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When you’re packing a race-prepped 383 and then move up to a monstrous 512 Hemi under the hood, there’s no such thing as too much traction. Joe keeps his ’Cuda on the straight and narrow with a pair of ultra-wide 29 x 18.5 Mickey Thompson Sportsman tires mounted to massive 15 x 14 Cragar SS wheels. To accommodate the generous girth, Joe tubbed the rear wheelwells with the help of Carson “Skippy” Stone of Skippy Did It Race Cars in Ravenna, Ohio.

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Playing on the original Hemi ’Cuda’s shaker setup, this fiberglass hood was—no fish stories here—a $10 find at a local yard sale. Look close and you’ll see the first of two air cleaners topping off the Mopar Performance dual-quad manifold and 650 cfm Edelbrock Performer carbs.

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Yeah, it’s got one! This iconic “Hemi” hockey stick stripe is a detail carried over to the ’Cuda’s younger brother. Meanwhile, LED taillights glow brightly against the gloss black paint (applied by Lintz Collision in Ravenna, Ohio), giving the nod to today’s modern Mopars.

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Installed by Rusty Vaughn, the stroked Elephant engine fits with room to spare under the long hood of the ’Cuda. Joe once again turned to Skippy Stone to lend a hand chroming and polishing every piece of hardware they could get their hands on.

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Set up for 11-second passes at the drag strip, the interior of Joe’s ’Cuda is a far cry from the plush digs of Pam’s Challenger. “I don't like this car because it's comfortable to drive,” says Joe in its defense. “I like it for the reaction I get!”

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A RideTech suspension system gives the ’Cuda that “just right” stance. Dreamt up years before off-the-shelf parts existed for the 40-year-old Mopar, Skippy Stone fabricated a set of custom steel A-arms to make it all come together.

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Super savvy Mopar aficionados will note that chrome was never an option for the Challenger SRT8’s 20" rollers. What you see here is a custom chrome powdercoat applied by the performance and styling gurus at RDP Motorsport in Perry, Ohio. Pedders shocks and springs at all four corners drop the Challenger down a healthy 2", filling in the Mopar’s muscular wheel arches without ruining the smooth ride.

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A fresh take on the ’Cuda’s hockey stick stripe, the Challenger also sports a set of silver streaks, accentuating the modern Mopar’s aggressive haunches. Usually flat black, Pam resprayed the rear spoiler with a coat of Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl to flow seamlessly with the existing bodywork.

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Set like a jewel in the engine compartment, the Challenger’s 6.1L fuel-injected Hemi features a combination of chrome powdercoated and polished aluminum components that give the carb’ed ’Cuda a run for its money. “I really wanted people to say ‘wow’ when I opened up the hood,” says Pam.

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Originally, Joe and Pam considered pairing up the ’Cuda with a matching AAR replica, but with the hefty price tag attached to classic Mopars, it made more sense to buy a new one.  “With the beautiful leather interior, all the technology, and ice-cold air conditioning, I don’t regret our decision one bit,” says Pam. Sure the two Mopars were built nearly 40 years apart, but the family resemblance is uncanny!

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