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Thread: 1968 Prostreet Plymouth Road Runner.

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    1968 Prostreet Plymouth Road Runner.

    I posted a few pics in another thread on here, and it was suggested to make a new thread here with more pictures.

    This is a '68 Plymouth Road Runner that was purchased by my father and I in 1997 (I was 15 at the time).

    Over the years, the car was transformed from what we believe was a old and not built so well drag car, to a street car that has the strip look.
    This car was never built with the intentions of being raced, and therefore, has never seen the track since our purchase.
    The car originally was taken into the shop for an engine rebuild, transmission rebuild, and rear end gears swapped from the 2.92, to something like a 4.10 gear.

    The previous owner was using it to tow his 17' boat.

    Here are the pictures of it's progression:

    Back in 1996, before our purchase. Notice it was tubbed, and the tires on it are to narrow:


    Also notice the trailer hitch:


    I remember the owner lifting the hood and saying to my dad "guess we won't be buying this one":


    And the interior wasn't the best, but it had a cage, so it made it 'cool' to me!:


    We did the best we could ourselves, like putting the proper sized tire for the chassis on the rear (29"X15.50"X15"), and trying to clean up/paint under the rear, also changed the exhaust to side exit pipes as the setup on the car was touching the gas tank. Also, my dad's friend had (still has) a 70 Challenger T/A, which has the side exit from the factory, and my dad always loved the look:


    Towards the end of 1997, Angelo, the owner of a shop named A&D Performance approached my dad and I saying that the car could really use some more power. During the winter of 97/98 we went to the shop a few times and talked to Angelo and his Wife Debbie about what we could do to the Road Runner. When I walked in, he had a 383 with a tunnel ram setup, and I said right away that we had to do that. My dad wasn't so sure.

    In May of 1998, we took the car to the shop, with the intentions of doing just the engine, transmission and rear gear as I mentioned.
    However, once the car was on the hoist, Angelo suggested cutting the car and doing it right, and new.

    So, the 440 came out:


    and was machined:


    Mocked up:


    And he started cutting the car:



    A young me:


    So, Angelo starts to build a new frame for the car, with rack and pinion and disc brakes:






    We had a 727 fully built by SMR in Brantford:


    The interior starting to come together. I knew I didn't want some of the dashes I had seen in other cars at shows, so we used the factory dash frame, and came up with this:


    Eventually the car was shipped off to the paint shop:


    And came back in primer for Angelo to continue:




    We decided to paint the car Viper black, and the frame and cage red:




    So, after all this work, this is how the car sits today:












    Thanks for looking!

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    Cool pics but the best part is that it was a father-son project!!
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    Great story/pics and awesome outcome!!

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    What a stunning car! Wow!

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    Very cool car and equally cool back story...thanks for sharing!!

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    WOW! Just incredible!
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    you had me at 440,
    I had no idea all the other cool stuff you guys did to the car.
    -Don____________
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    I have seen this car sooooo many times at cruise nights and drool all over it. Such a work of art....you guys should be proud.....sick car.

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    Wow! Awesome story, build and muscle car. Love it!
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    That car is awesome.
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