Paul tells us the most rewarding part of his whole Sport Fury experience has been listening to the tremendous comments from folks who stop by to see the car. Yes, it took a maximum effort to build this car, but it has paid much bigger dividends in appreciation.

Fast Facts
'64 Plymouth Sport Fury
Paul Dunham
Lancaster, CA

Mopar Power

  • Engine: Paul loves the power his 505 pumps out, especially when he recently smoked some disco driver in a Turbo Porsche. Starting with a '67 440 yanked from an old Imperial, he worked with local Mopar engine guru Bob Stagg to assemble a 500-inch RB engine with a 4.25-inch stroke Eagle crank, Eagle rods, .030-inch-over JE forged pistons, Comp cam, and Edelbrock RPM cylinder heads. The hydraulic cam specs out at .507/0.510-inch lift with 240/246 duration at .050-inch lift. Up top, the engine features Edelbrock aluminum RPM heads, a factory style cross-ram intake manifold, and two Edelbrock 750-cfm carburetors. A set of tti 2-inch thermal-coated headers show the exhaust gases the exit.
  • Transmission: Dave Smith's Pro Trans in Lancaster, California, built a sturdy 727 TorqueFlite transmission and fitted it with a Hemi 11-inch 3,000 stall converter. The unit takes all the punishment that the 505 can deliver.
  • Rearend: Paul installed a 3.91 Auburn center unit into a 2-inch narrowed '65 Plymouth 8 3/4-inch rearend. The driveshaft is from Inland Empire Driveline and is made from aluminum.
  • Horsepower and Performance: Paul's only dyno outing was basically a quick effort just to break in the cam and motor. During that outing, the dyno brothers Greg and Pat Smith ran the motor up to just 5,000 rpm, and the 505-inch Mopar was climbing past 525 horses. But it's above 5,000 rpm where this mill really cranks it on.
  • Sure Grip

  • Suspension: The front torsion bars are standard factory items, and the rear springs are new replacement items from Springs and Things. Monroe shocks are positioned at all four corners.
  • Brakes: The standard single reservoir unit was replaced with a tandem setup. up front, Paul added a set of discs commandeered from a willing '73 Duster. The rear drums are factory 10-inch jobs.
  • Wheels: American Racing Wheels measuring 15x5 at the bow and 15x8.5 at the stern.
  • Rubber: Up front, the Sport Fury is supported with Uniroyal P205/75R15; at the rear, BF Goodrich Drag Radial P275/60R15 tires.
  • High Impact

  • Body: An awesome hardtop with lots of detail and Max Wedge stuff.
  • Paint: PPG black basecoat/clearcoat applied by a guy named Joe, who Paul can't find anymore.
  • Interior: Trimmed by interior craftsman Paul Dunham at Classic Touch Auto Upholstery in Lancaster, California. Soft items supplied by Legendary Auto Interiors. Just Dashes (justdashes.com) in Van Nuys, California, recovered the dashpad. G Car Plastic Grille and Trim (gcartrim.com) renovated the chrome plastic instrument bezel, and Redline Gauge Works (redlinegaugeworks.com) restored the instruments.