Well, it's a bit old actually. Myself and 4 others first picked up our 1972 Dodge Coronet back in late 2015 and after a year of focusing on SCCA Solo Nationals we're fired up to get the old boat track-ready again! For the last 3 weekends we've been cranking away...
At the end of the third straight weekend, we finally got it fired up and running with a new transmission, new wires, and a lot less scrap metal hanging out in the trunk. It was an awesome team effort. Everyone chipped in big time and made it happen.
To our knowledge, this is the FIRST EVER time this type of transmission has been used with this type of engine. We've now setup the car to run on mostly stock parts that can be easily found in junk yards or parts stores if anything should fail in the race...and it all bolted up with extremely little modification
The winning combination:
-Original 318cu in Dodge V8
-Bellhousing and Starter from a late 90s Dodge Dakota pickup truck
-AR5 transmission from an early 2000s Chevy Colorado pickup truck
-Custom fabricated transmission mount using stock mounting points and accepting stock transmission rubber mounts
For now the brakes don't work too well, the rear differential is out of fluid, there's no grease left in the rear wheel bearings, the wheel bearings are all about shot, the wiring isn't completely done, it's still rusting away, the ball joints are all about gone, it needs new tires, and generally needs a little bit more love.
But it runs and drives!
We'll keep up the work and have it ready for a shake down at Carolina Motorsports Park in May with the 24 Hours of Lemons race in September and bring you more coverage all year.