1965 Plymouth Belvedere I
Works in Progress
|I've had my 1965 Plymouth Belvedere I for 13 years.
I bought the Mopar
with 24,000 original miles on it from an MGM studio auction. I paid $3150.00 for it.
The Plymouth was painted black and white and had a fake star on the
side of it. It was in a couple of movies as a cops car and used as a
I instantly fell in love and had to have it, my friends
thought I was crazy.
The Plymouth was in great shape and with a paint job and new rims I
drove it as my main transportation for 10 years. (By the way, I got pulled over twice on the way home after buying the B&W-with-star-on-door-Plymouth. California Highway Patrol tried to get me for "impersonating an officer" HA HA. That's why I painted it.)
Three years ago the slant six threw a rod and died.
The one thing I don't like about my car is it looks cool but didn't have
any power at all! So after 3 years and a baby I am finally going to get her going again BUT, this time I'm going to swap out
my slant six with a 440 in Max Wedge configuration. I bought the block from a friend of mine and took it to a machine shop and bored it 60 over and honed out I have a ordered tons of parts.
The Plymouth is going to be as fast as it looks. I can't wait!
Thanks for having such a cool site. I love "B" bodies, and yes it's a 4 door but I like the
sedan better: it's easier to get in and out of and I like the look too.
Update May 11, 2004
I have removed the old engine and tranny and the entire suspension has been replaced with all new pieces and polygraphite bushings. I've added KYB shocks new torsion bars and I have a front and a rear sway bar kit ready to go in. I've also added a front disk brake conversion kit. I'm still working on master. I' ve put a new fuel tank and sending unit in. I'm picking up the engine next week, it's at the machine shop being assembled.
Also, after looking everywhere, I managed to get my hands on a 727 push button tranny and had it totally rebuilt. I'm a
little worried about hooking up the cables into the colunm. They were very hard to get off. I've also got the new K-member in and a new steering pump. The engine compartment is freshly painted and waiting for the engine. The rear end has got new leaf springs and shocks too.
Update May 24, 2004
||Look what I picked up from the
machine shop on May 14, 2004:
440 block bored .60 over
Kieth black pitons and rods
Balanced Forged Crank
Mopar Purple Cam .292 dur. 509 lift
Edelbrock RPM Performer Aluminum Heads
Edelbrock RPM Performer Aluminum Intake Manifold
ARP complete bolt kit
Holley high output fuel pump
Mopar Performance high output water and oil pump
Summit Racing timing chain and gears
Pretty sweet huh!
Update December 2004
Progress has been made!
Speed Demon 850
March Billet Pulleys
Mopar Vicious Fan
MSD Digital Ignition
MSD Billet Distributor
I'm waiting on delivery of a new BE-Cool aluminum radiator. I am also cutting a hole in the hood: I have a nice scoop to put on and the high-rise manifold does not clear.
The next pictures I send will show the finished project!
Update June 2005
Well she still needs paint but OMG does she hall butt! I just had the old 2:93s yanked after blowing them to pieces the first run down the track. I put on a 750 Demon carb, 1.7/8" Hooker Headers, March billet pulley kit, custom aluminum radiator, MDS billet distributor and 6al box and wires.
Shes now sporting 3:73s and a SureGrip. The Plymouth still needs a stall converter but she ran a 12.5 et at 107 mph which I think is pretty good for a heavy four door. I had 3" TTI exhaust and 40 series Flowmasters put on and the Mopar
Interesting car with a neat history, Colin!
\6 to big block torque. Are you ready?
I bet "YES!" is the answer....
Re: Update: YES indeed!
January 6, 2004; Revised: May 24, 2004; December 24, 2004; June 16, 2005