I am definitely largely to blame for unintentionally Rail-Roading this thread to 1972 B-Bodies with 440+6 engines .
My apologies .
Back to 1970 Plymouth E-Bodies !
I wonder if any of the Los Angeles Plant's pilot vehicles have survived . There were a number of unique features which were exclusive to the L.A. facility :
- Black Primer on underbelly ;
- Most cars were built for the Southwest U.S. ;
- Many were built with "N95" ( Cleaner Air Package-come-California Emissions Package) ;
- The aforementioned "N95" was typically fuel vapour return lines (i.e. , breather had two outlets ; (1) one to the air cleaner base , (2) one to the Evaporative Emissions Return Line , a Calif-spec part in 1970 . Additionally , the fuel caps were Ca-specific in that they were non-vented . ;
- 440+6 equipped models had turn-down exhaust (no "N42" Bright Exhaust Tips) as part of the Noise Reduction Package (N97) .
While the latter equipment was alleged to be only for Torqueflite-equipped models (the standard transmission with the E87 440+6 as well as the 426 Hemi) , I have seen , in person , one L.A.-built 1970 440 Six Barrel 'Cuda with the D21 4-Speed (and basic Track Pak 3.54 Dana) , and turndown exhaust .
The addition of the N42's is a common *mistake* when these cars are restored .
I have also seen Hamtramck-built 440-Four Barrel 1970 'Cudas with factory-equipped "N41" (e.g. , turndown exhaust) , and one 383 Commando equipped Gran Coupe with turndowns .
Being an L.A.-area lifetime resident , and having grownup none too far from the esoteric L.A. Plant , I'm going to build my 'Cuda as an L.A.-built , 440+6 / T-Flite model .
But only after I build one out-of-box in order to get a feel for its assembly