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1965 Dodge Coronet 440

December 2016 Mopar of the Month

Mark writes from Texas: In 2007, I told my brother I was looking for a 1950's or 1960's car. He called me and told me he found a 1965 Dodge Coronet 440 with a 361 big block in Kansas. He said the Dodge had remained sitting for fifteen years in a garage after the last oil change and the engine had a miss. I said to send some pictures to see how the Mopar looked.

1965 Dodge Coronet 440, driver front

The story of the Dodge, as relayed by my brother, is this: the owner went to trade in this Coronet 440 because his wife did not like a two door. But he had a fatal heart attack...in the dealership! The family then set the car up for the son to drive to college. After that, the Dodge went into the fifteen-year garage hibernation. At that point, the Dodge was sold at an estate auction and my brother brought from that buyer the next day.

1965 Dodge Coronet 440, engine 1965 Dodge Coronet 440, interior

As the title was not changed, I am the second owner of this Mopar. The Dodge itself was in good shape when I got it. There still were plastic seat covers still on car's driver's seat and the Dodge still had midwest wheat in the trunk when I cleaned it out.

Once the Coronet 440 was in my possession, I had the brakes redone and the transmission rebuilt. I did a tune up and tried to get the miss out of the engine. No luck there, so I decided it was a valve problem. I took the engine in to have the valves done and update the guides for unleaded gas; I was told the 361 had two bent valves. So I told them to rebuild the engine, put in a street cam and bore the engine out thirty thousandths for new pistons.

1965 Dodge Coronet 440, passenger side, front 1965 Dodge Coronet 440, passenger side, rear

I showed the Dodge for a year at car shows. Then I had the assorted small road scrapes repaired and the Mopar painted Ruby Red. A lot of people ask about the color. They also say they have not seen this year Coronet for a while.

Contact Mark: 1965 Dodge Coronet 440 owner contact


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