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1971 Cuda - Nov 2016

1971 Plymouth Cuda

Project "Striker"

This 71 Cuda took 4 years to build (on and off as funds allowed), and was debuted at the 2016 SEMA show.

Here's what we started with:

Here's how it turned out..


Chassis & Sheetmetal design and fabrication, wiring, plumbing, suspension, exhaust - Scotlea Hot Rods

Paint and Body - Jesses Auto Body

Interior - Fast Al's Upholstery

Audio - Bartlesville Customs

Here's how it was built...

Body media blasted, custom dual framerail chassis designed around an Art Morrison front crossmember and tubular control arms, and custom triangulated 4 link.  6-point roll bar for extra support.  

A lot of sheet metal work including a completely smooth firewall, floors, tubs, full bellypan.  None how the exhaust will run between the floor and bellypan, then exit through the rockers in front of the rear wheels... 

Engine bay mockup with 6.1 Hemi and NAG1 trans.  Entire front end is one-piece (fenders welded to front valance and header panel, grill is molded in).  Front bumper molded into body, custom front splitter and air intake opening.

Front end is complete and car is rolling again - for a few minutes anyway until it's taken back apart to start bodywork on the frontend.

Now to the rear of the car - which of course is going to look nothing like a stock 71 Cuda. Bumper was tucked and smoothed, then a killer new spoiler was designed from sheetmetal and welded seamlessly to the body and decklid.

Back glass is flush mounted...

Construction of rear air deflector galley complete...

Into the body shop on the rotisserie for the full treatment, engine is detailed with a polished Magnuson supercharger...

Back from initial bodywork for final design features, including the full steel custom dash built around a VDO gauge cluster, auxiliary gauges, and all pushbutton controls...

Final mockup and fabrication before being torn down to paint...