1971 Plymouth 'Cuda
The 1971 'Cuda was a short lived project gone bad. I purchased what I thought was a solid CA car from the U.S.A to build a 1971 Hemi 'Cuda. This was the car the 540ci Hemi was suppose to go in. At first, the 'Cuda looked the part, great paint, seemed solid and was from CA, the home of rust free cars, right? WRONG. By the time we got it here, stripped it back and gave it an acid bath, the car revealed it's true secrets. It was a heap of shit bondo car. Poorly "restored", mad bill metal jobs, fabrication only Ray Charles would say looked fine. Despite having someone inspect the car, we got sold a dud... a lemon. You would have only known by doing what we did... stripping it back to bare metal.
If we had left it as is, in "Viper Blue", we wouldn't have known any different. However, hindsight is nice and with so much wrong, I didn't even want to take it on. It would have taken around $35,000-$40,000+ for the body work alone to do it right. I'm not joking. The entire body was cheese. Not a simple buy fenders, quarters, a few floor pans and you're done, there were holes all over the place!! I'm a young guy... younger back then, I didn't have that type of cash or the patience for another 3-5+ year build! F#%k that. After discussing it with the resto shop, we decided the best bet was to spray it up with a protectant coat so it wouldn't get any worse (if that's even possible) and instead of making "lemonade" from the lemon life dealt us, just sell the bastard! We sold it "as-is-where-is" as a rolling chassis.