A lot of the talented builders have always started nurturing their talents in their own home at a young age. Jim Rose spent his childhood around the dirt track together with the whole family. Even when he was at home, he would regularly watch drag racing on the TV. That love for drag racing and coupled with growing up during the golden age of muscle cars turned Jim Rose into a true blooded motor head. As he grew up, so did his passion for powerful cars and this 9-second 1974 Plymouth Barracuda is the perfect symbol of that.
For Tim, the race track is the perfect place to spend some quality time with the family. “I’ve always been into racing, I participated in drag racing as a teenager and helped my older brother with his car when he raced. We loved going to our local track, National Trail Raceway, on the weekends to race his car, but when I got married and had children, they became the priority,” said Tim.
When his kids were already old enough to be left alone, he had more time for himself and started to find his all-time favorite muscle car, the classic E-Body Plymouth Barracuda. The search did not last long as he had his daughter to thank for. “My daughter was in high school at the time and she actually found the car. She knew I was looking around, and a friend’s parents were divorcing, so the car was for sale. It turned out to also be a high school classmate of mine that I hadn’t seen since high school that was selling it,” Tim said.
His dream muscle car was becoming more of a reality and he wanted to put a signature design that would make this Barracuda his personal ride and set it apart from the other Barracudas. Before Tim turned it into the muscle car that it is today, he spent some time using it as a daily driver after he bought it. Soon enough, Tim could no longer resist going to the track with his dream car. A new roll bar was installed and several other performance enhancements that would make it into a raging dragster.
Tim’s Barracuda is powered by a 495 cubic inch stroker engine that is similar to a Mopar Performance engine block. The engine features an Eagle H-Beam rods, Eagle crank, and Diamond pistons. A set of Indy Cylinder SR Heads, T&D 1.6 ratio shaft rockers, and Comp cams are mounted on the engine as well. Pro Systems SV1 carburetors breathe into the engine through the Indy Cylinder Head’s single plane intake manifold.
Tim has made a personal record of 9.64 seconds with a top speed of 138 mph with his Barracuda, an impressive performance for a 3,500-pound car. “I just part-time bracket race for the fun of it. It’s a great stress release and meeting people at the track is truly rewarding.” Tim explains as he is only in it for the fun.
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