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Bryan Thompson, from Ajax, Ontario, Canada, picked up this 69 Dodge Coronet 440 in 1997. The original 383 motor was heaved in 2003 in favor of a 1972 400 stroker. The block was hogged out .060, and an Eagle 4.15 crank was installed. Other goodies include Ross pistons, ESP H-beam rods, Edelbrock aluminum heads, Performer RPM intake, Holley 750 double pumper, Crane HI-6 ignition, Comp Cams solid bumpstick, Pro Magnum rockers, ProGram 4-bolt mains, Hooker comp headers, 3-in. exhaust with H-pipe and TTI tailpipes.
Before the mill went in, Bryan had a lot of resto work to do. New metal included floors, front and back, both fenders and the hood. The new steel hood eventually had to be replaced with a fiberglass unit because of carb clearance. Chassis work saw the front frame rails replaced, and the rear ones repaired. The rear 3.23 cogs were swapped for 3.91s. When Bryan got the car, it had been partially parted out and restored with 68 Charger seats. Those were replaced with 94 Eagle Talon buckets. Originally orange, Bran repainted the car blue to match his 99 Ram. Bryan tells us that his best time at the track is mid-11s at 117 MPH.