Works in Progress
1965 Plymouth Barracuda -- Page Two
Philip L. Munoa writes:
I've been working on the body a little bit here and a little bit there.
At the rate I was going it would be years until the car would be ready to paint
so I enlisted the help of my nephew, RJ, and he finished the body prep.
brother, Bob, sprayed the original single stage Spanish Red. We're going to
block sand the hood and spray one more coat in a few weeks after the paint
has had a little time to cure and shrink.
Last week, while we had the car apart for paint prep, we swapped the 340 out
for a 380 Magnum crate engine.
The swap itself was easy but what Mopar
Performance doesn't tell you is that your old pulleys won't work. The crate
engine water pump neck is an inch longer. We were delayed from firing up the
engine several days to order the correct parts parts. The Mopar Performance
tech line wasn't much use. They didn't have the answers I needed and
referred me to March Performance Pulleys who did. The pilot bushing is also
different. No one in town had the correct one which we assumed was the same
in all late model Magnums. Again the Mopar Performance tech line was of no
help. We grew impatient so we modified an early model pilot bushing and so
far so good.
Other things that have been added to the car since I last wrote to you are
Hedman fender well headers, a pinion snubber, a new K & N filter that
intakes air from the top and Mickey Thompson Street ET tires mounted on the
newly polished Centerlines.
Update page created May 18, 2000; revised May 31, 2000.