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1970 Plymouth GTX - Breaking All The Rules
Steve Lithicum's '70 GTX snowballs into a burnt orange masterpiece.
By Kevin DiOssi, Photography by Jerry Heasley
June 24, 2011
'70 Plymouth GTX
Owned by: Steve Linthicum, Westminister, Maryland
The 440 has been cleaned up .030-inch over and features JE Pistons, stock I-beam rods, and a stock steel crankshaft. The heads were reconditioned and a mild Crane cam and springs add a little performance to the big-block. Air is drawn through the Air Grabber scoop into a six-pack intake and carburetors. The ignition was converted to an MSD 6AL with a Pro Billet Distributor, and the oiling system is stock. Flowmaster 50-series mufflers deliver the classic muscle car sounds as they control the noises coming from the TTI 2-inch primary headers with 3-inch collectors. The engine setup produces a claimed 510 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque on an engine dyno.
Bill and Earl’s Automotive in Baltimore, Maryland, rebuilt the original four-speed shifted by a Hurst Pistol Grip.
A Dana 60 with 4.10 gears and sure grip differential.
Polished QA1 shocks were placed at all corners. Up front, the factory suspension was restored to stock and the upper control arms were made from polished stainless. Out back, 2-inch drop leafs were installed along with a Hotchkis Performance sway bar.
SSBC Force 10 polished calipers on all four corners with drilled and slotted rotors.
Wheels and Tires:
The gorgeous Billet Specialties wheels are staggered with 17x8 up front and 18x10 out back with 255/45R17 Nitto NT-555 fronts and 295/45R18 Nitto NT05 tires for the rear.
Body and Paint:
Dave Vrankin and Mike Baldwin replaced a lot of metal at their shop in Forest Hill, Maryland. After 600 hours of meticulous bodywork, the B-Body was taken into the paint booth for a new Hot Hue from DuPont, Harvest Flame.
Barry Schuster out of Perry Hall, Maryland, modified or replaced nearly everything inside the cabin of Steve’s GTX. The seats were covered in custom, black leather so he can sit in comfort as he holds onto the Billet Specialties steering wheel. The JVC KDA77 radio head unit is a DVD player with an integrated iPod hookup and Bluetoo¥th, for a touch of modern creature comforts. The stereo pounds out an outrageous decibel level, thanks to a JL 900-watt amp, JL C2 Evolution speakers, and subwoofer. To expand on the modern feel, the car was converted to a keyless entry with remote control of the windows.
There is no shortness of cool things to look at under this well-executed engine bay: a March Performance pulley system, polished aluminum radiator, and body-color six-pack air cleaner setup.
There is no shortness of cool things to look at under this well-executed engine bay: a Mar
The DuPont Hot Hues Harvest Flame is deceptively close to the Burnt Orange this GTX came with from the factory. But over 30 years of paint technology doesn’t go unnoticed as the color pops in even the most rudimentary light.
The DuPont Hot Hues Harvest Flame is deceptively close to the Burnt Orange this GTX came w
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By Kevin DiOssi
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