Who: Jurgen Kockaerts
Where: Niewrode, Belgium
What: ’69 Plymouth Sport Satellite hardtop
Jurgen discovered Mopar Muscle on an Antwerp newsstand about five years ago, and this ’69 Sport Satellite is the third ChryCo product that he’s owned since then.
Discovered for sale in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, via an online ad, Jurgen bought it sight-unseen, and--after months of waiting and red tape getting the car shipped overseas--he unwrapped this prize after it landed in Belgium in June 2011.
Its 318-inch LA small-block now wears a four-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust, and the all-original unibody wears a fresh coat of T7 Saddle Bronze paint thanks to its previous owner, while Jurgen added the chrome fenderwell trim, rebuilt the front suspension, and tuned up the 318. Future plans call for a factory-style AM/FM radio and in-dash speaker, to keep the cabin looking original.
He’s already done quite a bit of cruising in it, and he hopes to pass it--and his love of Mopars--on to his three sons.
World’s Fastest YJ
Who: Mark Blair
Where: Essex, Maryland
What: ’86 Jeep Cherokee
Is an ’86 Jeep truly a Mopar? Actually, Ma Mopar bought Renault’s half of Jeep’s then corporate parent American Motors that year, then bought the rest of AMC in 1987.
Mike started with a V-6-powered Cherokee, which now sports a 505-inch V-8 built from a Mopar Mega Block with GRP billet rods, an Ohio crankshaft, roller camshaft, Indy Cylinder Head’s 440-1s heads, and an Indy intake plumbed with a Barry Grant fogger nitrous system tunable from 300-500 horsepower, and an NOS plate system that can be tuned from 150-250 hp. The transmission is an ATI Super Glide with trans brake and an ATI 4,800 stall converter, and the fully-boxed frame and 16-point rollcage are by S&W Race Cars, who also supplied the wheelie bars and parachute.
Mark’s run a best of 8.53 seconds at 139 mph in the quarter-mile (so far).
He adds that his Jeep is a total one-off, as there are no drag race parts available for the ’86 Cherokee, or any of the other YJ-platform Jeeps that kept AMC going back then.
Chester County Cruiser
Who: John Schelkopf
Where: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
What: ’78 Dodge D-150 Little Red Express pickup
Here’s the result of a father-and-son project that started when John and son Matthew found a well-used ’78 LRE. Though rough, it had a solid frame, and they spent the next several years tracking down parts (many of them NOS), before starting on the five-year, frame-off restoration.
Instead of keeping the E58 360 original, they had Ray Barton build it into a 408-inch stroker with Edelbrock heads and a custom camshaft, which dynoed at 395 hp. The original 727 was rebuilt with a shift kit and two fluid coolers, and it gained a Gear Vendors auxiliary overdrive. In back, a DTS-built Dana 60 went in, with 35-spline axles and disc brakes.
They also rewired the truck, using relays and distribution blocks to take the load (and fire hazard) from the factory ammeter. The exhausts are custom stainless steel, with electronic cut-outs, and the wheels are original Lil Red Express (with the rears widened from 8 to 10 inches).
Father & Son Fury
Who: Tim Dallesandro Sr.
Where: Sterling Heights, Michigan
What: ’65 Plymouth Sport Fury hardtop
Tim and his son started with a 57,000-mile two-owner original ’65 Sport Fury hardtop, and their project produced this potent Plymouth.
Power comes from a 440 bored out .030-inch, fitted with Keith Black pistons on factory rods, a “10/10” crankshaft, and a .525-inch lift camshaft, before the 1963-vintage Stage III Max Wedge heads and a ’64 Max Wedge intake topped with two 600-cfm Holleys went on. The ignition is a Mallory system, the headers are tti’s with Flowmaster mufflers (with knock outs), and it’s cooled by a four-core radiator.
It’s backed by a manual-shift 727, built with five-sprag heavy-duty clutches, a Hughes 3,000 stall converter and a B&M shifter, plus a Gear Vendors auxiliary overdrive that enables easy 70-mph freeway cruising.
Chassis features include a new steering box and ’69 Newport spindles and front disc brakes, along with a B-Series van master cylinder and proportioning valve.
Outside, ’90s-vintage Chrysler gold paint with black accents covers the Engle-era C-Body sheetmetal, and the interior--aside from the shifter--is Roaring ’65s original. mm
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