67/68/69 cuda dilemma

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  1. moparmat2000

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    I think I'm just about done with this one. Will sandblast and primer and our "new" trans mount. Still have to drill the remaining holes in the crossmember and weld in the tubular reinforcements. The plate that the rubber mount bolts to is 10 gage plate.

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      Gonna keep this cardboard template. I think the install looks pretty good.

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        Matt......You should have made a couple while you were at it. I'll bet you'd get lots of interest.
         
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          This thing was a bitch to make. I'm sure there would be interest in this. But one and done. I have waaay more to do on this car lol.
           
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            True enough!:)
             
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            Some of the unused "appendages" on the 42RH overdrive unit and tailshaft need to be removed so it will fit the stock tunnel. Of course I am OCD about how shit looks even if I can't see it so I did a bit of cutting and carving.

            On the LH of the OD it will hit the stock floor shifter mechanism which I will adapt to the 42RH. The piece on the RH of the OD, it will never clear the stock tunnel. On the tailshaft, I am concerned the tabs will rub and vibrate against the trans tunnel. Heres the results.

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              Finally done with this one. Waiting for it to cool so I can hit it with a little primer.

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                Had to cut the ass end off the floorpan to get it to fit inside a notchback body. The good part is that the seam will be on top of the transition pan overlap. AMD is better than nothing, but will require some massaging to fit tight. This is just a test fit anyways. I have some dimpling to do because of this OD trans, and am mocking up the linkages, console brackets and such. I will temp screw the tunnel down to the crossmember to get a better fit on the linkages. The vertical linkage hits the OD unit and I have an idea on how to mod it to work. When I do that, I will post pix.

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                  Do the multi year setup. It will be gorgeous and she’ll hav the only one xactly like that
                   
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                  I have since gotten all the 69 specific body parts.
                   
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                  [QUOTE="moparmat2000, post: 1973405337, member: 14566"specific body parts.[/QUOTE]
                   
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                  Man that looks awesome Matt! Really coming together.:thumbsup:
                   
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                  • moparmat2000

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                    Well the 42RH OD unit hits the shifter rod and pushes it outward at the bottom. I came up with a way to mod the shifter rod to clear the side of the transmission and still keep everything lined up. I made a temporary jig to hold everything in place until it could be welded. I actually tack welded the rod to the jig so I could cut it apart and nothing would move out of place. It worked very well IMHO.

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                      Well this part is done. Shifter works good. I have a few dimples I will have to hammer into the floorpan for the trans to fit better. The rod is about 1/16" away from the trans at the OD widest point. This is the best we're gonna get. It's close, but i really doubt it's going to hit.

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                        Heres the optional/not optional trans tunnel rework. It fits real good now. I have about 1/2" clearance on the top RH side, and almost 1" on the left side.

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                        Spent all day with this. Making a throttle cable bracket/kick down cable bracket. Thats ok, it's one more part of the trans mockup. Needed to make sure the carb had the same idle to WOT throw, and that I was getting the kickdown cable bracket in the right spot in regards to idle spot. Using a stock Dodge Dakota kickdown cable to make replacements easy to get. I also used a ram van transmission kickdown lever, and ram van cable support on the trans end. As this raises it up about an inch above the rear fluid port.

                        I'd rather get this stuff done now than later. Plus I can figure the cable routing. Operates nice and smooth from idle to WOT. Kick down operates nice and smooth as well. Very happy with the results. Time to sandblast and primer the bracket. Then put it away with the carb for safekeeping.

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                          The bolt on stud for hooking the cable up on the throttle is an edelbrock part number.

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                          I built this drivetrain dolly today. Started on it a number of years ago. Finally finished it up. Worked like a charm. I don't believe I will ever pull engines from the top anymore

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                            As always, great write up and inspiration to keep up!
                             
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                              Last edition to the dolley. The probem I had with the car on the dolley. The K frame makes contact, but the trans needs a little help going up to loosen the bolts so it can be let down. I decided to use a junkyard sourced scissors jack. A little modding and welding. It's ready to go. Welded on a crappy 3/8" socket to attach a turning bar.

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                                Well I got tired of this half restored rallye wheel sitting in a plastic bag on my workbench. I finished sanding the rest of the epoxy filler, and applied epoxy primer. It's not perfect but will be getting a black leather wheelskins stitched cover over it. Once this white primer is dry, i am going to spray a light coat of semi flat black, and get to stitching. Last pic is a recap of what i started with

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                                  Wow, that steering wheel looks great. That's a lot of tedious work right there.
                                   
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                                    Thanks!! Its far from perfect, but that's what the leather cover is for.
                                     
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                                    Final paint. I will stitch a cover over it as it's far from perfect close up, but waaay better than what I started with.

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