Real-world driving and handling was at the top of the priority list, but so was style. To get the absolute perfect stance without giving up any performance, RPM called The Roadster Shop to have a custom chassis built with some very strict parameters. The specs called for a 335/30R18 tire in the rear, a 255/35R18 in the front, LS7 power, and a implausibly low stance that would absolutely drop jaws and tweak necks. The real kicker was that it all had to stay under the stock Chevy II sheetmetal. No problem for The Roadster Shop crew; careful engineering and design was able to pull all that and more into a chassis that had no compromises in function.
All this was shaping up for one scrappy little machine—which is where the name came from. Just like even the biggest brawlers would be hesitant to step up to Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, Gerry realized her little welterweight fighter had the stuff to rock combatants in any ring of competition. So it’s “The Runt” to remind everyone that you have to watch out for the unexpected little guy.
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RPM/Gerry Kerna; Cranberry Township, PA
Rotating assembly: Callies Dragon Slayer, Oliver rods, Diamond pistons
Cylinder heads: ported LS7
Camshaft: custom Thompson Automotive Engines spec Bullet cam
Induction: LS7 intake and throttle body with Spectre Performance tubing and joints
Exhaust: Flowmaster 50-Series mufflers with custom 3-inch pipes coated by Prism High Tech Coatings
Fuel system: VaporWorx fuel system, custom tank by RPM
Cooling: custom-built PRC radiator
Built by: Thompson Automotive Engines
Transmission: Tremec T56 by Bowler Transmissions, McLeod RXT Street Twin clutch
Rearend: Currie 9+ Nodular with 3.70 gears
Front suspension: modified Heidts Pro-G crossmember with RideTech single-adjustable coilovers, splined sway bar by Speedway Engineering
Rear suspension: custom parallel four-link with Panhard bar and RideTech single-adjustable coilovers
Brakes: Wilwood 13-inch six-piston up front, 12-inch four-piston in the rear
Wheels: 18x9 and 18x12 Billet Specialties “Throttle”
Tires: 255/35R18 and 335/30R18 BFGoodrich g-Force KDW
Vintage Mopars are always few and far between at any given track event, and nearly nonexistent at autocrosses—especially block-long B-Body cars. Mike Musto aims to change that while wielding his own rendition of Dodge’s ultimate effort at high-speed racing: the Daytona.
While it originated as a standard ’69 Charger, as far as the body goes this is as close to the real deal as you can get. The Daytona parts are dead-on accurate and made from patterns off the original NASCAR parts by Mike Goyette of Dayclona Enterprises in Massachusetts. To our knowledge, it’s the only Pro Touring Dodge Daytona in existence. Seriously, when was the last time you’ve seen anything except a restored Daytona locked away like some sort of precious gem?
Mike puts his Daytona to good use often; it’s driven weekly, has been coast to coast three times—wound its way up into Canada and down to the Mexican border as well. This car is the definition of a driver. “Hell, we were one of the only cars that drove to SEMA,” Mike says. “That’s a 600-mile run there and 600-mile trip home, plus we raced it in the 2011 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational. While other cars were on or in trailers, we packed the trunk with parts and tools and drove it. This is a true long-distance street car with great driving and track manners.” He may not have made the Top 10 finishing places at the OUSCI, but Mike certainly exemplifies exactly the kind of point of view the competition is all about.