"It has 8.27:1 compression, I run a full 12 degrees of initial timing, it runs on regular gas--and it never detonates, it flies!"--Roger Moricle

Fast Facts
1968 Dodge Coronet R/T hardtop
Owned by: Roger Moricle, Burlington, North Carolina

Mopar Power:

  • Engine: A later-than-the-original '68 440 was built by Roger and Herb McCandless with a .030-inch overbore, Edelbrock heads, 8.27:1 compression, Holley 750 carburetor (prepared by AED Competition Carburetors, Richmond, VA), Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, a Comp Cams Extreme Energy camshaft, Mopar Performance distributor, McCandless Performance plug wires, Milodon's double-roller timing set and their oil pan and pickup, Powermaster alternator, March pulleys, and a full tti 2 1/2-inch exhaust system.
  • Transmission: The original A-833, rebuilt by Herb with a Hays clutch and Hurst "Competition Plus" shifter
  • Rearend: After seeing race duty in a Challenger, the OEM 3.54-geared Dana 60 was rebuilt and put back in service.

Sure Grip

  • Suspension: (Front) Original HD torsion bars with Monroe shocks (Rear) Original HD leaf springs, which were cleaned up, and put back together by Roge, who added nw monroe shocks in abc, too..
  • Brakes: Rebuilt original 11-inch drum brakes, non-power-assisted
  • Wheels and Tires: Cragar S/S 5-spokes (15 x 6 inches in front, 15 x 8 inches in back wearing BFGoodrich Radial TAs,215/70R15 in front, 275/60R15 in back.

High Impact:

  • Body: Original '68 Dodge Coronet 2-door unibody cleaned up by Roger on a rotisserie. No sheetmetal needed replacing--and no stripes did either. (Car is an original stripe-delete R/T.)
  • Paint: PPG Deltron UU1 Bright Blue Metallic basecoat (with a PPG clear), sprayed on by Tom Young at Young's Auto Body in Elon, North Carolina
  • Interior: A combination of original and resto pieces. Just Dashes refinished the top dash pad, and the seats and headliner are re-skinned with Legendary materials. Door panels, arm rests, MusicMaster AM radio and the bottom dash pad are all original, while J.C. Auto Restorations re-did the gauges and Auto Custom Carpets supplied the new carpets.