This 1953 Plymouth Suburban was looking minty fresh at the Odyssey Batteries booth at SEMA 2014. It belongs to Rutledge Wood of Top Gear (USA) fame and was built in partnership with Summit Racing. The build was done at Kenwood Rod Shop in Sharpsburg, GA.
Although it looks showroom new, this classic Mopar is anything but stock. Under the hood is a 408 cid V8 from BluePrint Engines with FAST electronic fuel injection and Summit block hugger headers. It is coupled to a T56 six-speed transmission with a McLeod clutch and a Quick Time conversion bellhousing. The whole thing is wired up with a Painless Performance wiring harness.
As 1950s cars are not renowned for their sporty handling, this one has been given an upgrade. The front uses a Mustang II suspension with a conversion kit from Heidt’s, while a four-link suspension with Afco coilovers keeps the rear end firmly planted. A Heidt’s 9 inch Ford rear axle puts the power to the pavement, while a Magnaflow exhaust provides the desired rumble.
Bringing all this power to a stop is a Wilwood disc brake system with a proportioning valve and master cylinder with a Summit Racing power brake booster.
The car also has a few driver amenities such as Electric-Life power windows, a Flaming River tilt steering column and a Vintage Air climate control system. Those should make it a lot more comfortable when going to cruise-ins and events.
I do like how subtle this car looks. The minty green exterior and stock-looking wheels do a good job of disguising the fact that this resto-modded SUV is packing some serious power. This is one ride that pulls off the “sleeper” look very well!