Car of the Month

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This month's 1970 GTX is owned by Brian Dougon of Canada. Brian's GTX is quite rare as it is a V02 or two-tone paint car and to make it even more rare, it is one of only 350 440-6bbl 4 speed GTXs built in 1970 (one of 37 Canadian ordered 6bbl GTXs). Here is the story as told by Brian:

I started out for a 1970 Road Runner convertible in the spring of 2002. After looking for awhile I noticed that the convertibles were the same price as a "V" code Roadrunner, so it changed to looking for a "V" code Roadrunner. With owning a 1968 Hemi GTX, it was hard to look at the Roadrunners and so began the hunt for a "V" code GTX. First off, they were few and far between and not as plentiful to find as the Roadrunners. I basically bought the first one I came across. It was EF8 green with a matching EF8 interior and a factory gold reflective stripe with 30,800 original miles on it from Fred Englehart of Minnesota. It was an all numbers matching car with buildsheet. I contacted the previous owner in Wisconsin, and started collecting parts to do a frame-up resto on the car. That was in May 2002. In September, I was at a friend's house and he was looking at some Auto Trader books. I noticed some of the pages had corners bent over and asked why. He said that he noticed an ad with a 1970 GTX sixpack like mine, but it was a black and white photo with no description of the colour.

One rainy Sunday afternoon in September, with no intention of buying another car, I decided to call and talk with the owner. The first thing he said was: "the car's not for sale". I thanked him for the info and hung up. A while later he called me back on a Sunday evening and asked if I was still interested in buying the car, but it was only for sale if he could buy back his old Boss 302 Mustang. After an hour of talking to Ron Urlacker of Cold Lake, Alberta, I said yes and waited to see if he got the car back. A week later he had the car and I was able to purchase the GTX. Now I had two "V" code 1970 GTXs, one auto and one four speed, problem being that I only wanted one. I had received the burnt orange car at the end of November and put it into storage right away. During the winter I had time to look at the fender tag and check out the colour and the options. At first I had thought the fender tag had a mistake and that they had marked TX9 for V1X as a black vinyl roof with a burnt orange car. When I started to break down the options on the fender tag and found V02 on the first line, which is the code for two-tone paint, then it made sense. The car was burnt orange with a burnt orange interior and a black painted roof. After looking at the two GTXs, I decided I liked the colour of the burnt orange car better, and sold the green GTX to have money to put the other car right. I had liked the burnt orange so much that I left the black off the roof for at least three years before having the roof painted. Looking at it now I think, why did I not paint the roof sooner?

Another aspect of the car was the motor. The motor was a 1968 that ran good but was very tired. I was going to rebuild the motor as the last resort and try to find the original first. While talking to Al Stindel of Winnipeg, he explained to me that he had a factory warranty short block that a friend of his bought over the counter back in 1971 for a project car that was never finished. I ended up buying the motor from Al and it now resides in my burnt orange GTX. The date on the block is 11 months off the builddate of the car. The following are options on my 6bbl GTX. They include the 440-6bbl, 4 speed with 3.54 gears, power steering, power disc brakes, factory clock/tach, light package including the hood mounted turn signals, center fold down seat (buddy seat), performance hood flat black paint treatment, rear window defogger, and AM/8 track radio with three speaker front dash which does work.

Note: only 93 1970 GTXs were ordered with the two-tone (V02) option. In the 1970 GTX Registry there are only 3 known V02 cars and Brian's is the only 6bbl car.

July/Aug 2008

Past Car's of the Month

Dave/Julie Stewart's EB5 w/white interior 4bbl GTX
Chip Haine's rare TX9 4bbl automatic with blue interior

Dave Grimmon's EF8 4bbl automatic with 1/2 million miles
Jim Chandler's FK5 4bbl automatic in the UK
Ron Knorr's EF8 with white interior 4bbl GTX

Dave Hechler's FE5 now 6bbl 4spd GTX
Dave Chisholm's modified TX9 GTX
John Borzych's FJ5 GTX race car

Rick Richard's EB5 6bbl 4 spd GTX

Don Collom's FT6 4 speed 440-4bbl GTX
Bob Thompson's GTX 440-4bbl automatic
Joe Petrungaro's FC7 automatic 440-4bbl GTX
Darren Phiipp's FE5 automatic GTX
Mark Sillar's EB7 A/C auto GTX
Norm VerHage's EB7 4 speed GTX
Chris Akin's FC7 automatic GTX
Steve Lester's FE5 automatic GTX
Ed Aprile's EB5 w/white vinyl top & side stripe 4 speed GTX
Ron Simonar's FC7 4bbl auto GTX
Fred Gilmore's Ivy Green GTX w/ Hemi engine
Brian Moceri's black 440-4bbl 4 spd GTX
Dave Kruszewski's TX9 GTX w/ white interior
Mats & Eva's FK5 6bbl. 4 spd GTX
Doug Dufour's EW1 4bbl GTX w/AC
Frank Forest's FK5 6bbl. 4 speed GTX

Chris Lobascio's EB5 automatic 440-6bbl. GTX
Mike Doddo's 440+6bbl. 4 speed GTX
Russ Carpenter's EB7 4bbl. 4 speed GTX
Ivan Kron's FE5 6bbl. 4 speed GTX
Nick Pieramico's FK5 6bbl. 4 speed GTX
Chuck Brunell's FJ5 GTX
Steve Coe's EK2 4 speed GTX
Dave Drozdowski's FJ5 GTX