Calm and Collected 'Cuda
Bill Burke, age: 43, East Norwich, NY
"I put this car together at...
"I put this car together at the auto shop in one of my schools with the help of Steve Turczyn; I wanted to create the '68 SS/AA look, when Mopar was king! I'm a member of the Mopar Power Club on Long Island, and have been named supervisor of the year four times in the Queens School district; I have been in the NYC high school education system for 35 years. My wife, Santa, and kids, Bill and Kelly, are part of my racing operation. A special thanks goes to Steve and my tune-up man Tony Aprile."
Bill Burke has been racing his '69 Barracuda for many years, and he came out to bracket test it with a variety of rear tire pressures. Unlike many of the others, the East Norwich, New York-based school system administrator has already done most of the work to make his car consistent for racing, so he was well aware of what the car liked. The five runs he recorded varied by less than 11/410 of second despite the different times of day. He has posted final round showings at Englishtown for the Mopar Atlantic Nationals. Bill's 360 is a crate motor, which was a basic install into the A-Body for bracket racing purposes. He also has mufflers on the car due to the noise restrictions at the track.
'69 Plymouth Barracuda
Weight w/driver: 3,070 (w/half tank of gas).
Engine: 19- 360 crate motor by Chrysler.
Bottom end: Factory crank and rods, 9.0:1 Mopar pistons, unbalanced.
Heads: Mopar swirl-port castings, unported.
Valvetrain: Mopar roller (.501/.513 lift/288/292-deg. @.050 advertised duration), 1.925/1.625 valves, 1.65 rockers.
Induction: M-1 Mopar single-plane, BG-modified Holley 750 vac., 1⁄2-inch carb spacer, Mopar electronic ignition, Hess 93 unleaded.
Exhaust: 1 3⁄4-inch pri. to 3-inch coll. Stahl headers, mufflers, no crossover pipe.
Trans/Driveline: 904 Turbo-Action, reverse valvebody, Turbo Action 10-inch 3600-stall converter, Turbo-Action Cheetah shifter, 8 3⁄4 rear w/4.56:1 Richmond gears, Moser axles.
Wheels/Tires: Centerline Convo Pro 15-inch wheels/Moroso 2-ply front/Hoosier 28x10 rear, 12-14 psi.
Suspension: Stock front, subframe connectors, Mopar S/S springs, Mopar shocks, pinions snubber.
Safety Mods: S&W 8-point cage, fuel cell, loop seat belts, ARCA stainless steel fire shield rear seat.
Interior mods: Gutted, race seat.
Body Mods: Fiberglass fenders and Six Pak hood.
Launch technique: Prestage to 2,000 rpm, bring to 3,400, launch on last yellow.
|60-ft||1⁄8 et/mph||1⁄4 et/mph||Notes|
|2||3400||5500||1.69||N/A||12.00/110.00||12.5-psi, bad burnout|