Due to new-for-'65 regulations...
Due to new-for-'65 regulations by the NHRA officials, plastic windows were no longer allowed. Chrysler had specially made lightweight Corning windows installed. The rear quarter windows were fixed into place, thus eliminating the need for window regulators.
Overall, there were only a handful of parts needed to complete the car. These were quickly furnished by collectors and historians Jim Kramer and Steve Atwell. The interior remains mostly untouched, though the carpet and seat covers might have been replaced some time earlier. Spending nearly three weeks on his back, Ed meticulously cleaned the frame and floor boards, exposing the original factory primer and overspray. The original engine and transmission were still intact, but Ed decided to rebuild the potent 426. The Hemi retains its factory specs with a simple freshening. For 1965, the Hemi engine package was coded A-990. It's a common mistake by enthusiasts to refer to the car by that identification; the term is only correct for the engine package. Schild continues in his Authenticity Guide, "The '65 426 Hemi used aluminum cylinder heads versus its predecessor's A-864 cast-iron heads and a specific-to-'65 magnesium cross-ram intake manifold. In addition, the previous year's K-Heads, though nearly identical externally, differed only by a wire-loom bracket." During the freshening, Ed preserved the originality of the '65-specific A-990 Hemi down to the smallest detail.
The 727 received servicing and the installation of a vintage B&M O69J stall converter. The original Sure Grip kept its super-steep, race-bred 4.56 gears as well.
Dan Groth was called to resurrect the older BB1 Black repaint. An original black Hemi Super Stocker is definitely a menacing sight.
The most minimal exhaust was attached from the factory to satisfy federal emission restrictions (much looser than today's standards). The headers were expected to be uncapped upon delivery, like a factory-built "zoomie." They were a purpose-built design, incorporating sharp bends necessary to clear the frame and body panels. The factory installed a transverse muffler, expecting that sanctioned racers would dispose of the restrictive unit. Unique and rare, this Super Stocker retains that as well.
The Hemi Coronet is and will be driven, Ed assures us, though not down the 1320 as it might have in the summer of 1965. But it's enough to see the best of Mopar's racing roots running down the highway.
Owner: Ed Strzelecki, Rochester, Michigan
Car: '65 Dodge Coronet W051 Super Stock
Color: BB1 Black, tan vinyl interior
Engine: 426 Race Hemi A-990, 12.5:1 compression, aluminum cylinder heads, magnesium cross-ram intake manifold, dual Holley 3116 carburetors
Transmission: 727 three-speed automatic, column-mounted shifter, sans the "Park" indicator with a reverse pattern
Rearend: 831/44 differential, 4.56 Sure Grip
Wheels/Tires: Front: Steel 15x5, Pro-Trac P205; Rear: Steel 15x8, Pro-Trac P265