The 1965 Plymouth Belvedere I is still and will always be my favorite mopar. They are hard to find. But mr. Phil Elhardt from the SW Ohio state must be a lucky man. He own's one.
He sent me some shots of the A990 klone in the make. Yes, that's right, this baby is going for the winner circle. This is going to be a factory light weight racecar...with the hemi.
It's current powerplant was for sale and now sold to the job it was made for: racing. The motor wasn't really suitable for sunday afternoon cruisin'. Check out the specs I got from Phil:
- .030 over 440cui wedge
- 12.5:1 Ross Aluminium pistons
- Eagle Aluminium H-beam rods
- Competition flat tappet camshaft with .620 lift
- 906 mopar cast iron heads (ported and polished)
- Harland Sharp 1.6 roller rockers
The new home will be a 1965 Dodge Coronet 2dr hardtop in New Jersey area where it will attend the Nostalgia Super Stock class.
Well...what goes out, must go in so...Mr. Hemi is waiting to hop in. What will it be? 426cui? 472cui or even a 528cui?
So, behind the new powerplant, there's going to be a 727 tranny and some 4.56 gears:
- 727 Torqueflite Transmission
- Cheetah manual valve body (5.0 lever)
- 10" Turbo action 3800 stall
The car itself is a story too. When Phil bought it, the odometer only stated 51,000 miles (because it was raced for 14 years). It has radio- and heater-delete and soon, there also will be dome-light delete, sunvisor-delete and coat-hook delete (will he go for rearbench delete or is this retorical?). It has drumbrakes on all four corners, just like back in the days...
I love these superstock race cars. They have nostalgia and a history. Keeps me reminding of the video somewhere earlier on my blog. I must've watched it about 1 biljon-triljon times...Ofcourse, Phil, good luck making this a project awesome and keep us posted! Thanks!