1968 Barracuda - Let it begin (the last build!)

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  1. qkcuda

    qkcuda Well-Known Member

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    Will you be using a factory roller cam block? Cheaper and easier than retrofit roller lifters.
     
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    • MrJLR

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      No, I already have a 1968 318 in my garage that's never been bored.... I'll get a retro roller kit.

      Jeff
       
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      And they’re environmentally friendly!

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      • R4Sedan

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        Yes, I was thinking about that last night. You definitely want to tie the frame. With my last Challenger I stroked my 318 and that thing was a beast. Good luck Jeff. It will be fun.
         
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        • AJ/FormS

          AJ/FormS 68 B'cuda fb, Form S clone ... 367/A833/3.55s

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          ask around about hydraulic retro rollers. It seems to me, I heard that, they are heavy pigs and don't handle revs well. But going from memory, they may have improved them in the last twenty years.
          Solids will solve that.
          The Magnums, IMO, are a better design.
          And I have heard that the Magnum blocks have better metallurgy, with longer lasting cylinder walls.
          And you can now get heads for them with LA intake bolt angles, so that intake selection is wide open now.
          Something to think about.
          Plus the last time I checked, the cost of hydraulic retro roller-lifters was ridiculous. For a streeter, I'd rather spend the coin on a solid flat tappet with the specialty foot.
           
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          • RON REAGLE

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            You OBVIOUSLY didn't see my old 65 Barracuda then ?? Now owned by another member here BUT Green is definitely sharp on this car

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            • MrJLR

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              Ok.....update

              I called Brian at IMM Engines in Indio California (just a little past Palm Springs) and talked at length with him about the engine I want built.....
              I'm dropping off the block with him this coming Friday.
              I'm just going to have him build it top to bottom. ....
              318/392 stroker, retro roller cam, 10:1 max compression. ... he'll Dyno it and everything around $7500.
              10 weeks to complete it....his shop is pretty busy right now.

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              Also ordered my subframe connectors .....

              Getting started......

              Jeff
               
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              • Josecuda

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                Keeping tuned on this one, its a great build!
                 
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                • barbee6043

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                  Congrats on getting to it, and make it like YOU want...you, the only person you have to satisfy.
                  I like to keep them drivable as much as I can while working on them, just keeps me more interested.
                   
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                  • 66fyssh

                    66fyssh Don't Stop Believin' FABO Gold Member

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                    Sounds like a great build, Jeff. 10 weeks is not that long.

                    What kind of horsepower are you looking for?
                     
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                    • MrJLR

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                      They estimate it'll be in the 450HP range....PLENTY!

                      Jeff
                       
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                      • missing linc

                        missing linc Loose nut behind the wheel

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                        I really like your plan, I would go with the Viper green if it were me. I'm just about 58 years old now, and I've been doing this all my life, so from experience, you're doing it at the right time. I spent most of the last 2 summers in my garage working on my 75 Dart, and this year I have zero motivation to do anything more with it. It runs, kinda, and I have driven it, but it's got some issues and I'm tired of trying to figure it out. I will watch your progress and look forward to seeing you roast the tires in celebration.
                        I think I would get the mechanics sorted out first before the shiny part, and I think your plan is going to come together really well, go, stop, and turn, all while being comfortable in a car you clearly love.
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                        • MrJLR

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                          Thank you!
                          Yes, I really do love this car......She's my forever car!

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                          • 318willrun

                            318willrun Utube channel 318willrun

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                            Make it like you want it !!! I'm all for that !
                             
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                            • JAndrea

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                              Looking forward to it!
                               
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                              • MrJLR

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                                I took the spare 318 to Brian at IMM Engines yesterday!

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                                Brian is a great and very knowledgeable guy....really spent a lot of time talking to me about what I want and how I'm going to use the engine. ......I have 100% confidence in him.
                                His shop is busy.... it'll be about 10 weeks.
                                There was Gen 2 Hemi's everywhere. ....freakin awesome!

                                On another note, to transport the engine back and forth, I bought an engine cradle from Mancini Racing. ....small block mopar engine cradles are almost nonexistent as you might know.
                                All of the hardware was loose and scattered in the bottom of the box but worst of all, the punched holes in the square tubing were misaligned. ....BADLY. I mean like a quarter inch off.....pathetic.
                                Damn thing wasn't cheap either.....I expected better for what I paid.....whatever.

                                Anyway, things are in process. ....whohoo!

                                Jeff
                                 
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                                • George Jets

                                  George Jets 1967 Dart 2 Door FABO Gold Member

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                                  1968 318 factory bore 9.2:1 pistons with full floating rods.

                                  If you are tossing them out, you can toss them my way. :thankyou:
                                   
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                                  • MrJLR

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                                    Sorry....those are long gone.....

                                    Jeff
                                     
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                                    • George Jets

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                                      Ambitious Build, will be following along.
                                       
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                                      • scott657

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                                        SUB........SCRIBED
                                         
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                                        • alltimelow1

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                                          Subbed as well!!

                                          I’m a little ahead of you but, going down the same path

                                          Also, my fastback was originally FF1 green like yours and when I get around to the body will go back some green close to it

                                          can’t wait to see your progress!!
                                           
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                                          • MrJLR

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                                            Here is what she looks like right now....going to paint next week

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                                            Parts are arriving almost daily now...the engine will be ready in a couple more weeks...

                                            Jeff
                                             
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                                            • 512Stroker

                                              512Stroker We are all here because we are not all there.

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                                              7 months out on seat covers from Legendary
                                               
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                                              • 512Stroker

                                                512Stroker We are all here because we are not all there.

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                                                "specialty foot" ?
                                                Inquiring minds want to know.
                                                 
                                              • alltimelow1

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                                                Looking good Jeff!!!

                                                Did you select the specific paint color yet? I know green but I may have missed it if you told everyone the final decision… course you may be keeping it secret :)

                                                heard anything on your Alterktion?
                                                im like 11 weeks in and still patiently waiting… this everything on backorder sucks for sure
                                                 
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