Another Mopar Muscle car, and not just one that you could drive on the street. This is a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback Super Stock equipped with the 426 race Hemi. These cars were built by Hurst and intended for drag racing ONLY. This creation has a fully detailed underside, engine, transmission, drive shaft, rear end, dual exhaust, gas tank, torsion bars, leaf springs, and much more. Yet again, this car is definitely one of my best creations. Note that this creation is based on the 1969 Barracuda 340 car that I made, with the updated roof.
About this creation
There is a lot to say about a 1968 Hemi Barracuda Super Stock. These cars are very interesting. As well as for the 1968 Hemi Dart, the Dodge version of the Super Stock. Nowadays these cars are best known as "BO29" for the Barracuda, and "LO23" for the Dart. But this is nothing more than just the 4 first digits of the VIN of these cars. But the interesting part of it is the "O" (not 0), standing for "Super Stock". On a normal car, the second digit would indicate the price class of the car. For example "L" for Low, "M" for Medium, and "H" for High. Then also the full VIN of a 1968 Super Stock would be: (Barracuda as example) BO29M8B******. With the "M" standing for the "Special Order V8 engine", which in this case is the 426 race Hemi. So These two characters ("O" and "M") make the VIN so interesting.
The A-body Barracuda and Dart were the lightest cars at that time so that's why they used these to build them out as drag cars. Still a lot of the interior parts were removed. It also was not easy to fit the big 426 Hemi in them because of the small engine bays. Modifications had to be made. The cars were finished in gray primer, and the hood and fenders were made of fiberglass and were left black. It was up to the owner to paint the car. The only thing that really mattered was the 426 Hemi. Now talk about rarity, I believe there were only 72 Hemi Barracudas and 80 Hemi Darts made in 1968...
Note that you can see the engine through the air scoop. And yes, these cars DID come with wipers from the factory.
The hood had no hinges on the real car, but was hold down by 4 hood pins. Note the two support pins for the scoop in the hood.
There were two versions of the 426 Hemi. The "Race" and "Street" version. The street Hemi was actually a de-tuned version of the engine. Now as you know, this one features the race Hemi, with the cross ram intake manifold and dual 4 barrel carburetors. Note how close the brake master cylinder sits next to the valve cover, but they made it easily removable from the factory to access the engine.
The tan colored round 2x2 plates are supposed to be the air filters.
Let's have the engine out of the car so that you can have a better look at it. Note that it has headers, that's how it came out of the factory. Though I only used two tubes on each cylinder head because there was no more room!
Let's have a look at the interior now.
They also removed the back seat, to save weight. (The window regulators were also removed by the real car and they used straps to pull the windows back up!)
They used lightweight front bucket seats out of a Dodge A-100 van. Also, note the 4-speed stick.
They also moved the battery to the right corner of the trunk to lighten the nose.