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1965 Plymouth Barracuda — Goldfish

July 2007 Mopar of the Month

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 driver’s window; also has many prototype parts that are still manufactured today.

The Barracuda will be finished in 2008 for its first event. [Editor’s 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.
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1965 Plymouth Barracuda,GOLDFISH,  front passenger side


1965 Plymouth Barracuda,GOLDFISH,  352.1 miles 1965 Plymouth Barracuda,GOLDFISH,  fender

1965 Plymouth Barracuda,GOLDFISH,  front fender     1965 Plymouth Barracuda,GOLDFISH,  HOT ROD Magazine cover, February 1966
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  1965 Plymouth Barracuda, GOLDFISH from HOT ROD Magazine cover, February 1966


Update February 2011

The FISH is finally back in Nebraska from the technical school that did the body and paint.
Special thanks to Bud Smithson and crew at Seward County Community College Area Technical School!

1965 Plymouth Barracuda, GOLDFISH in paint shop

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 don’t rise, I’m 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 paint shop 1965 Plymouth Barracuda, GOLDFISH in paint shop
1965 Plymouth Barracuda, GOLDFISH in paint shop 1965 Plymouth Barracuda, GOLDFISH grille in paint shop
1965 Plymouth Barracuda, GOLDFISH front clip in paint shop 1965 Plymouth Barracuda, GOLDFISH outside paint shop
1965 Plymouth Barracuda, GOLDFISH rocker panel in paint shop 1965 Plymouth Barracuda, GOLDFISH deck lid in paint shop

1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH in the winner’s circle at the 1965 U.S. Nationals:

1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH in the winner’s circle at the 1966 U.S. Nationals

Update June 2011 -- 273 Dyno Results

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.

1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH dyno test June 2011 1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH dyno test June 2011 hp - torque
Red = HP / Green = Torque
First Startup of GOLDFISH Engine
Sweep @ 6000 rpm
Sweep @6500 rpm


Update August 2011 —  Bruce Lindstrom: A Man and His Goldfish, an article by Ray Alexander

Update September 2013

The Barracuda is done!
I had the rear fender wells reworked to stock form.

1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH hood
1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH driver side front 1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH driver side rear
1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH interior 1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH engine
1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH door signature of first driver John Dallafior 1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH rear deck

Update December 2013

1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH at car show 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.

Mopar Hall of Fame Bruce Lindstrom 1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH I was also inducted into the Mopar Hall of Fame Mopar Hall of Fame Bruce Lindstrom 1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH
1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH at car show Here I am with Linda Vaughn (Miss Hurst Shifter).
1965 Plymouth Barracuda GOLDFISH car show award 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.

Thanks Bruce!

Talk about a rare find! We all look forward to the finished results!   smile!

Gary H.


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