1969 Chrysler Valiant VF 770
1968 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback
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About “Yellow Terra”
As I was a big Mopar fan when i was young, these cars were the pic for me. I owned and restored this one from 1986 to 1990. Repainted in Canary Yellow Acrylic inside and out. Kept the origanal 318ci V8 for a couple of years with only the heads ported, 4BBL carb and 360ci dual plane intake, steel tube headers. Went great for some time till i put nitrous kit on (150HP powershot)and burnt the rings, no big damage just tired 20year old rings. So in went an overbored 318 (321ci) with new rings bearings and camshaft( Sig Erson TQ30H), new dizzy (Malory twinpoint), and another carb(carter AFB). This is where the fun began. Blew through 3 transmisions till we got it loaded with carbon bands and a good shift kit, fitted a 3000RPM stall speed converter and a 3.55:! LSD diff. Thing felt so light in the rear, you had to be carefull, but could pull a mean burnout right through second gear HAHA. It gave the Ford and GM guys a real fright.
I never really got to stretch it to it's capability over the 1/4mile, but managed to pull it down to 12.86@104MPH with a smallish carter AFB carb (i think it was under 600CFM, probably more like 525). Also on that run in particular the car broke down in every gear all the way down the strip, dont think i could get enough fuel into it. On the street the car looked great, something a lil different, even if i still had it today it would be a little different. You dont see many of these now, and you didnt back then especially ones that were good street performers. Sold the car in the end to buy the Red '69 Javelin.
I bought my Barracuda April 9, 1991 in Rialto, California as a total basketcase, complete with boxes and extra parts in the trunk, from Lloyd Hilton* for $250. I'm the sixth owner. I love this car like a second child and am very proud of what I have accomplished so far. It's my first restoration.
I'm still working on the interior but now have nearly everything to finish it up. My target date is in early June so I can join the Union City-to-Memphis leg of the 2007 Hot Rod Power Tour and debut the car in a proper fashion.
Since it wasn't original when I bought it (the factory 318 was long gone by then), I'm building this street car the way I want it to be: Fast, safe, and very fun to drive.
Here's just a few of the resto-mods to date:
727 (reverse manual valve body)
8 3/4" posi with 3.23 gears
Aerospace Components front disc brakes (rears too someday)
Holley 750 carb
Strip Dominator intake
MSD 6AL ignition
Speedway aluminum crossflow radiator / overflow
Front/rear sway bars
PST polygraphite suspension components
Super Stock leaf springs
American Racing Torque Thrust IIs
(bbp 15x8 rears / 15x4 fronts)
Summit Racing bucket seats
Simpson 5-point camlock racing harnesses
LeCarra steering wheel ...
This isn't an exhaustive list of everything, but you get the idea.
It's a labor of love and a work in progress. Please feel free to post your comments -- I'd love to hear them!
* RIP Lloyd, my dear friend ... wish you could have seen what that ol' beige POS in your driveway finally turned into.
Specs for “Yellow Terra”
1969 Chrysler Valiant Coupe. 2800Lb
Regal 770 trim (origanally Dark Brown with tan interior)
Canary Yellow with black trim.
Sports instruments with B&M Shifter, racing harnesses
321ci V8 with 150HP Power Shot nitrous injection kit.
3 speed 904 TorqueFlight trans 3000RPM converter.
3.55:1 LSD rear
Disk brake front - no booster -
1/4 Mile best - 12.86@104MPH
60' Best - 1.6sec
Specs for “Slimer”
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Factory Options for “Yellow Terra”
Power Steering, Auto, Front Bucket seats,Fireball 318ci V8, Floor shift
Factory Options for “Slimer”
No factory options listed.
Mods for “Yellow Terra”
So many that I probably have forgotten most of them.
*Overbored block 0.030"
*Balanced rods - crank - pistons.
*Forged 9.8:1 pistons.
*Cylinder heads ported and polished - standard valves.
*4BBL intake manifold (cast iron) Carter AFB - Modified.
*Sig Erson TQ30H camshaft
*Milodon timing gear drive assy.
*Malory electric fuel pump, rear mounted.
*Rear mounted Battery.
*Custom made Traction bars, adjustable.
*High volume oil pump - remote filter.
*Steel tube headers - Y section into single exhaust system.
*Modified trans - carbon bands, extra clutch packs, stage 3 B&M shift kit, massive front mounted cooler.
*3000 RPM High Stall converter.
Mods for “Slimer”
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