Works in Progress
1964 Plymouth Belvedere
Jim Miller writes from Garland, Texas:
I bought my 1964 Plymouth Belvedere last year. It was a 6 cylinder car from Louisiana that someone had built with the intention of running Nostalgia SS. The car was not completed and it sold to Bob Dawson in Weatherford, Texas. I bought the car from Bob last summer.
I am collecting parts to put the car together for NHRA Super Stock. Currently I am working on installing Mark Williams main caps and 4.88 gears and spool in the DANA 60 rear axle. The rear suspension is ladder bars and Koni coil-over shocks.
The Hemi engine was built originally by Barnett Automotive circa 1978 for Sanford Bolin, a racer from Arkansas.
The engine has a 1965 block and street Hemi heads.
From what Steve from Steve's Speed Shop in Little Rock has told us on the history of the engine, it was originally in Sanford's altered wheelbase car. Sanford later built a Street Roadster and ran the Hemi in that. One of the previous owners of the Hemi told me that the engine ran a best of a 9.99 seconds in a 3400 pound Barracuda. The Belvedere should weigh about the same, lighter if I can find and afford the aluminum front end parts.
I hope you like my little project. I've always wanted a SS Hemi car. It's not original, but it might actually be more fun than having an original car!
Wow, super project, Jim!
A 426 Hemi in a '64 is not seen too often!
Best of success with your project. Keep the progress reports coming!
February 8, 2002