1966 Dodge Charger 383/auto (Franky)
Last updated Apr 12, 2007
This car was reborn a bit by accident. I set about redoing a different car that was red, but ended up scrapping it due to a tragic frame-damaging event that happened way before I got it.
I then got this gold/gold one. I started to rebuild the 383 in it and got the wrong pistons from a supplier. They mis-advertised the specs. They wouldn't take them back, so I figured out a way to make them work. With a lot of machining, a 440 crank, and some ingenuity, Frankenstroke was born. This engine cost me a total of 2000 bux and is a real BLAST to drive. It's not a high-winder, but it has the torque of my diesel truck. I love it! I get a lot of looks from a serious 2nd gear chirp at an early 2500 rpm shift. I recommend anyone building a nice driver to go with a stroker. I get 16 mpg with 3.23 gears out of this 4150 lb monster. The torque makes you feel like you're driving a 66 Barracuda, it's so effortless to get moving. I have no overheating problem and run 93 octane. Cylinder pressure at dry-cranking is 200psi.
This whole car was done in our garage by my wife Joyce and I over the course of four years. I painted it panel-by-panel to avoid dust. This is a big no-no for light metallic, but the car looks nice.
383 stroked to 432
727 TorqueFlite modified
3.23 489 case Sure-Grip carrier
PS, PB, AC, Console Clock, Front/Rear Bumper Guards
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