At one time, a Slant Six used to meagerly fill the underhood opening. The 440 presently re
Inside, a set of '68 Cuda bucket seats, a Grant steering wheel, and a user-friendly Sun Pro tach mounted to the steering column finish it off. The steering column was custom made and polished, and the tach wiring is now inside of it. The car also features a keyless entry, and power locks on the doors and trunk. Of course, the CD player is given.
Since its completion, Gene has taken several car show awards with the Scamp, but his biggest joy is having it as a cruiser in the fairly stout world of enthusiast cars in northeast Tennessee. After all, Gene spends his working days laying the pavement down, he might as well enjoy driving on it.
'72 Plymouth Scamp
- Engine: The factory Six is history; motivation is now from a 440 block and 906 head combination with 10.5 compression pistons, a Mopar .488/292 hydraulic cam, Mopar electronic ignition, and a Holley 750 double-pumper on a single-plane Edelbrock Torker. Hooker headers with rumbling pipes keep it healthy, plus a full-tilt ram outfit custom-made from stainless steel sheet stock and a hood mounted seal. Very nicely done.
- Transmission: Big stick with a short stick- E-Body Pistol Grip and A833 four-speed.
- Differential: An 8¾ unit with a 3.55 gear since the engine will destroy the tire treads before any metal ever snaps.
- Horsepower and Performance: The rumpity lope and little 440 emblems warn onlookers not to tease this hound, but no cage and stock seat belts have kept it from being a pit bull at nearby Bristol Dragway.
- Suspension: Stock, even the OEM shocking was retained.
- Brakes: Four-wheel discs.
- Wheels: Cragars: 14 inch in front; 15 inch in back.
- Rubber: Fronts are Cooper P195-70R14; rears are Cooper Cobra P255-60R15.
- Body: This Scamp's mild customization amply keeps up Gene's "he-man" image. OEM Dart scoop and Go Wing are a plus.
- Paint: Sikkens basecoat/clearcoat Garnet Red Pearl, courtesy of pal Darrell Mullins, with custom lettering and "li'l Scamp" images by Jim Caswell.
- Interior: A big tach, CD player, '68 Barracuda buckets, a few peripheral gauges, plus a heavy right foot on occasion (credit card for petrol not included).
- Best Performance: Come on off the porch and run with the big dogs. Grrrrr . . . .