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Discussion in 'Dodge Challenger General Discussions Forum' started by deserthorizons, May 9, 2010.

  1. deserthorizons

    deserthorizons New Member

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    I was in Phoenix a cupla' months ago and I thought while I was there
    I would get a pic of my Challenger in the exact same spot I took one of my `Cuda back in '81..
    I tried to get the same angle, same position, roughly the same time of day..

    ....Only 29 years later.....

    Unfortunately the pic of the `Cuda has not aged very well..


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    and so as to not get too much flack about the size of those pics,
    here are some smaller ones..

    The `Cuda pic looks better small, anyway..


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    IntimidatorR/T Challenger Life Moderator Staff Member Ride of the Month

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    I would have given well, just about anything to have a mopar back when I had my hotrods. but even back then they wanted an arm and a leg and them some. The Cuda's and RoadRunners were my favorite till they came out with the Superbird and Daytona Charger.

    That picture says alot of hotrods back in the day. A friend of mine has a 74 cuda and it is just sitting and rusting away in his shop. He keeps saying he is going to restore it , but I say "yeah right" and to think back in 74 I used to ride around with him when we were both going to La. Tech University. IN THAT CAR!!!!
     
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    Thanks for the memories! Looks like u got caught up in the " glass the fender well", mod back in the day? Met a guy with a '71 AMX last year at the show coming again this weekend, who had glassed the fenders back in the day, and had removed it, was in process of restoring to stock again. He bought it new, and had pictures of the many phases it had gone through, wonder if he finished filling ALL the holes in the fenders that the glass had clung to? I'll find out Sunday, guess!
     
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    deserthorizons New Member

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    They were built out of metal.
    I watched him do it.
    The guy was good at what he did, which was why I took it to him..

    The body work, filling in all the holes where the side lights used to be,
    and the paint cost me ~ $3,000 in '81
     
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    I hope you've submitted these pics to some of the mopar mags, if not I think you should. You've done an amazing job of not only recreating the car but the also original photo. I think they would find it interesting enough to publish...
     
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    bro that is SuhWeet :thumbupleft:
     
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    wow bro love both of those cars. I think they are right they should have named the car CuDA cause it looks just like one without even looking at the nice work you have done those cars look just like each other.
     
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    your tastes haven't changed in 29 years. thanks for sharing
     
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    3 decade apart ,same taste ,beautiful history and perfect present...
     
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    shiftintohigh New Member

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    How cool is that!!! Hey, does anybody kind of see a pattern here? And If I am not mistaken, that is the first widebody cuda?
     
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    Way cool comparison pic. It's like looking at the same car, but from an alternate universe;)
     
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    Side pipes for a new Challenger! Who makes those?
     
  13. deserthorizons

    deserthorizons New Member

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    They are manufactured by Pertronix Performance Products in CA.
    Sold by JCWhitney.com
    ~82" long by 3 1/2" wide
    less than $300.00 shipped to the door..
    2 hours installation time..

    not counting "prep" time..
    go to http://challenger09.s5.com/photo4.html
    for details on the prep I did..
     
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    Deserthorizons you're gonna bring a tear to my eye! I had side pipes for awhile on my '73 Challenger many moons ago, although I don't remember if I've got any pics of it with them on it. Mine were Thrush I believe and they were the "louvered" look pipes with the rectangular exits. I'll have to dig up some of the old pics for comparison as well and scan them up. I always was a Challenger guy but the Cudas' hold a dear spot in me. A buddy of mine had one for a short period of time when we were both young. Wow, the fun we had! Thanks for stirring old memories!
     

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