Larry took it out to one of the local eighth-mile dragstrips and laid down a very loose 7.20 e.t. some years ago. Jeff hasn't done that himself, since he admits this really is just for cruising, not racing. Still, we have little doubt that owning this Barracuda would be like owning a functional machine gun-you might never have to use it, but it is good to know it is there.
Car Craft Q&A
Car Craft: What other cars have you owned?
Jeff Hensley: I had an Olds Rallye 350 back in the '80s, and then I had a new Mustang GT that I bought in 1988 and sold in 1996.
CC: Why did you buy this car already done?
JH: It had been around here for a while; Larry Cutshaw, who built it, got busy working with the Johnson & Johnson Pro Stock team (also based out of Greenville, Tennessee. with Allen Johnson driving-Ed.) and I really wanted it, so we made a deal.
CC: What have you done with it since you bought it?
JH: Other than regular stuff like changing the oil, I haven't had any problems with it. It has been very reliable. What I did do was get the interior where I wanted it, and Mike Roller over at Roller's Rods did most of that for me. We also upgraded some of the safety stuff, like adding the fuel cell.
CC: What do you think about the Pro Street deal in general?
JH: There are still some cars like that around here, but I wouldn't have bought this car if it wasn't truly streetable. I don't have a trailer. I really wanted something that I could put some gas in and take out on the weekends. So, if it had not been practical, I would have done something else.
Car: '68 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S
Owner: Jeff Hensley, Greenville, TN
Engine: Balanced 440ci Mopar Wedge by Larry Cutshaw, factory steel crank, Arias 7.0:1 pistons, Milodon pan, MSD 6A ignition
Heads: Ported and polished factory cylinder heads with 2.08/1.94 valves
Induction: BDS 6-71 supercharger, BDS intake, two Holley 650s with mechanical secondaries, Carter high-capacity electric pump, 20-gallon Jegs fuel cell
Camshaft: B&M roller grind, custom for supercharger applications, '80s-era profile, B&M springs
Exhaust: Hooker Super Competition headers, 3-inch Flowmaster mufflers, undercar exit
Output: 750-plus horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
Transmission: 727 TorqueFlite by Cutshaw, Cheetah valvebody, Dynamic 3,500-stall converter, Hurst Quarter Stick shifter
Rearend: 9-inch Chrysler Dana 60-type with 4.56:1 Strange gear, SureGrip, Strange axles
Front suspension: Stock '68 Barracuda
Rear suspension: Four-link
Brakes: Factory standard discs, front; drum type, rear
Wheels and tires: Weld 15x6 front with M/T Sportsmans; Weld 15x10.5 rear with M/T 31x18.50-15s
Interior: Toyota front seats, Auto Meter gauges, Grant steering wheel, Comp Engineering six-point 'cage.
Body mods: Hood cut for clearance, all steel
Paint: Pontiac Firebird Red Violet, light graphics by Larry Travis
Cost to build: Total unknown