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Samantha's Cuda Build
« on: March 16, 2009, 08:44:43 PM »
We've already started this but I feel Like we should catch up with where we started and where we're going.  My Daughter and I are building her a Edge Barracuda.  Hayabusa powered.  She's twelve  ;D   A very responsible 12  ;D  We had originally wanted to build a two seater Barracuda but we got tired of waiting for the pending release of the plans......  I gotta brag a little here and say that I've never seen a 12 year old that was this interested and involved in a car/buggy project.  But then that will become evident as you guys read the thread over the next few months.  A few pictures of the anxiety while we waited for the bending dies to show up. 




This is Samantha


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Re: Samantha's Cuda Build
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2009, 08:46:22 PM »
This is last Friday's progress after the bending dies showed up.




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Re: Samantha's Cuda Build
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2009, 08:49:44 PM »
Looks like a bunch of stuff showed up!

There, now she does not have to sit on the table without a roll cage!
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Re: Samantha's Cuda Build
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2009, 08:51:37 PM »
And a few pictures of the excellent stuff we have received from Doug Heim.  I gotta say it exceeded my expectations by a large margin.  When you look at the laser cut rear end housing you'll see what I mean.  I basically tapped it together with a tiny mallet and it hasn't moved yet.  I'm almost going to feel bad welding it.  So far I have purchased all the parts to do my "tubework" with the no shipping option he offers it's impossible to beat compared to the other source for this stuff.







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Re: Samantha's Cuda Build
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2009, 08:52:35 PM »
Today's progress :)

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Re: Samantha's Cuda Build
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2009, 08:52:56 PM »
Looks like you have a great start!  It seems like you already have the bulk of the parts to.  I see the motor in the background as well as your sheetmetal parts.  I have a feeling we are going to see this one come together quickly.

Keep us posted!  :)
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Re: Samantha's Cuda Build
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2009, 08:53:52 PM »
Looks like a bunch of stuff showed up!

There, now she does not have to sit on the table without a roll cage!

She's obsessed with Barracuda !
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Re: Samantha's Cuda Build
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2009, 08:55:00 PM »
Looks like you have a great start!  It seems like you already have the bulk of the parts to.  I see the motor in the background as well as your sheetmetal parts.  I have a feeling we are going to see this one come together quickly.

Keep us posted!  :)

Yup, this will be a piece of cake compared to what I usually do !
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Re: Samantha's Cuda Build
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2009, 08:58:50 PM »
quick hide those rusty bungs  :o!

Yeah nice looking motor kit. Where did you source it if you dont mind my asking?

Also how do you like the notch finder?

Lastly before anyone does comment on the puzzle fitting... That was my last rearend I had before recent changes. I now only allow the tags to go 1/2 the distance into the pocket. That allows for a better plug weld. You may want to grind the tags down to 1/2 there hight. No need though as I have built many of these prior without.

Looks great!!!!  8)
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Re: Samantha's Cuda Build
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2009, 09:03:07 PM »
Yup, this will be a piece of cake compared to what I usually do !

And that would be?  :t


So is the Cuda going to be the drivers ed before she gets the Chevelle?


Whoa, and the 69 Camaro in the earlier pictures!
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Re: Samantha's Cuda Build
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2009, 09:05:15 PM »
Yeah Cherry!  ;D
Sweet ride.

Cant wait to see the Cuda by the end of the week. Shell be a roller by then huh?
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Re: Samantha's Cuda Build
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2009, 09:08:06 PM »
quick hide those rusty bungs  :o!

Yeah nice looking motor kit. Where did you source it if you dont mind my asking?

Also how do you like the notch finder?

Lastly before anyone does comment on the puzzle fitting... That was my last rearend I had before recent changes. I now only allow the tags to go 1/2 the distance into the pocket. That allows for a better plug weld. You may want to grind the tags down to 1/2 there hight. No need though as I have built many of these prior without.

Looks great!!!!  8)

They're done rusting  I live in SoCal, things don't rust here.  30 seconds in the blaster and they'll be fine!

I found the motor from a guy in Grover Beach, Ca.  www.gotmotoparts.com  It's about 2 hours north of me so it was a no-brainer. 

The notcher pattern tool (Pipemaster) is one of those tools that you look at and think "why oh why did I never think of that".  The only place I've had a problem was with the lower end of the "over your head" part of the cage where it meets the waist bar.  I spent ALOT of time on that joint today.

I really don't think plug welding those tabs is going to make much difference strength wise.  It'll look more complete but it's plenty strong with the fillet welds along the corners.  Just my opinion.....
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Re: Samantha's Cuda Build
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2009, 09:11:36 PM »
And that would be?  :t


So is the Cuda going to be the drivers ed before she gets the Chevelle?


Whoa, and the 69 Camaro in the earlier pictures!


I just finished the 69 Camaro it has 311 miles on it.  There's a big long build thread here with lot's of pictures  http://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=132497   Everytime I picked her up I heard "are you done with the Camaro yet".  I told her I had to finish it before we started the Cuda.  I've always told her the Chevelle was her's someday.  We'll see.......
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Re: Samantha's Cuda Build
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2009, 09:12:40 PM »
Yeah Cherry!  ;D
Sweet ride.

Cant wait to see the Cuda by the end of the week. Shell be a roller by then huh?

We need to talk about front and rear hubs Bud  !  :)
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Re: Samantha's Cuda Build
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2009, 09:12:55 PM »
I agree on the fillet welds!

Yeah rust sucks up here!

I made those bungs long time ago. Tapped them before I shipped. I now spray all my steel parts before they hit the shelf. I never thought just sitting in my basment they would rust like that.
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