|Bruce writes: Hey folks, my name is Bruce Lindstrom and this is my Fish story.
In the fall of 1999 I called a friend of mine to see if he had a car I could put a 440w/blower into and not ruin the frame. He said I have the perfect car for you, a 1965 Barracuda; used to race and got to be pretty well-known.
So he GIVES me the car.
After some checking with the right people, I had a visitor at my front door in Nebraska. Yes Sir, Ray Kobe, President, Founder, and Chief Historian of the GOLDEN COMMANDOS authenticated my 1965 as being the one and only GOLDFISH.
Details: 352.1 original miles, acid dipped fenders, hood and doors, Lexan drivers window; also has many prototype parts that are still manufactured today.
The Barracuda will be finished in 2008 for its first event. [Editors note: See below. Projects almost always take longer than anticipated!]
Ray recently added me to the roster of the COMMANDOS and I have met them all and they are real excited to see this one-of-a-kind Mopar going to be back in action. Hope to hear some of you are interested in this project. Thank you, Bruce Lindstrom.
The FISH is finally back in Nebraska from the technical school that did the body and paint.
I have the Fish in the He-Man Woman-Haters Clubhouse (with special thanks to Benny!) in Kearney, Nebraska and am going to have the graphics hand painted on in the original gold leaf and put the drive train and interior upholstery in as I come up with funds to do so.
The motor is paid for but I still need to break it in on the dyno.
P.S. if anyone is involved in the type of work I am doing that helps to fund or sponsor broke folks like me, disabled and living on a very limited income, PLEASE let me know. I am not too proud to know I need and will accept all the help I can get. Hoping to keep moving forward, God willing and the creeks dont rise, Im just taking it part by part till my dream is finished.
I can feel it coming together now that I am this far. It's been 10 years since I got started and I can see the finish line.
This one-of-a-kind piece of Mopar drag racing history is being restored to the best of my ability and should be out there drag racing again for all fans, young and old to see and enjoy once more.
1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH in the winners circle at the 1965 U.S. Nationals:
The Dyno test was a HUGE success. Below are the Peak Sweep page and the graph sheet. We were so happy with the output of my 273. When we reached my predetermined goal of 375 H.P. we stopped at 6500 rpm. Had we gone to engine build specs of 7500 rpm we were sure we could have cleared 400 H.P. easily. Max. Torque is 337 Ft. Lbs. @ 5200 rpm. Put that in your FISH and SMOKE it, is what I was told. Even my engine builder was pleasantly surprised at those numbers.
Red = HP / Green = Torque
|First Startup of GOLDFISH Engine|
|Sweep @ 6000 rpm|
|Sweep @6500 rpm|
The Barracuda is done!
|I got the GOLDFISH done in time to make it to the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame, October 18-20, 2013, where I got to display the Barracuda publicly for the first time in 45 years.|
All the Golden Commandos were there and were inducted in the Hall of Fame.I had an incredible experience.
|I was also inducted into the Mopar Hall of Fame.|
|Here I am with Linda Vaughn (Miss Hurst Shifter).|
|Last is the coup de grâce! I was overwhelmed. Out of over 1,000 cars and being the first show I took the Plymouth to I could not have asked for more. The looks and smiles on the faces of the Golden Commandos when they first saw the Barracuda made the trip worth it, but to win this award was awesome.|