The first rule of car crafting and domestic automotive mayhem is there are no rules. Plenty of enthusiasts will try to tell you there are only some accepted paths, but thankfully there are free spirits who just don't listen. In this world, even fathers have difficulties with sons. Take Warren Iverson's dad. He was an Olds guy and thought he had properly influenced his son when young Warren bought his first car--a '66 4-4-2. All was right with the world until a subtle shift occurred in the time-space continuum, and the Olds gave way to a string of Mopars. This shift of allegiance, Warren says, is something his dad is "still mad about."
The list of previous Chrysler products includes a '64 Sport Fury, a '71 Demon 340, an '87 Gran Fury police cruiser, and a '67 Barracuda that found its way into these pages back in the Feb. '00 issue. Warren's previously owned lineup points to his odd predilection toward working both ends of the Mopar vehicle body spectrum. Warren's latest build continued his infatuation with law enforcement. After he learned the state of New Mexico ordered 25 two-door law enforcementûpackage Plymouth Fury I's back in 1967, the search commenced. Warren wanted what he calls a long-distance car, and he went to great lengths to get it, travelling all the way from Minnesota to New Mexico to bring back the remains of a $350 two-door post. Inevitably, the resurrection required the investment in three more parts cars from the vast reaches of North America, including rollers from North Carolina, New York City, and even Toronto, Canada.
Warren is a Paintless dent repair specialist, and it took all his skill and 40-plus man-hours to straighten the pelted panels prior to the final bodywork. Then the car went to his friends at Bob and Carl's Auto Body in Osseo, Minnesota. We didn't really want to ask about all the cop gear. Suffice it to say it's extensive, all real, and there is probably a lengthy story behind each piece. Even the door art, created by GT Graphix in Eagan, Minnesota, looks accurate. The build makes you wonder how difficult it would be to put a bad guy in the back seat. Perhaps these were more like pursuit cars, such as the California Highway Patrol's Fox-body Mustangs back in the '80s. With a serious 440 under the hood, this is certainly no pretender.
What: '67 Plymouth Fury I
Where: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, where the cops probably know Warren very well.
Engine: Elwood was right on target, as Warren's engine is in fact a breathed-on 440 bored 0.030 over with forged KB pistons and 9.75:1 compression. The cam is a Comp grind with 230/236 degrees of duration at 0.050 with 0.488-/0.491-inch lift and ported iron heads. There are Crane roller rockers under the stock valve covers, and the intake has been Extrude-Honed to help transmit the air/fuel mixture from the Carter 750 AFB (what else?). Warren also Extrude-Honed the exhaust manifolds and keeps everything cool with a seven-bladed clutch-fan assembly. Warren says the engine makes a healthy 465 hp at 5,200 and 528 lb-ft of torque at 2,800.
Transmission: Expect nothing less than a 727 TorqueFlite for a highway patrol car, to which Warren has added a 10-inch converter that stalls at 2,800 rpm and a B&M shift improver kit. The driveshaft even features the big 1350 U-joints.
Rearend: The classic 83?4-inch rear axle assembly sports a 3.55:1 rear gear with a Mopar Sure-Grip to make sure both tires spin equally.
Suspension/Brakes: We're not sure about cop shocks, but Warren has added a 15:1 fast ratio steering box and an Addco rear sway bar while retaining the stock 7?8-inch-diameter front bar. The front discs are matched with a set of police-spec 11-3/4-inch rear drums.
Wheels/Tires: Those are 15x8-inch steel police wheels mounted with Tiger Paw Enforcer 235/75R15 tires.
Interior/Exterior: The cockpit is classic '60s Mopar fare, with a genuine General Electric police radio and a Motorola speaker bolted to the dash. Warren has added a pair of Auto Meter oil-pressure and water-temperature gauges that were not standard police-car style. We also spied a couple of switches on the left side of the steering column for the lights and siren. The light on top is an official Federal Sign and Signal Corporation Model 17, called the Beacon Ray, in case you were wondering. That's some trivia that might elevate peer status in certain circles. Or maybe not.