1974 Plymouth Roadrunner (BlackBird)
Last updated Apr 20, 2008
Every once in awhile a car comes along that takes on a personality or aura, becoming something special and becomes something of a “legend”. This “74” road runner has accomplished just that.
The first time I saw the “bird” was when my neighbor brought her home after he had totaled his “duster”. The first thing the “bird” received was the hypo 340 transplant; “the legend” was started.
After a few years, the “bird” received a new owner and received a new custom paint job and thus became a “Show car”. It wasn’t long though and the car disappeared for nearly 10 years.
I just happened to be in a local bar one day when the owner was there. I asked what happened to the “Bird” and he told it was funny I would ask? I have had her hidden away in a “dusty” garage. I just got the title from my ex-wife. My next question was is the “Bird” for sale. His answer was yes, I called a buddy who had been looking for a “Mopar” and he purchased the “Bird”.
This owner restored the rubber components, rebuilded her front end, buffed her paint and started showing her again. After a few years she received a black interior, chrome wheels and a “six pack” setup. The bird once again was sold, however this new owner and the “bird” never were able to find the right chemistry. Therefore, she was put up for sale again. I happened to have a T-bucket that the owner was interested in, so I traded for the “bird”. Finally the “bird” was mine. I seen her when she was new and wanted her, but I had just graduated from college, I couldn’t afford her, and now 30 years later we are finally together.
Now it was my turn to add to the legend of the “bird”. Her paint was getting old and since she was not original numbers matching, I made the decision to make her “THE BLACK” (like the movie “The Black Stallion”). She receive an all black base coat/clear coat; satin finish stripes, satin finish trim, new torq-thrust 17 inch wheels, comp t.a.s tires, removed bumper trim, reversed the tail lights, functional ram air, stainless dual exhaust, optima battery, led readout cd player, billet “bird” steering wheel, gunslinger shifter, halogen headlights, new dash, outside mirrors, power steering pump, alternator, radiator, tinted windows and tinted license covers. The “Black” came with power steering, power disc brakes, rare cruise control, and air conditioning, deluxe interior, 727 automatic with shift kit.
The “Black” has won 100’s of trophies and was selected a tribute car at the 2005 Mopar Nationals held in Ohio; in 2007 she completed the Hot Rod Power Tour and gained the “Long Hauler” status.
The “Black” has become a local legend, when I go to a car show and don’t drive her, everyone will ask where the “Bird” is. The “Black” receives attention most everywhere we go, it is nice to hear “nice car” when you pull into a car show. The “Bird” is a driver not a trailer queen. She has 138,000 original miles and has never had any major break downs. As for the “Black” being for sale, probably not in my lifetime, every time I put a “for sale” in the car it comes up missing. My friends and wife think not, it is my destiny to have her in my “life”.
I would like to thank my wife, family, friends, the Boyz car club and all my other car show buddies for their encouragement throughout the years and their support through many adversities.
340 6 pk automatic
Power Steering, Power Brakes
torque thurst wheels
gun slinger shifter
blacked out trim
reversed tail lights
smoothed out bumpers
functionally ram air hood
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