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'71 Baracuda

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Modified the 1/24 Revell grille to fit the new tool Cuda.

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Grafted on the lower valance and reworked it to shape.

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Looks good JC.

Did you have to do any mods or did the parts fit right in? I can't see any cuts.

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Thanks Steve.  I first had the separate the grille from the valance, the 1/24 scale kit has them molded as one piece.  Then sectioned the grille in between the headlights at both ends to reduce the length.  Then reshaped it to fit the grille opening on the 1/25 scale body.

For the valance I had to remove a section, its molded integral to the body and graft in a section of the 1/24 scale part.  Then worked it to shape.

Definitely not a drop in parts swap.

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Hmmm... Now your question about 'Cuda fender gills makes sense to me.

'71 is my favorite 'Cuda variant. I see another treat for the eyes taking shape.

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Excellent ! Beautiful work , JC . 

How about a Gran Coupe instead of the ( uber-common ) 'Cuda model ? The Monogram kit already has the "SR" Leather Seats , so ...

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Thanks John.  A Gran Coupe would be a unique build but I have something with a little more attitude in mind.

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I've been asked to better illustrate how I made the grille.  Here is a photo of the 1/24 scale grille and valance.  After separating the grille I removed a section of material between the headlights.  This moved the headlight openings closer together and reduced the overall length to allow it to fit the 1/25 scale body.

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Wow... Dang nice undetectable work...thanks for that!

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A great looking project !!!

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Very cool progress. I have the Revell '71, but will undoubtedly build it mostly OOB.

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Your welcome Jeremy and thanks Marty & Kevin.

I choose the Revell 1/24 scale grille over the Johan as I think it is more accurate.

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The Johan grille is an arc rather than the correct V shape.

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Taillight inserts.

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Nice work..!

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awesome mod sectioning between the lights keeps everything else perfectly centered well done !! my favorite yr cuda 

cant wait for updates

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Thanks Mark & Jeff.

Stance mock-up.

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My vision for the build:

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One-Time "Shipping Crate" Now A Restored Low-Mileage Prize 

This Hemi ‘Cuda has about 30 miles on its odometer. 

But these miles weren’t accumulated by driving it off the final-assembly line at Hamtramck Assembly onto a transporter, then off and on and off trailers for nearly three decades. And those miles didn’t go on a quarter-mile at a time, either. 

Rather, this ‘Cuda had a rougher life than any other ultra-rare/ultra-low-mileage Mopar has had. 

For starters, it wasn’t built to a dealer’s or customer’s order. “It’s the only documented executive-ordered ’71 Hemi ‘Cuda,” says current owner Rick Simpson, who says that it went through the exec-order process so it could be built for Pro Stock drag racer Don Grotheer as part of his deal with Ma Mopar. Rick adds, “He was based in Oklahoma City, he raced under contract with Chrysler from 1968 to 1972, and he put on supercar clinics the same as Ronnie Sox and Dick Landy.” 

And, for the ’71 season, he needed to update the Pro Stock Hemi ‘Cuda that he ran in 1970, and that called for a “shipping crate” vehicle with the new-for-’71 parts on it. “This was how Chrysler provided a drivetrain, interior, suspension, and any other components Grotheer needed to upgrade his Pro Stock car from a ’70 to a ’71 configuration,” Rick says. “When he got the car brand-new, he stripped it. He’d done a similar thing to a ’70 Hemi ‘Cuda the year before. Then, he was given a body in primer at the same time that he had acid-dipped, and that became his Pro Stock car.” 

So, Grotheer ordered up a plain-Jane white, Hemi/four-speed/Super Track Pack car with tinted glass, power disc brakes, and the spoiler package, and the other options that came with Super Track Pack. It’s a 4.10 Dana car with power disc brakes. That explains why this E-Body went from a special-ordered car to a parts car in short order. 

It then spent the better part of the next couple decades sitting in a field in Oklahoma, after Grotheer gave the body away to a guy who’d hung around his shop. This all happened while many of the 58 other ’71 Hemi ‘Cuda hardtops were getting driven, thrashed, crunched, crashed, and then stashed-with the survivors eventually getting discovered and restored. 

How bad was it when Rick finally laid eyes on it? Here’s a clue-the last word in the last sentence above. “I bought it fully restored,” he says of his score of two years ago. “I’m talking a full-OEM-quality restoration. The body itself has less than 30 original miles on it.” 

Thanks to the skill of restorer Jason Repucci of Sacramento, California, this ’71 Hemi ‘Cuda looks just like it did the day it rolled off the line at Hamtramck Assembly. “The restoration work that Jason did is phenomenal,” Rick says with pride. “He used a major find-collection, really-of NOS parts, even an NOS short-block.” 

What’s it like to drive-the few miles that Rick puts on it at a time? “It’s like an old car,” he says with a big laugh. “The car drives like a Hemi ‘Cuda would have driven in the day.” 

Rick’s ’71 Hemi ‘Cuda is far from the only Mopar muscle car parked in his Cobourg, Ontario, garage. “I have a ’70 Hemi ‘Cuda and a ’71 Demon 340,” he says. “This is probably the least number of Mopars that I’ve had for a while. I also have a ’67 Belvedere that was originally given to Jere Stahl.” 

What advice does Rick have for those looking for rare, yet-to-be-rediscovered Mopars (like the unaccounted for Hemi ‘Cudas)? “Just keep digging. It’s amazing what’s still out there.” 

Amazing, indeed-if the cars out there have the story behind them like this ultra-low-mile Hemi ‘Cuda has.

 

Fast Facts

’71 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda hardtop

Owned by: Rick Simpson, Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

 

Mopar Power

Engine: A rebuilt, restored, and rarely-driven ’71-vintage 426 Hemi.

Transmission: Another restored OEM item: An 18-spline A-833 four-speed manual with a Hurst “Pistol Grip” shifter. As you know, any other four-speed behind a Hemi is scrap metal waiting to happen.

Rearend: What you got with the Super Track

Pak option: A 3.54-geared Dana 60 with a Sure-Grip differential.

 

Sure-Grip

Suspension: Just like it had when it left Hamtramck

Assembly: Heavy-duty longitudinal torsion bars and an anti-sway bar in front, heavy-duty leaf springs in back, and heavy-duty shocks at all four corners.

Brakes: Restored OEM power front disc/rear drum brakes.

Wheels and Tires: Repro Goodyear Polyglas G60-15 RWL tires were OEM, and repros of ’em are here now, on 15×7-inch steel wheels with correct Plymouth dog-dish caps.

 

High Impact

Body: ’71 Barracuda hardtop unibody spent a couple decades sitting in a field before it was restored by Jason Repucci in Sacramento, California. That includes the factory spoiler/Go-Wing package the car was built with.

Paint: Jason Repucci had the original W3 Sno-White sprayed on during his frame-off resto.

Interior: Restored to original with front buckets, rear bench, standard gauge cluster, radio delete plate, and not much else. NOS parts were used throughout, from one of the biggest stashes of NOS E-Body parts there was.

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Must be nice to have DEEEEP POCKETS. I like the look of the 1:1. Your grill surgery looks just like it should.

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Modified the wing from a Revell '70 Mustang to replicate the Mopar Go-Wing.

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Very nice wing !  Fits the cuda body like a glove 

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That 'Cuda up there is a seriously cool machine. And now I have a new wallpaper :D

And what better than a whole car to ship a bunch of parts. And to top it off, they sent a BIP - so the racer got the body structure upgrades for the new MY. I wonder why they didn't ship the something straight out from the body shop. I guess they didn't want it to rust.

The original owner probably made some coin selling the interior and glass, maybe even the shop guys built a car out of that.

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We think alike as far as inspiration.

 

I know the owner of the white 1/1 quite well.  and had been looking to replicate his car for some time. So when I found this I knew exactly what it would look like when I dug into it

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We think alike as far as inspiration.

 

I know the owner of the white 1/1 quite well.  and had been looking to replicate his car for some time. So when I found this I knew exactly what it would look like when I dug into it

 

Would love to have a MPC body to work with but they are hard to find and expensive when you do.

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I have a spare we might be able to work out something. I 'might ' even have a spare interior tub

Its actually the body from the Stardust  funnycar where the  hood is molded shut -  AKA promo style

 

 

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I may have to do one like that to bookend with my '71 Hemi Charger R/T. That is one cool car.

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