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1969 Plymouth 383 Road Runner

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1969 Plymouth 383 Road Runner
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, October 12, 2017 4:27 PM

About twenty years ago I built a '68 Road Runner with a 383 CI engine that I had cobbled together from my parts box.  I was looking at the model sitting on the shelf and I thought, "Man, that looks like it's ready for a re-build."  The next day, I found an AMT '69 GTX body in a box of stuff and I thought, "I wonder if I can make a '69 Road Runner out of this?"  I got out my sanding sticks and files and proceeded to remove the side moldings and the GTX scripts.  I now have a '69 Road Runner body.

I wanted this Road Runner to have a 383 CI big block engine and my first thought was to re-build the current engine, but I decided to look in the parts box for another engine and found one from a departed '71 Charger R/T.  It's already orange and all I have to do is clean up the engine.

More to come...

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On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, October 12, 2017 4:34 PM

Over the last couple of days, the more I looked at the engines, the more I hated them.  Again, back into the parts box I went and found a left over 440 CI engine from an AMT '70 Hemi Super Bee.  This will do, so I assembled the new 383!  In scale, the 383 and the 440 are the same physical size.

This morning, I painted the 383 with Mopar Street Hemi Orange engine paint and put it into the humidifier for several hours.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, October 12, 2017 4:41 PM

In my mind, I could envision a '69 Road Runner in Rallye Green, so a search through my spray cans produced a partial can of Tamiya TS-20 Metallic Green which I'll use up.  A search online produced an image of a Rallye Green '69 Road Runner hardtop with the Performance Hood Treatment on a Coyote Duster air induction hood.  I also had these in my parts box.

I got the body, hood, and the dog house into primer this morning.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:40 PM

Thoroughly looking forward to another beautiful mopar ( biased ?... Moi ? ) Whistling

Love the forest green plan .

Are you having the two black hood stripes ? ( or was that just for a 440/426 ?) 

I'd love to do a 440+6 R.R.  with the lift off ( fibreglass? ) hood in black & the 'poles' to hold it up ... along with a matching '69 Superbee (red or butterscotch Hmm or one of each...) 

My dad had a '68 Satellite 318/727 ( was an I.6 225) way back in the 80's before the '68 R/T , it ended up a Petty clone in someone elses hands .... Zip it! 

 

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, October 14, 2017 8:38 AM

Thanks Spencer, even if you are a little biased! Wink

The paint color you mentioned is incorrect.  It is Rallye Green, not Forest Green.  Rallye Green is a very bright metallic green.  Forest Green is a dark green.  

I am also using the Performance Hood Treatment which is the two black stripes that run from the windshield and A Pillar to the grille and the tops of the front fenders.  It was available on the 383 and the 426 Hemi engine equipped models.  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

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Posted by streetrod on Saturday, October 14, 2017 4:06 PM

Hi Mike,

I was just looking at the picture you just posted and I just might have some redline tires you could have if you wanted tu use them. I'll take a look through my tire "stash" if you think you might br interested. Let me know.

As a side note Mike, I looked up Plymouth Rallye Green and it indeed is a metallic color so your choice of Green looks to be very, very close to correct . Way to go!!!! 

Barry

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Saturday, October 14, 2017 6:40 PM

Awsomeness

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, October 14, 2017 9:01 PM

streetrod

Hi Mike,

I was just looking at the picture you just posted and I just might have some redline tires you could have if you wanted tu use them. I'll take a look through my tire "stash" if you think you might br interested. Let me know.

As a side note Mike, I looked up Plymouth Rallye Green and it indeed is a metallic color so your choice of Green looks to be very, very close to correct . Way to go!!!! 

Barry

 

Thanks Barry!  I already have a set of white lettered tires for this Road Runner.  I won't be needing any red line tires, but I do thank you for offering!  The picture I had posted was to illustrate the color I had chosen and the Performance Hood Treatment that I want to use.  

The Rallye Green for Plymouth is close to the Chevrolet Rallye Green and are both spelled the same, but probably a slightly different shade of metallic green.  I built a '69 Chevy Nova COPO 427 in the same color.  I hope the partial can of Tamiya Metallic Green will be enough since I do have way too many cans of green paint and I am hoping to make a little bit of room in my paint drawers.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

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Posted by rickr442 on Saturday, October 14, 2017 11:15 PM

RWL tires are a good idea. The UniRoyal redlines were so squishy that lots of them got smoked off in the first week or two of the car's life and replaced. Raised White Letter tires were just getting hot at that point in time...

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, October 15, 2017 7:47 AM

To me, these Road Runners always looked better with RWL tires than they did with blackwall, whitewall, or redline tires.  This build will represent a recent slightly restored car from today than one that is just off the dealership floor in 1969.  Now, maybe tuck the bumpers in and narrow them a bit...   

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, October 16, 2017 3:19 PM

I got my '69 Road Runner grille in the mail today!  A really nice and clean casting, too!  

I had to modify the grille area on the body for the grille to fit.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by streetrod on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:10 AM

Hi Mike,

I wish I'd have remembered to ive you that partially used can I had downstairs when you guys were over on Friday. If you're not going to paint this until our next meeting, I'll bring it for you and you won't have to buy more paint. Isn't getting old fun!!!!!

Barry

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 8:23 AM

Barry, my "inner child" is starting to grow up and even he is becoming forgetful!  SmileSad  Sometimes, getting old is not fun at all!  Sad  To tell you the truth, I don't know when I will get to painting the Road Runner.  With our next meeting still over 2 weeks away, I may need that can, just in case.  I'll let you know more later.  Thanks!   

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

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Posted by rickr442 on Thursday, October 19, 2017 1:36 AM

Great idea on the bumpers, Mike.  The bumnper tuck is my absolute favorite of all the ideas forwarded by the current batrch of custom car builders.

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, October 19, 2017 1:16 PM

Mine, too!  I haven't seen anyone do the bumper tuck on a mid '70s machine yet.  That would be quite the feat!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, October 21, 2017 8:37 AM

I sat down at the bench this morning with an idea that I had used on my '68 Hemi Road Runner from several years ago.  I had an issue with the thin scribe line on the hood and the hot MCW lacquer paint I had used burnt through the hood and showed a nasty burn mark on the top of the hood.  I am not using MCW paint on this hood, but I am using Tamiya TS-20 Metallic Green paint which is not as hot a paint.  But, the scribe mark is still there and I would like to eliminate that line as much as possible.  Using some sheet styrene, I cut a small and thin piece and filled the line with glue and layed the styrene into the groove.  When the glue has dried, I will trim the styrene level with the hood and the groove will be filled.

Since I am using the air grabber duct, I needed to find a air cleaner to match.  I can't remember where this air cleaner came from and it really doesn't fit the duct, but it is better than nothing.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by High octane on Saturday, October 21, 2017 9:06 AM

Nice project mrmike, is that the JoHan kit or no? I'm currently working on a '70 Road Runner kit, as I just love dem Mopars!

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:15 AM

This is not the Johan kit.  It is an AMT GTX that I am converting to a '69 Road Runner.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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