Remember seeing wheels like...
Remember seeing wheels like this on the front of Mopar Super Stockers during the '60s? Russell Gaisbacher did, and he's got a pair of these Indy Drag Mags on his '64.
Why build a car from Ma Mopar's lowest-priced B-Body line? Back in 1964, the Savoy two-door sedan was the lightest of all the B-Body body styles, thanks to its three-inch-shorter wheelbase than Dodge's counterpart, the 330 two-door sedan. Plus, there's been a belief among Mopar guys that the '64 Plymouth's front end has an aerodynamic advantage over its year-before and year-after counterparts-which is why more than a few drag racers with '63 and '65 B-Body Plymouths swapped the '64 front end onto them. It's also said to be one reason why Lee Petty entered a '64 Belvedere for Richard to drive in the '66 Firecracker 400 at Daytona.
It also makes for a clean-looking car once finished-and one whose looks will turn heads. That's something that '64 Plymouths all have-especially Savoys like the Gaisbacher's.
'64 Plymouth Savoy two-door sedan
Owned by: Russell Gaisbacher, Charleroi, Pennsylvania
- Engine: Fresh from the crate: a 472-inch Mopar Performance Hemi, with a single four-barrel under the chrome Max Wedge air cleaner.
- Transmission: 727 Torqueflite, shifted with the original dash pushbuttons.
- Rearend: 8 3/4-inch with 3.91 rear gears.
- Suspension: Restored stock '64 B-Body (Front) Longitudinal torsion bars with tubular shocks (Rear) HD leaf springs with tubular shocks
- Brakes: As good as there were back then: 11-inch-diameter drum-and-shoe brakes all around, no power assist. Only upgrade: A dual-circuit master cylinder.
- Wheels: Indy Drag Mag wheels in front, and wide steel wheels in back-all shod with BFGoodrich Radial T/As.
- Body: Original '64 Plymouth B-Body two-door sedan unibody, all steel.
- Paint: Icebox White, sprayed on at Russell's Body and Frame Service, Charleroi, Pennsylvania
- Interior: Sumptuously Savoy-base-level vinyl bench seats, front and rear. Radio? In this? How about a nice radio-delete plate instead?