Since then, this 'Cuda has found a new home in Danny's garage. "I showed it at Performance World in Toronto, and I did really, really well," he says. "One of the good things about that show was there was a car that came in from France, a Hemi 'Cuda. We went up against it, and we seemed to do a lot better than he did."
If you're interested in "garage archaeology," hoping to discover an ultra-rare Mopar, or at least one that's worth building the way you want it, Mauro has this advice: "Always look for something that's a seven out of ten, or an eight out of ten" he says. "On this car, we couldn't have started with a worse project to restore and go down to the Nationals with. Being our first one, and being really green at it-no pun intended-that made it a lot harder. We were surprised that we actually made it through with that, but it all went into part of being hard on ourselves to get to that point."
Danny echoes his cousin's advice. "You've really got to watch what you buy. You've got to make sure, because you don't know how much money you're going to end up spending. That's the biggest problem. You could be into a car for a lot more than it's worth."
1970 Plymouth Barrauda 440 hardtop
Owned by: Danny Spinosa, Oakville, Ontario
Restored by: Mauro Broca and Jeffrey Cabot, Oakville, Ontario