There are a lot of "Great cars" at the meets that I go to. But only a few "GREAT cars."
1. Gotta be a MOPAR! (OK, so Usually)
3. Driveable on the street, which after all, is what they were built for. I make exceptions for all our track-only cars, though. If the motor is only good for 6 seconds a run...
4. Looks great! But not a "Trailer Queen" with chrome rotors that have no scuff marks, no matter how much they cost. Aardvarks are interesting to look at too, but limited purpose & certainly not great?
5. Sounds great! There's nothing like a nice cam lope as it idles by?
Dennis's '69 Plymouth Road Runner stands out from the crowd of merely "Great cars" & instantly became one of my favorites.
The glassy black paint has very subtle purple ghost flames that didn't show well in the late light. It has a .030" over 440 motor with a 6:71 blower. In street trim with the .613" lift cam, it puts out about 800bhp & will turn 10s in the quarter mile, even though it weighs 3,900 pounds. I say "about 800bhp" since he's added $1,500 worth of carbs & it hasn't been dynoed lately.
But wait! Tucked in behind the passenger seat is a nitrous bottle that adds about 200bhp more! (For that emergency run to the store before the game starts.)
It has a 727 manual shift auto trans with a 3800 stall converter, & a Dana 60 4.88 rear end. Gas mileage on the street is 4mpg. Dennis has had it for 9 years & says he's built it, rebuilt it, & is still rebuilding it now.
He drives it about 1,000 miles a year.
So far, & probably for some time after, its my "Car of the Year!" I think I'll use the motor for the cover shot in my "Detroit Iron" book.
This is Dennis, as nice a guy as you'd ever meet!