The story of this 1971 Plymouth Barracuda Cuda is very interesting. 27 years ago, this car was in pieces, when the owner purchased it. He bought a 1970 barracuda convertible, and had collected parts for 25 years, investing more than 238k to build his dream car!
The 426 1968 block engine came out of a Hemi charger from back then. The Body was from AZ, and was nice rust free car to start with. First thing was to strip to the core, then be put on rotisserie, and have it taken to a bead blasting shop anf have it bead blasted, from top to bottom, and all its medal peices.
Then PPG Primer was shot, and yellow paint applied. Several stages of that process, and about 2 months just to paint and have it correct. All the other body parts were painted seperate, and then assembled, after. One of the best body and paint guys he knows did the work.
The date code 1968 real old school hemi block was taken to Indy heads, and what he asked was to have them build a street motor, that would run on todays pump gas, but still snap and run like the hemi the owner remembers back in the day. Indy heads put to gather a great engine, not cheap, but the best. From there the list goes on and on, the 18 spline manual hemi 4 speed, was bought at the Mopar Nationals, in Ohio, from the guy who is the guru on those, the Dana 60 4;11 gear, rear was gone thru with all new gears, ect from the rear end guru, ect.
When this point was reached, there were several questions, on the correct way to put this car together. Muscle Cars World admits the owner did a great job! He knew what he wanted as a final result, and that was a stock looking 1971 Hemi Cuda Convertable, shaker hood, rubber bumper, go wing, rocket. He wanted all the upgrade options that one could get on a Hemi Convert. and several you could not get. Read more!
The big issue from there was who/ how to assemble this car and do it 110% right, so he could drive it, and go where ever. So, next was to track down a guy that did about 100 of these e-bodys, from originals to restro mods. His name was Brian and he was working at one of the best restoration shops, a few years back, which was Aloha Restorations, in Wisconsin.
The owner of this American muscle wanted a car that drives like no other, looks more or less origianal, (even though it’s a recreation) and the body lines and gaps look perfect, as well as goes and snaps, like a hemi should, and stops as good as well, to be perfect. After 3 years total, and still finding the smallest of correct parts, and trim, here you can see the result of this great job! One of the best Hemi Cuda, original/rest-ro-mod’s in the country. It took 5 differant sets of tires to finely get the right ratio, just for thouse. A littel bigger in the back then the front.