After being referred to your site by my brother, I had to tell you about my Mopar.
My brother Dan purchased this 1963 Plymouth Valiant 200 in about 1975. It was powered by the 225 six and had a three on the tree trans. After four or five years carting us siblings back and forth to school, the engine got so anemic it could hardly move.
I bought it from my brother in the summer of 1979 to replace my mint '66 Barracuda that got rearended by a semi on icy I-5 near Weed, CA on Christmas Eve, 1979.
The 'Cuda had a 340 and 727 in it and naturally everything fit in the Valiant.
The build up continued, eventually ending up with a stripped out car, 800hp supercharged, nitrous oxide 340, manual shift 727, 3.91 geared 8 3/4, M-50-14 Mickey Thompson tired grocery getter. I had some custom body work done, changed the grill, removed chrome trim, large rear fender flares to fit 295/50/R15 tires and primer grey.
Realizing I had reached the limit with this car, I started searching for something
else for the drive train, I located a straight '76 Dart Lite (which is
In 1981 the same brother I had originally bought the car from painted it bright red with silver, green and blue stripes and some red pearl in the 5 coats of clear. After running a few times at Portland International Raceway in Oregon (10.49 sec. in the 1/8th) I put in a 360 and a D.C. Purple shaft cam, 4bbl and 3.23 Sure Grip 8 1/4 rear axle. I still had the fenderwell headers and large dual exhaust from the 340 and ran a 9.24 sec. 1/8th mile at 79.9 mph.(3 seconds faster than new '83 Corvettes) Sometime around when swapping rear axles I also put the disc brakes and front suspension from a '74 Duster under it. I put in comfortable seats, heater and radio back to make it more enjoyable to drive.
It sat in storage for ten years until 1998 when I drove it up to Alaska where I live and now get to drive it
about 4 times a year when the weather is warm enough.
It is a very fun car to drive and always gets thumbs up.
December 2, 2000; December 19, 2000; May 13, 2001