PROJECT HACK­SAW, THE BACK­STORY

Muscle Car Review - - Project Hack­saw -

For many car col­lec­tors, part of the en­joy­ment of hav­ing an old car is as­sem­bling its his­tory. We will at­tempt to as­sem­ble the en­tire owner his­tory of this GTX, though that might not be pos­si­ble. What hap­pened from about 1979 to the present is al­ready known. I’m go­ing to try to find the guy who gave Wayne John­son the GTX.

A later ar­ti­cle will de­scribe the process of go­ing through FCA His­tor­i­cal Ser­vices to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion from its data­base (based on IBM cards that have been made avail­able) on the as-born sta­tus of the car. For now, check out the pic­tures from Wayne John­son that were taken be­tween 1979 and the mid 1980s.

n Back in the day, fu­ture Project Hack­saw is wear­ing black sport stripes, and they ap­pear to be the orig­i­nal, op­tioned ones. I am hop­ing that the car was orig­i­nally op­tioned with that awe­some sig­na­ture look for the 1967 GTX.n Wayne John­son oc­ca­sion­ally drag raced his 1967 GTX in the early 1980s at Prescott Race­way in Prescott, Arkansas. The car still has the front bumper, sport stripes, and Mopar Rally wheels. The rear wheel­well lips have al­ready been cut.n The GTX rac­ing again at Prescott Race­way, some­time around 1980. Cut­ting the quar­ters for ra­diused wheel­well lips was com­mon prac­tice on drag cars. Vin­tage de­cals in the quar­ter-win­dows were manda­tory for a tough race car im­age. The door-edge guards sug­gest that the car is wear­ing orig­i­nal paint.n This photo would seem to in­di­cate the car was re­sprayed. The em­blems and door-edge guards are gone. Most no­tably, the front bumper has been re­moved and the front lead­ing edges of the fend­ers have been cut. Weight re­duc­tion and tall front tire clear­ance might have been the in­cen­tives.n At some point the car re­ceived this wild paint job from one of Wayne’s friends. The snorkel scoop was home­made and big. The de­sign was later patented by McDon­ald’s and in­stalled on all ex­te­rior driv­ethrough trash re­cep­ta­cles.

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