OVERHAULIN’S CHRIS JACOBS TEAMS UP FROM WITH CHIP FOOSE AND MARK WORMAN GRAVEYARD CARZ TO BUILD A REALLY COOL GTX.
Overhaulin’s Chris Jacobs teams up with Chip Foose and Mark Worman from Graveyard Carz to build a really cool GTX.
If you’re Overhaulin’s Chris Jacobs, and you want a really cool muscle car, what would you choose? Something Mopar with lots of power and awesome muscle car looks of course. To fill this tall order Chris put the word out and soon after was when an old friend from Tennessee came up with a viable answer — a ’68 Plymouth GTX. Although this B-body had seen more than its share of muscle car duty over the years, Chris knew that he and his team had the ways and the means to not only get this Plymouth back to solid condition, but also to add just the right amount of performance and unique style.
So after a complete teardown and media blast, Chip
Foose and the Overhaulinõ gang performed their magic to the GTX. First on their agenda was to add a Foose-inspired hue combo that blended PPG silver and black over the B-body’s sheetmetal, which Lanzini Body Works of Huntington Beach, California, applied. On the inside, Yearone’s soft materials were used to complement the seating area. To keep focus on all the vitals, the crew from Redline Gauge Works redid the factory tachometer and speedometer cluster, while transforming the instrument faces to white. A set of Auto Meter gauges were also positioned in the dash center.
To handle the reins on the Torqueflite trans, a B&M Mega Shifter was added to the console. And at this stage of the car’s tenure, a 440 from a ’70 Chrysler was fed with a six-pack
setup to turn the Foose Nitrous 17-inch rims wrapped with Toyo R888 245/40/17 fronts and 275/40/17 rears.
Then one fateful day during an active photo shoot, the six-pack 440 mill caught fire. With flames surrounding the RB engine, the crew scrambled to put a water drop over the engine compartment and extinguish the fire. As it would turn out, a loose fuel fitting had leaked and the 440 engine and surrounding compartment area had gone into full meltdown. Fortunately though, the fire rage only affected the engine compartment and hood, and as luck would have it, left no evidence to the exterior paint. But with the motor and engine compartment area left with remaining damage, a strategy had to be formed to make the Mopar whole again.
That’s when Chris decided to call 911 to reach Mark Worman and his strike team at Graveyard Carz to rescue the project. Mark and his team surveyed the area
and responded with a game plan. The first order of business was to remove the 440 engine and set it aside for safe keeping, while they planned to install a latemodel Hemi. Next, Graveyard Carz’ expert painter Will Scott repaired and repainted the engine compartment with PPG Single Stage Deltron, while Mike La Valle airbrushed the killer paint flames under the new AMD GTX/ROAD Runner hood to add a reminiscent touch.
A GTX with this type of style needed a powerful Mopar drivetrain blended with some of the latest technology. So Mark Worman’s Graveyard Carz’ team and Chris decided on a 392 Crate Hemi Engine and controller sourced from the good folks at Mopar Performance. This engine produces a streetable 485 horses and 472 lb-ft of neck-snapping torque. An Ice Box cooling system with dual-electric fans was chosen to keep the temps down and a Torqueflite automatic with a manual valvebody to deliver the power to the 8 ¾-inch rearend.
Since huge performance needs huge handling, Magnum Force stepped in to provide a Transformer K-member, front suspension with fully adjustable upper control arms and a rack-and-pinion steering system. These systems not only remove the factory torsion bar system, but also take away about 150 pounds from the front of the vehicle. The header system was also supplied by Magnum Force. When the need arrives to whoa down all this power, a full set of four Baer Disc brakes stops the B-body.
Velocity Channel watchers will know that Chris has a pretty interesting day job as the lead guy on a variety of Velocity programs over the last many years. When he’s not in front of the camera, his Overhaulin’ and Graveyard Carz ’68 GTX, with its 392 Hemi and underhood airbrushed flames certainly draws a crowd at car events, including SEMA 2017. Yes, it’s definitely one of the hottest GTX’S around.
The interior features
Yearone. a Grant steering
The three wheel and upholstery center-round gauges from are from Auto Meter.
The third-gen Hemi in Chris’ GTX delivers 485 hp and comes as a crate Hemi engine and controller kit from Mopar Performance. The underhood PPG Paint was applied by Will Scott of Graveyard Carz, while the custom airbrushed flames were applied by Mike Lavalle
Mark Worman and his crew at Graveyard Carz beautifully installed the 392 Hemi crate engine and controller where a stock RB 440 once lived. Ron Jenkins owner of Magnum Force provided the Transformer K-member, front suspension, and headers. The Magnum Force upper control arms allow up to 6 degrees of caster. The aluminum radiator is from Ice Box.
Chip Foose and Mitch Lanzini of Lanzini Body Works in Huntington Beach, California, applied the custom paint design to the ’68 Plymouth GTX.
Redline Gauge Works redid the factory instrument cluster with white facing. Notice the speedometer reads to 150 mph. This was the standard speedometer reading for the ’68 GTX.
The wheels are Foose Nitrous 17-inch and the brakes are Baer Discs at all four corners.
The back end of Chris Jacobs’ GTX looks pretty mean with its dark coloring, factory exhaust tips, and cool plate that reads GTXXX!