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On the factory race car they actually had the body set down deeper over the floorpan than it came stock for aerodynamic help.
These were some incredibly smart guys.” They were also some brutally tough guys.
He gushed when we asked him about his Hemi experience: “By 1967, it was right in the middle of the Hemi deal and we had gotten a good handle on the engine.
We certainly had plenty of power to be competitive and the chassis was mostly the same from 1964, so it was something that Dale had lots of confidence setting up and I had lots of confidence driving.”Smithfield and the Albertson Companies teamed up to give this car away.
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One must wonder what had to be going through the heads of the other 29 drivers that were lined up with Richard Petty at Richmond International Raceway on September 10th 1967.
Bob Weber, the VP of Corporate Marketing for Smithfield and a hardcore car guy, said his team was inspired when looking at the iconic machines in the Richard Petty Motorsports museum. Again, these things will never be duplicated.” With the plan set and a 1967 Belevdere secured from a seller in Pennsylvania, the next thing was to decide how the car was going to be built.
Perhaps one of the coolest elements of the interior is one of the more mundane in many cars: the shift lever.
A stock front suspension that has been completely rebuilt and refurbished is complimented with a stock rear suspension built around an 8.75-inch axle that is packing 3.73 gears.
The interior is a literal throwback to 1967 and aside from the addition of a second lightweight Bostrom passenger seat you’d swear that Paul Goldsmith or Wendell Scott would be staring back at you when you looked out the window.
The thundering 650 hp is being sent through an American Powertrain Mean Street Duo clutch, which combines a light pedal feel with huge clamping force from its dual-friction disc, then on to an American Powertrain-prepared Tremec TKO transmission with one of the company’s driveshafts.
How cool is it to have a modern platform engine with the classic look and feel of the 1960s race engine that Petty loved?After all, once Petty and his crew chief Dale Inman started their historic win streak on August 12th in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, they wouldn’t lose another NASCAR race until October 1st when the Hemi engine in the car had finally decided enough was enough and ceased to function.