Bob Dietrich near Donalda at Northstar Paint and Body is responsible for the rotisserie restoration of the body and B5 blue paint application.
Other options are: Factory dash tach, dual sport mirrors, light package with hood signal indicators, bumper guards, AM radio, tinted windshield, Power top, and Formula S hood inserts, trim package and stripes.
Show and Go Restoration (Kori Alexander) in Red Deer converted it to a Formula S package option. Upgrades include an Allyn Lee built 340 that was bored .030" over and filled with 11 to 1 forged pistons, Balanced and Blueprinted, 202 heads were ported and polished and roller valve train added, all moved by a Mopar Performance .484 cam. On top we used a 750 cfm Edelbrock carb and Edelbrock LD340 intake with the names removed. Factory 68 340 aircleaner, valve covers and exhaust manifolds keep it all looking factory stock. Hidden MP electronic ignition and plug wires ignite the fuel. Horsepower is over 400 on a Dyno (stock 340’s were rated at 275) A correct 340 rad, shroud and clutch fan were also used.
Backing up the 340 is a Centerforce clutch in a correct steel 68 bellhousing. Behind that is a 68 dated 833 4 speed rebuilt. A very rare 4 speed console and Hurst shifter was located and installed. The rear diff was beefed up to a 8 3/4" with aftermarket 373 gears and suregrip unit. A correct (shorter) driveshaft was used.
The steering and suspension were all upgraded as well. Power steering was added using all 68 components. Everything was rebuilt and powdercoated for long lasting good looks. 340 torsion bars and front sway bar were used, as well as 4 piston caliper disc brakes. New Mopar 340 leaf springs in the rear. Accurate dual exhaust with stainless exhaust tips were bolted on. Frame ties were welded in to keep everything stiff and BFGoodrich Radial Redlines continue the ‘Drive better while looking original’ theme. Classic Car Ranch of Rimbey handled the stainless trim polishing, grille and dash restoration as well as re-doing the optional woodgrain steering wheel.
The Right Formula!
Looks can be deceiving ... what looks like a rare original 340 Formula S actually started out as a white/blue 318 2BBL, column shifted 904 auto with small 7 1/4" rear axle once owned by Merv Ritter in Southey Sask.