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    1971 Speedipus Rex

    Finally with winter here and my other car in a new location - I have lots of room to start on my new project - a 1971 Plymouth Roadrunner. It's a 383 manual 4 speed with 276 gears and about 786269 miles on the odometer. Black Bucket seat interior with low opitions - I will give you more specs on the car when i can get through all the boxes to find the Vin tag - I believe I'll be the third owner of the car - last registered in 2001 - Previous owner did a bunch of body work to the car, Por-15 the whole underside and interior and never got around to finishing the project. My parents picked it up as a wedding gift for my Wife and I, The car has a huge significance to our family as it was the same car my dad had when i was born and sold it later when I was 4 (although his was a 72). I have always wanted to do a runner the same like my dad had back when i was a kid - he had a 2 tone paint scheme:
    (I'll post the pics here later)

    I'll be using the car to drive as much as possible during the year - with some autox and roadracing on the side - I've been busy doing the autox, dirt track, drifting and roadcoarse the last 5 years and always dreamt what it would be like to create a runner I have always wanted to have - the handling of todays cars with yesterdays looks, While adding one or two of my personal touches. I hope you like it!

    Heres what i get to start off with:










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    Currently waiting for parts but here is my parts list so far (will add as more parts come in):

    470ci stroker kit from Muscle Motors built locally by Performance Powertrain, Edlebrock RPM heads, Edleborck RPM Intake, Comp Cams XE285HL, Comp cams ultra pro magnum rockers, Milodon billet oil pump and cover, Milodon road race pan, QFT 830 4 bbl Carb with annular boosters and mechanical secondaries and electric choke, March Aluminum pulley set.
    68 Camaro ABS front spoiler
    69 Camaro fiberglass rear spoiler
    8.75" backbraced with 489 case 3.55 gears Eaton True Trac
    AAR Quality Fiberglass hood with air grabber
    ABS chin whiskers
    Afco leaf spring sliders
    AndyF 13" Viper big brake kit from doctor diff w/drilled slotted rotors
    AndyF stainless MC shield
    AndyF stainless starter shield
    AndyF LCA braces
    ASD hydraulic ebrake Pistol grip conversion
    Auto Rust Technicicans Torque boxes
    Boregson large sector PS box with coupler
    Custom tie rod sleeves 11/16" by Brads70
    Custom subframe connectors 1x3" steel
    Custom 1.75" DOM rad brace
    Custom 1.5" DOM inner fender braces
    Custom torsion bar brace
    Custom hydraulic clutch conversion with 7/8" wilwood master cylinder and 7/8" slave cylinder
    Doctor Diff 11.7" loaded cobra calipers rear disk brake kit with custom timken bearing and ebrake kit
    Doctor Diff 15/16" aluminum master cylinder
    Dougs 2.5" electric exhaust cutouts
    Energy Suspension Polyurethane bushings
    Enkei 18x9.5 +15 Black RPF1's with 245/45/18 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3
    Firm feel Fast ratio Pitman and Idler arm with upgrade roller bearing kit
    Firm feel 1.12 torsion bars
    Firm feel nylon control bushings
    Firm feel greasable control pins
    Firm feel 2" rear leaf spring brackets
    Headman headers 78030
    Hella H4 headlight housings
    Hella H1 headlight housings
    Hellwig tubular front sway bar 1.25"
    Hellwig rear adjustable sway bar 7/8" with adjustable solid endlinks
    Hotchkis Front geometry corrected tubular upper A arms
    Hotchkis Heavy Duty rear leaf spring brackets
    Hotchkis Adjustable Strut rods
    Hotchkis Heavy Duty front sway bar bushing brackets
    Howe 11/16" tie rod ends with 5/8" stud bumpsteer kit and spacers
    Hypercoils rear leaf springs (200lbs)
    Magnumforce 2" Dropped spindles
    Moog problem solver balljoints
    Moog tie rod ends 11/16"
    Moog K750074 front endlinks
    Mopardude custom gas tank
    QA1 double adjustable shocks
    Science Friction clutch ,pressure plate and Lightened steel flywheel
    Stitch welded the whole underside of the car
    TTI 2.5" X-pipe exhaust
    Wilwood proportioning valve


    I'm sure i'm forgetting more parts i have bought or will buy - I'll keep adding to this list so stay tuned!
    Last edited by dangina; 06-11-2014 at 10:21 PM.

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    WOW! Should be awsum!

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    Looks pretty clean!

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    Sweet nice car.

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    Dangina – Glad to see some pictures of your project! Congratulations on getting the car back in your family. Looks like it’s going to be a fun project. We look forward to more updates.
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    Really nice....cool car...i love the 71 RR's...
    Project "PRO RUNNER" - 1971 Plymouth Road Runner Pro Touring
    408 Stroker SB (500+HP / 520ft.), EFI, Keisler A41 4-Speed-Automatic, 3.73 gears, Wilwood 14"-6 Piston front / 12.19"-4-Piston rear, AlterKtion with airride, Street-Lynx rear suspension with airride, 19"/20" Budniks, Custom interior, and much more...

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    and so it begins:



    painted my torque boxes and started spot welding the frame - sorry for the cell phone pics - I tried taking pictures of me spot welding the frame, welds are ground down just before I apply the body sealer and paint





    will take more pics here in the next couple days when I get to work in the garage

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    Sweet dude!
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    Dangina – That’s awesome. It’s great to see more progress. Keep it up!
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    Thanks for the comments guys! Here's what I did on my days off:

    focused on the rear passenger framerail - grind, then spot weld, then paint with rust coat, then body sealer, then por-15 - ugh, seems like more work actually doing it, got 1 torque box in, the more I look underneath the car - the more panels I see the previous owner missed. Makes me want a hoist even more now - I'm tired of working on the floor - will have to wait till i buy a new house to get a shop to fit a hoist in, as my garage is only 7 1/2 feet high!
    now the pics:

    test fit the rear spring plate before I welded in the torque box,





    some items that came in!
    wilwood 12.19 rear kit

    what you get from hotchkis:



    Now I feel really stupid - I thought the AndyF's Viper calipers on 13" Merecedes rotors from Doctor diff came with the Viper calipers. Stupid me. To top it off I talked to Cass at doctor diff and he says the kit is meant to run a 5 3/4" BS rim (ie Mustang rims). Great. I like my rims with as much negative offset as possible. Lesson learned. Heres a pretty pic of what the rotors look like:


    now its back to the grind for another 4 - 12 hour days....

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    Dangina – Having an early Christmas? Nice parts you’ve got there!
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    teaser pic new air grabber hood fro AAR fiberglass - been so busy the past 2 months - trying to get my car finished before I send it off for body work and paint - been taking lots of pics - will upload all of them when the car goes to the shop this week...


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    Wow your really moving along . Are you planning on having it driveable this year? New parts are always fun huh!

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    Planing to have it drivable this spring! this is the first time ever in my life where I can just buy the parts I wanted and be able to just put them on from the beginning - I've always had to buy a part here and there (mostly used) and run them from there and because you fixed one area, another area ends up wearing out twice as fast. It'll be so nice just to put them on and drive...The only thing I won't be able to touch for a year or two is engine - the 383 will have to wait - I had to sell a 73 charger and a whack load of drift parts off my drift car to fund this - And all I am replacing is suspension, electrical and weather stripping and sporting a new hood. I tell ya if it were a chevy or ford the parts would be half (or more) as cheap and I could have bought a crate motor and still had money left over, but the car would never look as good

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