Is it OK to have a ’70 tailpanel on a ’72 E-body yet? Depending on how old you are, this might be an actionable violation of car guy mufti or a “hell-ya! good choice” followed by that weird millennial clicking of the tongue, and stroking of the mountain man beard before adding a copious scoop of Suavecito in the cell phone mirror.
I ask because later in this issue you’ll be faced with Tony Angelo’s drift ’Cuda. Tony is a Gen Xer, placing him between the generation currently on the way to easy street and the one on the way up. His car is a mix of drift culture from the mid-to-late ’90s (Google it, kids), and muscle car influence that likely hit him in the late ’80s. Then, to push the point, he goes and adds the tailpanel he likes to a car where it doesn’t belong.
Well, I like it. I’ve often dreamt of the ’70 Cuda parts swap on the lesser smogger, or a nose job on a big-bumper ’74 Dart with maybe a Demon tailpanel and LEDS just to make the purists violent. I like late-model Hemis too. Again, forcing you to read this entire issue, check out the 5-second street Demon that used a ’06 Ram engine to go 5.58 at 126 in the eighthmile using stock heads, block, and one of those $100 plastic 300C intakes scored from ebay. Again, Mopar FTW! (Fill in whatever that means to you).
Speaking of Ram, I’ve recently noticed that the Ram 3500 Laramie with the 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel has about everything you can imagine onboard plus these cool treasure chests on the floor, in front of the rear seats where you can store a lunch box or fishing tackle, or both. I rarely go to dealerships but this one caught my eye from the street so I had to pull over. I suggest you go take a look.
I blame this stream of consciousness on the fact that Mother currently owns the domestic street car market with 840hp Demons, 707hp Chargers that make stellar dad rods, big trucks, Jeeps with four-doors and rollcage baby seats, Hemis, eight-speeds, and on and on. I can’t wait for the next 10 years when this stuff starts showing up on ebay and CL, so I can swap a huge drivetrain into a muscle car, then tow the beast to the track.
Blasphemy, or the right thing to do?