1970 Plymouth HEMI 'Cuda / American Musclecar Legend
This is an original 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda with the 4-speed manual
transmission. Less than 400 of these legendary Hemi Cudas with the 4-speed
manual transmission were built in 1970. True American Musclecar
Twisted Fish - AirRide
Bob showing me how the Air-Ride works on Twisted Fish (70 Hemi Cuda
Project). Happy Husband!!
LMC Super Cuda 200 MPH!
log onto www.legendarymotorcar.com to see photos of the build!
Lady Luck was on our side last week as the Legendary Team made its way to
the Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Michigan.
An all night drive through a snow storm saw us pull into the proving
grounds parking lot at the crack of dawn. It was cold and overcast but no
sign of rain or snow. It looked like the weather would cooperate, the next
hurdle was having MOPAR engineers check out the Cuda. The car passed with
flying colors, testament to the sweat and dedication put in by everyone at
Legendary over the last year.
Then it was off to the black lake for some real world handling tests in
preparation for the 4.75 mile oval and a crack a breaking the 200 mph mark.
Both the Cuda and the Enzo look impressive on the track but once the sun
began to come out late that morning the setting was perfect for our high
speed run. I think we captured some spectacular footage of a once in a life
After a brief mishap, when the Cuda lost its windshield trim at 190 mph,
Peter was ready to go. We could hear the Cuda coming long before we could
see her, as the cars went by they sounded like jet fighters. Top speed 208
mph with still some leftwe did it!
Cobra Engine Build Part 1
This will be the first in a series on the engine build for my Cobra. This
is a 351W bored 0.030" with a 408 stroker crank. The intake was converted
to fuel injection and featured in a previous video. I will list components
as much as I can.
134091 / 1971 Plymouth 'Cuda
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Engine swaps have been around from the earliest days of motoring. More
sophisticated hot rodders pioneered chassis swaps to get more performance
and less weight. But rare is the car that can so seamlessly blend two
completely different vehicles as seamlessly as this 1971 Plymouth Barracuda
convertible. You see, that body is just an illusion, because underneath
it's a 2001 Dodge Viper, complete with a thundering 450 hrosepower V10,
6-speed manual transmission, and fully independent suspension. What's truly
exceptional, however, is how beautifully built the entire car is, and the
engineering required is truly mind-boggling. Why, just for starters, note
that it's now a two-seater, just like the Viper, although the proportions
of the 'Cuda body remain unchanged. How cool is that?
Starting out with a clean, complete 318-powered '71 'Cuda convertible, Time
Machines in Hudson, Florida was contracted to mate the two different
vehicles, having experience in such things after building the award-winning
"Six Shooter." The body was gutted and stripped, with the floors removed
but saving the front subframe, rockers, and radiator cradle. After the
conversion, the entire body was refinished to show condition using 100%
original 'Cuda sheetmetal and no fiberglass. Bright Viper Red paint was
appropriately selected to cover the radical new E-body, and the two-stage
urethane looks about a mile deep, even out in the bright sunNotice the
trick details like the custom-made billboards which feature a Viper logo in
place of the usual engine size designation. And the power-actuated
forward-tilting hood is both a tribute to the original Viper setup and an
extremely trick way to attract a TON of attention at any car show. Open
this sucker up and you'll be able to sell admission tickets.
The foundation of this car is a 2001 Viper, and with 450 horsepower on tap, do you
really need upgrades? Look closely and you'll see just how OEM the
conversion really is—note factory hose clamps, air filter assembly, and
even cables actuating the dual throttle bodies. Custom sheetmetal panels
frame the V10 in the 'Cuda's engine bay, and it's obvious that there was a
ton of fabrication involved, seeing how the engine is snuggled up under the
windshield for improved weight distribution. It fires up like a stock
Viper, idles perfectly, and is happy to drive in rush hour traffic without
getting cranky or overheating, all signs of an OEM, not a homemade project.
The chassis is also from the Viper, and features a bulletproof Tremec
6-speed manual transmission and a heavy-duty 3.07 rear end. Custom floors
were created to fit the body tightly over the frame, and the suspension was
fortified with a set of Aldan coilover shocks, but otherwise it would look
familiar to any Chrysler tech at the dealership. The Exhaust is handled by a custom dual setup that
uses glasspacks and resonators that dump out just under the rear bumper,
and bystanders will undoubtedly do a double-take when they hear 10
cylinders fire up. More than two years were invested in getting the chassis
setup exactly correct, and today it drives like a stocker with no
questionable handling, no bone-rattling ride, just a smooth, fully
engineered piece that can cruise like a factory-built car. It even rides on
stock Viper SRT 6-lug wheels wearing Viper-sized Michelin Pilots.
As you can imagine, the interior was a big challenge, but the
transformation from 5-passenger to 2-seater is seamless. A custom all-steel
dashboard not only houses the original Viper gauges, but provides the right
setback for the engine and allows the interior proportions to be adjusted
to fit those two Viper bucket seats. A new Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo has been
fitted to the dash, with speakers in the rear area that has been completely
resculpted to eliminate the back seat, yet still provide a sleek top-down
profile. A stock black convertible top operates as it should, and all four
windows seal up tightly. The trunk has been upholstered to match, and
houses electronics for the stereo system.
This is an extremely impressive car that has been professionally engineered
and built to the highest standards. With OEM-grade mechanicals that will
last virtually forever and the ability to be serviced at any Chrysler
dealership in the world, it's a no-compromises car that encompasses the
best of both worlds.. Pro-touring has never been this accessible, and if
you're the kind of guy who wants something nobody else has, this is your
E-ticket ride. Call today!
Dodge Viper V10 in a Ford Maverick Build Video 3 - Engine Removal / Oil Pan Issues
This is video blog three of the Viper powered Maverick build up. Today I
was able to pull the engine and transmission out of the car so the next
phase of modifications could be made.
First, because the engine is mounted so low in the vehicle to fit under the
stock hood...the oil pan is going to need fairly serious modification to
give a practical amount of ground clearance.
Next, I wanted to turn the engine upside down to dump the dog food that a
rat had stashed in the intake manifold galley and get ready for the cam
swap which will be in an upcoming video.
Thanks for watching and I'll keep the videos coming as often as I get a
chance to work on the car!
8000cc Millyard Viper V10 hits 207mph!
The astonishing V10, 500bhp Millyard Viper has recorded over 200mph in its
first speed test - and its creator has set his sights on achieveing 250mph.
Watch the video to see the 8-litre V10 in action.