F A C T S & F I G U R E S
Ben Exworthy
Seattle, Washington
1957 Chrysler Imperial Le Baron
Frame Stock, modified by Retro Rods Inc. (Monroe, WA)
Wheelbase 129”
Modifications Front stub and crossmember by Jim Meyer Racing (Lincoln City, OR)
Chassis plumbing Stainless
Rearend / Ratio Ford 9”; gusseted housing; limited-slip differential; 35-spline axles
Rear suspension four-link by Art Morrison (Fife, WA); Shockwave air spring/dampers by Air Ride Technology (Jasper, IN)
Rear brakes Ford Racing 11” disc
Front suspension Jim Meyer crossmember and tubular control arms with Ford Fox-body
rack-and-pinion steering, second-gen Camaro spindles, and Air Ride Technologies Shockwave air springs
Front brakes GM 12” disc
Wheel make, size Billet Specialties custom, 20x7 and 20x8
Tire make, size Hankook Ventus Sport K104, 245/40ZR20
Make Chrysler
Displacement 392ci
Machining / Assembly Mike Reeves (Mount Vernon, WA)
Water pump aluminum big-block GM style with adapters by Hot Heads Research & Racing (Lowgap, NC)
Radiator custom aluminum with shroud and electric fan by Be Cool (Essexville, MI)
Alternator 100-amp GM, polished
Valve covers Chrysler Imperial
Manifold / Induction Weiand Drag Star
Exhaust / Mufflers 3” stainless / Stainless Specialties
Other engine facts steel accessory drive brackets hand fabricated by Retro Rods Inc.
Make 4L60E
Shifter Retrotek SmartShift (Corona, CA)
Trans mods CompuShift by HGM Automotive Electronics (Torrance, CA)
Driveshaft Greg Holk, Best Driveline (Everett, WA)
Body style / Material Chrysler Imperial Le Baron sedan
Body mods cowl raised
Hood split, arched, and reversed
Grille hand-made from steel stock by Retro Rods Inc
Bodywork Sig Schott, Retro Rods Inc.
Paint type / Color PPG Concept base/clear urethane / 9300 Black
Painter Sig Schott
Other body items sterling silver hood ornament hand cast by Raymond Geschke, Emblem Magic, casts these from sterling silver
Dashboard leather, by Hoglunds Top Shop (Everett, WA)
Wiring Ron Francis (Chester, PA) installed by Sig Schott
Steering wheel restoration by Dennis Crooks, Quality Restorations Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Upholsterer Hoglund's Top Shop
Material / Color leather and '58 Pontiac brocade / black and charcoal
Carpet cut-pile wool
Other interior items embossed crown motif for rear armrest and trunk header panel