"I wanted to build the car the way I wanted it, so it became a high-horsepower street/strip car."
'69 Plymouth Road Runner A12 Clone
Owned by: Mike Eads
- Engine: Mike and Dale Chenoweth at Chenoweth Speed and Machine in Morton, Illinois, started with their "Block-in-a-Bag" 440 big-block that they performed the machine work on to bring the engine up to 505 cubic inches. It features forged Diamond pistons, Eagle rods, and a forged steel crankshaft. The cam is a custom Chenoweth cam with .525-inch lift and they also ported the Edelbrock RPM cylinder heads which feature Harland Sharp roller rockers. An Edelbrock Six Barrel intake and Holley carburetors provide the air and fuel for the 11:1 compression big-block. It breathes through a 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust led by 2-inch primary tube tti headers with 3-inch collectors.
- Transmission: Gene's Transmissions rebuilt the manual transmission to hold the power and installed a Mopar 18-spline input shaft.
- Rearend: A Dana 44 with a Sure-Grip differential and 4.10 Richmond gears.
- Suspension: A PST rebuilt kit was installed along with six-cylinder torsion bars and Rancho adjustable shocks and SS springs.
- Brakes: 11-inch drums on all four corners
- Wheels and Tires: Stock steel Mopar three-nub H wheels from Stockton Wheel Service were powdercoated black. The fronts are 15x7 inch and the rears are 15x12s, and wear f7015 Redline radials and 315/60R15 Mickey Thompson drag radials, respectively.
- Body: New quarters were hung by Tracey Baines at the Hot Rod Body Shop in Normal, Illinois. Mike and Herb Beer modified and mini-tubbed the back of the Road Runner.
- Paint: PPG Viper Silver Extra Pearl
- Interior: Van Hooks Upholstery in Bloomington, Illinois, did all interior work. Mike added a 1970 long-handle factory pistol grip from a bench seat car. The interior parts were sourced from Legendary and the seats and door cars were accented with silver.