Project SAVVY SAVOY
Our last (and still current) project car, Bold Beeper, aimed to see just how far we could take performance while still remaining 100% streetable. But not everyone wants a hot-cammed killer Big-block. With recent improvements in smallblock technology, 400+ HP from a stock-displacement 360 is easy – on pump gas, and with idle quality no worse than stock 60s musclecars. So thats the basic direction well be taking with the Project Savvy Savoy: A quick, but not necessarily world-beating cruiser, reasonable gas mileage, drive anywhere, anytime. Of course, as youve come to expect from M.A., it will have exemplary handling and braking, too. Starting with a clean 62 Plymouth Savoy, well be replacing the entire drivetrain, suspension, and braking systems. And, just as youd expect from M.A., well have a twist one that a large percentage of our readers will be able to apply to their own daily driver vehicles to improve every facet of engine performance. Engineered in concert with Mopar Performance, well make it super easy, and economical, to swap in a factory SMPI 360 (Magnum), with factory electronics, in three levels of tune (HP output) – from mild to ~400 HP wild. (No sleazy throttle body injection here, this is the real, mileage and HP-making, SEQUENTIAL direct port EFI!) This will be plug-n-play, with wiring a kindergartner could handle, precalibrated just bolt it in and burn rubber!
No matter whether youve got a toasted 318, weak-sister 198, or gas-hog 400 2Bbl, well help you re-power your classic Mopar car or truck with superb driveability, economy, and, of course, raw performance. Be sure your subscription is up to date, you wont want to miss a single word of the vitally important, groundbreaking development!
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JUNE 2006 issue –
The introduction, the virgin Savoy, and explaining the basics of Magnum V-8 engines,
transmission, flex plates, etc.
AUGUST 2006 issue –
We build up a new 8.75″ rear axle, using a slick DTS housing and Strange axles, both of which use sealed roller wheel bearings (not ball!), and we build a pumpkin with a very slick TorSen type differential.
OCTOBER 2006 issue –
Running the engine, both carbd and fuel injected, on the Cummins dyno (click here to watch video), selecting accessory components, learning the basics of JTEC engine controllers and SMPI.
We received the MP 390HP crate engine just like everybody else: Set up to run carburetor and pre-Magnum front accessories.
We lifted the body off the engine and trans, which sat on a dolly. Later, wed reverse the procedure to install the new powertrain.
Now it was a snap to pull the engine off the K-member and suspension, a lot of which we re-used.
With the old Poly out, we detailed the engine compartment.
DECEMBER 2006 issue –
Dropping the engine onto the K-member, installing the steering box, flex plate and transmission, TTI headers, then dropping the body over the whole mess without a scratch (or a cuss word!) – (Click here to watch), this is a 14 Mb file.
This is how we prepped the setup for installation.
Frankly, it could have been assembled even more completely – fully dressed, in fact. The factory even attached all the suspension, so that all they hadda do was bolt up the upper control arm cam bolts. next time, thats what well do.
FEBRUARY, 2007 issue –
Installing suspension and brakes, conservative, reliable, economical.
We used MPs resto Duster 340″ A-body HD rear leafs, which bolted right in. This only works on 62/63 B-bodies.
Brakes were typical AutoZone rebuilt 2.75″ slider calipers and semimetallic pads. Nothing fancy. We mated these to ’73-up A-body knuckles and ’76-79B-body caliper adapters and 11.75″ rotors. Want more disc swap info? ( Click Here )
APRIL, 2007 issue –
Selecting wheels and tires, installing the exhaust system, cooling, plumbing and wiring, and a road trip! Yeah, we know, everybodys stressed about the wiring, so we made a video to allay your fears.
( Click Here to Watch Video )
We mounted H-rated Cooper Cobras on Year One repro 15 x 8″ 1978 Ramcharger wheels, which we painted body color.
The only downside to this was that our OEM hubcaps are too large for the later-style wheels. Were looking for a set of mint 60-62 Valiant hubcaps, which have the right period look. Got any mint ones? Please!
On the road! Even though the final tuning hasnt been accomplished, the driveability is still near-flawless. Thats crazy John tow anything, anyplace, anytime Macioce, of www.empiremopars.com, at the wheel.
JUNE, 2007 issue –
Final street driveability troubleshooting, how well fix it when it breaks, and – at long last – a trip to the dragstrip, where the 2.94-cogged, rock-hard-radial-tired, pump-89, closed-exhaust mild 360 crate engine startled everybody buy running 13.7 at 105!
The latest addition to the MP brain trust, engineer Brian Falzon, spent a week at the MA ranch. Tune, tune, tune sumore! Rick and Brian did this so, when you buy and install MP SMPI kit, itll run like a quartz watch!
Howd it run? see for yourself! (Unfortunately, the one run that was captured on video, we had lots of wheelspin – but check that MPH!) (Click here for video)
More to Come-
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