Car of the Month

Glen Raines' lemon twist (FY1) 440 automatic

This Lemon Twist 440-4bbl automatic is one of 61 FY1 lemon twist GTXs in the registry.   50 of those 61 are 440-4bbl cars, with 35 being 4bbls with automatic transmissions.  25 have of the 50 have black vinyl tops while 20 also had the charcoal bucket seat interiors.   Only 4 of the 50 automatics had factory A/C.   Only 6.2% or 443 GTXs were painted this bright yellow paint in 1970.

In the fall of 2013 I went on a rod run with about ten of my Mopar buddies. I was driving my 1966 Satellite at the time. I had plans to pull the poly 318 out and replace it with a beefed up 440. I had already purchased a stout 440 from a guy who has a reputation for building strong 440’s. The old drum brake system had been replaced with disc brakes. This is where the story begins on my GTX.

We left my bayside home of LaPorte, TX headed for Galveston which is only a thirty minute drive. Once there we drove down the entire seawall grabbing a ton of attention with a 69 426 Hemi Satellite, 69 stroked Roadrunner, and a stroked 408 Dart to name a few.

We pulled up at ‘Cherry Hill’ to take a break and I walked up to the guy I had purchased my 2000 mile old 440 from. I told Robert that I had heard he had one fine 1970 GTX in his garage for over five years and asked him if he’d sell it to me. I completely expected to hear him say, ‘No way’, but to my surprise about ten seconds later he shrugged his shoulders and said, ‘Ok, I will.’ He said to meet him at his house the next day to discuss a price, so I did.

The car was on jack stands on all four corners with no interior or drivetrain in it. The paint job (Lemon Twist yellow) had already been done on it and looked like it was still wet even though it was @five years old. The car has all the original sheet metal and the professional appraisal I had on it showed that it had one small spot of body putty on the passenger door about the size of a dinner plate. He told me a complete rolling car for $???? and it was mine. I couldn’t get the word ‘Yes’ out of my mouth fast enough. After that Texas gentlemen’s agreement I sold my 66 Satellite to use as a down payment.



I won’t bore you with a long story, but in short Robert was still working twelve hour shift work and could only work on the car one day a week and sometimes two, if he could. He would occasionally work on even after he had put in a hard twelve at his job. So in June, 2016, I took possession of the car and was pleased to get it.

We dropped the 440 I had purchased in it along with a beefed up 727 and a (489) 3:23 suregrip. The original 440 numbers matching motor has only 89K miles on it and sits on a pallet awaiting a rebuild. The car was stripe delete when built, has factory A/C, pwr steering/brakes, light package, buddy bench seat, AM radio, remote driver mirror, max engine cool, 3spd wipers, hood pins/lanyards, black vinyl roof, premium trim charcoal black,and hood mounted turn signals. 



August 2016

Past Car's of the Month

George Moses's EB5 4-speed GTX with white and blue interior
Donnie Douglas' black 4-speed GTX with burnt orange interior
Scott and Maria Marlow's two 1970 GTX's
Blake A. Bohincs's FT6 6bbl 4-speed
Soren Maatsson's black automatic 440-4bbl drag car
Dan Streeter's EB5 4 speed 440-6bbl with blue interior
David Lee's "Vitamin C" automatic GTX
Bill Lineham's TX9 GTX with rare FK4 interior
Tim Adams' EV2 torred 1970 GTX
Rusty Easterling's EW1 automatic
Garry Keay's Blue 1970 GTX
Roger Wilson's 999 paint code GTX
Bryan Davis's EB7 6bbl 4 speed GTX
Barry Funk's FK5 automatic 4bbl GTX
Roy Garcia's triple black 1970 GTX
Blair Wightman's EB7 4 speed GTX
Darwin Leis's rare black 1970 GTX with white vinyl top
Brian Dougon's rare two-tone paint 6bbl GTX
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