’69 Plymouth GTX

Thank you for visiting and following another jakesgeneralstore.com restoration.  This is the um’teenth Mopar restoration for yours truly. The challenge with this build is that it is being done without a nice big shop. link here.  Here is a build that is being done in a typical 3 car garage, while always keeping the daily drivers and other classics in the garage. Space management is an issue and the accomplished goal of downsizing to a retirement home, while good in theory, offers considerable challenges for car guys doing restorations. The paint and body is most certainly being outsourced. Choosing a good bodyshop to use, if you can find one, is one of the up-front tasks performed in the planning phase as discussed in my blog post Managing Your Restoration.  Disassembly, small parts restoration, and most system restoration is taking place in my small garage. It is a challenge but it is working. It passes the time. Onward!

After the AAR Cuda build I said I was done restoring cars. Well the bug bit again on a walk around the lake with my wife. This ’69 GTX was sunk into the earth along a line of trees. Within a few days, and after coercing owner to sell, the car was on my trailer. 

1969 Plymouth GTX, A true Track Pack car (A33) – Dana 60 is present and the numbers matching 4 spd is present as well. Interior floors are solid but will need trunk floors and 1/4s. the Right side floor support (see pic is rotten). Frame rails look solid. Other rust is typical areas around vinyl top and under battery tray. The car does have power steering and a center console. B5 Blue and B7 Blue guts.

Progress Timeline- Captains Log. 

August 13th, 2020- Dana 60 rear end rebuild- $2,991

The coveted Dana 60 rear end is back from being professionally rebuilt and properly set up. A new Dana locker and Moser axles along with green bearings were installed in the stock rear end housing.  The professional set up in a rear end here is what the big deal is.

What I find interesting about Mopar using a Dana 60 in their muscle cars is that the Dana 60 was built for Mopar’s truck division. Mopar muscle car engines produced so much torque and horsepower that the Dana 60 truck rear end was adapted to go under the muscle cars. It was sure to not detonate. Yes it was big and heavy but remember unlike the heavy Chevys of the same era, Mopar did not put a full frame under their cars. Mopars were unibodies. This rebuilt rear end, using the latest technology, i.e. the new Dana locker green bearings are examples in utilizing today’s top technology on the insides but retaining the correct restoration look on the outside. Imagine having an adjustable wheel/axle bearing blow out after restoring your ride and sending ball bearings all over the highway. No thanks. 

June 24th, 2020- Car is back from media and sand blasting. $1,700

An interesting discovery was made. Owner upgrade trailer-tow package?  It appears the rear upper shock absorber bracket, directly above the rear end, has been replaced and upgraded with a very stout 3/8″ piece of channel angle iron. Moreover, note the 3/8″ flat strap that wraps around the frame rail. The car also had an extremely heavy duty trailer hitch that included vertical 10″ bolts that went through the frame rails up through the trunk floor and into the trunk.  One can safely deduce that a previous owner used his “Gentlemen’s Muscle Car” for a bit of family vacationing pulling a big camper? Or, maybe used to pull his  Mopar drag car to the track on a trailer? After all the car did have a factory truck rear end, Dana 60 with 3:54 gears, a big block 440 and a 4 speed. Stopping was a different concern as the car did not have power brakes and had all drum brakes

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June 10, 2020-Reengaged on the project stripping parts off of the car and prepping for blasting. 

 

April 2020

Stainless and long lead pot metal items needing refinishing has been sent out. est $2,600

 

2016 the motor rebuild and dyno testing/ break-in is complete. All in cost for machine work, carb, correct Dist. , stock exhaust manifolds etc. $7,346.98

’69 HP Motor rebuilt and was on dyno in the fall of 2016. 374HP- stock rebuild on a virgin block. NOM to car- came out of ’69 Coronet R/T. WS23L9G148774 

The end goal

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