1964 Plymouth Valiant Signet 200

As a teenager, four years is a long time to wait for something, but Eric Baxter patiently awaited his first build that would start when he was 15. A couple of friends helped him acquire a local '67 GTO that had been sitting in a front yard he passed everyday to and from school. "This car started my long love affair with classic cars and old-school big-block muscle," Eric says. He was eager to take the Pontiac racing, unfortunately the heavy right foot of the 16-year-old proved too much for the Pontiac's drivetrain. Some older kids at the track pointed him in the Mopar direction, and his interest quickly followed. The GTO was sold, and a '68 Barracuda took its place.

After graduating high school, Eric and a fellow enthusiast started a company called J&E Motorsports, where they tricked out mostly GM A-bodies long before the Pro Touring style was hot. Most of the work was bolt-on, so in order to take the business to the next level he began his schooling at the local community college to get a two-year degree in motorsports technology. He worked as a welder and fabricator in the aerospace industry, while putting himself through more school. By the time he graduated, he was making so much more money where he was than if he were to go back to motorsports, so he stayed put.

Now 25 years later, Eric wanted to get back into the scene with his new company, White Trash Speed & Engineering. This '64 Valiant is a product of two-and-a-half decades of automotive deprivation. With a healthy piggy bank from his day job, he can finally afford to do what he loves and what pays the bills: turnkey Mopar builds and aerospace engineering.

Eric Baxter • Tiverton, RI
630 hp at 6,800 rpm
Type: 340 small-block bored to 385 inches
Block: Mopar Performance "R" block
Oiling: custom pan and pickup for road racing
Rotating assembly: Bryant billet crank, Lentz billet rods, custom coated Diamond pistons
Cylinder heads: Mopar Performance W5 heads fully ported
Camshaft: custom solid roller
Valvetrain: T&D rockers, Manton pushrods, Crane Ultra Pro solid-roller lifters
Induction: Indy 360-3 intake (port matched), Wilson 1½-inch spacer, Pro Systems 950-cfm carb
Ignition: MSD Pro Billet distributor, Digital 6, HVC coil, Taylor wires
Cooling: AFCO 24-inch radiator with a custom shroud, SPAL 14-inch fan
Fuel system: Aeromotive pump, regulator, and filters with Earls' ProLite hose and Red Horse Performance fittings, custom 24-gallon fuel cell
Exhaust: custom stainless steel headers and 3-inch exhaust system
Fasteners: ARP
Transmission/shifter: 800 lb-ft rated Viper T56 six-speed, custom fabricated handle, Pro 5.0 base
Driveshaft: 3½-inch aluminum with 1350-series U-joints
Rear axle: Dana 60 with custom Moser axles, 4.56 gears, and Truetrac posi
Front suspension: custom 15:1 manual rack, AFCO coilovers, '74 Dodge Dart spindles, tubular upper control arms, reengineered stock lower control arms, adjustable strut rods, Speedway Engineering NASCAR sway bar
Rear suspension: road race leaf springs with custom buckets and hangers, AFCO shocks, mini-tubs
Brakes: Baer 13-inch rotors, Viper calipers, custom brackets
Body: factory body
Paint: PPG Black
Wheels: 17x9 and 17x10.5 Mustang bullet wheels
Tires: 255/40R17 and 315/35R17 Nitto NTO5