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Darrell Windingstad's ’65 Plymouth Belvedere

Families That Wrench Together Stay Together

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Back in the days when factory musclecars reigned supreme on the streets, making horsepower was all about backyard experimentation and boulevard test-and-tune sessions. Today, with a booming automotive aftermarket, all the horsepower you could ever want or handle is simply a phone call away...as long as you know what you’re looking for. Then there’s another option—raise your child around your hobby and hope the attraction rubs off enough for him to open up his own performance shop so he can build you a kick-ass engine. Such was the case for Darrell Windingstad of Harris, Minnesota, and his 440-stroker- powered ’65 Plymouth Belvedere II.

Darrell’s son Frank grew up to become quite the gearhead, and now owns and operates Advance Performance in his hometown. Frank proudly took on the engine and cylinder head work for the Belvedere project while Darrell handled rest of the chassis with little cost spared. This joint venture provided the perfect opportunity for Darrel to share quality family time and to showcase his son’s handy work. After all, families that wrench together stay together. And any proposed changes to the already-robust motor will make for great dinner debates.

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