Hello from WA State - 68 Barracuda project

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    70chall440 Mopar or No Car...

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    Hi all! Somewhat new to the site but definitely not new to Mopars. I am a life long Mopar guy and currently own 11. I was luck enough to grow up when these cars were plentiful and new or relatively new. I have to admit that I wasn't ever a real A body guy, of course I was drawn to E bodies and at times some B Bodies. That said, I have owned quite a few over the years, predominately Dusters, Demons, a Dart or two. The one A body I never had despite the one I really liked was a 67-69 Barracuda Fastback. The very first model I ever built was of exactly this car (still have the model to this day). I am currently building a 73 Cuda with a stroked 340 and 6 barrel EFI (have a build thread on CC.com). I also have a 70 Challenger RT 440 w/EFI 6 pack as well as a 70 Roadrunner that is getting a 66 426 Hemi.

    I retired from the US Army in 04 after 26 years and went to work from a leading US firearms company as the head of the military division. I worked there until 2016 when I resigned and went into semi retirement. I currently do some consulting and work with a training/security company.

    Recently I "fell" into a 68 FB through my upholstery guy who had purchased it at a show. Its a 318 AT w/console car that was modified probably in the 80's with mustang FB louvers and a sunroof. I really don't like the sun roof but I am not sure what I will do with it. I really want to go G3 Hemi in this car and make it a driver. I will start a build thread on here as well. IMG_2575.JPG IMG_2571.JPG
     
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      Welcome from Fredericksburg, VA.
       
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      Welcome to the Madness !!!
       
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      70chall440 Mopar or No Car...

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      Thanks all. Not sure when I will dive into this A body but it will happen. I have to finish one of my Ebodies and I still have a B body in the wings.
       
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      Commando66 She's a beaut Clark!

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      Welcome to FABO from Gig Harbor!
       
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      Welcome aboard from another fish owner. Enjoy the fish.
       
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      R4Sedan Life in the Fastback Lane FABO Gold Member

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      Welcome to the Forum. Good luck with the Fish. Would love to see some pics of your other rides.
       
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      70chall440 Mopar or No Car...

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      Hey neighbor!
       
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      70chall440 Mopar or No Car...

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      Well since you asked... IMG_2435.JPG IMG_2232.JPG IMG_1621.JPG IMG_1010.JPG IMG_9224.JPG IMG_0207.JPG IMG_0977.JPG IMG_6385.JPG hemi 3.JPG IMG_0588.JPG
       
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        R4Sedan Life in the Fastback Lane FABO Gold Member

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        Nice collection, thanks for sharing.
         
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        70chall440 Mopar or No Car...

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        Thanks and your welcome.
         
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        Love the truck with the G1 Hemi.

        Very cool.
         
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        Welcome from the west side.
         
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        70chall440 Mopar or No Car...

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        Yeah its always a favorite.
         
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        Howdy
         
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        66fyssh Don't Stop Believin' FABO Gold Member

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        Welcome to FABO!! Love your truck. My wife wants me to build her 53 Chevy truck but...

        My brother works at FN. If it wasn't in Columbia, SC I may have joined him after I retired from the Air Force!
         
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        70chall440 Mopar or No Car...

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        Well being a die hard Mopar guy, there wasn't much options for me when it came to the truck; Dodge, Plymouth or maybe a IH... I really wanted a pre 48 truck with the pointy nose but I had a chance to look at one during Spring Fling in LA back in 13 or so and when I saw how little room was in those cabs I decided to re-look at what I wanted. Additionally the 46/47 trucks are pretty hard to come by and I fell into the 52.

        It has a 88 Dakota front clip with disc brakes, a 70 Challenger 8 3/4 rear with 3.55's in a Suregrip. I am using a SB 727 that came out of my Cuda along with the Cuda rear leaf springs. I built that truck in 14 months and had a blast. For anyone who likes to build cars I highly recommend doing at least 1 rat rod type vehicle; no rules and lots of options. I used a $99 street rod tilt steering column with a Grant's knock off tuff wheel. I even fabricated a fuel filler tube that features a functional flip lock off a Charger (or maybe A body Cuda).

        I used to know a few guys who worked for FN, I was pretty active in the industry for a very long time (kind of still am).
         
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          Sounds like a great build. And you kept it completely Mopar!

          My brother is Rod T. He's been with FN about 18 years. His current title is manufacturing support manager. He's been a business unit manager and a quality manager. I got a private tour when I was still active duty. I love their firearms - great quality - but pricey!

          Great to have you on the boards!
           
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          70chall440 Mopar or No Car...

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          Yeah I tried hard to keep it Mopar for sure.

          Sounds like your brother has found a home. I worked for Remington and was the Director of International MIL/LE Sales. I was also the Senior VP for Christensen Arms for a little while. I own 1 FN product (FN FAL) which is a good rifle. I cannot say I am real impressed with their SCAR but not due to quality, more about design. FN has always built quality products and I used several of their products (M240) while on active duty; great MG for sure.

          Happy to be here, the majority of my experience base is with Ebodies specifically but with many Mopar's in general. I am not a "restoration" or original guy to be sure, I am much more a restomod, hot rod, etc. type guy. Problem is that I experienced many of these cars when they were new or near new and back then no one left them stock. Back in the day I never knew one guy who cared even a little bit what the fender tags said and what specific bolt was used in a specific location. I respect well restored cars but am not very interested in them; I have become very jaded at the "1 of 1" stories; truth be told (and what drew me to Mopar in the first place) was that it was very uncommon to find two identical cars; seems every one was different in some way.
           
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            70chall440, hello from Poulsbo, WA. You've sure got a nice selection of Mopars.
             
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            70chall440 Mopar or No Car...

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            Thanks, some (my wife) says my addiction is out of control... You are just up the road from me, pass by on my way to SEATAC frequently.