"It needed to be restored. It had been very well used."

Fast Facts

'70 Plymouth 'Cuda 440 hardtop
Owned by: Danny Spinosa, Oakville, Ontario
Restored by: Mauro Broca and Jeffrey Cabot, Oakville, Ontario

Mopar Power:

  • Engine: The original, numbers-matching U-code 440 Magnum was in the 'Cuda when they found it, and it's been rebuilt to its original configuration.
  • Transmission: Same story with the 18-spline A-833 four-speed and factory Hurst Pistol Grip shifter--worn out when found, then restored and re-installed.
  • Rearend: The original Dana 60 that came with the 'Cuda's Super Track Pak option was restored and is again running 4.10 gears like it did when new.

Sure-Grip

  • Suspension: Just like it had when it rolled off the line at Hamtramck Assembly: heavy-duty longitudinal torsion bars and sway bar in front, heavy-duty leaf springs in back, and heavy-duty shocks all around.
  • Brakes: Restored original front discs and rear 10-inch drums
  • Wheels and Tires: 14-inch OEM steelies wear correct '70 Plymouth dog dish caps and repro F70-14 bias-ply Goodyear Polyglas tires.

High Impact:

  • Body: Not only was the 'Cuda's unibody suffering the effects of rust and rot, it had also been twisted by many a non-subframe-connector-equipped starts. They had to remove the old paint and rust, then unbend the underpinnings, while replacing rusted-out sheetmetal with repro panels.
  • Paint: Once the bodywork was done, a new application of the original F8 Ivy Green Poly color went on.
  • Interior: Restored to low-option goodness with new seat covers, carpets, dashpad, and not much more. (AM radio was the car's only interior option.)