"We'd go out on Interstate 79 south of Pittsburgh, and there would be 100-120 cars out there at 12:30 at night on Fridays and Saturdays."--Ted Brine
'69 Plymouth Road Runner
Owned by: Ted Brine, Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Not the Bird's original 426 Hemi, but Ted and Mark Becker (with machining and dyno help from Tom Hemphill) built this one based on a .030-inch bored '66 block with a forged-steel crankshaft and rods, JE forged 10.3:1 pistons, solid-lifter Engle camshaft, Mopar aluminum heads, two 860 cfm Holleys on a magnesium cross-ram intake and Hooker Headers...all good for 501 horsepower and 520 lb/ft of torque on pump gas. "We have some leads on the original block" says Ted.
Transmission: A Passon-built, slick shifted, aluminum 833, with a Hurst DPFX shifter (like Ronnie Sox and Dick Landy used), with a Lakewood scattershield and McLeod twin disc clutch.
Rear: The car still carries the original Dana 60, but with 4.10 gears replacing the OEM 3.54s (and 4.88 Zoom gears the car was raced with).
Modified stock '69 Road Runner, with Slant Six torsion bars and Mr. Gasket 80/20 shocks up front, and Mopar Super Stock leaf springs, Mr. Gasket shocks and a Mopar pinion snubber in back.
Brakes: Just like it came from the Lynch Road assembly line: Non-power 11-inch Mopar drums at all corners
Wheels/Tires: Installed-in-1970 Keystone "Kustomags" (15 x 4 inch fronts and 15 x 8 in back). Wear skinny, 7.75x15 Dayton Thoroughbred bias-plys in front, and Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pro 29x12.5X15s in back
Original 1969 Plymouth B-Body wears its original B5 Blue acrylic enamel paint that Chrysler's Lynch Road assembly plant sprayed on the car back then. The '69 1/2 A12 hood is matte black fiberglass with the same lettering painted on by Ted in 1969. According to Ted, the "starburst" HEMI covered up the outline of the "440 6 BBL" decal that came off when that hood went on to clear the race induction system and reduce weight. (Ted still has the original steel hood.)
Interior: Base '69 Road Runner black bench, in all its Spartan glory except for the Stewart Warner cable-driven mechanical tach and SW oil pressure and water temperature gauges.