Story of Geoff Rudings 1970 Plymouth GTX 440-6BBL

Today we are going on a trip to New Zealand, where this beautiful 1970 Plymouth GTX 440 6BBL was imported almost 5 decades ago. Used and abused by many during the years, the B-body Mopar was restored to its original glory, and is in Geoff’s possession since 2018. Check out the video we put together for him, and read more below.

When Roger Lang was introduced to the Plymouth GTX, the car was sitting on blocks and hosting dead spiders. As a Mopar nut, he felt the need to resurrect it, and a deal was soon struck. He trailered the car home, and what started out as a few minor repairs, snowballed into a full rotisserie restoration.

As one of only two genuine 1970 Plymouth GTX cars in NZ, and a factory In-Violet Mopar, Roger really wanted to do the restoration right. He faced number of challenges, but after many sleepless nights, with the help of some of the top Kiwi gearheads, the job was done.

1970 plymouth gtx restoration

The 1970 Plymouth GTX 440-6 finished 3rd in the Master Class at the 2002 Concours d’Elegance, it won People’s Choice award in 2004, and was featured in the New Zealand Hot Rod Magazine in 2005. Twenty years later, still looks, sounds, and runs amazing.

Current owner Geoff Rudings shares the 1970 Plymouth GTX had four color changes in its life; Light Blue, Satin Black, Gloss Black, and Red. During the restoration it was treated to a full bare metal inside and out, epoxy coating, then painted in its factory (FC7) In-Violet.

1970 plymouth gtx FC7 restored

The 1970 Plymouth GTX engine specs: 10.0 to 1 compression, TRW power forged 440+ .030″ pistons, Competition hydraulic cam (0.549 lift intake, 0.532 exhaust), resized and balanced rods, crank, flywheel, and clutch as a unit, original 904 cast iron heads.

The power is transferred through pistol grip shifted 4-speed manual trans and 8¾ rear end with 4.11 gears. Geoff Rudings had the 3×2 barrel Holley carbs refurbished and bought a new alloy manifold, which are soon to go on his In-Violet 1970 Plymouth GTX.

1970 plymouth gtx 440 six barrel

Did You See the Story of Ronny Förster’s Plymouth Sport Fury?

1964 plymouth sport fury 4 speed
Click on the Photo for the ’64 Plymouth Story
car valuation online

Car Valuation Online: Top 5 Free Car Valuation Tools

If you're looking to sell or trade-in your beloved ride, you'll wanna know its true value, and that's where Car Valuation Online tools come...
'66 chevy chevelle

Roberta Weiss’ Heartwarming ’66 Chevelle Story

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been chatting with Roberta Weiss, the owner of this beautiful '66 Chevy Chevelle, and she told me...
1963 chevy nova ss

Neglected 1963 Chevy Nova SS Gets A New Life

A few days ago, Tim Staton messaged me showing his car: a 1963 Chevy Nova SS he bought just six weeks ago. Affectionately named...
1970 mustang mach 1

David Carpenter’s Road Race 1970 Mustang Mach 1 Story

Prepare your engines for an exciting story about David's 1970 Mustang Mach 1. This sleek and powerful ride has been quite the journey since...
572 hemi plymouth gtx

Clint Brunner’s 572 HEMI Powered ’67 Plymouth GTX Story

Clint Brunner has quite a few mighty Mopars in his collection. We already featured his real deal '68 Dart LO23 as well as his...
steve clukey 1970 plymouth duster

Story of Steve Clukey’s 1970 Plymouth Duster

Owning a 1970 Plymouth Duster since brand new, never stopped modifying it and drag racing all over the East coast for so many years....
1969 ford mustang custom

Ed Curlee’s Immaculate ’69 Ford Mustang 347 Build

You don't get to see many 347 powered '69 Mustangs, but Ed's Sportsroof is not your average custom build and it does not pack...
1971 plymouth cuda 340 build

Story of Al Young’s 1971 Plymouth Cuda 340 Build

Al Young's 1971 Plymouth Cuda 340 has a very interesting story. It was his first car, which he acquired at the age of 17,...
565 big block 1971 chevy camaro

Jay Breitmaier’s 1971 Chevy Camaro Pro Street

Not long ago we featured a quick video of Jay Breitmaier's Pro Street 1971 Chevy Camaro from a car show in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I...
restored 1967 ford mustang gt 390

Story of Bill Kramer’s 1967 Mustang Fastback GT390 Build

Restorer of several classic Mustangs, when Bill Kramer came across a newspaper ad for two ponies sitting in a barn in Wisconsin he knew...
1967 dodge dart pro street build

Story Of Jason Owens 1967 Dodge Dart Pro Street

Those of you who follow our Mopar Muscle Cars Facebook page will probably remember this Pro Street 1967 Dodge Dart as the photo of...