The "Lanegran Liner" is propelled by the legendary 413 engine, the RB wedge engine design that debuted to replace the early 392 Hemi in the 300s in 1959. By 1964 the 413 was one step below the 426 street engine, but was the standard fare in all of Chrysler's larger models. For musclecar fans, the 413 is best known as the inaugural version of the Max Wedge performance line between the fenders of Dodge and Plymouths; these received short-runner cross-ram intakes while the big cars received long-ram cast-iron units. However, that era was fading and there were just two 413 engines available in 1964, both single four-barrel engines, one rated at 390 horses and the other at 360. The one in this 300 is the 360-horse version, sporting an extra 12ci via a .060 overbore. The stock crank and rods build the compression with 10:1 pistons, pulling the fuel/air mixture from the stock Carter AFB carburetor, intake, and heads. Giving the spark to the cylinders is a factory dual-point distributor with a provision for the cable-operated tach drive, while the spent fumes are sent rearward through the factory-style 2 1/2- inch dual exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers. A Centerforce clutch, 833 crashbox, and 3:23 8.75 differential round out the driveline. For rolling stock, the Lanegrans chose to employ 15-inch Magnum 500 wheels with Goodyear Eagle GT rubber.
Opening the pair of doors on each side proves just how big this thing is. Drawing your attention first is the odd-looking "square" steering wheel that no doubt takes some getting used to. Like the rest of the car, the interior needed some attention as well, so Mike re-covered the seats in factory black vinyl and reupholstered the floor in OEM loop carpeting. Tunes are supplied by the AM/FM/short-wave radio. This rare radio combination wasn't often seen, but proved very handy when travelling in undeveloped areas.
Mike would like to thank Aime and Verna Verrien of Manitoba, Canada; his son, Jon; his uncle Dave; and his girlfriend, Sue, for all of their support and help with this restoration. Apparently, Mike has an affliction with pastures because his next hog-wild project is a '66 Hemi Belvedere, which was found in the field of a pig farm. So just like Mike, it might be time to cruise the backroads of America to see what else is still waiting to be "unpasteurized."