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Send images of your ride, along with all the information about your ride, and we'll make you a STAR. Remember to include ALL your information, even where you're from. Send your digital images (at least 300 dpi) and information to firstname.lastname@example.org; or snail mail your print images and info. to Mopar Muscle Magazine C/O PentaSTARS, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619. Send us a good quality front 3/4-shot (think feature shot), and an interior and engine bay shot.
Who: Garrett Ridenhour
Where: Stanfield, North Carolina
What: '71 Plymouth GTX
This is the second time that this '71 has been in the Ridenhour family. His father was its second owner, who sold it in 1979 when Garrett was just nine years old. Garrett saw it advertised for sale over the years, but it wasn't until 2005 that he could finally buy it and bring it home again.
Originally a Tor Red car, it had been repainted several times, including a Starsky & Hutch-style paint scheme, and one with murals front and back. It's now Tor Red again, with its GTX badging intact.
Underneath, its 440 Magnum—standard engine in the GTX from '67-'71—has been treated to a full rebuild, along with headers and Mopar Performance dress-up items. At each corner, big billet wheels and wide rubber fill B-Body's fenderwells even more than 60-series bias-plies ever could!
From Slant 6 To 446
Who: Ronnie Stahl
Where: Millersburg, Pennsylvania
What: '69 Dodge Swinger
Ronnie's Swinger was an original Slant-Six–powered A-Body that he upgraded with a 446-inch RB Wedge. Starting with a 440 block bored out .030-inch, he added 440Source aluminum heads (reworked by Schorr Performance), an Edelbrock Torker II intake with an 850-cfm carburetor, MSD ignition, and a big Comp Cams camshaft. Backing it is a built 727 with a Cheetah shifter, and a 3.91-geared 83⁄4 rear end.
It's also got a big Six Pack–style hoodscoop, Cragar wheels on BFGoodrich rubber at each corner, a Grant GT wheel, custom buckets and AutoMeter gauges inside—and it gets lots of looks when Ronnie takes it out on the street or to the strip!
Who: Donald Driftmier
Where: West Covina, California
What: '67 Plymouth Satellite hardtop
The Driftmier's Satellite is just one of the family's Mopar rides—but, no doubt, it's the quickest.
It's a father/son car (with son Kevin at the wheel here), which uses a nicely-built 440 for power, and boasts Hoosier slicks and a number of other street/strip mods that make it a quick runner in the Irwindale (CA) Speedway strip—which, fortunately for the Driftmiers and other Southern California street-legal drag racers, re-opened last April.
Also in their family fleet are these daily drivers: Donald's '72 Barracuda; his wife's '06 Chrysler 300 SRT8; Kevin's 5.7L Hemi-powered '06 Ram pickup; and their daughter's Hemi-powered '04 Durango.
Who: Bruce Tateham
Where: Port Alberini, British Columbia, Canada
What: '70 Plymouth Road Runner
Bruce's Bird started out as a 383/column-shift 727 car, but when he first spotted it at a show nearly 20 years ago, there was a built 440 with a Six Barrel intake setup on it under a custom scooped hood. Upgrades included a floor-mounted shifter and 3,800 stall converter for the 727, 4.10 gears and custom axles in the 83⁄4 rear end, plus aluminum wheels and big/little tires (and a huge exhaust system). Otherwise, it was a time-capsule original down to its triple-black color scheme.
In 2011, Bruce heard from a friend that a buddy of his was selling off his collection, which included a '70 Road Runner. Bruce asked if it was black, his friend said it was—and before too long, that '70 was in Bruce's garage.
Bruce adds that he's had other musclecars over the years, but this 78,000-original-mile Bird knocks them out of the water—as his pictures show.