Britt & Kathy Smith Puyallup, WA
“Big, Brown, and Ugly,” that’s how Britt Smith described the $600 six-banger Biscayne he picked from an ad in the local paper. “As a joke,” Britt says, “we told our then 16-year-old daughter that we bought it for her first car. Let’s just say that tears were shed before we told her it was a joke.” Soon after, a big-block ’69 Impala parts car arrived to offer up a bevy of good parts: 396ci engine, TH400, 12-bolt rearend, and the entire front suspension. Also, around that time a friend of Britt’s was swapping the seats in his ’69 Elky over to buckets, so guess who got the bench seat, shifter hump, shifter boot, and trim ring for free? Combined with an M20 Muncie he got at a local shop for a couple hundred bucks, Britt dove into the Biscayne infusing all his scrounged-up goodies. The interior was pulled, and he and Kathy went to the local Boeing surplus store and found some material they liked. Using the original material as a pattern, they laid out a traditional-style wide tuck ’n’ roll. The only thing he hasn’t touched is the paint. “It really seems to bother people that I don’t paint it, so it may never happen,” Britt says. “The $99 Earl Schieb paintjob with the original white peaking through in spots doesn’t bother me at all. You can drive this baby anywhere. It’s almost stealth.”
John Hunkins Waukesha, WI
No, this good-looking ’69 Road Runner is not owned by PHR Editor Johnny Hunkins, it’s the pride and joy of John Hunkins, owner of Auto Paint & Supply. We know, because Johnny’s cars aren’t this nice!
John’s car wasn’t all that nice either when he first bought it though; it started off as a 20-footer at best, John says. Maybe 30 feet, depending on the angle. Despite that, the full rotisserie resto was completed in less than 10 months with John doing most of the work himself with the help of a couple friends, and even his wife chipping in once in a while. All the paintwork was tackled in the Auto Paint & Supply training center—John even got his DuPont paint rep involved. The big “605” on the hoodscoops denotes the 605ci Wedge that puts out 881 hp and 789 lb-ft of torque. Backing that up is a Cope Racing transbrake TorqueFlite, and a Strange 9-inch suspended by an Art Morrison four-link. Up front, the Road Runner uses an AlterKtion front suspension and Wilwood brakes. It’s nice at 2 inches now, but that doesn’t mean the Road Runner is a show queen; it’s been to the track once to try and dial in the suspension, running a best of 9.20 at 147 mph with the tires spinning. Once everything gets sorted out, John’s hoping for 8s. “I’m a little over budget,” John says, “but I’m still married.”