Two Rarities In Tucumcari
Who: Rick and Pam Grose
Where: Tucumcari, New Mexico
What: '09 Dodge SRT8 Super Bee, '79 Plymouth Road Runner
Both of the Grose's Mopars seen here were ordered new—and both were the top of their respective lines when built.
The SRT8 (number 26 of 425 built) has its 425 hp Hemi, four-piston Brembo disc brakes with 14-inch slotted rotors, 20x9-inch forged aluminum SRT wheels, performance-tuned suspension and factory sound system with a six-disc CD changer, satellite radio receiver, 276-watt amp, and six Boston Acoustics speakers.
The Grose's Road Runner is one of 1,122 '79 F-Body Birds, ordered in December of 1978 with a 318 instead of an E58 360 (which was not available in high-altitude areas back then). It still wears its original spoilers, paint and trim, and its gold aluminum wheels were specific to the Road Runner package. It shows only 46,000 original miles, and it's scored dozens of First Place and other trophies since it became a full-time show car in '93.
"Vanishing" Thru Time
Who: Mike Smith
Where: Ajax, Ontario, Canada
What: '10 Dodge Challenger R/T
Back in 1971, Mike took his girlfriend (now his wife) to a drive-in movie to see Vanishing Point. He didn't know then what an impact the movie would have on him, and the choices he'd make when it came to his dream car.
Realizing that owning an original 1970 Dodge Challenger was not in the cards, in 2011 Mike bought this 2010 Challenger R/T, found after a search for a white/black interior one with few options (just like the one Kowalski drove in the movie).
The only additions that Mike's made to it are the exterior emblems that match those on the '70 Challenger R/T, a Hurst Pistol Grip shifter and '70-style boot, as well as woodgrain dash and door trim.
Whenever Mike shows it, it's a huge hit, and he adds that he didn't know there were that many fans of the 1971 cross-country thriller out there!
Dream Cruise-Ready Dodge
Who: Ron Naz
Where: Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
What: '70 Dodge Dart Swinger
Ron's always dreamed of having a car worthy of driving in the Woodward Dream Cruise, so when he found a "project-ready"—and mostly rust-free—'70 Dart Swinger that survived a body shop fire, he had his starting point.
He did all the body, paint and engine work himself, and last year he installed the powertrain, so he had a drivable (and enjoyable) Dodge when he finished it.
For power, it's got a 360 Magnum with 11.0:1 pistons and a forged bottom end, R/T iron heads, a Quick Fuel 750 carb, and Flowtech headers. It's coupled to a rebuilt 904 with a 3,500 stall BDR Torque converter, and an 83⁄4 rear with a Sure Grip, and 3.23 gears. The wheels are CenterLine Convo Pros, with Mickey Thompson ET Street drag radials out back, and M/T Sportsmans up front.
Ron adds that, in doing almost all the work himself (except for the transmission), there is nothing more satisfying than building your own car—which makes you appreciate it all the more!
Who: Lanny and Linda Marshall
Where: West Linn, Oregon
What: '69 Plymouth GTX hardtop
When he came home in September of 1968 from serving in Vietnam, the first thing Lanny did was go to a Chrysler-Plymouth dealer in Portland, and order a '69 GTX, which he kept until 1975. Over time, he wanted another GTX. He found this one in 1992 that he built into a close replica of his first one.
For power, he chose a 440 block, a 4.15-inch Eagle stroker crankshaft and .030-inch-over pistons, which bumps the displacement to 493 inches. Inside, there's a Howard Cams hydraulic roller camshaft with Comp Cams' aluminum rockers, and it's topped by a set of Edelbrock aluminum heads and a Quick Fuel 850 four-barrel atop a Holley Street Dominator intake. It breathes out through a set of 2-inch ceramic coated tti headers and a full three-inch exhaust with stainless tips, and it dynoed at 523 rwhp and 573 rwtq. Transmission's an 18-spline 833, backed by a 3.54-geared Dana 60.
Inside, the cabin features'70 high-back buckets wearing Legendary covers, as do the stock back seat and door panels.
It's a manual-brakes-and-steering car that Lanny says steers and brakes great. (Do you need to ask what it can do off the line?)
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