1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 two-door sedan
Gary Borger, Alpine, California
Replacing the 273 is another potent LA small-block—this one starting with an .030-inch-overbored 360 Mopar Performance block, then filled with a Mopar steel crank, Keith Black 10.3:1 pistons and a Crower hydraulic camshaft, then topped with ported and polished steel Indy heads, an Edelbrock intake and a Holley 750 four-barrel. The ignition is a Mopar Performance-based setup. For the exhaust, old-school Doug’s Headers combine with 40-Series Flowmasters.
Passon Performance rebuilt the Valiant’s original 833 four-speed. The shifter is still a Hurst, and the clutch, pressure plate, and flywheel are all by McLeod.
To handle the 360, Gary swapped in an 8-3⁄4 rear that’s got a 3.91-geared Sure Grip, and Moser axles.
Suspension: How you make an early A-Body an E-Ticket ride: (Front) Heavy-duty torsion bars, Mopar HD shocks sway bar and torque strap; (Rear) Mancini Racing HD leaf springs, sway bar and Mopar HD shocks.
Brakes: Front discs and rear drums stop this 2,500-pound ’65 in a hurry.
Wheels/Tires: Classic-look American Racing Torq Thrust IIs (15x4-½-inch fronts, 15x9 rears) wear Hoosiers (25x7.50R15 fronts, 27x10.50R15 rears).
Paint/Body: Rust-free original ’65 Valiant two-door sedan unibody was refinished in PPG two-stage Patriot Blue by C&H Auto Body in Santee, California. Escondido Plating replated the original V-200 chrome trim to like-new brightness.
Interior: What really makes this Valiant 200 a 300: Atop a layer of Dynomat insulation, El Cajon Auto Trim added custom-made black carpet. Then they did the original bench seats, door and rear side panels in grey leather and wrapped the headliner and rear shelf in grey suede. Steering wheel and tilt column are by ididit, auxiliary gauges and tach are AutoMeter Pro Comps, and Auto Instruments Corp restored the stock gauges and rechromed the dash trim.