Street Hemis Featured at Hemmings Concourse d’Elegance

Ma Mopar’s elephant engine got some serious respect this weekend in New York’s Saratoga Spa State Park at Hemmings Motor News Concourse d’Elegance. I wish I lived anywhere near there! I can almost hear that sweet lumpy idle. The article in Hemmings gives a great synopsis of the engine that dominated NASCAR. Read about it here.

Update: you can see some pics here.


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Reader’s Rides: Jim Gallup’s 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury

And today we have another sweet Plymouth B-body. This one is owned by Jim Gallup from Vero Beach, Florida. Writes Jim:

The car is a rust free 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury. Originally came with a 361. A correct date coded (1-19-64) wedge was found and shipped to me. The motor was completely tore down and rebuilt. It is bored 60 over, has source 440 custom billet aluminum heads and pistons, variable duration lifters, gapless rings. The tranny is a 727 with a 2200 stall installed. Power steering and manual brakes. Going to convert to front disc next month. The subframes are tied together with 2″ square steel. It has a 294 posi rear for highway driving, but can still light up the rear tires effortlessly. Interior was completely redone with correct Legendary products. It is a very good driving car on the highway and there is not much I am afraid to take on light to light. Car also has a factory correct 3″ exhaust system with correct cut-outs. All gauges work including the clock still keeps good time–all the car really needs is a gas tanker to follow it. The car really is a joy to me and usually never see another engine like it at the shows. I looked for the car for 2 years before I bought this one. I wanted this particular color and interior and I diddn’t want a car full of bondo and a lot of rust issues to deal with.

Looks like a sweet ride to me! More pics after the jump!


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Reader’s Rides: Donald Shoemaker’s 1966 Plymouth Satellite

Today’s reader’s ride is a very cool Satellite with an even cooler story! Here’s the word from Donald:

Here is my 1966 Plymouth Satellite, purchased new in 1966 by my father at Boggs Motor Company in Statesville, NC. It is all original except for the seat covers (I have ordered original replacements which should be installed soon). It currently has something over 180,000 miles on it. The 318 engine was rebuilt at around 150,000 miles with no modifications except for being bored .30 over. No one but my mechanic believes it but it has solid lifters, and he didn’t believe it till he took the valve covers off! As far as paint, it was hit in the passenger door in the 70′s by a car which rolled off in a parking lot and my Dad had a cheap paint job put on it as a part of that repair. The trunk cover, headliner, dash, everything is pretty pristine for the age and the am radio still works every time I turn it on. The torqueflite transmission has never been out of it and it has front bucket seats with the shifter in the console. I have the receipt(a little over $2300), certicard, build sheet and owners manual. Dad purchased the car while I was in service and so I never drove it much till I bought it from him for $1000, which he forgave most of. One particular treasure associated with the car is a set of photographs of it when it was brand new, inside, outside, engine compartment. The folks sent them to me when I was overseas. There is obviously great sentimental attachment to “Old Blue” and I lovingly drive it every week!

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Reader’s Rides: Mark Mazzer’s 1965 Plymouth Satellite

Today’s reader’s ride is a sweet pro street ’65 Satellite owned by Mark Mazzer in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Mark writes:

This is my MOPAR, it’s got a 70 hp 440, performer intake, 750carb, 9.5-1srp pistons, steel crank,906 heads, torqueflite, narrowed 8 3/4 3:55 sure grip with 29×18.5×15 Hoosier pro street radials. Full interior daily driver.

More pics after the jump!

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Vintage Mopar NASCAR Photo of the Week: Cotton Owens 1969 Dodge Charger 500

My name is Tom Hergert and I’m the new guest blogger on Mopar Blog. I run a restoration shop in Olympia, Washington called Rocket Restorations. I am going to be doing a NASCAR shot of the week with some tech articles mixed in. We will be doing some articles based on decoding fender tags, build number, and broadcast sheets for our great cars as well. Very excited to join this awesome community.

For our first vintage photo we have a good one–this is the Cotton Owens’ 1969 Dodge Charger 500 with Buddy Baker behind the wheel. They are fitting the template to the car to make sure it is legal (also see other template on the ground next to the car). Notice the 71 K&K Insurance Charger in the background as well.

Keep in mind the date printed on the photo is when it was developed, not when it was taken. This is from the Yankee 600 on August 17, 1969 at Michigan International Speedway.


Reader’s Rides: Carl Brown’s 1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite

How about another ’69 Satellite? This one is owned by Carl Brown, and he has had it since new!

This is my 1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite. I purchased the car from the original owner, who had ordered the car new in the fall of 1968 from my dad who was a Plymouth Salesman. I have everything but the window sticker, even the order that was written up with the AM/FM radio. The problem there was he deleted it the next day because he didn’t know if that “FM thing” would last. The car has the Kelsey-Hayes front disc brakes and the manual height and adjustable drivers seat. The interior is all original except for the bucket seat cushion inserts which I replaced due to  splitting in the seams. We are three generations of Chrysler car people. This car covers all three. Lots of stories here.



Reader’s Rides: Darrell Dunivan’s 1969 Plymouth Satellite

Darrell Dunivan from Cadet, Missouri owns this cool B-Body. Writes Darrell:

I got the car 3 years ago,it was completely taken apart,no glass no wiring fenders and trunk off, just out of the paint shop. My dad and I put it all back together and got it on the road, been driving it for about 4 months. I also did the seats and carpet myself and it still needs door panels and headliner. 

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