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Old Cars spotlights a reader’s 1965 Plymouth Barracuda.

Bruce Backert has been lucky enough to own this classic MoPar twice. 

Here is the story of this impressive Plymouth….

“I bought this car after high school graduation, 1968. It was a HiPo 273 / 4-speed car. I I built it over the next year and made numerous changes. The next year I went into the Army and hung onto it. After the Army, I got interested in Harleys and sold the Barracuda to a buddy’s younger brother who always loved the car.” 

“Long story short, I tracked the guy down around 2009 and he still had it. He still had never driven it in the winter just like I had done. At the time, he wasn’t interested in selling it back, but within 18 months he contacted me and sold it back to me. He had kept it stored but had not really kept it as well as I would have liked. He had also blown the engine I’d built. 273 bored .60 over / balanced / ported / semi polished / Crane cam and valve spring kit / Hooker fender-well headers / Edelbrock mid-rise / Holly 650 / distributor curve kit and some other items. So, I picked it up from Wisconsin and just basically cleaned things up. Headers were rusted out so replaced those. Put new exhaust on / cleaned up the replacement 273 which was from a Mr. Norm’s Dodge Dart.”

“I have since started a modern Hemi transplant w/AT and have stalled out but intend to get back on it next year. It’s sitting in my son’s warehouse in Michigan and I’m in Missouri so plan on dragging it back here and finishing it. The Hemi is in. The modern radiator is in. The trans is in but all the electronic changes remain. I do have the ECM.”

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