1969 Plymouth Valiant Big Fat Steelies! Car Craft Magazine

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Behold Bob Schiller’s ’69

I hope you didn’t mind me a little sideways for you. Bob grinned when we paused to a U-turn on Chrysler Boulevard in El California, late on a Sunday As we took off for our next run, I was out the back of my station wagon Bob’s friend Dave at the while Bob in his Valiant eased from the stop sign.

He it as he shifted into Second and I readjusted my focus and began to as the car squatted on its leaf springs and past us, the 440 bellowing angrily at rpm. We were hoping to get at one photo in focus.

Believe it or not, this Plymouth Valiant was resurrected backyard-beater status to pavement in little more than a time. Bob, an ad agency from Orange County, towed its lifeless shell out of a in Bakersfield, California. It was missing its and transmission and had a back window of deadhead stickers.

Still, it was an and rust-free Valiant, made more desirable to Bob and his friends it was a total stripper-a rubber mat, A/C, heater, and model. Couple that the fact it was also a manual-transmission and this grocery getter was a Bob couldn’t pass up.

I’ve always been Mopars, and I like to build the cars. I like the stripped ones, you know-no radios, no Bob says. He and his longtime friends Lindsley and Gary Streuter had a ’68 Valiant several before.

That car had belonged to the electric company and retained its green paint with top even after being with a 360ci Mopar motor. That car always got a lot of Bob says. After I sold it, I to look for another.

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Upon settling up with the new previous owner, Bob trailered it and immediately began to work on it.


I it was going to be a big-block, four-speed there was never any doubt, he Within a couple of weeks, the car was down and at the frame shop for and subframe connectors followed by a to the body shop for panel and a totally cool factory paint job. It’s a color, actually, Bob says. months of debating the exterior with his friends, a decision was in a junkyard of all places. Gary and I getting parts off of this in the junkyard when we noticed it was an color that we hadn’t before, Bob says.

Almost simultaneously we said to other that this be a great color for the Valiant. code in hand, the guys at Auto Body mixed the and sprayed the straightened and sanded after swapping in a ’68 grille, and fenders in place of the pieces.

While the Valiant was having its makeover, Bob was busy putting a healthy 440. It was bored and stuffed with a billet LY rods, Speed-Pro pistons, and with ported 906 heads. intention was to give his new subframe a serious high-torque beating. And performed admirably.

At 5,500 this 440 is making 510 hp at the wheels-more enough to get this car scary several times during our shoot.

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