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Classics Buried Treasure: 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

14:55  16 december  2019
14:55  16 december  2019 Source:   hotrod.com

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This classic Hemi Road Runner is the stuff of legends. It was bought new by an 18-year-old and lived a life of high-performance running in the gold-lined streets of Santa Barbara, California, a quarter-mile at a time. But with only 25,185 miles of hard driving, the owner had encountered enough problems with the local law to drive up his insurance rates to $150 per month, a huge figure in 1978 dollars. So the Hemi's original owner parked the car behind his garage after removing the engine for a redo and upgrade. He had every intention of rebuilding the rare engine, but unfortunately, this is where the Road Runner's life took a hard turn for the worst.

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In 2017, some 39 years after the Road Runner was pulled apart and sent to pasture, the original owner came to Troy Martin, owner of Full Scale Hot Rods, to see if he was interested in his Road Runner. The owner told Martin the wild tale of his 1969 Hemi Road Runner and how Full Scale Hot Rods was the right place to restore the car to its original glory.

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"My mechanic and me went out to Santa Barbara on a Saturday and met with the owner," Martin said. "We went down to the field where the car had been sitting since 1990. We were a bit stunned by it and took some photos to verify the car's originality. After significant investigation, it became clear that this was a very rare piece of hemi muscle-car history."

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a truck is parked in front of a mountain: This is a day 2 image of the Road Runner with the original owner not too long after purchase. At this point, the only upgrades were the five-spoke American wheels and better tires. This image documents the car’s original condition and where the owner was going with his initial modifications. © Hot Rod Network Staff This is a day 2 image of the Road Runner with the original owner not too long after purchase. At this point, the only upgrades were the five-spoke American wheels and better tires. This image documents the car’s original condition and where the owner was going with his initial modifications.

Martin's 1969 Road Runner is a rare piece of performance history. Only 234 four-speed-shifted Hardtop Road Runners rolled from the St. Louis factory, and this particular example reached the end of the assembly line on April 24, 1969. That model year, 84,510 Road Runners were produced, of which 48,549 were Hardtops like Martin's. Doing a quick bit of math, that means only 0.4819 percent of the Hardtops featured the Hemi engine. We'd define that as rare.

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The Rebuild Begins

"In 1990, Southern California's Painted Cave fire destroyed the neighborhood where the car was stored," Martin said, "and the owner lost his house and the garage where the engine was stored. Just before the fire reached his home, the owner and his friends pushed the car away from the garage and down the hill to the bottom of the property [and away from the flames] where it sat until we literally dug it out of the ground in 2017."

a close up of a car: The aftermarket wheel and tire combination and a Sun Tach are really Martin’s only departure from period-correct. The American Racing Torque Thrust wheels pay homage to the way the car roamed the street of Santa Barbara back in the day. © Hot Rod Network Staff The aftermarket wheel and tire combination and a Sun Tach are really Martin’s only departure from period-correct. The American Racing Torque Thrust wheels pay homage to the way the car roamed the street of Santa Barbara back in the day.

The engine block took a serious hit from these conditions, first from the fire (it was in the burned-out garage) and from its 27 years of exposure to the elements. Martin was not sure the engine could be saved, and he believed a few of the original parts were lost forever. The car also sat for all those years unprotected from the elements after the fire had done its work. Neighbor kids used the old Mopar for target practice shooting out windows, damaging the body and ruining the trim. Even worse, animals and rodents found a home in the now decrepit Plymouth's shell.

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"The owner came up with a price for the car, and I quickly paid him what he asked," Martin said. "I closed my shop for a day, and five guys went with me to dig it out of the ground. The excavation to take it from ground squirrel to on the trailer and back to my shop required five hours. After it arrived, we left the car on the trailer for three days while animals and the worst of the foul smells exited the interior. The debris that had piled up on the floor of the car was higher than the interior seat bottoms."

a close up of a car: From the rear, the quality of the paint job is even more evident, with the PPG paint applied by local Oxnard, California, painter Jeff Roberson of Body & Paint by Jeff. © Hot Rod Network Staff From the rear, the quality of the paint job is even more evident, with the PPG paint applied by local Oxnard, California, painter Jeff Roberson of Body & Paint by Jeff.

With the car finally in the shop and most of the larger debris out of the interior, they popped open the trunk and found a treasure trove of original parts, including the original transmission, bellhousing, flywheel and clutch, valve covers, complete air cleaner, aftermarket headers, and original exhaust manifolds that were taken off the car when it was only two weeks old. In addition, they found the original starter, alternator, radiator fan and clutch, water pump, water-pump housing, oil pan, windage tray, motor mounts, and even an old AM radio from the 1970s.

Continued Martin, "After pressure-washing the entire vehicle, I began taking pictures of the original but well-worn Plymouth. We made a supreme effort to authenticate original undercoating patterns and how the factory put the car together so we could replicate these things in the final restoration.

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"We located an engine builder in Burbank, California, who specialized in vintage race motors and asked him to look at it," Martin said. "Kenny Deeds. Deeds felt he could save the block and retain the numbers-matching status of the block. I gave him the engine with the hope he could perform a magical transformation."

a red and black motorcycle: The crown jewel of this Road Runner is this perfectly restored 1969 Street Hemi engine that has a 10.25:1 compression ratio and a rotating assembly that features parts from legendary parts guru Dick Landy Enterprises. © Hot Rod Network Staff The crown jewel of this Road Runner is this perfectly restored 1969 Street Hemi engine that has a 10.25:1 compression ratio and a rotating assembly that features parts from legendary parts guru Dick Landy Enterprises.

The car was then chemically stripped, neutralized, and finally hit with a phosphate rinse. After an assessment of the sheetmetal condition, it was deemed that the flooring, inner and outer wheelhouse, full quarters, package tray, Dutchman (metal section below the rear window), roof, and tail section would need to be replaced. In all, it took about three months and 500 hours of labor to reconstruct the body. While the body was taking shape, Martin spent time rebuilding the rear suspension and axle along with a full rebuild of the numbers-matching transmission, the latter left to the skills of "Bad Brad" from Sunland, California.

“The body was finally completed in October of 2018 by our painter, Jeff Roberson, from Body & Paint by Jeff, and I began assembling the car immediately,” Martin noted. “In only two weeks, after months of prep, the car was lowered down on all four wheels, with the engine and drivetrain already in place. The folks at Accurate Exhaust did a great job on the exhaust plumbing; the final execution was perfect. The finish date: March 2019

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a car engine: The Plymouth’s interior is like a throwback in time to when vinyl was king. This interior features the upgraded Decor Group, Option code A87. This upgrade added vinyl bench seating, armrests and ashtray receivers, and a deluxe steering wheel with partial horn ring just to hit the highlights. Gold Coast Upholstery gets credit for this execution. © Hot Rod Network Staff The Plymouth’s interior is like a throwback in time to when vinyl was king. This interior features the upgraded Decor Group, Option code A87. This upgrade added vinyl bench seating, armrests and ashtray receivers, and a deluxe steering wheel with partial horn ring just to hit the highlights. Gold Coast Upholstery gets credit for this execution.

"My original intent was to build the car back to factory original-style condition, especially after verifying that it was an original Hemi car, heightened in value by the Vitamin C Orange paint. I installed aftermarket American Racing five-spoke wheels to pay homage to the original owner, just the way he set the car up for cruising Santa Barbara back in the 1970s. My current plan is to call up the owner now that it's done and hand him the keys so he can relive his youth and days of driving a very rare and very cool original Hemi Road Runner.

Fast Facts

1969 Plymouth Roadrunner Hemi

Car Owner: Troy Martin Oxnard, CA

ENGINE

Type: 426-cid Hemi

Bore x stroke: 4.250-inch + 0.060-inch overbore x 3.750-inch stroke

Block: Original 426-cid Hemi engine—matching numbers

Rotating assembly: JE Pistons, 0.060-inch over bore, Dick Landy prepped factory connecting rods and crankshaft, Balanced by Dick Landy Enterprises

Cylinder heads: Mopar Performance Street Hemi cylinder head, Stock Mopar Performance valves

Compression: 10.25:1

Induction: Stock intake manifold with twin Carter AFB 625-cfm carbs and factory air cleaner

Oiling system: Stock Hemi oil pan and pump with windage tray

Exhaust: Factory original exhaust manifolds to original-style exhaust with Hemi mufflers—A BIG THANKS to Accurate Exhaust (www.accurateltd.com/)

Ignition: Dual Point Prestolite ignition—12 degrees initial timing, 34 degrees total

Cooling: Factory-original radiator and fan

Engine built by: Kenny Deeds, Burbank Machine in Burbank, CA

DRIVETRAIN

Transmission: Original New Process A883—Hemi 18-spline input shaft

Clutch: Zoom single disc

Shifter: Hurst four-speed original

Driveshaft: Factory original

Rearend: Original Dana 60 with 3.54:1 gearing, Sure Grip

CHASSIS

Front suspension: Factory-original suspension with factory-correct markings

Rear suspension: Factory original with Hemi springs and stock HD shocks, Hemi-torsion bars with factory-original front sway bar, factory-correct markings

Steering: Factory stock box—manual, no assist

Weight: 3,902 pounds

Front brakes: 11x3.0-inch-wide factory drum brakes

Rear brakes: 11x2.5-inch-wide factory drum brakes

BODY

Bodywork by: Neal Leslie and Full Scale Hot Rods, Troy Martin, Ventura, CA (www.fullscalehotrods.com)

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Paint: Factory-original for car Vitamin C Orange

INTERIOR

Upholstery: Factory-original-style vinyl bench seat, part of Plymouth Decor package upgrade

Wheels: American Racing Torque Thrust wheels, 17x7-inch (front) and 17x9-inch (rear)

Tires: Nitto P235/50ZR-17 (front) and Nitto P275/50R-17 (rear)

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