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BEEP BEEP! Enter the 1970 426 Hemi Road Runner

Updated on February 1, 2011

Damon's 1970 426 Hemi Road Runner

1970 426 Hemi Road Runner; Photo copyright by Amber Renee
1970 426 Hemi Road Runner; Photo copyright by Amber Renee

Production

The 1970 Hemi Road Runner is a car that many people drool over. Although there were several different engine options for the 1970 Road Runner, the 426 Hemi was undoubtedly the big daddy of them all. Not only was the 426 Hemi engine a strong running machine but the engine was also quite rare in the 1970 Road Runners. In 1970 there were only 75 Road Runners produced from the factory with a 426 Hemi engine; 16 rolled out with automatic transmissions and 59 left roaring with a four speed manual transmission.

Example of a 1970 426 Hemi Road Runner

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Example of air grabber hood. Copyright by Amber Renee
Example of air grabber hood. Copyright by Amber Renee

The Scoop on the Air Grabber

One cool option on some Mopars of the late 60's and early 70's was the air grabber hood. The air grabber hood is operated by a manual switch located inside the car on the dash. One the switch is turned on the air grabber door would open revealing a sweet set of shark teeth that have the words "air grabber" written on them. Not only was the air grabber hood an eye catcher, but it was functional as well. This massive engine could get some breathing air when the air grabber hood was activated.

Some Basic Specs

  • Cubic Inches: 426 inches; hemispherical-shaped combustion chamber; four bolt cross main
  • Factory Horsepower: 425 hp (425 bhp @ 5000 rpm, 490 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm).
  • Bore by stroke of the engine was 4.25 by 3.75 inches; compression ratio was 10.25 to 1
  • Carbs: dual four barrel
  • Factory Performance: speculated to be 0-60 in 5.3 seconds.
  • Horn: makes "beep beep" sound
  • Wheelbase: 116 inches

 

Listen to this baby purrrrrr

http://www.musclecarcalendar.com/FeatureCarsHome/DamonsRoadRunner/1970HemiRoadrunnerP2.htm

There is a soundbyte down on the left hand corner. You can actually hear this baby rumble!

Other cool hubs about Mopars:

http://hubpages.com/hub/Mopar-Classic-Cars

http://hubpages.com/hub/Mopar-Muscle-Cars

THE BEAST!

This is a picture taken by the folks at Muscle Car Calendar of my dad's 1970 426 Hemi :-) The muscle car calendar folks own all copyrights to this photo.
This is a picture taken by the folks at Muscle Car Calendar of my dad's 1970 426 Hemi :-) The muscle car calendar folks own all copyrights to this photo. | Source

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