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1965 Plymouth Barracuda

Rich wrote:

While sitting, and BS'ing about cars with a co-worker about cars, he informed me he had this '65 Barracuda sitting in his back yard.

After the one hour drive, and kitchen magnet test, I decided to make a deal with him for the car. The car is rust/dent/bondo free, amazing for the Seattle area and a car that was located in a barn for twelve years, then under a car cover for the past two.

1965 Plymouth Barracuda front view                              

He told me that the car had a spun bearing, or had a knocking rod, and it needed rebuilding. He was also looking for a commute car.

The deal was set: my '86 Toyota Corolla GT-S, (purchase price of $500) my '85 Corolla GT-S parts car, (purchase price of $100), for a straight across trade...IF I could get it running.

1965 Plymouth Barracuda engine

I pulled the motor apart and found the swapped in 318 has been punched .060" over, with forged rods, full floating pins, shot peened rods, knife edged crank, Edelbrock 600cfm carb w/electric choke, 340 heads that have been polished, and port matched, and some other random acts of goodness!

We are both being deployed overseas, but when we return, I plan on dropping the 318 for a 360 crate motor, Deamon 650cfm, and some other toys.

1965 Plymouth Barracuda rear view    Suspension, and brakes are high on the list, but for now, just getting her on the road is key.

Thanks, Rich!

Wow, the TOYota for Mopar trade is quite a deal! Congratulations!

Your co-worker gets a daily beater, and you get a great Barracuda!

Heck, that 318 is no slouch itself and the crate 360 is even more potent.

Either one will propel the Fish mightily.

And, yes, glad to see you are thinking about the brakes and the suspension!

You have something quite fun to look forward to when you come back to your home.   smile!

Gary H.

June 10, 2002

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