Upon first glance, this small-block...
Upon first glance, this small-block doesn’t look like anything different. Then you notice there’s no distributor, and there’s nothing underneath the air cleaner because it’s fuel injected.
’74 Plymouth ’Cuda
Owned by: Gail Brown
- Engine: A ’72 340 was the starting point for the engine build. It was sent to Autosport Werks in his hometown where Paul Burke performed the engine work. The bore size was increased by .030 during machining to 4.070-inches and is filled with DRP flat-top forged pistons. The wristpins tether down a set of 6.100 Childs and Albert I-Beam connecting rods mounted on a Mopar Performance 3.58-inch forged crank. Calculated compression comes out to a healthy 10.5:1 and displacement is 373 cubic inches. For the cam selection, Gail went with a hydraulic roller with Crane hydraulic lifters and Comp pushrods and springs. Paul treated the Mopar W2 heads to a multi-angle valve job before bolting them to the LA block. Mounted on top of the engine is a Mopar Performance M1 intake that was modified to accept an Electromotive Direct Port Fuel Injection system. An Electromotive TEC-II controller controls ignition. The exhaust is a custom 3-inch system from Metal Works and the oiling system is stock.
- Transmission: The original, rebuilt TorqueFlite still handles the shifting.
- Rearend: The original 8-inch rear with a Sure Grip and 4.10 gears.
- Suspension: stock restored
- Brakes: The stock front discs and rear drums have been properly rebuilt and maintained.
- Wheels and Tires: An original set of Rallye wheels feature staggered Cooper Cobra Radial T/A tires, measuring 225/60R15 up front and 255/60R15 out back.
- Paint/Body: Thanks to the donor ’72, there was little bodywork to do, aside from alignment and smoothing. The car was sent to SVE Automotive in Broomfield where Butch Powers performed all the bodywork and paint. The car is sprayed with hemi orange and has a blackout hood with body colored striped down the original ’74 hood.
- Interior: Inside, Rich Lawrence from Auto Interiors Plus freshened things up with new black carpeting, seat covers, headliner, and covered the dash in leather.