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Discussion Starter · #21 ·
I know I do the same thing. I gotta push fast or I move on and do something else. Wish I could just slowly work one thing.

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Got the back half kit in yesterday. Just finishing up cleaning the shop built a shelf and have to build one more. Make sure I stay clean and organized on this next half.



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Well I'm back at it. After cleaning the shop making a couple of shelves and a work bench, and of course plenty of fishing. I made an attempt to cut the floor, however I quickly discovered that an angle grinder is not the best tool. So I have a plasma cutter on the way to finish that up. In the mean time i was able to wire up the fans, mount the hood, bumper, and front end. I also wallowed out the holes on the challenger brake pedal mount so that they could fit in the magnum. The holes are about .25 too wide on the pedal mount so it was not too hard.

Also while siting out there staring at it I came to the realization that I'm going to have to custom wire all the lights, as I have the magnum steering column, and no dash. I see in my wiring diagrams that the challenger used the BCM to control the lights. I'm not quite sure how to handle it yet, i know i can always run some switches on the dash, but id like to utilize as much as i could from the challenger. I may try and use some switches and then feed that to the BCM to power the lights and such, not sure if its smart enough to know its not the original switches.





 

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We'll spent an hour today learning how to use the plasma cutter. After climbing out of the car and seeing all the smoke in the shop realized I should be doing it with the door open in the morning some time. Only issue im having is all the sealant on the seams, the plasma cutter does not like the stuff. I think the best solution right now is to cut to the edge of the stuff and angle the cutter over sideways. If I do that on both sides i get most of the metal cut underneath it. Ill finish the cutting Saturday morning while its cool and i can leave the door open.

 

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got some more work done. got the floor nearly all cut out fit in the tires too. Need to cut a few more cuts, and trim up the cross beam to fit a little better and get it all welded up. Left the pile of trimmings in the way for the best angle, but I was too tired to get it all moved.







 

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Well i got a lot more done. Realized the location I mocked it all up in had the rear end forward about 10 inches. So i had to move the whole situation back. i had to cut out some area to fit, and of course I had already cut the crossmember to fit the old location. So I had to weld back on the 1inch or so I cut off to get it to fit in the new location. I also added two pieces of scrap on either side of that weld to help strengthen it. I'm afraid to show everyone my trash welds, cause i was having a hard time with it all. I did finally get it all stuck and it took a couple hundred pounds jumping on it. Plus the roll cage will be coming around on the top to help give it structure, and I'm not going to weld that. Regardless here is the trash in all its glory:










On the two back braces I plan on added some angle iron on the sides as well, I'm just out of it right now. Headed this week to drop the rear end at a shop to get narrowed, and get axles ordered. Don't burn me too bad with the welds, but if you notice a spot that looks bad let me know so i can maybe fix it.
 

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Was able to get some more angle iron in place and braced up all of the welds. Got the settings dialed in and got better welds on them too. Pricing out rear ends, had planned on using a 9 inch that was given to me, however its quite beat up. I could not find anyone that thought it was a good idea to narrow it.
 

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So incredible. I follow this thread.

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Thank you. I'm not sure it's incredible, I'd say mostly hacked. However it is a great chance to learn new things, and when I do this again with another car I already have a list of things I could do much better.

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Just a quick update. I decided to forgo trying to trick the BCM for the lights, and opted to just steal a few wires out of the harness to run the lights. I was able to setup turn, low beams, and reverse. I have everything to do the brake lights, but I will need to make a bracket to mount a switch to the brake pedal cradle.

I ordered the rear end. I got a quick performance ended up being 2800$ shipped, and will take 3 weeks. They were one of the few places that were willing to weld on the brackets that came with my back half kit. Here are the specs:


So here in a few weeks I will have plenty to do, and of course more money to spend. But at least I will be able to roll the dang thing off the lift so I can use it for something else.
 

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Starting to get parts in for the rear end. Got the brake kit, and axles so far, and looks like the center section is coming in tomorrow. Quick Performance says I should have everything in time to install it this weekend. My fingers are crossed hopefully it will be sitting on the tires by sunday.
 

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Center section comes in tomorrow, but I thought I would share a few pics of the housing. I was very impressed with quick performance from the customer service to the end product. Hell the packaging was great, not a hole in any box and they all took me 15 mins+ just to open.
here is the housing axles and budget brake kit:


this is the back of the housing note that it has a fill and drain plug plus the take one of the tube ends and give you a jack point:




in this one note the extra metal they added to the 4 link bracket. When I shipped them the brackets that was not something I provided:



same thing on the front, plus the welds look so much better than what i did putting the back half kit in:


Maybe all that stuff is standard everywhere else, I just thought the extras were nice. Plus most places wont even weld the brackets on for you, they took the time to get multiple measurements from me and it shows.
 

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Well its all in. did not tighten the bolts but got it sitting on its own weight. I realized that when I first put in the frame kit i had it in the correct location. However I moved it back because I thought the arch was the center on the housing. Turns out I was wrong and the arch is the center of the 4 link brackets so the whole rear end is sitting about 3-4 inches further to the rear than I wanted. I only have a couple of options as I can see it and that's cut out the frame move it forward to where I initially had it, or cut out the wheel area more. I opted for cut out the wheel area, as it seems easier, but it will not look as good I guess. Still not sure on it, I did not cut the exterior area so I can always change my mind. Just had a goal of getting it on its own tires today and so I did it.





here is the side view how it stands now:


this is how I wanted it to look:


What's the consensus should I move it forward?
 

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Well its all in. did not tighten the bolts but got it sitting on its own weight. I realized that when I first put in the frame kit i had it in the correct location. However I moved it back because I thought the arch was the center on the housing. Turns out I was wrong and the arch is the center of the 4 link brackets so the whole rear end is sitting about 3-4 inches further to the rear than I wanted. I only have a couple of options as I can see it and that's cut out the frame move it forward to where I initially had it, or cut out the wheel area more. I opted for cut out the wheel area, as it seems easier, but it will not look as good I guess. Still not sure on it, I did not cut the exterior area so I can always change my mind. Just had a goal of getting it on its own tires today and so I did it.





here is the side view how it stands now:


this is how I wanted it to look:


What's the consensus should I move it forward?
My question would be to you, why did you select the Magnum body style if you're going to make it not look like a Magnum? If you're going to need to cut up the body to make it work... then where does it end. May as well have started with a longer wheel base car.

I agree with take the time and move it forward. Easier to do it now than kick yourself later.
 
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