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Project F5 1969 383/727 Road Runner

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    Project F5 1969 383/727 Road Runner

    Some of you may remember my introduction to the forum two years ago – New guy from Idaho

    Well after ten years of owning this 1969 Road Runner and collecting numerous parts, I decided I wanted to start getting my hands dirty.

    Here are some click-able to larger size thumbnail project pictures.


    Another side shot I took of the car in 2004 when I was considering selling it on ebay.


    Here is a shot of the engine compartment. The engine is about 98% complete but as I have discovered, it's been tinkered on by a previous owner.


    727 shift on the column bucket seat interior. Built before January 1st 1969 so no head rests. I think I will add restoration head rests though.


    Love the Plymouth medallion in the rear seat.


    Judging by the known history and condition of the car, I believe the odometer to be accurate.


    I picked up a hood in better shape hence the different hood.


    Taking the time to mark each connector of the engine harness.


    My cheap method of bagging and tagging everything right down to the heater hose clamps.


    My car slowly turning in to a pile of boxes.


    Enter, cherry picker...



    Engine in the air for the first time presumably since it was installed in September of 1968.


    The original painted fuel pump and could this be the factory original fuel filter still attached with the original Keystone clamps?


    Oh know! The first hint of trouble. Two push rods were replaced on driver side bank. One of the new push rods bent on number #5 cylinder. Also, a more recent cam swap...


    906 heads off. The driver side had a thicker Fel-Pro head gasket while the passenger side was factory. How cool it was to remove the head bolts from the passenger side and hear the trapped compressed air release from between the head bolt and block probably for the fist time since the factory bolted it on in 1968.


    More sighs of what really happened. The previous owner's cam install must have had a more aggressive profile. The slight dimples in the top of all the pistons from the exhaust valves hitting them could be from valve float caused by a more aggressive cam and stock Magnum valve springs. Also, the factory timing set was retained at the time of the cam swap with broken plastic sprockets and a very loose timing chain.


    Corrosion in a few cylinders to be expected. This car appears to have last been licensed in 1985. The engine was actually froze up. But some help from some WD-40 and a big cheater bar convinced it to let loose.


    Stock 402 oil pan which had been off at some point. It was missing two bolts where it attaches at the timing cover and one bolt was not factory correct.


    The factory windage tray. Hey! I didn't know the factory Magnum engines had louvered windage trays.


    The short block. Looks like we found out why the oil pan was off. The number #5 piston and connecting rod was in backwards while the connecting rod cap was on right. Perhaps they spun a bearing after installing they're hot cam? Hey fellas, the piston notch points to the front of the engine


    Last pic for now, the ID pad. Anyone know what the random 9 4 2 numbers are for?
    69 Road Runner / 383 / 727 / 3.23

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    Re: Project F5 1969 383/727 Road Runner

    nice
    good luck with it!

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    Re: Project F5 1969 383/727 Road Runner

    Good luck and glad to see another Green Runner and a F5 to.
    Bill
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    Re: Project F5 1969 383/727 Road Runner

    I like to pull my head bolts and get new air in the block yearly Looks like a good solid project and you saved it from the shade tree mechanics before they ruined it.
    My carbon foot print is bigger than yours

    All green things must die (Charlie Sheen) http://www.hemmings.com/mus/stories/..._feature6.html

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    Re: Project F5 1969 383/727 Road Runner

    Looks like you have a big project there, good luck with it!


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    Re: Project F5 1969 383/727 Road Runner

    It's going to be really nice when it's finished.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Project F5 1969 383/727 Road Runner

    Love the original color just like mine

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    Re: Project F5 1969 383/727 Road Runner

    I would guess that the timing chain is the reason for the bent push rods and the valves hitting the top of the pistons. Looks like you have a very good starting point.

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    Re: Project F5 1969 383/727 Road Runner

    Awesome.....
    Gary


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    Re: Project F5 1969 383/727 Road Runner

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoosier Bird
    Awesome.....
    Born To Be Wild!!!!

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