Isn’t It Gran(d)?
Who: Curt Wright
Where: Moparville, U.S.A.
What: ’70 Plymouth Barracuda Gran Coupe
Curt’s E-Body is a one-owner car that he ordered (with every option he wanted) from a dealer in Danville, Illinois, and took delivery of in November of 1969. He didn’t drive it much back then, and it eventually sat more than it was driven—which kept its mileage well below 30,000. In fact, the odometer shows only 26,400 miles! Eventually, after replacing brakes, exhausts, and other items that needed attention, Curt decided to restore it. He got help from Indy Cylinder Head who rebuilt the original 383, Allison Transmissions (restoring the 727), and Ken Mosier at The Finer Details. Curt says that over the years, he washed and waxed it endless times with his daughter while she was growing up—and he met his wife while driving it. As Curt puts it, “It’s more than a car, it’s a scrapbook of my life. The present selling price for this one owner car is “priceless.”
Who: Destiny Spyker
Where: Hyndman, Pennsylvania
What: ’67 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S fastback
Destiny’s ’67 is a family project, built by her dad Michael Spyker and her pap Ron Spyker, with special help from Ty and her Uncle Ron. Under the hood is a 500-inch big-block built by Ryan Johnson at Shady Dell Speed Shop in Port Matilda, Pennsylvania, (before their move to state college). Thanks to the 4.30 gears in back, it runs in the low 10s on the quarter-mile, yet is street drivable. The paint and graphics were done at Western Maryland Signs in Frostburg, Maryland.
Plum Crazy With A Twist
Who: Roger Buys
Where: Grand Rapids, Michigan
What: ’70 Dodge Challenger R/T hardtop
A long-time West Michigan Mopar fan, Roger bought his E-Body in 2004. An original FC7 Plum Crazy 340-powered R/T, its original engine was gone when he bought it (replaced by a 318 from an ’85 Diplomat cop car), but the body was in good shape. He replaced the 318 with a 360 that he got from one of his fellow Forever Mopar club members, then had C-Tech in Wyoming, Michigan, deck the block and bore it.030-inch over, adding a Stage II camshaft, a pair of Indy cylinder heads, and a 650-cfm Edelbrock four-barrel. It all added up to 341 rwhp on the dyno. Inside, Roger called on Legendary for new seat covers and Just Dashes for dash restoration. The power windows needed new switches, including the master control, and the 727’s stock shifter was replaced with a B&M Mega shifter, which goes nicely with the split-bench front seat. Outside, Cragar GT wheels on BFG’s fill the fenderwells, and the original Plum Crazy paint was accented by a repro V9Y yellow bumblebee stripe—a rare color combo, but the one that Roger’s R/T was built with.
Who: Alan Lindenberg
Where: Bronx, New York
What: ’69 Plymouth Road Runner hardtop
When Alan found this ’69 Bird, the former race car had been sitting in a garage for 35 years. A quick look convinced Alan to buy it, and he’s since restored, upgraded, or rebuilt everything on it. It’s one of 188 original 426 Hemi/Torqueflite ’69 Road Runner hardtops, and its Hemi now sports a more streetable hydraulic camshaft, a pair of 600-cfm four-barrels, plus an original block with its original 4.25-inch bore, and the stock forged-steel 3.75-inch crankshaft. Its 727 and Dana 60 were both treated to rebuilds (the TF also getting a 10-inch torque converter), the brakes were upgraded to four-wheel discs, and a 140-amp alternator replaced the stock one. mm
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