By 1971, rising insurance costs and federal regulations were starting to leave a permanent mark on the car business; product planners at Chrysler realized this. This pinnacle glory year for performance found new, more responsible models tempering the hotter segment. The grocery-getter contingency was comprised of Valiants, Darts, and even the lowly Scamp. With mind-boggling power, such as the venerable 225 "leaning tower of power" Slant Six and two-barrel 318, getting to the grocery store may have still been fun, but it took a while. To musclecar fans, the diminutive little A-Bodied Scamp was looked upon as something that beat walking, end of statement. Of course, there's always the mechanically adept and imaginative motorhead who believes he can improve upon the stock platform; this is where Roland Duclos comes into play.
You see, Roland owns one of these oft-overlooked Plymouths, except his deserves a second look. We spotted his little ride at Moroso Motorsports Park during the Hot Rod Power Fest and literally stopped dead in our tracks. At first glance, if you didn't know any better, you'd think it was a factory-built car. The fit and finish is that nice, but whoa, what's this? Underneath the bonnet is a complete, functional Air Grabber hood from a donor B-Body. Beneath the lid is a '70 383 that now displaces an extra 6 ci (yeah, as if 383 weren't enough in a Scamp). The bores are filled with forged 10.5:1 slugs rapidly rotating on the stock rods and crankshaft.
Handling inhale and exhale chores are a pair of stock -906 cast heads supporting the factory four-barrel cast intake, which in turn is drinking air/fuel libations from a 700-cfm Holley. To expel the spent gases, factory exhaust manifolds, one from a '70 B-Body and the other from an E-Body, volunteered their services. Just to keep the cross-breeding program interesting, a modified K-member from a '73 318 Dart Sport carries the load in the front with a four-speed from a later F-Body sending the tire-hazing horses to the 8¾ rear filled with a 4.10-cogged Sure Grip.
For quality time in the office, Roland reupholstered the interior of the car in white vinyl skins supplied by Legendary. To contrast that lily-white ideal, he also installed black carpet from Year One and a Rim-Blo horn steering wheel from a '70s vintage donor. The large Autometer tach keeps tabs on the engine and lets Roland know when to shift via the externally mounted Pro Stock shift light.
We have to hand it to you, buddy, we were really impressed. Even though Chrysler never built a '71 Scamp quite like this one, isn't it nice to know if you ever get hungry for something different, all you have to do is mix up a hot-rodder's batch of alphabet soup? This one's spicy.