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Author Topic: Oldcarnut's Superbird Clone  (Read 49272 times)
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« Reply #25 on: March 22, 2009, 05:59:55 PM »

the keys dont go in the deck lid on 70's.

I was always led to believe the reason for the stops was the wing/lid clearence, iv only recently heard about clearence around the window. it dosent look like it would make a difference, but then again the lid cleared the wing too in posted pic. shruggy
i have nostops on my lid , have pintched my fingers a couple times between the lid and the wing ,now I hold the latch loop when opening it
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« Reply #26 on: March 22, 2009, 06:10:59 PM »

the keys dont go in the deck lid on 70's.

I was always led to believe the reason for the stops was the wing/lid clearence, iv only recently heard about clearence around the window. it dosent look like it would make a difference, but then again the lid cleared the wing too in posted pic. shruggy

I guess that's why I never had a problem with the keys being left in on the 70. It would definitely be a problem on the 69's. If I ever forget to remove them, I better have an extra set because they're definitely going to be bent or broken. Not to mention the damage it will do to the wing.

Never thought about this, but would an original, un-altered deck lid hit the wing on a Daytona?
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« Reply #27 on: March 22, 2009, 08:12:46 PM »

Would somebody who owns a SuperBird please open the trunk, take a picture of the open decklid/back window plug clearance, and post it up here?  Yeah, I know I sold my last 'Bird 26 years ago, but I'm not kidding, without the stops, the deck lid will contact the plug, and something is getting damaged. brickwall
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« Reply #28 on: March 22, 2009, 08:52:07 PM »

Would somebody who owns a SuperBird please open the trunk, take a picture of the open decklid/back window plug clearance, and post it up here?  Yeah, I know I sold my last 'Bird 26 years ago, but I'm not kidding, without the stops, the deck lid will contact the plug, and something is getting damaged. brickwall
There's NO WAY THAT THE DECKLID WILL EVER HIT THE WINDOW PLUG WITH OR WITHOUT THE STOPS ON A SUPERBIRD!! The stops are there to keep your hands from getting wedged or smashed between the decklid and the wing as you open it. Ken
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« Reply #29 on: March 22, 2009, 08:54:17 PM »

Not mine but a pic I saved from one from somewhere.  Is this what your wanting?


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« Reply #30 on: March 22, 2009, 10:37:58 PM »

I went and took some pics in three stages of opening the deck lid and it actually gets farther away from the plug as it opens.





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« Reply #31 on: March 23, 2009, 06:57:05 AM »

FJ5 WING has the right idea with his photos.  Now, look at a fully opened 70 roadrunner deck lid from the same angle. 
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« Reply #32 on: March 23, 2009, 09:07:48 AM »

Here's mine wide open.  Speaking of trunks, look what I have to pull out and sort through to get rid of in it  eek.


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« Reply #33 on: March 23, 2009, 12:33:47 PM »

Cool ! Hang in there-and BE persistent ! What a lucky man you are ! The General Approves !!!    laugh scratchchin
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« Reply #34 on: March 23, 2009, 08:57:16 PM »

OK, now look at the last picture FJ5WING posted and the first of the two oldcarnut just posted.  Tell me you wouldn't get two puncture wounds in the plug or two bent ears on the decklid without the stops!
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« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2009, 09:41:58 PM »

Hey learical1, I did a little more investigation on this subject today at the shop. I took a measurement from my 70 GTX with the trunk opened and 1 from my Superbird . As far as I can tell without having an extra plug to lay in the GTX's opening or removing the stops from my bird, There's still 3/8" -1/2" clearance between the trunk corners and the plug. BUT it's defiantly closer that I thought. Ken
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« Reply #36 on: March 23, 2009, 10:16:01 PM »

Glen Peters' Petty repliracer didn't have the stops--it was a real bird but was rusted badly and needed a TON of metal replaced.  his didn't hit. 
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« Reply #37 on: March 24, 2009, 06:37:13 AM »

If Pettybird saw a stopless plugged 'Bird that cleared the plug, I'll stop spreading the rumor.  Mind you, I'd like to see it for myself, but I'll quit passing possibly bad info as fact.
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« Reply #38 on: March 24, 2009, 07:21:22 AM »

   




  The stops were there ,they were just put in sideways instead of up and down .I have seen two of these . Twocents Rick






                                                   


       
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« Reply #39 on: March 24, 2009, 11:56:11 AM »

   




  The stops were there ,they were just put in sideways instead of up and down .I have seen two of these . Twocents Rick









                                                   


       
nice.  did the stops do anything, or were they just there?  like, did they stop, just further up, or were they in a position where they were useless?
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« Reply #40 on: March 24, 2009, 12:20:37 PM »

  The trunk lid went up till it hit the sideways stops and it was well past the wing .That is why we looked at it to start with . popcrn Rick
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« Reply #41 on: March 24, 2009, 12:48:13 PM »

  it's much better without stops, easy to get stuff in the trunk


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« Reply #42 on: August 10, 2009, 10:49:05 AM »

The time has flown by since March when I last messed with the wing.  I took it off to do some other things and clear the trunk and now it's 6 months later.  During that time though I have replaced the gas tank, exhaust system, shocks, tranny seals, and some other mechanical things while trying to get some time in for it.  Put the braces on this weekend.  The wing washers were not smooth on the top so I laid out some filler (pic) on it then bolted it up to squeeze it to the qtr panel contour for a better fit.  Didn't want it sticking to the qtr. so I put some alum foil on the qtr, a little grease on the threads, and it seemed to work pretty good.  Took it back off to clean and trim it up and check the fit and it was a much more solid feeling. Took off the foil and then installed 1/4" dowels in the uprights for center stops and ran a cable through the wing.


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« Reply #43 on: August 10, 2009, 10:56:22 AM »

 The wing setup is really stiff.  Doesn't flex at all when pulling on it.  I'll take it down the highway later to see how it does.


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« Reply #44 on: August 10, 2009, 11:07:51 AM »

Pulled up the carpet for a look.  They're in good shape.


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« Reply #45 on: September 10, 2009, 10:56:03 PM »

Had some fun driving around with just the wing and watching the expressions on people.  Noticed the temps were starting to run higher so a new extreme service fan clutch was ordered as the original was going bad.  While it was off I did the bypass rewiring of the headlights with the relays page 3 http://www.dodgecharger.com/forum/index.php/topic,168.40.html which led to just going to check the rest of the wires out.  Out came the dash and heater box too http://www.dodgecharger.com/forum/index.php/topic,60777.0.html
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« Reply #46 on: September 10, 2009, 11:01:27 PM »

A couple more and while I was at it, I redid the controls and cables.  The bright spot is from the camera flash.


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« Reply #47 on: September 13, 2009, 05:42:24 AM »

 Shocked  Wow, great deatil work.  How did you do the letters so perfect on the heater controls?
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« Reply #48 on: September 13, 2009, 08:58:37 AM »

Shocked  Wow, great deatil work.  How did you do the letters so perfect on the heater controls?
Thanks.  On the Fan and Temp since they were worn some and more of a "fill in" instead of "raised" type I used a combination of a razor blade and a very small Jewelers thin blade screw driver to apply the paint.  Took several times of applying, slight drying, wiping/trimming, and added a little more until I was satisfied.  The control section I did with a small tight pointed artist brush from Walmart.  Both the blades and pointed brush helped a lot to keep from running over the letter edges and I used a desk mounted magnifier glass to paint it under.  The ole eyes aren't what they used to be.  For such a small area to cover it took me awhile.  When I convert the car to A/C next year I guess someone will be able to get a reconded heater system if they need one.
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« Reply #49 on: September 13, 2009, 12:15:12 PM »

nice job!
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