Jeff Rowlette

’68 ‘Cuda

1968 Plymouth Barracuda Notch-Back

Originally a 225 slant-6 engine, the car had at some time been converted to a 318 V8 – one of my personal favorite engines.  Here’s the specs on the car.

318

727 3-speed automatic

8 3/4″ rear end with a 3:55 sure-grip

I bought this car May 15th of 2015 for $9600.

I flew out of LAX up to Eugene OR. alone – one way!

Made the purchase and headed straight to the nearest gas station!  Then I began a 900 mile road trip alone in a 49 year old car I knew nothing about.  The car ran like a champ except the rear end gears were howling all the way home. It never overheated or burned any oil. It was a VERY fun drive although very long too. I left Eugene about 12:00 pm, drove ALL day…past midnight and pulled it in to my garage at about 4:30 am!

Trim (Fender) Tag Decoded

CAR: Plymouth Barracuda 2 Door Hardtop

ENGINE: 225cid Slant Six

TRANSMISSION: 3-Speed Automatic

TIRES: Unknown tire code

BUILD DATE: September 07, 1967.

AXLE: 2.76 Rear Axle Ratio

INTERIOR: High Trim Grade, Vinyl Bucket Seats. White on Green Interior.

PAINT: Monotone Light Green Metallic Paint.

OTHER: Racing Green Metallic Upper Door Frame Color.

MOLDINGS:

14: Sill Mouldings

25: Drip Rail Mouldings

30: Body Belt Mouldings

78: Wheel Lip Mouldings

ABC OPTIONS:

S1: Air Conditioning – No

Y2: White Convertible Top – No

abc OPTIONS:

a6: Console

b4: Bucket Seats

 

So far, this is a pretty good list of what I’ve bought and replaced on the car.  As of right now the engine is out of the car and apart as I go through it.

05/20/2015

New Door Lock Pull-Knobs – $17.36

05/23/2015

New front brake rotors $57.00 each (2)

New Front brake pads $60.00

New front wheel bearing inner and outer $40.00

05/30/2015

New front brake calipers $22.00 each (2)

New master cylinder $60.00

Brake proportioning valve $55.00

New front brake lines $30.00

06/01/2015

Wheels and Tires from Specialty Wheels $1547.47

Bilstein Shocks – $409.00

New Leaf Springs $470.00

Leaf Spring Shackles and hardware $170.00

06/04/2015

Dash Cover – $57.91

06/10/2014

Dr Diff Rear End Gears, Axles & Brakes – $2142.00

3:55 Gear, 5 lug X 4.5″ Axles, 10″ Drum Brake set

“Eaton True-Trac” Posi Unit – No additives needed.

06/10/2015

Doug’s Ceramic Coated Headers P# D453 – 505.00

07/15/2015

Headlight Relay Kit To Brighten Lights – $170.00

High/Low Beam Switch Replaced – $20.00

08/14/2015

Door Sills From Layson’s Restoration – $116.00

10/05/2015

New Engine wiring harness From YearOne – $155.00

12/11/2015

New under dash wiring harness from Ebay (YearOne) – $525.00

12/20/2015

Dash Light Bulbs – $16.00

12/20/2015

Glove Box Insert – $35.00

02/01/2016

New Heater Wiring Harness – YearOne – $60.00

04/12/2016

Power Door Lock Kit – $30.00

04/13/2016

Full Engine Gasket Kit – $60.00

Freeze Plugs – $15.00

Braided oil line to gauge – $30.00

04/14/2016 – Front suspension parts Summit Racing – $495.00

  • Upper control arm bushings
  • Lower control arm bushings
  • Inner and outer tie rod ends
  • Tie rod sleeves
  • Upper ball joints
  • Lower ball joints
  • Misc tools for the job
  • Strut Rod Bushings