For subtlety, Mark swapped out the 'Cuda Rally-type hood for a stock flat version, and did a heads-up trade with a buddy for the Rally wheels that were on the car for a set of more non-descript 14-inch factory Magnum 500 wheels. After the trans swap, the console was left off the car, but a new carpet went in as did a new sound system. Mark has left rest of the black replacement interior in place. The only other body change was adding the dual exhaust-opening rear valance for the 'cool' factor; the paint match was easy enough.
When we ran into Mark, he had already driven the car from its San Francisco, lair for major events in the western U.S. since completing the changes. For this weekend, he had clocked nearly a thousand miles when we hooked up with him at Moparty at the Strip) in the Las Vegas desert last spring; he had first driven south to Los Angeles to hang with the crew leaving en masse from Glendora Dodge, cruised out to Vegas, and was planning on going back to SoCal for the Spring Fling show the following weekend before heading back to San Francisco.
Shades of the past have disappeared over the years since this Barracuda 'vert was new; seeing one on the street in unrestored shape is something that makes all of us think, What if... Instead, Mark gets to chuckle and say quietly, "Yeah, I did..."
1970 Plymouth Barracuda convertible
Car Owner: Mark Ray, Avalon, California
That's My Baby !!!Thank YouMOPAR MUSCLEMark RayAvalon, California