Fast Facts
'63 Plymouth Fury
Owned by Bill Matthies, Sarasota, Florida

Mopar Power

  • Engine: The 413 didn't give Bill the rush he was looking for and he wanted people to be shocked when they opened the hood. After a brand-new Mopar Performance Hemi block was located in Miami, Bill had Muscle Motors owner Mike Ware on the phone. Together, they came up with a 557ci combination that consisted of 4.375-inch bore Ross pistons, Scat 7.100-inch rods and a Scat 4.625-inch stroke billet crankshaft. Final compression comes out to 11.1:1. A solid roller Comp Cams camshaft rated at .657-inch lift and 256/260-degrees duration gives the Hemi an aggressive, Chevy-eating idle. Sitting atop the block are a pair of aluminum Indy cylinder heads that have been fully CNC ported by Muscle Motors. They use 2.25-inch intake and 1.94-inch Ferrea exhaust valves with Comp springs and Indy roller rocker arms. Air and fuel are directed through a Mopar Crossram intake manifold that was modified by Dick Landy. The fuel is now delivered by a pair of Pro Systems-modified Holley double pumper carburetors rated at 908 cfm (changed from original Hemi pieces after shoot). The mixture is ignited by an MSD ignition system that includes a Blaster 2 coil and 6 AL Box. This exits through tti headers with 2 1/4-inch primaries and 3 1/2-inch collectors. The stainless 3-inch exhaust features an X-crossover pipe, and the decibel level is reduced by Magnaflow mufflers. The machine work was performed by Mike Ware, and the engine was assembled by Bill and his brother, Gary Nord.
  • Transmission: The pushbutton TorqueFlite uses a PTC Converters 2,800-stall torque converter with a nitrous anti-ballooning plate and a TCI shift kit.

Sure Grip

  • Suspension: Competition Engineering front and rear shocks are supported by a front torsion bar system and rear super stock leaf springs. The chassis has been tied together with connectors in an effort to tame the Hemi torque.
  • Brakes: The front brakes were converted to discs and the rear drum brakes were upgraded to 11-inch heavy-duty drums.
  • Wheels: Colorado Custom Alcatraz wheels are staggered at 15x6 up front and 15x10 out back. BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires up front keep things in control and 275/60-15 Mickey Thompson Drag Radials provide more traction.

High Impact

  • Paint and Body: The previous owner, Dennis Fredrickson, performed the bodywork himself and applied the final coats of PPG Concept One Viper Red paint. This eye-searing color is made more menacing by the fiberglass Summit Racing '69-style Six Pack hoodscoop.
  • Interior: Everything is basically stock here. The factory gauges still remain while a few have been added, such as a Summit Racing Tachometer. A full Kenwood audio system was used as a replacement to the old radio and delivers modern audio performance in a classic appearing package. The interior was restored with all Legendary Auto Interior parts.