1966 BARRACUDA RESTORATION
(Restoring to Operating Condition)

VIN-BP29D 62 625114

Radiator Top Tank, Front Oblique
This is the classic MOPAR round radiator top tank from the early sixties shown from the top front oblique. For the 273 cu. in. V-8 with A/C, the radiator inlet connected just a little to the driver's side of the top tank. However, the far passinger side of the tank had a flat area where a connection could have been made for other applications. This original radiator is number 2582975. The still damp fresh paint from the raidator repair shop stuck to the newspaper I placed it on in the back of the van.

Radiator Engine Side
This shows the full engine side of the radiator. The inlet fitting at the top, slightly toward the driver's side. The outlet fitting in the bottom tank far on the driver's side. They are about 1 1/2" O.D. Some time after 1966, Chrysler changed the small block water pumps to suck water from the passenger's side and, of course the radiator outlet fitting was also moved to the passenger side. The transmission cooler fittings have flairs on the line side and appear to be pipe thread going into the bottom tank. The 1/2" wrench fits the fittings and a 5/8" fits the flair nuts on the transmission cooler lines. The radiator drain fitting doesn't have a drain hose attachment.

The radiator mounting bracket holes are elongated to allow for some missalignment. They are about 24 1/2" center to center from side to side and the driver's side holes are about 11 1/2" apart vertically. On the passenger side, they're about 12 1/2" apart. The bottom holes are open to make removal and installation easier; you don't have to completely remove those bottom bolts.

Transmission Cooler Fittings
The transmission cooler fittings are about 10" on centers.

Radiator Core Height
The core is about 18 1/2" high. Note that the top flange (or whatever it's called) of the core actually forms a part of the top tank reservoir.

Radiator Core Thickness
The core has THREE rows of tubes to provide additional cooling to overcome the air conditioner heat load. It's about 2 1/4" thick.

Radiator Core Top
This photo shows how the top of the core forms part of the top tank water reservoir. All that extra volume allows room for the thermal expansion of the coolant as it gets hot. There is a circular indention at the center to provide clearance for the fan and fan shroud.

Fan Shroud Connection
Four small metal brackets connect the fan shroud to the radiator mounting bracket. Tabs on the fan shroud brackets are inserted into slots in the radiator mounting brackets and then are secured with 1/4-20 bolts into captive nuts in the mounting bracket. The centerlines of the captive nuts are about 11 3/4" apart vertically.
Fan Shroud Attachment
This photo shows how the top of the fan shroud fits into the circular space in the top of the core and how the attachment brackets attach to the radiator and shroud.


PAGE ONE - This page gives some details about the Barracuda and its history. There are photos of all sides of the car,photos of the short block in the car and the empty engine compartment, and shots of the greasy engine as it was pulled out. There is a photo of wreck damage to the left front fender. There are photos of the heads that have been in storage for 20 years after they were rebuilt. There is a photo comparing the original carburetor that was destroyed in storage and a NOS carburetor that someone gave me. There are photos of the automatic transmission and the gas tank. Links to other web articles are located on Page One
PAGE TWO - Page two has more detailed photos of the exterior and interior of the car. The pinstripes are shown and the dash and instrument panel. Front bucket seats and folding back seat and trunk panel. Photos of grille sections and taillight.
PAGE THREE - This pages has photos of the engine rebuilding work in progress at Cookie's Auto Machine Shop. It shows the bare short block, piston installation, and Cookie at work.
PAGE FOUR - Page four has 14 images showing the completed engine after it was painted and then after the exhaust manifolds, pulleys, fan, brackets, distributor, coil, and such had been re-installed. It seemed to be easier to install all those things before putting the engine in the car. My only concern is fitting the left manifold around the steering column while dropping the engine in.
PAGE FIVE - Page five has photos and comments of the engine re-installation. I demonstrate that I can carry the transmission (without the torque converter). There are a couple of photos of the clean engine compartment before the engine was installed and then a couple more of the engine after it was installed. I photographed the antifreeze warning and battery charge warning decals on the radiator support panel.
PAGE SIX - Page six has a photo of the Barracuda parked out in the driveway on the first day of spring 2004 and closeups of the carburetor as it is installed and the engine compartment with the engine in running configuration. It has been driven about 15 miles since the overhaul. There is a photo of the bottom of the car and of the left rear axle and brake parts with the wheel and brake drum removed.
BRAKES - Photos of complete rebuild of front drum brakes including removal of backing plate and regreasing bearings. Photos of back brakes and bearing plus back brake hose.
Alternator Wiring - Photos showing every connection from battery to alternator power output terminal and wiring through the voltage regulator to the field connection on the alternator. The wire I.D. numbers for the shop are given along with wire gauge and wire insulation color.
Instrument Panel Removal and Disassembly - This page shows photos of the instrument panel partially removed from the dash and the various connections that are made there. It also has detailed photos of the instruments and the printed circuit boards on the back and details of the speedometer mechanism.
A-Body Gas Cap Replacement - Photos of combining an old replacement cap and a new Stant 11811 cap to make a usable replacement for the original.
Original 66 Barracuda Radiator Photos - Photos of my original radiator.
1966 Barracuda Owners Manual - Selected pages from my owners manual.


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Barracuda History - This site provides an excellent brief history and description of the early Barracudas.
ULTRAJOSH - This site is an excellent resource for everyone who is working with the early Mopars. In addition to photos and details of his work on a '66 Barracuda there are links to sources of hard to find parts and instructions for all sorts of electrical work as well as mechanical. Check out this site. It may have just what you need to solve a Mopar problem! I found a source for an electronic voltage regulator that is built into a mechanical regulator case which accepts the original wiring connections!
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Page Post Date 9/10/07