Works in Progress
1965 Dodge Coronet 500
Darryl A. Neal writes:
I have had my 500 hardtop for 4 years. It is ruby red with a white top and
black interior. It has 70000 miles on it, but looks new in and out. It has 15x6.5 rallies with BFG T/A's.
I am getting set to replace the poly with a mild 360. (It is hard to find any performance stuff for the poly.) The 360 is .030 over with a 280 - .474 purple shaft cam, Keith Black 10:1 pistons, 2.02 /1.60 valves, rpm intake, Holley 750, tti headers, mp electronic ignition. I bought the Schumacher engine mount kit at the
Nat's. I am having tourque convertor rebuilt with a 2200 -2400 stall speed
and balancing convertor to work on the 360. Running 3.55 gears.
Love your web site. I am a die hard Mopar fanatic but partial to 1962 to 1965 B bodies. I know going to the 360 in the car may seem silly.But I got a good deal on this motor and can keep the original tranny (saves me some more dough.)
When I get the poly out, I will send the torque convertor out to be rebuilt, balanced
and have the stall speed changed to 2200 to 2400 rpm. This will take a
couple of days at a torque convertor shop in Indy and will cost $200. Pretty reasonable.
The 318 poly is a good engine, but the extra cubes and torque from the 360 will really make your 500 go!
You obviously have great taste in Mopars! Good luck with your project! :-)
March 8, 2001
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