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Old 01-30-2018, 09:53 AM   #1
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Looking at the NHRA stock car classification for the 1966 Belvedere I w/426 Hemi. Highlited note "available as flat hood with battery in engine compartment OR battery relocation in trunk with hood scoop and manifold 2780544 unmachined as cast".
I am aware that this was available in 1967 (RO23 package) but did not know it was a 1966 option. Is the classification correct?
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The Chrysler contingency has the ability to get NHRA to see history through their eyes.
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That RO package, although not designated as such in 1966, was available in mid 1966. My dad opted for that in June 1966. The dealer had never ordered a "performance car" and screwed up the order. He was offered a '67 RO23 to be delivered in November of 1966. My mom did not want to wait and my dad had to compromise and bought a recently traded 1965 426 wedge wagon.
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The Chrysler contingency has the ability to get NHRA to see history through their eyes.
Yep, metric 200 behind BBC engines, milodon oil pans on FE's, etc
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Yep, metric 200 behind BBC engines, milodon oil pans on FE's, etc
That oil pan is a big plus for the Ford guys.
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That oil pan is a big plus for the Ford guys.
The metric 200 is a big plus for the GM guys, I wish the 904 TF would bolt up to a BB Chrysler, not quite as good as a 727 Pro Trans but about 7 thousand dollars cheaper.
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That RO package, although not designated as such in 1966, was available in mid 1966. My dad opted for that in June 1966. The dealer had never ordered a "performance car" and screwed up the order. He was offered a '67 RO23 to be delivered in November of 1966. My mom did not want to wait and my dad had to compromise and bought a recently traded 1965 426 wedge wagon.
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Thanks for info/history. I did not know that.
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Not a terribly tough job to convert a 66 Belv. to a 67 Belv. or the other way around.
Mostly Grille/Tail lights/Trim Items. So it really doesn't matter a lot about how guide shows it.

Kind of like several years of Duster or couple years of Demons....easy to change around. I've done it several times myself and still do.
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Is that specific intake manifold required or can the "street" version be legally substituted?
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Yep, metric 200 behind BBC engines, milodon oil pans on FE's, etc
Yep, 3 speeds in PG equipped Drag Packs and Edelbrock intakes on 273s and 340s and Edelbrock heads on everything!!!
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