• 2020

Christine Lives

Mark Worman of Graveyard Carz and His 1958 Plymouth Fury Build…

“The world’s most evil car with the world’s most evil crate engine.” – Mark Worman


“The ’58 Fury has always been a bucket list car for me. After the 2018 SEMA Show, I was driving home in my Dodge Challenger SRT® Shaker, listening to Stephen King’s Christine, via audiobook. But the Hellephant crate engine was also on my mind. I was thinking, “That engine is cool; what am I gonna put it in?” Listening to Christine, it dawned on me. Let’s make the world’s most evil car with the world’s most evil crate engine.”


“When we put the body on the chassis, it was beautiful and straight but we didn’t realize the body could flex the way it did. And with its used floor, we lost our geometry somewhere. So when we hung the doors, the door openings ‘closed up,’ requiring us to move the quarter panels and door jambs about a half inch. It took some late night fixes to get it right.”


“It’s actually not easy to find parts for this popular car. The grill, that gold V in the grill, those are tough to find. I paid $1,500 for the steering wheel. Plus, the car is inundated with chrome, anodized aluminum, polished stainless … subletting that work was $40,000 alone.


“In addition to a 1,000-horsepower, 950 lb.-ft. torque Hellephant crate engine, Christine sports a radiator and cooling fans from a 2019 Dodge Challenger. Other Mopar® parts and hoses can be found under the hood, too. With this restoration, I’m really close to the original intent. We’ve made only very minor changes along the way.”


“After about 1,000 man hours of work, the build is virtually complete. We got it to the 2019 SEMA Show in time and the reaction was overwhelmingly that I chose the right car for the engine. Even true Christine fans — who wouldn’t normally take too much interest in a particular automobile — like the build we’ve done. We’re grateful for the accolades and glad to support our Mopar friends with this project!”


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