1969 Plymouth Road Runner:
This Road Runner 440 6 barrel clone car came to the current owners as a respectable driver with some hidden issues. Like so many cars out there this Road Runner had been given a lot of exterior attention to make it look great on the surface, but little had been done to the underlying structural issues that had started.
The current owner decided it needed to be addressed. The car deserved to be preserved that is where we came in. After a few reviews of the car we got a plan and the car came to us in NH. At first like so many projects the client originally wanted to do just a partial restoration focusing on structural underbody work and engine compartment and some cosmetic stuff. As the work progressed so did the to do list. The client saw the value of doing everything and doing it correctly.
Structurally the left front frame rail and apron panel had been weekend by rust. So much so that when the engine was removed the lift off hood no longer fit. We cut out the drivers frame rail and apron and removed the k-frame and suspension and powder coated the k-frame. The vehicle owner being a mechanic by trade handled all the drivetrain and suspension work. We also replaced the right side radiator support panel to accommodate the larger Mopar radiator. Replaced torsion bar crossmember and installed a complete 1 piece floor assembly from the front toe boards to the back seat area. Replace the left and right rear quarter panels, outer wheel house panels , trunk floor drop of panels, rear body sill cross-member and a right side rear frame rail extension. All parts were treated from inside, refinished and texture coated for preservation. The underbody was epoxy primed and texture coated to duplicate the factory appearance. The remaining outer body panels were repaired and refinished. The car was redone in the correct color Vitamin C Orange , one of the the special Mopar "High Impact Colors". The original vinyl top remained .
Our work was completed in the fall of 2017 and the final mechanical work is being completed this winter. Final photos will be added once the Road Runner is out on the road. Beep beep! (Sorry I couldn't resist.)
July 25, 2019 update on the Road Runner project. We just received a message and photos from Steve and Linda owners of the Plymouth that they just received a Best Paint award at tonight’s Hemmings Motor News Cruise In Show in Bennington Vermont! Congratulations and thanks for sharing the pictures and the news.