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Something different….

Now the engine is finished – I’m going to start posting artilces on events and cars in the Mopar scene. This will be a return to the “E-Zine” format, but with a more personal viewpoint and a tighter “focus” on topic.


A mate of mine paid a visit to my place in his new toy today – a beautiful 64 Dodge SS clone.

Pictures really do not do this car justice – it looks like it is out of a time capsule, and the attention to the period correct Ramcharger stuff is great.

The car has a mild 383 in it – hyd cam around .480 kift with around 280 adv . DP intake and 3.5 gears. Has run a best time of 13.4 at 105.

Its a push button manual, the lettering is hand painted on like the old days, and even has the correct block off plates etc…

The only significant difference between it and a genuine car is the 383 and the bonnet is a Polara hood with chrome trim.

I couldn’t get over how smoothly it runs and idles. Its also a 50th Dodge anniversary model in Anniversy Gold making it one rare car!

Front wheel are 4″ wide TTs with Hurst cross plys, the rear are original Hurst Cheater slicks.

Enjoy the pics.!


So what is the Rat Patrol?


I hope you enjoy reading about the  developments and exploits of the Rat Patrol! –



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“THE RAT PATROL”  –  1971 Chrysler Valiant Charger

MANUFACTURED – South Australian plant of Chrysler Australia Limited in DEC. 1971.

DRIVETRAIN – Gen 3 6.1 litre SRT HEMI with Cope 727 Transmission, 8&3/4 Sure Grip differential with 3.91 gears, PTC 3800 converter, Indy carb Modman intake,

MISSION – This blog will show off some of its “old school”  Chrysler performance modifications.

THE ORIGINAL “RAT PATROL” –  (aka The Long Range Patrol Group) – A group of Australian and English soldiers who patrolled the deserts of Egypt an Libya during WW2.

THE HOLLYWOOD “RAT PATROL” – Famous 60’s TV series – Maverick International team of “commandos” who rampaged across Egypt in Jeeps – (the truth is the real soldiers used old 4×4 trucks laden with fuel, explosives and water ).

CHEVY ‘RATS’  – GM (The enemy!) named their performance engines “Rats”, so  I’ve nicknamed my car the Rat Patrol!

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Mal and The Rat Patrol!! – Drag Racing Timeslip Database

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