Key Takeaways

  • The expansive facility contains a variety of classic muscle cars in need of restoration, including Plymouth Superbirds, a Plymouth Hemi Cuda, and a Dodge Charger.
  • The facility is home to talented mechanics specializing in mechanical work, paint prep and finishing, and body fabrication.
  • The facility includes a parts store with engines and various parts, a fabrication shop for bodywork, and a main workshop for mechanical work, featuring a large garage ramp.


Muscle car enthusiasts who frequent car shows that feature spotless examples of their favorite classic vehicles may wonder just how they progressed to such a point. Some vehicles may have been lucky enough to be owned by someone with a large range of mechanical know-how. Others would likely have been sent away to a specialist shop for restoration, which is where a large shop part-owned by a friend of YouTuber Ryan, aka The Auto Archaeologist, comes in.


He took a look around the expansive facility to see what it contained, where he stumbled across everything from timeless muscle cars from Dodge and Plymouth undergoing work to meaty motors expectantly waiting to be installed in a new home. Here’s what Ryan told HotCars about this incredible shop:

“Over the last dozen or so videos documenting the cars in the field, or the cars in the barns and lean-tos. Even some stacked to the ceiling. It didn’t showcase the face that the owner of these cars are actively working to restore these cars. They have two buildings, and pay people to restore the cars that they have. So while yes, there is a lot going on, they are in far better shape then a lot of stuff I find.”

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Several Classic Muscle Restoration Projects Welcome YouTuber To Yard


As soon as Ryan set foot inside the large yard he was welcomed by a beautiful, or potentially tragic, depending on a gearhead’s viewpoint, sight. Several garages stretched around the outer limits of the area, and in front were several piles of assorted parts.


Countless wheels and tires were piled high, these parts joined by body parts of cars left out in the open. The compound is currently occupied by several mechanics who specialize in restoring classic muscle cars. Their talents range in everything from mechanical work to paint prep and finishing, and body fabrication.

1970 Plymouth Superbird

Powertrain

425 ci HEMI V8, four-speed manual transmission

Power/Torque

425 hp/490 lb-ft

0-60 mph

5.3 seconds

Top Speed

134 mph

Weight

4250 lbs


Source (automobile-catalog)


Nearby was a 1970 Plymouth Superbird waiting patiently for its turn to be taken into one of the workshops. The vehicle was easily identifiable by its huge rear wing reaching for the sky, though it needed some serious work to look road-worthy once more. While a decent portion of the machine was covered by a tarp, the rest of it was exposed to the elements. This had resulted in nasty surface rust forming, leaving it looking like a shadow of its former self.


A 1971 Plymouth Road Runner sat just a few feet away, the machine separated from its cousin by a large pile of automotive parts. Bizarrely, the machine had a few parts from a 1971 Dodge Charger fitted to it. This was likely to ensure the parts could be easily found, though it was a strange sight nonetheless.

Nearly-Finished Muscle Beasts Waiting To Be Unleashed On The Street


As Ryan continued his walk around the exterior of the facility, he set eyes on a rough-looking 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda. The vehicle was long past its best as its body was very rusty, almost to the point of looking past its usable best. Ryan revealed all the parts were on site to restore it to its original condition, though whether the time was similarly available is another question.


To the left of the Cuda sat a valuable 1970 Dodge Charger, which was impressively in even worse condition. Sitting not-so-pretty on some jack stands, the machine was missing most of its rear body around the trunk area. Some of its seemingly original blue paint was still present along the side, though the roof had gone rusty. It would need a huge amount of fabrication work to even look like a Charger, let alone drive like one.

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On a more positive note, a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner that was nearly finished was sitting patiently waiting for its owner to collect it. The stunning bright orange and black paint scheme radiated in the sun, while its restored black vinyl interior invited whichever lucky gearhead possessed the keys to take it for a drive.


Not far behind in terms of being finished was a potent 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, which had recently undergone a full respray. The car was placed on jack stands, and was fully stripped of any running gear and body parts. It had been sprayed a sinister-looking dark black and looked ready to be reassembled on its way to completion.

Facility Home To Endless Amount Of Parts, Including HEMI V8s

HEMI V8 in workshop
YouTube @ Auto Archaeology


Having taken in the sights outside the various workshops, Ryan then moved inside to the site’s parts store. The area housed a ton of engines of differing specifications, all ready to be fitted to the right machine that passes through the workshop’s gates.


Located at the rear of this section was the facility’s engine collection, made up nearly exclusively of Chrysler HEMI motors. Ryan noted a rare 340 ci six-pack HEMI V8 unit alongside several other high-capacity engines, including a formidable 440 ci six-pack powertrain.


The room next door to the engine store was home to assorted parts that could be used during restorations. Everything from taillights, grilles, body trim, and mechanical components were stacked high on shelves. All had prices printed below them, ensuring they were ready to be purchased and used as key puzzle pieces for some of the most beautiful jigsaws on the road.

Cars Located On Restoration Premises

  • Several Plymouth Superbirds
  • 1967 Chevrolet Camaro undergoing repaint
  • 1970 Plymouth GTX undergoing mechanical work
  • 1969 Dodge Super Bee long-term project
  • Multiple Dodge Chargers


The muscle car utopia continued to stretch beyond the parts stores, as one of the other garages was the prep bay. This was used to prepare each vehicle for either painting or fabrication work and, at the time Ryan visited, was home to a large collection of projects. A pair of muscle car rivals, a 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A and a 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, were bonded in waiting to head into the operating theater for crucial work.

Main Workshop Home To Several Striking Muscle Classics

Burgundy 1970 Plymouth GTX
YouTube @ Auto Archaeology


The final destination on Ryan’s tour of the Muscle Car correctional facility was the main workshop. This is where the main mechanical work needed for a particular project was carried out, and a 1970 Plymouth GTX was placed on the large garage ramp undergoing work.

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Facilities Contained Within Huge Muscle Car Restoration Center

  • Expansive parts store featuring engines, interior trim, body trim, and more
  • Fabrication shop where bodywork can be operated on, body sprayed
  • Mechanical workshop featuring large ramp
  • Large yard where cars waiting for work can be placed


Owned by a friend of the workshop owners, the pretty Plymouth GTX was painted in a beautiful burgundy color. The paint scheme was finished off by a pair of orange stripes that led from the distinctive GTX badging in front of the rear wheel well to the chrome trim around the front wheel wells. Two more Superbirds were also located nearby, both in different stages of restoration. A bright green-colored example looked near-finished, while a white vehicle looked in need of a respray.


Just as Ryan was about to call off his exploration, he spotted a stunning 1969 Dodge Super Bee sitting in the corner. The car was owned by one of the shop mechanics and was a long-term restoration project he was working on. He had owned the machine since high school, and it was painted bright blue, which was contrasted with the iconic Super Bee branding adorned on the rear fenders.

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Ryan emphasized that while the facility at times more resembled a classic car graveyard than a restoration center, the team had a clear intention to make use of every machine located there. He added that, for the right price, many of the cars could be sold to a new loving owner. Any gearhead out there with deep pockets and an even deeper reservoir of passion, your future pride and joy could be sat within the facility’s confines.


Sources: YouTube @ The Automotive Archaeologist, automobile-catalog

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