1968 Plymouth Roadrunner

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Posted On July 2, 2014

Owners: Ken & Pam from Trenton, ON.

“Our 1968 Plymouth Road Runner was ordered through Ken Scott Motors in Port Credit, Ontario, on April 13th, 1968 and was delivered on May 22nd, 1968.

The Road Runner is a two door hard top with dark green metallic paint and a black interior. The engine when purchased was a 383CI with a factory four speed transmission and 323 rear gears. Magnum 500 wheels with red line Goodyear tires along with a décor package, which was also ordered as part of the car options.

The car was a daily driver up until the year 2000, when following my retirement a complete rotisserie restoration was started. Jamie Scott of Scotts Auto in Simcoe Ontario was my Guru throughout this project and applied a flawless paint job. This labour of love took a year and a half to complete.

The original colour code “G” was reapplied with the help of Daimler Chrysler, who provided the formula for a base clear application. The under body also has four coats of base and two coats of clear. The engine was performance enhanced and the drive train was refurbished and painted. The interior seats, carpeting and door panels were redone using original and or period correct materials. The car still has its original red line spare tire, with forty five year old air still in it.

In 2011 the original 383 engine was removed and replaced with a date coded period correct 426CI Street Hemi. This engine was built and dynoed by owner Tim Banning of FHO (For Hemis Only) in Bewdley, Ontario. The drive shaft required replacement and a Dana 60 rear end with 355 gears was installed. New larger diameter front sway bars were also installed along with new HD Hemi leaf springs.

The car has and is a pleasure to drive and has shown well at all the car shows and cruise nights throughout Southern Ontario. People fall in love with the 426 Hemi, I guess what’s not to love!

The car with the original 383CI engine, drive shaft and rear end, safe in my shop, still make it a numbers matching car. We still have the original build sheet, invoice and bill of sale for this car.

There are no better people like car people and we can’t wait for a new car season to start so we can meet even more. I met my beautiful wife Pam through this hobby. She drives a 1970 red 396 SS Chevelle, but that’s another story.

So we’ll say bye for now and hope to see you at the next car show or cruise night and remember ‘keep the rubber side down’.”

Ken & Pam Reichert

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