This 1960 Dodge truck in all its patina glory is one of our latest In-Process projects. It will encompass many other repairs as the project moves forward.
First we are building a hopped-up 318 Chrysler Poly engine with a custom performance cam, heads, tri-power intake and three original Stromberg 97 Series carburetors and upgraded electronic ignition. The doors have been removed to have an Old School logo pinstriped on them, and we plan to leave the patina as it is.
A Little History on the 1960 Dodge Truck
Dodge started a decade with immediate changes to its design, dropping all its previous vehicle models. Trucks would remain the same for 1960 only, as Dodge prepared for huge changes that would come in 1961, the Muscle Car Age.
Dodge would use unibody construction and a special corrosion protection process which was applied to all models. Dodge would also be the first in the 1960s to use computers in their factories to mass produce bodies and use an AC alternator instead of a DC generator.
About the 318 Chrysler Poly Engine
For Chrysler Corporation products built after 1966, the small-block family consists of engines derived from the “LA” 273 package introduced in 1964. These came in 273-, 318-, 340-, and 360-inch displacements. A majority of the speed parts now available for small-block Mopars fit this package, with the 318 LA engine being the most common and pedestrian of the group. However, for people owning cars from 1955 to 1966, there is another “A” engine, commonly known as the poly-head small-block.
This name came about due to the polyspherical nature of the head design; it’s not a wedge design like most other non-Hemi engines. Instead, it used a canted-valve or semi-Hemi layout, much like race engines use today. – from HotRod.com