The Orr family is car crazy, and that has comfortably reflected onto their children. Their common interest keeps them together. It has spawned multiple family project cars where everyone is ready to lend a hand to help a family member build their deadly weapon. Each of them has their next projects underway and we're sure to see them back in force each year at the NATS.
'68 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S Notchback
Owned By: Gregg Orr, Hamlet, Indiana
- Engine: You can't go wrong with a 340. The high-mile engine was rebuilt with all stock parts, from the pistons and rods to the crankshaft. Gregg had the block cleaned up by his cousin, who owns a machine shop and the cylinder heads were freshened up with hardened seats and received a three-angle valve job.
- Exhaust: Factory manifolds still are attached to heads, but they now feed a 2 1/2-inch TTi exhaust, complete with an H-pipe crossover and Flowmaster 40 Series mufflers.
- Transmission: A Hurst-shifted OEM 833 transmission.
- Rearend: The original sure grip 8 3/4-inch rear was rebuilt with original 3.23 gears.
- Suspension: Everything is stock and was restored using parts from PST.
- Brakes: The front and rear OEM drums were painted red to match the paint and remain stock.
- Wheels and Tires: He still has the original wheels but wanted something with more flash to them. He was limited in his wheel choice but chose wisely with a set of 14-inch Cragar SS wheels. The Cragars wear BFGoodrich T/A Radials, but he'll occasionally show it on the original wheels, shod in Coker Redline Bias Ply tires.
- Body: The car was pretty straight when he picked it up but had extensive damage from a hailstorm. Gregg completed the body work himself on the hail marks before sending it out for paint and remaining prep work.
- Paint: Gregg wanted to brighten the car up a little it and had Mark Shell Autobody paint the Formula S PR4 Flame Red. It was previously Matador Red.
- Interior: The pearl white front seats are original. The OEM buckets cleaned up and Auto Custom Carpet cut the red carpet, which cleanly accents the white vinyl seating areas. Gregg completed all work himself.
But Wait, There's More
There is, however, one more Orr family member ready for his time in the limelight. As the owner of a '68 Charger, younger brother Jimmie looks forward to completing it and competing in the Young Guns class. We're certain that if it's anything like his older sister's and brother's rides, it will impress everyone at the show. We asked Jimmie to tell us more about his '68 Charger.
Gayle spotted the car about 15 miles from their house, but it wasn't for sale. She tried to buy it several times herself, but there was no budging the owner. About a year later, a family friend gave them a good tip that the car was coming up for sale because his boss was the man's neighbor and saw the Charger was moved out in the front yard for a fast sell.
The Orr parents promptly headed over and bought the car. During this time, Jimmie was working on his own project, a '73 'Cuda, and it was already painted. "I kept looking at the Charger and thinking that I really wanted it to be my project. I was willing to give up the 'Cuda to do so." He finally worked up the nerve to ask his father if they could work something out where they could trade cars, and dad agreed.