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1963 Plymouth Savoy

Max Wedge Tribute

June 2017 Mopar of the Month

Mike writes from Texas: My Plymouth Savoy is a tribute to the maximum performance (wedge) Mopars. I chose that route for two reasons: first, a number-matching car is too valuable to drive on the street and I enjoy driving this Plymouth as much as possible; second, and most importantly, when I was in high school (and after) the first thing you did to your car was modify the car so it did not look stock: tires, rims, exhaust as a start. I wanted to build a car that you would have seen on the street back in the day, not on the showroom floor. Now we restore cars to stock condition as they left the factory. That is not a bad thing, it is just not my thing.

1963 Plymouth Savoy, front

The body, a two door post painted plum crazy purple, with fiberglass max wedge hood, is mini tubbed. The interior features leather racing bucket seats and a custom gauge package.

1963 Plymouth Savoy, interior

The drivetrain consists of a Chrysler A-833 four speed manual transmission connected to an 8 3/4 differential with a Detroit Locker and 3.73 gears.

The rims are American Racing Torq Thrust wheels: front 4x15 and rear 10x15.

1963 Plymouth Savoy, driver side front

The engine was built by Hughes Engines with a date-coded block 413 bored to 426 with Diamond forged pistons, (9.75 compression to run on pump premium gas), forged rods and crank and custom cam with roller lifters, cross ram intake manifold with two four barrel carburetors and max wedge exhaust manifolds. The engine dyno test reported 525 horsepower.

1963 Plymouth Savoy, engine

1963 Plymouth Savoy, driver side

1963 Plymouth Savoy, trunk

1963 Plymouth Savoy, driver side rear

P.S., For some unknown reason, (maybe he thought the Mopar would be worth more?), the previous owner who painted the Plymouth put Belvedere script on the side. The VIN actually decodes to Savoy. The painter clearcoated over the Belvedere script so I left it alone, not wanting to repaint. Also, the painter put a stripe on the side, but in the wrong place. The Savoy has Plymouth on the side where the Belvedere script is located. I prefer the Savoy model anyway: clean and smooth. Someday I will make the appearance correct. Meanwhile, the Plymouth is a great Mopar to enjoy!

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