Since the Plymouth brand is gone and Chrysler chose not to make a new Cuda, how do you get one? You start off with a new Challenger and “Cuda-ize” it. That’s what we did at Mr. Norm’s Garage.
What does it take to turn a Challenger into a Cuda? Well, it’s not easy. The biggest problem we had was the kick-up body line behind the doors in the rear quarter panel. That’s fine on Challengers, but the Cuda had a straight body line from the doors to the back of the car. That took some re-working, but we did it. It was a huge step, but it eliminated the distinctive Challenger look. Once that was tackled, the rest was pretty straightforward.
We also added a new grille, tail panel and a Shaker hood that utilized an original-size Shaker bubble for the retro-modern look. The Cuda style front fender gills were an added touch.
For this particular car, we also decided to make it a convertible for fun. Just like the Challenger, we sent this car down to Convertible Builders. They chopped the top, and at Mr. Norm’s Garage, we added our own interior panels, header panels, Katzkin seat covers, mats, dash plaque and chassis beefing.
It’s not easy, but if you want a Cuda, it can be done!