In 1964, Super Stock Plymouths required the sacrifice of two original grilles to eliminate
The Dana 60 was rebuilt with a 4.11-geared spool spinning bulletproof 35-spline Moser axles. Shortened long before Larry ever purchased the Belvedere, the Dana's relocated perches rest on Eaton Super Stock springs. The gearbox was given to Tim Parks at Neal Chance Racing Transmissions. There, the TorqueFlite would get a Griner valvebody, a trans-brake, and a 3,500-stall torque converter from ATI. A B&M Pro Ratchet shifter with a reverse pattern ensures sharp, precise shifts while under hard launches. All the tin work for the large wheeltubs was done previous to the purchase, and they were in such good condition that Larry felt they were fine.
As the Hemi was under construction at Duane Saum's shop, the body was sent to Dale Henderson in St. Francis, Kansas. He would strip the B-Body down to a shell, repair the needed bodywork, patch the rusty panels, and straighten the skin. Larry, busy scouring the internet and swap meets, landed a pair of N.O.S. shock towers and some other key components. the Belvedere was then painted in original factory '64 Plymouth white.
Except for the Pro Ratchet shifter, additional gauges, and electric switches, the rest of
Once painted, the car and its hundreds of parts were returned to Galen's garage for reassembly. thanks to Galen's skills and Larry's parts-hunting skills, two pristine '64 grilles were conjoined into one Super Stock-style grin.
Once the Plymouth was reassembled, the car was turned over to Rick Fisher in Augusta, Kansas, for the interior. Rick custom loomed the brilliant red carpet to run from inside the firewall, all the way over the budging wheeltubs, and into the rear package tray. He would also stitch up the beautiful vinyl seat covers and install Gary Hall reproduction door panels to the all-red cabin. A reconditioned instrument cluster and N.O.S. steering wheel completed the dashboard, while a separate gauge pod with electrical toggles was mounted underneath the dash.
Finished, running, and street worthy, the Plymouth made its way to the old Kansas M&N Raceway grounds for some open-header passes, just like those that inspired teenaged Larry 41 years ago.
All that's needed here is a battery cut-off switch.
Fast Facts: '64 Plymouth Belvedere
Larry Wolfe • Mulvane, KS
Engine: A faulty roller lifter spat chunks that gnarled up the oil pump shaft,which in turn drained the Hemi of all oil pressure. Larry and friend, Galen Frick, pulled the plant and sent it to Duane Saum of Saum Enterprises in Wichita, Kansas, where the factory '68 block was bored and fitted with a 4.150-inch stroke crank. With everything but the block and heads replaced, the 485ci elephant is powered by a new Bullet hydraulic camshaft, Crane hydraulic lifters, and Manley valves. Topped with a M1 dual-plane aluminum Mopar intake and a Holley 1050 Dominator, the plant makes enough punch to take on those Super Stockers that inspired Larry 40 years ago. A Joe Hunt distributor with an MSD 6AL box spits fire, and the spent fumes tunnel through tti headers and 3-inch Flowmasters.
Transmission: The TorqueFlite was dropped off to Tim Parks at Neal Chance Racing Transmissions. There it was treated to a Griner reverse manual valvebody with a trans brake, a 3,500-stall torque converter from ATI, and capped off with a reverse-pattern B&M Pro Ratchet shifter.
Rearend: Previously narrowed for the giant tubs, the Dana 60 is filled with super-strong Moser 35-spline race axles and a stout spool married to a 4.11-gear ring-and-pinion.
Horsepower & Performance: Since the Hemi was never dyno'd, Larry doesn't have any at-the-flywheel horsepower numbers, nor does he have any timeslips from the local track . . . well, not yet.
Suspension: With the perches moved drastically inboard, the rear leafs were replaced with Eaton Super Stock springs. The front remains relatively stock, even using N.O.S. Hemi stock towers.
Taking the place of a rear bench seat, the massive wheeltubs are covered in matching red c
Brakes: The rear retains the original drums, while the front has been updated with a Stainless Steel Brakes disc-brake conversion.
Wheels: 15x5 pizza cutters are followed by 15x15 welds.
Rubber: Skinnies up front, fatties out back is the maxim here-Moroso Drag Special 7.10x15s at the nose and 22.6x33 at the tail.
Body: While the engine was being repaired, the body was sent to Dale Henderson in St. Francis, Kansas. There, Dale would disassemble the body and interior to replace the rusted panels that were too corroded for repair. A pair of mint-condition grilles were spliced together to form one perfect Super Stock-appearing, single headlamp grille. A Joey Cole reproduction aluminum Hemi Super Stock scoop was added to the hood. Once the paint was applied, the body was sent to Galen Frick for reassembly.
Paint: After the body was straightened, it was repainted in factory-correct '64 Plymouth White by Dale Henderson.
Interior: reassembled after the paint cured, the Plymouth was sent to Rick Fisher in Augusta, Kansas. There, Gary Ball door panels were installed, while Rick stitched up the rest of the bright red vinyl and carpeting. A reconditioned instrument cluster and factory-appearing N.O.S. steering wheel were also installed when Rick blocked off the radio and heater control plates just like the A990 Super Stockers of yesterday.