Volume II, Issue 3, Page 54

Original Dodge and Plymouth B-Body Muscle 1966-1970 The Restorer’s Guide

“Original Dodge and Plymouth B-Body Muscle 1966-1970 The Restorer’s Guide” by Jim Schild was published by Motorbooks International as part of their “Original” series in 2004. If it isn’t already part of your Mopar library maybe it should be. The book is not so much a restorers guide as it is a reference. There are enough photos of one-owner cars to make it a resource you will turn to again and again when you need a peek at how things should look, especially under the hood.
           
Laid out in segments determined by styling changes the book covers the middle year B-bodies in their entirety by stating with the ’66-67, then on to the ’68-69 and ending with the 1970 model year. There are shots of four-door cars and lowly 318 cars along with the requisite Hemi and performance models. The only cars conspicuously absent are wagons, despite their being covered in the text. 
           
Each chapter starts with an overview of the line with sales figures and major changes described. Then it goes into the specific Dodge or Plymouth cars and begins with an overview of the specific line by describing all the models available under that badge along with their corporate codes (i.e.: The 1966 Plymouth Satellite is an RP23 model). Engine availability is outlined for each specific model. Body and sheet metal are described in detail including specific part numbers for doors, deck lids and bumpers, etc. Even the badges are given complete breakdowns with part numbers too. Interiors are up next and the attention to detail here is noteworthy and well illustrated. At the end of each chapter the engine, engine compartment, undercarriage, transmission, driveline, and tires and wheels are described. Again, full color photos and part numbers are in abundance here.
             
Special sections are included in each chapter for accessory groups and special models like the A12 ’69 and a half six-pack cars and the 1967 WO23/RO23 B/Stock drag package cars. Oddly enough, neither the Charger Daytona nor Plymouth Superbird merits such attention despite being featured in the main text and in photos. For each chapter there is also a complete breakdown on sales figures as well as exterior and interior paint and trim combinations complete with their respective corporate codes. There is a series of strange typos in the’67 production figures. Model WP27 is listed under Charger as a two-door convertible and XP29 is listed under Belvedere as a two-door sport hardtop. The WP27 is indeed a two-door convertible but it is a Coronet and the XP29 could only be a Charger.
           
Despite all this attention to detail there are no full length under car shots or rear axle photos. There are also only two photos of engines without their air cleaners on leaving us to guess what the linkages should look like or even what the carburetors should look like. To the books credit there is one photo of an LA318 equipped engine bay that is correct and one of an early 318 that is unfortunately incorrect. There are no six cylinders featured at all.
           
In the end Original Dodge Plymouth B-Body covers a subject that on the best of days is rife with misinformation and misrepresentation. This book, for the most part, avoids both mistakes. It is certainly not the end all, be all, definitive guide but it does a good job within the confines of the series. As a companion volume to other Mopar books it does a great job of filling in some of the informational gaps. 

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