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Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on January 24, 2012, 05:46:39 PM
I had posted on here somewhere in July 2011 about Jake's 1st car, but here is an update that I'll maintain going forward as progress creeps.....
 
So we let our oldest bring home the $400 rust bucket, nowing full well that it needed a complete restoration. The original plan was to get the Shelby Dakota freshened up for him to learn to drive in this coming fall....But nooooooooo, this little 273/auto B'cuda found me...... Really is a neat little car that will almost fit in the Fury's trunk.....
 
The time-line thus far:
7/16/2011  dragged it home the whole 4 miles from the house
Thankgsgiving week  parked the Fury outside and rolled the B'cuda into the garage. Totally dismantled in 5 days - Had Jake makesure we boxed/bagged/tagged everything
By Christmas, we had the floors cut out and patches made from the original tree limb dented hood
Last weekend we swapped the 7-1/4 out for an almost stolen for $150 complete 8-3/4 3.23 sure grip.
As of tonight, floors are done, inner fenders are done and we just cut the left 1/4 open.
 
The pics tell the story..... although they are somewhat out of order.....
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/The_best_Dad.JPG)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/rt_fr_floor_done.JPG)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/RF_floor_cut_out.JPG)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/LF_floor_patched.JPG)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/opened_up2.JPG)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/pullin_it_off.JPG)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/qtr_match_up.JPG)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Guests on January 24, 2012, 08:37:26 PM
A very good start! Keep us updated with the pictures.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Steve on January 25, 2012, 07:50:43 AM


Why does everybody have a better garage than I do?  LOL
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Snotty on January 25, 2012, 07:53:24 AM
Have fun!  My son and I started the Gremlin Project when he was 16.  He drove it for the first time when he was 20!  May your time be shorter.  Good luck.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on January 25, 2012, 09:01:11 AM
 
It's amazing how much bigger the garage is with his car in there than with the Fury..... We can actually work all the way around it....but what you can't see is the Coronet buried under a bunch of junk in the other side....... When we raised the roof of the garage two years ago to make the upstairs of the house bigger, I went ahead and painted the new garage walls/ceiling off-white and put in 9 recessed flood lights on 3 seperate switches. also put a ceiling fan in.  It's got an 11 ft ceiling, so I ran a 4 ft deep shelf all the way across the front wall above the doors.
 
 
As for a shorter time til he drives it....  I'm under the gun on this one. The wife says we'll never have it done for his senior year of high school.... I'm up for the challenge even when she starts complaining that I'm spending too much time in the garage..... We are furhter along at this point than I expected to be, just need to keep the momentum going and remind ourselves we're building a daily driver, not a show car...........
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Dan Cluley on January 25, 2012, 07:16:15 PM


Steve, it's not just you.  My garage is just big enough for the Dart, but unless I moved all the shelving on the back wall the Chrysler is too long.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Snotty on January 26, 2012, 11:07:31 AM

 
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The journey is the fun you will have/have had with your son.  Enjoy!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on January 26, 2012, 04:19:48 PM
Cluley - I found FABO after we dragged the lil car home.... Figured my "full-sized" friends would want to see what I'm up to as well..... Thanks for following!
 
Dana - As things progress, no matter how fast or slow, I'll keep y'all updated here!
 
Snotty - I'm hearing you, but I am in denial....LOL
 
Steve - Garage-schmarage..... the best looking cars I have turned out were built  in the stones in Dad's backyard before I had my own place......  Although it is nice to work with a roof over-head.
 
To all in the Mopar-i-like-to-see-what-others-are-building world,  We do appreciate the watching, comments, suggestions, pointers, and over all interest in what we are doing in our little world here. Cheers to all!!!!!!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Snotty on January 30, 2012, 04:04:50 PM
Ha!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on February 22, 2012, 08:19:59 AM
Explain to me why someone would do this and permanently bolt the windo in place with 2 molly bolts.....wtf?  I knew the window was made to be a fixed object in the past, but until we cut the 1/4 off, couldn't really see why....    Thing is, once removed, the regulator winds up and down just fine.  So we straightened it out, weleded the tear in the main arm, lubed it all up real good, and good to go.


(http://www.forabodiesonly.com/mopar/attachmentattachmentid=301571&stc=1&d=1329786832)
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Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on February 22, 2012, 08:23:44 AM
can't see my own pics, so here they are again.... Sometimes I'm "post a reply" challenged....
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/regulator.jpg)
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/fixed_reg.JPG)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on February 22, 2012, 08:27:04 AM
And here's the initial test fit of the 65 Valiant 1/4 from Alabama..... We got the WOW factor when we layed it up there last night. Hopefully Saturday we can get it trimmed up and tacked in place.... He's really not a midget - the car is up on stands/ramps...LOL.
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/aqtr1.JPG)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Guests on February 22, 2012, 08:42:05 AM
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif)Had me worried there for a second, until you explained the stands/ramps!



Looking good, keep it up.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on February 28, 2012, 04:43:04 PM
Yeah...  We don't come from a family of giants, but not from dwarf's either....LOL
 
Got allthe external welds done tonight, as well as the door jamb and the seam where the trunk extension mates up.... Still need to weld the wheel house where they were mated....
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/qtr_in_place.JPG)
 
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Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on March 26, 2012, 04:12:14 PM
Some progress the past couple of days....left 1/4 is now a permanent fixture, welds ground down, skim coat of filler....had to make one small patch in the lower part of the Alabama steel.....
ran out of wire in the welder............................
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/l_qtr_top.JPG)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/l_qtr_top_skim.JPG)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/l_qtr_bottom.JPG)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/l_qtr_bottom_skim.JPG)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/lower_patch_cut.JPG)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/L_qtr_lower_patch.JPG)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on March 26, 2012, 04:31:05 PM
Also the past couple of days.... dropped it back on the ground, slid it to the left on a floor jack - amazing how easy they move when just an empty carcass - jacked back up on the stands, and removed the right 1/4. Still have some trimming to do, but progress is good......
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/r_qtr_off.JPG)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/r_qtr_in_his_hands.JPG)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/r_qtr_open__jake_standing.JPG)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Guests on March 26, 2012, 07:21:19 PM
OUTSTANDING! Make sure you make him wear a dust mask to protect that mustache.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: firedome on March 27, 2012, 05:21:59 AM
Major work goin' on there... good job!

Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on April 27, 2012, 04:21:00 AM
As life happens, we have slowed down again - Spring sports/school -  but will still give a little update.....   Almost have the replacement 1/4 ready for it's first test fit (pics will be posted when we get there).  Depending on how smooth the new back door for the kitchen goes, will depend if we get to the test fit stage of the 1/4 or not this weekend....That and we HAVE to go ride Thomas the Tank Engine at the B&O RR on Sunday for Jake's lil bro...been 10 yrs since we've done that...lol.  In the meantime, we are beginning to collect brake/suspension parts for when the major metal work is done so we'll have parts on hand to keep us moving. So far we have picked up Scarebird's disc brake conversion brackets, new calipers/rotors/pads/front hoses and rear shoes. Still need to pick up the dual master cylinder, steel lines all around and rear brake hardware. we also just recently (this week - like yeaterday) found a rust/dent free front valance, all the "Plymouth" letters for the trunk and the elusive reverse light lenses that were actually worth paying for.  I also want to have the front suspension kit on hand so we can do the whole front end at one time. Our shopping list for Carlisle in July is getting shorter........
 
We have a plan of attack - just need the time to execute said plan.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Guests on April 27, 2012, 06:07:58 AM
Sounds good, keep us informed of the progress.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on May 10, 2012, 07:14:42 AM
Some progress was made Tues eve...  I have the front end kit ordered, the disc brake conversion is here, and we did the initial test fit of the right 1/4...  Did some more trimming and fitting - it is ready to be welded in place. It will need a lower patch, but that was expected.
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/test_fit_1.JPG)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/initial_fit1.JPG)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Steve on May 10, 2012, 04:11:20 PM


Out of respect to Snotty, the fact that I love this car, and that I am too deep in it now, keeps my stubborn butt working on it.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Guests on May 10, 2012, 06:10:45 PM
Both are great projects. I don't know anyone that has done their own project that did it in less than a year. If a person doesn't spend two years or more collecting and restoring parts and pieces and then assemble in a month, he/she's doing something wrong or has a car that didn't need restoring in the first place.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Steve on May 10, 2012, 07:53:27 PM


I did Polaraco in 10 Months.  It just took the upholstery guy 6 months
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Guests on May 10, 2012, 08:06:17 PM
Aren't you having a rust problem with Polaraco?
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on May 14, 2012, 10:52:33 AM
Quote from: POLARACO
Rob  Yer scarin me...... 



 
Rob?   I haven't been called "Rob" since Mom was mad at us kids and got our names confused when she yelled at us....
 
ragtopfury2012-05-14 15:54:03
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Steve on May 14, 2012, 11:25:42 AM

Quote from: dana44
Aren't you having a rust problem with Polaraco?
Under the vinyl top, yeah.  Rust in a few other places because of that.  Tiny holes all over the place.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Guests on May 14, 2012, 07:36:51 PM
Yeah, I had the same problem with my Barracuda until I removed the vinyl top on her.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Brian on May 15, 2012, 06:34:15 AM
That's a really great project...and glad to see your son is in there shoulder deep too.  The work so far is great...well done!!  Look forward to more updates as things progress.

And I know how home projects have, and will take priority over the cars sometimes...like building up free credits to go work on the car.(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley4.gif)



Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Steve on May 15, 2012, 04:08:22 PM


I have a list of things to do. . .  I just do one a week.  Be amazed how fast the list shortens,  Only to grow again
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on May 22, 2012, 05:48:29 PM
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley18.gif)  I'm laying claim back to my thread again, you pirates!!!!!
 
Made a little progress tonight...   got the rear valance/trunk panel trimmed and test fitted...  ready to tack in place after we get the metal prepped behind it....
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/test_fit.JPG)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on July 15, 2012, 03:49:00 PM
Madea little progress today.... after a nearly 3week vacationand all the prep that went into that, we got the patch test fitted this afternoon on the lower right 1/4....pics when I finally get it tacked in place.....
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on September 18, 2012, 04:44:04 AM
I'll get ya all caught up on pics soon...  But we have the "big" body work done... need to start picking at the little stuff on the body now...  Front suspension is in and done, new brake lines fabbed, dual pot master cylinder conversion, rear brakes done and Scarebird front disc brake conversion,  Fuel tank is coated and in place, all floors from the firewall to the rear bumper have been coated on the inside.....  Haven't decided if we do the window frames then the dash and get the front/rear windshields in next - or start on the engine and trans....
 
We can go 1 of 3 ways on the engine - keeping in mind we're not building a street/strip car, just a daily driver....
--Try to save the frozen 273 that came out of it (sounds like a lot of machining depending on why it's froze) = exspensive
--  rebuild a known good 90k mile 318 from my 69 wanna bee project - theoretically less machining = less expensive
-- pull the already rebuild 23 years ago and never installed 318 from an 83 something from under the workbench = least expensive - especially since i didn't pay for it 23 years ago....
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Guests on September 18, 2012, 05:27:35 PM
Sounds like you are making good progress. As far as the engine choice goes, until you pull the original 273 apart you won't know how good or bad it is. Honing can do a lot of good for a simple street engine, good moly rings, crank is the same as the 318 (match the flywheel, some of the early ones had a different pattern on the crank), heads are closed chamber, so more compression but 318 valves, no problem there, possibly adjustable rockers on the 273, but can be swapped to the 318 to get better cam adjustment.
 
Just thought I would throw a couple more options in there for 'ya.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on September 19, 2012, 03:51:43 AM
Thanks Dana...  I do appreciate the input... Yes - adjustable rockers in the 273....   With the early 273, the intake bolts go in a a different angle than the later 273/318's...   makes after market intakes hard to fit and finding an original 4bbl intake is costly as well...  Supposedly I can run a drill thru a newer intake at the appropriate angle...so i've heard anyway.
 
If I understand it correctly, If I go with 318 rockers on the 273, just use the 318 push rods and a hydrallic cam/lifter package?
 
ragtopfury2012-09-19 12:13:44
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Tom Dawson on September 19, 2012, 11:46:07 AM
that 273 is expensive to rebuild, stick with the 318, can do a lot more with the 318
.

Tom



Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Guests on September 19, 2012, 05:32:30 PM
RTF, you can go with the adjustable rockers on the 318, just the required pushrods. I wouldn't go backwards by getting rid of adjustable rockers under any circumstances, just makes for better valve geometry. A set of pushrods isn't that exensive, but yes, you can drop the hydraulic cam in the 273, pushrods are shorter I believe, but the cam company can give you the specifics on that. 


Now, a step farther is to take those closed chamber 273 heads, get the heads redrilled for a 318 intake and drop all this on the 318. It will give  you an extra atmosphere (9:1 vice 8:1), and I can easily show you what to do in order to prevent pinging and still run on the cheapest gas from Mexico (75 octane) without an issue at all.  It would pep the 318 without a problem, and actually improve gas mileage (done it several times).  The 318 likes a pretty mild cam, something around a .430 lift (still mild), and an RV or an upgraded 340 4bbl or 360 4bbl cam works well.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Snotty on September 20, 2012, 09:50:57 AM
I'd say if you're swapping the original motor, don't stop at a 318, go to a 360.  If you're going to spend money building a 318 you will end up with less motor than a stock 360 offers.  Put the money into one of those and get some good power.
However, since you already have the 318 I would understand your going with that.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on November 12, 2012, 04:11:56 AM
Looking at time vs. money....  the already rebuilt 318 is winning....  When he has a newer daily driver one year and this becomes his full time toy, he can make all the changes he wants....lol
 
Another month has passed... It will be 1 year next week that Jake and I totally dismantled his B'cuda.... Between my job, the costly vacation this year, his school and his sports - not a lot of progress to show, other than he has managed an hour here and there and has a little more than half the car stripped down.... I hope to have it in primer by Dec 1st.... I am pretty much right where I thought we'd be after 12 months...... I'm down to 10 months before he starts his Senior year of high school..... It's gonna be close...... I told him at the beginning he woudl drive it to school his senior year - I just didn't say what part of his senior year...................
We have a deal with the wife for next week - We get 2+ full days on the car, if we spend a day at the mall.............It'll be brutal, but we'll suffer thru it....
 Recap : Floors are done, both full 1/4's are done, both fenders are done, inner fenders/firewall are done, front and rear suspension is done, 8-3/4 is done, Scarebird conversion is done, brake system is done... He has a bunch of new parts for it, a full interior except the carpet for it, and my 318 under the workbench is getting restless...... Still stripping/straightening the rest of the body............
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Guests on November 12, 2012, 06:42:34 AM
Sounds like you are doing just fine. I can only imagine the quality of work the guys on the newer TV shows that go start to finish in 5-12 days (depending on the show) that redo cars. I haven't ever been able to do anything quite that fast, so yeah, you are probably closer to the proper time schedule than you think, it is all time consuming.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on November 22, 2012, 06:25:08 AM
Yup Dana - We are pretty much right where I wanted to be 1 year into it...
 
Long promised pics..... 
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/trunklock.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/trunklock2.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/trunklock3.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/stripping_left.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/stripped_rear.jpg)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on November 22, 2012, 06:29:16 AM
And to where we are today... Jake even got Mom to help trial fit the rear window gasket.....
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/inners_and_dash.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/left_side.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/rear_done.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/right_rear.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/fuel_door_cut.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/Mom_helps.JPG)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on December 03, 2012, 06:06:53 PM
and the fuel door is mostly in.... I'm really liking the way it went in and how it sits...especially whenJake's not holding it crooked...lol  Still need to feather the bondo out all the way around to finish smoothing it out.... and it's amazing what an angle grinder can do for those butt-ugly welds.....................................
 
ragtopfury2012-12-03 23:08:23
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Guests on December 03, 2012, 07:00:16 PM
Looks good in pink!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on December 04, 2012, 08:30:21 AM
Ya know...  To a 16 yr old young man - pink isn't manly...  LOLOLOL    
 
Amazingly, that is only the 3rd quart of bondo we've cracked open... half of the 1st two were sanded back off elsewhere.... for my amteur body skills, I'don't think that is too bad....  




Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Guests on December 04, 2012, 09:28:48 AM
When bondo is used to smooth something out to remove imperfections, not a problem. When bondo is used to cover over a problem, then it is. Chances of finding a car without any bondo is very rare, and very expensive. I have some 30+ year old bondo covering the chrome holes on my Nash and it is still there, and you can only tell it is there because at the time I didn't know how to prep it better, but it isn't cracked and it is holding up just fine. I wouldn't worry about it, and it is cheaper than 20 coats of primer sanded off, right?
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on December 04, 2012, 01:34:16 PM
Agreed.... straightening vs hiding are definitely 2 different things..... 

I just sat here and counted it up.... the trunk lid came from another car, the left 1/4 and rear panel/valance came from Alabama, the right 1/4 from Iowa via Pennsylvania, right fender from Texas, front valance from out west but forget what state, the hood from 3 blocks away...  and the uncut dash frame came from down south somewhere.....   AND if you count the car we started with, we have 8 cars wrapped up into one package....





 
This has been the smallest car I've re-done to be a very nice driver, but has by far had the most done to it..... I think I'm learning as much as Jake is on this one....
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Guests on December 04, 2012, 03:49:34 PM
This is all great, and definitely a learning experience to see how much of this kind of stuff Jake wants to do in the future. I always say because it was the way my Dad taught me, a big project all the way through (yeah, four houses and a restaurant from getting a bulldozer and cleaning the ground to the last finish nail, not to forget ground up restorations), if you do the big things, the little things/projects aren't as overwhelming in the future. Great job, Dad.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on December 04, 2012, 04:39:49 PM
Thanks Dana!   I get to do it all again - Jake's lil brother will be 5 in the Spring.... He wants an orange pick-up with white stripes and white seats - I'm hoping mid 90's Dakota......lol
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Guests on December 04, 2012, 07:21:11 PM
LOL, hopefully the vision will improve, but the vehicle will stand.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on March 06, 2013, 05:16:03 PM



Time to catch the
community up on where we are...

 

ragtopfury2013-03-06 22:18:59
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on March 06, 2013, 05:23:33 PM


Jake finished the dash
a few weeks ago... Should have entered in the "callin Rani out" dash game that

Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on March 06, 2013, 05:27:39 PM


We started making the
interior doorpanels... Sheet of hard board/panel, 2.5 yards of naugahyde (sp?),
a sharpie and a can of spray adhesive... and the old ratty panels to use as a
pattern... just gonna be smooth and black....We plan to incorporate 1/2 of the
door panel clips instead of trim screws thru the front... AND the wife let us

Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on March 06, 2013, 05:33:39 PM

Quote from:
LOL, hopefully the vision will improve, but the vehicle will stand.
Its funny you say that...  We just found out a couple of weeks ago that he apparently was born with 3 cataracs in his right eye..... we goto see a pediatric opthomologist next month.....
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on March 31, 2013, 03:20:16 AM

Pics will come when I get around to it...lol
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on March 31, 2013, 10:25:31 AM
Keep up the good progress, it is worth it every time and sounds like you have been busy.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on May 06, 2013, 04:31:55 PM

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/IMG-20130423-00010.jpg)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on May 06, 2013, 04:34:30 PM

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Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Steve on May 06, 2013, 05:59:06 PM

Is it done yet?
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on May 06, 2013, 05:59:27 PM
Mighty clean engine with a mighty dirty transmission. Looks good!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Snotty on May 07, 2013, 09:51:25 AM
Looking good!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on May 07, 2013, 11:55:29 AM

clean engine/dirty trans....  only cuz the engine was done years ago and wrapped up... didn't bother to take the trans housing to be tanked, but the inside is awfully purty.....lol
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on May 07, 2013, 12:52:58 PM
Well that's good to hear. Would hate to think you were going to chance it being good and have to pull it later.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on May 07, 2013, 02:42:59 PM

Not at all... Got a rebuild kit and deep pan set from Mancini. Even had to drill a hole thru the filter spacer to accommodate the 65 trans filter/valve body because of the rear pump....
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on July 17, 2013, 05:03:58 AM

Just about ready to makesome noise with the
engine - just a few odds and ends to tie up there. So until we get those, we
started on the hood morphing..... laid out andmade the initial cut on the donor
hood, laid it on top of the 65 hood, have it all marked ready for trimming and
ready to make the initial cuts on the flat hood..... No need for the E-body guys
to get upset, the donor hood was in pretty bad shape in the rear corners......


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Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on July 17, 2013, 05:06:26 AM

poop... gotta go back and find the pics of the hood progress......they didn't show up.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on July 21, 2013, 04:48:14 PM

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/IMG-20130530-00101.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/IMG-20130531-00107.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/welded.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/welded4.jpg)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on July 21, 2013, 07:24:42 PM
Now that is pretty cool!!!!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on July 22, 2013, 04:31:35 PM
Quote from: dana44
Now that is pretty cool!!!!
We think so, too - but can't take all the credit for the idea... Saw it done on a 66 B'cuda and liked it alot. The roundness of the buldes just works well with the roundness of the roof and rear window.... We are going about it a little different than the other guy did as far as joining the 2, but the end result will be the same.  Personally I think it looks better on the 65 because the nose is just a little rounder..........and because it's ours...lol
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on July 22, 2013, 04:41:43 PM
Yep! Always nicer when it's yours!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Steve on July 22, 2013, 05:24:34 PM
Patience is all you need
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Snotty on July 25, 2013, 10:29:01 AM
That's going to look great!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on August 05, 2013, 06:03:07 PM

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/underside_done.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/front_view.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/front_2.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/front_side.jpg)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on August 06, 2013, 06:49:29 AM
Yes, that does look sweet!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on September 28, 2013, 04:39:55 PM

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/readyforpaint.jpg) 
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on September 28, 2013, 05:19:08 PM
Must be a good place if there is a waiting list, kind of like down at Chris's place, right?
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on September 29, 2013, 04:39:27 PM

Yeah --  Herbie does pretty alright.  He schedules his work because he has limited space and only has 1 or 2 guys working with him depending on how busy he gets. Small-time operation out of a double deep x double wide garage in his back yard. Found him by accident back on '04 when looking to get the Fury painted.  He shot my Fury in 2004 and I still get tons of positive comments about the paint. He also did my Shelby Dakota 2 years ago...... If his chedule holds up, we should be heading back to pick it up around the 23rd................ Jake said this is the beginning of the longest 3 week period of his life....LOL  
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Snotty on September 30, 2013, 10:01:42 AM
Looks great, but, man, those wheels got to go!!!


(Just teasing about the wheels!  Good work guys.)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on September 30, 2013, 10:08:52 AM
Btw - i'm still in denial about not getting it done for his senjor year.....  I've still got 8 months til he graduates...  By golly,  we're gonna make it....... Lolragtopfury2013-09-30 15:14:18
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on September 30, 2013, 10:27:45 AM
Sure you will. Interior isn't that difficult, even for a Barracuda.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on September 30, 2013, 10:43:15 AM

Once we get it done and I get my garage back, Jake's lil brother wants to help me roll right into my 69  Wanna Bee clone. He's 5-1/2, tells us his brain is 8 or 9, and already knows the tool box as well as Jake does...LOL
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Snotty on October 01, 2013, 08:54:11 AM
Quote from: ragtopfury

Btw - i'm still in denial about not getting it done for his senjor year.....  I've still got 8 months til he graduates...  By golly,  we're gonna make it....... Lol

No worries.  We started Jerry's Gremlin Project when he was 16.  We fired it for the first time when he was 21.  It happens.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on October 16, 2013, 09:58:09 AM

Stripe gets sprayed tomorrow. Body gets color early next week. She comes home by next weekend!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on October 16, 2013, 04:58:47 PM
Yeaaaa!!!!!!
 
Can't wait for the pictures!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Brian on October 16, 2013, 09:33:53 PM
Quote from: ragtopfury
Stripe gets sprayed tomorrow. Body gets color early next week. She comes home by next weekend!

Nice...sure she'll be pretty!!



Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on October 21, 2013, 04:50:16 PM

Comes home the evening of the 22nd...... yes, of October...lol
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on October 21, 2013, 08:10:32 PM
Yeah, nothing like a teaser.....thanks......
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on October 22, 2013, 04:58:45 PM

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/IMG-20131022-00273.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/IMG-20131022-00277.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/IMG-20131022-00276.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/IMG-20131022-00275.jpg)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: azblackhemi on October 22, 2013, 05:06:33 PM
WOW Looks fantastic. Now with every piece of trim that goes on it will keep on getting better and better. Great job.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on October 22, 2013, 07:27:48 PM
Definitely!!!! That is a fantastic looking color! 
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Snotty on October 23, 2013, 10:54:07 AM
Without the trip and grill you can sure see the Valiant in it.  Looking good!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on October 28, 2013, 06:09:07 PM

nothin wrong with seeing the roots of which you come.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Steve on October 29, 2013, 04:37:36 AM
I'm sorry. . . I slept through this whole thing
Nice
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on October 29, 2013, 02:15:22 PM

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/IMG-20131025-00004.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/IMG-20131025-00005.jpg)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: firedome on October 30, 2013, 06:54:41 AM
Awesome.. love the hood scoops!

Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on October 30, 2013, 11:51:13 AM
Quote from: firedome
Awesome.. love the hood scoops!
Appreciate the positive words from all............
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on October 30, 2013, 11:58:56 AM

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/new_hood_3.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/new_hood_2.jpg)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Steve on October 30, 2013, 01:09:54 PM
Is that a vintage color?  It looks like the Plum Crazy Challenger Color
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on October 30, 2013, 06:40:12 PM

yep. Gloss black with a Plum Crazy/In Violet stripe
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on November 09, 2013, 04:47:36 PM

About 3/4 of the trim is... plan to finish that by Monday and drop it at the exhaust shop.Then it'll be front end alignment and seat belts..... then tags and insurance.  We are THIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSS close!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on November 09, 2013, 04:48:45 PM
Keep going, we are all rooting for you and Jake!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Steve on November 09, 2013, 05:51:24 PM
Wow. . .Almost record time.  I did Polaraco in less than a year.  The upholstery was the hold up
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on November 12, 2013, 03:00:02 AM

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/done.jpg)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: firedome on November 12, 2013, 04:24:41 AM
Amazing transformation in a short time span... he'll be the envy of all his friends...Congrats on a great job!!

Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on November 12, 2013, 05:11:24 AM
Definitely one of the prettiest First Gen Barracudas I have seen, congrats and enjoy. One lucky kid, I say.
 
And this brings me to the next question: What is planned for the next kid in line?
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on November 12, 2013, 12:25:08 PM
time - was the biggest challenge  
The next kid - he's 5  lol  i've got 11 yrs to figure out the orange pick-up with white stripes that he's talking about for 2 years  
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on November 12, 2013, 12:31:24 PM
That will be a fun little project.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on November 12, 2013, 01:39:09 PM
But the very next one is going to be my 69 Wanna Bee that came home when jake was 3 months old  haha
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on November 12, 2013, 07:33:04 PM
Aaaaaa, that should be fun, make the kid suffer. My daughter is so spoiled, got myself in a financial position that I could simply get what I want when I wanted it, so she doesn't do without very much. She does have to wait quite a few years before she gets the 68 Charger, whether she realizes it or not. I have other things I want to build first, and the Charger ain't going anywhere until they are done. By that time it will probably be worth too much to drive, but that is beside the point right now.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on November 13, 2013, 04:08:59 AM
Quote from: dana44
Definitely one of the prettiest First Gen Barracudas I have seen, congrats and enjoy. One lucky kid, I say.
And thanks to all for the words of approval on the whole thing along the way. We are down to needing mirrors, front end alignment, seat belts and tags/registration.  Might not make it by Thanksgiving, but definitely by Christmas! 
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Tom Dawson on November 13, 2013, 11:34:37 AM
Wow, does not look like the same car, you and your son did a fantastic job the 'cuda. Can not wait to see the interior pics.
Tom

Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on December 04, 2013, 05:53:53 PM

Took it out for it's very 1st legal drive. I drove it to the gas station, then
to a friend's house. Convinced the trans turned out, the steering is true and
straight and the brakes are more than adequate (scarebird conversion) - it was
Jake's turn to drive. Told him to take out on the interstate after 15 minutes
behind the wheel to get a feel for it. Sounds and rides reaaly nice at 65 mph.
Went about 8 miles, then cloverleafed back towards home. All systems were good.
Stopped by walmart for a few items and had to laugh at the look on Jake's face
as we walked away from it leaving it in the parking lot all alone. 15 min later,
we came out fired it up and he drove me home. We have a few things to tweak this
weekend - linkages, speedo needs lubed again, dash lights are out and gonna swap
the center of the $150 8-3/4 we stole - although it felt really good before
installing, it is noisy as anything..... I have another known good 3.23 center
section to put in it.

Overall, very very pleased with the ride and feel
of the car!! After this weekend I'll drive it to work a couple of days and then
when Jake gets his parking permit for school, it's all him.

Too all the
followers and those who have commented along the way, thanks for the following
and comments, suggestions and inquiries!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on December 04, 2013, 06:29:57 PM
Well, it brings a smile to my face that someone got a project completed, congrats to both of you!
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: firedome on December 05, 2013, 05:28:39 AM
I agree the hood makes it, along with the way the front center section is painted to match the car.

Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Snotty on December 05, 2013, 10:00:34 AM
Excellent!!  I will always remember the first time we drove Jerry's Gremlin across and around town.  I will also remember the second time when a fusible link exploded under the dash!  Whoa!!!  (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Brian on December 05, 2013, 08:14:30 PM
Absolutely gorgeous car!!  And I have to agree with the others....that hood really sets the car off...I love it!!

Congrats to you and your son for doing such a great job on the car.  And the hours spent with him doing this project will be priceless, for you and him, as the years go by.

Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on December 23, 2013, 03:50:03 AM

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Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Brian on December 24, 2013, 05:46:10 PM
I see no pics....????

Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on December 28, 2013, 03:05:13 PM

me either............  hold the phone.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Mark on December 28, 2013, 03:08:13 PM

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/IMG-20131216-00016.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/IMG-20131216-00017.jpg)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/85/IMG-20131216-00018.jpg)
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Brian on December 28, 2013, 04:36:28 PM
Man am I jealous...you have one lucky son!!

Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: James Brown Jr, on December 29, 2013, 01:59:58 AM
Beautiful... nuff said
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: dana44 on December 29, 2013, 07:48:35 AM
Definitely a gorgeous ride.
Title: Jake's 65 B'cuda
Post by: Snotty on January 04, 2014, 08:36:54 AM
Looks great!  Congratulations!