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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by sdweatherman » Sun Jun 26, 2016 12:36 am

Love the progress 71Beeper! You are doing a very nice job with all the repairs. It does seem endless at times - just gotta keep plugging along.
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Sun Jun 26, 2016 8:57 pm

Thanks Scott :beer: you, if anyone know the feeling. Last couple of weekends I haven't been able to work on it, with a Mopar show happening and then now that the nice weather is here - other stuff comes up.
But, none the less, I was back at it today, finished cleaning up the passenger side of the rad support.
June 26 (3).jpg
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Then put some primer on it.
June 26 (7).jpg
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Finally I was able to start prepping the inner fender for that side. I got the reproduction inner fenders from Dales Cuda shop.
Here's a test fit.
June 26 (10).jpg
Next step is to drill some holes in it for where the spot welds will go.

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71440 gtx » Sat Jul 02, 2016 10:43 am

looking fine :D :beer:
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:48 pm

71440 gtx wrote:looking fine :D :beer:
Thanks Kevin.
So, Back at it today. This time I've prepped the inner fender and getting it ready to weld. Here's the back side of it.
July 3 (5).jpg
with the copper weld prep applied.
Here's the front side on a final fit check.
July 3 (6).jpg
Now to mark the holes for drilling.
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and to drill the holes for spot welding.
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And finally do the welding.
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Now I have to do some clean-up and give a final coat of primer.

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71440 gtx » Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:35 pm

yes a 340 ruad runner mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :D :beer:
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:05 pm

So now I've put on some all metal to clean up the welds and am sanding the all metal down.
July 16 (1).jpg
Then give it a final coat of primer to finish it off.
July 16 (2).jpg
I did find one spot I have to go over, it's close to the firewall - I'll have to sand it a little more and re-primer.
July 16 (3).jpg
And now onto to the drivers side inner fender.
July 3 (16).jpg

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:29 pm

More deconstruction today. No more drivers side inner fender.
July 24 (5).jpg
Now onto the K-member. I took some pics of the drivers side engine mount area, it looks like it was modified by all of the crappy welds around it.
July 24 (6).jpg
July 24 (3).jpg
So I cleaned up all of the grease that the leaky power steering pump has left behind.
July 24 (1).jpg
July 24 (7).jpg
Do any of you guys have some pictures of the drivers side engine mount area that hasn't been modified that you could post here? That would help me out alot. FYI the engine going in will be a small block.
I don't think the K-member is different between small and big block correct?

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by sdweatherman » Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:33 pm

A few pictures of my small block K-frame in my thread. I think there is no difference between small block and big block for these.
http://www.roadrunnernest.com/forum/vie ... f=1&t=5152
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by rr6pak » Sun Jul 31, 2016 12:32 am

71Beeper wrote:So now I've put on some all metal to clean up the welds and am sanding the all metal down.
July 16 (1).jpg
Then give it a final coat of primer to finish it off.
July 16 (2).jpg
I did find one spot I have to go over, it's close to the firewall - I'll have to sand it a little more and re-primer.
July 16 (3).jpg
And now onto to the drivers side inner fender.
July 3 (16).jpg
The welds might be factory. You have to remember the factory wouldn't spend a large amount of time for something like this. "Just get the part out the door" kind of mentality. My K looks the same, least did before I stiffened it up

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by moparite » Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:49 am

Hope you plan on redoing the rest of the front suspension. You should take everything apart glass bead it paint it with all new suspension parts. One thing i hate to see is a car that looks good on the outside but they forget to do the underside.

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by rr6pak » Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:17 pm

moparite wrote:Hope you plan on redoing the rest of the front suspension. You should take everything apart glass bead it paint it with all new suspension parts. One thing i hate to see is a car that looks good on the outside but they forget to do the underside.
I agree. I can't seem to "fit" a picture to my post. Hate resizing pictures :D

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:49 pm

Moparite - the front suspension was done by the previous owner who had it as a drag car. I have all new rubber bushings and new torsion bars on it. Believe me, once all the body and paint are done, the underside of the k-member and suspension components will be detailed. I did it the same way on my previous 1976 Road Runner. I will get the components powder coated. here's what my 76 Runner pieces looked like from the powdercoater.
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:08 pm

The welds might be factory. You have to remember the factory wouldn't spend a large amount of time for something like this. "Just get the part out the door" kind of mentality. My K looks the same, least did before I stiffened it up[/quote]

I hope your K-member looks better than this.
August 1st (1).jpg
Look at the gap I circled in red, as sloppy as the factory was back then, I don't think they were that sloppy. :shock:

Here's a picture of a k-member I took from E-bay, see how the drivers side mount looks compared to mine.
s-l2600.jpg
Now I have detached the lower brace as it's been shortened and doesn't go across the width of the mount. I'll have to fix that.
August 1st (5).jpg

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:14 pm

sdweatherman wrote:A few pictures of my small block K-frame in my thread. I think there is no difference between small block and big block for these.
http://www.roadrunnernest.com/forum/vie ... f=1&t=5152
Thanks Scott :beer: I had a look in your thread and saved a couple of your pictures to my computer, I will have a better look at them.

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by rr6pak » Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:23 am

71Beeper wrote:The welds might be factory. You have to remember the factory wouldn't spend a large amount of time for something like this. "Just get the part out the door" kind of mentality. My K looks the same, least did before I stiffened it up
I hope your K-member looks better than this.
August 1st (1).jpg
Look at the gap I circled in red, as sloppy as the factory was back then, I don't think they were that sloppy. :shock:

Here's a picture of a k-member I took from E-bay, see how the drivers side mount looks compared to mine.
s-l2600.jpg
Now I have detached the lower brace as it's been shortened and doesn't go across the width of the mount. I'll have to fix that.
August 1st (5).jpg
[/quote]

The part you circled looks broke to me

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