How often do you hear about a 19-year-old kid who wants to race Nostalgia Super Stock Class? Well, meet Michael Hayden from Villa Ridge, Missouri, owner of this '66 Charger Fastback. Before he picked up this classic B-Body, he was in search of a '62-'65 B-Body specifically to build an N/SS race car, but in his words, "This car showed up 10 miles from my house, it was owned by the same family for 41 years, and was originally sold in the county that I live in." He took the Charger off their hands and the fun began.
It has been two and a half years since he took ownership of the Charger, and it's almost ready to run. "Hopefully, I will be able to race my dad in the fall at Monster Mopar Weekend." His father owns a '70 Charger with a 496 Six-Pack that runs 12.52 at 111 mph on street tires. As for Michael's Charger, it sports a 440 that he sourced from a '68 Imperial. It boasts dual Holley 600 carburetors on a Weiand Tunnel Ram. Inside, the big-block is filled with flat-top forged pistons, polished stock rods, and a factory crankshaft. A .474-inch lift 280-degree "Hemi grind" Purple camshaft and ported 440 heads should move a lot of air into his 1 7/8-inch Hooker long tubes.
Here we see Michael standing next to his Charger with his grandfather.
Michael says that the engine dyno'd at 489 horsepower with a single four-barrel, so he estimates that it should be over 500 with this current setup. After he gets the car on the road, his build doesn't stop there. "My plans for the engine include a stroker kit and a set of aluminum heads to drop some weight off of the front and pick up some extra power," he says. "I hope to get a manual five-speed in the future, but it currently has a 727 TorqueFlite that I rebuilt with a shift kit and 103/4-inch torque converter out of a '70 Charger.
This B-Body isn't just a stout motor, either. Michael installed a set of disc brakes from a '78 Volare station wagon to replace the four-corner drums. He also installed frame connectors to hold the car together. The surplus of power from the RB has him a little concerned over the strength of his original rear end, so he's also looking at replacing that. His dad assisted him with a few things as the project has come along, and he even made him 1/2-inch spacers for the leaf springs so that he could center the rear wheels in the wheelwell.
They spent eight months on the bodywork to bring it to its current condition and then sprayed it with Medium Turquoise Metallic and installed a white interior. The end result is a killer-looking B-Body owned by a youngster looking to get even deeper into the car and into the hobby. We wish Michael the best of luck as he sets off to achieve his goals with assistance from his family.
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