Originally Posted by Road Ruler
Saw this nice old Chrysler on Kijiji as I was viewing the Classic car tab. Bet it would look great in front of a Bullet.
Yup, that '68 Imp coupe would be "ultimate" in my book. A friend of mine owned an unmolested, loaded '67. We scaled it with him in it and full fuel. Came to 5,270-lbs, the same as my 2001 Dodge half-ton.
That Imperial has it all, IMO: low weight, low-center-of-gravity (engine is set back farther, and lower, than a GM or Ford as the torsion bar suspension loads the LOWER control arm instead of the upper), better F/R balance, bullet-proof drivetrain, and the 127" wheelbase unibody that was banned from demolition derby competition as it was indestructible. Plus, the rear axle was located with a Panhard Rod.
Just need to get the optional Trailer Towing torsion bars from a '69 Imperial, and up the rear gears from 2.94 to 3.23 limited slip. And the heads and camshaft from the optional '69 New Yorker motor; add backcut valves and a little clean up with 8.8:1 true compression. Still some KONI shock absorbers for these, out there, last I looked.
Only downfall on a big Chrysler was the steering. Trailing type, versus the later GM leading type. Both were Saginaw-sourced, but unfortunately Mopar never went with a variable-ratio pump.
Then this car would be almost as hot as the Monaco my grandparents used, and not a lot heavier. But it would have those fantastic leather seats, the best I've ever rode in, and the better front end geometry that Imperial -- as a separate car line -- had over Chrysler. Imperials were simply fantastic road cars.
And what the youngsters don't know is that with that long wheelbase -- and the driver being low in relation to it -- is that one's tailbone was nearly five feet back from the front wheel centerline. Incredible ride. And it was, from the drivers head, about nine feet in either direction to the opposite-side fender tip.
My buddy's '67 turned 16 mpg at 70 mph. And would scoot past 110 mph (GPS corrected) faster than a few 'vette drivers could imagine. Took 'em a while to get fully past . . . .
(And some trivia: We took the BUDD disc brakes off to be shipped off for a rebuild at a specialist. Unsprung weight was FORTY FIVE POUNDS for those discs & calipers. Each side!)