Thursday, August 29, 2019

Hemi Hot Rod: 1963 Plymouth Valiant Gasser

There is a car phenomenon called "stanced" where people drop cars on airbags and add crazy looking wheels with lots of camber. A lesser person might ridicule these things, but I like to point out that there is a large history behind modifying a vehicle footprint, and the same people who might look down on stancebros will stop and admire a car that has been gasser'd.  Find this 1963 Plymouth Valiant Gasser offered for $9500 in Richmond, VA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1963 Plymouth Valiant 
VIN: 12345 
condition: excellent 
cylinders: 8 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 2500 
paint color: white 
size: compact 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: sedan 
63 Valiant Gasser,331 Mopar Hemi ,833 4 speed ,8 3/4" 3.55 Mopar rear, mild cam, Hot Heads intake.Driven.Tagged and insured

See a better way to drive something gassy?


  1. Bolt on some custom fenderwell headers and you could have yourself a neat little street/strip machine.

    1. You don't want to run fenderwell headers in those cars without a full tube frame up front - the parts that look like fenderwell liners are actually the front frame rails. I've seen a lot of A-bodies where a builder forgot that and ended up with some serious front end problems or sag because they cut giant holes in structural parts of the car without appropriate reinforcement. You'll want to stay with under chassis headers if he's using the stock unibody. Since he has a straight axle conversion, I'm not sure how much of the stock front clip remains, but it looks like a lot of it is still being used to hold the front together.

      While a straight axle is one "period correct" approach here, many of the Mopar gasses just used the stock front suspension with the ride height adjusters cranked all the way up.

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