It’s pretty easy to see that Thelma Garcia’s 1972 Road Runner hits all the high points of a super bad B-body. Big block? Check. Four-speed? Check. High-impact paint? Check. Stunning restoration? Check. When Thelma brought the mean green Plymouth by Classic Industries’ Huntington Beach, CA facility, it’s no wonder why they took flight to the parking lot with camera in hand.
As Classic goes on to tell, the story behind Thelma’s Road Runner is one similar to that behind many of the beat-on B-bodies from the muscle car era. “It was T-boned as it drove through an intersection, and set aside to collect dust as a wreck. Thelma found it in this forlorn condition, and decided to get it back on the road again,” Classic explains.
According to the article, a thumping 451 cubic inch stroker based on a Mopar 400 cubic inch big block is the heart of the beast. The so-clean-you-could-eat-off-of-it engine looks to be outfitted with an MSD Digital 6A ignition system, Edelbrock cylinder heads, and headers. Other under-hood goodies include power steering, power disc brakes, and 2-speed wipers.
Backing the 451 is a four-speed transmission, that which we can only assumed is helmed by a trademark pistol-grip shifter. Meaty BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires put power to the pavement via Rallye rims. I’m sure we speak for the Mopar community with the highest level of appreciation for Thelma getting the old bird back on the road!