Mopar Muscle - - Contents - DOU­GLAS R. GLAD, CON­TENT DI­REC­TOR

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?

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