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1969 Plymouth GTX

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 10:54 AM

The engine bay is complete.  I even added the extra horn on the other side of the radiator core support.  After looking at several other builds of the '69 GTX, I noticed a squat in the rear suspension.  I decided to add a couple of risers to the rear leaf springs to raise the suspension a little.

More GTX to come...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, November 13, 2022 8:29 AM

BrandonK

Crysler spent $10K back in the day to develope that sound. It is not borrowed from a VW. The inner workings of the horn are aluminum rather than copper and do not have the trumpet like most horns giving the Roadrunner horn the unique meep-meep sound. They also paid for the right to use the Roadrunner name and the sound to the toon of $82K. Those horns were all painted purple and only a few thousand were made. Finding original pieces is quite rare now, but they are readily available in the aftermarket. Love what you got going here.

BK

 

Thanks Brandon!  The story I had heard came from an unreliable source many years ago and I was a little skeptical about it.  Yours has a ring of truth to it.  Thanks! 

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, November 12, 2022 10:14 AM

Crysler spent $10K back in the day to develope that sound. It is not borrowed from a VW. The inner workings of the horn are aluminum rather than copper and do not have the trumpet like most horns giving the Roadrunner horn the unique meep-meep sound. They also paid for the right to use the Roadrunner name and the sound to the toon of $82K. Those horns were all painted purple and only a few thousand were made. Finding original pieces is quite rare now, but they are readily available in the aftermarket. Love what you got going here.

BK

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, November 12, 2022 8:34 AM

BrandonK

Wow, for us Mopar guys, that is a glaring problem. Nice fix Mike. The wiper you created looks spot on. The "wiper motor" the kits calls for is clearly the "Roadrunner" horn included in the GTX kit. So the black horns you have painted would be correct for your build, but keep that other one for the Roadrunners of the future you will build. Most people don't know that the Roadrunner horn is unique and only used on the Roadrunners. The guys writing up the instructions clearly had no idea what he was looking at. 

Nice work, Mike. She really is looking sharp. As a Mopar guy, I approve!!

BK

 

Thanks Brandon!  I had heard that the "Roadrunner" horn was actually a Volkswagen Beetle horn and it was painted purple to differentiate it from its Beetle counterpart and to avoid a lawsuit from VW.  Not sure if that is true or not, but that is what I heard.

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, November 11, 2022 9:35 AM

Wow, for us Mopar guys, that is a glaring problem. Nice fix Mike. The wiper you created looks spot on. The "wiper motor" the kits calls for is clearly the "Roadrunner" horn included in the GTX kit. So the black horns you have painted would be correct for your build, but keep that other one for the Roadrunners of the future you will build. Most people don't know that the Roadrunner horn is unique and only used on the Roadrunners. The guys writing up the instructions clearly had no idea what he was looking at. 

Nice work, Mike. She really is looking sharp. As a Mopar guy, I approve!!

BK

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, November 11, 2022 8:46 AM

Thanks Eugene!

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Thursday, November 10, 2022 9:06 AM

Looking good!Master cylinder looks good!

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, November 10, 2022 9:02 AM

John, maybe but there is the space of the bracket to the mounting nub that makes the part questionable, plus the missing cylinder.  Sorry, but that is the Roadrunner horn.  

I found the wiper motor on an old AMT Dodge Challenger firewall and I added a power brake booster.

More GTX to come...

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 9:08 AM

Seems like the wiper mechanism but missing the motor.  Almost looks like they intended to have a cylender glued onto the nub/pin on the right.  A bit of sprue would fix it I bet.

Thanks,

John

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 9:02 AM

The two black painted 'cinnamon rolls' are horns.  

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 8:58 AM

It is a horn!  This has been subject of much criticism for many, many years.  Even my earlist Roadrunner had used the horn as a wiper motor.  I realized my and AMT's error and corrected it later by manufacturing a wiper motor.  I'm sure that the newest release of the Roadrunner and the GTX has the horn in place of a proper wiper motor.    

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Posted by Slotto on Sunday, November 6, 2022 7:58 PM

Mr Mike

I started working on the engine compartment of the GTX and installed the battery and the master cylinder and I stopped at the wiper motor.  The wiper motor is shaped like the Roadrunner horn according to the instructions and not like a wiper motor.  I guess I'll have to make one since I don't have one available. 

More GTX to come...

 

 

That does look like a horn

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, October 29, 2022 2:26 PM

I started working on the engine compartment of the GTX and installed the battery and the master cylinder and I stopped at the wiper motor.  The wiper motor is shaped like the Roadrunner horn according to the instructions and not like a wiper motor.  I guess I'll have to make one since I don't have one available. 

More GTX to come...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, October 29, 2022 7:50 AM

Thank you Jim!  

fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, October 28, 2022 7:41 PM

That paint job is georgeous Mike. Love that engine too. My old hands and eyes won't let me do work any where near that one any more. Keep up the great work.

Jim Captain

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, October 28, 2022 4:09 PM

Thanks lurch and Brandon!

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, October 28, 2022 9:40 AM

I always liked the GTX over the Charger in the B bodies. Great color choice, she looks awesome.

BK

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Posted by lurch on Friday, October 28, 2022 8:50 AM

Thats looking realy good Mike. I like the color.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, October 27, 2022 9:17 PM

keavdog

Rockers and hood?  Hard to tell from the pic

 

I have a limit of 3 pictures per posting.  Must be from when SA had a three picture limit and I have stuck with that over the years.  Yes, the hood and the rocker panels where painted with Tamiya Matt Black.  I tried to position the picture to include both the hood and the rocker panels.  

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, October 27, 2022 9:16 PM

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, October 27, 2022 12:55 PM

Hey Mike!

     Love the way you did the tailights! The lens area looks so real!

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, October 27, 2022 11:35 AM

Rockers and hood?  Hard to tell from the pic

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, October 27, 2022 9:46 AM

I finally painted the '69 GTX with Tamiya TS-6 Matt Black.  Next will be Gloss Clear over the Matt Black to bring out a glossiness to the paint.  

More GTX to come...

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:27 AM

mustang1989

Progress is sure looking good on this one Mike. Good on you for the way you tackled that molded in exhaust system. Those are always tricky. 

Molded in exhaust?  I think you had some other model in mind when you had posted that.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, October 9, 2022 9:07 PM

I did some detailing on the front grille, rear trunk lid and the taillights.  Then I started taping the hood for the Performance Hood Treatment.

More GTX to come...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 11:38 AM

Thanks diastermaster and Joe!

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    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 7:30 AM

disastermaster

 

 
Mr Mike

Good luck on your build!

 

 

 
Thanks,
 
Sometime in the near future I hope..... and it sure will NOT be weathered.
 

Go for it DM! Will be looking forward to a thread on whatever you decide to build. 

                   

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 7:29 AM

Progress is sure looking good on this one Mike. Good on you for the way you tackled that molded in exhaust system. Those are always tricky.

                   

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  • From: On my kitchen counter top somewhere in North Carolina.
Posted by disastermaster on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 12:14 AM

Mr Mike

Good luck on your build!

 

 
Thanks,
 
Sometime in the near future I hope..... and it sure will NOT be weathered.

 

 

 

 
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