1964 Valiant Signet 200 Convertible
Owned Since - March 25, 2007 - SIX 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, but good.
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:
Being Done Now --- November & December 2011 ---
- Body work- Now Done
- Paint back to Original Black - Now Done
- Painting the Bows - Now Done
- New Carpet - Now Done
- New Top - In Box waiting to be put on...
It's snowballing from here...
Need to redo Bumpers - Bumpers Now Done!!
and the list continues...but getting shorter!!
Updated Today- March 25. 2013 Six Year Mark
1964 Plymouth Valiant..SOLD...mp4
Unmolested, 1964 Plymouth Valiant V200 convertible with a 273ci V8 and push-button automatic transmission. Only 904 of them were made with the V8. 99% completely stock . . . it was repainted by the first owner before I bought it some 18 years ago. I've put in a new windshield and new carpeting. We've only driven less than 4,000 miles in the time we've owned it, so it's been garaged and/or covered up all these years. You could drive this car anywhere - NO leaks, noises or major repairs needed.
It's listed for sale with Bend Park & Sell right now for $13,995 - but I'm always willing to negotiate that price for a serious buyer. Here's a car that goes UP in value every year!!
Contact Rod at 541-647-1650 to test drive. Or contact me directly at 541-350-6500 with any questions. Thanks for your interest!
66 Plymouth Valiant Signet 225 slant six
1966 Valiant Signet 225 slant six 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)
For great info and discussion on these great old Mopars check out the For A-Body Mopars Forums!
2000 Horsepower 4-Door Plymouth Valiant
BangShift.com presents the Renteria Brothers and Dad Racing Team. Their 1965 Plymouth Valiant 4-door is the quickest and fastest Valiant in history. With a best run of 6.62 seconds at over 211-MPH, this black beauty scoots. For a full feature including photos and text, visit www.bangshift.com.
'68 plymouth valiant signet 170ci slant6 4 doors sedan.mp4
'68 plymouth valiant signet 170ci slant6 4 doors sedan body restored, rebuilt engine new oil pump, new water pump, new distributor, new gaskets, new carburettor, new Exhaust and so on... i never believed that a 170ci slant6 could be so snappy! oh yeah! it run everywhere... please take a look how this little engine is growing rpm's!
1962 Plymouth Valiant V-200
I restored this car with my stepdad and drove her up from Florida, where she lived for many years. Have put on less than 10K miles with ongoing restoration. She runs and drives and has gone across the country and turned many a heads. The time has come to let someone else have her good times as she is just sitting in a private garage right now dreaming of beach times
Slant Six engine
Push button automatic
Among the things we did above a sanding and repaint:
Attached NOS Valiant grill emblem
New muffler and piping
New 6x9 color coded JL speakers with CD player
Blue bench seats
New package tray
New door seal linings
and a lot more. I have documents from work put into the car as well.
Clean title - $5000
Located in North Bergen, NJ, just outside of New York City.