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  1. davescuda

    davescuda FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    Very clean car. Its going to look awesome!
     
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    • HemiDenny

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      staring at the underside I can only imagine IF I were in charge back in the day,........ you could of bought a hot rod version with rear frame-rails / inner wheel-tubbs moved in about 4" per side, 4" stretched rear and 2" stretched front wheel openings along with frame rails tied and an extra HD re-enforce pinion snubber......rack and pinion / coil overs / struts would have been nice too.
       
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      • abdywgn

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        I'd like to order a body-in-white in the above version...and that will be about $800,right? (back in the day anyway)
        would that be a 69 Dart body with S/S wheelwells? and stock front suspension is fine...I'll still pay $800.
         
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        • ValiantRacing

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          Nice car to start with.
           
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          • Malex

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            Denny a fantastic build going on here. Beautiful work and the Super Shifter sure takes me back to a time.. Will make sure to watch the updates now.
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            Denny, how do you treat the inside of the frame rails? Spray anything inside the holes?
             
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            • dragfish

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              Neat thread met Butch Leal in 1986 heading to Mopar Nats my Cuda broke down in front of Nationwise Rod Shop and Butch and an entourage came by asked if I needed anything and was able to borrow some tools I have pics but I would have to go through a crap full of albums but I thought I would show a piece of garage art I have.

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              • HemiDenny

                HemiDenny HDK Suspension FABO Gold Member

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                nice wall art...... although once in a while I have to put mine to use, the doors are lightweight steel shells with lightened hinges which are great for test fitting.

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                • dragfish

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                  I live in NW OH I know a few people up your way brings back a lot of memories of the 60-70's pro stock cars definitely will follow this build
                   
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                  This is just plain cool! I grew up watching this guy and his nickname is legit!
                   
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                  I talk to him about every other day getting tips and direction on how he wants this ride built.....no doubt about it, he is still the California Flash. His grandsons friend tried to school Butch on how an automatic was faster. Butch's reply..." depends on who is doing the shifting"
                   
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                  • Demonracer

                    Demonracer 71 Demon 00 Ram 16 Chrysler 300S 05 Caravan FABO Gold Member

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                    ^^^^ Butch is correct, between him & Ronnie they were some of the best.
                     
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                      The young guys would never understand how cool it was when they would match race at places like Thompson Ohio and Carlton, the grump, Ronnie sox , Akron Arlen vanke would be there and they would be putting down rosin, and these guys worked on the cars! No reaction timers , just guys driving! Yes those were the good old days lol
                       
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                        Denny, how did you clean the underside, it looks great! What process did you use to replace the spare tire well? I have to do the same thing and have been trying to come with a plan to make it as simple as possible and have everything still line up. Thanks.
                         
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                        This car is incredibly nice.....no rot. I bought some Harbor Freight assorted HD wire wheel attachments for my electric grinder and went to town. My preference would have been to blast it....but I wanted to forgo the media mess and make sure the exterior paint currently on the car did not get damaged by an errant blast. remember to mask up, it was a solid six hours of filth, but once you are dirty....finish the job

                        on the spare well, I put a small, narrow spare trailer tire / rim (4") in the bottom of the well to 1) elevate my guide mark and 2) keep both cuts consistent , then added a 1" wide board a tad shorter than the diameter of the well to use as a guide and made a circle.....then did the same on the new well. Then I laid the new piece on my flat metal table top for minor trimming to get it to lay as flat as possible and did the same with the stub mate attached to the car. Used a piece of leftover cabinet face for my flat surface and the floor jack to hold it in place for the stub to mark any "high" spots.



                        marked it to keep it indexed the same when taking it on and off. ....then off to my fab guy. with my help and the floor jack to hold the new well in place, he tacked it about every 4 " until he was all around.
                         
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                        • Malex

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                          Geez that sounds like a hell of lot of work when it's explained in detail but I guess it is.
                           
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                          • gerahead

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                            Thanks Denny! I certainly hadn't thought of trying that approach. The new well that I have was better formed than the original. The original has a fair amount of draw marks around the periphery of the well and the new one doesn't have those. I only need to replace the very bottom face of the well. I will see if I can adapt your method to my project. L8r!

                            Jim
                             
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                            • sireland67

                              sireland67 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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                              Man that car is clean, defiantly not an east-coast car.
                               
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                              HemiDenny HDK Suspension FABO Gold Member

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                              got a black underbelly, color starts later this week. Was gonna go with the lizard skin, but the underside is too nice to texture.

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                              • HemiDenny

                                HemiDenny HDK Suspension FABO Gold Member

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                                a few more of the underside.

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                                • Malex

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                                  The bottom side sure is nice, you made the right choice to go with the colour. Looking forward to seeing more pics.
                                   
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                                  • HemiDenny

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                                    California Flash poppy red. you can see the orange "primer" on the cowl under the plastic.

                                    looks a lot more red in person.....and on my phone ap

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                                    • Malex

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                                      That’s it! Gonna be beautiful.
                                       
                                    • HemiDenny

                                      HemiDenny HDK Suspension FABO Gold Member

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                                      more California Flash poppy red

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