Mopar’s big announcement at this year’s SEMA show was the unveiling of its 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter HEMI V8 crate engines. To debut the new crate motors, the automaker had various car builders do up their own cars with either the 5.7-liter or 6.4-liter powerplants under the hood – including Hot Rod Garage’s resident drifter Tony Angelo.
Angelo’s SEMA project started out life as a 1972 Plymouth Carracuda, however he transformed it into a Trans-Am inspired drift rat with the help of fellow Hot Rod Garage host Lucky Costa and a rather talented 17-year old designer. Some of the highlights of the build include a Tremec six-speed manual transmission, a wonderful retro-look livery, custom suspension and, best of all, a 6.4-liter HEMI crate engine.
The ‘Cuda, nicknamed the FishTail by Angelo, was a headache to get done. The build was rushed and experienced a few hiccups along the way, including a major set back brought on by a leaking roof. The build process was documented for Hot Rod Garage, so see how Angelo and Costa rushed to get the muscle car show-ready in the latest episode of the web show embedded above.