1968 Barracuda Notchback: Paint and Body 2014

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  • The following is an abridged version of the 9 months my car spent at Rod's Car Craft.

    First three pictures are circa 2005 and represent what the car looked like before.
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    After disassembly - off to the paint shop:
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    First step, media blasting:
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    And an etch primer:
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    Damage to the door jamb around the strikers:
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    Repaired using the kit from Dynamic Renovations:
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    After primer:
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    And after paint:
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    Area a previous owner removed for "spark plug access" on the driver's side:
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    And after the donor inner fender was installed with all extraneous holes filled:
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    Area a previous owner removed for "spark plug access" on the passenger side:
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    Shock tower repair:
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    Inner fender replaced:
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    Collision damage on the driver's side rocker:
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    Cut out:
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    And replaced with a donor piece:
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    The radiator support was replaced with square tube including brackets for the valance mounts and nutserts for attaching the latch support:
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    Firewall before:
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    Firewall during body work:
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    Engine compartment after primer:
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    Radiator support after paint:
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    Engine bay after paint:
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    Trunk before, was cut our for fuel cell:
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    Inner wheel tub replacement and clean up, along with additional tire clearance:
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    Frame put in place to stiffen the rear and support the 36 gallon tank:
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    36 gallon tank with submersed fuel pump:
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    Trunk after primer:
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    Trunk after paint:
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    Torque boxes, sub frame connectors and spring relocation:
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    2nd hanger for duals:
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    Under chassis with tinted bedliner:
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    Collision damage on driver's quarter, especially hideous is the crease 6" behind the door:
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    After some metal massage it flattened out as if it was never there. Body filler is no more than a skim coat anywhere on the car!
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    Modifications were needed to squeeze in the T-56 Magnum 6 speed:
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    Welding was involved:
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    And a new tunnel:
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    Console brackets were salvaged and set to make the new transmission shifter come through the stock console opening:
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    New openings for stock style dual tips:
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    F&B Performance modified my "new" P3690982 intake. They opened up the top to accept their 2 bbl throttle bodies, did some port clean up work, added injector bungs into the runners, and added fuel rails:
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    Then we had to make it fit in the car:
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    Barely clears the wiper motor:
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    The air cleaner they sent would not clear my six pack hood:
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    But I was able to get a six pack air cleaner modified and low enough to do the job:
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    I found a used AAR fiberglass six pack hood locally that needed minimal work:
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    Driver's side after all the major work:
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    Passenger side:
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    Here is a front view with the "Spoilers by Randy" metal spoiler installed:
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    Pictures with the new wheels and tires and front fender modifications. Front fender mods are covered in a separate garage.
    18x9 Front with 255/40-18; 18x10 Rear with 295/40-18; Nice track tires and wheels.
    On the rear the 295 is a 27.2" tall tire and has about 1" clearance on the outside and about 2-1/4" on the inside. A 345/30-19 is the same height and comes in at 2" wider. Future street tires can be as wide as a 345 and still fit in this car. The front tire is 26" tall. I can easily fit a 18x10 with a 275/35-18 on the front.
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    Car ready for primer:
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    Primer and guide coat, ready for block sanding:
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    After some block sanding:
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    Final coat of primer:
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    Front header panel and lower valence before and after:
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    Engine compartment, trunk, jambs, rockers, undercar, inside of doors, and etcetera done, prepping for final paint:
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    Finally!!! Paint!!!
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    And more sanding, and more polishing:
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    Ready to head to the house:
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    In the garage, assembly time:
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    In the driveway!
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  1. Mark Nall
    very very nice
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  2. Hemi_Manny
    what is your rear end cut down too? front suspension set up?"
    and whats the update on the car? is it done yet? Love it!!!
    1. mosleyme
      axle flange to axle flange is 55.75". About 2" narrower than a stock A-body axle. The rear springs are relocated, the axle was sized such that a 1" offset wheel is centered in the space between the frame and the wheel lip.

      Front is 1.12" torsion bars; '75 spool K-frame modified to clear the BB Milodon circle track pan; K-frame welded and reinforced; tubular upper and lower control arms; Borgeson 14:1 power box; pitman support; roller bearing idler arm; C-body tie rods; 1-1/8" sway bar.
      mosleyme, Jun 23, 2018
    2. mosleyme
      Work on car has been on hold for a few years, should start up again very soon.
      mosleyme, Jun 23, 2018
  3. Jasin
    You get the Thorough Build Award. Sick Ride.
      mosleyme likes this.
  4. Cleary67
    Baaad Asss!!!!!
      mosleyme likes this.
  5. mosleyme
    Late Model Restoration, they are for a Mustang. 18x9 Front with 255/40-18; 18x10 Rear with 295/40-18.
      ValiantOne likes this.
  6. ValiantOne
    Loving your wheel tire combo! Mind sharing manufacturer and sizes?
    1. mosleyme
      Since they are for a late model Mustang they may not fit a stock front brake hub, something may have to be modified to make it work.
      mosleyme, Aug 26, 2016
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  7. duster007
    wow "Damm that's tight"!
      mosleyme likes this.
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