1968 Barracuda Notch - Plano, TX

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    Started working on my car again this week after a long break.

    Car is a 1968 Barracuda Notchback (coupe) with what remains of the almost 43 year old GG1 Forest Green Metallic. Car has a "born on date" of May 17th 1968. I bought the car in 1989 for $350.

    Engine:
    440 0.030 over, Ross pistons, 0.990 steel pin, Eagle rods, Ultradyne solid lifter cam with ported iron heads. Heads have 2.14I, 1.81E stainless valves. Crane roller rockers. Eddy Performer RPM intake. Barry Grant "Silver Claw" carb. Machine work on the block and head porting was done by Muscle Motors about 11 years ago. Oil pan is Milodon circle track style pan.

    Trans:
    Chrysler crate 727 I picked up in trade about 20 years ago NIB. Converter is a Coan 11".

    Rear:
    8-3/4 housing by Dr. Diff. w/ rear disk and Dutchman axles, picked up about five years ago. Center section was built by Randy's w/ 3.90 and detroit locker.

    Suspension and Brakes, Front:
    0.990 bars, 1-1/4" sway bar. '75 K-frame w/ spool mounts. '75 spindle. 11-7/8" Cordoba rotors, '73 B-body calipers, '85 (RWD) Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Ave master cylinder. Braided steel hose kit.

    Wheels and tires:
    Currently 15x3-1/2" Cragar Superlite II pizza cutters on the front w/ 165R15 tires. Rears are Cragar Superlite II 15x10 6-1/2" backspace with 325/50 BFG Drag Radials. Here is your time warp age reference: I bought the wheels on lay-away at SuperShops pre 1990 while working at a Montgomery Ward as a tire buster. Remember Eddie and Ercie Hill?

    Rear suspension - this is what I am working on at this time. Rear springs were relocated using the MP inboard kit about 20 years ago. I am now taking out the 002-003 rear SS springs and snubber, replacing them with Caltracs and a -1" monoleaf spring. I have the drivers side in. Plan on getting the passenger side this coming weekend and put the car back down on the ground.

    My new gas tank is on its way from Rick's tanks. It will replace the 20 year old Jaz fuel cell.

    After the rear suspension is replaced / fitted and the fuel tank is situated - the car will be coming apart in preparation for paint.
     
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      Wow I wish mine looked that good! I,unfortunately, was too young to have caught the deals back than haha. Look forward to seeing the progress.
       
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      Pictures. First w/ drag radials 3-1/2 years ago. Second six years ago with Sean K's TTII wheels and tire fitment test. Third last summer in the garage with "new" door and fender.
       

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        Nice. The new wheels look a lot better. What size are they ?
         
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        17x8
        245/45/17 front, 255/50/17 rear
         
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        Michael, you going back with the green, or something different? Good to see you working on it again. I have looked over your site with the wheels on it many times now.
         
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        i like how low it sits.
         
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        Yep - Green. May have to go with "Dark Bowling Green Metallic". It is a really good match and readily available. 2001 Corvette, paint code 91. I was not sure if I wanted to go with the same color until I removed the splash shield behind the drivers side fender and found a spot that had remained hidden for 40+ years. Wow! It is a really nice, really dark metallic green paint. Like I said, almost a perfect match to the Corvette color. It looks black at night or from a distance. I believe the same paint code is also used on some Tahoes, Suburbans and Cadillacs.
         

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        I love how it looks in the front. I am in the process of installing the -1" monoleafs, the rear should be similar when I am done.
         

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          Doorbell rang during dinner tonight - some guy in brown shorts and a brown short sleeve shirt left a big box in front of my door and ran off.
           

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            how many gallons did you end up getting with that monster tank?
             
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            Including the cut out - I estimate about 31.5 gallons. It is narrower than your tank at 24" wide, same profile below the floor, and extends 4" up into the trunk. Two vents, one return line, and a big in tank pump.
             
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            Love the Notchback. A friend had a yellow one with a hemi years ago. Good luck with the build.
             
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            Looks good. I like the gas tank. I made the mistake of puting in a 10 gallon cell.A 499 ci stroker drinks that pretty quick . How much was it and where did you buy it if you don't mind me asking.
             
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            Great Car man
             
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              Your car is beautiful. I was planning on running the same hood. Is that the AAR offering? How much prep was needed before paint? Are you running any sort of hood spring?

              I bought the tank from Ricks' Tanks - Direct. I spoke them at the Goodguys show at Texas Motor Speedway last Fall. It was a little bit more than thier fuel injected style tank for a camaro, plus extra for the included Aeromotive A1000 pump, a fuel level sender unit, and was a "one-off" custom design.

              For the design, I asked them to use the same profile under the floor that they used for t-granger's Duster. From there I had them narrow it to 24" and increase the above floor height to 4". Since I have the inboard spring relocation kit the exhaust has to run between the frame rails. Frame rail to frame rail is 34" IIRC and I wanted to leave 5" on each side. The floor comes up from the trunk just over 4" to clear where the shocks mount. This will make it so I can make a flat "false floor" or cover at that height that will cover the tank and be level to the firewall I will be putting in behind the rear seat. This will naturally create areas to hide relays, other electronics, and a small tool storage area. When you open the trunk it will have a flat floor with a small spare and nothing else visible except the filler neck. I also had them incorporate a large return feed to the sump and two seperate vents. The return is an AN connection, the two vents have tubes that run to the top rear corners of the tank. Since the tank sits higher, I had them turn the filler neck to horizontal. I will take the stock neck, cut it, have a hose bead added, and use a 90 curved hose to connect the two.

              With actual measurements of the exterior of the tank it comes out over 32 gallons even accounting for the displacement of the pump. The large pump and tank are more a concession to fuel injection plus the possibility of running E-85 or Methanol and / or forced induction. I did not want to turn around two years from now and be forced to modify or buy another tank. 30+ gallons also makes things like driving between cities in Texas, the annual gulf coast cruise, or an event like the power tour more realistic.
               
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              OK - back after a one month delay caused by installing wood floors in the house. Besides the considerable dent to the savings caused by the floors - the IRS is going to want some money this month. I am drained for a few months. I still have plenty of labor I can do when momma and the kids let me out in the garage.

              Finally got back into the garage this morning and finished the Cal Trac install. I ordered the -1" springs. Looks like it sits at least 2" lower than with the super stock springs. I can still adjust with a short block if I want to go lower.

              Rolled the car into the driveway to take an "after" picture. Before v After picture attached. Before is the top picture.
               

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                I like how the car sits lower. I was never a big fan of the whole a** up in the air thing.
                 
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                Mosley!!! great to see your back working on the Barracuda again!!

                this is Jeff your Old Neighbor from Round Rock

                ive been working on mine a lot as well just picked up a 4 speed overdrive A833 and spring relocation kit also some Bullitt wheels 17x8 Front and 18X10 rear
                 
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                Thanks for the info on the gas tank.Your cuda is looking good. The stance looks awesome. Yes the hood was from AAR. I was happy with quality and it didn't require much work before paint.
                 

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                Hey Jeff - where do you live these days?

                Just finished painting the grill and bolting the header panel assembly back on the front of the car. Need to modify the driver's side bucket so I can put the headlight and the surrounds back in, tighten the bumper. Only thing left to get it running again after that is to run two or three wires, pre-lube the engine and fire it up. I have been tinkering with different things trying to decide if I am going to paint now or later. I have more work to do, guess I will paint it later. I want to do suspension, brakes, fuel injection, five speed and the paint. I can only afford one or two things on the list at this time. I would hate to take it apart for paint then leave it apart for years as I finish the rest of the car.

                I know too many people who have a car in "exploded view".
                 
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