Pietro Gorlier, right, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar) -- FCA Global, shakes hands with Mark Worman of the "Graveyard Carz" TV show while meeting the restoration shop's employees and inspecting a 1971 'Cuda that was fitted with a Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kit for the 2016 SEMA show.

Pietro Gorlier, right, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar) -- FCA Global, shakes hands with Mark Worman of the "Graveyard Carz" TV show while meeting the restoration shop's employees and inspecting a 1971 'Cuda that was fitted with a Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kit for the 2016 SEMA show. 

Mopar | May 23 2017

Mopar marries modern, classic muscle on “Graveyard Carz”

Classic Mopar muscle and modern Mopar muscle – can two great eras of horsepower and styling live together?

Automotive enthusiasts are watching that question unfold on “Graveyard Carz,” the Mopar-focused restoration TV show that runs on the Velocity network.

In an episode that first aired on May 16, shop owner and Mopar savant Mark Worman set his crew (the Ghouls) to work restoring a 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda for a big project he code-named Project Firepower. That code name was a hint of what was to come.

This week’s episode, which first airs at 10 p.m. Eastern on Velocity, brings Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar) — FCA Global, to Worman’s shop in Oregon for a peek at the build and how the brand’s modern 392 Crate HEMI® Engine Kit helped make a challenging project a bit easier.

Mopar introduced the Crate HEMI Engine Kits at the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas, with Worman receiving a kit in advance to put the 485-horsepower 392 HEMI V-8 into his ‘71 ‘Cuda project, which was also bound for the SEMA show. The Crate HEMI Engine Kit made installing the modern powerplant into the classic muscle car a simple “plug and play” operation.

Mark Worman of "Graveyard Carz" and Mopar chief Pietro Gorlier talk about the 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit that powers a restored 1971 Plymouth 'Cuda.

Mark Worman of “Graveyard Carz” and Mopar chief Pietro Gorlier talk about the 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit that powers a restored 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda.

The crate 392 HEMI V-8 gave the project ‘Cuda a step up in power from the 426-hp HEMI V-8 it left the factory with more than 40 years ago.

Of course, installing modern Mopar power is just one step in getting the ’71 ‘Cuda to Las Vegas in time for the SEMA show.

“Graveyard Carz” airs on the Velocity network. Catch the newest episode on Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern, with replays throughout the week. You can also watch full episodes on demand at www.velocity.com, signing in with your cable or satellite TV provider.

As Gorlier and Worman love to say: Mopar Or No Car!

Dale Jewett

Do you know your blood type? Mine is 100 octane (not your standard blood bank classification). At any given moment, I’m thinking about cars – driving one, fixing one, buying one or (in my dreams) restoring one. So I love to tell stories that involve horsepower, brake and wheel diameters
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Do you know your blood type? Mine is 100 octane (not your standard blood bank classification). At any given moment, I’m thinking about cars – driving one, fixing one, buying one or (in my dreams) restoring one. So I love to tell stories that involve horsepower, brake and wheel diameters and 0-to-60 times – and the people who make it happen. Because behind every awesome vehicle are amazing people with vision and the desire to make it a reality. I cover Mopar, Dodge, SRT and motorsports for FCA Digital Media. I learned to drive on a 1973 Jeep CJ-5 with the rare Super Jeep option package and three-speed manual transmission. I still belong to the dwindling club of people who prefer to shift their own gears, and think the best way to drive is with the top down!