"We decided the build sheet was the only way to go." - Tom Natoli
1971 Dodge Demon 340
Owned by Tom Natoli and Shanna Simicsak
Ewing, New Jersey
- Engine: Tom got lucky when it turned out that the engine was numbers matching. He sent the block to a local machine shop to clear the bores by .030-inch. From there, a set of TRW pistons, stock rods, and crankshaft were installed. A Mopar reproduction .429/.444 cam was pushed in with factory lifters, pushrods, and rocker arms command the stock valves inside the original heads with hardened seats. Resting on the top of the engine is an original equipment Thermoquad 750cfm carburetor. Tom resisted the temptation to install long tube headers and went with original manifolds and a Flowmaster exhaust. The oiling system is stock and the ignition was converted to an electronic system from Mopar.
- Transmission: Original column shift automatic with a shift kit. Tom rebuilt it before installation.
- Rearend: The original 8-3/4 rear was freshened up and sports a 3.23 gear and Sure Grip unit.
- Suspension: Using only factory parts, Tom rebuilt the entire front suspension to good-as-new performance with the help of Monroe front and rear shocks.
- Brakes: Manual 10-inch front and rear drums keep Shanna and Tom on their toes when they're driving the Demon around town.
- Wheels and Tires: As the build sheet stated, original 14-inch Rallye wheels wearing BFG Radial T/A tires were put on the car. The tire sizes are staggered with 215/70R14 up front and 245/60R14 out back.
- Body: Tom is automotive technician and what you would call a "Jack of All Trades." He just so happens to be an excellent metal worker and tested his skills by installing NOS quarters, reproduction fenders, and smoothing the body and original doors.
- Paint: Once again, Tom extended his talents with the paint. DuPont Plum Crazy Purple Chromabase and clear were sprayed onto the body. He then carefully applied the decals, side stripes, and trim.
- Interior: Inside Legendary Auto Interiors came to the rescue with new seat covers using NOS plaid material. The rubber floor wasn't something Tom and Shanna were about to go with so it was converted to carpeting. Everything inside was either restored or found along the way.