Donnerstag, 26. Mai 2011

Floor it

The 'Cuda is back on the ground after a late night operation on the torqueflite to get the shifting issue under control.

Montag, 23. Mai 2011

shifting issue

Have the 'Cuda jacked up in order to solve a nasty shifting issue. After a brief warm up, the car wouldn't shift up from first gear. Kickdown linkage and shifting rods checked ok so the problem would have to be located somewhere else.

After an evening of measuring the pressures on the various service ports of the torqueflite, the governor seemed to be the most likely spot to hunt for the flaw.So off it went.
The only part of the transmission that wasn't taken apart during the overhaul.

And what do you come up with when you dig down into the most intimate parts of that piece of iconic american iron?...

...a bearing "made in Japan" :-)

A ring on the governor turend out to be responsible for the problem, it will be replaced soon.

Sonntag, 22. Mai 2011

Wipe out

Snapped on the wiper arms I have had laying around for quite a wile.

Blades are newm arms were mediablasted and painted with clearcoat.

Mittwoch, 18. Mai 2011


Put the finishing touches on the dash by installing the dasboard.

Samstag, 14. Mai 2011

Magnum wheels

Got back to the original 14 inch Magnum wheels. I sourced a set of fitting tires locally and plan to keep the set ready for occasional use. Interestingly enough, although I believe these wheels were on the car from begin on, there was a surprise in store after close inspection.

It turnes out, one of the wheels is 6 inches wide while the other 3 are 5 and a half inches wide. Maybee one was replaced early on in the 'Cudas life - all 4 seem to be of the same age and wear - or somebody on the assembly line goofed up.

Dienstag, 10. Mai 2011

Yukis Cuda

Fellow 'Cuda enthusiast Yuki from Japan, who has been following ths blog with encouraging remarks, has now brought his own restoration blog to my attention. Since I regret having no clue whatsoever on the japanese language I do not understand a word on the page but I do enjoy the pics of a freshly painted 'Cuda interior. Enjoy:

Sonntag, 8. Mai 2011

Second door

The driver side doorpanel, another piece that won't be clogging up the garage! The challenge here was to cut the hole for the remote mirror, turned out really well and works as well.

Door lock lever freshly installed.

Montag, 2. Mai 2011


Got the driver side headlight bezel installed to complete the Grill - at least on one side. Perfect fit! Unfortunately the passenger side is proving to become a bit of a challenge as the headlight is not centered correctly. Will have to have that sorted out...

Front wheels to match the rears.