alternator, the front is too hard to read but the back is clear
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/28/12 04:03 PM

An old military buddy called to say they were having a huge car show in a park just maybe 2 miles from here. So I fired up the Cuda and went over.
I am not a car show kind of guy, I just don't understand folks who will with a coke in thier hand lean right into your ride. The kids, studded purses, oh and the obese lady with the cane. I made it about 20 minutes and just had to leave. But I did find what I believe is a tiny mark in my quarter so I got a car show award.

There was a sweet T/A there though

EDIT I took Lauren for a cruise around the park where the show was and we played with a Gorgeous 69 Stang on massive meats on the stretch back just a lil throttle hopping....now thats fun.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/13/12 07:06 PM

I'm still not done with the interior install. I did the headliner but am going to have a local shop finish the rear corner that troubled me....

I've been enjoying it anyway. I had it out Monday since I was off, then I took it out again last night. I rolled up to a light with a Gorgeous 66 Mustang Fastback GT....

Stang: Nice car
Me: You too Man
Stang: What is it?
Me: 72 Cuda
He's hearing this.... idling
Stang: What's under the hood?
Me: 340 but it's a little warmed over..... then the light turned and I got in in just a little and the tires were rolling and I think I let off and grabbed second and the car was a little out of shape, I was stopped at the next light when he metered up......
Him: uh my 289 won't hang LOL
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/13/12 10:43 PM

What the scoop you keep running into Mustangs. Car looks great they are fun to drive aren't they, well worth the efforts

How is the Dart coming?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/14/12 02:33 PM

Too much fun. All work is on hold as I repay the Dart, the wife has a stash she was saving for the NFL season and she said I could use it...... I'll be into things again in another month or two. I went thru the brakes, and just need to rebleed them with a helper...mighty Vac was so-so. I'll do some ignition and carb work real soon and she'll be very driveable. I need a windshield and headliner and don't want to do those items twice but do want to drive it with the body as is. Our local Mopar show is this weekend
.
Posted by: 19cuda73

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/14/12 04:56 PM

Brakes are important! Thats my plan with the Charger as well. Fronts are done. tranny and rear end Fluids all changed. Getting it ready. Get your car out and drive it......pull it back in during the winter and then restore things.

Of course My winters are a little longer than yours..Have fun at the show!!

Dennis
Posted by: GOLDMYN

Re: IT"S HOME!!!!!! 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/15/12 01:11 PM

Quote:

Too much fun. All work is on hold as I repay the Dart, the wife has a stash she was saving for the NFL season and she said I could use it...... I'll be into things again in another month or two. I went thru the brakes, and just need to rebleed them with a helper...mighty Vac was so-so. I'll do some ignition and carb work real soon and she'll be very driveable. I need a windshield and headliner and don't want to do those items twice but do want to drive it with the body as is. Our local Mopar show is this weekend
.




If it was very drivable, you could sell it to me and I'd have it at the Nationals "as is" and tell the story
Posted by: UCUDANT

1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/18/12 08:12 PM

The mopar show was actually Saturday. My Bro in law saw a large grooup of Mopars in the park and called, so I managed to stop by there for a bit.
Sunday being Fathers day can be a little sad for me. My younger daughters put a smile on my face, then I got up and put some time in behind the wheel to brighten my mood. I went by to see a buddy of mine at a car show. He didn't show. They pointed me right in and parked me in the show so I stayed for a few. I then came home to enjoy my family.
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/27/12 03:54 PM

Cuda looks great! Photographs much better on the road than in the garage
Posted by: ScottSmith_Harms

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/27/12 04:02 PM

Wow Bob your car is looking SWEET! Made me think about the last time I saw a nicely restored post 71 Cuda.....It's been a while! Especially one so nicely optioned as yours is.

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/29/12 11:22 AM

Thanks Scott and Tom.

True Scott, I have an entire bookshelf full of Mopar mags and not a single photo shoot of a 72 V21 Cuda.

I only know of 2 cars similar to mine that are done. The Orange V21 car with the blower (he painted his lower grille body color) and the Blue V21

Blaine Kelly's Cyber Cuda was/is for sale by a well known dealer in Ohio. It has the G36 mirrors but wears an argent grille?

I'd love to have a shoot done with the blue car next to mine. Our cars are very similar
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/30/12 04:02 PM

I'm off today and decided to do some odds and ends tward the completion of my Cuda.
Then I specifically used it to run by work because the fella's have been bugging me to drive it in. Everyone filed out to check it out.

I will say that I am relatively sure that the stock 6.4 Charger can't take my Cuda in a street light brawl and thats before working out all the kinks/tuning

Cruised dowwn one of my favorite roads and the rock station did not let me down.... it was a great day
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/17/12 12:53 PM

I am trying to find the original owner of the Cuda. DMV gaurds this info tightly. So I am exploring some inventive avenues

This car had remnants of the factory stripe in the door jamb and inner doors but it was not coded for it on the data tag. Since I've even seen a Cuda coded for V21 on it's build sheet but not on the fender tag, I suppose it could be a dealer add on, or factory.

I'm hoping for a window sticker, and maybe a build sheet.

The wheels are set in motion, now to go work on the car and wait to see what happens should know in a week or two
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/17/12 09:40 PM

Cleaned some interior trim and panels
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/17/12 09:41 PM

more...
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/17/12 09:45 PM

The drivers interior door panel has some pretty bad scratches though. I'll just put a dressing on it for now to help hide them.

Yeah Curtis I know....kick me
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/17/12 09:50 PM

I'm installing my original upper door frame window seals. I bought some aftermarkets ...here are the differences. The OEM units have a metal insert to reenforce the mounting screw area. The aftermarket does not.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/17/12 09:52 PM

Backside of the same seals
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/17/12 09:55 PM

Here is an end view. The oem is a sturdier unit, the aftermarket just seemed too soft to me.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/17/12 09:57 PM

I cleaned and installed my original seal since it was in great shape
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/17/12 10:00 PM

I also trimmed the rear deck padding to clear the speakers and glued it to the rear speaker deck panel
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/17/12 10:02 PM

The speaker tray panel is in place, the sail panels are in, so basically what I'm saying is I've finally started to finish the headliner install.... excuse the dust
Posted by: ScottSmith_Harms

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/17/12 11:05 PM

Great work Bob! I'm way behind you with my Duster project but I am starting to feel the excitement with the progress I've made lately, I can only imagine how you are feeling!

Your Cuda is a STUNNING example of a post 71 Cuda, not many out there as nice as yours is going to be
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/25/12 10:31 PM

Thanks Scott, I appreciate that but it's just a driver. I've had a blast driving it and now it's time to finish up loose ends.

I cleaned up a few items today and installed them so the headliner and related accesories are almost done now...
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/25/12 10:32 PM

Are the visors incorrect? I've seen these visors in later E bodies and I've seen this rear view mirror in a 71 Cuda. Is this a factory late 71 build mismatch?

Huge thanks goes out to Resto Rick for his "How To" instructional for installing mopar headliners.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/25/12 10:33 PM

Shoulder belts
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/25/12 10:34 PM

A portion of lap belts to show date codes... Tags varied by sets from 4371 4671 and 4871, I'm guessing those are the dates by week/year?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/01/12 09:57 PM

I pulled the seats, remaining lap belts, carpet, vacuumed the floor this is a pic of the floor prior to cleaning. A car this clean did not require a full on resto.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/01/12 10:00 PM

The carpet as I started to dye it.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/01/12 10:00 PM

After some dye
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/01/12 10:02 PM

And it's black again. Looks close to new.
Posted by: lahatte

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/01/12 10:40 PM

Looks nice. What dye was that?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/02/12 07:50 AM

Thanks

It's a Duplicolor product for Vinyl and Fabrics, sold at all the major Autoparts stores. Duplicolor Dye I used the gloss black. The PN is HVP104, but FYI the parts stores showed it as HV104.

Roughly $8 bucks a can. Three cans should do a carpet.
Posted by: lahatte

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/02/12 12:58 PM

Thanks. It would be good to hear if you have issues with it down the road. Probably none, I suppose.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/06/12 03:07 PM

No trailer queen here...check out the dust
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/06/12 03:08 PM

Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/06/12 04:27 PM

Dirty or not that looks damn good!
Posted by: jrwoodjoe

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/08/12 09:16 PM

Looks GREAT. I have always liked that stripe scheme.

Joe
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/09/12 04:57 AM

Thanks guys, I have been hammering away. Not much to show but the interior is coming along, as well as the laundry list. The rear interior panels are in. I'll hopefully install the interior door panels this week.
As Burdar stated the cat whiskers fit loosely. The factory punch/pinched them in in 4 spots 2 on each end. The channel appears to be just a little wide but thats a matter of squeezing it. These are Top Cat brand from Dixie restorations. Looks like a good part. I had to cut it you can see it's long and would hit the bend in the panel. You can see the PN on the OEM part
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 11/09/12 10:25 AM

I haven't had any luck finding the original owner of my Cuda yet... but I just got a call from a my nephew... he said another family member (the son of owner #2) told him to tell me has has what he believes is my build sheet. I'd been after it for years and even showed him a sample of one in case they ever ran across it. I was fairly sure I'd seen my actual build sheet many many years ago before I owned this car so, I was sure his Dad had one for this car. I'll have it possibly as soon as tonight



EDIT: My nephew now was with his cousin who has a packet of papers, he said "something had the Chysler emblem" on it, things are "folded up" and in a document protector my nephew is waiting for my call to meet me with what he has. I'm STOKED
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 11/09/12 07:02 PM

and yup these are the same special acid free protectors you guys recomended for the Darts paperwork
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 11/09/12 07:08 PM

The window sticker, Predelivery inspection form, and a Warranty card with the original owners name. The door edge moldings were factory. I figured as they were marked detroit
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 11/09/12 08:24 PM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 11/09/12 08:59 PM

The plastic its in makes it look more faded/worn. It's real nice.
Posted by: CUDAJAS

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 11/10/12 05:43 AM

wow, nice find!!!

Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 11/10/12 08:56 AM

Thats awesome! Christmas came early for you!!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 11/10/12 09:37 AM

Thanks guys, I am so happy I just can't tell you.

It's my wifes cousin that found the stuff (her son and my nephew did the rest) and my wife works just a few blocks from their house. If she had given it to my wife and she'd have suprised me on Christmas I'd have been so shocked. She might have made me ball like a baby. I mean how can you top that... a Hemi?
Posted by: mopar383

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 11/23/12 09:59 PM

Good looking project
Posted by: 1972CudaV21

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/06/13 02:06 AM

Congrats on everything - looks great!
Posted by: dmoore

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/06/13 07:37 AM

Quote:

and yup these are the same special acid free protectors you guys recomended for the Darts paperwork




That same guy signed the bottom of the build sheet for my yellow car...Beach
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/10/13 09:30 AM

Quote:

That same guy signed the bottom of the build sheet for my yellow car...Beach




Dave maybe it says Black ?

Heres one from my Dart labeled Tan as in interior color
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/14/13 10:29 PM

Here it is again, a little more cleaned up this time. I had an appt yesterday, and was off work half day and drove the car (I drove it properly too ). I fueled it up and drove it after work tonight again, left a 70's Camaro like it was a Prius. Played allot, my youngest even went for a ride. I'm driving it to work tomorrow, and taking an old military Buddy to the airport in it. Lifes to short not to drive it.
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/14/13 10:47 PM

Posted by: a12superbee

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/13 02:05 AM

Quote:





Posted by: dmoore

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/13 06:52 PM

Quote:

Quote:

That same guy signed the bottom of the build sheet for my yellow car...Beach




Dave maybe it says Black ?

Heres one from my Dart labeled Tan as in interior color




Bob, It was definitly signed "Beach" nice docs by the way...
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/17/13 06:24 PM

Now this is cool, I did get caught in the rain for a few minutes but not a biggie. I stopped by to see the owner of another V21 car. This car is coded for the G36 color keyed mirrors so it also had a painted grille as well
Posted by: MuuMuu101

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/17/13 06:25 PM

Quote:

Now this is cool, I did get caught in the rain for a few minutes but not a biggie. I stopped by to see the owner of another V21 car. This car is coded for the G36 color keyed mirrors so it also had a painted grille as well




Woah! They didn't melt? JK Cool cars as always. That blue definitely pops on the other V21 car.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/17/13 08:04 PM

I like the thought of both cars together because as a kid I had these and loved them. Now it reminds me of them. I'd be lying if I said I didn't hve one of these AFX cars in the house, and it's fitting because those little cars helped fuel the passion that became my current addiction
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/19/13 08:01 AM

You need some better pictures of those 2 Cudas together..
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/20/13 03:32 PM

Glad you are finally enjoying the Cuda!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/27/13 10:33 AM

I was asked about the Planet Color paint via PM. I was planning on posting the result of testing wax on the test panel. It comes off but there is a glistening effect that the paint has untouched that the wax seems to reduce. Not seen in the photo. The upper left corner of this corner is waxed.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/27/13 12:23 PM

I went into a container with some old stuff in it ... I took some shots of the Cuda's original? parts

wheel cylinders
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/27/13 12:25 PM

Water pump, the car was built 12-71. The engine is dated 8-71 IIRC
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/27/13 12:30 PM

A section of ribbed hose and partial font example
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/27/13 12:34 PM

Brent might like this idea.

I had this made years ago for my Duster I believe and disregarded the date and recycled it on the Cuda
Posted by: lahatte

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/27/13 12:54 PM

What did that cost to have made?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/27/13 01:55 PM

I don't recall the cost but it wasn't expensive. I had a stamp shop that was local to me at that time make it.

Stamping with paint can be tricky it takes practice
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/15/13 05:59 PM

George took this today. short video

It left two marks on the side walk that will be there for some time

EDIT: a friend sent me this link. Notice it's not in the grass/show. I snuck in the back and just parked behind the last row of cars for an easy escape
Mopar fest car show
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/23/13 06:00 PM

I deal with all types to get parts, it's more work than building the car.
The auction showed this, a gauge with the correct silver pro comp bezel


Do these gauges bezels match? Funny they matched in his auctions. Now he's telling me they only make one style bezel without understanding what I'm conveying
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/08/13 01:57 PM

Another ebay transaction gone poorly. A week passed after I paid the seller, and there was no message, no tracking number provided and no package.

So I inquired if the item had shipped yet. No response. I sent another message to inquire the following day to which he responded he was sorry he was out of town, and the item would ship Monday.

Today I get this.....

Hi (My ebay ID)
(Sellers ID) recently opened a cancel transaction case for an item you recently purchased: 66-74 Mopar A B E Body Cuda Driver Mirror Door Clip.


Reason for cancel transaction request: The item is out of stock.

Click the "Respond now" button to accept or decline this cancellation.

If you don't take action by Sep-15-2013, the seller will be able to cancel the purchase without your consent.


Another ebayer whose on the ball

It's a single small clip that he charges $3 to ship
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd V21 Cuda - 09/22/13 08:39 AM

Quote:

Looks killer man! Lots different than it did next to the 3 million dollar hemi cuda at The Cannery! Keep it up!






I stumbled across this picture so I thought I'd add it. This was possibly from the very first Mopars at the strip. I went to the first few MATS so I'm not sure.

I ordered and received the correct gauge from Jegs and now have them mounted, I'll get back to working on this the car in about 2 weeks....
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd V21 Cuda - 09/26/13 06:18 AM

I had an idea on how I might find the original owner. I believe I already have his full name, but unfortunately his last name is very common in the Alb area.



WISH ME LUCK
Posted by: 1972CudaV21

Re: 1972 340 4spd V21 Cuda - 11/02/13 08:05 PM

I may start a project posting for my survivorish V21 - redoing the engine bay (with factory blackout on the cowl and other areas), stock appearing stroker 340 and front suspension. Would you mind if I posted in your thread because our cars are similar? I wouldn't be posting a million pics, but it could add to the '72 V21 database..lol
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd V21 Cuda - 11/03/13 09:23 AM

Man I've been waiting a long time to see pictures of your car.

Post pictures in this thread: http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/show...t=2#Post3880794
Posted by: 1972CudaV21

Re: 1972 340 4spd V21 Cuda - 11/03/13 12:31 PM

Quote:

Man I've been waiting a long time to see pictures of your car.

Post pictures in this thread: http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/show...t=2#Post3880794




Lol...I know, it has been years..Life has sent me in the wrong direction too many times. But, I'm not giving up that easy...I can post in there. I'll post some of the factory cowl blackout in here as well...
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd V21 Cuda - 06/09/14 05:13 PM

Almost ready to have some fun.... (no worries the #'s engine is stashed)
Posted by: dangina

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/11/14 07:53 AM

Quote:

Now this is cool, I did get caught in the rain for a few minutes but not a biggie. I stopped by to see the owner of another V21 car. This car is coded for the G36 color keyed mirrors so it also had a painted grille as well




cool! This this the first time I have seen this stripe paint scheme and now 2 in one pic?!!!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/11/14 02:31 PM

I've only seen 2 others in person, and I've never seen one in a magazine (other than an RJ cars ad). A lot of mopar fans don't know this option existed.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/04/14 02:25 PM

Roller cam and lifters (and an adjustable timing gear set)
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/04/14 02:29 PM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/04/14 07:05 PM

and for the purists this is a spare 1970 340 just to play with, the #'s 340 is stashed
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/06/14 10:23 PM

Well I could have finished it but I am missing a head gasket. I had my wife order my parts and thought the P/N was for a set.When I did a parts inventory the Cometic multi layer gasket looked like 2 were stacked.

I "degree'd" the cam, (I decided to go with a roller set up) and finished most everything I could. If the gasket arrives this week I'll have it running before next weekend

I'll clean the engine bay when it's done


Disregard the stock fuel pump, my Holley was leaking. I'll be back to a Holley soon enough (car is equipped with 3/8 fuel line)
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/13/14 08:04 PM

both heads on, headers in place, I'll be sending the pushrod checker off to have push rods made
Posted by: 1972CudaV21

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/01/14 12:34 PM

Looking good man! I may be getting another '72 FE5 'Cuda with the V21. There's one up this way, though I haven't seen it yet. If it's not numbers-matching, etc., I'd like to do a modified drive train. I'm tossing around the idea of a 1972 'Cuda V21 registry. What do you think? Something simple..
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/04/14 12:15 PM

If you want PM me on the V21 stuff and we can explore options. (a memeber is sending me a 70's V21 article)

This is how the car sits as I type. I had to replace a motor mount and add a Schumaker shim to get clearance for the drivers side header/torsion bar

I had already modified my old Cal Custom valve covers for intake runner clearance years ago but now also had to clearance them on the inside by the 2 bolt holes on the intake side. They contacted the base of the rocker pedestals and the holes wouldn't align. (It actually takes the added gaskets thickness to help or they still wouldn't fit)

I have most of parts to re-complete the exhaust to the new headers(Pypes stainless 2.5", with an X pipe and cutouts), I'm currently lacking push rods and might mail the checker out today to have them made.

Ahh the joy of .060 thick intake gaskets

The orange box is just for pretty the MSD is hidden under dash


EDIT: I just ordered some Pypes collector adapters. Car is also getting the stainless O2 bungs for the wide band set up.

PUSHRODS NEXT: I might mail the adj checker out today or tomorrow... I have to take the baby to go get her driving permit. Of the 3 of my girls I predict she is the heir to the keys
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/04/14 06:06 PM

I like the direction this is going...looking forward to hearing the "new" mill run!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/16/14 01:22 PM

The pushrods are ordered and here is the basis for my new (pypes stainless) exhaust system
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/25/14 09:05 PM

Some intakes don't have provisions for mounting the factory coil bracket (I modified a 6 pack bracket on my old M1) I was happy that the Victor intake had the coil mounts, but then I spaced the fact that the W2 intake bolt spacing differs from stock... ie the factory 72 throttle cable bracket won't work.

I made one from a spare I add this to help the next guy
Posted by: bugsydog

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/27/14 09:31 PM

that's looking sweeeeeet, excellent job as usual....
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/30/14 08:24 PM

Thanks Curtis (Tom too) I have just about got my intake perfectly aligned with my ports

Here's one of many planned upgrades... some added whoahhhh to help stop the added go.

I blasted the control arms and dont need them, I could keep them as spares (If anyone needs some PM me)
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/31/14 04:22 PM

The intakes bolt holes were off on the passenger side and it took some time but I have everything sorted out now. The port alignment is near perfect now.
I previously had a NEW Victor W2 that the ports mismatched a gasket by about 3/8" so theres a bad run of them still floating around.

I saw a small flaw in a pushrod and Hughes response was AWESOME. No questions he'd have one sent out ASAP. That's service.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/31/14 04:25 PM

Now that the intakes finally on I'm taking a break
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/06/14 02:53 PM

Break is over. Lets see it run!!!
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/07/14 12:02 AM

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/14/14 03:08 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGDEOdOPgKA&feature=youtu.be


Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/15/14 08:13 AM

Sounds good! Did you get it out and test drive it yet?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/15/14 10:23 AM

Nope I'm on hold again, it has to be right.
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/18/14 12:43 AM

That sounds sweet!
Bet it will be nasty wide open
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/18/14 07:04 AM

Thanks, the parts I ordered should arrive today...


Here's a little something I thought I'd have made for the qtr windows. Sort of like Scat Pack bee's
Posted by: bugsydog

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/24/14 06:42 PM

She sounds really healthy, nice job...
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 11/01/14 06:12 PM

My original tie rods
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 11/01/14 06:13 PM

After an evaporust bath and some new boots
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 11/01/14 06:16 PM

The previously shown disc brake set up after a clean up and initial de-rusting
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 11/17/14 12:09 AM

That stuff works great - parts look new!
Posted by: hemi68charger

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 11/18/14 01:22 PM

Quote:

The previously shown disc brake set up after a clean up and initial de-rusting




Since there isn't an applause graemlin, I'll get ya this
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/25/15 09:50 PM

EDIT: thanks for the positive feedback guys

After several months I finally took the car down off the jack stands and cleaned/drove it.

I had plans and cash but my youngest is nearly ready to drive so I took my car cash stash and added to it as I could. I let the Cuda sit. In a video that follows you might notice a White Neon, that's Leon the Neon. She agreed to learn to drive stick, because she wants the Cuda... she's heir to the keys

VIDEO of my dusty car emerging from hybernation


VIDEO CUDA VIDEO


I believe George has another video maybe a lil better than this one

Our timing throughout the day was great, we ran across some bass ass cars (A Black 70 SS 454 Chevelle) a low rider gathering and had a blast. One guy even had us follow him to show his Dad the Cuda.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/25/15 10:25 PM

The stainless exhaust x pipe and dumps will go in next. I'm upgrading the brake system and as previously shown I've got a 73 E body set up.

I just picked up some new calipers, the rotors are next.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/25/15 10:33 PM

Just a short clip but all we have for today


MO VIDEO>>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfqnAPfKotw
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/25/15 11:10 PM

So how does the new W2 set up feel compared to how it was prior?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/26/15 06:50 AM

Runs good, pulls at 3K. I have to recurve the distributor and the fatten the secondary jets. I swear this distributor was set for 15 degrees mechanical.... it currently shows 22.

AF ratio looks good at idle etc etc so I'm happy so far
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 02/05/15 09:40 PM

Straightened a few dents in the bottom of the oil pan, I also stripped it in preparation for paint. While tuning the car I noticed play in the distributor (it did cause some issues) I had an MP electronic ignition kit distributor on the shelf for a few years. A dealership sold it as is since the wiring, box and ballast resister were MIA. It turned out the reluctor pick-up was shorted out. I gutted a spare and fixed the new distributor (shown are previous dizzy and the parts mule) my wife bought me my drilled and slotted rotors. See the shiny paper weight in the middle of the photo?
Posted by: ScottSmith_Harms

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 02/05/15 10:22 PM

Car sounds great Bob, nice to see that one all finished and running!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 02/07/15 05:57 AM

Thanks Scott, it's actually been running almost all along I left it on stands while looked for a car for my youngest...scored a Neon so I'm back to work.

I just so happened to thumb through a 1 year old Mopar Action and it had a distributor article. Well it stated the newer MP distributors have a spark scatter issue (my older style low mile MP tuned distributor was doing that) and today just happens to be someone's birthday.

So if Six Pack Performance has a distributor upgrade on the shelf I'll have one tonight, if not I want one of these https://www.customwiresets.com/product.php?productid=16293&cat=308&page=1

UPDATE I called Junior at Six Pack Performance, he provided his personal experience and some customer feedback on the MSD, I'm sold. I didn't want to have to change the ends on my new wires but so what.....
My car already has a hidden 6AL. He'll have an MSD distributor for me on Monday. I highly recommend this vendor, very friendly and knowledgeable and cost competitive .

EDIT: Mondays a long way away so I'll take 2 distributors apart and Frankenstein them into one so I can have it out today. Basically just swapping a new housing with bushings into my old distributor to remove the play and hopefully cure it for now.

The "baby" is at practice and should be coming home with her drivers license this afternoon
Posted by: Tom_440

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 02/07/15 04:28 PM

Congrats on the new driver!
Good to see continuing improvement on the Cuda. I'm guessing it will never be done, no matter how good it looks and runs!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 02/07/15 06:00 PM

True Tom, now the list is tune the carb, exhaust, disc brakes, cal tracs, bolt in some frame connectors, some trim. I just took it out for a rip. It needs disc brakes bad I wasn't really on it and the brakes weren't warm but.....

I'm a tad burnt on inconsistency, it wants to run below the power valve value. I mean come on I used a plug and tested vacuum at idle and then vacuum dropped

I once said I wouldn't hammer on a new project build (a 340) until I installed a rev limiter. I was tuning a carb on a dark stretch of road when lights surprised me and we both stopped as we came at each other FASSTTTT. We both slowed and hit the shoulder..... It was a Cobra on Sticky's, turned out we both thought the other was a cop. That part ended well. We raced 3 times. Each time he had me by 1 to 1.5 cars out of the hole but couldn't walk away. We were both butt hurt. Him because his sorted car couldn't waste the un-tuned small block, and I because I lost. When that was over it cost me.... I hurt it.

I said I would upgrade the brakes, and it needs it. I will make it a point to not get tempted to stomp on it if I cant stop it. So not taking it out until the brakes are upgraded is IMPORTANT. Tonight I'll order the wheel bearings n seals,dust caps, brake hoses, I'll go through the entire front end bushing and detail too STAY TUNED

I should have the MSD distributor tomorrow. I just found another modified advance slot, this one must be set to 15 degrees, the current one has 20
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 02/11/15 09:17 PM

My MSD distributor came in today, Six Pack (allot of locals shorten it) had to order one since they had used the last one in stock on a customer car.

I consider myself lucky to live close, and appreciate that I can stop in or call and ask almost any Mopar technical question of them and get a good answer. Kind of my safety net.... so I always try to return the favor. Not many folks impress me anymore, but I feel like a friend there.
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 02/12/15 09:39 PM

Art and the family have been welcoming mopar enthusiasts for years, great folks to deal with and send business to! They were the first place I went when I moved there.

http://www.sixpackperformance.net
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 02/16/15 11:46 AM

Yes they're good people. I usually get their recommendations when I need automotive help in town. If they use someone.....so do I. Everyone they've recommended I was happy with.

Jr is always very helpful. He loaned me a tool for my wires, matter of fact I mentioned my 3/8 Matco torque wrench needed to be calibrated back when I did my intake, and he gave me directions to his place and lent me his brand new snap torque wrench. This is why I will always go there first.


I put MSD ends on my Firecore 50 wires and bought another MSD wire (my old one has a Mopar distributor plug) Car is running better but there's much more in it. I've jetted again and it helped. I like George to ride along to monitor the gauge. If I'm solo quick glances at the A/F gauge can provide scetchy feedback.

I ordered the brake hoses, wheel bearings, and wheel seals, and dust caps and they arrived last week.

I had the car out last night, a civic seriously thought I'd go. I let him roll out a bit then slowly left then just gassed ahead. Later I was just driving and end up beside a BMW at a light and he keeps spooling up and letting off whistling/boosting I was good until this idiot was hopping beside me as I am approaching a car and needing to change lanes. I waved him off rather matter of factly

Now I'm hunting another specific project car for myself project USHUDNT Rosie is getting an angry lil brother wooooooopppssstttt
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/06/15 08:48 AM

Oops I got distracted again, my Mopar A.D.D. kicked in.

I paused work on the `Cuda to put together a few bucks to buy my youngest a car and give my wife some needed relief from ferrying her to practice etc.

So I started to look at FWD Mopars for a future turbo project. A coworker is building a first gen turbo car. Theres a neighbor kid with an SRT4 and he has allot friends with all sorts of Neons. I had one new in 97 and was a great car.

I got a 2002 for my youngest and since she agreed to learn to drive a stick shift then she I can inherit the Cuda some day.

I wanted a clean unmolested car. I missed 2 SRT's then found this..... the "baby" wants Dad's Neon
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/15/15 05:56 AM

A 4th gen SS tried the Cuda on for size.... he wasn't even close

"Holy $%^& there was no way he was catching you"


It needs a 750 DP BADDDD too

poor Cuda waits again as I got distracted.....
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/24/15 09:46 AM

Alright time for an update. I had the Cuda on the back burner for a bit. I was wheeling and dealing and was able to buy parts for my Neon, and also bought another welder. Things that go BOOM and things that go ROOM as I like to call it. I grabbed a motorcycle of sorts for my 1-1/2 year old great nephew, he points at the Cuda, the 455 TA, ATV's or bike and says roooommmm roooommmm, he instintively knows how to mimick kickstarting and throttle action when allowed on one. So I am always trying to feed the beast. I have some vintage AFX slot cars and a track is on the way.

I did put an X pipe in the Cuda, and got rid of the temporary fabbed pipes to make my system mate to the TTi's (I scrapped the stainless dump idea for now at least, due to odd fitment and possible flow disturbance)

I had been playing with Neon's while the Cuda has sat. I did stumble on a real Shelby GT350 that's apparently lived near my FIL for years, I just didnt know it. So out came the Cuda...... I had a minor close call when a young lady in a Honda changed lanes on me. So I parked it again.

I am about done with my daughters car, we sold the 4dr 2002 stick and grabbed a her wrecked 1st gen 2dr Auto..... I ju$t bought the welder and a BOOM maker $o I will be making progre$$ $lowly but will be putting in the deep pan $oon and then onto the brakes/front end update
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/04/16 11:54 AM

Time for an update:

Car is running well. I will upgrade the fuel system as it's no suprise the current 650 Demon is too small. I was researching fuel injection. I sat on my car cash all this while. A buddy says that in his experience the Demon carbs idle circuit wouldn't tune to the vacuum a Holley did. I can test this theory with my 3310. I need to ensure I have adequate vacuum at idle and fuel injection is an option.

MuuMuu also showed me another fuel injection system, I'm going to do some reading on it.

I don't think I ever added that I put a wideband Commander A/F ratio set up in it. I like it

I also have some reproduction trim items to compare to OEM (pics will follow soon)

I have most parts for a disc brake upgrade( I only need the master cylinder and proportioning valve), and I'm going to go through the front end (detailing etc. too)

I have the deep sump oil pan and pick up to install

I am also going to tie the frame, I will probably either use an existing bolt in design, or make something similar myself.

My great Nephew (not even 2 yet) called my car "My" Varooom Varooommm on New Years as he heard it fire up and take off, it's his car LOL. We stopped by and I saw him this weekend and he pointed at a little red Cuda with a black top I had given him and smiled at me and said Varooooommm. I'm really stoked that he has motor-head tendencies already.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/04/16 04:52 PM

scope

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/04/16 04:58 PM

This is some reproduction door top trim
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/04/16 05:35 PM

More of the door top trim, overall very nice product.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/04/16 06:18 PM

Deck lid molding
Posted by: MuuMuu101

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/04/16 06:30 PM

Originally Posted By UCUDANT
MuuMuu also showed me another fuel injection system, I'm going to do some reading on it.


Lol. I did? I'm assuming you're referring to FiTech? From what I've seen it's pretty affordable and rather easy to install. I've seen 4-5 cars that autocross with it so I can't imagine it is all that bad. I got to fiddle with the hand-held controller too and it seems like a good piece.

There are a couple FABO threads on the install. Maybe 1-2 people have had issues with it that FiTech is helping them to solve, but for the most part everyone else has had a painless and pleasant experience.

Edit: Nevermind, I guess I did. laugh2 http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/ubbt...arb.html#UNREAD
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/04/16 07:26 PM

Thanks again.

The wide band idles about 14.5

Heres how I mounted the gauges, the wide band was in for a while but I waited until I installed the W2 Heads and re did the exhaust for my W2 tti's to install the O2 bung and finish it.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/04/16 08:05 PM

no ok blast away


Hey, Moog has had failures and everyone thinks it's a Camaro anyway
Posted by: MuuMuu101

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/05/16 01:40 AM

Meh, I haven't been in the car scene for very long and I've seen the quality of MOOG parts go down throughout the years. I wasn't all that impressed when I got my MOOG suspension components for my Dart.
Posted by: Geo4K

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/08/16 01:00 AM

Hey Bob, I made all sorts of vroom vroom sounds at the Dart till you sold it to me... You have that heated garage, let me know when I need to bring in my front end suspension tools for the Cuda. They made a lot of things simple, plus you usually have decent beer...
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/11/16 10:18 PM

Give me a call before this weekend callme , I'll be off for a few days.

I ordered my fuel injection today.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/27/16 11:28 AM

OK time for an update. Feb 9th the injection arrived.

There was overtime at work so I was happy to just let the car sit and do other things. I kind of veered off buying things that go boom....
(since it's Easter and family will be together I'll be playing today )

I am also collecting date coded parts for a 340

George is slowly messing with the Dart, he is doing the front end.

I installed a reproduction glove box liner.

I bought and installed just the proper tank vent I was missing. The car needed this desperately. A previous owner plugged the vents and I never fixed that. I know it held the car back at times.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/27/16 11:55 AM

Project USHUDANT was totaled and not my fault, I was paid for the car, some parts and loss of use per NM law. I cut my losses and fixed it, sold off most of the SRT and turbo parts....... it's just my commuter now.

And the money went tward fuel injection etc
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/27/16 11:56 AM

Heres a cool one..... George and I were out cruising in the Cuda one night recently just having fun. Local kids liked seeing "Hey George we're the cool kids tonight LOL". A Cop on DWI patrol was at a side street and fell in behind us in his Dodge Hemi Charger patrol car, he was steady pacing us and following me. We hit a 4 lane so I moved over to the left one lane (from the far right lane) and slowed down to let em pull up beside us. He had dark tinted widows. I depressed the clutch and gave him a few blips of the throttle out of gear LOL. His dark tinted window drops and he's smirking at us and I know he gestured something but I didnt catch it. I told Geore to give him the forward point like we wanted to race. He said maybe he shouldn't since 2 Cops have been shot recently, better watch the gesturing. So I run up ahead of him gassing it up a few cars lenths and slowing again a few times. A firebird with a large cowl hood pulls along side and the cops 5 cars back. Is he wanting to run? I'd crush him and didn't he see the cop? We pulled into Sonic I just knew the Cop was a car guy. It turned out the young man in the Firebird was trying to warn us (he saw me playing and thought I was unaware) and the Cop was hoping we'd stop so he could see the car. A Cuda is his dream car and he owns a Superbee. When George and I do car stuff we always seem to just luck into some of the coolest scenerios, we stumbled on a Cobra once

I'm finally going to install my deep pan, I have an oil leak that could be the pan gasket (it's snuck out some) and or the rear main) so possibly a rear main too.
First I will calibrate my dipstick. The stock 340 pan pan should be 4qrts at the add mark right? From there I will ensure thats below the windage tray.

I need to measure the pick up to pan floor clearance, maybe cover the pick up in saran wrap and use playdoe?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/24/16 06:03 PM

Well the pan has been back on awhile and I have been acquiring some stock parts. My daughter and I were out cruising last night as I knew I'd be tearing the front end apart today..... here we go

I'll install the fuel injection after the brake upgrade. I felt giving the car the fuel it needs with the W2's and making it faster before improving braking was not a good idea

This will be a complete front end rebuild and detailing with a manual disc brake upgrade (retaining all stock bolt on parts of course)

I also reinstalled the door top and rocker molding
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/25/16 01:12 PM

wrench
Posted by: Keepat

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/25/16 08:42 PM

Very cool looking engine support! how about a picture from the front.
Thanks
Pat
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/25/16 09:46 PM

Thanks. it's just the Harbor freight unit, HARBOR FREIGHT LINK
it's helped me lower/reinstall transmissions in FWD's too

Please excuse that the excess chain is doubled back up on the hook, it's to keep it out of the way

Removing a lower control arm bushing outer shell made easy, if you run a 1-3/8 tap into the shell of the bushing after you press out the pin and remove the rubber you can press the tap and shell out just like you did the pin. Thanks to the For A bodies only member who shared this trick, and my friend George who told me.
Posted by: Geo4K

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/27/16 11:51 PM

Well, since you have a pic of the Cuda and the Neon with it, here's a Dart for the "Bob's engine bar collection":
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/28/16 08:11 PM

drumhit

Here are the lower control arms. You can see the inspection paint daubs and the corrosion shows evidence of the cosmoline line.

Here are the lower control arms, and sway bar brackets after soaking in evaporust, much better than blasting. Stamped parts appear etched after bead blasting, rust removing chemicals are more suited for parts they aren't heavily rusted/pitted. Cast grey paint is much better suited for cast metal parts not stamped steel parts. This way shows a truer representation of how the parts were from the factory

Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/10/16 01:07 PM

I believe this is my factory cosmoline, and also shown above on the right of one shot..... also a factory inspection paint daub on my pass side torsion bar
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/10/16 01:25 PM

Some FYI the AC Delco lower control arm bushings are not concentric/centered...ie junk

I discovered a product by Eastwood called Exo-Armour, and decided I'd give it a shot. It claims to be exremely durable and good to 2000 degree's (I want to try it on exaust manifolds) it's only 4oz but covers an amazing amount of stuff when brushed on with a foam brush
VIDEO


I'm also experimenting/testing cosmoline replication for fun
Note how small the Eastwood bottles are, it easily covered the parts laid out here

I will probably paint the disc brake shields black. If the 72 units will fit the 73 parts I'll eventually swap them.

Additionally the reproduction front end boots shown here deteriorated in mere months in my garage... be careful


Don't mind my backwards ball joints oops, they are just loosely assembled to keep things tidy for now
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/10/16 01:43 PM

The upper control arms and K frame are at the powder coaters and that's my main hold up right now. They have a 3 week backlog.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/11/16 09:02 PM

Wooo hooo fake cosmoline test looks good to me (over Eastwood exo armour), thanks to those who have posted/informed others about the Krylon battery spray, and to Scott.
Posted by: CDN72SE

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/12/16 12:07 PM

Love your attention to detail, nice work there.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/12/16 08:17 PM

Thanks, the bar is set pretty high around here.

I just think I was lucky to have scored and kept a decent solid example many years ago and that it's making me look better at what I'm doing laugh2 . Years ago blasting would have been my best option, today it's different.
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/12/16 11:11 PM

Lookin good Bob!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/14/16 09:58 PM

Thanks Buddy coming from you that means allot (have you all seen Brent's Duster Resto? resto link )
Tonight I picked up my powder coating, it's a perfect semi gloss finish (the flash made it look shiny)

I then stopped by my buddy"s body shop... always something to see in there.



From there I went to pick up an A body trans for Johnny Da Goat

Then I fixed a tire ahhhhh, and my Rock auto parts arrived the Moog bushings are ok and I got a balljoint boot
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/16/16 02:45 PM

The battery spray can produce a good result or a more red result depending on your application. I did have some dark spots replicating runs but this shot shows that it can look very much like cosmoline.

Those are my original bump stops cleaned up.
This shot also shows the powder coat shade of black a little better
Posted by: Geo4K

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/18/16 10:02 PM

Saw these in-person just a wee bit ago, they truly look great. Maybe I should pull mine back off....

I'll get with you Bob on the color combo.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/06/16 11:54 AM

Thanks.

Here's a during shot, the strut and lower arm are still loose pending ride height adjustment per the factory manual.

I hope to work on it again this weekend.

Although it's been upgraded I try to keep as stock of an appearance as possible using OEM parts whenever possible. Those are even my original factory bump stops, 3 of mine were mint and I replaced one with another mint original. I even have all of the original 3 point castle nuts on my tie rod ends and one ball joint. (Anyone have some spare ball joint castle nuts?)

That's the original red paint showing, it has been over shot with some black sometime during it's life. I will remove it as/if I can over time.
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/06/16 03:02 PM

Looking good Bob
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/02/16 11:53 AM

Thanks Brent


All, here's a heads up, if you are also waiting on EBC brake pads don't hold your breath... there's apparently no real ETA in sight, maybe November? Really? Don't you think a customer might want to know that if they are ordering these? Maybe notify the said paying customer it's back ordered? Nahhhh if the customer cares then they can call and ask flame Thanks Summit. down

So I could have said skip it long ago and bought a set of premium pads (probably Chinese) locally? Instead I'll do that now after waiting like an fool. I'll say it again today most products and vendors don't meet the expectation
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/05/16 01:31 PM

Now this.... the only pads I could find don't fit. PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP ME. it can't be this hard to simply buy a brake pad that should be very common. The pads area of interference measures 4.63' and needs another .050 to clear the caliper. The pads are Autobone p/n D39
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/12/16 06:55 PM

The car is finally about ready, I just bought Raybestos pads, installed the pads, lines, calipers and swapped over the Master cyl studs, bled everything etc etc etc and greased etc etc.....



OK now how cool is this. My oldest and youngest's Dart Rallye's with the blackout grilles (well they're my car's really $$ laugh2 ) they are the one's who wanted them I swear I had nothing to do with either selection I SWEAR. And this is what I see when I look at them.....
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/16/16 03:18 PM

I was PMed and asked what some of the previously shown paints were so:

On the control arms I used Krylons 1307 battery protector spray it dries like a paint. It's not the tacky coating some of us used to know. With just a practice run on a similar metal and you'll know how to achieve the effect you want. The other paints were what I experimented with at first.

Krylon stained glass (9035 Canary yellow) for the yellow, which I found at Hobby Lobby.

The Copper color is Dupli-Colors (MC205 ORANGE ANODIZED) METALCAST anodized surface color system (just a paint) and I bought it at a Napa paint store.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/21/17 08:26 PM

Here we go again, getting set to install fuel injection. Installing it all so that it can be undone/returned to stock in an afternoon.....OEM tank is still clean but vents were plugged. I will save it for restoration. I'm currently cleaning any NM dirt or light surface rust from the rear frames in and will coat/protect before installing the tank. Note the rements of the tank pad on the original tank are not original
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/21/17 09:45 PM



For anyone concerned with their cars originality and drilling holes CHECK THIS OUT (note there there's no washer bottle)

Here is the Fi Tech Command center mounted using the existing factory holes for the vapor canister bracket to mount the Fi tech command center brackets. I used a rubber gasket sheet I bought at Home Depot to make insulating gaskets for under the braket and washers to protect the paint. I drilled one center hole in the lower braket to match the car. Sine the upper bracket will keep the unit stable, the unit will help keep the lower bracket stable with only one bolt... it works
Posted by: MuuMuu101

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 01/21/17 10:08 PM

Let me know how it goes!
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 02/05/17 09:27 AM

So I installed the tank, and installed a vent line to start to mimick the factory ECS system. Then I recalled due to a comment on FABO and that I needed to research the Command center vent, and I found I was right fuel would return through the vent.
Since the Command center has to be "vented" to the tank and the ESC system vents to the engine via the charcoal canister. I had to rethink things. A third line is required....more to follow and I also needed a return so I bought another fuel sending unit with a return, it arrived Friday. I checked resistance readings (73 to 10 is normal I think, I was higher) and it was favoring reading empty early which I am good with. In my Cuda with non stock exhaust I was able to swap the sender without dropping the tank (no resonators). My fuel gauge rose slightly up to the empy line with 5 gallons added from bone dry, and every 4 gallons was a 1/4 tank.

I think the return won't actually work for the vent as I'll need to vent to above the fuel level. I may need to T into one of the vent lines between the tank and fuel vapor seperator in the trunk
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 02/05/17 11:28 AM

I am still ensuring that I will have the supporting venting and return correct and then I will complete the install.

Excerts from the instruction manuals:

"The Fuel Command Center contains an internal float mechanism that shuts off the fuel flow once the sump tank is filled.A 340 L/PH EFI pump is submerged in the fuel in the Command Center sump tank. The Center also has a regulator and fuel pressure gauges."

:FiTech offers two different fuel delivery options. One is the 40003 Fuel Command Center. When using this option, you can configure the system to operate on a returnless basis."

"Remember that your system will be running at 58 PSI so consult a professional if you are not certain about this portion of your installation"


In another post (about vented caps as the system calls for one) we ended up back on these topics, and I asked for the 71 service manual info on the exact return/venting and ECS set up to help. Here is something I was emailed and am considering if I can tap it into my return from the Command center vent. Returned Command center fuel would only be able to get to the ingoing low pressure fuel line sooooooo that could work

So I will run an ESC line from the factory fuel vapor seperator in the trunk to the engine (used to go the the charcoal caniser first), and a return/"vent" line from the Command center to the fuel sending unit OR T into a line to the OE factory vapor seperator in the trunk

I wanted to add this so if anyone is else is concidering this system they can research this as well to ease install.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 02/05/17 11:42 AM

I had the car out as my youngest had a dance and her dress was black and red. They wanted to take photos with the car so I obliged (the missing OE 15" brushed trim ring doesnt like the current valve stem)
Posted by: NV69B7RR

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 02/05/17 02:56 PM

I'm looking forward to hear how much of an improvement this made on your Cuda.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/08/17 09:19 PM

So am I grin

I just finish a month of overtime so the car sat.

I think I have the vent figured out, and have some parts on the way for it. I plan to T the Command centers vent into the rear most ECS vapor seperator vent line. I still need to figure out a 180 degree turn for the 3/8th exit from the Command center.
Posted by: GoodysGotaCuda

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/08/17 10:11 PM

Nice! My father-in-law is looking into one of those FiTechs for his Lil Red Express
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/14/17 08:02 PM

Props to board member crackedback for providing quality headlight relay wiring kits for sale up and Mike there's a pretty long thread on For A bodies only all about the Fi Tech system
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/19/17 12:23 AM

Today my 3 year old great nephew (a true motor head whose first words were vroom vroom) who has loved my Cuda since he first saw it, finally took his first ride in the Cuda.

I had went to his older sister's soccer game. He asked where my car was, and I replied it was at home. "I go to your house".... "Put my car seat in Auntie Jeannie's car" LOL well he knew what he wanted and was not discouraged, eventually his Dad relented and loaded up the car seat.

He has admired it, and played in it, and has had me start it for him while he played inside. Recently he expressed the desire to go for a ride. Well today he got his ride and loved it. We even stopped by a neighbors and saw his 68 Camaro.

Passing on the hobby is important. I was just like him as a little one. I recall being taken on a motorcycle to go see a full blown GTO racecar when I was about 5... and today I had as much fun as he did.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/25/17 04:54 PM

My super old OEM style headlights have had it, here is a shot showing the difference between one old bulb (dr side), and a Sylvania silver star H6024 (on the pass side). I am happy with the changes and the results. I also had a reverse light housing bulb opening break while replacing a bulb, so I aquired another and am getting it ready
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 03/30/17 12:01 AM

Stainless lines for the fuel injection vent/return and the fuel tank's vent/emissons, and a correct p/n dated thermoquad..... yeah I have plans to expand and I'm being flexable. All bolt on's are generic stirthepot devil whistling
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 04/20/17 12:29 AM

Fuel lines are going in, Thank you Challenger1 for posting photos of your fuel lines it helped me determine I had the wrong clamp kit, now we're cooking.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/13/17 11:39 PM

This is how I vented the tank fwd to the engine (the 1/4" line will vent to a valve cover breather line a 71) and how I "vented" the command center back to the tanks ECS system lines.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/13/17 11:48 PM

Here is the command center vent and fuel lines. I covered all the bare electical wiring in braided sleeving and used heat shrink for a neater look, allot of the wiring already came that way. I still need to clamp all the the lines together at the filters.

I do have a factory ECU for looks, I have a hidden MSD 6AL, and MSD distributor that I locked out and have the FiTech also controlling the ignition


All mods are reversible no factory wiring was altered and NO holes were drilled, only exisiting factory holes were ulilized, even the brackets were redrilled to match the car
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/22/17 11:27 AM

Here's is some thermal wrap (made by JC performance) that I will be using to "shield" some of the wires from electrical interference for the ignition.

It's about 3" wide has a foil backing over a fiberglass woven material and has velcro strips sewn on the entire length to roll/close it. It is about the size of a dime when the velcro is aligned properly, But I think you could adjust it a little either way if you're creative. I may even wrap my fuel line near the engine.

I also bought a 90 degree fitting to replace the included 45 degree fitting allowing me to fit my 1-1/2" K&N drop base aircleaner. (I know the 90 degree clears a 1/2" drop base) I add these details to help the next guy, because the only way I could answer fitment and clearnace issues is trial and error.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/22/17 11:44 AM

Note the original heater hose and stamping, original ribbed washer hose, and even the original retaining loop clip.
Posted by: jpilone

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/27/17 02:10 PM

Got it running with the fitech yet?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 05/28/17 12:15 AM

Yes, so far so good. It was doing great and I learned how to adjust the unit's throttle to get the IAC in spec and drove it a few miles today. So learning kind of started over. Shutting it off after each time I'd vary driving habits to get slight stumbles.... which seems to be getting the computer the data it needs to adjust and reboot.

The car seemed to be getting stronger/more responsive each trip.


Here's a comparison, a 72 voltage regulator I recreated (fake) with a stamp I had made for another car I owned Vs what should be a 71 NOS example
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/10/17 06:15 PM

The car seemed to really be pulling harder at certain points than it ever has, and seems to still be learning.

The MSD may be messing with my timing light (mark apears to vary 3-4 degrees), and the car also doesnt like RPM below 3K ... kinda pingy

Next is to record some data, I can see via my wide band gauge that it goes REAL lean during decel and pops through the exhaust so I'll adjust the decel fuel map via MAF readings.... stay tuned
Posted by: MuuMuu101

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/23/17 12:06 PM

I'm excited for you. I think within the next 12 months, I'll pull the trigger. I'm getting tired of waiting to warm up the car and am hoping for a little better mpg.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/24/17 01:37 AM

Thanks, and you are directly responsible for this choice too up
there are usually issues wih any upgrade, but this one is still a good one.


I just swapped my clutch
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 06/24/17 01:39 AM

It actually didn't drive too bad. I started to notice it slip a little
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/01/17 04:02 PM

I rechecked TDC and my balancer had slipped allot. Last time I checked it it was acurate to about .75 of a degree.

I pulled and locked out the advance in my MSD distributor recently and the car ran ok but toal timing was probably only about 15 degrees and timing was retarded slightly at idle.... so timing has been off since I installed the EFI.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/16/17 06:30 PM

I thought I'd share this. I recall a post and members discussing the proper finish of hood latches many years ago. I had mine off a few weeks ago and took these pics. Mine is a 12/71 built hamtramck built car
Posted by: jpilone

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/17/17 11:27 AM

I'm pretty sure it's a silver/zinc finish for correctness...
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/17/17 11:46 AM

What you see is how it came
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/31/17 09:57 PM

I like the fuel injection
Posted by: MuuMuu101

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 07/31/17 10:45 PM

How is it?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/01/17 11:09 PM

up up It's running well
Posted by: jpilone

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/02/17 01:53 PM

I am going to pull the trigger soon for the exact same fitech setup with the command center for my car. I'm sick of chasing the tune on my car. And I have the vapor return line on my car too.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 08/02/17 07:27 PM

Originally Posted By jpilone
I am going to pull the trigger soon for the exact same fitech setup with the command center for my car. I'm sick of chasing the tune on my car. And I have the vapor return line on my car too.


There are FiTech groups on FB, and long running post on FABO http://www.forabodiesonly.com/mopar/threads/fitech-efi-system.321984/ that should help.

Things to note

I was urged that running a ground to the unit would be a good idea. Shown is the one I used, I got it at NAPA and I did have to enlarge one hole slightly. This fit nicely from a carb stud to the back of the head on a smallblock

I was also told that one or two users had codes that they eliminated by shielding wires. Shown previously is what I used to shield my wires. PM me if you need a source.

I also found the straight vent nipple to be awkward so I bought (what I think is) a 5/16ths 90 degree hose barb 1/8th male NPT

Pay close attention there's an arrow on the filter to shown direction of flow.... and one of the illustrations has the filter backward
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 09/26/17 10:37 PM

I adjusted my pinion angle 2 degrees using shims. The second pic shows things loosened up, I swapped one U bolt at a time to keep things together.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/05/17 09:14 PM

I need to account for the large roller cam and vacuum, so ..... I sprung for a pricey dual flow PCV valve. It has idle and cruise circuits

I will need to change the grommet but I've spec'd everything and Napa should be able to help.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/06/17 12:07 PM

How many of you guys are driving your cars? I use mine allot, I even use mine for corner store beer runs etc (as shown above) but today I was off and my wife asked me to pick up Groceries....check out my Grocery getter
Posted by: MuuMuu101

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/06/17 08:20 PM

Nice! Hope all is going well!
Posted by: Geo4K

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/07/17 02:30 AM

Where's the beer?
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/07/17 10:52 AM

Going well, I've been enjoying it. I'm sure a few drivers were surprised to see it come into and out of view rather expeditiously. I get "sounds good man" texts as I exit or enter the neighborhood,my Chevrolet buddy can hear it from his house smile


Originally Posted By Geo4K
Where's the beer?


The evidence is in the recycle bin, I've made 4 beer runs since Thursday.
Posted by: Geo4K

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/08/17 04:14 PM

Dude, 4 beer runs? Sounds like the Cuda isn't big enough then - better start using the Ram.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/08/17 05:46 PM

Just went to Marble today with Mo (in her Dart), watched the Giants lose again and grabbed a growler.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/20/17 11:34 PM

I needed a 1" OD, 3/4" ID grommet. It took a bit but I found one.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/21/17 01:45 AM

I measured, measured and measured, made a baffle/tapped the bosses, shortened the screws, used star washers and locktite etc. The baffles is very tight tolerance to the vlave cover.
Posted by: UCUDANT

Re: 1972 340 4spd Cuda - 10/21/17 01:47 AM

...and did a little PCV tuning.