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1965 Dodge Coronet 500

December 2012 Mopar of the Month

Jay Rod writes: I have owned this 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 since 1984.

    1965 Dodge Coronet 500 front

I bought the Mopar from the original owner and for the past 28 years the 500’s been nothing but a challenge, fun and a lot of pride.

     1965 Dodge Coronet 500 driver side front

The Dodge started out sporting a 318 Poly and I must say it was faithful to the day we pulled the Poly out.

1965 Dodge Coronet 500 passenger side front

I was lucky enough to locate a 1971 Chrysler Imperial that belonged to a “Shady Reverend” who lived in our area. It had a true 78,000 plus miles on it. The Chrysler happened to be packing a Factory Duel snorkel air cleaner TNT 440 and with a little research we were able to verified that it was indeed a true 1971 Hi Po Engine. This TNT 440 came stock in the Imperial with a set of 9.7:1 pistons allowing it to make 370 horse power. The big block was also pushing a good 60 psi of oil pressure and that was all the proof we needed, so out of the Imperial and into the the machine shop the 440 went.

1965 Dodge Coronet 500 440 engine

The engine received a complete rebuild, along with a 491 lift 274 duration Comp Cam setup that included a double roller timing chain, heavy duty matching Valve springs, new hydraulic lifters and push rods. I decided to install a new set of Manley Intake/Exhaust valves with a 3 angle Valve Job in order to revive combustion, new valve guide’s set up for unleaded gas, along with a Melling heavy duty oil pump a Milodon windage tray and a Hemi orange paint job. The 440 now has a Protronix II ignition system, a Holly 8 psi fuel pump, Holly Street Dominator manifold and Holly dual feed 750 cfm carburetor.

1965 Dodge Coronet 500 440 engine

Cooling for the 440 is handled by a hand-fabricated high-efficiency aluminum radiator with a 2 rows / 1 inch tubes fabricated by Smith Racing Radiators.

The power is transmitted to an original cable shift 727 TorqueFlite transmission. I had the transmission changed over to a 1965 big block housing, and then completely rebuilt. A new transmission mount, B&M Stage II shift kit, and Custom made 19-spline 2800 stall torque converter from Hughes Converter, along with a B&M flexplate.

Putting the power to the pavement is a 1967 differential with 3:23 SureGrip, new universal joints, and a Mopar pinion snuber. Consequently, the Coronet runs at a steady 70 mph at 2800 RPM’s: a good highway car!

The interior was custom-made by Legendary Auto Interiors. Traveling music is provided by a sound system utilizing a remote control JVC cd player with a 750 watt amp and four 6x9 Infinity speakers.

1965 Dodge Coronet 500 interior, front and back
    1965 Dodge Coronet 500 interior, front     1965 Dodge Coronet 500 interior, front seats

The paint job utilized Glasurit Paints in Inca Gold Pearl shade.

1965 Dodge Coronet 500 driver side front close up

I have been a member of The 1962 to 1965 Mopar web site for almost ten years and it has been nothing but a positive experience from day one. On this web site I have been lucky enough to meet good people, receive good advice, solid information, and yes...help gathering very hard-to-locate parts. That alone is super outstanding. Thank you “Men of Mopar” —  you all know who you are.

1965 Dodge Coronet 500 rear

Contact Jay Rod:  1965 Dodge Coronet 500 owner

Thanks Jay Rod!

Nothing but smiles in your 500! And 1962 to 1965 Mopar fans, including myself, have had the pleasure of your help and contributions over the years to keep these Mopars crusing down the highway.   smile!

Gary H.

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