A high school friend of mine, Pat, needed help rebuilding his 318 engine. Unfortunately, at the time, I was living 3000 miles away. Fortunately, I was still able to help him, thanks to Ma Bell. One phone call I’d talk him through putting the crankshaft in the block, the next call was installing the rods & pistons, the next call torquing the cylinder heads. It took some time, but we got it in one piece and he installed the engine into the car. Then he called and said he could not get it started, so as luck would have it, I was planning a trip to Virginia and he was able to wait for me to stop by and help. We got it running, fixed an oil leak, and all was right with the world.
2 years later, I moved back to Virginia and my (now ex-) wife needed a cheap car to drive, so I bought the Barracuda from him for $800
The car was a 318, automatic, turquoise with a white interior and was ordered with the Sport Hood. When I bought the car it came with a 4 barrel intake and dual exhaust panel, both in the trunk. My (now ex-)wife did not like the car, so after driving it for about 9 months, I sold the spare parts, then the car; and we bought a year old 1990 Dodge Colt Wagon.