Fast Facts: '66 Dodge Coronet
Jim Ball • Gahanna, OH
Engine: Purchased new from Mopar Performance, the LA 360 produces an advertised 380 horses. Jim informs us that his small-block sports 9:1 compression pistons, a roller camshaft, and swirl-ported Magnum heads with an Edelbrock carburetor and electronic Mopar Performance ignition. TTI headers and the full exhaust are all coated and mandrel-bent.
Transmission: Built by Jim, the 727 TorqueFlite is 100-percent stock.
Rearend: Chrysler 8-3/4 with 3.23 Sure Grip and stock axles.
Horsepower & Performance: Jim hasn't clicked off any quarter-mile times, but it does have the rated 380 hp coming from the crate engine.
Suspension: Stock suspension is all in place with Super Stock leaf springs in back. Manual steering is also factory.
Brakes: When the K-member was replaced with a factory V-8 engine cradle, the front brakes were replaced with discs, all new brake lines, and a master cylinder.
Wheels: The rear wheels are 15-inch steelies painted to match the body color. The front American Racing mags were lifted from Jim's brother's '40 Willys that he raced 30 years ago.
Rubber: Goodyear supplied the donuts: 215/70R15s in front; 255/70R15s in back.
Body: After a broadside collision between the original owner and a motorcyclist, the Coronet was stored for twenty years. Originally a "stripper," it was free of any excess trim and badging. the Coronet was sent to DeVuono's Body Shop in Obetz, Ohio, who replaced the driver's door and quarter-panel.
Paint: Wanting to keep this Dodge close to factory, Jim asked the artisans at DeVuono's to repaint the B-Body in the factory-original light blue hue-no stripes, no flames, just plain light blue.
Interior: Once the Coronet was painted, it was sent to Gary Ball Interiors in Syracuse, Indiana. New custom door panels and seat covers were stitched up to look like factory, stock, base-level interior components. since the car was in such good shape when Jim took possession of it, the rest of the Coronet's interior is original.