Big Al's Featured Car's
1965 Dodge Coronet 500
Owned by Russ & Barbara Kalina
Pictures by Buddy Scoville

My wife, Barbara and I took delivery of this car on May 10, 1965. We special ordered the Dodge from Coleman Young Motors in Willoughby, Ohio, and it was built in the Plymouth Michigan assembly plant. Since this was to be a daily driver, high performance was not an issue. It has a 361 cubic inch motor with a Holley 2 barrel carburetor and dual exhaust. It has a Dodge A-833 4 speed transmission with a Hurst Shifter and a Perfection Clutch. The rear end is stock with a 2:56 gear ratio. The tires are 215/70 T/A Radials on the front with 255/60 T/A Radials on the back, all on 15” Cragar SS Rims. In August of 1965, my good friend Paul Chapman and I installed a trailer hitch, so we could tow my father-in-Iaws boat to Canada. Driving on a gravel road, earned the car a broken windshield.

The next fifteen years were spent driving the car to work, kid’s activities and every day chores. I still can't believe it was driven in the snow, down Seeley Road in Leroy Township with our kids in the back seat. In 1980 the rust belt finally took its toll and the floor boards rotted away. The car was put in storage until 1987, when I started the restoration project. I was very fortunate that the interior survived the years of storage. With the exception of the carpet and package tray, the complete interior is all original. The exterior trim, with the exception of the bumpers, is all original. Searching for parts began in South Carolina, when we bought two front fenders and brought them home on the roof of my VW Rabbit. After several months of searching, the car was ready for the body shop. Body work and painting was done by Phil Molzon at K & S Auto Body in Painesville, Ohio. The color is Dark Turquoise Poly and is the original color. The engine and transmission have not been rebuilt. We finished the restoration in the spring of 1988 with the help of some good friends like Paul, Vic, Ed, George and my sons Justin & Jason. In 2007, I repainted the engine and installed all the original parts. It is a very special feeling to still own your first new car.

My wife bought the Cragar SS Mags Wheels for our Silver Wedding .Anniversary in 1989.
We have enjoyed this car very much tooling around to some of the local cruises and shows listening to the AM/FM radio with a Reverberation unit for that special sound! I plan on keeping this car in the family and hope to pass it on to one of our sons in the near future.