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1974 Plymouth Barracuda by Tarrance Davidson

1974 Plymouth Barracuda by Tarrance Davidson

I bought this 1974 Plymouth Barracuda from Howardton Auto in Reidsville N.C. in 1976. I used my inheritance I received from my father. It was an one owner and in great shape. I drove the car daily in Eden N.C. while I lived there. It didn't take long, living in the Red Mud areas of North Carolina , to find out the original white interior was going to be hard to keep clean.

Back then it was not hard to find these cars in junk yards so I changed the color to its present black color. After 125,000 miles the 318ci, 2 barrel carburetor, single exhaust motor needed a short block rebuild and it was done by, what many call, a shade tree mechanic. No major machine work done to the heads or block. It was just a simple backyard rebuild that came out perfect. It was at this time I also decided to get the fish painted. The white stripe was removed and the original Forest Green Metallic Paint was the color of choice. The paint job didn't come out as well as the motor build. It looked great at first but was just a short time before the cracks started showing there ugly self and before long the whole car was looking worse than it was before it was painted.

In 1990 the fish was still my primary transportation. The shade tree motor build had lasted another 100,000 miles and was due for another rebuild. Yes, that's 200,000 miles I had put on the car so far. I decided to park the car at that time because I had other transportation. Fast forward 5 years to 1995. It was time to fix her up again. I started with the motor. I had Terry Walker of Roanoke Virginia to do a long block rebuild and balance on the 318. The build plan was to put a Holly 4 barrel with one of the intakes that was used on 360. Dual exhaust, 3000 stall converter and a street cam to make it rock just a bit.

1974 Plymouth Barracuda - Inside
Wow what a plan too. With the stock 273 diff. and the new motor build I get some really great gas mileage with plenty of get up and go to boot for those Cruises. Next was the paint and body restoration. I had P&J Auto Repair of Danville Virginia do the work. I, like most collectors, had no clue the extent of the work that this fish was in need of.
1974 Plymouth Barracuda

I won't go into all the work done. I will just let you look around the site and see that for yourself. I went back with the original Mopar Green Metallic paint but also put the white stripe back on. I removed the luggage rack that came on the car.
Lastly, I had the seats of this Barracuda redone by Rudy's of Martinsville Virginia and stayed with the black color, head liner, carpet were also done.

Tarrance Davidson - Ridgeway, Virginia
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