Blown Hemi Barracuda gasser at Drag Week – video

Jim Forbes built a blown 1965 Plymouth Barracuda gasser on a custom chassis for Drag Week

Videographers: Matt Reekie

WHEN Jim Forbes decided his ‘55 Chevy was too heavy to run competitively in Drag Week, he went looking outside the box for lighter alternatives and came up with this unique, custom chassis Plymouth Barracuda.

jim forbes barracudaJim noticed Drag Week wasn’t exactly densely populated with vintage funny car-inspired cars, so he decided to build his own from the ground up. What he ended up with is a blown, 426 Hemi-powered 1965 Barracuda gasser.

jim forbes plymouth barracudaThe car may look odd at first glance, because Jim has stretched the nose and offset the front wheels. Underneath the custom body is even more modification with a custom made frame, solid front axle, big meats in the rear and a custom floor pan. The side-exit pipes behind the front wheels complete the look nicely. Jim made sure there’s still a boot left that he can use, wanting the car to be streetable just like his old ‘55 Chevy drag car.

plymouth barracuda highway“It goes down the highway and it goes down the drag strip.” He said.

Jim put in a mountain of work to get the car ready for Drag Week, spending every spare hour he had getting ready for the week of racing.

jim forbes plymouth barracudaThe 57 year-old from Arizona ran an average of 11.2 down the quarter-mile for the week, his best pass of 10.5 coming late in the week at Bristol Dragway.