Fast Facts

1964 Plymouth Belvedere
Mike Toupin, Fall River, Massachusetts

Mopar Power

Engine: It’s one of the engines from the shop, based on an R5 block with P7 heads and fuel injection. The engine displaces 358 inches but makes upwards of 750 horsepower. With all that power, it still runs on unleaded pump gas. Typically, these engines run a 3.26-inch stroke with 6.200-inch connecting rods and pistons that squeeze things to a high 12 to low 13:1 compression ratio. This has been slightly detuned, but still makes enough horsepower to make your wife, girlfriend, or both squeal when you go for groceries.
Transmission: It’s all about shifting your own. It’s a NASCAR-prepped four-speed.
Rear: A set of 3.60 gears gets the job done.

Sure Grip

Suspension: It’s all NASCAR and retains the adjustability of a traditional “stock car.” That’s why it has the Daytona 500 chassis underneath. There is a five-lug NASCAR hub at each corner.
Brakes: The ventilated brakes and grooved rotors measure 13 inches up front and 11 inches in the rear—with four-piston calipers.
Wheels/Tires: The wheels are NASCAR centers mounted on 18-inch rims instead of the stock 15-inch units. The taller wheels hold lower-profile 285/40ZR18 tires for a modern street rod appearance.

High Impact

Paint/Body: The door handles were shaved off, and the wheelwells were raised 11⁄2 inches so the body could sit lower over the tires. Did you notice that the body line on the hood disappeared? A carbon fiber splitter was fitted to the bottom of the reshaped front bumper, and the trunk lid now sports an aluminum spoiler. Ray didn’t want a “traditional” shiny, flamboyant paint job. Instead, he chose a Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finish called Radiant Red with Graphite racing stripes and accents. The paint is “eggshell” textured.
Interior: The driver and passenger are firmly located by carbon-fiber bucket seats. The custom door panels are powdercoated aluminum, and the headliner is fiberglass with carbon fiber touches. The transmission tunnel and door sill plates are made of carbon fiber. We’re sure you’ve noticed the gauges. The high-tech digital display is surrounded by carbon fiber, and the passenger even has his own cluster that doubles as an entertainment system with multi-channel input.