Parts to Power: Summer Street Strength

Written by Matthew McMurray on June 15, 2017.
Photography sources listed by image.

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Burnouts, Burgers & Beers. It’s all every gearhead thrives for when the sun arrives for the summer months. So don’t throw your project under a tarp in your garage to leave it there for another year to come. Get a grip on your gears, so you can join the rest of the rebellious revolutionists for the 2017 summer season. Don’t end up like those who have had the same project for 25 years. Be different, otherwise some of these other street screamers are going to outrun you quicker then you can blink.

Be the one that outruns them before they can blink.

All of the cars below were selected by a survey that was taken last month on partstopower.com. These are all street & strip beasts that couldn’t be resisted by anyone that had the love for both fashion and function. There are 5 listed vehicles with photos, as well as some specs for each individual vehicle.

5.   1970 Plymouth Roadrunner GTX

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Mopar, just like all other car groups, has it’s specials. This 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner GTX is one you may recognize if you watched any of the The Fast & The Furious movies. Dom’s 1970 Roadrunner is like an imprint on the muscle car pyramid, next to the 1970 Dodge Charger he destroys in the first movie, which made everyone cringe (or cheer) time and time again when watching this epic 1/4 mile showdown.

Beyond this car’s specific style, the factory Plymouth Roadrunners had a far more simplistic look then the Plymouth above, due to the limited aftermarket that was set aside for street racers and drag strip screamers. So, as the 70’s rolled inter way, the cousins of this very automobile were soon after seen on the streets to represent the competition, until 1971 when there was another body style change when short and curvy trends came into play. However, the motor options that were produced with the factory vehicles always stayed the same. You either received a 440 CI 6-pack or a suped up 426 HEMI outfitted with a 3-speed auto or 4-speed manual transmission, or a 383 CI in the 60’s. Along came a 8 3/4 rear end or an unlikely Dana 60, which only came sometimes with the 426 HEMI Package.

With the aftermarket, many have built the dream edition of the Roadrunner GTX, or they’ve made all-original concepts that are so to-the-tee that you couldn’t part the VIN from the build, which forced competition between who could be the best classic and who was the higher street racer. All of which are competitions worth fighting to the top for.


Specs (Based on 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner GTX):

Motor Types: 440 CI (6-pack) | 426 CI HEMI

 

Transmission Types: 3-speed automatic | 4-speed manual

 

Popular Paint Colors: Orange | Vitamin C | Blue Fire | Sunfire Yellow | Seafoam Turquoise

 

Interior Colors: Red | Black | White | Copper

 

Rear-End Types: 8 3/4 | Dana 60

 


4.   1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible

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This car is one of the greatest references in muscle car and classic history. When your looking for automotive parts through a speed or body shop, you are guaranteed to find both small block and big block Chevy parts. With the wide-spread aftermarket for these vehicles, you can’t go anywhere without finding yourself bathing in parts for a bone stock Camaro SS and RS. It’s iconic body style is known world-wide, along with the motor enumerations and drivetrain specifications.

The specific build of this car is unknown, however, it’s predictable that the motor is either a 350, 396, or a 427 CI big block. It is also detectable that the car is likely outfitted with a 3 speed or 4 speed manual transmission, since these are all common options that are outfitted with anything from the first gen Camaros.

When this car was suggested, it was found that a multitude of sources gave this car more credit just because of it’s availability and cheap replacement parts. Between it’s purchasable factory race parts and the high horsepower, there was no changing the popularity that came with this common and dominant street machine. It’s one of the few cars that are found on the street that is defined as one the world’s and nation’s “classic head-turners”.


Specs (Based on 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS)

Motor Types: Turbo-Thrift Six-Cylinder 230-250 CI| Turbo-Fire V8 327-350 CI |Turbo-Jet V8 396 CI

 

Transmission Types: 3-Speed Manual | Special 3-Speed | 4-Speed Manual | Torque Drive (6 cylinders only) | Powerglide Automatic | Turbo Hydra-Matic

 

Popular Paint Colors: Hugger Orange | Daytona/Butternut Yellow | Glacier Blue | Tuxedo Black | Azure Turqouise

 

Popular Interior Colors: Black | Medium Red | Ivory (Houndstooth) White

 

Rear-End Types: 10 Bolt | 12 Bolt

 


3. 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

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One legend that shines in the darkness, is the 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. As this car is practically the devil in disguise, few dare step in the way of this flaming Phoenix. As this car was built to represent the prime of 1970’s modern muscle, it was outfitted with a variety of different style designs that were on point in previous years. Now, the car’s design is decisive among the Pontiac Firebird fanatics.

With this specific Pontiac Firebird, you can see it has all kinds of common trends that fluctuate through all classic cars. For a reference, all of these cars in the 1970’s had hood vents that allowed for extreme air intake and custom aerodynamics. Along with gas guzzler came a variety of perks, depending on how much money you  were willing to spend. The car came in small block and big block options. It also came factory with the option to get a manual or automatic transmission. With it’s ability to scream past any small time car on the street, it found itself climbing the muscle-car mountain of power.

The car had a multitude of slick and stubborn choices you could make when customizing your car out on paper at the factory. When Pontiac had produced the car from Smokey and the Bandit, which was then on the assembly line, it was far more favored by those that had seen the movie, however, this car in long term became loved by the GM fans overall.


Specs (Based On 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am)

Engine Types: I6 (250 CI) | V8 (350 CI) | V8 (400 CI) | RAM Air III (400 CI) | RAM Air IV (400 CI)

 

Transmission Types: 3 speed column | 3 speed manual | 4 speed close-ratio | 4 speed wide-ratio | Turbo Hydra-Matic 350 | Turbo Hydra-Matic 400

 

Popular Paint Colors: Lucerne Blue | Keylime Green | Carousel Red | Goldenrod Yellow | Polar White

 

Popular Interior Colors: Black | Sandalwood | Red | Saddle

 

Rear-End Types: 10 Bolt | 12 Bolt

 


2. 1968 Ford Mustang GT500KR Fastback

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Unlike any other expensive car that drives on the roads of America these days, this 1968 Ford Mustang has a little bit of tweaks and adjustments then any other standard driving automobile that cruised the roads. Every curve and corner on this car was modified to be perfected by the top of the line enthusiasts that had a place in the Ford headquarters.

This specific car, customized by some of the craziest and creative people on the planet, had top of the production lines in the 1960’s. It had a variety of selected parts that both the community loved and that the creators found the most performance positive. So with their list getting bigger and far more costly than Ford could afford, they cut their production number to 3 times smaller than they had originally established. However, with such numbers reduced, the builders had more time to turn their focus towards every little detail the car was entitled to. Soon enough, there was a solid production of 933 GT500KR Fastbacks, as well as 318 GT500KR Convertibles.

This car was easily given the reputation it was built to receive. People all over the nation were compiled by the awe that Ford reigned down on the United States car culture. It became a legend that was far to fast for any GM or Mopar driver could stand up against until the 1970’s. The car had been born into a new era, where it’s limit would be challenged more than anticipated.


Specs (Based on 1968 Ford Mustang GT500KR Fastback)

Engine Types: V8 (302 CI) | Cobra Jet V8 (428 CI) | Medium-Low Riser V8 (427 CI)

 

Transmission Types: 3 Speed Auto | 4 Speed Manual

 

Popular Paint Colors: Medium Blue Metallic | Raven Black | CandyApple Red | Wimbledon White

 

Popular Interior Colors: Black | Saddle

 

Rear-End Types: Ford 9-Inch

 


1. 1973 Dodge Challenger R/T 426 HEMI

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The 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T HEMI, has no words to say and a lot of power to make. This car is still at idle for one of the greatest muscle cars ever to be produced in the top tiers of classic cars. It represents a prime in the horsepower wars of the 1970’s, while it also stands as a monument for the classic car philosophies that still lies in the blood of many Americans nationwide. This vehicle could rarely ever be outsourced by another automobile in it’s time, because it got so much love from enthusiasts.

This automobile was produced in lower numbers as it was constructed through 1970-1974. The Challenger had a simple collection of colors that it was sold with, along with a consistent set of motors that the car was assigned with in the factory. Dodge also priced the car based on the color and wheel set you chose when you purchased the car from the dealer. The car came in anything from the doggie-dish to the deep-dish and everything in between. For a car that is highly developed for it’s time, it got little traction in some cases of cold and hot weather, which is expected with most cars. However, it was very poor when it came to this certain vehicle because of the tire material that they used off the factory assembly line.

Afterwards, this car got a variety of aftermarket options for many of the items that this automobile was constructed with. One example would be the air intake. The hood was reproduced in small proportions so that the shaker hood could be used, due to it’s better aerodynamics and air flow. With this car’s performance, there was little to be beat.

Specs (Based on 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 426 HEMI)

Engine Types: HEMI (426 CI)

 

Transmission Types: TorqueFlite | 4 Speed Manual

 

Popular Paint Colors: Banana | Plum Crazy | Hemi-Orange | Sublime | Go-Mango

 

Interior Paint Colors: Jewel Black | Citron Gold Metallic | Baltic Blue Metallic

 

Rear-End Types: Dana 60

 


 

Which car out of this list do you prefer? Have something else that you like that would want to share?  Leave a comment in the section below about any question or concerns that you wish to share.

 

 

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