Getting to it too!!! 1967 Barracuda Coupe

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  1. '67Fish

    '67Fish Active Member

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    Greetings everyone! I’m starting this new thread at the encouragement of my brother, Kevin. Ever since I can remember, our family nearly always drove Chrysler products. One of my favorite cars as a kid was a second cousin’s 1967 Barracuda coupe. She got it new as a high school graduation gift and I remember a family reunion where everyone was circling the car and admiring it. I guess that left an impression on me. When it came time for me to get my first car, I wanted one of those 2nd generation Barracudas. But, I never could find one for sale. Instead, I ended up with a 1970 Duster 340 for my first car in 1975. (Go see my brother’s rebuild/restoration of that car at FABO: Finally getting to it!!! 1970 Duster 340 )

    Fast forward to Fall 2009. Scrolling through Craigslist, I came across a 1967 Barracuda for sale that was just a few miles from where I grew up in PA. I asked Kevin to check out the car for me since I live out of state. He sent me some pictures and said it looked, “pretty good.” The car was an unmolested 273 2bl Notchback automatic with a split bench and the seller was ready to deal. Unfortunately, at this time, my wife and I were involved in a cycling accident. I had no injuries but she had suffered head trauma. I couldn’t think about a car given the circumstances and told my bother that I would pass on the Notch. On Christmas Eve 2009, the doctors gave my wife a clean bill of health from her accident. It was the best Christmas gift I could have gotten but, it was going to get even better. That evening, my family surprised me with the Craigslist ’67 Barracuda for Christmas! Even after all those years, I’m still touched by that special Christmas.

    Fast forward again to Spring 2020. A combination of work commitments, kid’s college, and life in general keep pushing the Barracuda to back burner. It’s now been nearly 11 years since I was given the car and it was in storage all that time. In the meantime, Kevin has finished his Duster 340 restoration and takes the car for her maiden road trip to visit Mike Ross and Ken Falzini in Medina, OH. Mike’s persistence and Ken’s bodywork/paint craftsmanship had resurrected Kevin’s car after he suffered a series of setbacks (it’s all in his thread). During the visit, Kevin mentioned that I have this Barracuda. Mike tells Kevin (and I later confirm with phone calls) that he has a slot to work on my Notch and the timing is perfect for bringing the Plymouth out to Medina for the body work and paint. But it’s got to be, “Now!” O.k., having seen Ken’s and Mike’s work, I’m convinced. Here’s even the better part: My brother loved restoring his Duster 340 so much, he is willing to do the same for me! Since he’s already made the connections and knows many of the ins and outs from his A-body experience, I’d be silly not to take him up on his offer. The timing is right.

    So, here’s my ’67 Fish. We’ll be keeping it mostly original with some exceptions. We’ll be adding an 8.75 Sure-Grip rear end that I bought from a fellow FABO member some years ago. We’ll do some modifications to the engine as we have a period correct, factory four-barrel intake manifold and carburetor. I envision the car looking like it did, “Back in the day.” I’m going to let my brother take point in this project and he’ll be updating this thread too. We look forward to contributing to FABO and making progress.

    '67 in storage.
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    Going to Ohio!
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    First some dismantling in PA.
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    My good friend, Jim Walker, with the 8.75. Kevin's already working on the rebuild.
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    Jim, Kevin, and I drive through the night to Medina, OH. With Ken, the four of us bag & tag and strip the car down. Not too bad for 24 hrs! More later!
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    • searcher1990

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      great start. Keep the posts coming.
       
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        Love the Notch backs.
        Great story, even better family.
        Enjoy
         
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          Great family and story! Jim looks like hes related to Johnnie lol.
          Congrats, enjoy!
           
        • Kendog 170

          Kendog 170 Let the boy go !

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          Great story You are a lucky man. Good luck and enjoy.
           
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          This will be a fun brother project. It has given Gary and me a chance to talk regularly about one our favorite interests.....Mopars! The body is off to the blaster and I expect that Mike should call us soon about how the shell looks. I started in on the 8 3/4 last weekend. The housing is cleaned and ready for paint. I'm going to rebuild the internals. It is 3.23 with a clutch type Sure Grip out of a 1969 Formula S. I'm waiting on parts to arrive from Dr. Diff. I've never set up a differential before but i did stay in a Holiday Inn Express (Medina, OH). It will be interesting to see how tough it is to set depth and preload on the pinion. I'm up for the challenge.
           
        • Kendog 170

          Kendog 170 Let the boy go !

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          What # Diff ? 741,742,479 ? I need to go through my 741. I did a 742 (1st time) on my Hardtop. I set the pinion drag by feel (scary) but Still going strong.That's the shim type not crush collar.
           
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          Great story. Glad yo are getting to it and looks like a real good project!!
           
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          Nice and wow, You don't see the left bank gasket/exhaust shield still on the cars 51 years later
           
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          The diff is a 742.
           
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          Kendog 170 Let the boy go !

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          Post some pics when you get to it. I could use some brushing up.
           
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          Great story, nice project.
           
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          Great story ,GO FOR IT . My Dad said often : "There's never enough time to do a job right the first time but there is always time to do it right the second time."
           
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          • FJRdoc

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            My bad. The differential is a 741.
             
          • '67Fish

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            Thanks FABO members for your comments and support. I thought I would post some more pics of the Notch before the dismantle.
            Here's a better shot of the dash and interior.
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            The inside door still had service sticker from 1976. The striker post is in good shape.
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            I thought folks might like to see the blackout spray pattern behind the grill. We'll duplicate this on the rebuild.
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            • '67Fish

              '67Fish Active Member

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              Ken dropped the engine and drivetrain the day we left Ohio. The coupe went on the rotisserie for prepping to the blaster. Mopar Mike said he and Ken don't mess around (not exactly his words). I agree.
              Ken's power-spraying the underside. That's a factory undercoating. Mike said it was thick - like body schutz. Maybe it was a Wednesday build in 1967.
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              Here's part of its build sheet for undercoating. You also got the underhood pad.
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              Ken did a mechanical strip of the side panels. I think Mike and Ken wanted to get a preview of the metal before it got blasted.
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              While the old girl had one paint over, Ken and Mike discovered it was kissed in the back passenger quarter. Mike said it didn't look like it was hit but it backed into something. One of the big discoveries was a blue lower "stripe" below the doorline crease. Ken said it was not the thinner side strip. I've seen the broader lower strips on '69 'Cudas but maybe I never noticed them on '67s. I'd be curious what members think. Was this stripe factory or owner added? Below is a picture of the area. That's the door opening on the right. side with blue stripe b.JPG
               
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              • Mattax

                Mattax Just the facts, ma'am FABO Gold Member

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                If you get a chance, can you take some photos of the instrument cluster and glovebox lettering? Looks pretty good in the photos. Redfish and I were recently discussing/looking for evidence about how the lettering was originally painted (or left as chrome).
                 
              • FJRdoc

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                Here you go Mattax. Most of Gary's parts are in my basement. I took some pics of the instrument cluster and glove box script. I finished reconditioning the axle assemblies this AM. I bought a complete fit from Rick Ehrenberg that included all the necessary parts. I also purchased his complete brake hardware kit. I used his parts on my Duster and I was really happy with them and his speedy service.I dropped the diff carrier and pinion off at a local machine shop to have them pull the bearings. I got a rebuild kit from Dr. Diff. That will be the next project.

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                  Wow! I thought trip odometer was 150mph Speedo only. Learn something new all the time.
                   
                • Mattax

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                  AFAIK, trip odo was standard for all '67 Barracudas.

                  Thanks!!!
                  One of the questions we've been trying to resolve is whether the sides of the script had chrome on them.
                  In your photo it looks black, unchromed.
                  Or is what we see in the photo just the digitial process of a shadow?

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                  Here's the discussion with Redfish and others.
                  Rally dash redo
                  (Also if you don't want to fill up your build thread with this side discussion we can take it over there. )
                   
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                • '67Fish

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                  As an fyi, here are a a few pics of the Fish going to the blaster the other week. Keeping our fingers crossed as to rust surprises...
                  Road trip for body parts.
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                  Boxed up for the blaster.
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                  While at the blaster, Ken and Mike prepped a pair of inner fenders that I scored from Baltimore Craigslist some time ago. Mike said they were good donors. Here's a pic with the POR-15 treatment.
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                  Same fenders with the epoxy sealer. inner fenders epoxy b.JPG
                  While this was going on, Kevin was tearing down the 8.75. Here's a pic with the primed rear end.
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                  Great progress!
                   
                • FJRdoc

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                  Got the pinion yoke finished yesterday. It was grooved from the pinion seal which was an easy fix with a Speedy Sleeve. The yoke was degreased and dunked in my bucket of Evaporust. Treated with RPM afterwards.

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                  • Machmeter1

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                    Interesting project and a very nice car. Please keep posting pictures, a pleasure to follow.

                    Cheers from Dayton,

                    Wolfgang
                     
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