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#72 of 81 Re: My once and Future Q ship [andre1969]
Jan 16, 2009 (7:07 am)
Wife bought a 1969 Barracuda 340S new. I had a 68 Firebird Formula 400 at the time and my seat of pants thought that the Firebird was a little faster. The 340S had a nice growl on acceleration. I would guess it did 0-60 in about 7.5 seconds.
The Barracuda had the handling package and was real nice to drive enthusiastically. Whille the engine and trans were bullitproof, there were numerous other problems with the car. Some she got covered under warranty. Others came up after warranty. Got rid of the car after 2+ years. That car was the worst car that we have ever owned in our lives and caused us to swear off any Chrysler product for life.
Would not recommend buying any Barracude, if any still exist.
#73 of 81 Re: My once and Future Q ship (xrunner2)
Jan 16, 2009 (7:17 am)
"That car was the worst car that we have ever owned in our lives and caused us to swear off any Chrysler product for life."
Since the engine and transmission were bullet-proof, the engine emitted a nice growl, and you praised the handling package, what specific issues caused you to have such a strong negative reaction to Chrysler products?
#74 of 81 Re: My once and Future Q ship (xrunner2) [hpmctorque]
Jan 16, 2009 (7:47 am)
When we got rid of it, we joked that we should write notes, maybe a book, about all of the problems. I will ask wife later tonight to try to recount. But, here are some that come to mind.
Found oil spots on garage floor beneath differential at about 6 month point. Dealer replaced differential, housing had a crack.
At about 1.3 year age, noticed braking diminishment, longer stops, a little more pedal pressure needed. Examined front brake calipers and found that on one side, don't remember which, that piston was rusted shut in the bore. Had full shop manual and it advised to use a Chrysler part number piston remover to pull out piston. Went to Plymouth dealer and bought part, pulled out piston. Cylinder bore was not badly pitted, so used fine emery to polish bore. At about 1.8 year point, the other side brake caliper piston rusted shut and had to repair. Was familiar with taking off calipers, refacing rotors, putting new pads on front of 68 Firebird. Had 68 Firebird for about 10 years and never encountered rusted caliper pistons. Chrysler engineering very poor in bad design not being able to keep moisture out of cylinder bores.
At about 1.5 year point, and on vacation in Colo, votage regulator failed and had to be replaced.
At about 1.2 year point, and while driving on vacation, noticed strange sensation under right foot and gas pedal came off of lever/mount. Quickly pulled off on shoulder and was able to put it back together. Don't remeber any specifics on parts, perhaps there was a C ring involved, can't remember. This was probably the most outragous, unbelievable thing to happen on that car.
Therre was much more. Maybe wife has better memory.
Stay away from Barracudas.
#75 of 81 Re: My once and Future Q ship (xrunner2) [xrunner2]
Jan 16, 2009 (7:57 am)
I have heard that those early disc brake setups that Chrysler used were pretty bad. I just had drum brakes on my Darts. 9" on the '69, which had a slant six and 10" on the '68, with a 318. I tended to go through front brake shoes about every 10-15K miles, rear was around every 15-20K.
#76 of 81 Re: My Old Car [piCARso]
Jan 16, 2009 (8:52 am)
"101hp economical engine offering good performance while delivering 22 mpg off reg. gas"
I don't think it has what I'd call 'good performance', you'll be the slowest car on the road, but it'll be fine for leisurly drives on city streets and back roads. Just stay off the freeway! And I'd sure want to take a careful look at it for rust.
#77 of 81 Re: My Old Car [piCARso]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 16, 2009 (4:12 pm)
The bid is about there for real value....I'm thinkin' fair market with issues noted is about $6500 tops. It would be nice to have a photo of the repair work. Professional? A stolen detour sign riveted into the floor?
#78 of 81 My Future Car ?
Jan 16, 2009 (5:45 pm)
With the mesmerizing chant of the auctioneer from Barrett Jackson in the background I must send my appreciation for your astute observations concerning that Ford Futura. A second email to the seller pushing for rust details elicited this response : " Yes, it has had extensive underbody patches on all floors and heavy undercoating, quarter and rockers have patches and bondo. This is a very reputable 100 % positive ebay seller and with all the pictures and detailed positive info the rust issues were not mentioned. A good example for buyer beware. How easy to be seduced by the shiny surface. It ended at less then 7, reserve not met. The seller informed me that the buy me now price was $16,950. That seems a bit extreme. Not knowing the reserve during the bidding it is hard to show restraint, the clock ticking , the bid sitting for days at less then 6. I know that is what they count on. A good learning experience. The search continues. Thank you again for your knowledge and input, you hit this one right on the head.
#79 of 81 Re: My Future Car ? [piCARso]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 16, 2009 (5:56 pm)
HAHAHAHAHAHA.....You could buy a fairly decent (#3 condition) Falcon Sprint V-8 convertible for that.....and maybe even a 6 cylinder Mustang convertible.
Get real Duffy!
#81 of 81 Re: A 1964 Fleetwood 60 for Parm? [lokki]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Apr 03, 2009 (1:54 pm)
Looks good. Color's not the best, price seems fair enough.