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Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: Stewpar] #1560901
01/09/14 03:52 AM
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Compare notes on what plant the cars were built at........




All Challenger (& Barracuda) convertibles were built at Hamtramck.

Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: Alaskan_TA] #1560902
01/09/14 04:07 AM
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My Chall vert also has 2 per side. built 9/69 I asked about this before on this board and was told it was normal but dont remember the reason.


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Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: HemiRick] #1560903
01/09/14 11:52 AM
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My Chall vert also has 2 per side. built 9/69 I asked about this before on this board and was told it was normal but dont remember the reason.




My 70 Challenger vert also has two sets. Built 9/02 69. I agree, it sounds like a Challenger vert only thing.

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Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: scottyb1955] #1560904
01/09/14 07:40 PM
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I have the same thing on my car, and I too think it's a way to catch up the 2 inches differences between Challenger and cuda.
Besides, the same thing goes for the seat belt bolts (additional brackets welded 2 inches forward from the "normal one") :


Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: fbernard] #1560905
01/09/14 08:45 PM
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I have the same thing on my car, and I too think it's a way to catch up the 2 inches differences between Challenger and cuda.
Besides, the same thing goes for the seat belt bolts (additional brackets welded 2 inches forward from the "normal one") :




The OP has the same seat belt bracket welded on as you yet his belt is attached to the rear most hole.

Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: larry4406] #1560906
01/09/14 09:00 PM
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The OP has the same seat belt bracket welded on as you yet his belt is attached to the rear most hole.




Saw that. Mine was attached to the front hole.

Funy things about these parts is that OEM hardtop parts are welded most professionally, whereas the convertible parts are put together in a quite sloppy fashion.

I'd like to know at which point on the assembly line convertibles started to differ from the hardtops.
At least the workers didn't have to hammer the wheelhouses flat like they did on ragtop Mustangs...

Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: fbernard] #1560907
01/09/14 09:58 PM
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The reason the extra bracket is there is because the rear seat sets forward more than the Cuda. Challenger and Cuda convertibles may look similar but there are great differences in the convertible sheet metal structure.

Ken

Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: Convertcuda] #1560908
01/10/14 12:30 PM
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My 70 also has two per side.

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Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: Darryls-Demon] #1560909
01/10/14 12:35 PM
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I checked photos of 5 of my past 70 & 71 Barracuda verts. and they all had single seat catches. I had a couple of Challengers as well but I didn't have good pictures of that area.

Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: crocha617] #1560910
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I have a 70 challenger convertible also with two each seat mounts on the floor. I thought it was something to do with the placement of the seat being moved fwd just a little, because the seat back was moved for the top well. Btw mine is a mid Aug build.

Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: Shoet1] #1560911
01/10/14 07:36 PM
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Maybe it is for the 6-way seat adjust mechanism? They only come on the drivers side.

Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: 62BT409] #1560912
01/11/14 04:22 PM
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Mine has two on each side as well. Built 5-28-71. Obviously a late build.


When I die I want to go like my Grandfather did, quietly in his sleep. Not screaming like the passengers in his car.
Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: efisixpack] #1560913
01/11/14 06:44 PM
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Oddly enough, my late production JS27R1E car only has the single clips....maybe a timing thing...








Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: Convertcuda] #1560914
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Challenger and Cuda convertibles may look similar but there are great differences in the convertible sheet metal structure.




Not sure about what you mean by "sheet metal" here. Do you mean the convertible top assembly is different between a Challenger and a cuda?

Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: fbernard] #1560915
01/15/14 01:30 PM
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My 71 Challenger Convertible has the single seat catches. The production date is 12/10/70.

Re: 71 challenger convertible [Re: daveh1971] #1560916
01/15/14 06:30 PM
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Mine is a 10/69 and it has two and the belts are in the rear mount holes

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