"They cut the windshield posts and floorpan, and put two cars together with about 30 1/8-inch bolts holding the floorpan together."--Jo Gardner
1972 Plymouth Road Runner GTX
Owned by: Jo Gardner, Vernal, Utah
- Engine: '69-vintage 440 Magnum had its block bored .040-inch, then he added Keith Black hypereutectic pistons that bring the compression ratio to a friendly 10.5:1, a Mopar M1 intake topped by a rebuilt Carter four-barrel, and a 2 1/2-inch exhaust system with Dynomax mufflers.
- Transmission: Rebuilt 727 TorqueFlite with a console-mounted OEM Slap Stick shifter.
- Rearend: A rebuilt 8 3/4 with Sure Grip and 3:23 rear gears.
- Suspension: Restored '72 Road Runner, with heavy duty torsion bars in front, heavy duty leaf springs in back, and heavy duty shocks all around.
- Brakes: Restored stock '72 Road Runner front disc/rear drum, power assisted
- Wheels and Tires: American Racing Torq-Thrusts that are 71 x 7 inches, and 17 x 8 inches, wear 225/55R17 Goodyear Assurance radials in front, and 275/50R17 Nitto NT450s in back.
- Body: Once-clipped '72 Plymouth B-Body was taken down to bare metal, and previous crash damage, rust, and "bodywork" (by Les Apt?-Ed.) was repaired. Then, Jo filled in the side-marker-light and smoothed the bumper bolt holes, and added a metal rear spoiler to the trunk lid.
- Paint: Sherwin-Williams' Metallic Blue, in base/clearcoat form, sprayed on by Tyler Nelson.
- Interior: The 'Bird's cabin was restored with front bucket/rear seat covers by Max Martin, and new carpets from YearOne.