The Texas Whale is 1960 Plymouth Suburban 2-door wagon is being prepared for Nostalgia Super Stock Racing.
The process began when I bought the wagon in California in 2003, and took to a friend (Ken Presley) in Conway, Arkansas to have it stripped, gutted, blasted, repaired, and primed. It then went to Mark Artis at Texas Thunder in 2004. There it was converted into a 2-door wagon (Yes, Plymouth made over 500 1960 Plymouth 2 door wagons), and converted into a NSS legal race car. Coil-over 4-Link, Ford 9″ rear end, chrome moly cage, and front end rebuild were all performed by Mark Artis. Molds were made for the hood, fenders, bumpers, and deck lid — and fiberglass parts pulled from them. Mark performed all of the paint, body, assembly and interior — and made the custom headers for the Diamondback 580ci engine built by Damon Kuhn.
Mark Artis with his standard pose prior to the Whale Migrating South
Yesterday I picked the car up from the shop and brought back to my shop — where the last 100 or so hours of making ready to race will be performed. The below photos were taken just prior to my loading the car into the trailer for the trip home.