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Projects Almost Funny - AWB Barracuda Funny Car Build

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by squirrel, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. Absolutely incredible!!!! Jim, you are the master! None of us are worthy! This has been the best project and read of the year! Thanks so much for taking us all along!

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  2. This is the best build I’ve seen in a long time. I love these cars.

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  3. What an accomplishment! Thanks for posting the videos. I hope it goes down the track as good as it looks.
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  4. Willy_P
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 762


    forbes2016edsel-adventure.PNG forbes plan2.PNG Jim, I held off until late in the build to ask about a critical item to pass inspection, the all important horn button.

    in 2016 , the edsel adventure, it was a piece of 2x4 and a doorbell mounted it the center of the steering wheel.

    In plan 2 it is on the column left side, you said due to column issues you had.
    My 57 column sucked too and had to be replaced.

    So how did you engineer it this time?

    I still laugh every time I think of the edsel horn button
  5. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 984

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota

    Looks like you just might make it!

    You have uncovered what I consider to be the biggest hurdle in running points in a Hemi nowadays. Lack of good parts avalability. All the new stuff is junk. Now you will be competing with me to scarf up all the NORS stuff.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2018
  6. porkshop
    Joined: Jan 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,704

    from Clovis Ca

    Jim, you are a true inspiration. And although its not drag week, im going to get my Willys P/U built and take it to the HAMB drags next year........
  7. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,667


    this one uses the horn button on the steering wheel, and it actually works. For now, at least. The Mopars had a much better contact system than GM or Ford.
  8. Uh........I put new wipers on my OT muscle car today.
    Taxing my skills on THAT project.
    Man I envy your abilities.
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    Just awsome !!
  10. ffr1222k
    Joined: Nov 5, 2009
    Posts: 1,169


    I look forward to seeing your car in Commerce next week.
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  11. Motor_Psycho
    Joined: Jan 21, 2008
    Posts: 81


    Super human effort, congrats! The car looks absolutely stunning, good luck on drag week!
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  12. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,269


    Dang, I was hoping that dangling pipe-cleaner had something to do with it, in typical Squirrel fashion. :eek:
    Another off-the-charts build Jim, you're Batman! :D
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  13. mcmopar
    Joined: Nov 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,624

    from Strum, wi

    Did I miss it or have ya not said the name of it yet?
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  14. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,667


    Almost Funny.

    like the name of the thread.

    Until I come up with a better name, that is

    (the white string is for the packing the chute)
  15. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,630


    How about Plan B, for Barracuda???;)
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  16. rawcjw19
    Joined: Oct 8, 2012
    Posts: 581


    Nice job again Jim! Thanks for taking the time to share

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  17. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 14,834

    from oregon

    The name is perfect!
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  18. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,145

    from Burton, MI

    Holy smokes...I take a 3-day weekend and it's done! Congrats!
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  19. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,667


    I went for a drive this morning. It's 10 miles to get to town, 45 mph then 55 mph. I encountered the death wobble, after slowing down then speeding up. It only did it once. But I think it needs a steering stabilizer.

    Also had some fuel boiling, or dirty needle/seat, for a little while. I took the air horn off the carb that was wet, it all looked ok, float levels ok, so I just blew out the supply passage and put it back together, and it's been fine since.

    The gauges all work, I finally got the trans temp to go above 150. The trans cooler is pretty big, I guess that was a good idea. The engine temp didn't get over 200 till I was almost home, it went up to 205, which is fine. Steven made a fan shroud for it last night, seems to be working ok.

    I only have 3.54 gears in it now, so cruising speed is under 3000 rpm. The converter slips most of the time in slow speed driving, can't really feel it shift. I'll have to get used to that. It's a 3500 converter.

    I might need to wear ear plugs for normal driving, it just seems loud, even though there is no specific sound that's loud--just a big motor that makes a lot of racket. The mufflers are pretty quiet, even with no tail pipes.

    driving01.jpg driving02.jpg
  20. Dreamweaver
    Joined: Feb 26, 2003
    Posts: 1,017


    "I went for a drive this morning."

    WOW! 9 1/2 months since first post to driving to the store in that beast.

    Your level of craftsmanship is amazing.
    Hope you make it to Drag Week.
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  21. I wear head phones all the time. I'm more careful.with my hearing now than when I was younger. They say it's not so much how loud it is but the length of exposure.
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  22. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,965

    from DFW USA

    I bet it's loud! There's a Hemi in your lap and not an ounce of insulation in the whole car. :D

    It seems like a lot of the DragWeek guys wear those big hunting ear muffs.
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  23. You're lucky that some hooligan didn't "unpack" your chute for you in the parking lot at Merle's.
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  24. We mere mortals are in awe! Unbelievable focus and drive, along with good help.
    Congratulations on a milestone event!
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  25. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 14,834

    from oregon

    That parking lot observer is saying "that thing got a hemi"!
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  26. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
    Posts: 1,177


    It looks almost docile sitting there at Merle's. We all know better, but you have to admire how understated your builds tend to be. You just put stuff where it needs to be... no flash required.

    I for one am completely hooked now. I'm checking my phone like a madman to see what comes next!
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  27. suchadrag
    Joined: Jun 13, 2008
    Posts: 102


    This is simply the best. Can't wait to see it head down the track.
  28. hedg12
    Joined: Feb 1, 2009
    Posts: 46


    9 1/2 months, and he resurrected an old LaSalle during that time...
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  29. Thor1
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 1,590


    Jim, Congrats on getting the car mostly done and under it's own power! Well done! I know there are still a bunch of things to sort out but I know that you will get there.

    Thank you for inviting us to come along for the ride as you envisioned, designed, fabricated, built, and tested a race car from scratch in about 9 months or so.

    I look forward to seeing the video of you unleashing that beast at the track!
  30. Chaz
    Joined: Feb 24, 2004
    Posts: 5,016

    Member Emeritus

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