Meanwhile, with the car at paint, Chenoweth Speed and Machine was busy piecing together Chenoweth's Monster, a 505-inch stroker 440. "I couldn't have asked for better engine builders than Mike and Dale," he states. "We became good friends over the course of the build and I'm using them on my current project, a '64 Fury." Mike and Dale buttoned the big-block up and made some tuning pulls on the engine dyno where it produced a crushing 627 hp and 684 lb-ft of torque. "Dale presumes the engine could make up to 75 horses more if they went with a different intake setup, but the Six Pack was necessary for the theme of the car."

"I had already made plans to bring the car to the 2008 Mopar NATS, but time was running out," he recalls. "Without even asking, my friends were there to offer their assistance." Herb worked with Mike to install the engine and work all of the bugs out, and Dale was there to help provide any last-minute parts to get the car going. Everything was buttoned up a week before the NATS, and Mike took it out to a local cruise night, where it performed flawlessly. Mike, Herb, Dale, and friend Jay Moran loaded the Road Runner onto the trailer along with Mike and Dale's engine that they entered into the Amsoil/Mopar Muscle Engine Challenge, and off they went.

"The event was a blast and we all had a lot of fun." Mike didn't enter the car into the car show but just came up to enjoy the weekend, which is where we ran into him.

The car has been done for about two years now and Mike hasn't left it in the garage. "I built it to drive and I'm out in the car all the time," he claims. He's driven it to many local events and shows where he's taken several first place trophies. He would like to take the Road Runner down the strip and get a good number out of it, though. Mike predicts it will run a mid 11-second pass, but he's optimistic to its potential. If there's one thing that's for sure, Mike built his Road Runner to live up to the character of the original A12 cars, and it would certainly be the car of choice for that sly, speeding cartoon bird.

Fast Facts
'69 Plymouth Road Runner A12 Clone
Owned by: Mike Eads
Chenoa, Illinois

Mopar Power

  • 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.

Sure-Grip

  • 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 Wheels were powdercoated black. The fronts are 15x7 inch and the rears are 15x12 and wear f7015 Redline radials and 315/60R15 Mickey Thompson drag radials, respectively.

High Impact

  • 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.