Budget Buster: 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda

We’ve all been there: feeling like a project is going to command too much of our time or budget. This seller is realizing his 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda is going to require too much time and money for him to finish, so it’s up for sale. He expects it needs at least $5,000 worth of aftermarket body panels to complete, along with the labor to do so. The ‘Cuda is listed here on eBay with an $8,500 asking price and the option to submit a best offer.

While I can emphasize with the seller’s predicament, I’ve come to the conclusion that if I can store a car and it’s not bothering anybody, there’s no harm in waiting for a good time to get to it. Of course, I consider myself a fairly rational person who will cut a project loose if it’s too much work. Judging by the body on this ‘Cuda, it’s likely a huge undertaking for almost any enthusiast.

The seller notes the ‘Cuda is a real-deal car, and it left the factory with a 383. It now has a 340 swapped in, but no word if the automatic is original. The bucket seats look to be in good condition and door panels look OK. Overall, the ‘Cuda is going to require restoration both inside and out, along with the hunt for a 383 from the correct era of production if you’re a purist.

Not that the 340 is a bad choice if you’re going to have a non-matching car, especially one that has so many other pressing needs. The seller notes the frame rails are good and that this was also a factory A/C car, so the list of options isn’t bad if you’re looking for a ‘Cuda with a few boxes checked. Without a clearer picture of the rust needs, I think a lower offer makes sense here.


  1. JimMoore

    I would think about the car but I have more welding experience than weeding so I am out .

    It’s high for roughness but I am sure some mopar madness will get a taker for a non auto car

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  2. TimM

    Mopar madness!! Where are all these trashed mopars coming from!! This one is a ton of work from bodywork to mechanicals!! It seems way to much at $8000

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  3. Superdessucke

    I can’t imagine how many more of these more than they could chew cars we’re going to see if the economy takes a dip. Or should I say when it takes a dip because it always does.

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  4. Gaspumpchas

    is that a rot hole where the heater core was? He says its the real deal but doesn’t have the orig 383, but the 340 is no slouch, although NOM. Good luck with another rust bucket that shouldn’t be fixed IMHO.

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  5. sir mike

    I would like to know about the Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt…clone or not… in the 2nd picture.

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  6. Jimmy

    I’m no welder but I sure as hell can weed !!! But this one is not for me.

  7. Wayne

    $8,000 for a title for a 383 4 speed car. Is that what they are going for now?

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  8. KKW

    Never mind the scrap heap, what about the Fairlane in the background?

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  9. TD

    I put this one in front of a buddy of mine, who’s a great bodyman, and he said, “after media blasting, rust removal and sanding, there won’t be any material left to fix/paint on this thing, it’s worth about half that…at least it has a motor”. The Fairlane in the back is the start of this photo-shoot.

  10. Joe Machado

    For those near Destin, Florida, We will be in a Cars n Coffee show at the Target store parking lot with the two 1970 Barracudas, August, 3. One, a factory Pink 4 speed convertible. This coming Saturday, 10 am to noon. I will also have my enclosed trailer with the wrap pictorial history of our past and present cars. Lookin forward to see anyone.

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