1971 426HEMICUDA convertible clone

This is going to be an exciting project !

Take one original 1971 Barracuda, 318 4speed, purple and white convertible and give it a slight upgrade.....

Watch out for this correct appearing OE restoration including the famed 426 HEMI backed by a heavy duty 18 spline Hemi four speed and followed by a nice 3:54 Dana 60 rear axle.  All wrapped up in fresh coats of " In Violet" FC7 purple paint, white top and interior and of course the famous white billboard stripes...

A few more nuts and bolts to remove and it's ready for media blasting...

John at Fishburn/Proctor in Rockwood ON, made sure there was none of the old paint and undercoating left behind. She's as clean as a whistle now !

With very minimal rust repair required, it's directly off to the body shop.
Terence and his crew at Saunders Customs Body shop in Acton ON. will get her looking new in no time !

No more seeing RED...a quick trip to Techno-Strip in Brampton ON makes cleaning the old paint off of the exterior body panels a breeze !

Quickly work has begun on the underside. Cleaning up some previous shoddy work, and taking care of the pin holes in the floor and frame.  Also adding the special HEMI reinforcement plates at this time....

​Body work is well underway. Lots of attention to detail even in the places that nobody will see. Now that's the sign of quality work !

With all the metal work, and body work finished on the shell of the car, it's time for the first coats of epoxy, followed by some high build primer

Blocking all done, it's time to start the paint process. 
Up first, the underside, an are rarely detailed as much as this one will be.

A fresh coat of epoxy primer, followed by a "dip coat" grey just like the factory applied, followed by the simulated body colour overspray coming in from all sides. When finished, it will look just as it did in 1971.....Only better. !

The gang at Saunders Customs have knocked it right out of the park with this one. Those fresh blinding coats of FC7 In Violet paint look amazing !