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Quicksilver ’35 Dodge Coupe

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Quicksilver ’35 Dodge Coupe

Gary Reed in Colorado has one of the more radical ’35 Dodge coupes you’re ever going to run across, and this thing is all-Mopar from one end to the other. As they often say, anything worth doing is worth over-doing, so, when Gary decided to turn his somewhat derelict coupe into a street rod, he swung for the fences. Gary was one of the fortunate few who managed to find a wrecked Viper in a salvage yard, so the coupe now sports the big Copperhead V10 from the Viper, along with its six-speed stick. Needless to say, dropping the hammer on this one can produce a lot of tire smoke, but, Gary wanted it to be long-haul comfortable as well as seriously fast. To that end, you’ve got leather power seats, power windows, a GPS navigation system, Dakota Digital gauges, electric power brakes, a monster sound system, air conditioning, you name it. As is the case with most street rods, above all else, this one was built for driving and making every local cruise night and local car show event anywhere near home. If the snow isn’t all over the ground, on any given weekend, you’ll likely find the slick silver coupe rolling somewhere. And, with all the modern creature comforts inside the cabin and the slicked up and smoothed body of the ’35, which was already pretty slick to begin with, this one is hard to miss. Kudos to Gary for thinking outside of the box on this one, and hopefully we’ll get to see it in person soon.

Lifelong Infatuation ’72 Road Runner

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Lifelong Infatuation ’72 Road Runner

Dennis McMillan became obsessed with long-nosed B-bodies when he was only thirteen. He visited a cousin back east, and a friend of his had a black ’71 Satellite; the boy instantly fell in love with the car. He spent the rest of that trip reading his cousin’s Mopar magazines he had laying everywhere, and before the trip was over, he knew he had to have one of these things. Being a lad on a limited budget in high school (weren’t we all), Dennis managed to find a B5 blue ’72 Road Runner that was a hot mess and was largely taken apart. He brought most of the car home in boxes, and over the course of the next few years, he restored it back to largely stock specs, with a few minor updates, and he had it ready for graduation and ran the wheels off it for the next two decades. Then, seeing more and more people doing long-distance tours and eyeing the RestoMod cars, he decided it was time for some major and radical updates for his faithful steed. He managed to find a 2010 Challenger SRT in a local salvage yard that made an excellent donor vehicle, and doing most of the work himself, Dennis transformed the ‘Runner into the seriously slick blue cruiser you see here. The car now sports the SRT New Gen Hemi, backed by a six-speed stick. He also moved most of the Challenger’s interior over to the B-body. Actually, he moved almost everything that was left of the SRT over to the Road Runner! It’s now got SRT giant slotted rotors, ABS, traction control, the navigation system, tpms sensors, a killer sound system, and, Dennis can even activate the “beep beep” horn with his key fob now. The car’s a lot more sinister now in it’s second ground-up rebuild, but being only forty-six now, we highly expect there will still be more changes down the road for the deep blue screamer. In the meantime, this one is living proof that an individual can build something that looks every bit as good as most custom shops even on a working guy’s budget. If you’ve got the elbow grease, the time, and a halfway decent workshop, here’s proof that anything’s possible.

Holley’s 5th annual MoParty™ returns to Beech Bend Raceway

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What’s that sound?! You’re hearing hundreds of Mopar powered vehicles getting ready to invade Beech Bend Raceway this September. That’s right, Holley’s 5th annual MoParty™ returns to Beech Bend Raceway this September 13-15, 2024. Numerous event segments tailored for Mopar enthusiasts abound including autocross, 3S Challenge, drag racing and more! Other events like a dyno challenge, burnout competition and car show will take place, making this one of the wildest Mopar parties ever held. The event is open to any ride utilizing a Mopar engine, including AMC. For more information on specific events, or to make reservations to get in on the fun, check out the site at! You won’t want to miss Holley’s MoParty!

1970 Plymouth Superbird

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There are Superbirds and then there are Superbirds. Clayton King recently sent us some photos of a rather legendary ‘Bird in the hobby that we hadn’t seen in a while, but we were decently acquainted with many years ago. Behold, the magical 440+6 four-speed Superbird of Rick Edwards Sr., the car’s original owner, but it’s now co-owned with his son, Rick Jr. The pair of Ricks live in Northern Kentucky, and if this car could talk, it would put most winged cars to shame. This photo was taken at the 2024 Cavalcade of Customs in Cincinnati, Ohio, but the crazy cool thing about this car is that it’s been Rick Seniors near daily-driver ever since it was new. With 171,000 miles on the odometer now, the ‘Bird has been all over the country; California, Wisconsin, Chicago, it’s made many trips to Talladega, and it’s been a regular at winged car meets since the late 1970’s. Heck, Rick and Rick even drove it to the MCACN show in 2022 in the middle of a blinding snow storm!
Almost everything you’re looking at is original as well – this is a true survivor in every sense of the word. Yes, the tires have been changed several times, some hoses, belts, basic maintenance items, but Rick has taken immaculate care of the car since new. One of the coolest bits of proof as to how much this car was enjoyed is atop the driver’s door. There’s about a foot-and-a-half section on top of the door where the paint’s worn down to whitish-looking primer, because Rick always used to hang his arm out of the door on long distance road trips! Hey, it gets hot in these things when you’re going cross country!
We’re glad to see this famed survivor Superbird back out in circulation again, and even more pleased that it’s going to stay in the family probably forever, so, we don’t have to worry about anyone grabbing it and killing its history or personality by doing a ground-up restoration on a car that’s a reference piece of originality. Thanks to Clayton for the photos, and all we can say to the Edwards family is well done, and keep on rolling up those miles and having fun!

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Don’t believe the rumors! MoParty is not cancelled for 2024!

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Don’t believe the rumors! MoParty is not cancelled for 2024!

The internet is a crazy place of wild speculation and conspiracy theories, not all of them untrue, but you never know what to believe anymore. Because Holley has not released their 2024 MoParty show dates as of yet, there’s a lot of speculation that the show isn’t going to happen. According to my sources at Holley, just yesterday, that is not the case. The MoParty is definitely happening in 2024, and the dates will be released very soon. Sign up for alerts on Mopar1source and you’ll be the first to know when they’re announced!

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1966 Plymouth Satellite Charity Giveaway

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1966 Plymouth Satellite Charity Giveaway

As if you didn’t need another reason to head over the the Muscle Cars at the Strip event in Las Vegas, (MATS), here’s one more reason you need to be there. Some months ago, event promoter and coordinator Phil Painter ran across a hardcore Mopar guy who’s had a hard time of life in the last four years. Quinn Peterson was diagnosed with a very rare form of bone cancer three years ago after suffering with an increasingly sore shoulder for about a year before that. The cancer was so advanced, by the time they cut the massive tumors off, they ended up having to amputate his right arm. About a year ago, it came back, and resulted in seven more tumors having to be removed, and an awful lot of chemo and radiation treatments. Through it all, however, Quinn remained selfless, and in his own words, “I wasn’t gonna’ let this win. I wasn’t gonna’ let this control my life.” He was back in the gym only nine days after the amputation, he’s continued working throughout, and, he’s still driving his black Challenger almost daily! Inspired by Quinn’s attitude and his work he was doing with Children’s Cancer Charities, Phil decided they could do more. He got on the phone, and soon enough, he had a dark blue metallic 1966 Satellite that had been restified very nicely back in 2020, and that car will be raffled off at the MATS event on March 17, 2024, to some lucky Mopar person. Tickets are only $5, and you do not have to be present to win, but if you are, hey, you get to drive it home!

The car itself was sold new in Arizona and spent the rest of its life in SoCal, so this was a rust-free low-mileage car to begin with. The previous owner restored it back to dark blue metallic, the seats are the very dressy light blue metallic buckets, and this one is a console-shifted automatic. Originally a 318 car, the Satellite now sports a very low-mileage Bob Lambeck-built 383 with a host of mods and a stall converter as well in the TorqueFlite tranny. It rumbles, it roars, but she’ll still run just fine on pump gas and you can drive this thing coast-to-coast if you want thanks to the reasonable low gear ratio still in the 8-3/4” rear.

All of the money raised by this giveaway goes straight to the Children’s Cancer charities that Quinn selected, “My course is set, but, maybe something good can come out of all this. Maybe we can help some kids along the way.” That’s the kinda’ guy Quinn is, and that’s why Phil Painter jumped into the fray to make this happen. So, to buy your tickets for five bucks a pop, head over to and follow the links, you’ll get there. There’s also more photos of the car posted there, and a link to a nice twenty-minute YouTube video of Quinn showing the car off, driving it around Vegas, and you get to see pretty much every area of the car. This one is for a seriously good cause, the tickets are dirt cheap, and you really can’t go wrong here. As we always say with these things, if we don’t win it, we hope one of our readers does! Good luck and get those tickets quick!

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The 1970 Cuda is N code 383

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Here are pictures of my 'Cudas. The 1970 'Cuda is an N code 383, four-speed, 3:23 gears car. It has 54,000 original miles, factory triple black, all-original unrestored car, never apart, was repainted about twenty-five-years ago with added hockey stick stripes. It was a body side molding car. It's all matching numbers, with a broadcast sheet, sold new here in Buffalo, it's never left the area, and never seen winter.

The 1971 'Cuda was featured in MCG in the 20th Anniversary issue. It's certified by Galen Govier as the last 440+6 'Cuda built. It's a four-speed, 4.10 gears Super Track Pack car with 58,000 original miles , original broadcast sheet, she was restored in 1995. Everything is original to the car except the motor. Both cars came with 14x6" steelies with Dog Dish hubcaps. I have the complete history of both cars, from the original owners to me. I met most of the former owners. As Steven Juliano used to say "We are just caretakers of these cars for the next guys that come along." I've priceless memories with them, some of them I owe to you! THANK YOU! I'm a lucky guy. I'm an American, and in the Mopar ranks! The past several years since I retired, they just sit in the garage. Maybe it is time to pass them to the next caretaker.

Best Regards:
George Sergakis

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Loaded down 1970 Road Runner

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Doug Williams sent us these photos of his gorgeous and loaded down 1970 Road Runner. While we’ll admit we are a bit partial to the ’70 models, and our own Randy Holden has owned four of the things through the years, this is definitely one to write home about. This is among the most heavily optioned ’70 Road Runners we’ve seen, and it has the fender tag and broadcast sheet to back it up. A California car most of its life, when restored twenty-seven-years ago, there was no rust to speak of, but it received the full ground-up treatment anyway. While it is a 383 car, somebody wanted this one to look and drive fantastic. The Hemi Orange paint with the white vinyl top and a white bucket seat interior is a dynamite combo, but add the hood blackout stripe, factory Dust Trail side stripes, and a factory spoiler on the deck, and you really create a visual knockout. It’s got factory hood pins, a/c, cruise control, power disc brakes, power steering, electric windows, and dual rearview mirrors on the doors. We’re quite certain it would’ve had an Air Grabber hood, but, you couldn’t get that with air conditioning. It came with 14” Road Wheels from the factory, but Doug’s replaced those with more showy 15” Magnum 500s, so the wheelhouses are more filled up and there’s a little more bling where the rubber meets the road. While she’s a beauty, Doug regularly drives this one and it’s a frequent flier at local parking lot shows and some of the bigger Mopar events. For a restoration that old, this is one beeping Plymouth that is aging very gracefully! Thanks to Doug for sending in the photos and info!

An Enjoyable Hemi B-Body Investment

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by Chris Holley

There comes a time when, due to family obligations, work requirements, and advancing age, purchasing a restored vehicle is more manageable than performing or paying for a time-consuming restoration. Instead, procuring a ready-to-drive show vehicle makes the experience more enjoyable. In 2021, Danny Holovacko of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, followed the plan of instantaneous satisfaction and purchased a restored 1966 Hemi Satellite. Holovacko is accustomed to rebuilding Mopars, as he has restored many B and E-bodies, and even utilized C-bodies for his “winter rats.” Still, when the chance presented itself to own a restored Hemi car, he jumped at it. He followed the plan to a tee by immediately driving and showing the car, with excellent results.

What makes the Hemi so unique? The 426 Hemi (aka Elephant) was developed as a race engine in 1964. However, the tremendous success of the engine was quickly snubbed as various sanctioning bodies, where the Hemis dominated, began requiring manufacturers to offer similar engines to the buying public. Thus, the 426 Street Hemi was designed and introduced in 1966. While the Street Hemi would only be an option for six model years, 1966-1971, it developed a time-proven legacy based upon its superior design. The 426” (7.0-liter) Hemi was known for its incredible power and performance, producing an underestimated advertised 425 horsepower and 490 lb.-ft of torque. It featured hemispherical combustion chambers (hence the name "Hemi") that allowed for efficient airflow and high-performance capabilities.
In 1966, the Hemi was an option in several Mopars, including Plymouth B-bodies. The new-look Belvedere, of which the Satellite was the top of the model line, had a sleek and stylish design, typical of the era's muscle cars. It featured a distinctive front grille and trim, and buyers could choose from various body styles, including a four-door sedan, two-door hardtop, or a convertible. The interior of the two-door Hemi Satellite was relatively basic, as was typical for many Mopars of the era. However, it did offer buyers bucket seats and other performance-oriented options.
Plymouth produced 35,399 Satellites for 1966, with 817 equipped with a Hemi. Holovacko’s Satellite is one of only 503 matched with an 18-spline A833 four-speed transmission. The drivetrain was finished with a Dana 60 rear end. In 1966, the editors of Super Stock and Drag Illustrated, with the assistance of Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, Ronnie Sox, and representatives from Hurst, performed an on-track evaluation of a 1966 four-speed Hemi Satellite. The Satellite was not a “specially prepared” ringer but a production car from an assembly line. Astoundingly, the results were more impressive than expected. With Jenkins tuning the Hemi, and Sox overseeing the driving chores, the two-ton Satellite traversed Atco’s quarter mile twenty-five times, with the best elapsed time of 13.10 seconds at nearly 108 mph! The article’s author noted; ‘Now when you consider this was done in a 4000-pound car, 3.54 rear ratio and stock, closed, exhaust system, it becomes downright impressive. And when you figure that the car was in full street trim, and was driven right off the track and onto the highway after the last run without so much as even lifting the hood, it becomes almost unbelievable.’
The history of Holovacko’s Satellite is still a bit of a mystery, but at some point, in the late 1980s, the car was placed in a field in Chicago with a damaged Hemi, which had met its end with an unplanned high-speed disassembly. After sitting for a few decades, O’Fallon, Missouri resident Ted Theis located and purchased the Satellite in 2014. Theis dragged the Satellite back to his garage, and the restoration started.

Being a car from the Midwest that had lain in a pasture, the quarter panels were in terrible shape. Luckily, Theis was able to find a 1966 B-body donor car. Both quarters and a few additional areas were repaired with factory metal from the donor vehicle. Once the panels were welded to the Satellite, Theis dipped the chassis to seal the welded regions permanently. While the body was being repaired, Theis took a 1965 factory replacement block, a pair of aluminum heads, and a complete rotating assembly to AMI Racing Engines for a full update. The cylinders of the 426 were overbored 0.020 inches, which resulted in a 429.60” displacement. The stock crank was polished and fitted with Eagle H-beam rods riding on Clevite-coated bearings and swinging Silvolite pistons wrapped with Sealed Power rings. The heads were reassembled to factory stock. The intake valves measure 2.250”, and the exhaust valves are 1.940”. AMI calculated the combustion chamber volumes at 168.0 cubic centimeters. The camshaft selected was a significant deviation from the factory solid-lifter unit. A Comp Cams hydraulic roller was slipped into the block. The intake (I) lift is 0.605” and 0.555” on the exhaust (E). The duration @ 0.050” is 236.5° (I) and 242.0° (E) with a 110° lobe centerline. The camshaft was advanced to 105°. With a 0.040” head gasket thickness, the compression ratio of the Hemi ended up at a pump-gas friendly 10.04:1. The results of the precision engine work were an honest 500 horsepower at 5,600 rpm, and 486 ft. lbs. of torque at 5,300 rpm.
The four-speed transmission (2.66 low gear) and Dana were rebuilt during the restoration. Theis had a 3.73:1 gear set up in the rear end. Because the goal of the restoration was to maintain the 1960s stock appearance, Theis kept the 11” drum brakes on all four corners. The Hemi was reassembled with the correct 1966 carburetors, intake, and valve covers. An electronic ignition was discretely installed to replace the dual-point distributor.
The Satellite was repainted in a factory WW1 white hue, and the unique Citron Gold interior was meticulously restored with Legendary soft parts. A new date-coded factory green (tinted glass) windshield was installed. All the stainless and bright work was cleaned and polished. The radiator, wiper motor, and K-member, with the skid plate, were reconditioned. Lastly, the front and rear suspensions were rebuilt.
Finally, the day came to unite the drivetrain with the chassis. Theis had the original exhaust manifolds, starter, and bellhousing, but he elected to install an aftermarket bellhousing, a mini starter, and a pair of TTI headers. The exhaust replicated the factory design with an H-pipe, but the tubes were a larger 3” diameter.
The beautiful restoration of the Satellite is a result of every part being a new-old-stock (NOS) piece or a sandblasted and repainted, or replated, component. The restoration cost was considerable, but the results are undoubtedly evident. Theis has restored several Mopars over the years, and the Satellite was indeed a keeper, but health concerns led to Theis selling the car; unfortunately, he succumbed to cancer in 2022. The Satellite was sold and shipped to Kentucky, where it garnered five awards at six national Mopar shows. However, after a few short years, the Satellite was again put up for sale, and this time, Holovacko jumped on the opportunity to own the restored Hemi.
Since Holovacko purchased the Satellite, he’s made a few minor changes to the car, but for the most part, he has appreciated it. Holovacko relishes taking the Satellite to car shows and major events. The vehicle is a consistent winner on any occasion. At the 2023 Carlisle Nationals, the Satellite won the ’66-’67 Stock B-body (except GTX) and earned two Celebrity Choice awards. The first was from David Rockwell of Ramchargers Research and Development, who shared a great story with Holovacko about thrashing on a Hemi Satellite in 1966. The second award was from representatives of Stiles Performance in Windsor, Pennsylvania. The late Bill Stiles was known for his prowess in making the mighty Hemi scream in his A/Stock B-bodies. Of the 3,100+ cars on the Carlisle grounds, the Satellite was the only vehicle to win three major awards.

Holovacko intends to stick with the plan with the Satellite; enjoy it, and reap the satisfaction of bench racing with fellow car enthusiasts. So, the next time you see a white Hemi Satellite with Citron Gold interior, take a closer look, and don’t be afraid to chat up Holovacko.

1966 Plymouth Satellite

Base price $2,827
Options on car profiled: 426 Hemi with four-speed manual transmission, premium bucket seats, console, 3.54 Sure Grip differential, AM radio, and tachometer, which added $1359.80.

Block type: OHV Hemi V8, cast-iron block and cylinder heads
(Currently aluminum heads)
Displacement: 426” (Currently 429.6”)
Bore & Stroke: 4.250” (Currently 4.270”) x 3.75”
Compression Ratio: 10.25:1 (Currently 10.04:1)
Horsepower: 425 @ 5,000 rpm (Currently 500 @ 5,600 rpm)
Torque: 490 ft. lbs. @ 4,000 rpm (Currently 486 @ 5,300 rpm)
Valvetrain: mechanical, flat-tappets (Currently hydraulic, roller-tappets)
Camshaft: 276 degrees, .467/.473” lift
Induction system: stock, cast iron manifold with a pair of Carter AFB four-barrels
Lubrication system: pressure, gear-type pump
Electrical system: 12-volt
Exhaust System: Cast iron low-restriction manifolds with H-pipe (Currently TTI headers, 3” exhaust)

Type: New Process A833 fully synchronized four-speed manual

Type Dana 60 limited-slip, four-pinion hypoid, Sure-Grip, ratio, 3.54:1 (Currently 3.73:1)

Type: Recirculating ball, manual
Ratio: 16:1

Type: Four-wheel drums, hydraulic, manual

Front: Independent, unequal length upper and lower control arms with torsion bars, hydraulic tube shock absorbers
Rear: Hotchkis-type, semi-elliptic leaf springs, hydraulic tube shock absorbers

Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: Stamped steel, drop center, five lug, Front/Rear: 14x5.5”
(Currently 15x6”)
Tires: Goodyear Blue Streak bias-ply; Front/Rear: 7.75x14”
(Currently Front 195/75R15, Rear 235/75r15)

Plymouth produced 35,399 1966 Satellites, with 817 equipped with a Hemi and only 503 with a four-speed transmission

0-60 mph 5.3 seconds
¼ mile ET 13.81 seconds @ 104 mph
13.10 seconds @ 108 mph
Top speed 140 mph
Sources: From April 1966 Car and Driver test, and March 1966 Super Stock and Drag Illustrated test.

Owner’s View: Danny Holovacko, owner/operator of JEH Trucking, was stung by the Mopar bug as a fifteen-year-old in Avenel, New Jersey. He located a 1969 Super Bee with a 383 and four-speed, but his sister would not lend him the $600 he needed to purchase it. She stated it was too loud. Holovacko luckily saved a few bucks and found a 1969 Coronet that he cloned into a Super Bee in 1980. Since that first Mopar, Holovacko has owned thirteen Mopars, including a ’66 Belvedere, ’67 GTX, ’68 Charger, ’69 Coronet, ’70 Barracuda Gran Coupe, a few Ramchargers, several C-bodies, and a late-model Dodge Ram. Holovacko stated, “I run mostly New England, but I’m home every night and have weekends off. That gives me time to show off my Hemi car.”


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