Doug says the complete build took less than a year and a half. Once all the metal fabrication was completed at Doug's home garage, the Belvedere-turned-Savoy was sent to Scott Guy of New Castle, Pennsylvania, for a generous helping of paint and bodywork. The sharp crease lines, sculpted fender flares, and signature protruding beltline are razor sharp. After the block-sanding, the Plymouth was coated in Dimensions' Atlantic Blue Pearl.
After it was back home, Doug began reassembling the shell. Mopar Performance offset spring hangers moved the rear leaves inward allowing for better meats. A Chrysler 831/44 rear was loaded with a leisurely 2.94 Sure Grip differential turning the vintage body-matched steel rims wrapped in BFG radials. The front suspension is all but stock, with factory-style discs bringing the American Racing Torq-Thrusts to a halt. Dutton's Upholstery from Youngstown, Ohio, covered the cabin with blue cloth and vinyl. It's all stock appearing, so the stitches were easy to duplicate. Doug did install a Sony AM/FM cassette deck with a trunk-mounted CD player, and also added air conditioning and cruise control to his freeway flier. But what stands out is the large shifter hump. During the sheetmetal process, Doug opened up the floor and mounted a manual shifter tunnel.
The manual A-833 box is manned by a Hurst shifter arm and rows the gears for a hefty '65 RB 413 wedge built by Doug. Bored .030 over, the block maintains mostly all factory specifications and components, keeping the factory crank and rods. Doug pressed in a set of 9.2:1 pistons and a Mopar Performance hydraulic flat-tappet 440 Six-Pack camshaft. The factory cast heads were sent to Aerohead for a rebuild. They returned with stainless valves and hardened seats with heavy-duty Mopar Performance stamped rockers. An Edelbrock 800-cfm carburetor sits atop the factory intake, while a stock Mopar 440 electronic distributor and orange box (painted black) throws the sparks. Doug slid in a pair of Hedman headers that funnel the fumes through a set of stainless turbo mufflers and full 3-inch tubes.
Doug has racked up 6,000-plus miles on the Savoy since its completion. It fools most who think the car was an original two-door post sedan. Even when they're informed of the Plymouth's massive reconstructive surgery, many still don't believe it. It just goes to prove-if you can't find the car of your dreams, you can just build it yourself.