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The Yankee Express 1967 Dodge Coronet 500 resto mod project.

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After a full military career I retired and bought a cabin and land here in Vermont. My other dream was to buy and build a B Body MOPAR muscle car. I have made mental plans throughout my life for the various modifications I would apply to it and how I would go about building it to my specifications. It's funny the things you will turn your mind to while living life.
Fast forward and it's been nearly 7 years now since acquiring my 67 Dodge Coronet and a LOT has happened.
When I first joined this forum in Oct 2014 I had ideas all over the place for this car. It has settled down a bunch and evolved over the ensuing years and has come together.

The following is a list of modifications that have been completed by this date, or, are in the process of being completed. No pie in the sky ideas or dreams here, this is stuff that I have DONE to the car. Pictures to follow.


Starting platform was a 67 Coronet 500, 69,000 miles, A/C car, tinted glass, yellow cream colored, black/black interior, buddy seat column shift 727, 318 V8 2bbl. Complete car missing no parts, drivable. Everything worked.

Mods:
Front to back------ Front bumper sectioned, shortened, turn signal rectangular holes filled, recurved to fit the new fender noses and to hug the sheet metal. Also enlarged the center license plate cut out into a ram airduct.
1967 Charger grill and revolving headlights. Custom elec motors, mounts and linkages.
Front fender noses swept back to a 90* angle ( Think 70 Road Runner).
Front disc brakes swap from a 76 Aspen.
All rubber bumpers and bearings replaced.
Inner fender close out smooth panels to hide wiring etc.
Smooth firewall with relocated wiper motor to under dash as is everything previously on the firewall.
Battery to box behind passenger seat.
Wiring pass through tubes running along outside of inner fender just below the fender mounting flanges and into the cab through the firewall.
Wiring passthrough boots in the door frames.
2004 Audi A6 Quattro dash/console /steering and center pull E Brake. And everything in/on the dash console too.
Audi door panel elements fabricated into new panels that align with the Audi dash.
Puddle lights and rear facing marker light on the rear face of the inner door surface so it can be seen when the door is opened.
Power everything.
Custom steering linkages.
dual M/C and new hoses/lines.
10 way, power/heated bucket seats leather.
1967 Plymouth Sport Fury rear seat topper mounted just behind bucket seat tops and close out roadster type panels from there to the back glass. (Think 59 Corvette)
Audi armrest with 4 analog gauges hidden inside.
GPS speedo
spare tire under the roadster panels in what would have been the center of the rear seat. Close out panel between cab and trunk.
Fabricated shift linkage and lever. Hand made pistol grip and reverse lock out.
Fake quarter panel side scoops opened up.
dual motorcycle pop up gas filler caps, one on top of each quarter near the trunk lid front corners.
fabricate he entire rear face of the car to accept 1966 Thunder Bird tail lights.
Trunk lid on gas lifts
17 gallon fuel cell with dual filler necks.
trunk close out panels
rear wells tubbed
leaf springs relocated to under frame.
center pull E Brake cables
move spring perches
remove spare tire well
1970 RoadRunner rear bumper lengthened 4 5/8" and recurved to hug the sheet metal. TTI exhaust to exit through those back up light holes.
Remote trunk release.
'shave gas filler door
ditch the 318 in favor of a built 440 Magnum, and build a 727.

I'm sure there is more but this is what I can think off as the major items. Lots of little things had to be made and figured out to make many of these mods a reality.


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The engine is a 1972 440 Magnum, 0.40 over, forged crank polished, Comp cam 21-306-4, Speed Pro pistons, Melling HV oil pump, new everything, Comp valve springs w/ 10* titanium locks, heads ported and polished, valve job, new push rods, double row timing chain billet aluminum, Mancini Racing rear seal in billet, Weiand single plane, Holley duel feed 750 cfm. The engine was prepped and all machining performed by RPM Racing Engines in Vermont.
 

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The 727 is a 1973 unit from behind a 440 6 pack. I put all new parts in it to include, 4 pinion planetaries, 12 spring sprag, 5 clutch packs, Red Eagle Racing frictions and Kolene steels, 4.2 ratio billet lever, shift kit and a pile of other stuff...lol
 

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Got my Weiand intake back from the powder coater today and finished up the bodywork.
 

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