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John Wargo from The Custom Shop Builds a 1971 Cuda and 2012 Durango for SEMA 2012

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1971 Cuda sporting K&N filter at SEMA 2012
1971 Cuda sporting K&N filter at SEMA 2012
John Wargo is the owner of The Custom Shop, and for the last 25 years he has been building custom cars. He is known for high end customs as well as radical custom paint jobs which are evident in all of his builds. Another excellent talent of the Custom Shop is frame restorations. You can see his great talent in the 1971 Hemi Cuda he built for SEMA 2012. The owner of this car is Brad Weber.

This 1971 Plymouth Barracuda made a splash at the 2012 SEMA Show
This 1971 Plymouth Barracuda made a splash at the 2012 SEMA Show
For this car he used Blue Pearl and Brilliante Black paint that really makes the car sparkle. John did a very fine job in going into great efforts to make the interior follow the color scheme of the car. "It takes alot of hard work and dedication to make SEMA," John tells us. He has been building SEMA cars for 15 yrs completed every project because not finishing, he explains, "is not an option."

John has been using K&N products for the last 25 years. His first experience was way back in the 80's when he put K&N filters on his lifted Toyota Pickup 4x4. John uses K&N products because they have been around longer than his own business and it's a solid product. On the Cuda John used a cold air intake system, the car had a shaker hood so they wanted to ensure a way to get cold air into it. Other modifications include:

This 1971 Cuda was shown at SEMA 2012 by owner Brad Weber
This 1971 Cuda was shown at SEMA 2012 by owner Brad Weber
-426 cubic inch Generation 3 Hemi motor
-Bowler Performance FL80E transmission
-Paddle shifter
-Leather and suede interior by Deno's Upholstery
-QA1 coil over suspension
-Alterkation sub frame
-Wilwood brakes
-Weld racing wheels
-Continental tires
-K&N Air Intake
-Magnaflow exhaust

K&N intake system part number 77-1560KTK was found on the 2012 Durango at the 2012 SEMA Show
K&N intake system part number 77-1560KTK was found on the 2012 Durango at the 2012 SEMA Show
Other than being shown at the SEMA 2012 the Cuda was shot for the Mopar Muscle and Popular Hot Rodding magazines. You can expect to see this sweet ride at a show near you once it goes on tour to select events.

A second vehicle in which John has recently built, is his wife's 2012 Dodge Durango. He chose this car to work on because he liked the style and he was able to add a SRT sporty theme to it, which is apparent in the custom paint job with the gray and blue outlines on the front end of the vehicle. The Durango is equipped with:

This 2012 Dodge Durango was displayed at the 2012 SEMA Show
This 2012 Dodge Durango was displayed at the 2012 SEMA Show
-Lower suspension
-K&N Air Intake 77-1560KTK
-22" rims
-Two tone leather interior
-Custom paint
-Cowl hood
-Sony audio and video electronics

The Durango is going to be a demo car for the Custom Shop throughout 2013. It has been on display at the Muscle Car Nationals and hopefully in the future in will be featured in magazines. Outside of going to multiple car shows, John also plans to take this car on many cruises.

This 2012 Dodge Durango was build by The Custom Shop for the 2012 SEMA Show
This 2012 Dodge Durango was build by The Custom Shop for the 2012 SEMA Show
John not only works on automotive side but powersports as well; specifically, Harley Davidson. The Custom Shop builds have been in 156 magazine features and 14 cover cars. He has been able to live his dream of building the best cars he can.

Make sure to check out Amber Logue's 2011 SEMA Dodge Charger, the Breast Cancer Awarenwss Dodge Challenger from SEMA 2011 and the Hot Wheels Die Cast SEMA 2008 1970 Plymouth Barracuda.

Find K&N products for your vehicle using the K&N application search then use the K&N dealer search to find a K&N dealer in your part of the world.

More images of The Custom Shop SEMA Show vehicles:

SEMA 2012 - Dodge Durango 22" Rims
SEMA 2012
Dodge Durango 22" Rims
SEMA 2012 - Custom Dodge Durango
SEMA 2012
Custom Dodge Durango
SEMA 2012 - 1971 Plymouth Barracuda
SEMA 2012
1971 Plymouth Barracuda

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