we found why my Plymouth Superbird was abandoned…

EmeliaHartford
25 Mar 202412:42

Summary

TLDRThe video follows the journey of restoring an abandoned Superbird, a replica car that requires extensive work. The owner shares the challenges of the restoration process, including the need for a new motor, transmission, and bodywork due to rust and damage. Despite the difficulties, the owner remains committed to transforming the Superbird into a Resto-mod with custom touches, seeking viewers' input on engine options between a supercharged Red Eye engine or a naturally aspirated V10 from a Viper. The video also highlights the high costs associated with Mopar parts and the community's role in the search for affordable components.

Takeaways

  • 🚗 The narrator bought an abandoned Superbird replica that required extensive work.
  • 🛠️ The car lacked a motor and transmission, and had significant rust issues.
  • 💡 The car has been at a body shop for three months, with repairs taking longer than expected due to the extent of the work needed.
  • 🚧 The narrator is questioning whether continuing with the build is worth it due to the increasing complexity and costs.
  • 🌟 Despite the challenges, the narrator is excited about having the body of a Superbird.
  • 🛒 The importance of checking a vehicle's history before purchase is emphasized, with CarVertical being recommended for this purpose.
  • 🏢 The car's history report revealed it had a salvage title, which the narrator was aware of, but it's a reminder to always check before buying.
  • 🔧 The car's restoration involves replacing almost every part of it, including floors, quarters, tailights, and suspension.
  • 🚀 The vision for the Superbird is a RestoMod with custom touches and a powerful, modern engine.
  • 🤔 The narrator is torn between using a supercharged Red Eye engine or a naturally aspirated V10 from a Viper, seeking input from the audience.
  • 💰 The cost of original Mopar parts is high, and the narrator is willing to sell some parts to help offset costs.

Q & A

  • What type of car did the speaker purchase three months ago?

    -The speaker purchased an abandoned Superbird replica.

  • What were some of the issues with the Superbird when it was initially bought?

    -The Superbird had no motor or transmission, was rusted, and almost everything needed to be replaced.

  • How long has the Superbird been at the body shop?

    -The Superbird has been at the body shop for 3 months.

  • What is the speaker's concern regarding the Superbird restoration project?

    -The speaker is concerned about whether the build is worth continuing due to the increasing amount of work and issues discovered.

  • What is the purpose of CarVertical in the speaker's car buying process?

    -CarVertical is used to obtain vehicle history reports to check for any hidden issues or red flags before buying or selling a car.

  • What specific part of the Superbird did the speaker find difficult to replace?

    -The speaker found it difficult to find and replace the trunk lid for the Superbird.

  • What modifications have been made to the Superbird so far?

    -Modifications include replacing rusted parts, installing mini tubs, and upgrading the rear quarters to a 1970 model.

  • What is the speaker's vision for the final outcome of the Superbird restoration?

    -The speaker envisions a RestoMod Superbird with Hartford custom touches and significantly more horsepower.

  • What are the two engine options the speaker is considering for the Superbird?

    -The speaker is considering either a supercharged Red Eye engine or a naturally aspirated V10 from a Viper.

  • What is the speaker's strategy for finding affordable parts for the Superbird?

    -The speaker calls people for parts and checks online platforms like Copart, and is willing to put pistons and rods in a Red Eye engine as a cost-effective solution.

  • How does the speaker feel about the amount of work still needed on the Superbird?

    -The speaker acknowledges that there is a lot of work still needed and expects to continually find issues throughout the process.

Outlines

00:00

🚗 Restoring an Abandoned Superbird

The script begins with the narrator describing his journey of purchasing an abandoned Superbird replica, which requires extensive work. The car lacks a motor and transmission, and is riddled with rust, necessitating almost a complete overhaul. The project has been at a body shop for three months, with more work being uncovered as they progress. The narrator expresses doubts about continuing the build due to its increasing complexity and cost. Despite the challenges, the excitement around owning a Superbird body remains. The segment ends with the narrator discussing the importance of vehicle history reports before purchasing a car, and promoting a sponsor that provides such reports.

05:04

🏎️ Superbird's Extensive Restoration Details

In this paragraph, the focus shifts to the detailed restoration work being done on the Superbird. The car has been identified as having sat abandoned for a long time, with significant rust and damage. The body shop has replaced many parts, including the quarters and taillights, and even installed mini tubs to accommodate larger tires. The narrator discusses the difficulty of finding replacement parts, especially a suitable trunk lid. The interior needs a complete overhaul, and the car requires a new brake system, suspension, and motor. Despite the extensive work, the goal is to make the car look like it just came off the factory line, but with significantly more horsepower. The paragraph ends with the narrator raising the car to inspect the underside, revealing more extensive rust and damage.

10:07

🔧 Decisions on Engine and Seeking Audience Input

The final paragraph discusses the narrator's vision for the Superbird, aiming for a Resto-mod with custom touches. The narrator is torn between two engine options: a supercharged Red Engine or a naturally aspirated V10 from a Viper, and seeks input from the audience. The conversation also touches on the high costs of original Mopar parts and the narrator's efforts to find affordable alternatives. The segment concludes with the narrator expressing gratitude for the support from the audience and a commitment to continue working on the Superbird project despite the challenges.

Mindmap

Keywords

💡Superbird

The Superbird is a type of car model that is central to the video's narrative. It is a replica mentioned as an exciting find by the narrator, who plans to restore and modify it. The Superbird becomes a symbol of a challenging yet rewarding project, as it requires extensive work and replacement of parts due to its state of disrepair.

💡Mopar

Mopar is a term that refers to vehicles and parts manufactured by the Chrysler Corporation. In the context of the video, the narrator is undertaking a 'Mopar build,' which indicates a project focused on restoring and modifying a Chrysler vehicle, specifically the Superbird.

💡Restoration

Restoration refers to the process of repairing and renewing a vehicle to its original or improved condition. In the video, the narrator is engaged in a car restoration project, working on the Superbird to bring it back to life and enhance its performance and appearance.

💡Body Shop

A body shop is a specialized workshop where vehicles are repaired and restored, particularly focusing on the car's body and structure. In the video, the Superbird is at a body shop for the past three months, indicating that it is undergoing extensive bodywork and structural repairs.

💡Salvage

Salvage refers to the process of saving valuable components from a damaged or non-functional vehicle. In the context of the video, the narrator is considering different salvage options for the Superbird, such as using a Hemi engine or a Viper V10, to enhance the car's performance.

💡VIN Number

A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a unique code assigned to every vehicle, which provides important information about the car's history, including accidents, ownership changes, and specifications. In the video, the narrator emphasizes the importance of checking a car's VIN number before purchase to avoid hidden issues.

💡Car Vertical

Car Vertical is a service that provides vehicle history checks in multiple countries, offering comprehensive reports on a car's past. The service is used to identify any potential issues, such as accidents, odometer rollbacks, or theft history, which can be crucial for buyers and sellers.

💡Suspension

Suspension refers to the system of springs, shock absorbers, and other components that connect a vehicle's wheels to its frame, serving to absorb energy from road irregularities and improve ride quality. In the video, the narrator discusses plans to replace the Superbird's old suspension system with a modern one for better performance.

💡Restomod

Restomod is a term used to describe a classic car that has been restored and modified with modern components and technology, blending the vintage look with contemporary performance and features. The video's main theme revolves around the narrator's vision for the Superbird as a Restomod, aiming to create a vehicle with the appearance of a classic Superbird but with significant upgrades.

💡Hemi Engine

A Hemi engine, short for Hemispherical combustion chamber engine, is a type of engine design characterized by its wedge-shaped combustion chambers. These engines are known for their high performance and are often used in muscle cars. In the video, the narrator considers using a Hemi engine for the Superbird's restoration, highlighting the desire for a powerful and classic sound.

Highlights

The individual purchased an abandoned Superbird replica that required extensive work.

The car lacked a motor and transmission, and was rusted in many parts, necessitating a complete restoration.

The restoration process has taken longer than expected due to the extent of the required repairs.

The individual had the body of a Superbird, which was exciting despite the car's condition.

The car was at a body shop for three months, indicating a significant investment in time and resources.

The individual considered using CarVertical for vehicle history reports to avoid unexpected issues with the car.

CarVertical is a service that provides vehicle history checks in more than 25 countries, offering comprehensive reports.

The car had undergone various replacements and upgrades, including a 1970 quarter upgrade and mini tubs for larger tires.

The individual faced challenges in finding affordable and suitable parts for the restoration, such as a new trunk lid.

The car's interior was in need of a complete overhaul, including new brakes, suspension, and motor.

The individual had to deal with extensive rust issues, including rotting and replacement of structural parts.

The vision for the car is a Resto-mod Superbird with custom touches, aiming for a blend of classic aesthetics with modern performance.

The individual sought input from the community on whether to use a supercharged Red Engine or a naturally aspirated V10 from a Viper.

The individual expressed the difficulty and cost of finding original Mopar parts, referring to it as 'Mopar tax'.

Despite the challenges, the individual remained committed to the project, showing a passion for cars and the restoration process.

Transcripts

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3 months ago I found and bought an

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abandoned Superbird and I've never done

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a Mopar build on the channel and I've

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always wanted to now the Superbird is a

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replica but from here on out I'm just

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going to call it a Superbird when I

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bought this car I knew it needed some

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work it didn't have a motor it didn't

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have a transmission the car was rusted

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and almost everything needed to be

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replaced but I had the body of a

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Superbird and I was so excited for that

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the car is at a body shop where it has

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been for the last 3 months and it's

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taking a lot longer than expected

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because there's a lot of work that needs

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to be done in the car truthfully a lot

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more than I signed up for the more we

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dig into it the worse it gets and I'm

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starting to question if this build is

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worth continuing or not so let's take

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the Camaro let's head down to the body

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shop and let's take a look ourselves at

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what's going on I think I need to get

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some cup holders C them can you imagine

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this glass just broke when I did that I

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wore my waterproof mascara today so when

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my eyes burn from the 85 when I'm

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sitting and idling it won't mess up my

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makeup with that being said cold start

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for the girls

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now my fuel center isn't working I'm not

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getting a reading so I'm going to go top

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offensive E85 right now on my way to the

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body

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shop this car just died on me and it

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won't start I think the car might have

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just run out of gas but we have a nice

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um stranger helping us push Sean's

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pushing the guys are back there and

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let's go oh thank God for kind

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people it's a really good thing on the

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way to the gas station I was just

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babying it and didn't do any tunnel rips

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because I would have been stranded a lot

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sooner than literally right there I

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think I got to get the fuel gauge

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working on the

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car dude e is so much cheaper than

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regular gasoline look at that 28 vers 53

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cost me $40 to fill

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up I was wondering why it stopped

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burning my eyes it ain't got no gas in

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it that's some good guys your title

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should have been I built an exhaust that

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sprays me directly in the face I I think

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I'm going to change the exhaust race car

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I can't do this race

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car you'll get used to it

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eventually is there like am I going to

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lose my vision

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eventually oh God all right real time

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gauges look how nice this is all right

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fuel pressure great we'll keep an eye on

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that when

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driving that isn't even the red

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line it's get now speaking of buying an

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abandoned Superbird before buying any

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you shouldn't

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buy let's get back to the super

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bird it sounds so good I think I turned

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into here right

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yeah you asking what motor it is 350 no

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it's a twin turbo 408 408 yeah got to

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Big cam cam sounds nice doesn't

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it I'll Ram it if you want to hear

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it okay easy there

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Jesus he goes don't shoot God give him a

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warning first he wanted to hear it you

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you forget you have side exit you got

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cannons out the side of this thing well

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we're

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[Music]

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here what's up

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yo that was the most motorcycle thing

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ever sup follow

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me can't see I'm blind I'm blind they

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saying I drove a getaway car but I

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cannot see I'm legally blind we're here

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at Huntington Beach Chrysler where the

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super BR is behind this door we're going

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to see how bad it is and what kind of

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condition the car is in currently there

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we

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go oh my God you

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guys

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[Music]

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3 months ago my buddy Baker called me

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saying he found this abandoned Superbird

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and offered to sell it to me and that's

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how we are here today we don't know how

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long this been sitting but based on all

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the rust this Superbird has been sitting

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for a very long time the car needs a lot

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of work and just about every single

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square inch of this car it's going to

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have to be replaced by looking at you

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can see this has been replaced this has

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been replaced the quarters have been

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replaced and upgraded to a 1970 quarter

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before it had the 69 so it didn't have

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the vents in and it wasn't true to what

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the Superbird was we need new tailights

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new bezels you can see some rck repair

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that was done here not to mention while

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we were here doing the Fab work Greg

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over here at Huntington Beach put in

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mini tubs so we can at least fit a fat

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nasty Tire because you guys know me you

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know I love my horsepower have wheel

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tubs right yeah of course better him

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than us it took us so long to do the the

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mini Tubs on the

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Camaro finding a new trunk lid for less

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than $3,000 has been so hard the

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trunk it's not that it's bad it's that

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it's completely the wrong piece to fit

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with the 70 rear and you can see all of

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this has been replaced inside of there

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too and

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with sounds like a BMW there's also a

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lot of things that are hard to find and

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purchase like these rear quarter

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extensions this was such a hard piece to

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find as we continue to walk around the

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car and we continue to look the worse it

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continues to get like this whole rear

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glass channel is all rusted so in order

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to do this build right we have to

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replace it we have to fix a lot of this

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basically the only thing we're not

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replacing is the

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roof this door is probably going to stay

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but on the other side this is the wrong

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window they put the wrong window in the

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door so the windows have to get replaced

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all the glass we're basically keeping

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the doors and the roof and windshield

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wipers and the inside so Greg has put in

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so much incredible work all the floors

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have been replaced they're no longer

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rusted you can see the mini tubs from

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back here a couple rotted pieces were

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replaced as well and of course we're

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going to need all new interior but one

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step at a time we're all going to need

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new braks and new Ro and the new motor

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because as you can see there isn't even

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one inside of the car you guys can see

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the primer inside of the engine bay

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those were holes in Rust that were also

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cut out that have been replaced in order

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to kind of have like a super clean

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engine bay when this car is done I'm

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really trying to have this done

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perfectly it looks like a mess right now

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but we're putting in a lot of time and

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effort to make this look like it almost

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rolled off the factory lot just with

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significantly more horsepower mine might

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be 1,000 horsepower wide body plumet

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super super bird others might be

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different this fiberglass isn't a

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perfect fit and something tells me that

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no matter what through the rest

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of there's a lot of work that needs to

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be done on this what I was saying was I

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think I'm forever going to find sand in

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this car no matter what even when it's

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done but I see there's there's some work

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that needs to be done in order to get

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everything mounted and correctly you

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break you

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by I think I already bought oh yeah

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let's raise the car up so we can look

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underneath because it only gets worse

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from

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here I'm dumb but I'm not an idiot when

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I bought this car I did look underneath

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it to make sure that all the structural

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pieces were okay I did know that there

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was a lot of rust under the car so let

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me show you how bad this rust is

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basically anything you see with primer

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has been replaced because of rot I feel

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like I'm looking at some like Pirates of

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the Caribbean H ship rot rot rot rot rot

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rot rot rot rot rot rot rot rot rot rot

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completely replaced and rot this whole

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rear end's got to be replaced the

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suspension is going to be replaced the

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leaf springs are going to go we're

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saying goodbye to that 18th century

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buggy suspension and as you guys can see

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the front too all this is going to have

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to be replaced as well new suspension up

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here we're probably going to have to cut

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out these buckets for anything modern

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that's going to fit this car too so like

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I said just about every inch of this car

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we'll have to to be fixed replaced or

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hasn't been fixed or replaced yet

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everyone's been asking for updates on

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this car and this is what's going on my

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vision for this car is a Resto mod

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Superbird with some Harford custom

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touches so I think you guys you know

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what that means I do need you guys' help

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with something though do we go with a

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supercharged rede engine or do we go

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with an na10 out of a

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viper I don't know either way it's

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getting a t-56 but let me know on engine

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because I'm torn red ey or V10 from

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Viper what do you actually think modern

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Hemi I think it'll have more of that old

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school sound yeah but except for the

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what

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what that is a good sound I love that s

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but I also just love like a naturally

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aspirated like scream to cars

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too it may be a little different no one

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would expect it Sean 170 can you get

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that as a crate probably next year yeah

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or honestly I'm sure it's not going to

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be long before they start getting sent

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to Copart but just put pistons and rods

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in a red eye it's the same thing right

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comment below let me know what you guys

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think while we're here I do know how

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much original Mopar stuff goes for so

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that rear end I'll make you a smoking

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deal how much you want for it four grand

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for sale come and get it all even

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include the shocks but for real guys I

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call people for parts if I can find them

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and if I can find them they want so much

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money for it Mopar tax I'm telling you

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and like that we're out

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literally a pending off from having all

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even numbers my OCD could never we have

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found out that the Camaro does about 5

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miles to the gallon not bad on E Yeah so

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that that's 8 mil the gallon on pump G

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right there's no other way I'd rather

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spend my Sunday and I mean that this is

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fun what was the point of these things

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to begin with thank you guys so much for

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all your continued love and support e

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crew we out here with love

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bye Hornet's Nest at some point can't

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tell all original Mopar tie down I'll

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let it go for $2,000