Guest Blog: Aaron Beck & The Kuda

Hey Speedhunters! Love the site, been sifting through for a few years now, love how it effortlessly moves through such a variety of cars and related culture, from traditional rodding to flushed out drifters.

This is my ’73 Plymouth ‘Cuda, my first car, a long term project, and my introduction to working on cars. I drive it as often as i can, including 1500+ mile road trips through some of the most remote and beautiful parts of New Zealand.

It’s currently a 4-speed small block, but i plan to put a 440 in it this year, and when I do it’ll look like the image below, an homage to the factory Mopar drag cars from the late ’60s.

The long term goal is to build it into a street driven race car, with 440ci small block, 6 pack EFI, 4-speed, GV overdrive, stock-style but fully updated suspension, full bare-carbon front end, and custom body work.

Here’s an image –

Cheers!

– Aaron

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1

Words cant describe the awesomeness!

2

HOLY CRAP this thing is monstrous!!! If that final rendering comes to life, please put it here first.

3

wow, this is one of the nicest and eye catching cudas i've seen, good luck on your project !

4

Holy hell that thing looks menacing!

6

That's cool!!!!

7

oohhh my gawd... so EVIL. that's a streetfighter if I ever saw one.



you should check out the Pro-Touring.com forums if you haven't already.

8

It looks perfect just the way it is.

9

I like it as it is, bamf beast!

10

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW dont you ever EVER change its looks.it looks AWESOME

11

I'm loving the all-black "murdered-out" look. Chrome is overrated.

12

Love the stockcar wheels and stance. Awesome.

13

wow! great looking cuda!



would to love a wallpaper size of the first one if possible.

14

That is perfect! Love the look, especially the black steel rims, they just work!

15

Oh My.... That is a angry looking machine! looks like hes from in the Malbrough Reigon.... If so I hope I get to see this beast in person @ Americana in a couple of weeks! Massive ups on the Build, Gotta be one of the most tasteful builds goin on in the country at the moment! that fish is immense haha

16

Beautiful!!! Awesome first car. I'm insanely jealous.

17

I pretty like the actual version of the car, the project is extremely something else, not better, not worse, different... And it's a titan's work to come!

But now, it looks so as a beast, on its big balls tires! XD

Simple, but impressive...

Keep working!

18

That last pic is Gangster!!! Go for it!!!

19

First i must say, its a 73 cuda that looks more like its on the path to becoming a trans-am/Gmachine than a late 60s drag car. and this is a good thing, Love the way it looks now, and love the renderings you have in mind for it. Also amazed at how thos volks looks on even this, in the renderings, I am sure there are so many other wheel options that will fit better for the look you want, im interested to see where you go from here.

20

That is entirely too ferocious ...brilliant work.

21

final render lose the cuda and plymouth stickers

22

This is how a muscle car shoold look, not that SEMA crap! Roadwarrior style!

23

Here in Malaysia, "Kuda" is Malay for "Horse" so the plate is more appropriate for a Mustang but who cares; that car is sick as hell!! 440? Awesomeness!

24

If I were you, I'd leave it as-is, I think it looks absolutely stellar. I've seen far too many resto-mods and pro-street builds, it's just boring. This on the other hand, is truly classic styling, particularly the wheel and tire combo. The simplicity of the bodywork is wonderful as well, not overly flashy or "modernized", just clean and classic.



I think it would be a shame for the vehicle in the photos to end up looking like the vehicle in the future renderings.

25

Please finsh this project !!.. that would be one sick Cuda

26

Holy shit, that car is phenomenal!! I admire your future plans, but let me put one in the bucket for "keep it as-is"; that is a truly fantastic car. And the fact that you're cruising around New Zealand in that thing just makes it that much more impressive. Kudos, sir.

27

i new i had seen this car before somewhere? i think i have pic's og it from the beach hop, maybefore the sticker on the side went on............my god its menacing in real life i can tell you that......so rad..................MOPAR oh god yes!!!!

29

Woah that last rendering is EVIL! love it

30

WOOHOOW! dang! greatest muscle-machine i've seen for such a long time. and hell, it's so simple :)

best tire choice for a black car. this looks so awesome oldschool but at the same time modern and cool :D great job and please do not change too much to it :)

31

The most beautiful car I've ever seen =O

32

Looks like that thing would eat babies. Mopar or no car? ;)

33

one of the most beautiful cars I've seen in a while!!!!

34

Man, that's HOT!!! Love it =)

Put the pics in the Desktops

Wanna change the red Z =)

35

Rad. I'm feelin that.

36

SOOO Sick! couldnt even imagine the orgasm driving that thing... well done sir! especially for a first car...

37

That thing looks like it would eat babies! So evil. Incredible job. Mopar or no car? ;)

40

That last image is inspiring. Awesome car.

41

LOOKS AWESOME. GOOD LUCK ;)

42

deaaaaamn that last pic (L)

43

A very nice machine but ARGGHH!!: don't put TE37's on it!!!!!!!!

44

Holy crap thats tough...

very stylish first car you've made yourself there. i like it as it is..!

45

video to hear it please =))

46

yeah... don't put te37s on it

they go perfect on a Skyline but not on Cuda

47

Quite agree with Nick : there's more and more prostreet projects... better to do that with replicas, on tubular chassis (better handling in bonuss). The way your car is now is pure.

OK, it's your ride, then.

49

love this cuda, beautifal black paint and the yellow lettered tires just set off the coloring, i'm looking forward to seeing the car when its finished.

50

Awsome! Looks god whit the te37s!

51

Don't kill this MONSTER!!!! I'm ok with the front spoiler lip but please please i beg you, don't put this ridiculous rims on this beast... Look at the tires at the first pic, they're pure orgasm!!! Don't change this!!!... oh i'm gonna cry... :P

52

One word WALLPAPER!!!

53

Freakin axe-murderer car. Children wet their pants when you come around the corner. SICK build!!

54

That is the essence of Cuda meanness. Damn, that's hard.

55

damm i fall in love!

56

wow..the most awesome Plymouth Cuda ive ever seen ^^,

57

by the way...if no one here knows..."kuda" is a malay word and it mean horse ^^,

58

Simply beatiful !

59

I thought I recognised this, it was it at Beach Hop 2008. Are you going to show up this year Aaron?

60

i like the cartton version of your car

61

Ny drean CAR (F* its amazing)

62

TE37s are nice, but I think other wheels would work better on the Cuda. Old school Works perhaps?

63

This car is incredible as is! Doesn't need a thing! What a car!

64

This makes me proud of the nz tuning car scene. enough of the crappy 80's japanese cars on shitty cheap rims and cut springs!!

65

You drive a work of art sir. That's a beautiful example of American muscle.

66

please please pretty please is there any way to get a desktop version of the first pic? I love this car sooo much

67

Fantastic looking car, well done!

68

What the hell! - loving your 'Cuda man!! it looks tough - that is a classic old school muscle car - looking very mean & very moody!!

69

I love the car as it looks now. Simple but so aggressive. I'm not as much a fan of these classics updated with all the carbon fibre but that's just my opinion. Great pics too!

71

This is A F'CKIN' AWESOME CAR!!



Desktops FTW!

72

This is perfect, most beautiful CUDA ever seen in my life. Sweet and simple. Awesome job.

73

jaw dropping..... EPIC!

74

Wicked ride. Looks like something the devil would drive.

75

now this is some crazy shit... gief http://jake.dingblog.com/

76

Hot stuff mate! will keep an eye on it.

Did you render it in 3d?

77

Fucking awesome!

78

I actually love how it looks with TE37s

79

how i would love to have your LIFE. great car man i hoe you get everything you need to make it just like that rendering man awesome

80

awesome CUDA dude...

the final rendering is so HOT...!!!

81

wallpaper of first!

82

Wallpaper please!!

83

Very nice! The cuda is my favourite muscle car and yours looks real raw and menacing.

84

here you go guys, flickr page. Not wallpaper size, but bigger...



http://www.flickr.com/photos/skul4aface/2466235571/

85

This car deserves to be on this site:



http://www.thestreetfighters.com

86

Okay, I'm usually not one for bashing anybody's car, but I'm sorry man, to me, you totally ruined the look of that Cuda. There's no two-tone paint, none of the factory chrome, and personally I've never been a big fan of the big yellow lettering on the tires, looks to much like NASCAR. And, I have to ask, the sticker on the side, why?

87

Amazing!!!!!!!!!!

88

Wooow! It's really hot! The color, the shapes, the wheels... Looks really agressive

89

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