1973 Plymouth Barracuda Full Restoration Project

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Any car enthusiast knows that nothing can steal your heart like a full restoration project. Sure you can buy a fast car or tune your own, but a full project build is something that needs a lot of attention, time and most of all passion. That is exactly how this project started, out of Aaron Beck’s passion for design and muscle cars. Of course his experience as a concept designer has helped, as Aaron was able to get all the design done at his workplace. Talk about great bosses…

This 1973 Plymouth Barracuda project is in it’s third year of work being done, Aaron’s goals being to create something extraordinary, a car that was fun to drive, have a radical look, handled well and flew like the wind.

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As you can see, the car was in a bad shape and full of rust. So all the metal work was cut out and all the welds over the entire shell were redone, the rust issue was taken care of and there were a lot of custom braces and modifications done.
After getting the all the metal straight, the car was sent to be sandblasted. Meanwhile Aaron worked on the rollbar and custom exhaust. The exhaust only took Aaron a month to build out of 3 inch stainless tube and 3.5 inch dump pipes.

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Since he wanted to drive this car hard, the engine dropped in is a 440ci big block sourced from Mopar, altogether with ported heads and forged internals. This engine rates at over 500 hp, pretty good for a 1375kg car.

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The attention to details is second to none and one of my questions was why are there hood pins on the … roof. Well, there is a perfect explanation for that: the hood is made out of fiberglass and it cand be lifted-off the car, so a good place to store it is on the roof. Since the city Aaron lives in , Wellington , is a very windy city, QED.

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Speaking of fiberglass, the front fenders and bumper were also custom installed by the proud owner.
All the power delivered by the big block meant the suspension needed to be a very serious one. So Aaron went for Hotchkis upper control arms, strut rods, tie rods and sway bars, Bilstein shocks and upgraded torsion bars. Until he will decide for the final wheel and tire setup, he is using 15′ wheels and 11.75-inch ‘Cop’ rotors and race brake pads. The differential was also redone, with a limited slip centre and new 3.55:1 gears.

Future plans include a hood duct to keep the steering cooler under control and a tachometer that will poke through the hood.We wish Aaron to complete his dream build son and enjoy the drive.




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