Finally, in March of 1991, I answered a Bargin Finder ad for a "1969 Plymouth for sale". The ad had run for about three weeks. At first I did nothing because I figured that it would end up being a Fury or Valiant but curiosity got the best of me and I called the number. I spoke to a very nice lady who freely admitted she knew nothing about the car and that she would have her husband call me back as soon as he got in. As we were about to hang up she did recall something about the car having "that little cartoon bird from the comics" on the side. Needless to say my heart started hammering and thankfully her husband called back a few minutes later.
CATHY, LUCAS AND MATTHEW PIPE FOR PUTTING UP WITH THE WHOLE THING
CREDITS AND THANK YOU’S
Unless I’m mistaken, I think I’m the only Northern Mopars member to have had the same car profiled three (3) different times! Those of you who know me understand. For those of you who don’t, allow me to explain.
My quest to find a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner project car began in late 1989. Over the next 18 months I drove 100s of kilometers, looking at probably 10-12 different cars and each time I came away more discouraged (to the point where I was seriously considering a 1964 Ford Galaxie 390 4-speed). All I wanted was a ’69 Road Runner post coupe preferably a bucket seat, console, 4-speed car. After being reassured time and again by owners that the cars they were selling were "solid" "restorable" "complete" Road Runners, what I found were rusted out hulks that were little more than parts cars or cars so over priced it was laughable. In one instance the car was actually a Satellite that had been used as a "bridge" between a cattle chute and the transport truck ("only for about 6 cows")!
2 ½in. TTI Exhaust
850 cfm Proform 4bbl carb
Mopar Performance 4bbl intake
440 source "Stroker Kit"
B F Goodrich 275-60R 15 G-Force Drag Radials
A833 4-speed transmission
3:23 8 ¾ Sure Grip
"053" triple core rad
N96 Air Grabber
Fast forwarding one final time to May 2010 and although there are a few loose ends to tie up, things are pretty well done (as if these cars are ever truly finished). As is often the case, this whole project got WAY out of hand as this car was never meant to be a rotisserie restoration! There is not one nut, bolt, clip or screw that wasn’t removed and refinished. But hey, I’m only doing this once so I guess it might as well be done as completely as possible ... right?
What you are looking at is my 1969 Plymouth ROAD RUNNER. It is an original T7 Saddle Bronze Metallic/hood stripe delete car with a Saddle Tan/Bronze interior. Although the car is quite heavily optioned (including Air Grabber, Road Runner décor package, console etc.) for a Road Runner it is only equipped with manual steering and manual drum brakes.
The car was started for the first time October 1, 2009 and debuted at the 2010 World of Wheels here in Calgary where it did very well capturing "BEST IN CLASS" "OUTSTANDING ENGINE-RESTORED" and "OUTSTANDING RESTORED". As of this writing I’ve only put 100 miles on the car but with a 438 c.i. "Stroker" and a 4- speed I think it’s going to be a fun car to drive!!
What I didn’t tell him was the initial plans included "PRO STREETING" the Road Runner ie. 10 pt roll cage, wheel tubs etc.
We made arrangements for me to see the car the following Saturday. After driving 1 ½ hours east of town to Standard Alberta, what I found was indeed everything I was wanting and more, what was not to love about a tired old bird with no brakes, a worn out 440 with a very prominent death knock, a shifter linkage held together with clothes hanger wire, and very ratty E-body high back bucket seats? A deal was struck and in short order the car was in Calgary in the first of no less than 8 storage places it would call home over the next 19 (YES 19) years! (YIKES, I think it’s time to retire!!) Remember, this was March 1991.
T7 SADDLE BRONZE METAL PAINT BY INVESTMENT VEHICLE RESTORATION
SADDLE TAN/BRONZE INTERIOR BY MOBILE AUTO TRIM
4-SPEED/TRANSMISSION REBUILT BY SHOW AND GO RESTORATION
MACHINE WORK/SHORT BLOCK ASS’Y BY BER AUTOMOTIVE ‘CHRYCO PHYSCO’ FOR ALL THE HELP DURING THE RE-ASSEMBLY
TOWER CHRYSLER-GORD MILLER
LARRY GAMMON AND PAUL DESJARDINS FOR THE PUSHES ON THOSE COLD WINTER DAYS AND ALL THE HELP
Fast forward to the summer of 1998 and profile #1 which appeared in the August-September Northern Mopars club newsletter. This was a "project profile" which contained a brief description of the car and my big plans for the future which included debuting the finished product in 2000. YEAH, RIGHT!!
Fast forward again to the winter of 2006 and profile #2 which appeared in the January-February issue of the club newsletter. This was a "project update" and there had actually been some progress made! By this point the body/paint were done as were some of the mechanicals.
The ensuing conversation was very short.
Yes, it was a ’69 Road Runner RM21 vin.
Yes, it was a coupe.
Yes, it was a bucket seat, console 4-speed.
Yes, it was solid/restorable.
NO, he would not sell it to ANYONE who planned on cutting it up!!!