In The Nines
Who: Michael Lamanna
Where: Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
What: ’70 Plymouth ’Cuda hardtop
Back in 2009, Michael was looking for a Saturday Night Special dual-purpose race/street car. A meeting with a local mechanic and racer convinced him to go Mopar, and a few weeks later, Michael owned a 340/four-speed ’70 ’Cuda.
If a 340 was good, Michael figured a 440 would be even better—especially one built into a 540 with a bored-out stock block, Hughes girdle, Mahle 11.4:1 pistons, K-1 stroker connecting rods and crankshaft, Mopar Performance Max Wedge heads and intake, a 1050 Dominator by Pro Systems, a Comp Cams roller cam with Hughes 1.6 roller rockers, and a Mopar Performance distributor. The 833 was replaced by a 727 with a Turbo Action J torque converter.
Result: a flying Fish that’s run a best of 9.91 seconds at 135.62 mph in the quarter-mile, while weighing 3,580 pounds (with Michael aboard).
Who: Peter Clark
Where: Keene, New Hampshire
What: ’74 Plymouth ’Cuda
A few years back, Peter, who’s a cancer survivor, found this ’Cuda for sale near Toronto, then brought it back Stateside—after selling off two Blue Ovals and a baseball card collection. It’s been his therapy car ever since.
It’s now powered by a 360 stroker with a Hughes rotating assembly, Hedman headers, an MSD ignition, and a Powermaster alternator. Plus, he’s added a 2,500 stall converter to the ’Cuda’s TorqueFlite, and a set of Weld Draglite wheels.
Last year, at Keene’s 2nd annual Kiwanis Car Show at the local American Legion post, Peter’s E-Body won First Place.
One other prize he’s earned: the number “1320” on his license plates, thanks to New Hampshire’s motor vehicles department.
High Desert Duster
Who: Robert Goodfield
Where: Hemet, California
What: ’73 Plymouth Duster 340
Robert bought his Duster as a rolling chassis about a decade ago, and then took the next two years to turn it into the sweet orange screamer seen here.
The 340 breathes in through a Six Barrel intake and carburetor setup, plus it also boasts 10.5:1 KB pistons, a Comp Cams camshaft, and dual exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers. There’s an 518 overdrive automatic behind it (equipped with a TransGo shift kit), and an 83⁄4-inch rear end with Sure Grip and 3.55 gears.
Inside, the cabin is a straight-on reproduction, save for custom-embroidered headrests, a big tach, and an aftermarket stereo. Outside, the scooped hood covers the 340+6, Center Line wheels are on each corner, and the trunk has a custom tweed finish with an embroidered Mopar logo.
Who: Jimmy Findley
Where: Durbin, West Virginia
What: ’73 Plymouth Duster
When Jimmy got this Duster back in 2005, it was a bare shell that was given to him. He knew it would be a lot of work, and at one point, he almost scrapped it, but he pressed on and this Twister clone is the result.
Jimmy followed our budget-build engine tech features in building his 318 with a Comp Cams XE camshaft, ported heads, Edelbrock Air Gap intake, and a Summit headers/exhaust system. He backed it with a 727, equipped with a Hughes 2,500 stall converter, and an 83⁄4 rear end with a 3.23-geared Sure Grip.
The chassis was rebuilt with heavy-duty torsion bars and rear leaf springs, front sway bar, and front disc brakes. Wheels are Cragar S/S’s on BFGoodrich Radial TAs.
For the Duster’s unibody, new quarters from YearOne went on, as did an AAR Fiberglass Six-Barrel hood, rear Go-Wing, Plum Crazy paint, and a white vinyl top and side stripe to match the interior.
Jimmy’s work paid off with this A-Body that he says has lots of power, and is lots of fun to drive!
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