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Why I am a Mopar fanatic and the car that did it! #2552539
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Did you ever wonder, "why am I a car guy and more specifically, why am I a MOPAR car guy"? Well, here is my story:
I opened my issue of Mopar Collector Guide tonight. My HEMI convertible was a feature car in the June issue. How did that happen? As I went through the magazine, it all became clear! Memories came flooding back when I came to page 68.
We moved from NJ in 1963 to a SMALL town in southern VA called Wytheville. The census probably counted 3,000 souls, in reality, they counted some cows!
The grade school was in a barn, A REAL BARN! there were 15 children grades 1-8! As you can imagine, they had a hell of a time finding a school teacher. In 4th grade, 1964, they found one. Jack was from, of all places, Brooklyn NY! He arrived in a new, Barracuda. In 1966, he bought a convertible, 4 speed 383 Satellite. In 1968 he brought home a GTX convertible, in 1969, another GTX convertible.
When we first moved to the mountains, I wanted to be "Daniel Boone", one ride in the GTX and I wanted to be Richard Petty!
In 1969, Jack asked me if I wanted to ride in the GTX to the local dealer, Salts Plymouth. Of course I was exited to ride in the GTX!
When we arrived, Jack told me to go out back and check out the plain White car with White wheels and little else. Having just climbed out of a beautiful GTX, I went to look at the HEMI Road Runner. IT WAS THE SAME CAR THAT IS ON PAGE 68 OF Mopar Collector Guide in this issue!!!!

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Re: Why I am a Mopar fanatic and the car that did it! [Re: Hemi ragtop] #2552545
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That's an awesome story

Re: Why I am a Mopar fanatic and the car that did it! [Re: Hemi ragtop] #2552546
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Cool story! "Why am I a Mopar guy"? Well, my dad worked for Chrysler Corporation...(the OLD Chrysler Corp)...if us kids drove anything but Mopars...we would get slapped upside the head by him. Don't bite the hand that feeds ya sorta thing! laugh2

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1972 Plymouth Duster...418ci Stroker Small Block
1973 Dodge Charger SE Brougham...400 Magnum Big Block (SOLD)
1971 Plymouth Duster...360 4bbl (SOLD)
1970 Dodge Challenger...340 4bbl (SOLD)
1969 Dodge Dart...440 Big Block (SOLD) Burn't up in a fire
1969 Chrysler 300 Convertible...440 Big Block (SOLD)
1968 Dodge Dart Custom...318 4bbl (SOLD) Smashed/wrecked
1998 Dodge Dakota R/T 5.9 Magnum
2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0
Re: Why I am a Mopar fanatic and the car that did it! [Re: Hemi ragtop] #2552566
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When I was six my babysitters boyfriend took us out in his T5 69 Road Runner 4spd.
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Re: Why I am a Mopar fanatic and the car that did it! [Re: Hemi ragtop] #2552597
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I think the Nash Bridges 'Cuda did it for me, I was about 10 when that show came out.

Kids don't get to see much of cool cars anymore, at best their parent might drive a V8 pickup truck. I try to let kids mess around and hop in the 'Cuda while it is on display. If the kids are young enough, I have a stash of Mopar Hot Wheels to hand out.


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Re: Why I am a Mopar fanatic and the car that did it! [Re: GoodysGotaCuda] #2552608
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I have sat on a mechanics roller just in front of the passenger fender many times looking over the HEMI in the Coronet and remembering the first HEMI that I ever saw, this one!

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My dad drove Plymouth family cars when I was a kid in the late 50s into the 60s. He never had muscle cars, but if the Plymouth family cars was good enough for him it was, and still is, good enough for me!


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Re: Why I am a Mopar fanatic and the car that did it! [Re: Hemi ragtop] #2552614
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We need to be aware of our influence on the young ones that tag along. You just don't know the influence you will have on a 12 year old boy that looks up to you.
Jack was from Brooklyn, far from South Western Appalachia.
We wore blue Jeans, tennis shoes and sloppy shirts. Jack changed all that.
We learned to speak proper English, dress properly, and how to respect our elders. We also learned who Richard Petty was!
His influence never left me. Although I didn't build a Road Runner, I did build a HEMI convertible.
I never take it out with out thinking of him and the rides in that new GTX convertible.

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Re: Why I am a Mopar fanatic and the car that did it! [Re: EV2Bird] #2552627
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I like the story but that is funny! up

Re: Why I am a Mopar fanatic and the car that did it! [Re: Hemi ragtop] #2552650
09/21/18 12:41 AM
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I think it started when I had to wax my grandfathers 66 New Yorker back in about 68-70 when I was 9-12. Twice a year, every year. And I did a damn good job with hard carnauba wax that he bought. He paid me.

I grew to understand his appreciation for the car.

Re: Why I am a Mopar fanatic and the car that did it! [Re: Hemi ragtop] #2552674
09/21/18 01:26 AM
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MY introduction and the thing that got me addicted to Mopars was the evening Al Eckstrand picked me up hitchhiking in the ramcharger 62 race car. He was breaking it in and that car impressed me like no other. Open headers a the power to shove you back in the seat hard. That car was a monster in it's day. I was hooked on MOpars at 16 years old. I spent as much time as I could at the shop. I still remember the Michelin man on top of the building.

Re: Why I am a Mopar fanatic and the car that did it! [Re: stumpy] #2552736
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I bought a 68 GTX convertible 440 4 sp 4:10 dana for $500 in 1975 when I was 24 (running/driving) & I've been hooked ever since.


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Re: Why I am a Mopar fanatic and the car that did it! [Re: RapidRobert] #2552753
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57/58 imperials with 392's, new max wedge cars, and being against the grain of everyone else in this small town that had 55/6/7 chevies and 62/3/4 fords of all models.
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Re: Why I am a Mopar fanatic and the car that did it! [Re: Hemi ragtop] #2552772
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My dad bought a 1974 400ci Roadrunner used in 1976. I was 9 years old. Today, I'm 51 and he still has it and drives it. He is now 79. I was hooked early.


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Back in the late 70's my aunt's boyfriend had several mopar(mechanic). 2 stick out in my mind. He had a 70 Swinger he had set up to drag race and one day he gave me a test ride(out in the country). The car had a bench seat and 440 stick and when he hit second gear it was all I could do to stay in the front seat as the G's were pulling me right over the headrest and I was wearing a seatbelt. I was probably 14. Next year he showed up at the house driving a Demon(orange crate) that was so cammed out it would barely idle. Hard not to be impressed.


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Re: Why I am a Mopar fanatic and the car that did it! [Re: Hemi ragtop] #2552814
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Great question! First off, my dad worked for Chrysler Corporation (engineering in Highland Park) so our family always owned and drove Mopar's. My dad used to bring cars home from work on ocassion, and they were all pretty cool as I recall. Red Dart convertible, 1st year Barracuda, and I even got a ride in a Turbine car one day when I was about 10! All the older guys on my block had muscle cars in the late 60's. We had 6 on my block alone! I can still see every one of them in vivid detail, but only two were Mopar's. A dark green 68 Road Runner coupe, 383 4 speed, and bronze 69 GTX, 440 4 speed. It was the Road Runner that hooked me when he took me for my first ride. He dropped the hammer by side stepping the clutch, and the car went almost sideways, then he power shifter into second to straighten it out. Good Lord it was unbelievable! I remember going with my dad in late 1969 to the C/P dealer we dealt with in Lincoln Park Michigan to order his 70 Sport Satellite. My dad was good friends with the owner, and he knew I was a 15 year old car crazy kid. He said to me, "come on out back with me, I want to show you my new demo" and we went out to the new car prep service bay, and there sat a brand spanking new 1970 GTX 440 6 barrel 4 speed! Sublime, with white interior, and that pistol grip sticking up. Oh my! Then he jumped in it, started it to show me how the air grabber worked, then climbed out and said, "hop in and goose it a couple times". Can you imagine something like THAT happening in today's PC, litigious world? Me either. Despite a wonderful career working at Ford, I've never looked back. The Mopar in this one, strong it is!


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Re: Why I am a Mopar fanatic and the car that did it! [Re: gtxncuda] #2552827
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I lived in Bristol, VA not far from Wytheville from 1969-1972. I became a Mopar guy in 1976 when I bought my first Plymouth, a 66 Satellite. Then I got a 69 Fury III and both cars let me down. On July 28, 1978 I had to get another car and my mom said she had just gotten a bonus from work so I looked in the paper and there was a 69 Dart GTS 383 4-speed for $800! It all came back to me in an instant about being at Thunder Valley in Bristol, TN and watching the Hemi Darts scraping their rear bumpers, so I HAD to have that Dart! Still have it today but it looks like this now... flame

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I did not come from a car family. In 1970, I was 12. I saw my first 1970 Barracuda or Cuda somewhere & it moved me - the car was absolutely stunning to me. Then I started looking for them everywhere I went, & the more I saw them, the more I knew I had to have one someday. They also had a distinct whistle as they drove - something with the aerodynamics. There was a guy in our neighborhood not too far away with a bug juice green 1970 Hemicuda. I remember the shaker hoods - only "special" Cudas had them - you did not see too many of them on the road but I knew when I saw one, there was something extraordinary about that Cuda. Naturally, my first car was nothing less than an F8 340 1970 Cuda 4-speed. And the rest is history......


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For me it was the Challenger in the original Vanishing Point. I was 12 years old in 1972 and our family went to see The Poseidon Adventure at the drive-in. Yeah, remember those? LOL!

Anyway, they were also showing Vanishing Point and that Challenger really struck me. I started saving for one the next day.

My first car in 1977 was a 1970 Challenger 340 4spd. I didn't know how to drive a 4spd so an older friend took it for the test drive. After I bought it, I learned how to drive a 4 speed on the 2 hour drive home.

That car is long gone, but still have my 71 convertible (bought in 1985) and a 2018 Scat Pack Shaker.

These stories are great.


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My neighbor.....10 years or so older than I, brought home a nearly new EV2 71 Cuda 340 with Billboards in 72. I was 9 or 10. This car was the coolest I had laid eyes on. It had black and orange interior and he put a set of great looking Cragar SS wheels on it. We lived on a dirt road so he would practically idle the car until he made it to the pavement. I remember riding in the back seat going back and forth to school. Sadly the car was stolen and stripped in 1973 or so. Never saw it again....but that was the Mopar that hooked me. He replaced the 71 Cuda with a black on black 69 Cuda Formula S. That was one bad car too. The 71 looked very much like the one shown below.

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