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Title: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on October 10, 2016 - 11:31:50 pm
A few weeks ago we followed around Hot Rod Magazine's Drag Week (as spectators).   If you're not familiar with it:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyj_hyd-DMs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyj_hyd-DMs)   Also, 1320Video does daily recaps:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkekz7OLX4Q4e8wNwa96ikr1dGP5nR2A9 (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkekz7OLX4Q4e8wNwa96ikr1dGP5nR2A9)

It's amazing and an absolute trip watching 8-second cars ride through small towns pulling trailers.  :roflsmiley:   Years ago I had done some racing .... and watching this .... well ....

So there were two options:  start with a street car and turn it into a street/strip or visa-versa.  Well - the car we found made that decision easy.  Was really wanting to stick with a Mopar and something "different". 

The previous owner and builder did a great job - but its a bit dated.  And set up just for the strip.  We need to make it "streetable" for the 250 mile daily journeys -but also keep it around an 11 second (10.5-11 would be best) car for the Street Eliminator category.  Not really that difficult, but need to keep it on budget and want to do as much work myself as possible keeping it NA.

The "bones" are good - body (the paint job is 20 years old .. amazing actually), motor and trans (360/A727).  The main components appear/seem good:  brake system, front end, all NHRA safety stuff (except harness out of date),Cheetah shifter, pumps, fans, line lock, etc.  Of course, any of these could need replacement or upgrading.

"Small" list of first things:  bigger fuel cell, re-wire for Speedwire System with relays (and to enable future options: NOS, trans brake, etc.), alternator, blinker/indicator install, new set of seats, clean up headers (or replace), check lash (valve train looks and sounds good - hopefully we'll be able to keep long block buttoned up), street shoes & rims, new strip tires, etc .. then probably to: a fuel injection system, CalTrac system, new torque converter  (5200 stall I was told), etc.   We could opt for Gear Vendor and keep rear-end gears and TC ... we'll see.  And of course, all the minutia that comes with such endeavors.

Have some stuff on the way ... will take pics as we go along.  On the car's history - when previous owner got it in mid-90's they spent couple years just on body ... VIN says it is a Barracuda.  About all I know.

Here's some pics :burnout:

Having trouble with pic orientation ... will try to fix.









Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip
Post by: 70chall440 on October 10, 2016 - 11:43:39 pm
I have never been a big fan of the gen 1 Barracuda's, but I have to say that is a pretty color car.
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip
Post by: marc70challenger on October 10, 2016 - 11:46:15 pm
I have never been a big fan of the gen 1 Barracuda's, but I have to say that is a pretty color car.

I never was either.  It was about an hour away ... and I figured I had nothing to do so might as well go see it.  I figured it would be rusted .. and too orange ... :lol: ... I was really surprised when I saw it in person ... and it just said - "I'm the one" ... haha!

I'll be moving it into garage next day or so - I'll try get quick video as well.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: 70chall440 on October 10, 2016 - 11:57:19 pm
Hopefully you got a good deal on it, a lot of "go fast" parts on it from the pics.
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on October 11, 2016 - 12:22:45 am
Hopefully you got a good deal on it, a lot of "go fast" parts on it from the pics.

I think it was a good deal.  But then I handed over the cash ... :lol:

Looking at total budget of what wanted for final product - this should bring it in well below. 
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: brads70 on October 11, 2016 - 08:21:09 am
What a surprise ! I never knew drag racing was in your blood!  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: dfrazz on October 11, 2016 - 09:02:12 am
That is sweet!
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: brads70 on October 11, 2016 - 02:19:12 pm
I sure wished we lived closer!  :bigsmile:
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on October 11, 2016 - 07:57:05 pm
What a surprise ! I never knew drag racing was in your blood!  :2thumbs:

Lived at the track late 80s/early 90s.   Then drifted away ... and wow - has it changed though.

Too bad we weren't closer - be fun over winter working on her!
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on October 11, 2016 - 07:57:48 pm
That is sweet!

Thanks mate!

Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: usraptr on October 12, 2016 - 08:26:18 pm
I'm very envious! I miss my drag racing days and wish I could get another car and start again.  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on October 12, 2016 - 09:15:20 pm
I'm very envious! I miss my drag racing days and wish I could get another car and start again.  :2thumbs:

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on October 13, 2016 - 10:47:36 pm
Got some goodies in the mail yesterday. 

We are pretty busy with work travel until Christmas - but the goal is to get new fuel cell installed, battery needs to be moved a bit (bigger fuel cell) and new case installed, trunk (good condition - but will need some relocation holes filled, sealing and re-painting), wiring (Speedwire is next order) to include signal install, fuel gauge,  and the interior floor done (old carpet needs replacement and with fabricated trans tunnel - nothing stock fits of course) before we get her to the shop for rear-end gear and some fabrication on engine plate I need for alternator install. 

Of course, regular service list as well: oil/filter, fuel filter change since pulling cell anyway ... trans fluid looks real good so may leave that and wait to change in Spring before some testing runs .. need to check rear-end fluid, etc.

(PS  Those headers are for another project ... the dining room has turned into a car parts storage facility .... need to get moving in the garage ..:lol:)

Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: onebadfish on October 13, 2016 - 11:54:01 pm
I just love that car! First time I have seen a first gen set up like that - WAY COOL! I want a drag car too.....
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on October 16, 2016 - 12:05:01 am
I just love that car! First time I have seen a first gen set up like that - WAY COOL! I want a drag car too.....

Thanks.  I never would have intentionally looked for one .. but the minute I saw her ... :faint:

I know everything now is slung low and scoops are out .. but I don't care ... lol ... I'm not after a number ... Maybe I'm becoming an old fart but the rake and scoop make me smile ...  always wanted a car like that in high school .... and as they say - its never too late to have a happy childhood .. :lol:

Got her up on lift today ... took closer look ... tight, no leaks, took care of some surface rust but not as much as I thought I would find being picky ... changed the oil, lubed her (not much needed), and the guys at the shop are welding mounting tabs on fuel cell next week.

Started mapping the wiring plan ... I haven't "studied" this hard since college ... lot of cobwebs to shake out and many things to get better, deeper understanding - but to me, that's half the fun.  This one I want to say I had good hand in building her!
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on October 22, 2016 - 10:08:14 pm
Just finished building relay panel for all lights and accessories.  By Friday should have fuel cell back and Speedwire relay & switch panels in hand.  Hope to get going next weekend and knock it out!
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on October 30, 2016 - 08:01:05 pm
Dismantled previous switching.  Installed relay panel I fabricated, and have everything ready for Speedwire goodies.

Removed old fuel cell, prepped the trunk, pulled old headlights, etc.

Mocked up new fuel cell - its bigger than old one and we needed to widen & lengthen hole for pick ups.

Trying to be patient and methodical ... finding more stuff want to or should upgrade ..  :thinkerg:



 
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on November 02, 2016 - 07:31:27 pm
Mocked up all trunk stuff. And ran all battery/ground/alt wires. I didn't like old access "hole" from trunk to passenger compartment so closed it up and took our time to make new, tight sealing ones.

Battery box and mount all drilled (as can see). We were particular with hole sizes and grommets so it's clean and tight.

Using general wiring concept as page 1 here: http://speedwiresystems.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/rev-4-nov-2014-14-relay-controller-instructions.pdf (http://speedwiresystems.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/rev-4-nov-2014-14-relay-controller-instructions.pdf)   Only difference is all hot wires need to go through rear switch per NHRA rules. So we'll have firewall stud then another + stud on inside to feed boards. Couple other minor adaptations.

This weekend we'll get mounts for fuel cell drilled. A little tedious. Tank juuusssst fits. And mounting brackets have very little room with what's underneath to be where I like/want them. So.  Measure. Mark up. Measure. Check. Re-check.  Re-check and measure. Cross fingers and drill.   :popcorn:

PS. Yes. Two front facing holes on battery are off-set. That's ok. You'll see.  :lol2:

EDIT - Just checked on my PC ... fixing orientation of pics ... lol ... been using iPad ... still can't figure out how it messes up orientation.
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on November 09, 2016 - 08:57:13 pm
We got fuel cell mounted.  Battery box all mounted and wired.  Cleaned up all 1/0 wires - snaking, coverings, securing, etc. 

Drilled and installed firewall studs.  Should be able to re-wire all lights, engine stuff and accessories this weekend.  Need to .. have to get some anti-freeze into her and circulate it ..  :smilielol:   Before temps drop.   
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on November 15, 2016 - 08:31:59 pm
Got little delayed.  I was going to do headliner later ... but it was tearing and that nasty stuff getting everywhere.  I think it was the original.  That is out now. 

Also - had to take apart and refurbish the front running lights.  Found that nasty green crap all the way up to pick ups. 

All old wiring removed and dash area cleaned up.

Did finally get all lights wired, front and back, and fuel pumps. Only thing left is water pump and fans.

Took our time tracing and marking all wires from gauges, ignition system, etc. that we are keeping. 

Also added additional power and ground stud on inside of firewall to have additional locations for use and ease.

Want to get it done so this weekend we can fire her back up.

Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: Markp on November 17, 2016 - 12:16:30 am
Cool build!
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: Topcat on November 17, 2016 - 12:43:35 am
Enjoying watching this build
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on November 18, 2016 - 10:24:57 pm
Enjoying watching this build

Thanks.  :2thumbs:

Trying to balance my OCD nature and keeping into perspective the goal for this car is a challenge.   :roflsmiley:   Like we said - the bones are good ... but every time I crawl up under the dash and I see a spot of surface rust or chipping paint (20 year old paint job).  Out comes the sandpaper and can of Rustoleum ... but while its clear, might as well.   Starting to look like spotted tiger now ...  :rofl:

Today we put in the fuel gauge, horn, and organized routing of all new wires.  (Had to order some more braided wire sleeving ... surprised how quick it goes).

Tomorrow will confirm I've got all grounds accounted for (need to chase trans temp ground again ... I must have forgotten to mark it because I know I checked it) and affixed properly then hook up the juice and start checking the function of all lights, accessories, etc then hook up relay panels.

Will get some pics too.

After Thanksgiving I won't have time for about 4 weeks ... so trying hard to get her fired up by Wednesday.
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on November 18, 2016 - 10:26:43 pm
Cool build!

Thanks.    :ylsuper:
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: 73440 on November 18, 2016 - 11:18:33 pm
 You are moving fast on this build, great to see the progress.
I'm too lazy lately to pull the power steering pump to replace the seals, just keep adding fluid.
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on November 19, 2016 - 11:25:32 pm
You are moving fast on this build, great to see the progress.
I'm too lazy lately to pull the power steering pump to replace the seals, just keep adding fluid.

Understand that. I just happened to be in a motivated stage now. :lol:

Today we tested all lights, accessories, etc. Confirmed juice through all the wires to all points.  :woo:  H4's light up nice and bright too.  Every light and accessory working but not happy with rear blinkers/indicators.

The car originally didn't come with back-up/reverse lights - it was an option in 1965, so we're using the reverse light port for blinkers with amber bulbs (leaving brake and running/parking lights in the larger housing).  The POS "universal" bulb sockets I bought sucked ... bulbs too loose for my liking and this car vibrates and shakes ...  :rofl:  So just found and ordered proper replacement socket from NAPA.

Finished organizing, tucking and tying everything up - sans the extra wire sleeving needed.

Got a little sidetracked after that when I came up with idea to use some 1/2" pvc pipe to run rear wires in forward in the passenger compartment.  I wanted a way to protect and keep neat the wiring around the seats up to the panels.  Also, crawling around and getting in and out there's tendacy to kick crap.

Hoping to get our fabricated relay panel wired up tomorrow.  It runs lights, horn, signals, and accessories.  Then the Speedwire panel and switchboard which will run fuel pumps, water pump, fans, line lock, ignition, etc.

Started to rain half way through so didn't get any pics after we pushed her back into garage.  Will try tomorrow.
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on November 20, 2016 - 10:46:43 pm
You saw pic of all wiring and fab'd harnesses tucked up ... now its time to drop, trim and hook up.

I am always afraid to come up short ... so I always run extra ... I think I over did it this time ... see pics ...  :roflsmiley:   The rat's nest makes sense though ... :smilielol:

We ran most of the relay wiring for the switches, panel power/grounds, and landed on the configuration for fuse panel .... need wire looms to finish harness trimming and permanent placement ... hopefully UPS comes early  :jumping:
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: usraptr on November 21, 2016 - 12:56:28 pm
I haven't checked in on your progress for a while.  WOW!  You are really getting it done.  Looking forward to seeing it run.  2thumbs:
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: Cudakiller70 on November 21, 2016 - 06:44:41 pm
Cool  :2thumbs: :popcorn:
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on November 21, 2016 - 07:04:05 pm
Thanks guys ...  :2thumbs:

Well - UPS did come early ... but ...  I screwed up the wire cover order ... it wasn't the "split" kind - it was permanent enclosed...   :pullinghair: ... argh ...

The diamond in the rough though is I found the proper kind AND its orange .... keep with the orange pumpkin motif ... :crazy:

So not much accomplished today ... did final fitting of switches and some other odds and ends.

Work travel coming up Wednesday ... so won't have time for few weeks  :faint:

Will update when we get back! 
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on November 21, 2016 - 07:10:11 pm
Cool  :2thumbs: :popcorn:

Thanks.  :2thumbs:

Love your Adams quote btw.
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on November 21, 2016 - 07:44:08 pm
Here's a quick shot of the car running when we picked her up.

https://youtu.be/BZAk3UU512w 
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on December 16, 2016 - 04:30:54 pm
Spent a couple days (14 hours each) last weekend.   The relay panel I fabricated worked fine ... but was way too big.  Also, the firewall is more busy than I like ... so we decided to go with a Painless relay panel for lights and all accessories.  And to use Speedwire for all engine and go-fast stuff.

We got about half of the Speedwire done before we had to leave for biz trip. 

When we get home in week we'll finish the wiring of relay panels then tidy up the harnesses and wires. 

We have a black covering for white pvc pipe - decided to go with that near seating area ... I'm rough on stuff and rather have wiring in its own conduit. 

All lights, signals and interior accessories working.  Im waiting on interior lighting once all complete to see what we exactly want to do.

Probably couple days to finish and tidy up wiring - then we need to check new fuel cell with some fuel ... and fire her back up!!
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: onebadfish on December 16, 2016 - 09:49:42 pm
Looking KILLER!! LOVE THAT CAR!!


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Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: 70chall440 on December 16, 2016 - 10:50:06 pm
Nice job on the wiring!
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: RCCDrew on December 17, 2016 - 08:09:02 am
Awesome car!
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on December 18, 2016 - 12:07:30 am
Thanks guys.!!!!   Wound up replacing all wiring except old gauges.   Added a fuel gauge with new tank.

 Ive got some touch up behind dash (lRustoleum) I want to apply after sanding some surface rust then can mount the switches.

We'll have 4 switches:  1 toggle that powers on to the turn signals and brake lights, 1 4-way pull out switch (closed, parking lights, headlights and high beams) and horn button.  Turn signal unit is installed on steering column (and has 4 ways).

We've got the old style 1156/57 bulbs in but have some LED we will try later.  Headlamps are H4.

I left decent amount of slack so we could pull the relay panels out a decent amount with just disconnecting power and ground.   There's plenty room beyhind what would be radio and glove box so I just want to secure that well (the car vibrates a bit  :jumping:  )

The Speedwire switch panel will go on dash where ashtray would be. 

Oh .... need to get NSS mounted to Cheetah shifter.  I learned TF transmission have negative ground lead from transmission for this.   But we will put  a plug in that (less crap to leak) and modify shifter like it is for GM and Fords.  Rather easy actually.   And power to starter from firewall + stud.

Will get some before and after pics under dash when we get there!
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: usraptr on December 19, 2016 - 07:55:51 pm
Here's a quick shot of the car running when we picked her up.

https://youtu.be/BZAk3UU512w

Sounds wicked.  Can't wait to see how it performs at the track!  :ylsuper:
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on December 19, 2016 - 10:02:49 pm
Sounds wicked.  Can't wait to see how it performs at the track!  :ylsuper:

Ya.  Ive probably added 40lbs material.  Plus I probably weight 40 lbs more than previous owner... lol.   He had car and him at 3200lbs dialed in 11.5 ETs

Plus he was a very good driver    :2thumbs:

Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: Cudakiller70 on December 19, 2016 - 11:38:28 pm
Sounds wicked.  Can't wait to see how it performs at the track!  :ylsuper:
Oh man, sounds tuff.  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on December 27, 2016 - 01:09:54 am
Speedwire all set.  Everything working.  Pretty panel and switch lights.  :rofl:

Need to drill a hole for vent line for new fuel cell (forgot about that lol ) then get her running!

once we get her running again we'll go back and finalize wiring tie-ups and so forth.  See how bad what shakes where.

Have left only to wire compartment fan and interior lighting.  We bought an LED bar.  Will see how that works. Or maybe LED in old stock location.   Or both.  Speedwire switch panel has LED light bar under it. Kinda need. But would like something for ceiling area.

One thought I had - since I removed headliner, I was just going to paint ceiling black.  But thought maybe Orange. Go with cars motif.

2 next things on the menu :  install alternator (means cutting engine plate so probably bring to buddy's shop), and install remote electric water pump.

Then some street rims/tires and new strip shoes.  See what we've got.

Budget, time, engine condition, etc. All dependent on what motor work we may/may not do.   Just leave it be.  Throw on runner/rail FI system.  Or blower.  Some NOS.  :thinkerg:   Who knows. 

Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: brads70 on December 27, 2016 - 01:20:47 am
"2 next things on the menu :  install alternator (means cutting engine plate so probably bring to buddy's shop), and install remote electric water pump."

I've installed alternators right on the engine plate. Its easier to do it that way than to cut/clearance for block mount. This was on circle track cars not that it makes a difference?
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on December 27, 2016 - 01:33:19 am
"2 next things on the menu :  install alternator (means cutting engine plate so probably bring to buddy's shop), and install remote electric water pump."

I've installed alternators right on the engine plate. Its easier to do it that way than to cut/clearance for block mount. This was on circle track cars not that it makes a difference?

It's space issue - I think. Appears there's only 6" inches from plate to fans. But. One thing I was thinking.  There's a few alternators you can mount backwards. So alternator can be up and away from fans. And then need only couple inch extended pulley off the balancer.

Alternator would still be mounted on plate either way.  Just hole for about 1/2 of it to recess in.

But I really should measure before truly figure it out.

Thanks!!  Maybe my assumption to cut into the plate is bad one.  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on December 30, 2016 - 07:36:30 pm
Cleaned up general wiring and area (still need to vacuum  :lol: ) -  of course, we still need to complete "permanent" tied downs, routing, etc.  We still have passenger seat to put in, bolt down relay panel to trans tunnel (but did add 1 inch of foam material to act as vibration dampener), etc.

Everything working and checks (obsessive with checking as we progress lol ) ... woot  :woo: ... except ... starter solenoid went kaput  :eek4:  Should have one here Wednesday.  Actually glad it went now - was like 18 years old .. so just ordered new starter unit.  Not much room around the torsion bar (had to take solenoid off starter itself to wiggle out) .. new starter is a bit smaller, but will probably have to reverse what we did getting old one out.  PIA for starter .. but not that bad.

Added LED light bar above rear view mirror - pic below.  Kept stock lights in place and working (rear sail panel? ... is that what you call it back there ...  :crazy: ). We may replace them with orange LED just for fun ... really not that functional back there.  Added fuel level gauge (you'll see in pic where speedo would be).

Stopped by shop to order starter ... talked about perhaps final motor/drive train build of changing cam, rear end gearing, and adding Procharger DSC-1 or F1 with set-up for E85.   Just looking to go towards final goal of 10 sec ET car without continually undoing or re-doing stuff as we progress.  And keep budget in mind.
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on December 30, 2016 - 07:47:44 pm
I like the original Cheetah shifter cover.  So decided to keep it and use the switches on passenger side: interior rear lights, new LED front lights, on/off for inside fan, and momentary switch for start function (yes - redundant NSS ... but extra safety and so no fool can accidentally start it ...  :smilielol:)

The Speedwire switch panel operates rest of engine stuff.   :cooldancing:

Need to clean up parts of the dash, paint inside ceiling (No need for headliner), do something with door panels to spruce up, etc ... little stuff  ... something to do when gets bit warmer. 
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: brads70 on December 30, 2016 - 09:53:05 pm
Its looking very " all business like"  :aarg: :2thumbs:
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on December 31, 2016 - 01:06:19 am
Its looking very " all business like"  :aarg: :2thumbs:

 :thumbsup:

Thanks Brad. I've got to give you a call. Pick your brain on that alternator install options. I've got to think that one out good and need some help and experience. 
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on January 06, 2017 - 09:57:51 pm
Got the new starter installed.   Was wondering when first "f-me" PIA moment was going to come .... it has.  No need for boring details but I learned how to disassemble then assemble a solenoid totally blind with my finger tips.   And re-attach to the starter.  :smilielol:   

Learned you can't re-tap a bolt hole in 20F temp on a concrete floor with no ability to get a 90 degree angle on it.  No matter how hard you really, really want to.    :roflsmiley:   And on.  And on.   But it should be fine until I can get it on the lift and fix the top bolt properly.   Or maybe its just fine now.  Who knows.   :working:   :crazy:

It bumps over fine.  Sounds like starter is tight and alignment is good.

Hopefully get some fuel in it before a months break ... work getting in way again!!!   :villagers:   :smilielol:

Try get some pics this weekend. 
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: 73440 on January 06, 2017 - 10:31:08 pm
 Sounds like you may have done the same thing I did with the top starter bolt recently .
 I gave that top bolt just one more slight turn and ugh,  I stripped the threads .
 I have not checked it recently but I have thought about drilling completely through and using a through bolt and nut on it .
No  problems starting but I probably just jinxed myself .
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on January 06, 2017 - 11:54:59 pm
Sounds like you may have done the same thing I did with the top starter bolt recently .
 I gave that top bolt just one more slight turn and ugh,  I stripped the threads .
 I have not checked it recently but I have thought about drilling completely through and using a through bolt and nut on it .
No  problems starting but I probably just jinxed myself .

Ya.  Pretty much what I did.  Surprised ... it seems pretty soft.  I guess the larger bolts/studs you don't need 100 ft lbs. ...   :smilielol:

Only thing I have to check is to see if backside will fit a nut and lock washer (or nylon nut).  May have to grind a small bit ... no biggie though.

No jinx.
Title: Re: 65 Barracuda - Strip to Street/Strip "The Pumpkin"
Post by: marc70challenger on January 18, 2017 - 03:33:47 pm
We've been spending past few weeks trying to decide on motor build to get her to 10.0 second index racer. Which means you really want her capable of ~9.7 seconds.  The SB wasn't going to do it. Not without very expensive heads and machining and a power adder to boot. (And still push the internals hard).

So ... long story short on the decision trip > 383 stroked to 431, Ross pistons, H beam rods, Scat 4340 crank, Trick Flow heads,  Harland rocker arms, custom Bullet cam, solid roller, Melling oil pump, and Edelbrock Pro-Flo XT intake.

To finish off: Meziere relocated (radiator mounted) water pump, 170 amp Mechman alternator, and Fuel Tech 5.0 EFI (rail).  Also will take look at trans (refresh prob) and install JW ultra bell SFI on trans.

We're on biz travel until early February and rotating assembly is 4 weeks out on order.  So will be slow for while but should be back with pics soon.

Goal is to be able to hit track by end April. Gonna stay on progress hard!!  Test runs let us know if some cal-tracs are final icing. Lol