"It's a fun car to drive," says Joe, "but it's a little washy on turns, and it has a tendency to lean." He adds, "As far as mechanically, everything works and is back to how it came from the factory." It's an attention-getter whenever he shows or drives it. "A lot of people ask, 'What the heck is it?'" says Joe.
That factory color scheme on Joe's Barracuda could have foreshadowed a famous one to come. "The color of my car, ivory and gold, only came out in '65, as far as I can tell," he says. "That was the reason why I contacted Bob Riggle, driver of the Hurst Hemi Under Glass funny car, because Larry Rosenbaum at the W.P.C. Museum and all the rest of the guys I contacted did not have any documentation to see if my color combination happened to be a precursor to the C-Body Hurst Chrysler 300H venture they had in 1970, with the big Hurst Shifter and Linda Vaughn on the back." Joe adds that he was trying to document something he'd heard about those colors from Bob, who, by the way, has re-done the '68 Hurst Hemi Under Glass funny car. (Maybe George Hurst had an ivory-and-gold '65 Formula S of his own? Maybe...)
Speaking of history, this '65 may end up wintering with other notable--and famous--Mopars. "Larry Rosenbaum, the curator of the museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and I have been working on taking it up there and storing it in the basement next winter." Right now, they're still working on the logistics and other details, about how to move it into Boss Chrysler's Garage at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum. "It's going to show there one day or another," Joe adds, "and that would be a nice little tick on the car's resume."
Joe has some folks he'd like to thank for their help on this resto project. Along with his brother Bill, Joe thanks Bill's sons Billy and Alex, plus Alex's friend, Jamie. And extra special thanks go to Bill's wife Mindy and Joe's fiancé, Bev, for all of their support.
Inside, a Legendary seat kit is one of the highlights of the restored ’65 Formula S’s cabi
1965 Plymouth Barracuda
Owned by: Joe Eichenlaub, Pataskala, Ohio
- Engine: Restored "Commando 273," complete with Carter AFB four-barrel, chrome "unsilenced" air cleaner, solid-lifter camshaft and larger-diameter single exhaust with resonator and chrome tip.
- Transmission: 727 TorqueFlite with a console-mounted shifter, as ordered back in '65.
- Rearend: Restored original 8 3/4-inch rear end, without Sure Grip but with 3.55:1 rear gears.
- Suspension: Restored original Formula S: (Front) Heavy-duty longitudinal torsion bars and tubular shocks with an anti-sway bar. (Rear) Heavy-duty leaf springs with tubular shocks.
- Brakes: Restored original power-assisted drum-and shoe brakes all around.
- Wheels and Tires: "Wide rim" 14 x 5.5-inch steel wheels wear a set of Firestone FR380 205/70R14 radial whitewalls and a set of original bolt-on wheel covers.
- Body: Original '65 Plymouth A-Body 2-door unibody restored with replacement wheel well pieces and '65 Dart floors. Sheet metal not found at swap meets (or on parts cars) fabricated by Bill Eichenlaub
- Paint: Just like in '65: Ivory with gold stripes, done in acrylic enamel by Bill Eichenlaub
- Interior: Stock interior restored with Legendary's seat kits, plus other items from Year One and Layson's Auto Restorations.
6000-rpm factory tachometer was a Formula S package feature.
No, that’s not a tape stripe. Formula S racing stripes were painted on in the Hamtramck As
Joe Eichenlaub wanted to tub this ’65, but he made it a restoration project when he found