You may have noticed that all our past Young Gun winners grew up around cars. so we suggest you do the same with your kids. It will fuel their passion for the hobby and keep them out of trouble.
This month's winner comes from Northglenn, Colorado. Dan Brandt, the 20-year-old owner of this '68 Plymouth GTX, carries on the tradition of kids who started young with cars. The year he was born, his father purchased a '70 Super Bee, so right from the start he was in the middle of cool Mopars.
Dan's best friend is Bobby, and Bobby's father, Fred, owned this '68 GTX that he bought brand-new. After it sat in his garage for 16 years, Fred decided to give it to Dan because he knew that Dan and his father would have the car running in no time.
Dan, with the assistance of his father and grandfather, rebuilt the GTX into a proud B-Body. This particular car was equipped with a 440, and Dan wanted to make it a real strong runner. The first thing to go in was a Mopar Performance cam and lifters, followed by an Edelbrock intake and carburetor. A Petronix ignition system fires the big-block to life, and a 2.5-inch Flowmaster exhaust adds that signature musclecar sound. The 727 transmission was rebuilt and received a B&M shift kit, and the brakes were replaced. For the rearend, the 83/4-inch housing needed a new pinion seal, and Dan added a set of 3.55 gears while he was at it. It currently sits on a smooth set of 641 Series Cragar wheels, measuring 15x7 in front and 15x8 out back.
The body was in poor shape and needed two new quarter-panels and a lot of bodywork. He's also changing the color to Sublime Green and wants to add a six-pack hood.
Dan's owned the car for five years and has a lot planned for his flat black B-Body. He's dedicated to his project and is a Mopar fan for life-another example of how important getting kids involved with Mopars at a young age is.
Restoration Specialties & Supply of Windber, Pennsylvania, is one of the world's largest and most well-known mail-order suppliers of finishing hardware, clips, screws, fasteners, and weatherstripping for cars, trucks, street rods, and muscle machines. Started in 1974 as a small antique auto parts supplier, Restoration Specialties & Supply manufactures and markets a large variety of replacement window channel and belt weatherstrip kits under the brand name Topcat Whiskers. They also manufacture and carry a full line of weatherstrip packages for the Mopar enthusiast.
For more information, to order a catalog, or place an order, call 814/467-9842, or visit their web site, www.restorationspecialties.com.
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Do you want to see your Mopar here? Do you want to be immortalized as a Mopar Muscle Young Gun? Is your car the nastiest thing on four wheels at your high school or college? Then send in your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Mopar Muscle, Young Guns, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619. Here's all you need to do: Send us some photos of you and your car, a description of your car, what you have done to it, and future plans for it. Be sure to include contact information and current e-mail address. Good luck!