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  1. JRisTC

    JRisTC Member

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    So to start this off Ill go into detail about my ride. I bought one of my dreams cars, which was a Plymouth Cuda last month. Finally got around to picking it up last Sunday. Car is a 73 cuda with 340 A/T with 60,309 OG miles.

    I plan on doing a fast build to get the car ready for spring/summer plans. The suspension is clapped out. Needs new quarters, floors are solid but some tiny holes. 340 is healthy but ill prob just end up swapping it. The goal of the car is daily driver and reliable with a solid performance setup. Doing a protouring setup for suspension. Im not sure how wild and complicated I want to get but im starting to figure it out. The car just needs a lot of tlc. As of Monday the 7th 2019 and first day under my hands. Car is already in body shop. Once that is done, I've hopefully decided whats best route for the build. Im not some mega rich guy, but i want to do the car right.

    If you want to keep up with build and get more pics, check out my socials below. I cant wait to pull this off, since its been kinda of a long life dream ive worked really hard to get. Really excited to share with you guys.

    Twitter:JRisTC or ModeMediaHouse
    IG: ModeMediaHouse

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    Following parts are ordered and already started arriving. Ill update as much as i can.
    1/8/2019
    US Car Stools Stiffening Kit
    Two Quarter panels from AMD
    Rear Balance from AMD
    front bumper from AMD
    Rear bumper from AMD
    Bumper and valance Bolts
    Seat Brackets by Planted technology
    Front Chin Spoiler spoiler
    Painless Wiring Harness
    Optima Yellow Top Battery.

    Getting the essentials to get the car into body shop to be fixed, primered and we can then begin to work on it between myself, some friends, some shops im out sourcing to do some of the aspect I cant honestly do and would not want too.
     
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    Here is all the pics of condition and current state. Lots of surface rust, dirt/dust. Lot of long hours coming but well worth!

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    Must have been sitting in a field or in grass. The bottom of that car looks scary.
    Interesting to see a column shift E body.
     
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    Looks like you are off to a great start and a plan to get it finished. Lot of body work there to get it ready for other work by spring.
     
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    You know, the pictures make it look worse than what it looks like in person. We vacuumed it out before we put it on trailer and it changed look of it a lot. Underneath a lot better in person. It was just a really dirty car. I was scared too, but most is surface rust. Suspension parts, tank, are all rusty, but brakes looked good but I never planned on keeping any of it. It just needs a lot of grinding and surface treatment. Cleaning. Most of those parts but shell mainly, are getting replaced.
     
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    Looks a lot like my 73 which I picked up in Chicago last spring. If you've got a rear sway bar, pay attention to the area under the frame brackets. Could be a nasty surprise. If you are swapping the engine out, keep me in mind. You are moving a lot faster than I am. I got it running/driving but the bodywork is going to probably be a couple years to get done.

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    Yeahhhh. Lots of rust up here. Beautiful car though, gl on project. No rear swaybar. I ordered all the trouble areas replacement parts and panels. Shop handling that as we speak. Anything that should get replaced, will be. Rest grinded though, treated and sealed. It needs some patch work for like 2-3 inch hole around engine bay. 3-4 inch on floor but rest of car is pretty solid. if we discover more, we will address as it needs. Im not trying to I guess rebuild a perfect, garage queen. Just get her solid and address any issues.
     
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    So update. Car is in body shop. Getting worked on. Bought some new parts and started the rebuild process. Car is in better shape, but doing some more upgrades and work just to improve the car for future and plans. Figured not get lazy on doing patch work and just replace the floor bloods.

    Following parts are ordered and already started arrived and being installed by body shop.
    1/8/2019
    US Car Stools Stiffening Kit
    Two Quarter panels from AMD
    Rear Balance from AMD
    front bumper from AMD
    Rear bumper from AMD
    Bumper and valance Bolts

    Waiting to be put on:
    Seat Brackets by Planted technology
    Front Chin Spoiler spoiler
    Painless Wiring Harness
    Optima Yellow Top Battery.

    1/28/2019 Ordered.
    Floor Patch Panel, Front, 1-piece, correct Flanged Edge from AMD
    Rear Floor Patch Panel left and right from AMD
    Under Rear Seat Pan from AMD
     
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    She is doing well in body shop. Got engine ordered and in. 2017 challenger 6.4 srt engine with 8 speed. Getting a custom standalone tcm to work with mopar plug and play. Ordered front suspension and oil pan. We are about a month out, from starting putting her back on the road!

    Following parts are ordered and already started arrived and being installed by body shop.
    1/8/2019 1/28/2019
    US Car Stools Stiffening Kit
    Two Quarter panels from AMD
    Rear Balance from AMD
    front bumper from AMD
    Rear bumper from AMD
    Bumper and valance Bolts
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    Floor Patch Panel, Front, 1-piece, correct Flanged Edge from AMD
    Rear Floor Patch Panel left and right from AMD
    Under Rear Seat Pan from AMD


    Waiting to be put on but ordered:
    Seat Brackets by Planted technology
    Front Chin Spoiler spoiler
    Painless Wiring Harness
    Optima Yellow Top Battery.
    6.4 Gen3 with 8 speed
    Milidon Oil Pan and Pick up
    RMS Alterkation front suspension.

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    Great progress:thumbsup:. Did you get the 6.4 and trans out of a wreck?
     
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    Yeah. I got it from a 2017 challenger srt. 13k miles. Got a great deal on it.
     
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    Who's doing the bodywork? I might have a couple jobs on mine I could use some help with and I haven't found anyone local that will touch anything that is more than ten years old. PM if you want.
     
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    Send me a Pm. He did me a favor by doing it, since yeah. Most shops wont take it on, but they are located in Springfield, IL.
     
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    I like the plans. Sounds like it will be a hell of a ride!

    Was that car originally black? or white?
     
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    Black. I think im doing a nardo grey or something a long those lines. I dont want the trouble of trying to keep a black car perfect. Also puts more stress on body work. Im building the best car I can, but also not going so crazy, its something I dont drive. Im not into show queens. I want it to be one of my dailys. Drivers car.
     
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    Update. Cant wait to start posting a bunch of pics for you guys but updated parts list, incase anybody had questions or wanted direction. Still a few things to decide and pick out but its moving fast!

    1/8/2019 1/28/2019 2/01/2019 2/15/2019 and 2/27/2019 order dates for all the major stuff.
    Following parts are ordered and already started arrived and being installed by body shop.
    US Car Stools Stiffening Kit
    Two Quarter panels from AMD
    Rear Balance from AMD
    front bumper from AMD
    Rear bumper from AMD
    Bumper and valance Bolts
    Floor Patch Panel, Front, 1-piece, correct Flanged Edge from AMD
    Rear Floor Patch Panel left and right from AMD
    Under Rear Seat Pan from AMD

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    Waiting to be put on but ordered:
    Seat Brackets by Planted technology-In
    Front Chin Spoiler spoiler-In
    Painless Wiring Harness-In
    Optima Yellow Top Battery.-In
    6.4 Gen3 with 8 speed-In
    Hotchkiss Rear suspension-In
    Milidon Oil Pan and Pick up-Not Delivered
    RMS Alterkation front suspension-Not Delivered
    Mopar 392 Crate Kit-Not Delivered
    Custom 8 speed StandAlone Controller-Not Delivered
     
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    So car is in body shop. She is in better shape than we all thought, but spending some extra time and effort to get her perfect. Added some extra work to the body since we are there. Here are some update pics!


    1/8/2019 1/28/2019 2/01/2019 2/15/2019 and 2/27/2019 3/21/2019 order dates for all the major stuff.
    Following parts are ordered and already started arrived and being installed by body shop.
    US Car Stools Stiffening Kit
    Two Quarter panels from AMD
    Rear Balance from AMD
    front bumper from AMD
    Rear bumper from AMD
    Bumper and valance Bolts
    Floor Patch Panel, Front, 1-piece, correct Flanged Edge from AMD
    Rear Floor Patch Panel left and right from AMD
    Under Rear Seat Pan from AMD
    Rear Trunk Floors from AMD
    Driver Rocker Panel from AMD

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    Waiting to be put on but ordered:
    Seat Brackets by Planted technology-In
    Front Chin Spoiler spoiler-In
    Painless Wiring Harness-In
    Optima Yellow Top Battery.-In
    6.4 Gen3 with 8 speed-In
    Hotchkiss Rear suspension-In
    Milidon Oil Pan and Pick up-Not Delivered
    RMS Alterkation front suspension-Not Delivered
    Mopar 392 Crate Kit-Not Delivered
    Custom 8 speed StandAlone Controller-Not Delivered

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  19. Knock Out

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    good luck
    hope all goes well
    love to see you realize your dream
     
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    Thank you Knock out! im super excited. Its been a life long dream coming true. Im going super fast on it, but oh well.
     
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