In America, they would say "restifying".

It's when you restore a car in the usual way, but incorporate new technology to improve the performance of the vehicle, while trying not to turn it into a pro modified car in the process.

That's the plan.

To restore the Road Runner to as close as stock as possible, including the original body in the original colour, original specification upholstery, yep, even the bench seat and the column shifter, manual brakes and steering, as it came out of the factory and an inordinately large amount of horsepower…well, as much as I can afford, anyway.

The Road Runner is going to be doing what it was designed for…creeping around innocuously on the streets during the week and weekends, off to the strip for some action.

In the past, I've gone bonkers, throwing the entire toolbox at the car and within a very few weeks finding the car in very small parts indeed. Last nut and bolt and all that nonsense…this non-numbers matching car is getting a slightly different treatment.

I'm dividing the work into three sections.

This has certain benefits that all restorers or rod builders will appreciate:
1. You can concentrate on a small part of the car and make an excellent job of it, as you are less likely to wander off and mess around with another part of the car.
2. There is less chance of losing important parts of the car, which, despite religiously bagging and tagging I manage to lose anyway.
3. The car remains fairly mobile, which is always useful.
4. You never lose sight of the original vehicle and the chances of losing interest are drastically reduced.

This one may be a little over the top for the street...but then again...

The three sections in order of progress are:

A. The trunk, rear quarters, rear window and parcel shelf, back axle, prop shaft, shocks, wheels and tyres, brakes, lights and wiring.
B. Front wings, bulkhead, windscreen, engine and box, front suspension and steering, wheels and tyres, brakes, lights and wiring.
C. Doors, floor pan, dashboard, upholstery, headlining, remaining glass, lights and wiring.

There is, of course, the subject of modifications, which will be happening on an ongoing basis, so the first thing to find out is exactly how fast can a 383 go?