First off, the story. Lately, I have been undergoing a crisis of sorts, wanting to get back into the "older" Mopar game as it were, but finding the correct car is always such a struggle. Having been involved in the AN Dakota world since the late 90's I was Jonesing to get back into something a bit more from when I was first starting out in cars. About a week ago, one of my old Mopar buddies posted this cars Ebay link. I was pretty excited about it. Ive always had a passion for the 67/68 fastback Barracuda's, and I knew this car pretty well, and knew some of its history. I have since learned more, and learned that this car is in some way tied to my past, present, and dare I say future. Let me explain. Back in the mid 70's, Don Rae came home from Vietnam, and saw this car sitting alongside the road. A 67 Formula S 4 speed 273 car. He had to have it. After making arrangements, he got it, and proceeded to drive it for a few years. Then, the car go rear ended, and it had to sit for over a decade for various reasons. Don Rae finally was able to start the restoration on this car in the mid 90's. Thats where I first come into this cars story. At the time, I was in the midst of my own collection of 67/68 Barracuda fastbacks. I think at one point I counted something like 13 that I owned or parted out. If I only knew then what I know now eh? LOL. Anyway, I had a spare 67 Formula S car that was minus the drivetrain. I think I had traded my 340 out of my Duster for the car. Mike Jenkins, and Bob Kropp, who owned and ran ACME ( All Chrysler Muscle Equipment ) at the time, knew I had a "stash" of Barracuda stuff, and we ended up working out a deal for my spare 67 body for a "car that was being restored" They cut the quarters off my car, and as far as I can tell, they were sold to Don Rae for this car. Fast forward a few years, and Don Rae is all done with the resto, and he is one of the many Mopar customers I had at Action Auto Parts. I sold him quite a few bits that went on the car ( Wish I remembered which ones specifically now! ). Not long after the car was finished, Mopar Muscle did an article on the car: http://www.hotrod.com/…/mopp-0303-1967-plymouth-barracuda-…/ By 02, I had moved out of the area to Bremerton, where Ginn and I would spend the next 10 years. In 07, Don Rae passed. He willed the car to Ed Smith, who became the caretaker of Don's vision. Ed, who probably didnt put 100 miles on the car in the 9 years he owned it, kept it stored snug and warm, and maintained what needed to be done. Which brings us up to the aforementioned 1 week ago, my buddy John, posted the Ebay ad for the car. As stated, I got pretty excited about it, and started seeing what I could do to make it happen. I finally was able to get in contact with Ed, who remembered me from the old days. John, Ed and Don Rae, had all been ( and still are ) close friends of one another. Unbeknownst to me at the time, once Ed heard that I was interested in the car, he knew he had found the right guy for the car, and once we talked, was willing to leave money on the table that the auction would have undoubtedly brought, to make sure that the car ended up in my hands. I took these pictures today when I dropped off the payment for the car. I will be picking it up and driving it home on Saturday, and I cant wait to start tearing into this and making "Danno" type changes to it. The draw for me of this car is that it combines so many of my past cars into one single car. 67/8 Fastback Cuda? Check. 72 340 4 speed Duster, check. 70 383 Pistol Grip Road Runner, Check. Magnum powered like my Dakotas, Check. Plus the Viper GTS blue paint and white stripes mimicks one of my absolute favorite cars, the 96/97 Viper GTS. Time to start adding to the beast with the "stash" of stuff that I have that just happens to fit that engine Thanks for reading.