Cheap Stalled Project: 1969 Plymouth Barracuda

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Taking on a classic car that is someone else’s stalled project can be fraught with dramas. That is one reason why this 1969 Plymouth Barracuda might not be a bad one to consider. This is a project that ground to a halt early in proceedings, so the buyer can see exactly what they are getting themselves into. That isn’t to say that this will be an easy one to tackle, but it is a blank canvas with a world of possibilities. Located in Voorhees, New Jersey, you will find the Barracuda listed for sale here on eBay. The auction is set to open at $1,895, but there have been no bids. Maybe someone will choose to hit the BIN button, which the owner has set at $2,489. I have to say a big thank you to Barn Finder Larry D for spotting the Plymouth for us.

The Scorch Red Barracuda is a sad-looking sight today, and there is plenty of visible evidence of the work that has been completed. New rear quarter panels have been stitched into place, but this will need to be finished. The same is true of the floors and the lower front fenders. Some of the tack welds look a bit ordinary, so there is a chance that the buyer might want to redo these. The rest of the panels look quite sounds, as do the rockers. The original steel that remains on the underside has a heavy coating of surface corrosion, and the trunk pan will need replacing. If I were tackling this project, I wouldn’t hesitate and would go all-out on it. I’d strip it to a bare shell and stick it on a rotisserie. That way, everything is easily accessible, and the rust repairs could be completed to a high standard. There are some additional bolt-on panels included in the sale, and it also appears that most of the trim and chrome items are present. The condition of some of these pieces have question marks hanging over them, so there could be some components that will need replacement. The shopping list will include a new windshield, but the rest of the glass is present.

This photo gives us a decent view of the floors, so you can see the work required to get them back into shape. What you can also see is almost all of the interior parts that are included in the sales. There are seat frames, but there are no other trim pieces. That means that the buyer will be starting from scratch, but that will also mean that they can choose how they will trim the interior. They might decide on a faithful restoration, or a custom interior could be the go. Either way, they will be spending some money.

Decoding the VIN indicates that the Barracuda rolled off the production line with a 318ci V8 under the hood. When paired with a TorqueFlite transmission, this would have fired the Plymouth through the ¼ mile in 15.9 seconds. The bad news here is that while the transmission is present, the engine is long gone. It would be possible to source a date-correct engine to slot back under the hood if a faithful restoration is performed. Alternatively, the buyer might choose to wander down the path of a custom or restomod build. These are not a particularly heavy car, so choosing to bolt in a Hemi could produce something capable of some devastating performance figures. That has to be a mouth-watering prospect for any enthusiast to contemplate.

There’s no hiding from the fact that this 1969 Plymouth Barracuda is going to consume a lot of time and money before it graces our roads once again. That begs the question of how to tackle this one and whether it is financially viable. The BIN is definitely rock-bottom, and that’s a good thing. Unless the buyer is proficient with a grinder and welder, someone will need to be paid to whip the body into shape. That alone would cost a pretty penny and would undermine the viability. However, if someone bought this Plymouth, tackled the rust themselves, and just happened to have a spare engine sitting around looking for a home, that significantly changes the story. As a faithful restoration, it would still be touch-and-go. However, it still might be worth taking a closer look to see if it would be worth the effort.

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  1. Chester

    Why is it sagging so badly in the rear? All I see here is a money pit.

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    • CJinSD

      It appears to be sagging in the rear because it is missing about 650 pounds of engine and transmission that should be weighing down its front end.

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    • stu

      All I see is a piece of melting scrap!

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  2. Stillrunners

    Agree with Chester – not much there to luv – and it needs a whole lot of luvin’ !

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    • stu

      When the picture popped up on my screen….I fell out of love….sky diving fell out practically!

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  3. ACZ

    A Roadkill special.

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  4. Arthur

    I think it would be financially viable only a restomod with a Hellcrate Redeye with a Bowler Performance 4L80E and a custom chassis.

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