The entire buildup took Larry about four and a half years. It's a testament to great finds that people typically overlook. It's exactly what this former Mopar line mechanic and shop owner of 25 years was looking for. Larry enjoys bringing his cool Dodge 440 out to shows and driving it on the sunny boulevards of the Tampa Bay area.

Fast Facts
'63 Dodge 440
Larry Shobe
Seminole, FL

Mopar Power

  • Engine: The short-block was taken from a drag car with only five passes on it. Larry had the block looked through and had his rotating assembly balanced by Dwan's Machine Shop. After it was bored .040 over, a set TRW pistons filled the holes. They are connected to Six Pack rods and a stock steel crankshaft. Mildly ported steel Chrysler 906 cylinder heads sit on top and were upgraded to larger Manley valves, Crane roller rockers, and Mopar Performance valvesprings. A .557/.557-inch lift, 296-degree duration Mopar Performance camshaft adds a little rumble to the Flowmaster exhaust. The factory Six Pack intake manifold sports three Holley carburetors, and the ignition was upgraded to an electronic MSD distributor and 6AL controller.
  • Transmission: A TorqueFlite from a '65 Dodge uses the pushbutton shifter. Larry rebuilt the transmission and installed a new 1,800-rpm torque converter.

Sure Grip

  • Suspension: OEM replacement shocks were installed, and a set of Mopar Performance S/S springs sit out back.
  • Brakes: The front brakes are discs out of a '75 Dart. The rear brakes come from a '71 Plymouth station wagon and are controlled with a master cylinder out of a '67 Coronet.
  • Rims: The classic look of Weld Pro Stars never gets old; they measure 15x5-inch in front and 15x8-inch for the rears.

High Impact

  • Body: Larry was lucky enough to find a rust-free car in Arizona and had it delivered to his home in Seminole, Florida. He also lucked out by having a brother-John Shobe-who owns a body shop.
  • Paint: Sikkens Viper Red base and clear were applied by John.
  • Interior: Jimmy Barns of Pinellas Park, Florida, resorted the factory interior. The red vinyl and carpet pairs well with the Viper Red exterior. The steering wheel was refurbished by Wheel Max in Lithia, Florida.