The 1963 Dodge Phoenix that is called “Mr. Dodgey” is again! The boys from Road Machine have been tinkering with the 440-powered B-body Mopar with the right-hook steering and to date have roadtripped the automotive with principally profitable outcomes and…effectively, that’s about it. After their journey to Cobar for a charity automotive present, it’s time to get right down to the enterprise of creating this big-block truly act like the actual deal. Drawback is, it at present doesn’t. The 440 within the Dodge is circa 1978…the final yr for the 440 and positively, not among the finest years for energy from 7.2 liters of Chrysler engineering. 255 horsepower in 1978 was stout figures, however provided that you ignore 1970 altogether, together with the 1969 police package deal automobiles as effectively. Any massive block is value maintaining round, however not all had been created equal.
So it’s time to place the automotive onto the dyno to see what’s what and…oh, expensive, there’s an issue that we’ve seen earlier than: issued with the kickdown linkage to the TorqueFlite computerized transmission. If our reminiscence serves us appropriately, that’s what took McTaggart’s Imperial out of fee again in 2014, when his first-second shift hung for about two seconds throughout a run at Beech Bend in Kentucky. Mix that drawback with 210 horsepower on the wheels…not dangerous, truly…and you may see why the Road Machine of us are merely asking for a 14-second timeslip out of the Phoenix. Will they get it?
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