1968 Plymouth Road Runner Clone
Shallow Pockets
Stephen Malone Jr. grew up in an exclusively Mopar family. He spent years following Stephen Malone Sr. to the Mopar Nationals swap meets looking for the parts to complete whichever car he had at the time. He would haggle for every part; it took him three years to buy a headlight bezel from the same guy who brought it to the swap meet each year. When it came time for Jr. to start building, he got this '68 Satellite as a gift. Pops traded a '69 Chevelle junker, because he wanted the Mopar. Jr. is more liberal with his spending than his father, but learned some valuable lessons. You really need to stick to a budget, especially when it comes to Mopars. Having a Camaro or Mustang wasn't an option because he wanted to have something that was rarer.

The idea is to tuck a dual-carb 440 with a low-rise intake under the factory hood. Wheeler-dealer dad found him a great trade for a rotting Hemi from the backyard to get the '68 440 engine Jr. hoped for. This would be his first project on his own and he wanted to learn as much as he could from it, so what was the first thing he did? He took the entire car apart. The first step is to send all of the metal to the soda blaster to give him a clean slate to work on. He will be doing all of the bodywork and wrenching himself at home, and thanks to dad's parts stash, he will have much of the materials he needs to get it all done.

BY THE NUMBERS
1968 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER
Stephen Malone Jr., 21 • Powell, OH
ENGINE
Type: big-block Chrysler
Oiling: Melling high-volume
Rotating assembly: steel crank, shot-peened connecting rods
Cylinder heads: Chrysler 906 castings, ported, polished, and matched
Camshaft: Direct Connection purple hydraulic
Valvetrain: TRW valves, Seal Pro seals, titanium retainers, hardened rockers
Induction: Edelbrock tunnel-ram intake with dual Holley 550-cfm carbs
Ignition: Chrysler distributor, MSD coil
Cooling: electric fans
Fuel system: Holley 110-gph chrome pump
Exhaust: Hedman Elite
Fasteners: ARP
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission/shifter: Chrysler 727 with reverse manual valvebody, 3,500-rpm converter
Driveshaft: 1350 U-joints and Moser yokes
Rear axle: Chrysler 8¾ housing, 3.73 gears, and posi
CHASSIS
Front suspension: close-ratio steering box, Moog rebuild kit, Edelbrock IAS shocks
Rear suspension: leaf springs and Edelbrock IAS shocks
Brakes: Jegs 11-inch disc front
BODY/PAINT
Body: all steel
Paint: Mopar Lime Green