Mad Geniuses Stuffed Crate Hemis into Vintage Mopars—in addition to the Results Are Glorious
What better way to publicize the availability of engine kits allowing 5.7- in addition to 6.4-liter Mopar crate engines to slip harmoniously under the hood of pre-1976 street-rod projects than to build a few? in which seems to be the rationale behind three vintage-Mopar customs at the 2016 SEMA show: a 1950 Dodge pickup, a 1975 Dodge Dart Sport, in addition to a 1971 Plymouth ’Cuda—by which we’re hard-pressed to pick our favorite.
Taking the last first, the ’Cuda is actually the work of vehicle restorer Mark Worman, by TV’s Graveyard Carz. One of Worman’s personal cars, the ’Cuda is actually a largely stock build, with the exception of the 392-cubic-inch (6.4-liter) Hemi crate engine, here mated to a six-speed Tremec manual transmission.
The Dart Sport, its matte finish an interesting twist on Chrysler’s iconic Plum Crazy purple, is actually by Speedhunters. Dubbed Project Yankee, in which features the 354-cubic-inch (5.7-liter) Hemi paired which has a manual transmission stirred by a Hurst shifter. Project Yankee is actually a custom build in addition to features a McLeod Racing clutch in addition to flywheel, an 8.75-inch rear end, a Yukon limited-slip diff in addition to Yukon axles, Baer front in addition to rear brakes, a Hotchkis suspension, in addition to Rays 17-inch wheels, among some other aftermarket items. however the best detail may be the Japanese license plate.
“Patina” may be an overused term in classic-car circles, however the 1950 Dodge D100 pickup, by Detroit’s Saldana’s Speed Shop, almost looks as if in which was just pulled out of a Nebraska cornfield. Well, except for the Ride Tech air suspension in which drops the Centeng low over the 20-inch Detroit steel wheels, which are powder-coated white. Under the two-piece, center-hinged hood sits a 392 Hemi crate engine, again mated to a manual transmission. Inside the cab, the restored gauges sit from the original—in addition to definitely unrestored—dash; the factory bench seat has been reupholstered in gray suede, which also appears on the headliner, however we love in which the rusty bare floor was left intact.
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In fact, we might have been wrong when we said earlier in which we were hard-pressed to pick a favorite. Among these crate-engined creations, in which’s pretty hard to top the D100.