MOPAR FIREPOWER

OVERHAULIN’S CHRIS JA­COBS TEAMS UP FROM WITH CHIP FOOSE AND MARK WOR­MAN GRAVEYARD CARZ TO BUILD A RE­ALLY COOL GTX.

Mopar Muscle - - Contents - BY BOB MEHLHOFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY JORGE NUNEZ

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!

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