1964 Valiant Signet 200 Convertible
Owned Since - March 25, 2007 - SIX & HALF YEARS - WOW - time flies!
This car had been poorly maintained.
I think the last owner said when he bought it, the top engine was removed,
so he and a buddy started working on it and got it to a decent running
state. They upgraded the lighting (Daniel Stern Lighting) and the Master
Brake Cylinder was upgraded to a double reservoir. Brake cylinder upgrade
on these cars are always a good idea. He added seat belts in the rear and
drove his kids around his home in Seal Beach, California until his wife and
he were getting a divorce and the car had to go.
And this is where I came in and bought the car. Found on Craigslist in the
Seal Beach area, just over 100 miles north of where I live in San Diego.
What an experience! Had to have it towed as I had the top up and Exhaust was entering the car threw the trunk
area... (had an accident years earlier and the repair in the trunk was
poorly repaired, I didn't figure out until later...) So, I almost passed
out when I felt like I needed to pull over to stop. I had the car towed by
AAA Roadside Assistance. I always recommend Roadside Assistance,
especially with a classic car.
The next morning I got 5 New Tires and cleaned and polished-up the red
paint, chrome and vinyl.
This car was barely a daily driver, the steering was sloppy, front end
pulled to the right and there was noise coming from the rear-end or
transmission ( a humming.) Two years later I would have the rear-end
rebuilt and it was not the rear-end. It was the Transmission.
My friend Marty is my GO-TO GUY.. he came down and he went around, over and
under the car and gave me an "Attack Plan" since I'm no mechanic.
I first started on the drive-shaft. I never did anything like this before
and I've had Many Old cars. I use to pay to have things done, the good old
days, Ha. Now I do. It was a easy job to pull it out and take it someone
to rebuild and update the drive-shaft..
I was still out $400.00, but saved about $200 pulling it myself... I don't
have machining equipment. :-(
Front-End was a hands on job and the brakes ended up being done that same
weekend (my friend said it was a Now Job!
I was not ready to fork out extra $$ that weekend. Brakes are great, drums,
Over time - WOW, what a difference. Steering gear box, Exhaust system & cooling were also replaced.
A rebuilt 225 Slant 6 (from a Marine Shop in the Seattle area) and Rebuilt
the Torqueflite 904 Automatic 3 Speed Transmission (Rebuilt by Lemon Grove
Transmission) replaced in April 9, 2009
Many other items have been removed repaired or replaced prior to engine
and trans work...
Interior was missing all door & rear panels. The previous owner, in place
of door proper panels, instead covered board in grey wool (like carpet) and
put that up on doors and rear. A guy her in San Diego was selling some
items on eBay and when I went over to pick up a rear bumper, he offered a
group of door panels for a 2 door hard top, but they were looking like
water had got to them and were all warped, like potato chips.
Being crafty, I got to fixing them. First I cleaned them with Holy Cow and
made sure to make sure the board was just wet enough to be pliable so I
could place heavy objects on them to flatten them back straight. I did lay
towels down to cover both sides of the panels. After a few days I taped
them up and used Plastic Spray paint to paint them Red, they were Blue and
not Signet Styled, (with the silver Mylar rectangle on them) that's just
silver spray paint I did after the red. I took DAYS for the Red to Dry
Properly, nothing happened immediately.
Those Panels worked great as you can see in the video above, but I will be
looking to replace them with reproductions from a 66 Dart with carpet along
the bottom of the panel. I also like the idea of having a little something
from other A-Body Model Years, 1963 1964 1965 1966 Valiant's and Darts.
This is my Daily Driver & Future Plans include:
- Body work & paint back to Original Black- NOW DONE
- Painting the Bows - NOW DONE
- New Carpet - NOW DONE
- New Top - NOW DONE
- Bumpers NOW DONE
and the list continues...
but getting shorter -
New Dash Bezels - And Misc ...
Updated Today- March 25. 2013 Six Year Mark
66 Plymouth Valiant Signet 225 slant six
1966 Valiant Signet, 225 slant six built by Dick Ott; engine balanced, with
Mopar Performance stage 1 cam, shaved and ported head with hardened seats
and dual valve springs 9.5:1 pistons, Mopar Performance aluminum 2 bbl
intake, super six holley 2 bbl carb (280 cfm) (got a Holley 2300/350 cfm
sitting here for it). Windage tray, Clifford ceramic coated headers and
aluminum valve cover. 904 auto trans. 72 Duster 11" disc front end and
heavy-duty sway bar, 10" rear drums. Have since put BF Goodrich 215 x 60
x 14 TA radials on the car. Great little car. Thanks for looking!
(note: it doesn't leak, the oil spot is from another car not mine)
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El super Valiand Super BEE de mi Tio Joel Vazquez Sanchez.
Es un coche edicion especial, unicamente se hicieron 1000 de ellos,
1965 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA - LARGE CARGO AREA AND REAR GLASS
BARRACUDA LOST ALL PLYMOUTH VALIANT BADGING THIS YEAR IN IT'S SECOND YEAR,
SO NOW THE 'CUDA WAS ON IT'S OWN. THE FOLD DOWN REAR SEATBACKS ALLOWED FOR
6 FOOT CARGO FLOOR. AND THEN THERE'S THE HUGE REAR WINDOW WHICH WAS A
FAVORITE AND NOTABLE DESIGN CUE. THERE IS A TRUNKLID, ALTHOUGH SMALL IN
SIZE, FOR ACCESS TO THAT SPACIOUS CARGO AREA. A DERIVATIVE OF THE
BARRACUDA IS THE FORMULA S PACKAGE WHICH INCLUDED A STRONG SUSPENSION,
WIDER WHEELS AND TIRES, A TACHOMETER WITHIN THE GAUGE CLUSTER, AND THE
COMMANDO 273 POWERPLANT. THIS ENGINE COULD SOAR 0 - 60 MPH IN 8 SECONDS.
A STANDARD ENGINE FOR THE COMMON CUDA WOULD BE AN L-HEAD 6, 225 CID, THAT
PRODUCED 145 HP, OR THE SAME 273 V-8 WITH 180 HP. CUDA'S SOLD 64,596 AND
COST $2,487 LIST PRICE. OVER 64 THOUSAND CUDA'S SOLD THIS SAME YEAR THAT
MustangS WERE SELLING LIKE
HOTCAKES. CHECK OUT THIS RUBY RED BARRACUDA WITH IT'S HUGE REAR WINDOW
AND CARGO AREA.
1964 Plymouth Valiant Signet 200 Convertible
My 1964 Plymouth Valiant Signet 200 Convertible that I am currently
restoring. It has a 273 V8 which was the optional upgrade for this
particular year and model, it has everything you could have ordered from
the dealer on it. Only 209 were made exactly like this one in 1964. Its a
really cool car. I have a link to Hemmings Motors with lots of pics and