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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. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,220


    Jim, You've been Trashing for Weeks... The fact You're still "Roll'n" is Epic! Enjoy, We All are!!! For ya! Cheer's...
    Drag week= (Asphalt) BAJA 1000
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018
  2. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 2,920

    Dick Stevens

    I guess it's something to be able to finish this thing with a car like this... :)
    Jim, that is the understatement of the year! This has been incredible, building it in such a short time with a couple of distractions thrown in and taking it untested and running Drag Week and finishing it is amazing!
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  3. classiccarjack
    Joined: Jun 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,441


    What is the deal with guys building a Mopar with a "lesser" drivetrain?

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  4. lumpy 63
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 1,309

    lumpy 63

    You done good Jim . Get a good nights sleep and look at it with fresh eyes in the morning. You know better than anybody what the best call is. I'm jealous of what you have accomplished thus far. Sincerely Lumpy.
  5. classiccarjack
    Joined: Jun 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,441


    I love Manton push rods! Never had one issue with them.

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  6. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 10,313

    from Missouri

    Hard work, dedication and perseverance with a little sacrifice.
    Jim you have set a new bar again. ;)
  7. RodStRace
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 2,309


    Old school trick from waaay back...
    Cut off a short chunk of vacuum hose and tuck it behind the points to increase spring tension.
    Only used to check for point bounce (test or strip), not full time (street).
    You didn't mention if you have another set of points, so this WILL wear out the rubbing block if used for long.
  8. classiccarjack
    Joined: Jun 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,441


    This happened to me! I was chasing my tail until I found a very old set of Accels... Installed them, and problem solved!

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  9. classiccarjack
    Joined: Jun 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,441


    Thank you for posting this thread, worth every minute of reading it. You sir are a very talented guy! And the reward for your hard labor of dipping into the tens, without shaking the car down before racing it, is amazing. You are my hero, thank you for the inspiration!

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  10. Anybody that finishes Drag Week can and should be very very proud. You have done what a lot of racers have never accomplished Jim. My hat is off to you sir. Have fun today and enjoy.:)
  11. glrbird
    Joined: Dec 20, 2010
    Posts: 502


    Just saw after day 4, 62 cars have dropped out, just goes to show how finishing is a BIG DEAL. And In a NEW car puts it at the top. The Cool bar just got raised! Can’t wait to see the Cuda after you get more time with it. Congrats Jim
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  12. They’re prepping the track but I see Jim first in the staging lanes

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  13. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,860

    from Nicasio Ca

    They mentioned Jim's '55, forgot about that. Then there's the Chevy II, the Corvair, the Edsel, the Hearse...
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  14. and the Corvair AND the '28 Chevrolet! :D
  15. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,673


    Congrat's made it all the way. Quite the effort. I have never seen anything like it from start to finish!!
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  16. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,677

    dirty old man

    Been a week of hard work for you Jim, but you can certainly be proud of what you've accomplished!
    Was an honor to meet you last Mon. and get a chance to see the car close up and talk with you face to face.
    Wish I could have been there today for the finale, but I've got to get my roadster ready for next weekend and our little Nostalgia race at Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds, GA for Run What Ya Brung.
  17. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 4,118


    Congrats Jim on completion of Drag Week. Your a winner in our eyes. Safe trip home.

  18. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,358


    I thought your approach to the Zoomie exhaust collectors was unique; then I saw this on E-Bay. It's just a model engine, but the "collectors" are similar; E-Bay item # 113247094387. I'm really surprised how straight all the reworked or stretched body panels are on the Barracuda. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
  19. For several days I was able to watch the car transform from a new build to a seasoned veteran. What you don't see is all the fine tweaking that was done each day. Not only at the track but on the road. Adjustments were made at gas stops or any other time we had to pull over. It was hot every day. Temps were in the 90s with high humidity. Regardless of the conditions every time I looked over work was being performed. Its through this hard work that the car has evolved into what it is at the end of the week. Congrats my friend on a job well done. 20180911_142256.jpg 20180910_175854.jpg 20180911_142256.jpg 20180910_175854.jpg
  20. Awesome adventure, much respect!
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  21. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,672


    Amazing Jim, big congrats! Good news is, you don’t have a long drive home. Safe travels.
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  22. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    You guys forgot about the collection of Task Force trucks and Suburbans he has too..
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  23. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,660


    Passion - Persistence - and a Never Give Up attitude = Jim Forbes
    Congratulations and God Bless you brother.
  24. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,851


    Thanks everyone!

    The car didn't run very good today, 11.92. That's ok, we made it. Getting ready to head west. I need a vacation.

    Sent from my Trimline
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  25. Dreamweaver
    Joined: Feb 26, 2003
    Posts: 1,017


    Awesome following your journey from stocker to Drag Week finisher.
    After watching your 55 and the Chevy II I'm sure you will have the cuda in the 9's next year.

    Safe travels.
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  26. jchav62
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,932


    Great stuff.... :)
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  27. porkshop
    Joined: Jan 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,710

    from Clovis Ca

    Jim, Have a safe trip home.....Congrats....
  28. Chavezk21
    Joined: Jan 3, 2013
    Posts: 624


    Can't wait to see more of your adventures. I am quite sure once the Cuda is dialed in it will be a force to be reconned with. safe travels. thanks for sharing your adventure.

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