Written by Matthew McMurray on October 19, 2016
Pristine and Clean! This 1973 Dodge Coronet is one to see at the shows! It shows its green patina as a lame sedan, but little does the average person know what the car really has under the hood. The thumper cam makes a confusing and powerful sounding idle at any stop light. Built for everyday driving whether summer or winter. Built for any street, heads up, or bracket race. Built for with slicks and smooth suspension. Most of all, the car was built to last. Both as a grocery getter AND as a drag car. Before we go farther into detail with this Mopar, Let’s give you some background info.
Before the car was under modification, it really was just a sedan. Nothing more, nothing less. As most sedans were in the 1970’s, this car came with a 2 barrel intake and exhaust manifolds. To pile on more useless weight, the car had stock A/C, iron water pump housing, iron intake manifold, and iron heads. This car was as Plain Jane as it gets, including the original blue paint. Not much of a special car, but 90,000 miles means that it got someone to and from work everyday for a long time. The slip that same in the glove box said that the motor was remove around 1985 because of bad compression. also the hood was a different color meaning that it was also replaced or repainted.
The car is special on the inside as well. It was radio delete! Even though this seems like a weird thing to not have a radio these days, it was common in the earlier years to get a vehicle without the AM/FM only radio. Other than these rare interior, there was much else to see about the inside of the car. It was bench seats, column shift, power steering and very green. Even with all of this boring stuff, it gave the car a personality. Not to mention the fact that it felt like a couch on the highway.
A drive train like every other. stock 8 1/4 rear end with a 2.73 gear. Yet another reason for this car to act as a land barge. Along with this pointless rear end, was a iron driveshaft with distressed U-Joints. There wasn’t even a point to keeping any of it. The to-do list rose above a level of sanity, forcing a hard challenge above our heads…
What’s the new outfit? Lets do an an overview of the parts.
Engine: 392 CI
- Camshaft: Comp Cams Thumper Cam
- Crankshaft: Steel Stock Crank (from other 383)
- Pistons, Pins, Rods, Rings: Aftermarket Eagle 4.532 Overbore specified Standard sized connecting rods
- Cylinder Heads: 346 HP closed chamber heads
- Headers: Hooker Headers
- Intake Manifolds: Edelbrock 4 barrel Intake
- Carburetor: Edelbrock 4 barrel 750 CFM
- Distributor: MSD Custom to 383 and timing chain (Specs unknown)
- Oil Pan: Milidon Deep Dish Pan
- Radio Delete Dash
- Front Seats: Black 1972 Plymouth Roadrunner Buckets
- Rear Seats: Green Stock Bench
- Shifter: Stock Column Shifter
- Carpet and Headliner: Stock Green Color
- Seatbelts: Stock Lap Belts
Wheels and tires are well known to most drag racers. Street tires in the front, M/T slicks on the back. The new 8 3/4 rear end with a 4.56 gear and new studs with rear drum brakes and front disk brakes.
As part of the young guns challenge, my friend Justin and I did the honors of assembling the wheels and tires on the vehicle. Beyond all of the work under the car that we did. I also helped with the rebuild of the motor and drive train. The whole concept of the Mopar Young Guns Challenge is that peole who are under the age of 20, must send in photos of themselves hard at work with their projects.
Overall, the car turned out to be a killer looking street car! the car lost over 300 pounds in the rebuild process and rust holes form salt were also under repair so that the car appeared as powerful as it was, minus the fact that the car is still a sedan.