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bulletMember Location:  Port Orchard, WA

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bulletVehicles:  1970 Plymouth Cuda 340 4-speed, 3:23 SG, B5 Blue, Blue Int. with White Vinyl Top.

bulletHistory and Mods to the 'Cuda:  

I bought this car in 1980 for $450.  While mostly complete and rust free, it
was mechanically shot with a badly faded, cheap re-paint.  Over the next 4
years, I completed a "rolling restoration"; going through all the
mechanicals and repainting it with never more than one week's down-time for
each operation, since it was my primary (and at times only) transportation.

Modifications from stock were limited to minor suspension tweaks - I added
the steering box, front sway bar and disc brakes from a junked AAR 'Cuda and
front and rear springs from a '70 440+6 Challenger (man, remember when the
good cars were going to the junkyard by the truckload!).  I have also
experimented with other rear gears and transmissions, but have always kept
the original stuff.

Throughout the 80's the car was my primary commuting transportation, but was
also used for heavy duty street driving, drag racing, auto-cross, mile
oval drag racing and showing.  It performed all those tasks admirably.  Due
to other priorities (family, house, grad school, stock car racing) the 'Cuda
saw limited use during the '90's, and it's condition suffered.  This winter
however I began prepping it for a complete repaint.  I plan on taking more
than a week to paint it this time.

The car is a testament to the engineering excellence of the Mopar engineers.
In mostly stock form, it has proved to be an extremely versatile and
reliable car.  It can (and has) blown doors off Chevy's on Saturday's in a
variety of circuits and been a show car on Sunday's, then taken me to work on
Monday.  All with style, reliability and extreme competence.


        
                                                      BEFORE THE TOTAL TEARDOWN

 

             AND THEN.....

             OUT COMES ONE TIRED 340

            
                                                     NEEDS SOME WORK ALRIGHT


            

           

           

          

          STRIPPED TO THE BONE!

          


           BACK FROM THE PAINT SHOP

         

         

         


         

         

         

         

              

         
                                                                      FRESH REBUILD


                     
                                                        DETAILED K-MEMBER AND SUSPENSION


                      
                                                                          THE "T/A" GEARBOX

                      
                                                                                 THE "NEW" 340

 


                   
                                                                         NICE GRILL WORK!

                    
                                                              A WELL DETAILED ENGINE  BAY!

                    
                                              WHAT THE CHEBBIES AND FURDS WILL BE SEEING

        
 

                          STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE UPDATES AS THIS 'CUDA COMES TO LIFE
 

 

 

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