RESTO CORNER WITH AMD: 1970 PLY­MOUTH GTX TRUNK FLOOR RE­PLACE­MENT

PROPER GTX TRUNK FLOOR RE­PLACE­MENT RE­QUIRES RE­MOV­ING THE TAILPANEL FIRST AND US­ING A ONE-PIECE PANEL.

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Proper GTX trunk floor re­place­ment

One piece or two? No, we’re not talk­ing about swim­suits. No bikini­clad mod­els fea­tured here. The choice is be­tween one-piece or two­piece trunk floor pan­els for a 1970 Ply­mouth GTX. There are ra­tio­nales for us­ing both, of course. Mopar never used two-piece pan­els, so if the car is to be cor­rectly restored then the one-piece panel is the only op­tion. But a one-piece panel won’t fit through the trunk open­ing, so two-piece pan­els are much eas­ier to in­stall.

There re­ally is no right or wrong here; it’s sim­ply a mat­ter of the in­ten­tion of the build and what the owner of the car be­lieves is im­por­tant. In this case, the owner of this 1970 GTX wants the car to be fac­tory cor­rect, so Mus­cle Car Restora­tions of Chippewa Falls, Wis­con­sin, will be in­stalling AMD’S one-piece trunk floor.

As will be seen, MCR will also be chal­leng­ing the no­tion that the two-piece panel is eas­ier to in­stall. Yes, the tailpanel, which oth­er­wise wouldn’t need to be re­placed, will be taken out of the way. But re­mov­ing that panel has other ben­e­fits be­sides just mak­ing room to slip the trunk floor in place.

Nat­u­rally, many might be con­cerned about get­ting the tailpanel back in place cor­rectly, as well as be­liev­ing that re­mov­ing and re­plac­ing it adds a lot of ad­di­tional work. But again, MCR will show that this will save a lot of work that is spe­cific with the two-piece and leads to a more cor­rect and ac­cu­rate in­stall.

BY MARK EHLEN • PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY MARK EHLEN AND MCR STAFF

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