After seeing this amazing 64 Dodge 440 (the model, not the engine)
for several months at Bob's Big Boy, AND hearing the repeated and
astounded incantations of two knowledgeable friends regarding how this
car had not sold, I discussed it tonight with both of them, and came to
the conclusion I would buy the car. Mind you, I offered to split the
deal with both of them, but they declined. But all the time repeating
what a KILLER deal this car represented.
My interest was to turn this into a Hemi clone car. And that I have
My interest here is strictly to turn this mega Mopar into a gorgeous Hemi clone. The body and interior need nothing. All that is needed is an engine and trans change, and obviously some exhaust adaptations.
I will keep the car in Montrose in an underground garage, on a 6-month prepaid rental. I have WAY too much car stuff here. Once I get the parts, I'll move on the swap to be done quickly.
Byron and I went to Montrose last night after Bob's, and he showed me the few imperfections and idiosyncrasies of the car. I have the garage opener, and the rental agreement to be filled out and forwarded to the building manager.
Byron came by today to borrow a dial indicator to determine the lift on the cam in another car of his. He and I will meet up tomorrow to get the tool back.
I found a Hemi crate motor, HOWEVER, the deal looks a little fishy. The Hemi guy is in Brooklyn, NY, and he says the motor will not ship for two or three weeks, and then from Texas. So it appears he is just brokering this motor. I am not comfortable putting up over $14K in front for someone to FIND me a motor. He and I need to work out a much more solid arrangement, like a picture of the ACTUAL motor with my name on a price of paper, and a guaranteed ship date and serial #.