Works in Progress
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Convertible
Matt Bennett writes:
This Plymouth was the next door neighbor's car with whom we were family friends,
since as long as I can remember I have always loved that old convertible.
About seven years ago the neighbors (in their late 70's) decided to sell the
car, and I was the first person they called. After scraping all of my money
together, I finally came up with the $2000.00 to purchase the vehicle.
It has 77,000 original miles, and every receipt from day one included; also
with it came the original sticker (approximately $3200.00 new).
Recently I have started fixing the car up with the mechanical basics i.e., all new brakes,
shocks, A/R torque thrust 2 aluminum rims, hoses, belts, radiator, water
pump, rebuilt the 2 barrel carb, painted up the engine, points etc.
Right now the car is in perfect running condition with the body work still to
come. Unfortunately the neighbor friend had a couple of "run-ins" with the
garage as she would pull in and out; including damage to the passenger door,
front bumper, and slight hood damage, not to mention the rust around the
wheel wells from the Cincinnati, Ohio winters.
Just last week I came across your Web site, with much delight I saw all kinds
of information about where to get headers, 4 barrel intakes, etc.. without
this Web site and all of the Mopar fans out there contributing to the site I
would have been completely lost finding these items. It has been
frustrating going to the local auto parts store and inquiring about my Poly
318, they would just give me the look like I am an idiot and I came up with
my own name for the 318, they thought all 318 were the same! I would call
them "wide blocks" and then they would really get confused!
Once I get a digital camera I will send in a few pictures, but most of my
money has been tied up into the car....
Does anyone know if there are any good body parts sources for this vehicle? Also, are the convertible body parts
interchangeable with the hardtop parts?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
A lot of people spend years looking, and when they find their Mopar of choice, they have to travel thousands of miles to land a cool car like you have.
And you found it next door!
Glad the Web site has helped you out with your restoration!
Look forward to pictures when you get the opportunity.
April 11, 2002