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Posted by Robert Brumley
For more information on this vehicle visit The product of a 5-year, $225K build, this incredible Barracuda backs 572 cubic inches of Ray Barton Hemi with custom leather upholstery, a substantially lightened body, a custom suspension and a tough Tremec Tranzilla 6-speed. If you're a discerning enthusiast who's looking to satisfy an unrelenting need to go fast and make a big statement, here's the catch of a lifetime! BODYWORK/TRIM First impressions are important, and this sinister Barracuda certainly makes a strong one. For starters, Plymouth did a great job whittling the Valiant's conservative shape into a provocative and interesting profile that lends credibility to the car's name. That profile, a completely rust-free body that was sourced from South Carolina, was stripped to bare metal and equipped with a quality fiberglass front-clip during a 2014 ground-up restoration that was completed by Americus, Georgia's Bryce Customs. Once those surfaces were fully prepped and carefully aligned, a nice coat of conventional black base was sealed under glossy clear. And today, a mere 63 miles later, this sweet A-Body can be summed up as tasteful, precise and timeless. ENGINE With an incredible 850 horsepower, and enough torque to drag the Chrysler Building from New York to New Jersey, this Plymouth's 572 cubic inch Ray Barton Hemi is a high-octane MoPar monster that easily transitions from flattering to flat out scary! Inside the aforementioned scoop, a polished, low-profile air cleaner feeds two Holley carburetors, which send a nice mix of fuel and air in to an aluminum cross-ram intake. At the sides of that intake, free-breathing heads bridge the gap between unique Barton Bryce valve covers that are fitted with billet Moroso breathers, and hot FireCore50 ignition cables that are connected to an MSD Pro-Billet distributor. At the front of that distributor, a Billet Specialties Tru Trac serpentine drive spins a polished alternator, an aluminum water pump and a polished AC compressor next to an MSD Blaster HVC coil. In front of that coil, a beefy Be Cool radiator makes excellent use of a polished expansion tank and dual SPAL puller fans. And exhaust duties are handled by large-diameter long-tube headers. DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION Behind the Hemi, a RAM hydraulic clutch kicks a Tremec T56 Tranzilla 6-speed which, thanks to a Drive Line Service of Atlanta driveshaft, spins a 9-inch Strange axle. That axle pushes a heavily modified rear-clip, which strings billet Strange shocks and tough monoleaf springs between requisite mini tubs and slick CalTracs traction bars. Opposite that clip, a heavily modified front-half hangs a Reilly Motorsports AlterKtion K-member, complete with QA-1 adjustable coil-overs, behind power rack-and-pinion steering. Power-assisted stops are provided by Wilwood 4 and 6-piston calipers, which squeeze an impressive quartet of drilled and slotted rotors. Exhaust rolls from ceramic-coated headers to coated, large-diameter pipes, which flatten out just in time to intercept coated SpinTech mufflers. And momentum comes courtesy of polished American Racing Torq Thrust IIs, which wear 235/45ZR17 Nitto Extreme ZRs in front of 305/45R18 Nitto Extreme Drags. INTERIOR Open the doors and a custom red interior combines serious hardware with lavish aesthetics to serve as a perfect Jekyll to the car's 572 cubic inch Hyde. The first thing you'll notice is leather front bucket and rear bench seats that wrap tough Simpson race harnesses around the driver and front passenger. Between those seats, a small console props a polished e-brake and chrome power window switches behind a trick Hurst shifter. In front of that stick, a tasteful dash hangs full Auto Meter telemetry and controls for crisp air conditioning above stylish billet foot pedals. Beneath those pedals, fresh carpet traces an NHRA-certified chromoly roll cage. And in front of the driver, a Flaming River Waterfall steering wheel laps a polished, tilting column. Brutally fast and visually stunning, this awesome Barracuda should make every enthusiast smile! Call, click or visit for more information.
Posted January 30, 2017 - Filed in Autos & Vehicles
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