1971 340 Dodge Demon Clone
The Dodge Demon, like the mythological deity it's named after, is ancient,
resilient and legendary. I would argue the Demon 340 is a true pedigree.
Few car folks agree with me, they view Dodge Demon as merely a changed
callsign and a copy of a Plymouth.
Chrysler introduced the car line called Valiant in 1959. The Chrysler
Valiant was a response to the Chevy Corvair and the Ford Falcon.
IBM computers were brought in for the Valiant project to test load bearing
suspension parts and noise reduction techniques. Quotes from 1959, "The
Chrysler Valiant may well be the quietest small car ever made" and
"Chrysler is building more than just a smaller car, it appears to be a
revitalized approach to basic transportation."Cool Cars Dodge Demon 340
This was the first Chrysler product to receive an alternator thanks to the
space program, and a brand new post-war six cylinder. The Valiant's overall
handling and ride was unexpectedly pure even by today's standard.
Chrysler promoted the Valiant by marketing the line to taxi companies in
New York city. It may have been a good idea except for a mechanical failure
that plagued their promotional fleet, leaving Chrysler in bewilderment
while sending tow trucks to retrieve the stalled out heeps. Ironically, the
test cars were virtually unscathed by the punishment they endured.
Apparently the very basic function of letting the engine idle for long
periods didn't occur to the test department and was simply over looked. The
diagnosis was that at idle the lower oil rings would vibrate enough to
percolate oil from the crank case, immersing the spark plugs. It was fixed
with record speed and didn't hurt Valiant sales.
Valiant sold so well in fact that it was the only small car to continue
it's name plate with Chrysler into the 1970's. The Chrysler Valiant was
adopted by Plymouth by 1961 and it's on this very platform that some of the
most radical, bad ass muscle cars were bread.
Chrysler's Valiant did phenomenally well at NASCAR in the compact class and
won the Mobil Fuel Economy Challenge.Cool Cars Dodge Demon 340.
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1971 Dodge Demon Dyno Run Dyno run of my 1971
Dodge Demon running a small block with a 671 blower. Dyno nad tuning were done by
Modern Muscle in Oswego, IL.
UPDATE: New 1,020 HP blown SB 440 (Mopar R3 race block) running on E-85.
To see the new motor go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAnK-uXl9Fk
Muscle Motors built the engine but did not show the Dyno gauges in the video - their
134406 / 1972 Dodge Demon
For more information on this vehicle visit http://tinyurl.com/n7bxc7o
It doesn't take long for car guys to put two and two together. Chrysler may
have intended their compact fleet to be inexpensive grocery getters but,
thanks to their smaller proportions and relatively light weight, the hot
rodding possibilities just couldn't be ignored. This 1972 Demon 340 is one
of the A-bodies that Dodge sent out with some factory heat between the
fenders - A true H-code car that retains its original 340ci V8 and
Torqueflite automatic transmission.
Thanks to a frame up restoration, the car looks showroom fresh. A sleek
coat of TX9 black graces the sheet metal topped by white side stripes and a
flat black hood decal. It's an ominous look and correct for the car
according to the trim tag. From the plainspoken grille to the bright white
taillight panel with its cartoon Demon, everything is in place and ready
for the show field.
The HEMI and 440 Six Pack were both off the option list by 1972 but that
didn't mean the fun was over. The high-winding 340 was finally getting its
time to shine, producing a solid 240 net horsepower in an era when
even top option Corvettes were falling short of the 300hp mark. Lift this
Demon's hood to find the original 340ci V8, authenticated by its casting
number, casting date, and matching VIN derivative. From the Carter
ThermoQuad carburetor to the electronic ignition, the engine compartment
shows with authority.
Behind that 340, the original 727 Torqueflite automatic takes care of
shifting, channeling power back to an 8.75-inch rear end. The torsion bar
front and leaf spring rear suspension are both in place, aided through
corners by factory power steering and hydraulic drum brakes. At the
corners, industrial looking 14-inch steel wheels wear black paint, dog dish
hubcaps, and a set of Goodyear Polyglas F70-14s to finish off that vintage
Pop open the doors on this Demon and you'll be greeted by a restored black
vinyl interior. Given the A-bodies low-budget positioning, there aren't a
ton of options visible but the combination of bucket seats, a
stainless-trimmed center console, and plenty of wood grain applique
certainly give the space an upscale feel. Entertainment is provided by an
original Music Master AM radio.
Regardless if you're a diehard Mopar A-body fan or just a muscle car novice
look for an affordable way to get into the hobby, this Demon is a great
choice. Of the nearly 40,000 Demons produced for '72, only 8.700 of them
carried the 340 and, with its original drivetrain still in place, this one
a perfect example to show off. If you're ready to put a Demon in your lair,
call, click, or visit http://rkmotorscharlotte.com for more information!
1975 Custom Plymouth Duster - Jay Leno's Garage
1975 Custom Plymouth Duster. Before master mechanic and race car driver
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DeLorean #3352 restoration www.delorean.co.uk
This video is cut together from the footage I shot over the course of
restoring #3352 from a barn-find in Ohio to a UK registered car with 2.5
Renault turbo engine. I stripped down
and rebuilt so much that it's easier for me to list the things I didn't do:
I didn't remove the doors, the glass, the left front fender or the wiring
The engine was assembled from a donor from a crashed Alpine GTA, but the
ancillaries (turbo, chargecooler, engine
management, Exhaust, intake manifold)
were taken from an earlier conversion which had been abused and whose
engine was totally worn out after approx 20,000 miles. This is why not
everything is new and shiny.