"I can hammer the Hemi and not have to worry about ruining a piece of drag racing history."--Mike Erickson

Fast Facts:

'65 Dodge Coronet two-door sedan (A990 tribute)
Owned by: Mike Erickson, Littleton, Colorado

Mopar Power

  • Engine: Ray Barton used rare original 1965 parts that Mike located (like aluminum "K" cylinder heads and chrome valve covers, a magnesium cross ram intake manifold, an aluminum water pump housing and aluminum water neck) to build a 528-inch Race Hemi that makes nearly 700 horsepower on pump gas.
  • Transmission: Brewer's Performance built the iron case 18-spline A833, with Hurst shifter.
  • Rearend: Dana 60 by Strange Engineering with 3.54 rear gears

Sure Grip

  • Suspension: (Front) Parallel torsion bars with Competition Engineering adjustable drag shocks (Rear) TriCity Competition rear leaf springs with Rancho adjustable shocks
  • Brakes: Just like in 1965: Drum-and-shoe, front and rear
  • Wheels and Tires: Magnesium American Racing Torq Thrusts in front and wide (15 x 8 inch) steel rear wheels wear BFGs.

High Impact

  • Body: Original '65 Coronet two-door sedan unibody, with an original 426 Race Hemi K-member, inverted right front shock tower, subframe connectors, and rear mini tubs.
  • Paint: Two-stage Sherwin-Williams Ultra 7000 White, sprayed on by Mike Johnson at Past Times, Estes Park, Colorado.
  • Interior: SMS supplied original '65 Coronet vinyl upholstery, which Autoweave in Lakewood, Colorado, turned into new front and rear bench seat covers.