1965 Dodge Coronet
October 2004 Mopar of the Month
|Darrell writes: Our base model
1965 Dodge Coronet two door post
came with only two factory options:
a heater and a driver's rear view mirror.
I purchased the Dodge in January 2000, already converted from a 6 standard to a 383 4 speed. The conversion was completed around 1988, brought to Canada in 1992 and pretty much stayed in storage until I purchased it in 2000, with the odometer showing a little over 47,000 original miles.
The 383 was replaced with a stroked 400 / 451ci, fully ported 452 heads, Hughes solid cam, roller rockers, M1 intake manifold c/w 850 Holley, TTI headers c/w 2 1/2 inch exhaust, aluminum water pump and housing, electronic ignition, and four core radiator.
The Coronet was in very good condition body wise, but required major cleanup in all other areas. The major portion of the body is still original paint and still shows some arm out the window wear from its former 23 year life as a daily grocery getter.
The underside has been completely cleaned and coated with Por 15, all new neoprene bushings, disc front brakes, frame connectors, rear super stock springs, and 3:23 SureGrip differential.
The interior was treated to new seat covering and new carpet, the rest is original.
|The exterior dress up stuff includes the
Torque Thrust D wheels 15x8.5 with 255/60R 15 rear
and 15x7 with 205/70R15 front, functional super stock
scoop and straightening and rechroming the bumpers.
We've had this car on the road every summer since 2000 working on it during the Winter and driving it from May to October.
The Dodge is a blast to drive, very tight, and certainly gets lots of comments at local cruises, being the only 1965 Coronet in the city!
Beautiful Dodge, Darrell!
And with the stroker, 4 speed, SureGrip, it goes real good too!