My AAR `Cuda

I created this web site to allow a wider audience to see the car and perhaps provide me with some information pertaining to this specific car; for example, Broadcast Sheet, former owners, etc.  The picture to the right (or above) is the car as it looked in the mid 80's; purchased by an individual that lived in Randolph, New Jersey at the time and then moved to Berlin, Maryland.  

I purchased this Rallye Red (FE5) 1970 AAR `Cuda, VIN BS23J0B294098 on 16 October 2004. I contacted Desert  AutoSport in Mesa, Arizona the dealer representing the car, made an offer and they accepted.  I placed a $1,000 deposit on the car and drove to Mesa to look at this car and finalize the purchase.   I have a seven page narrative on all of the information that I have gathered on this car since I purchased it, if interested in reviewing it.

Upon taking delivery I noticed that the steering box was leaking, and an attempt was made to fix it that afternoon, with no luck.  The seller and I agreed that I would take the car and have this fixed in Southern California and I would bill him for the repairs,  which I did.  I personally towed the car back to Oceanside, California where I reside.  I have located all of the VIN’s on the car in their proper places with the exception of the  transmission; therefore, I consider this matching numbers with that  exception.  The artifacts I received at the time of purchase included a bill of sale between Car Scene, Inc. and Brent N. Hill, a former owner, no date on contract.  I also received the Chrysler Registry certificate that Terry Klein, a former owner, had Galen Govier decode the fender tag and entered this VIN into a  registry for cars of this type, dated 25 October 2002.  Interestingly, the certificate is wrong in that it showed the state where Terry lived as Ohio, when it should have been California.  I traced the street, city and zip code to a California address. I've been able to identify owners back to the mid 80's, in the  Randolph, (Morris County) New Jersey area.


Since purchasing the car I have replaced many parts that were missing, incorrect or damaged, as follows:

  • Front speaker, original was cracked beyond repair
  • Steering box, due to leaking seal
  • Rear brakes, due to leaking wheel cylinder right side
  • Turn signal switch
  • Jack instructions label, trunk
  • Jack with correct hook
  • Lug nut handle
  • Sun visor tabs
  • Tire pressure label
  • VIN label, driver's door
  • Emissions timing label inside engine compartment, (was for manual transmission)
  • Collapsible BF Goodrich (BFG) spare tire, valve cap, repro air bottle and bottle bracket
  • Both door locks and ignition lock cylinder (so a single key worked)
  • Positive cable strap, engine compartment
  • Miscellaneous cable straps, engine compartment
  • Center console, original was cracked at the typical place next to shift knob
  • Ducktail spoiler, due to some clown rear-ending me (luckily it just scratched the trunk lid paint and broke the existing spoiler. Replaced spoiler with a MoPar authorized repro part and repainted only the deck lid)
  • Power steering pump, due to leaking seal
  • Windshield washer bottle
  • Oil breather, 2 ports
  • Radiator cap
  • Owner’s manual, repro
  • Grill spacers, replaced missing pieces
  • Radio (AM) wasn’t working well, sent to a guy for adjustment. Recently installed AM/FM/CD and rear speakers, while retaining the original AM radio
  • Antenna was not correct (was ‘whip’ now ‘telescoping’)
  • Idle Solenoid and bracket; wiring for the Idle Solenoid missing, was found buried in the wiring harness “capped off”, connected and adjusted same
  • Driver/Passenger door arm rests, due to cracking
  • Master Cylinder due to leaking and incorrect type
  • Master Cylinder failed, had it rebuilt by THERAMMANINC
  • Brake Booster failed, had it rebuilt by THERAMMANINC
  • Transmission leaking in several places, pan, filler tube and speedo gear, repaired same

AAR `Cuda mid-80's in Randolph, New Jersey
AAR `Cuda mid-80's in Randolph, New Jersey

Verified Serial/Vehicle Identification numbers (VIN)

Cowl Serial Number


For the body numbers, the year code and the plant code are transposed.  The Serial Number on the cowl reads B0 294098.

Engine Serial Number


Here is the Serial Number for my T/A block. You can see that they did not stamp the whole number on the engine, just the last eight digits 0B 294098.

Radiator Support Serial Number


The Serial Number on the radiator support also reads B0 294098.  These can be difficult to see because of the paint at times. 

Dash VIN


The dash VIN is viewable through the windshield.

Fender Tag VIN


Here is a shot of my fender tag with the VIN clearly visible.  All AAR and T/A fender tags will code A53 for the "TRANS AM" package, and the second tag will show TRANS AM.

Driver's Door VIN


Here is the Mylar decal with the VIN viewable, located on the back of the driver's side door.

Sip Ɛ Sup


I learned that this AAR `Cuda street raced out of a place called the Sip Ɛ Sup, pictured to the left (or above), in the fall of 1970 at the intersection of Routes 10 and 202 in Littleton, New Jersey.