Now cue up the dream sequence……….
Sitting here writing this, I can feel myself sweating on a hot, humid, summer night, the smell of fresh cut hay wafting from a nearby field. I can imagine myself racing on a sticky dirt circle track under glaring lights which are slightly obscured by the regular complement of summertime bugs. As the race progresses the smells of raw gas and exhaust fill my nose, as my eardrums are cracking under the pressure of sound blasting from the angry mob of screaming race cars. I can feel the muscles burn in my hands and arms as I manhandle the steering wheel to constantly keep the car turning left. Bouncing through each corner, my open face helmet keeps slamming into the roll cage, and the thin lap seatbelt is tearing into my side as I try to keep myself sitting upright and in the center of the seat. I use the back of my hand to wipe the dirt from my goggles and barely notice the gritty flavor each time I lick my lips. My adrenaline filled heart and lungs feel like they’re going to burst from my chest. This is exciting, and I’m breathing hard just writing it!
This is probably the feeling many guys lived to feel every Saturday night at their local race track, and still do today. (Although under slightly safer conditions)
A friend of mine bought this little Plymouth last summer. The owner said it had raced in North East, North Dakota back in the 60’s It was built with a 283 small block mated to a Powerglide transmission. All that power was transferred through a stock frame and leaf spring suspension. It’s got an old school roll cage, and there was even an old sign welded into the floor to probably cover up some larger holes. This is a testament to true racing ingenuity and must have been a real handful on the track.
After all that, it really doesn’t look that bad. These cars are hard to find in any condition, and we’ve seen full restoration projects begin with much less than this. I have a feeling that this one will go on to live a very long life, and its story will continue to amaze us. I hope we’ll be able to keep you updated.