photo from 2009 Holbert Memorial Autocross, Warminster Pa. Thanks Mike
"You'll never want to go straight again.
And why should you? .
. . . Go straight? Be our guest. . . It's a great way to get from one curve to another."
This is an ongoing project to make the car more competive in autocross and be enjoyable to drive on the road. The pages here will hopefully provide some insight and reference for others with similar goals. When I started I knew that in the mid 1960s Scott Harvey and other engineers were road racing and rallying Chrysler Corporation's compact cars with some backing by the company. However much of what they learned had become arcane; difficult to find and apply. But over the years I got the car pretty well sorted out as a sporty multi purpose car with help, a few books on handling, and insight from a small network of similar enthusiasts connected by the internet and hard experience.
It is time to update these
pages as there have been a number of changes to the car as well
as the internet. Also in the last few years there has been
a growing after market of suspension improvement products for
these cars. So the need for these pages has
shifted to the diehards who want to figure out how to make stock
based suspension work, which actually isn't that hard.
Where to start: Books on Handling
From the horse's mouth: Mopar Tech 101:
Chrysler Master Technician's Conference
Hamtramck Historical Library
Spark & Fuel:
Carburetor tuning forum (beyond the basics).
Testing and modifying Distributor advance
Understanding & Selecting Oil for flat tappet engines (R. Widman)
Viscosity for Sunday driving vs. high speed racing (A. E. Haas)
Links to other Barracuda, Challengers,
Dart, & Valiants set up for Sports Car Competition:
Hey! I Want to Play Too! Autocross & Track Event Links:
If you take advice, or copy something I have done, you are on your own. I'm just trying to be helpful. You need to make your own decisions, and know about or discover the risks before barging ahead on any endevour.
If you steal something I have written, or a picture I have taken or drawn, you are a thief. Plain and simple. If you wish to quote something, you are free to do so. All I ask for is proper credit. If you wish to quote or copy more than a couple of lines, then you must get my permission.
e-mail all queries to: M. Grubel
mgcuda 5/07/01; rev22 Nov. 2016