Hello, So I was able to pickup this 65 Barracuda. I plan on doing a track-able street car inspired by the European Group 1 touring cars of the late 60's and early 70's . This is my intent, But like most of my builds and idea's I tend to be completely all over the map. I want a "retro" or meld of what I see in my head with new with old, and not quite what the norm on a budget "build".
Here's kinda how I have come to this point..
When I was younger I had a 69 barracuda while in the Marines and it was geared more for street n strip work. Sadly it was stolen a few years after this picture. :-(
After this I found the joy of track racing. I love watching and I love the history of the cars.
I found myself enjoying the older iron, and got heavy into the DTM of the 80-90's fell in love with the Merc's and bmw of the time, as wells as the Aussy V8's. I've built many BMW e30's for track and opened a shop building strokers and turbo builds for the bmw. But as always with a good things it passes with time. I found myself fighting the state on emissions and found myself cheating the system to enjoy my hobby/ passion. Finally the last shoes dropped when California adopted the Star smog program. Within Months of 2016 I had sold all of my BMW's and stopped building Merc' and bimmer motors then dropped out of the scene. I and found self seeking out and buying smog exempt cars and truck. Until i came upon and bought my 74 D200 with a 360 and built the motor to pull stumps and it has now become the "ShopTruck"
Next I needed was a car to build into a screamer. Thankfully I was able to find the 65 barracuda. It started life as normal Socal car with 225 1bbl center console auto, and * hi option "variable speed wiper motor" lol
but along the way some one removed the 225 and replaced it with 78-82 318 small port, then added a 82 360 4bbl manifold and what looks to be a edelbrock square bore 500cfm? carb, and 1.5" exhaust out the back. Needless to say its pretty gutless. The Silver lining is some one swapped in a 8.25" suregrip rearend. and I have all the trim work...
Now that I have the car i did some interweb searching on vintage road race barracuda's and I found more than I was expecting and I plan on building the car to look as though it was built for this purpose Key word "look"
Under the skin I will have a sorted 99 Magnum fuely w/ SC setup. Evan from Magnum Mopar is rebuilding my Harness now and I have contacted FlyinRyan and he will be Mapping/ tuning the ECU.
At the moment the 904 will have to stand in till I can source a A518 tans ( I don't want to go fast on the street, I want to fly on the frwy)
I also plan on tri 4 link rear, Still undecided on the front suspension.
As for the cockpit, sadly look like a total loss missing more than most. So I will be doing a minimal track interior able to seat 4... I have kids...
Dash will be rebuild hopefully using stock gauges cause i love that look in a race car!
I have ordered both under dash and engine harnesses for the car. Yearone / M&H not holding my breath....hahahah
And lastly I plan on building the full exhaust myself. Headers, flow, mids and dumps. Thankfully I have been working in the after market exhaust industry sense leaving the Marine and I have picked up skills in this area. lol
The updates may start out slow, due to just moving into a house we just finished rebuilding, and my garage is partly a construction zone, but should be sorted out with in a week. finger crossed...
This is the 5.9 Magnum replacing the wornout 318.
As you can see from the pictures my garage is a bit cluttered at the moment...ugh