Chrysler's J-car was an offshoot of the F/M bodyline that first surfaced in 1976 with the introduction of the Dodge Aspen/Plymouth Volare twins. After a recall due to rust issues, Chrysler was eager to create new cars. There are several theories for the J-body Cordoba, Dodge Mirada, and JY-body Imperial coupe coming to market, but the most likely was that the body was meant for the first production Chrysler Corporation turbine car. After an unsuccessful attempt at NASCAR, the J-bodies were killed off in '83.
This Mirada was bought October 2009 for $650 and been daily driven since. Sports two unique features: A trunk "CMX" decal and a unknown-origin rear deck spoiler. Neither have been seen on another Chrysler J-body car by anyone.
Originally a 318/A904 automatic car, currently is undergoing a swap to a 360/A904 combination. New 904 is heavily kitted. Original engine died at an estimated 377,xxx miles. Exhaust is Hooker Headers long-tubes '71 Mopar B-body headers into true duals equpped with no-name mufflers and dump at the rear end.
Front: Stock tortion bar setup, PST Performance polyurethane front end kit, torsion bars cranked down 22 turns for a 3" drop. Raybestos brakes, 11" disc
Rear: Mopar 81/4 with SureGrip, 2.94 rear gears, 10" drums
235/70R15 front BFG T/A
255/70R15 rear BFG T/A
...you're kidding, right? Blacked out hood and tail panel, passenger rear quarter wrinkled by accident with a '73 Chevelle. Rear plastics are disintegrating, vinyl roof stripped, metalwork in progress. Expected changes include vinyl roof delete, patch panels, NASCAR-inspired grille vents, and a new rear spoiler made out of fiberglass to replace the current one made out of ...sex toy material, I dunno...
Subaru Legacy seats covered by Midland Upholstery, Midland, WA
Headliner by Midland Upholstery, Midland, WA
Kenwood MP3/USB deck and amp, Pioneer speakers by CarToys, Tacoma, WA
Dash faces restored
non-functional dash lights. still.
Floor shifter and console
Factory 1/4 mile: 19.1@75mph.
No current 1/4 mile time
Body roll like a MOTHERF...
Old 318 couldn't pull the greased string from a chicken's ass and had fuel delivery issues in corners