Dave VernaWhen Dave was 17, he found this '66 Barracuda resting in a local backyard and bought it for only $500. The 'Cuda began life as a baby blue Slant Six car. Dave and his dad rebuilt the early A-Body over the course of five years. The suspension, disc brakes, and 811/44 rear were salvaged from a '74 Dart and rebuilt with poly bushings. A lightly modified 318 resided between the fenders until two years ago when a mild, yet radical looking, tunnel-ram 360 took its place. With two 390-cfm Holleys and 3.23 gears, Dave drives his ride "all over the place," averaging 14 mpg.
Strip SpecsOwner: Dave Verna Jr.Year/Model: '66 BarracudaRace weight: 3,470Curb weight: 3,300Engine: '78 360, .030 overCompression ratio: 9.4:Heads: No. 587 castings, stock 1.88/1.60Intake: Edelbrock tunnel-ramCarbs/Jets: 2-390-cfm Holleys, 52 jetsCamshaft: MP Hyd with .474 lift and .280 advertised durationIgnition: MP Electronic with 36 degrees at 2,600Exhaust: Spitfire shorty headers w/2 1⁄2-inch head pipes, 2-inch full exhaustTrans: 904 w/B&M TranspakConverter: MP 175K, 2,500 stallRear: 8 1⁄4, 3.23 Sure GripBrakes F/R: '74 A-Body disc/drumWheels F/R: 14x5.5 RallyesTires F/R: 205/70R 40 psi, 245/60R 20 psi, 26x8.5 slicks 18 psiShocks: KYB gasChassis/Suspension mods: '74 A-body K-member w/S6 T-bars, SS leaf springs, pinion snubberSafety mods: Driveshaft loopInterior mods: Black vinyl seats/door panels, all metal sprayed Plum CrazyExterior mods: Hillborn scoopPaint: Plum CrazyBest e.t. prior to event: 13.3 at 102 uncorked