When Keven Heart crashed his Barracuda the crash report stated that the car from 1971 should have had major safety upgrades including a roll safety cage, multipoint harnesses, and updated seats as part of the modification because the updated driveline added significantly more power than the car was designed for. Lets face it, those cars are only slightly stronger than steel cans. Don't get me wrong, I love them, but I also know that they are way more dangerous than the stuff on the road today that looks unsafe, and not as pretty, but will protect you in a crash.
There is a pic of the "donor car" in the article. Probably looks better in the photo than in real life (hidden rust, Bondo, etc.) - BUT - at least it looks like an original RoadRunner, which this thing barely does. I'm also okay with resto-modding - or at least as far as getting some modern running gear and safety mods under the skin - but when it comes to trying to 'redesign and improve' a classic design, it can get overboard in a hurry. Of course, beauty is subjective and in the eye of the beholder, and I'm guessing this owner is happy with it. But I've always thought that the original RoadRunner cars were made around a certain premise: barebones performance and muscular looks, and that they nailed it the first time. I for one do not like what's been done to this one (but then again, Mr. Hart didn't ask me, did he?)... 😐
I used to be an "all original or nothing" snob, but you get up in years, and realize, you got one shot at this life, so do it your own way. Back in the day, the original hot rodders did everything custom and to their tastes. They are the foundation of all customization and classics. We stand on their shoulders. Fast forward several decades, and now you have everyone telling you how to do it. They even frown on you when you do it wrong. Cars are for enjoying. They are not museum pieces, or at least should NOT be. I am growing tired of the peers setting the standard. Screw the standard, pioneers are responsible for all the advances, whether they be perceived good or bad, it's up to the beholder.
Thank god, there are people out there that can think for themselves. All you haters sound like you're jealous!
Maybe you survivor-ists can pool your money, buy up all the originals you can afford, vacuum seal them, put them in a climate controlled building, and just admire them from afar. But don't drive them, that might cause unnecessary wear and tear, you might even break something.
Well I hope they keep one in a museum somewhere, 'cause if people keep cuttin' them up in the name of pioneering advances, there ain't gonna be any left for anyone to even look at, let alone drive.
Just for frame of reference, "back in the day", the original hot rodders (mainly GIs returning from WWII) had Model As and similar cars from other manufacturers to work on. There were a total of 4.8 million Model As produced. In 1932, Ford made 275,000 Deuces. The Fords were the most popular and most plentiful, but there were also hundreds of thousands of GM and Chrysler brand products produced. Another popular hot rod was the pack of tri-five Chevys. There were nearly 5 million of them produced over the three years.
Know how many first gen Road Runners were made? Right around 88,000. So the guys upon whose shoulders we stand had 10+ million cars to customize to their tastes. A fan of '68/'69/'70 Road Runners had - at best - a pool of less than 100 thousand cars to draw from.
I'm standing with the responders who feel badly that a survivor car was hacked up when there are obviously beaters and "clone donors" like Satellites and Belvederes that could have been used. No issues with Mr. Hart making a car look like he wants it to look (I've said elsewhere that he didn't consult me, so who cares if I like what he ended up with). My issue isn't what he ended up with - it's what he started with...