1964 528 HEMI Plymouth Belvedere
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'64 Plymouth Belvedere
Owned by John Mai, South Houston, Texas
Engine: A 528 crate Hemi was installed just as it came from Mopar except for the cross ram intake and a FAST XFI fuel injection system. Fuel injection doesn't really improve the max power output but really makes a big difference in the drivability of an eight-barrel Hemi. In order to retain more of the stock appearance though, the injectors were hidden inside the intake.
Transmission: John choose a 727 and a 10-inch convertor for a good balance between the track and the boulevard. He also went with a manual valve body in this push-button car so he must have a tough left thumb.
Rearend: Dana 60 with 3.73 gears. Set it up and forget about it.
Horsepower and Performance: HiTech Motorsport in Elk River, Minnesota, did the dyno work and tuning of the FAST XFI system, and managed to find 619 horsepower and 648 lb/ft of torque - about what the original lightweights produced back in their day. John's Belvedere was still too new when we photographed it to have been to the track yet but it will perform respectfully no matter what John decides to do with it.
I should keep my eye out -- John is in my neck of the woods!