Plymouth Barracuda race car dry build

66 Plymouth Barracuda Dougs Headers

Steady progress has been made on our Plymouth Barracuda race car. The body preparation is nearly complete. However, it is time for the dry build. We want to ensure that everything fits before we paint the body. We installed an engine and 4-speed gearbox with new polyurethane mounts. Additionally, we’ve fitted the rear axle and leaf springs. We converted the car from an automatic transmission so we had to ensure that the new clutch linkages lined up and functioned correctly. As well as the clutch mechanism we also had to install the shifter and linkages. The exhaust headers came from Doug’s Headers in the USA. Space is critical as the left header has to clear the steering box and the clutch mechanism.

We’ve welded supports for the seats to the floor and made a cutout in the scuttle for emergency pull cables. Lastly, we’ve fitted the 6-point roll cage. We are adding a harness bar and double door bars for additional safety. You cannot be too safe in a car of this size. Next, we will strip it back down and prepare it for paint.

Plymouth Barracuda bodyshell race preparation.

Plymouth Barracuda bodyshell race preparation

Now the 2019 race season is over we’re spending a bit of time on the bodyshell race preparation of our Plymouth Barracuda. In recent weeks we’ve continued to seam weld the body. Additionally we’ve reinforced some high stress areas around the suspension pickup points.

We’ve removed all unnecessary tabs and brackets to help save a little weight. Furthermore, we’ve filled all unnecessary holes in the bulkhead. Because a sealed bulkhead is a requirement under the FIA and Motorsport UK regulations.

The other major modification is the 4-speed conversion. This Plymouth Barracuda was originally an automatic. We sourced a gearbox in the UK and a pedal box on eBay in the states. The rest of the parts came from Brewers Performance in Ohio.

Once we complete the bodyshell race preparation this Plymouth Barracuda historic race car it will be prepped for paint. We’re think red.