I’ve been slowly pondering taking on another project car and even though I know it’s probably a bad idea I just can’t help myself. You see I’ve been itching to build a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda notchback forever. Not only do I think that it would make a wicked fun daily driver, but it’s such an oddball car that I can’t help but love it. I’m thinking about going with a gloss silver body and red interior, 18-inch one off wheels and perhaps either 5.7-liter or 6.1-liter new style HEMI with fuel injection. I’ve seen a few conversions and aside from the electronics it really shouldn’t be too bad. I’m still not fully set on a transmission though. My Daytona runs a Kielser TKO-600 5-speed manual and truth be told, it’s not my favorite. My Charger on the other hand runs a torque-flite 727, backed up with a reverse manual valve body and gear vendor overdrive unit, a combination that I like very much.
This is not going to be a full on runner and will not be tracked like my other cars, but I wouldn’t mind some vintage Nascar-ish overtones. My biggest problem with this build is not the actual build itself, but the new Ford Mustang GT. My thought is that to build this car will run about 30-35k… the same as a new GT, but with the Mustang all I have to do is turn the key and go, vintage car be damned. Plus, I can track it (especially if it’s equipped with the Brembo brake package) and it’s got a full 3-year warranty. So therein lies my dilemma – old 1968 Plymouth Barracuda or new 2011 Ford Mustang GT. What would you guys do?