1970 Plymouth Cuda - Exclusive Photos!
For the full story, check out June 2012 issue of Mopar Muscle magazine
April 10, 2012
By Geoff Stunkard
Photography by Geoff Stunkard
'70 Plymouth 'Cuda A/GS survivor racecar
Clark and Colleen Rand
- Engine: By the time he built this car, Fred Hurst had a very scienced-out gas engine package, using a Hilborn-injected 480-inch Hemi pumped up by a 1/2-inch Moldex stroker crankshaft. The Rands rebuild to replace the long-gone original used similar pieces, including a Crane camshaft, anodized Hilborn injectors, TRW pistons, Hooker headers, and a Vertex magneto.
- Transmission: Still in the tunnel was a circa-1970s B&M Clutchflite transmission, which used a clutch unit in place of the torque converter. Since Clark does not intend to send the rare beast down to trip the lights fantastic, it was left completely intact.
- Rear: Like the transmission, the old Dana 60 is still under the car.
- Suspension: Fred Hurst stuck with a good thing when he found it; the frame was actually modified from the original Willys chassis by Jim Thorpe and was beneath several of his cars. The front axle is sprung ala the gasser, with ladder bars and Monroe air shocks.
- Brakes: Rear only and parachute.
- Wheels/Tires: American rims with original Firestone drag slicks.
- Paint/Body: This is a steel car, and the paint applied by artisans Bill "Short Round' Rowell and Jim 'Dauber' Farr is a deep Candle Apple Red lacquer with cool Plymouth logos visible in bright light.
- Interior: This is a racecar, and it is Spartan but stylish. Tinwork is augmented by fiberglass seats and Stewart-Warner gauges.
The gasser wars of the 1960s are recalled by racing fans as the era when wheel standing Willys, Anglias, and Studebaker coupes ran heads-up for records, class honors in NHRA events, and magazine coverage.