Banish Bad Belvedere Brakes!

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So I was hanging with Adrian, Plymouth Belvedere and Serro Scotty King the other day, and he mentioned that he has a trashed-but-running '65 Belvedere that he wants to run in next year's 24 Hours of LeMons. Did I feel like lending some driving and wrenching help? It sounded good, but those fade-o-riffic mid-60s drum brakes would be nonfunctional by the second lap and on fire by the third, meaning every disc-brake-equipped Tercel and Maxima would run circles around the old Plymouth. "Not to worry!" says Adrian, "Discs off mid-70s A-Bodies are a bolt-on!" And, whaddya know, he's right- just find a common-as-dirt '73-76 Valiant or Dart and you've got everything you need to turn a Poly 318 Belvedere into a race car! []



I went and watched the videos of the racing action posted at the link you provided. Cool stuff, looks like a lot of fun.

Reminds me of when i was a kid we used to go watch the bump n run races at the local 1/8 oval.

Same thing but not 24hrs and you had to hit the guy before you passed him.

The grid was always full of Mark Vs, LTDs, Caprices and various 70s land yachts battling it out.

This one time a guy came out with a bright pink Fairmont. Man could it run laps around most of the yachts, but as soon as one touched him, hed spin out. The damn thing nearly won, til he skidded into the pond in the center of the track.

Good times!