When Don got on the stage and was told the car was his, he was almost speechless. (A video of the unveiling and presentation is on www.cuda-challenger.com.) He was especially taken by the quality of the body and paint work. Don says, "You can put a ruler up to the body, and you can see all the way to the number 12. The finish on the car is amazing!"

Just after he was presented with the car, Don said he wanted to "drive it like he stole it," which is exactly what he did before he shipped out-putting a good deal of wear onto the 'Cuda's BFGoodrich Radial T/As, something he plans to do again once he returns to the States this May for his midtour leave.

Don-a military analyst who was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service during his first tour in Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and who's since been promoted to sergeant first class-comes from a Detroit-area family whose Mopar roots run deep. "Both of my grandfathers retired from Chrysler, and all my uncles work at Chrysler," he says. "One of my grandfathers worked at the plant at Mound Road and Nine Mile Road. "

That makes the choice of vehicles for his family's fleet an easy one. "I was raised on Chryslers, and that's all I drive," he says. That includes his '90 Dodge Ram 4x4 pickup and his wife's 5.7L Hemi Magnum-powered '05 Dodge Durango, which now share garage and driveway space with the restored 'Cuda at Don's home, near the 101st's home at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Fast Facts
'73 Barracuda Don Moore
FT. Campbell, KY

Mopar Power
Engine: A '71-vintage 318, which Tony Miller pulled out of a Challenger convertible about ten years earlier. It was treated to a mild cam from Summit Racing Equipment, an Edelbrock AVS four-barrel carb and intake, and tubular headers in place of the stock 318 manifolds.

Transmission: 727 Torqueflite, with a 2,500 stall converter and a Slap Stick console-mounted shifter.

Rearend: Sure Grip-equipped Mopar 83/4-inch, with 3.55 rear gears.

Sure Grip
Suspension: Once more, like before-restored front torsion bars and rear leaf springs. Restoration parts sourced from Just Suspension.
Brakes: Front disc/rear drum, just like the crew at Hamtramck Assembly put on way back when.
Wheels: Big-bolt-pattern Rallyes wear BFG Radial T/As.

High Impact
Body: Well-aged original unibody was restored by Tony Miller, Boo Klenke, Kyle Truman, and others at L.A. Miller Restorations, Fort Jennings, Ohio. Reproduction/replacement parts included: quarter-panels, floorpan, trunk floor, front fenders, and door skins. New bumpers donated by Carlisle Events.

Paint: DuPont Chroma in EL5 Butterscotch/Bahama Yellow (Don's favorite color) applied by L.A. Miller Restorations. Special "Cudaguy" hockey-stick stripes by University of Northwestern Ohio's graphics department.

Interior: Original bucket-seat interior restored from time-worn/torn-up to showroom-new by Don Staver, Lima, Ohio. Resto/repro parts by Legendary Auto Interiors.

The Clincher
Thanks to www.cuda-challenger.com members, this car was restored from trash to treasure in six weeks' time.