Classics Junkyard Find: 1973 Plymouth Road Runner

12:00  11 may  2018
12:00  11 may  2018 Source:   hotrod.com

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Junkyard find : 1974 Plymouth Road Runner ; Hazzard's Daisy Duke, where are you? 1973 -’74 Plymouth Road Runners and Dodge Chargers were equipped with large rubber bumperettes to meet safety requirements.

Steve Magnante of Junkyard Crawl fame decodes the details for a Petty Blue 1973 Road Runner found deep in the woods of Pennsylvania! The year 1973 was an important one for the Plymouth Road Runner .

The year 1973 was an important one for the Plymouth Road Runner. For the first time since 1969, the base price dropped below $3,000. By slashing the price to $2,987, a full $252 less than 1972 (which was priced at $3,239), sales nearly tripled from 6,831 to 17,443! And remember, in the early seventies muscle car sales were in a freefall. Plymouth really performed a miracle.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Junkyard find : 1972 Plymouth Road Runner . 1972 model year and older vehicles appear to be the normal dividing point. Sorry, 1973 Dodge Chargers, its the crusher for you.

Crushing view of a 1973 Plymouth Roadrunner at this Minnesota junkyard . 1968 Plymouth Road Runner (top) in Bright Blue Metallic (QQ1 paint code). Chargers all over the place "If you count closely there are nine 1968-70 Dodge Chargers and those are only the ones I found ," said Marano.

To get under the $3K threshold and tickle sales, the lowly 318 2-barrel economy mill replaced the 340 as the standard engine. That's right, Road Runners were available with a single 2-barrel carb for the very first time. But get this, instead of the lame single exhaust used in other 318 applications, Road Runner retained the full dual exhaust system used on the (now optional) 340 small-block. Better yet, out back, every Road Runner got the cool slotted chrome and orange bazooka exhaust tips first seen in 1971.

Here, we present the remains of a Basin Street Blue 340 4-speed Road Runner discovered in a dormant Pennsylvania boneyard. Its future is undetermined but luckily the yard's owner knows enough never to crush it. Let's crawl

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20 Comments on “ Junkyard Find : 1975 Plymouth Road Runner ” Try finding a ’68 road runner with disk brakes, A/C, power, etc. for a reasonable price. Quite hard. Now try finding a 1975 any-model without those options.

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Oddly, at $153 the 240-horsepower, E55 small-block 340 (H code) cost $31.85 more than the E68 big-block 400 wedge (P code). We'd take the 400 any day.

For $241.90, torque junkies could still get the 280-horsepower E86 440 big-block (U code), but the 4-speed and attendant Dana 60 axle were finally removed from the menu. The heavy duty D34 Torqueflite was the only way to fly. A mere 117 440s were sold in 1973.

As in 1972, when the 440 was specified, a Road Runner automatically became a "Road Runner GTX." It was Plymouth's way of burying the GTX without killing it. The last stand-alone GTX models were built in 1971, the final 440 Road Runner GTX appeared in 1974.

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David in Indiana told us about bunch of neat, but neglected ,vehicles in his area, including the Sublime Green 1970 Dodge Superbee that was in a previous article.&nbsp;In his backyard, he had a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, a 1968 Dodge Superbee, and his fun project was an original yellow 1970 Dodge Coronet. The Road Runner was the worst of the two. It had been sitting for a long time before David had saved it. Missing parts, it was a big project. The Superbee was in rough shape as well, but was still solid enough to be considered one of those new trendy "Ratty Muscle Cars". It had been sitting a long time as well before David rescued it and put it in his backyard.

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