The interior is tastefully...
The interior is tastefully done in white, contrasting nicely with the black carpeting and glowing Red Metallic Pearl paint.
Don filled his paint guns with a Matrix System Tri Stage red metallic pearl paint and sprayed the Valiant piece by piece. Six coats of color and three coats of clear were applied and block-sanded smooth. He then added three additional coats of clear and blocked and buffed it. The deep-looking paint appears to just drip off the car, thanks to the metallic flake and clearcoat. To add even more zest to the Two Hundred post car, the grille and headlight bezels were rechromed by Advanced Plating in Nashville, Tennessee. Don also added a white stripe on the rear to tie into the interior vinyl and a set of Blazer LED taillights.
Once the paint was dry, Don was able to install his goodies for final assembly. A Control Freak independent front suspension is bolted in up front. It uses QA1 adjustable shocks and a drawn over mandrel tubing-also known as DOM. The DOM tubing offers a higher tensile strength than conventional tubing, and the Control Freak kit was made specifically for Hemi-equipped A-Bodies. Out back, a set of gas adjust shocks and Mopar Super Stock springs suspend the 83/4, Sure Grip-filled rearend with 3.91 Yukon gears and axles. The steering is controlled by a Flaming River rack-and-pinion setup, which directs the front 15x7-inch American Racing Torq-Thrust wheels. BFGoodrich tires, sized at 205/65ZR15, contact the pavement up front, while 255/50ZR17 mounted to 17x9 Torq-Thrusts sit in the rear.
These LED taillights add a...
These LED taillights add a modern touch to this Plymouth classic. That's right, behind the factory lenses are LEDs, ensuring that anyone behind Don can see him finally slow down.
Inside, Don thought of everything. The interior was restored by Upholstery Ect. in Largo, Florida. The '89 Turbo LaBaron GTS seats were recovered in white vinyl, and the black carpet was replaced. A slew of Auto Meter gauges inform him of his engine speed, oil pressure, volts, and water temperature. For tunes, he installed an in-dash six-disc changer and Kicker speakers. The headliner, door panels, and rear package tray continue the white theme on the interior. Power window motors were installed in both front and rear, and a Classic Auto Air system keeps things cool when the windows are up. Completing things inside is a Grant steering wheel in mahogany.
Matt Hensley of Hensley Racing Engines in Knoxville, Tennessee, built the big cube Hemi as the heart of this beast. The block was clearanced for the Eagle 4.150-inch forged-steel stroker crankshaft. Combined with the 4.250-bore Ross pistons and 6.865-inch Manley H-Beam rods, the Hemi pushes out 472 ci of fuel and air. This is exhausted through 2.25-inch tti headers. The 3.5-inch collectors feed the 3-inch dual exhaust that exits quietly through a set of Super 40 Flowmaster mufflers. Don can turn up the roar by opening a set of 3-inch QTP electronic exhaust cutouts that sit aft to the headers. A .569/.548-inch lift, 236/242-degree duration Comp Cams Extreme Energy roller camshaft sits inside the massive Mopar powerplant with a 104.2 LSA. The cam tells the Mopar rocker arms to open the 2.250/1.940-inch Manley stainless steel intake and exhaust valves, which deliver the air/fuel mixture through the aluminum CNC ported Hemi cylinder heads. Sitting on top is an A&A magnesium cross-ram intake manifold with Kramer fuel lines that feed a pair of Holley 770 carburetors.
what's under the hood? A lot...
what's under the hood? A lot of horsepower. This 472ci Hemi squeezes in, thanks to a modified shock tower and the Control Freak front K-frame.
On the electronics side, 8mm Taylor hemi wires deliver the spark from the MSD Pro Billet Distributor and Blaster II coil. An MSD 6-AL is the brain behind the whole operation, and a Mopar 13.5-volt constant voltage regulator makes sure it's got all the clout behind it.
The brutal power is delivered to the wheels through a 727 TorqueFlite transmission with a Turbo Action forward-shift manual valvebody. It was built by Scott Schlemmer of Midpoint Transmissions in Tampa, Florida, and is controlled by a Turbo Action Cheetah shifter. Turbo Action also supplied the 3,500-stall torque converter, and fluid is stored in a Mopar Performance deep pan.