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Mopar Action June 2020

Mopar Action is the best-selling Mopar enthusiasts’ magazine on the market today. Mopar Action covers the entire world of Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge vehicles, including classics, muscle cars, race cars, new car road tests, performance tips, technical advice articles, personality profiles, coverage of major Mopar events, restoration advice and club news from around the world. If it’s Mopar—you’ll find it in Mopar Action.

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United States
Athlon Media Group
6 Issues

in this issue

7 min

IT’S 1970 , and a young Bob Hunsel has just bought himself a 6-month old used ’69 Road Runner for $1995. He has owned that B-body about 3 weeks when he jogs into the local C-P dealer to pick up an air filter for his bird. Walking through the showroom, he stops in his tracks as he catches a glimpse of a Lime Light Green car. “What’s that?” he asks a salesman. “Why, that’s the brand new 1970 Plymouth AAR ’Cuda!,” comes the reply. Bob is mesmerized by the green-E and, from that moment on, he wants one. That 340 6-Bbl ’Cuda’s price tag is a steep $4300—about that of a modest Corvette, and way out of Bob’s reach. He might have been able to scrape up a down payment by trading in…

6 min
all shook up

OK, YEAH, Chrysler certainly didn’t invent functional hood scoops, but they were amongst the first to make ’em standard (’62 Plymouth 413 Super Stock and Dodge Ramcharger), as the MaMope mad scientists well understood the physics: For every three degrees Celsius you reduce your intake charge’s temperature, you make one percent more horsepower (then there’s the potential ram air effect, requiring a very tall scoop—and lots of velocity!). MaMopar was also a bit late to the air-cleaner-pokes-though-the-hood party, but they, without a doubt, trumped the competition in styling, function, and reliability. As an E-body option, at approx. $100 back in the day, it was considered extremely desirable. Fast forward to a scant decade ago: Adding one of these to your E-car, be it a ’Cuda or Challenger, could run to five…

1 min
triple cat

WHEN WE WENT TO SHOOT Super Cat #2, Dan and his guys were just finishing up the third car, which is a T/A tribute. The shop brought it over to the Indy Fairgrounds as well for a first look. “This one started out using an 1100-mile engine from a wreck that had been looped and totaled in the back end. It is a little stealthier from the convertible, more of a street beast theme.” The engine is again backed by a 6-speed Tremec, and a 3.73 gear, that Dan admits due to the overdrive, was not as fun as the 4.11s. The rest of the car showcases the level of detail that has made the Super Cats standouts, and uses much the same equipment as the convertible did, but this one also…

3 min
mopar marketplace

I AM SITTING BACKSTAGE at the Silver Spurs Arena on Saturday evening in late January. If we wanted to get a picture of where market trends are at, being here at Mecum Kissimmee is the right place. Truly great original cars from the collections of Tim and Pam Wellborn and Tony D’Agostino have just crossed the block, while numerous other Mopars were sold and offered during this 10-day event. We’ll have an overview story in the next issue on this spring event in the next issue on the spring events, but this is what we saw in Florida at the start of 2020. GENERAL PRICE TRENDS REMAIN STABLE There is an overall softening of all areas of collecting from the last 5 years, so we are not seeing the monster prices for…

2 min
the story so far

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO, we ran a series based on reducing the weight of a B-engine (383) to approximate that of an LA, while also significantly adding power. This we accomplished by fitting 440 Source’s Stealth alloy heads, a MP intake manifold, and new water pump and housing, all constructed of cast aluminum. This was a complete success, but got us to thinking: Today, due to the influx of offshore 4" stroke smallblock crankshafts, it costs very little more to build a 408 than it does a stock-dimension 360 (and make no mistake: a 360 cylinder block, not a 340, conventional wisdom be damned, is the way to go, due to the significantly beefier bottom end—wider-spaced main bearing caps, for example). While we were brainstorming a 360 build, word came down…

3 min
mopar man…now.

I GOTTA CONFESS… I wasn’t born with a silver Pentastar in my mouth. I wasn’t converted over to the Mopar camp until later in life when I was “re-educated” (a term humorously used by China and North Korea to “convince” dissidents back into the party line, or simply disappear) by Rick Ehrenberg. The first family bus was a ’54 Buick Century—pretty quick with the small Special body packing the big Roadmaster engine. No power steering or brakes, but fun. I drove that in college and drag-raced a fraternity bro, John Marsini, who had a supposedly “hot” ’54 Olds. We made 3 or 4 runs, with all the bros rooting us on. Johnny tried every combo in his 3-speed (Low, Super and Drive) trans while I just punched my Dynaflow in…