Triple Black Attack: 1970 440 6-Pack 'Cuda - BIG MUSCLE
Each and every muscle car enthusiast has that one experience that has helped define the way in which they view the automobile. For Northern California's John Cross that experience came by way of riding in the back of his cousins 1970 440 6-Pack Plymouth 'Cuda when he was a kid. It was a car that provided him with memories, stories and of course, a goal - that being, to one day own the very car which got his engine running all those years ago. It's now 2012, 42 years after that first faithful ride in the very 'Cuda you're about to see. This time however it resides in John's garage, not his cousins, which can mean only one thing... Sometimes dreams do come true.
AAR Cuda Mopar 340 TA Engine block
In 1969-1970 Chrysler made a special 340 engine for the AAR Cuda and the T/A Challenger. These engines were different than a standard 340 used in other Mopars. The TA engines had the designation embossed on the block, driver side. If you're buying a TA 340 also check the heads by removing the oil cap on the passenger side. With the cap off look inside and the rear rocker should be offset. You may need a flashlight to see it.
If you scattered the original engine you may have received a standard 340 replacement block. I've heard stories both ways. My buddy back in 1970 went through 3 warranty transmissions before they said enough.
Some of the later blocks which were left over made their way into 1971 340 Road Runners and other cars. If you're looking at a 340, look closely because the TA340 are still around.
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1970 Plymouth Barracuda
Lance Lambert of The Vintage Vehicle Show is in Jamul, California talking to Lee Smith about his 1970 Cuda.
Team Hotrod Hangar testing the AAR Cuda
A Short Cut from Austrias TV Show "Hotrod Hangar". Testing Day of the AAR Cuda. Driver: Dominic Tiroch, Christian Clerici, Teamchief: Knud Tiroch. Car: Plymouth AAR Cuda. Filmed in HD by Clemens Fischer, Produced by Daleyelama. http://www.daleyelama.com
Plymouth AAR Cuda at Goodwood
Gary Savage driving the factory AAR Cuda Trans-Am racer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Second quick in class with a 59 second run, coming in just behind Darrell Waltrip driving his Championship winning 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo sponsored by Budweiser. Updates on other events can be found at: www.myspace.com/garysavage
1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR for sale in Michigan
1970 Cuda AAR for sale with low original 45,500 miles, un-hit survivor body with rebuilt number's matching "J" code 340-6 pack and number's matching pistol grip 4 speed trans. Build sheet, fender tags, show quality repaint. Over 200 pics available with a well written report. Over 300 nationwide classic car inspectors at your service. You must email and request link to more photos and information.
133012 / 1970 Plymouth HEMI 'Cuda
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Here at RK Motors, we know all about over-the-top customs. You've seen the cars we've built, from Maximum Effect, our 1970 Charger, to that sinister all-black AAR Hemi 'Cuda which won trophies and stunned the Hot Rod Power Tour a few years ago. Heck, going too far and taking everything over-the-top is almost a rule around here.
So when this absolutely stunning 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda showed up, we realized that someone had just moved "the top" and beating this one will be a tough job indeed.
First off, all of the body modifications—and there are many—have been done in steel. Notice how the rear spoiler has been molded into the fender, and the custom made hood with OEM-looking nostrils. Look closer and you'll see flush-mounted glass, shaved door handles and drip rails, and newly fabricated front and rear valence panels..
Done in PPG Silver Star and Vibrants Purfect Purple with a lot of airbrush work, the car is visually arresting in person. Then there's the unique strobe stripe, which is paint, not a decal, and is a combination of air brush techniques and pinstriping that gives it an almost three-dimensional look that seems to be vibrating off the metal.
Out back, you've undoubtedly noticed the custom-made rear panel that houses custom taillights that look an awful lot like standard 'Cuda items, but are actually hand-made LED lights that give it a modern look at night. Up front, Harley-Davidson twin-bulb modular headlights are brilliant in any sense of the word, and a custom grille insert has been created to mimic the original, but with turn-signal indicators molded into the grille itself. There's just so much to see, we can't possibly include it all here.
The engine is an Arrington-built piece that cranks out more than 525 horsepower, and does it in a smaller, lighter, and more user-friendly package. Continuing the strobe stripe theme under the hood, you'll find some custom covers for the radiator and coils that mimic the three-dimensional detailing on the body. The intake has been polished for a little bit of eye candy under the hood, while the wiring and plumbing has been carefully hidden for a super-sanitary look.
The transmission is a Keisler Tremec 5-speed with overdrive that makes the most of the engine's prodigious horsepower. Out back, a Chrysler 8.75-inch rear holds 3.91 gears on a limited slip. The suspension cockpit-adjustable air shocks from Air Ride, and brakes are massive discs at all four corners. Long tube headers dump into a stainless steel X-pipe and Flowmaster mufflers before terminating in custom tips molded into the rear valenceThe perfect hot-rod profile and stance is achieved by a set of polished 18- and 20-inch Bonspeed Quasar wheels on low-profile rubber.
Open the door and the first thing you'll notice is that the graphics from the exterior continue into the doorjambs—always the sign of first-rate paint work. Then you'll notice the Corvette bucket seats that have been custom upholstered with a mesh insert to really hold you in place. A custom console was fabricated to resemble the original 'Cuda piece, but it now features a carbon-fiber insert, controls for the Air Ride suspension, and a big, red START ENGINE button that brings the monster to life. The original dashboard has been reshaped and molded to hold a set of new Mopar Performance analog gauges.
If you're the sort of person who wants to own only the best, and understands that quality doesn't compromise, then you're already familiar with what this car has to offer. Stunning to look at, thrilling to drive, and exceptional to show, Conviction 'Cuda is the current state-of-the-art in pro-touring. Don't miss it and call today.