This is the final placement...
This is the final placement of the donated sheetmetal. Aligning the intricate creases and folds in the panels was daunting. Notice below the forward quarter-panel, a gap was left with the rear door absent.
Doug yanked the interior and...
Doug yanked the interior and installed a manual transmission hump for the impending four-speed gearbox. Doug is a tried-and-true four-speed man; he knows rowing the gears is part of the musclecar experience.
With all the spaces and gaps...
With all the spaces and gaps aligned and filled, the newly-made Savoy is ready for hours of bodywork and paint.
Fast Facts: '62 Plymouth SavoyDoug McCombs 1962 Plymouth Savoy • Originally a four-Door Belvedere • Made from Two Plymouths • RB 413 Wedge • Manual four-Speed 833 Transmission Volant, PA
Engine: A '65 RB 413 wedge bored .030 over, fitted with 9.2:1 pistons, factory crank and connecting rods, a MP hydraulic flat-tappet stock 440 Six-Pack camshaft, cast factory cylinder heads reworked by Aeroheads with stainless valves and hardened seats. A factory dual-plane intake is topped with an 800-cfm Edelbrock carburetor. Hedman headers flow into turbo mufflers and through 3-inch tubes.
Transmission: Nothing but a four-speed 833 manual transmission would do.
Rearend: A stout Chrysler 831/44 rear with a road-easy 2.94 Sure Grip spins the stock axles at leisurely speeds across the town, state, or country with little effort.
Horsepower & Performance: This is a fun cruiser, not a quarter-mile cruncher. since the completion of the project, Doug has loaded up over 6,000 miles on the clock.
Suspension: The torsion bar front suspension made waves in the early '60s, and Doug kept them in place. Only the rear springs have been moved in a la Mopar Performance offset spring hangers. Doug went with stout heavy-duty components, but nothing too crazy. He wanted to enjoy the ride, not rattle the fillings out of his head.
Brakes: Staying with the factory theme, Doug installed factory-style discs mounted up front with big drums in back.
Wheels: Doug blasted a pair of 15-inch steel rims and painted them to match the body for the back, with a pair of 15x6 American Racing wheels up front that look very vintage.
Rubber: Firestone 215/75-15s up front with 275/60-15 BFGoodrichs in back.
Body: Two Plymouths were sewn together to make this Savoy. it started life as a four-door Belvedere in black with red interior. The four doors were yanked along with the center B-pillar and replaced with the longer sedan doors from a rotted-out '62 Savoy. The metal work took most of the build's time-aligning the doors and forward quarter-panels made for some of the gnarliest fabrication Doug had ever undertaken.
Paint: The bodywork, prep, and paint were all tackled by New Castle, Pennsylvania's Scott Guy. Doug wanted to go with something a little different and a good median between the two car's factory colors, and so he chose this deep Atlantic Blue Pearl by Dimensions.
Interior: Doug wanted all factory-appearing coverings for his Savoy. Dutton's Upholstery in Youngstown, Ohio, covered the factory bench seats in blue cloth and vinyl, and replaced the blue headliner, carpet, and factory-appearing door panels. A few modifications add personal flair and are hard to pick out by the untrained eye. Doug slid in a new aftermarket air conditioning system, installed a subdued chrome control panel on the dash, and a trick cruise control's control box is affixed next to the steering column. The underhood portion is mounted to the inner fenderwell on the passenger side. A Sony AM/FM cassette player was installed with a six-disc changer unit mounted in the trunk. It's got all the creature comforts of a new car in an old car that was made from two cars. Pretty cool.