65 barracuda nightmare

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  1. Eric freeman

    Eric freeman New Member

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    Hey everybody stuff only found how to make a post so I have a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda it originally came with a slant 6 and we are trying to install a 360 V8 into the engine bay where can I find the motor mounts to do the Slant six to the v8 conversion because the motor mounts that I found very short and they are not high enough for the big bigger motor for the headers to clear other things any information would be greatly appreciated I would greatly greatly appreciate it I have the VIN number I will post the picture of the VIN number with this post to give you an idea of what exact car I have again any kind of information I've been on the hunt for about a a few months

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  2. Keith Mopar

    Keith Mopar Mopar Nut

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    These guys are back in business but I'm sure you might get them other places as well.

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    What headers are you running?
     
  3. JDMopar

    JDMopar Well-Known Member

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    If you don't have a V8 center link in your front suspension, that is going to cause you clearance issues with the oil pan also. Good luck with the build.
     
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    • clementine

      clementine Flight risk FABO Gold Member

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      Looks like an exciting build!
      Not trying to be nit picky, but punctuation help my head not spin so badly my friend.
      Keep at it!!
       
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      • cudamark

        cudamark FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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        What you've posted so far is a fender tag, not the VIN tag. The fender tag indicates it was originally a 273 2bbl car.
         
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        • 66fs

          66fs FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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          You just need 273 motor mounts and brackets. 1964 to 1966. One side needs to be modified. 360's have an offset balance weights on the vibration damper and torque convertor or flex plate.
           
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          • pishta

            pishta I know I'm right....

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            66fs is correct, just a spacer on the passenger side to get the 360 to bolt up. Get the thick "brick" 65 insulators (top) instead of the thin 'sandwich' ones for more center link clearance. The 65 didn't have a unique K for the slant and the V8. What trans are you going to use? Get a 360 904/998/999 (or a 360 balanced convertor) if you can find one out of a later 360 Cordoba or something. The 727 will fit but it will be very tight around the tunnel seam, must pound it flat. <68 trans had a smaller hub on their convertors to match the early 273 small crank bore. youll have to get a convertor snout bushing to run an early trans on a 360. Headers are going to be an issue as there are only a few $$$ headers that fit that combo. Magnum logs are a good cheap option. Good luck, Its a bolt in but there are a few 'gotchas'.
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            • Dartswinger70

              Dartswinger70 Only thing I ever bought new was a Fender Strat

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              Aren't those early A bodies( pre 67) pretty specific with v8 fitment?
               
            • Tooljunkie

              Tooljunkie King of cobble/master of the broken bolt FABO Gold Member

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              I wouldnt think twice about ditching headers for a set of manifolds that fit. I have a set of headers, but decided its a battle i dont want to deal with. I could care less about the sound or change in horsepower.
               
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              • Kern Dog

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                You could care less? You mean that you do care a little?


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                • Dartswinger70

                  Dartswinger70 Only thing I ever bought new was a Fender Strat

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                  I dunno I installed "Factory style" exhaust from Accurate, and I must say the sound takes a bit of getting used to after headers and 2.5 pipes out the back with Walker Dyno max...OP dont look at it as a "nightmare" its a learning experience...in the end it may cost you because Mopars aren't cheap. But the fellers here will help you out if you need parts post a wanted thread.
                   
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                  • 66fs

                    66fs FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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                    Correct but to say it a different way, 67 and earlier automatic transmissions.
                     
                  • pishta

                    pishta I know I'm right....

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                    My way was shorter....:p
                     
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                    • AJ/FormS

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

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                      I did that swap with a 340, back in about 73. I just took both the mounts and the bracket off the 273 and it fit just right. the 360 mounting ears are the same as the 340 ones.
                      But I used Hooker fenderwell headers, which cramped the street tires. I think Hooker makes a set now, that two or three pipes go down in the usual way and the other(s) go thru the apron, sounds like the problem is solved. Pn5208 rings a bell.... but IDK.
                      The gas pedal thew me a curve tho, going into a former slanty car, nothing worked. No worries I just robbed a Duster or something.
                      Then the KD was another hurdle. I had to get all the stuff off the Duster car. You will need the 4bbl stuff, unless you have a high rise intake, then a custom bracket will be needed.
                      After that It was pretty smooth sailing.
                      One thing I shouldda done tho was get bigger T-bars. Those slanty bars were a handful.
                       
                    • pishta

                      pishta I know I'm right....

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                      5208's are 318 port size. They wont seal up on a 340-360 port. AMHIK......Unless I got a set that was drilled wrong as the bottoms of the 340 Ex. gaskets were always burned out as the port extended below the 5208 header flange. Just go with 360 manifolds.
                       
                    • RustyRatRod

                      RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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                      No kiddin. I didn't even read it.
                       
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