1965 Plymouth Belvedere II: Project Track Attack
Project Spec Sheet
Vehicle: 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II
Engine: 318 Polysphere Small Block, EFI conversion, dual exhaust
Transmission: TF727 3-Speed Auto w/low gear set
Front Suspension: QA1, adjustable shocks, Master Power brakes
Rear Suspension: Master Power brakes, QA1 adjustable shocks, Moser 8-3/4 rearend
Electronics: MSD distributor/6AL ignition
Wheels: 18-inch Weld Racing RT-S
Tires: Mickey Thompson Street Comp
The Belvedere began life as a cruiser, attending car shows and being driven to work frequently. Initially those were the only plans for the car, but then one day it happened: a trip to a local open-track day had us pitting our 47-year-old hunk of Detroit against some modern machines at Willow Springs International Raceway. Fitted with a set of sway bars and an EFI conversion, we didn’t expect much from the car but it completely surprised us. Then we were hooked, and Project “Track Attack” was conceived.
Even though the car did well, we knew that the antiquated suspension and braking needed some big improvements if we wanted to be more competitive. We installed a disc brake conversion from Master Power Brakes, and upgraded the wheels to 18-inch pro-touring wheels from Weld Racing, covered with Mickey Thompson Street Comp tires. As part of the first phase of the build, we also installed QA1’s tubular front control arms and their dynamic strut rod, which allowed us to dial in the handling a lot more than we could do with the stock suspension.
More upgrades are slated to make this Belvedere perform better at the track, and we’ll keep updating our readers with that information as we make additional upgrades, so stay tuned!
Track testing will tell you one of two things: Success or Failure. We waited until after the first race session to install our new Be Cool radiator to see if it would drop our on-track temperatures. Find out here. Read More
A conversion to fuel injection means addressing the fuel delivery system to make sure there is consistent pressure. We reached out to Rick's Tanks to get a baffled fuel tank to support our road racing habit. Read More
In this Garage Series installation, we opted to stay away from the wrecking yards and hit up Moser Engineering for a brand new Mopar 8-3/4-inch rearend assembly. This is a built-to-order, direct bolt-in replacement. Read More
Derale has a complete line of fluid coolers, something classic cars are lacking to help keep operating temps down. We installed a power steering cooler to keep the fluid cooler, find out how much cooler inside. Read More
The Dakota Digital VHX series packs a mighty punch when it comes to functionality, and it's not at the expense of style and beauty. But how do they get all of that high tech in such a small package? We find out. Read More
Factory disc brakes are great for daily driving, but they didn't do much for us on the track. We upgraded to MP Brakes' Rallye Series and found out that big brake performance can come in a small package. Read More
An inline electric fuel pump was needed for our FAST EZ-EFI system, but FAST went one better with their Universal In-Tank Electric Fuel Pump kit, and we installed it in about a day. It's now quieter, more efficient, Read More
Taking our '65 Plymouth to the track for the first time was lots of fun, and we plan to go back after more upgrades. Our Hellwig sway bars helped this old car handle in the turns, even reeling in a modern Porsche th Read More
Let's face it: vintage musclecars couldn't handle. Sure, they held their own for the era but with competition coming from all angles these days, the classics just don't have a chance. So we took it upon ourselves to Read More
We kept adjusting the dual carburetors on this 1965 Plymouth, and it was getting old. When we converted to a Dual Quad EZ-EFI from FAST, we were impressed with the results, and the benefits of EFI on a classic car. Read More