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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Jake's 65 B'cuda
« 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............................


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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Jake's 65 B'cuda
« 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....
 

 


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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Jake's 65 B'cuda
« 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.
 


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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Jake's 65 B'cuda
« 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....
 

 


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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Jake's 65 B'cuda
« 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.





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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Jake's 65 B'cuda
« 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!!!!!!

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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Jake's 65 B'cuda
« 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...........

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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Jake's 65 B'cuda
« 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.....
 


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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Phase 1 nears completion
« on: January 24, 2012, 05:26:43 PM »
Why thank you fine sirs, for the compliments....  In reality, it would have been way too easy to go way overboard on the re-do...but then I'd be afraid to drive it.  With only 79k of routine maintenance on the odometer, I didn't touch the mechanicals or detail the underhood/under carriage.  It is once again my daily driver, as it was when I bought it new in 89!!! I'm even going to put a hitch back on it in the spring so I can tow the crabbing vessel this summer.

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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Phase 1 nears completion
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:17:33 AM »
Been back together for about a month and a half now....
I'll start a new thread with the progress of my Son's 65 B'cuda.




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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Phase 1 nears completion
« on: October 30, 2011, 05:46:54 PM »
white, red, black or blue....  it's just a matter of if you got a lemon or not.
 
I purposely bought it white in 89 because they made less of them.  My 88 Dakota was red.
 
I have 76k on the Shelby and the OD unit is just as tight as the day it was new..... From day one,unless I was going to be cruising above 45 mph for any amount of time, I'd turn the OD off and keep it as a 3spd. Above 45 and OD went on. I've pretty much worn the lettering off the button. I've also only towed ~4k lbs only 3 times with it.
 
Speaking of transmissions......Blew the input/snout off the torque converter in my diesel Ram last Sunday evening. Wife had a fit cuz I towed it home with her Durango....

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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Phase 1 nears completion
« on: October 29, 2011, 05:02:30 PM »
updated pics.....
 

a wasp landed onthe top center of the tailgate and posed for the pic....

 



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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Phase 1 nears completion
« on: October 27, 2011, 05:56:48 PM »
never heard of it, actually..... I've had it since day one tho.

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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Phase 1 nears completion
« on: October 27, 2011, 04:56:27 PM »
Of course phase one is getting my Shelby Dakota freshened up to be my daily driver before rolling my son's 65 B'cuda in for the tear-down... His little brother enjoyed helping me get them ready as much as I enjoyed the help! I'm dragging it home from the paint shop tomorrow mid-day. Stripe kit should be here by next weekend. Assembly should be complete by mid November.

 
 

 
ragtopfury2011-10-27 22:00:12

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Tech- - Engine / 89 318 starting issue
« on: October 05, 2011, 05:32:59 AM »
Between the strike, hurricane, another week of monsoon type rains, earthquakes.... Work has finally slowed down enough that I tinkered with it the other day....  Turns out I overlooked the obvious. My 69 ragtop had sat for 9 years and ran on the old gas when I dragged her home.... the Shelby sat for 5 or 6 years - dumped the tank, cleaned it, fresh gas and  varoooom......  go figure.
 
Also removed the windshield because the surface rust on the roof has crept in past the moulding.... I then thanked my sone for bringing the 65 B'cuda home which has me doing the Shelby first....  After removing the windshield and cleaning up the frame in which it sits, some minor rust holes had started....   Another year or two of neglect and it would have been real bad.... 

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