Rose City Rumbler
Who: Mike Raines
Where: Keizer, Oregon
What: ’70 Plymouth Duster
Mike built his Duster as a throwback to the ’70s, a time when he watched local street bruisers run up and down on Portland, Oregon’s 82nd Avenue.
Power is by an .030-inch-over 440, filled with forged flat-top pistons, a steel crankshaft and 440+6 rods, a Purple Shaft camshaft, and it’s topped with ported 906 heads, and a Holley 750 atop an Edelbrock Performer RPM intake. Schumacher Enterprises ceramic-coated headers make the noise travel to the rear of the car. The 440 is backed by a 727 with a 3,000 stall converter plus a B&M shift kit and “Starshifter” shifter, and a 3.55-geared 83⁄4 rear.
Chassis highlights include Super Stock rear leaf springs, PST 1.03-inch torsion bars and urethane bushings, and four-piston front disc brakes. It rides on Mickey Thompson-shod Rallyes from Wheel Vintiques.
Mike did the body and interior work himself -- spraying on the Duplicolor Medium Blue paint and applying the Year One hood decal (and Graphic Express bodyside decals) in his garage. The interior is by Year One, Legendary and Classic Industries.
Mike says his Duster’s a blast to drive, and he says his wife calls his Duster “The Other Woman,” because she says Mike rubs it more than he rubs her.
Who: John Cailey
Where: Payson, Arizona
What: ’79 Chrysler 300
Call me Ishmael, but don’t call John‘s 300 slow.
John inherited it from his father back in 1993, bone stock with 79,000 miles on it, and no rust anywhere on or inside it.
He shaved some 460 pounds from the 300’s stock 3,960-pound curb weight, and he upgraded the stock E58 360, by stroking it to 408-inches. He also added a ProCharger, while a modified 727 (with a 3,500 stall converter) and the OEM 91⁄4 rear end (now packing 4.10 gears) put the power on the pavement.
At strips like Phoenix International Raceway and Firebird International Raceway, John’s run a best of 10.50 seconds/128.50 mph in the quarter-mile.
’79 300s are Mopar rarities, with only 3,811 built in the last year of B-Body production…3,810 more than Herman Melville’s famously furious fictitious fin-flapper.
Who: Julian Bliss
Where: Gary, Indiana
What: ’70 Plymouth Road Runner hardtop
Julian’s magnificent Mopar was a gift from his father, Darryl Bliss Sr., who found it just 20 miles away from home when he saw it in an online ad. Three years later, Darryl Sr. finished it, doing all the work except for the body prep and spraying on the two-stage ’10 RAM Light Greystone paint.
Under the hood, the Road Runner’s 440 was treated to a set of color-coordinated valve covers, and outside, he added the “BoldRunner” logos, which he created and applied himself.
Now that he’s titled it over to Julian (as he did with his stroker-small block-powered ’73 Dart Sport, to son Darryl Jr.), Darryl Sr. has passed along his love of Mopars to his sons!
Who: George Jones
Where: Smithfield, Virginia
What: ’67 Plymouth Belvedere II hardtop
If Ma Mopar had offered an appearance package like this on their mid-year ’67s (like the Silver Special Plymouths and White Hat Special Dodges), trailerloads of them may have sold back then.
It’s quite a looker, with its Raspberry Pearl body color and coordinated interior. But there’s more to it, like a 318 upgraded with an MSD 6AL ignition, a Weiand aluminum intake topped by an Edelbrock four-barrel, headers, and a 21⁄2-inch-diameter exhaust system.
All George has done since finding this Belvie in an online ad is enjoy it -- and there’s only 77,000 original miles on the odometer.
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