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  • JERICOGTX
    started a topic 68 Road Runner "The Motovator"

    68 Road Runner "The Motovator"

    Sometime around 1988-9 my Dad traded a set of wheels and tires for a old worn out and beat up 68 Road Runner to use as a family parts car. The car had some letting on the doors and was called "The Motovator". I was 14 years old at the time and wanted to fix that car up but my Dad said no, it's too far gone. It had been hit on the driver side and was missing a fender, hood and front bumper. The inner fenders were cut for fender well headers and someone hacked the tunnel to install a 4 speed. One of the first things I did was take off the fender tag and kept in my dresser drawer for safe keeping. The car only had 2 options when it left the factory. Automatic trans and a 3.55 sure grip rear. Those options meant it then came with a 26 inch radiator.

    Anyway the old "Motovator" was picked clean of every last part imaginable. Some stuff went in my Dad's 69 Super Bee, my brothers '69 Charger, and my first car that I still have today a '69 GTX. It was nothing more than a stripped carcass of it's former glory, sitting on my Grandparents farm.

    Fast forward to 2006. The bug to work on another project bit me. I looked around, but even rusted hulks were way out of my price range. While visiting my Grandparents, I made my way to do my usual routine and pay my respect to the once mighty "Motovator". While looking at the stripped shell all I could think of "how bad could it be?" I found my next project!

  • DanStokes
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    Coming along! And it looks great.


    Dan

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  • JERICOGTX
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    Been really busy on the car lately. Pretty much every spare moment, is spent working on the car. Got the floors painted, dash installed, and almost finished with the roll cage.

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  • JERICOGTX
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    Some color

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  • JERICOGTX
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    Just some block sanding lately...

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  • JERICOGTX
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    Sprayed the final coat of primer in the passenger compartment, and trunk.

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  • JERICOGTX
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    I guess I thought you were going to put a larger wheel/tire combination on it.

    Some people.
    LOL! It is still getting the 14x32 tires in the rear, and will be about 3 feet lower.

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  • AndyB
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    In order to get the car to a friends place, to use his paint booth, I need to take the car off the rotisserie, so I can transport it, and get it into booth. It will then go back on the rotisserie. Here are the bolt in wheel dollies I made for it. The wheels are 10", and will be easier to move around.
    I guess I thought you were going to put a larger wheel/tire combination on it.

    Some people.

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  • DanStokes
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    Well Hello Dollie! (Louis Armstrong, from the musical).

    Dan

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  • JERICOGTX
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    In order to get the car to a friends place, to use his paint booth, I need to take the car off the rotisserie, so I can transport it, and get it into booth. It will then go back on the rotisserie. Here are the bolt in wheel dollies I made for it. The wheels are 10", and will be easier to move around.

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  • JERICOGTX
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    Got some block sanding done over the last couple weeks. The bumpers are ready for final prime, and the decklid, and doors are ready for primer. I'm working on the hood right now, that one will take a while. Also is a picture of the new parachute handle, and inside the car, On/Off power switch handle. I wanted something that looked better than the flat aluminum piece, so a friend from work designed these. They are 3/8" thick, and have a nice radiused edge to them, and look similar the trunk hinges, and seat brackets that he also made for me.

    With some luck, this turd might get painted this year..

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  • DanStokes
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    My favorite year - 1970 (had one). The '68s and 69s were pretty similar and of course the 71s were the new body style leaving the '70s all by themselves. I liked 'em then and now.

    Dan

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  • silver_bullet
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    I know the year is incorrect, but it is well intended for motivational purposes...

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  • JERICOGTX
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    Great project and very cool old Motivator pictures!
    Thanks Jim. I'm hoping to display it in the Midwest Mopars race barn some day. I did find out there is a car show in August, in the town the car was from. I am going to try and have it finished for that, but not a for sure thing right now.

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  • silver_bullet
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    Damn, thats cool!

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