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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:36 pm 
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Wasn't the 'Cuda a factory outfitted Charger? I believe most would be radio delete, but if they had a radio it'd be the stock Charger AM radio.


It was based on the Dodge Challenger (at least '70-'74).


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Challenger was a Charger first though...all the same. Just how you ordered the Charger. I'd commit a sin if I said they were all high option dusters...I mean, what's a road runner but a charger made challenger...with options.


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Wasn't the 'Cuda a factory outfitted Charger? I believe most would be radio delete, but if they had a radio it'd be the stock Charger AM radio.


It was based on the Dodge Challenger (at least '70-'74).


No, there is very little in common between the (Barra)'cuda and the Challenger(no sheetmetal is interchangable) but yes, the E-body is just a modified B-body.

A-Body(compacts): Dart, Valiant, Valiant-Baracuda(1964-67), Barracuda(1967-69), Demon, Valiant-Duster(1970 only), Duster, Lancer.

B-Body(Intermediate): 1962 Dart, Polara, Savoy, Belvedere, 330, 440, Satellite, Coronet, Charger, GTX, Road Runner, Fury, Cordoba, Monaco, Magnum, and the 1979 Chrysler 300.

C-Body(Full size): blah

E-Body: Challenger, (Barra)'cuda

F-Body(Compact after the death of the A-Body): Aspen, Volaré.

I know I'm forgetting a few.


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The auction page just said that it went to a Playmouth/Dodge of the same time

Next I cut out the headlights. Then I trace the holes on to the frame underneath

(I also decided to add a 2nd DVD drive)

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After that I trace the holes on to the frame underneath

I also decided to add a 2nd DVD drive

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^^ I still have to paint the bottom of the case ^^


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lookin good so far. I like the idea of using the Hood scoop as a blowhole/vent.


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lookin good so far. I like the idea of using the Hood scoop as a blowhole/vent.


I wish I would've checked this out before he got so far into the build, It's awesome work but there are a few glaring mistakes...


Then I sit back and remember that it's just a PC case, he isn't restoring a `cuda, he isn't building a scale model of a `cuda, he is just building a case inspired by the almighty and most awesome `cuda.


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I painted the bottom

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And under the hood scoop

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After protecting the surface I decided on a good place to mount the hood pins

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30mm seems like a good spot

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The pins had to be cut way down because they had to go into the case without interferring with the DVD drives

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Once I drilled out the holes, I added a single screw to each. These screws were once part of the radio and now are another touch of the real thing

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And filled it with Loctite

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And I added the pin. I'll let it dry overnight

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Loving the progress on this!!

Beautiful work!


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Oh, I got my 130mm (not 120mm) exhaust fan in today

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I'm thinking of mounting a small digital photo frame into the remaining 5.25 bays. I can connect it via internal USB and have it play a bunch of Cuda photos in a loop


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That would be pretty epic.


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drainbread wrote:
No, there is very little in common between the (Barra)'cuda and the Challenger(no sheetmetal is interchangable) but yes, the E-body is just a modified B-body
Not to sidetrack, but if it's just sheetmetal, that doesn't make the car.

I was a chevy guy in a ford world with my first car, and there was a lot of difference with my '66 2+2 GT and a stocker coupe, let alone saying it was a Shelby. It wasn't just sheetmetal that changed and could be an option like the CA edition.

With the 'cuda, the lust was the Hemi. You can get that as an option in other cars and trucks. It's about the same as lusting for a 409 and thinking you can only get that in a '63 bubble window when that's not the case. Most that built 409's were truck blocks from smaller ci bases made into 409's to fit a class. Same with the Hemi.

Hell, anyone with a Ford Escort has a Hemi.


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Chumly wrote:
Hell, anyone with a Ford Escort has a Hemi.


Or a Honda. Or a Toyota. Or a Ford V10. Or a new Silverado. :lol: Most of these new engines are Hemi.


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I ran the cable through

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And there's that

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I decided to not use the temp gauge on the front and mount a small photo frame that will scroll through 200 or so Mopar images

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It'll go right there

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I'll need to construct a frame for it.

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I'll cut it soon

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:58 am 
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I cut out the panel

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And here's how it's going to sit

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I started the paint process

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Here's how the radio came to me

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I cut out the mopar logo

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And added a coat of flat black

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And I remembered that my brother-in-law watches TV and movies on his aging laptop, so I removed one of the DVD drives and added a Blu-Ray ROM. The Radeon HD 4830 has a DVI to HDMI adapter so with the use of a quality monitor he can watch the latest and greatest in Hi-Def

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I've thought about this for a while and decided to start signing my mods. They are, in fact an art form, so it makes sense to sign them.

This is on the inside left panel

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I mixed up some Loctite and smeared it on the Mopar logo

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Then pressed it on the back panel

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Looks like you're just about done mayne!


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Nearly. I HAVE to be done by April, because I'm taking it back with me when I visit family and I'll present the case to him.


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