Project B-Body: 1968 Plymouth Road Runner

Mopar projects can often be some of the most daunting projects out there due largely to their tendency to rust as well as the high cost of parts. This 1968 Road Runner is certainly a project suffering from “typical” B-body rust, but appears to be honestly represented. The seller is including many of the major parts needed to get it back together, and has provided less than flattering pictures to show the areas in need of repair. Find it here on eBay in Illinois with an asking price of $11,000 or best reasonable offer.

Clearly, there isn’t an engine in this car! From the ad, this car is a “383 4 speed Hurst shifter bench seat car with 8-3/4 rear end.” The original 383 is long gone, but the seller is including a 1966 383 core and 516 heads as well as .030 over pistons, rings, lifters, and ARP rod bolts. The transmission is still in place, and is presumably a 4-speed manual. As can be seen here, the fenders do not match and the seller states “The hood and front fenders have been changed at some time in its life.”

The interior shots aren’t great, but they are enough to get an idea of the condition. In my experience, this mold should clean off the dash but it will likely take some of the dye with it. The seller describes the interior, saying “The drivers rear floor needs patched and the drivers front floor is soft, all the frame rails are nice but in the back of the trunk floor is some holes. The door panels and headliner are still nice.” Floor rust is very common in these cars, as is subframe rust, so it is fortunate that the rails are solid. All of this sheet metal is reproduced and readily available.

Though not visible in this picture, the rear quarters are rusty and will need some patching behind the rear wheels at a minimum. Yet again, these patch panels are readily available! With some time and work, this car could prove to be a very worthwhile project, but if you like having money in your bank account this might not be for you. Would you do a full restoration, or make it drive as it is?

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Comments

  1. KSwheatfarmer

    Had a chance to buy a GTX 40 years ago. 440 automatic bucket seats column shift. The guy wanted 500 dollars. Beautiful body and paint,but not enough power left to even smoke the tires. Took it out for the test drive and got a ticket ,75 in a 55 zone.City judge asked me why I was speeding? I told him I was thinking about buying it and had to see what it would do. He said ” I would have done the same thing”. Case dismissed. Didn’t buy it, didn’t want to do an engine overhaul. Some one will restore this one.

  2. flmikey

    …is that tachometer a rare option? Can’t say I have ever seen that before…

  3. Moparmann Member

    The usual “rag over the tag” but your info is posted on ebay for a potential world wide audience???

  4. Tom Member

    I live in Illinois and I am a Rust Expert. For a 68 Dodge in Illinois this car isn’t actually as bad as it should be BUT don’t be fooled…..the amount of swiss cheese in this car I believe is far more than the photos meet the eye.

    This is another 6 figure restoration unless of course you are skilled a doing most or all of the work yourself. then you will only have a $50K-$60K parts and outsource bill with $40K of your time.

    It is another one of those ” oh good a real good fairly complete car” that still needs EVERYTHING restored or replaced.

    Cool car for sure. I guess the 11K is paying for what the car “is” not what its condition is. Good luck.

  5. JW

    Another major project for anyone but me.

  6. erikj

    I think the tach is a LITTLE rare. most roadrunners and gtx,s I have seen over the years didn’t seem to have the tach.

  7. ACZ

    Another rust belt junk.

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