Pictured below is another 4 Door Concept vehicle (pictured in the center, right portion of the photo) that never made it into mass production. It is an XP-836 also know as the Chevrolet Camaro. As stated on many occasions, every Auto Manufacturer was making 4 Door Concepts of their “sporty” 2 Door production vehicles. Some have asked how our Concept Tribute will be unveiled to the Public when complete. It will be presented exactly the way it has been written about since its introduction. After completing 3 OE Gold and Best of Show vehicles at the Mopar Nationals, I decided it was time to do something different. I came across an Artist’s rendering of a light blue-gray painting of a 1970 4 Door Barracuda and decided to build one. It was originally going to be a lemon twist yellow car with a Gator Grain Top and a Rally Hood. A few weeks into the project, we came across an article that was written by Roger Johnson in 2007. He wrote about a Red 1970 4 Door Barracuda Concept Car that he saw while working at Chrysler’s Corporate Headquarters in 1969. It was at that time that I decided to change the direction of the project and do a “What If” scenario based on Roger Johnson’s article. The car would be built to match his recollection but with an added twist. It will be built as if Chrysler had given the “Okay” to manufacture a production vehicle of this type car.

After spending about a year trying to contact Roger Johnson, he responded to one of my emails and I had the opportunity to talk with him about his recollection of the “original” 4 Door Concept Barracuda. I have also talked with other Chrysler Employees from back in the day, who confirmed that Chrysler built 4 Door Concept versions of just about every 2 Door vehicle that they manufactured. The main part of this story however, is that we have done something that has never been accomplished in the Automotive World. We have engineered and built a Factory style vehicle from a Concept design. All of the Assembly Line characteristics, a VIN that coincides with the body design and a legitimate DMV Title puts the exclamation point on the efforts. That is how the story will be presented and people are free to take from it whatever they choose.


KV Gas Line Hose

We didn’t want to use NOS hose on this “new” Concept Car due to its old age and the possibility of cracking. I found new Hose that was close to the appearance of the original examples and re-stamped it with the correct Factory lettering. Assembly Line examples were used to format the artwork and a Pad Machine did the work. A special “rubber ink” was used for extra durability and does not wipe off when rubbing it.
The reproduction Hose that is being offered does not exhibit the correct fonts/artwork and the ink durability is weak. They all have an ink that rubs off quite easily. By re-stamping these Hoses for this project, we eliminated both of the quality characteristics that are found in the reproductions that are currently being offered.





Here are a couple of pictures showing the green K Frame Bolt Inspection Markings. They conveyed that the Bolts had been torqued to their proper engineering specs.



Below are photos of the Engine Compartment and the Power Brake Booster installed. This was the last major component that needed to be installed before firing up the Engine. The Booster is an NOS unit that is correctly dated for the vehicle.

NOTE: The Rubber Grommet and Plastic Valve are painted with the Power Brake Booster, at the Factory. We left them un-painted for a cleaner more defined look to the overall assembly. Building a Concept vehicle allowed us to make subtle changes to a few details that were typically Factory protocol.




Here are a series of photos illustrating how Cotter Pins were installed on the assembly line and how we installed the ones used for this project. Bill Embree was an Assembly Line Worker for Chrysler (back in the day) and he told us the method they used when installing the Cotter Pins. He said they slipped the Pins through the hole in the threaded shaft and used a “closed end wrench” to bend them over the Castle Nut. Both splines on the Cotter Pins ended up being bent in the same direction when using this method. Also included with the Assembly Line photos shown below, are pictures of our Cotter Pin & Castle Nut assemblies. In the original photos you can still see remnants of the original orange inspection markings applied by the Assembly Line Workers.