PROJECT HACKSAW, THE BACKSTORY
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.