Check out my dads 1966 Barracuda "S"

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  1. 66340SEDAN

    66340SEDAN FABO Member #3649 FABO Gold Member

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    Thought I would share with FABO some pictures of my dads 1966 Barracuda Formula "S". He bought it when he was 17 for $650, and it is his very first car! He restored it in 1986, and still brings it to car shows after all these years. The car was super solid before it was restored, everything is stock except the camshaft. Almost every part on this car was on it from day 1 except the tailights, 14" rims, exhaust and reasonator, which were all replaced with NOS parts bought dirt cheap in the late eighties! (used to have dual exhaust and Rocket mags) HIPO 273 Commando, 4-speed, 8 3/4 rear, disc brakes and swaybar just to name a few! It is the rare Citron Gold with Citron gold interior. He is very proud of this car and it was also his first restoration project. (currently restoring a 59 dodge Sweptside). The car is showing a little wear but still looks great for a car restored 22 years ago. I had to resize the pictures and they turned out a little wavy, no, thats not bondo! :toothy10: Pictures were taken last year, enjoy!

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    • RedFish

      RedFish Well-Known Member

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      Sweeeeet !
       
    • swedefish

      swedefish Well-Known Member

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      Very nice Fish
       
    • 340mopar

      340mopar Sorgermotorsports

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      Bought it when he was 17 and still owns it? that is completely cool, amazing and a very nice ride!


      Chuck
       
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      65s Well-Known Member

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      Cool! I see it's got that rare extra large single master cylinder...I've only seen a couple of those.
       
    • BigStrok3

      BigStrok3 Mopar!

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      i love early cudas.
       
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      66dartman Well-Known Member

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      Thanks for the pix. Very cool car!
       
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      lilcuda Well-Known Member

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      Nice! My 66 was originally the same color combo. The only difference is that mine was not a Formula S, but had all of the good stuff, like the Commando 273, the 4 speed, etc. It had a black vinyl top.
       
    • 65dartcharger

      65dartcharger FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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      That is awesome! You don't found them so often in that condition! And with the hp engine and 4-on-the-floor with disc brakes. Sweeeeet
       
    • Longgone

      Longgone John/68 Barracuda & Dart

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      Wow, that`s a well done resto and compliments to your dad for his work and the tenacity to hold on to that car for so long.
       
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      macadoo1961 Well-Known Member

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      Thats awesome, most people have stories of the cars they use to have congrats to your Dad for having the smarts most of us never did!! Thanks for giving us something hot to look at!!!!
       
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      fstfish66 Well-Known Member

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      very kool...hats of to your DAD
       
    • moparlee

      moparlee 64 Valiant

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      That's awesome.
       
    • ACME A12

      ACME A12 It's all ball bearings nowadays...

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      VERY Beautiful Car!

      Did I understand your post correctly to imply that these cars had single exhaust originally? If so, I did not know that. I would have assumed a HIPO 273 would have duals... Interesting...

      Ray
       
    • toolmanmike

      toolmanmike FABO Staff Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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      65 and 66 Hp cars had a high perf exhaust system. The trans crossmember is formed for only one pipe. The hp exhaust has a 2 1/2" y pipe and intermediate pipe going into a hp muffler. The over axle pipe is 2 1/4"
      and finishes off into a resonator with a squared chrome tip. The system is still available through Accurate Exhaust Products. Toolmanmike
       
    • 66340SEDAN

      66340SEDAN FABO Member #3649 FABO Gold Member

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      Yes, it is pretty cool to say you still own your very first car. I still own my fisrt car, a 1974 Satellite Sebring Plus I bought when I was 16, now 30, I WILL NEVER SELL IT! Too bad my dad didn't have a Hemi car, that would be cool! Because of his Barracuda, I have been brainwashed into the Mopar hobby for as long as I can remember! :heart: (wouldn't have it any other way!!)

      Thanks for all the great comments guys! My dad doesn't have a computer so I have read the comments to him and he is tickled pink! He just purchased a rust-free 1967 Barracuda coupe a year ago, I will try to get some pics of this future project! Keith.
       
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      Give your dad a big pat on the bake for me.:wave:
      That fish is a nice one:thumbrig: and thanks for sharing:tongue5:
       
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      ACME A12 It's all ball bearings nowadays...

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      Hey Toolmanmike:

      Thanks for the enlightening! By my own admission what I know about the early A-Bodies wouldn't fill a thimble - but I am interested in broadening my knowledge... Would the same be true of one of the D/Darts or did those cars even have an exhaust system???

      My humble apologies if anyone thinks that I hijacked the thread. I'm just curious...

      Ray
       
    • toolmanmike

      toolmanmike FABO Staff Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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      Ray, PM sent. Mike
       
    • 65 Dartman

      65 Dartman FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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      And as far as I'm concerned, had the sweetest exhaust sound!
       
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      • toolmanmike

        toolmanmike FABO Staff Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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        i've never heard hi-po exhaust. I'll start a new thread. Mike
         
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        toolmanmike FABO Staff Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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        66 340 sedan, Do you know the paint code for the Barracuda? It looks like
        ZZ1 gold poly metallic. Mike
         
      • 66340SEDAN

        66340SEDAN FABO Member #3649 FABO Gold Member

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        Yes, ZZ1 is the correct paint code.
         
      • toolmanmike

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        Looks great all new and shiny looking. I'm still trying to deside wether to paint my Dart ZZ1 or another color. With the cost of paint and body work
        now days I don't want to make the wrong choice. My Dart is one of 1237
        66 GT's with the HP273 and a 4-speed. If it were original it still wouldn't be worth a fortune (like a Hemi or a 440 car). I like the new burnt orange colors.
        That color goes good with chrome and Black vinyl top. toolmanmike
         
      • 66340SEDAN

        66340SEDAN FABO Member #3649 FABO Gold Member

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        Go for it! I know a guy here who has a 66 Dart GT 273 HIPO 4-speed, citron gold ZZ1 paint with the same gold interior, all original and complete but needs a complete resto. I think it looks sweet that color!
         
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