Text and images by Jerry Heasley
This black Savoy was fair game for a serious build, despite the Slant Six under the hood at the time. Mike Weber of Bakersfield, California knew the drill. The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
In an odd turn of events, Chrysler actually downsized their mid-sized Dodge and Plymouth B-bodies for the 1962 model year. They backed the wheelbase from 118" to 116" in an era when longer, lower and wider was in vogue. Shorter and lighter was certainly the route racers craved, but who knows the motivation for this change?
People like Mike Weber know the 413 dual quad Max Wedge inserted into the 1962 Plymouth
Published Sep 18th, 2017
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