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04-18-2000, 04:56 PM
What was your first MOPAR and why are you still hooked??

04-18-2000, 05:46 PM
Mine was a 1966 Plymouth Valiant, with the glorious 225" slant six (of course!) Still miss it... It opened my eyes for the whole Chrysler Corp. and its cool cars. But what really got me into Mopars was the ultra-cool movie Bullit...The evil guys had of course the most evil car: a -68 Dodge Charger...
Nowadays I believe I have switched from those early favourite Chargers and Challengers to the more basic & conservative 1962-65 B-bodys...
What could actually beat a Ramcharger 413, or a Max-Wedge & long-ram manifolds?

Currently owning:
1964 Dodge 330
1968 Plymouth Sport Satellite

04-18-2000, 06:02 PM
My first Mopar was a 73 Valient with a 318, console shift automatic, rally wheels and rally pack options. It was Orange with a white vinal top and white buckets. It was probably the coolest car i ever owned and after overheating the engine and burning a couple of rod bearings I ended up having to sell it for $250 to appease my folks who wanted that "old piece if junk" off their property, bummer... I had planned on doing a 360 buildup but didn't have the fundage. cruzerjd

04-18-2000, 06:49 PM
i am 16 and am in the process of building a 72 duster 440, this is the first car i owned, but i have been working on mopars for over 5 years, i dont think there is anything better than mopar.

04-18-2000, 06:52 PM
It was a 87 Dodge Shadow ES turbo, 5-spd. After owning a chevy and a ford just prior to this car, i was ready for something that would run. And run it did. I had more fun in/with that car than any I've owned since. The car took everything I threw at it and kept on going. I haven't owned anything other than a Chrysler product since, and have basically had the same luck with them.

1994 dakota v-6
1996 neon sohc
1969 coronet 440 post-car, 360 auto.

Stan Cameron
04-18-2000, 07:52 PM
My first MOPAR was a 1957 Ply Fury factory dual fours 3 sp with over drive. All my friends had or wanted 57 chev. I had to be different. Have had at least one MOPAR to play with since.

69 RR 426 4bbl 727 9.78 @ 138 best so far.
79 Lil Red Express.
96 2500 Ram 5.9
99 Durango 5.9

04-18-2000, 07:59 PM
Mine was a 1981 Dodge Aries that I got in 1990. My parents bought it new in '81 and worked it till I got it. I had to rebuild the carb and replace a axle due to gone CV Joints. Ran the hell out of that 10 yr old engine and bend then burst the number one rod and its still ran on three cylinders although it ate alot more gas after that. I replaced the engine with a 85 and a new hot cam. Made some folks drop thier jaws and never find them again when I smoked those tires in the front wheel drive they had always thought was a dog.
Didnt want to get rid of it but you cant have everything. Oh by the way I had taken out the front bench from this 4-door and installed a set of buckets out of a 71 cuda. The Aries had a 4 on the floor.
I want to do either a 360 or 400 rear wheel drive two or four door some time, Without a hood scoop. Can you say ultimate sleeper grocery getter. I just dont think it will be legal on Texas roads.


68 'Cuda 383 Working on adding EFI
69 'Cuda Race Parts Car
76 Duster 273 recent transplant
95 Neon 2.0 SOHC best of 16.96
84 Dodge Ram D50 transplanting 360

04-18-2000, 08:13 PM
mine was my 71 plymouth duster i currently own , converting it over to 451. i like the thought of that power to weight ratio , because the capabilities of a mopar engine are so high, i cant turn down the reliability either. the styling and quality are 100% , so i went on and bought a 1991 shadow 5spd. this car is nice on fuel and has almost 300,000 on it. since i come from a fishing backround(live in the city now), i have saw many trucks abused , and the only truck anybody in the community will buy after everything has been put to the test duribility wise, is a mopar truck. you cant beat mopar. its proven.

04-18-2000, 08:20 PM
69 Blue Road Runner with no power anything and a 383 4-speed bench seat,man what a great first car that was.

that was enough to get and keep me hooked.funny this is the same topic from moparts http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

04-18-2000, 09:04 PM
I'm only 16 and can you belive it i've already owned two mopars my firts was a maroon color 74 dart swinger with a black top and a 318, the car wich i'm working on now is a 70 duster with a 318 http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/smile.gif i've been working on mopars since i was 5 :P I love em and always will

04-18-2000, 10:07 PM
Mine was a 1961 Plymouth 9 passenger station wagon /6 3spd. My older brother got it for me when I was 12. I used to drive it in the field behind our house. My first street driven Mopar(now its a Mopar) was a 1971 Gremlin 6 auto. My first real Mopar was a 1970 340 4spd Dart Swinger. I loved that car and kick myself daily for selling it. That was 17 years ago and I still regret it. It was a great car.

04-18-2000, 10:44 PM
I got EXTREMELY lucky when I turned 16. My first CAR was a '70 Charger R/T 440+6, 727, that I still own today. Why my parents ever let their 16 year old kid have a car like that I'll never know. It seems every time it rained, I would demonstrate the laws of phisics/MoPar performance. For instance, the law that says "If it's got 420 pounds of torque, those measly 60's are gonna start swapping ends with the 70's if you don't slow down you moron". I thought up that one in Biology class after nearly spinning out on a wet road on my way to school that day.
Ahhhhhh, kids......

04-18-2000, 11:27 PM
Well when i turned 17 I got my 74 ply Gold Duster, I saved up for a 70 duster 340, but by the time i got the money, it was sold, soi waited a few more weeks, and this guy was selling this duster for 500 dollars, it had no engine inside or no tranny. Well I just thought if i was this car, i would want to be saved. SO i took it off their hands. the guy gave me the slant six with all parts, and a mildly worn 318 w/o intake or carbs, so i went the cheap way and rebuilt the slant for 700 bucks and the guy gave us the tranny that went with it, put that in. The reason why I am hooked is because, no one in my state or area drives old mopar cars, so I wanted to be different, besides i hate camaros and fords. So i decided to go with the other american manufacturer. And I am hooked because i like this car, I have had good compliments on how much i have done and how far i have gotten. But i always get the comments of "Man mopar sucks, thats why no one drives one" and i became nicknamed Mopar Matt, because since my purchase i tried to buy every singel mopar action, mopar muscle, and mopar performance mags. And i know mopar real well for how late i started in getting into cars, and that is why. Even though you probly havent read this far, because you probly saw the length of this reply and said forget it, or you got bored of this halfway thru it, so... Yeah..

04-18-2000, 11:28 PM
My first Mopar was a 74 Swinger SE, 4 doors, 225, bought it in 84. Just a car to me at the time, folks were GM types. It ran great, drove from IN to CA, I was in the USN. traded it and cash for a 68 Cougar, I wanted something to hot rod. Stupid mistake, had nothing but problems. later after more brand X cars I got a 63 Belevedere wagon, sweet car with a poly 318. Then I decided I wanted a new car. So I sat down and compared all the cars I'd owned and the only ones I never sent to the junkyard were the Mopars, so I bought a new Daytona, mitake there too. But I got stuck on Moaprs and that's all it's been since.


04-18-2000, 11:33 PM
My 1st mopar was a 1980 /6 Cordoba. It was a dog and wasnt real fast, didnt take turns well and didnt stop to good. When I got it, it had about 200K miles on the orig motor and sometimes it wouldnt back up. And sometimes it would die for no reson and I would have to wait for a wile before it restarted. I liked that car so much i even named it...a few times. I named it "you f$#%ing peace of s@$%" and things like that. It seemed to like toying with me. But for all its faults it seemed to always pull threw when i needed it the most and always got me home safe. It clicked like crazy (i was 16 then and who knew you had to adjust the rockers!) and one day threw a push rod. Between that and the other things I decided to junk it. I wish i knew more about cars then because i regret junking that cordoba alot now.

04-18-2000, 11:38 PM
1970 Barracuda 318 auto, maroon in color w/black vinal roof. I remember driving that thing in snow storms with sand in the trunk & 245 60/ 14's. Great car The guy I bought it from took atvantage of my inexperience. When I picked it up the defrost wasn't working & he told me he dodn't know why?? I later found that he had bypassed the SHOT heater core!!!!! Live & learn. He did one thing right, put a hotter cam in it for a rebuild. That cars parts are still on the road today. the doors ended up on the guys car I saw in the parking lot in high school that made me want a CUDA!!!!! Not no every one has had one comparo, shivelle.


The grill is still in my attic, will be in my den some day

04-19-2000, 01:19 AM
My first Mopar was a 1948 Plymouth 2-door sedan. The reason I got it was because my first car was a 1941 chevy. That Chevy was Christine in reverse. It could sit in the garage and self destruct! I never owned a care that broke so often. A couple of examples: The seat back broke at 50 mph..that was exciting! The tie-rod fell off while driving..that was really exciting!! The hood flew up at 40 mph...that was even more exciting!!!

The '48 Plymouth was as near perfect as I could ever ask a car to be. Nothing broke, it would start at 40 below zero, it got great mileage, and drove like a luxury car. On top of that, I could beat any flat-head Ford V8 or Chevy 6 in my town.

Now, about 35 Mopars later, I can still say I've never had a bad one. Some were better than others, but all were reliable easy to work on and inexpensive to own. Can't see no reason to change now!

04-19-2000, 02:26 AM
72 Duster. 6 Banger.2nd Mopar 70 RR 440/4speed. Currently 64 Dodge 500 Polara 2 door hardtop w/buckets and console. Also I put a 69 440 SIXPAK in it. Had 80 new and used cars in my life so far. Nothing beats Mopar far as taking care of it's owner. They have soul.

04-19-2000, 02:35 AM
The first Mopar I bought was a '69 Roadrunner, 440,4-speed,for $1,300 when I was 17 in 1979. It was Metallic burnt orange with US mags and huge tires with wrinkles on the sidewalls even though they were Pos-a-Traction. It was raced alot by the Marine I bought it from and he blew the 383, so he went to the 440. It was too fast for me since I only weighed 120lbs. and there was no power steering, brakes, and it had a badly leaking rear seal that threw 90w everywhere, and it had a chrome 10 inch steering wheel! It drove like a barge with a rocket strapped to it. Not having a clue at the time, I drove it on the I15 freeway at over 140 mph passing cars like they were standing still and hoping they didn't change lanes in front of me. I must have done that 10 times. I try not to think about it now, so I don't have a heart attack! I fixed the rear seals a year later, and finally Irealized why I didn't have any brakes! I Sold it right after that for $1,350. That was all I could get.
I didn't own it, but before that in 1975 I lived in Montana, where my Dad bought a '68 Dodge Coronet 440. It was a 318 car, gold with black top. Before the Dukes of Hazzard were the Millers of Montana. My brother and I, both too young to drive, drove every day to school 18 miles away.I don't know what my father was thinking letting us drive with no license or insurance or registration. We lived way up in the mountains were we took it to the limit on the dirt roads. Getting sideways around the curves, seeing how much roost we could make with our snow tires. There was no one on the freeway there so we also tested the 120 mph top speed when ever we had the chance. We even got passed by a classmate going 130. He surprised us because we weren't looking behind us. I mean, who's gonna pass you in the middle of nowhere when you're doing 120? Too bad he had an uglyass Chevy, or I might have been impressed. Once, we went to town and when we came back up the mountain,workers had dug a waterline across the dirt road with a backhoe. We stopped and no one was around but the empty backhoe. Well we still had to get home because Mom and Dad would be worried, so My 14 year old older brother (he hogged the car alot) was playing Bo Duke, and he backed way down the hill. Too bad camcorders weren't invented yet (at least not in Montana) because he hit the gas and we went full blast up the hill, wound around some curves, and slammed into the dirt burm on the side of the 3foot wide ditch and flew Dukes of Hazzard style in our pseudo General Lee over the ditch. My brothers philosiphy was, When in doubt, HIT THE GAS! I still think to this day that that Coronet was the best and funnest car I ever drove. It was like new when Dad bought it for $350, and after repairing the carb, brakes, several mufflers we ripped off of it 4X4ing,u-jounts, and tons of cheap tires, Dad sold it for $600. Since that Coronet, both my brother and I and my little brother have been deep into Mopars and must have had over 20 different kinds between us. I currently have a Dodge Ram truck and a hopped up '69 Coronet. I have done away with the crazy driving and stick to the drag strip.

04-19-2000, 02:41 AM
I could've sworn I posted already but....

Why am I hooked on MoPars?
Why does a Harley guy buy a Harley? Because there's nothing else like it!
And the engineering is #1.

My first MoPar was a 1940 Plymouth P-10 Deluxe Businessman's Coupe, which I bought in 1984 for $150 Canadian.
http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/biggrin.gif I STILL OWN IT!!! http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Tubbed 40 Plymouth Coupe
Tubbed 71 Demon
1989 Shelby Lancer
1978 BB ClubCab
1973 Scamper 440 MHome

04-19-2000, 04:47 AM
First car was a 1972 Duster,318/904.Lemon Twist yellow with 340 stripes.Bought it right before I turned 16 in 1978.Nice car,I really liked it.I did the usual speed parts deal and did a bit of street racing with it.I never consisdered buying anything but a Mopar.I now have my Dad's 1970 Road Runner that he bought brand new that is my pride and joy(car wise)Dad still drives it now and then,but I make sure he parks it back in MY garage!!

04-19-2000, 05:30 AM
My first Mopar was a AMC gremlin at the time though AMC wasn"t a Mopar, But this car would do a block long smokey burn out. There was this heavily tarred street and a high rpm clutch dump and poor rear suspension would result in big burn outs that amazed all my chevy friends. My first real Mopar was a 73 Duster 318 auto brown with black stripes and fake scoops and rally wheels, and high back buckets.I bought it in 1979 for $900 from a dealer. I run this car harder than any car. It would jump gravel road railroad crossings at 70 mph and do (007 bonds) which is pulling the parking brake at 60 and turning the wheel so you would slide backward then put in 1st gear and floor it and take off in the direction you were coming from In some situations this can be a highly effective manuver. A friend of mine had a small 2 seater Fiat convetible that was supposed to handle real good and after a long road course he couldnt loose me, but I was running my duster to its limits and it was doing some sliding, where he wasn"t. All of this performance driving resulted in lots of suspension repairs and 3 rear ends.the motor wasn"t fast but it gave no trouble and the same for the tranny. Next came better Mopars. MOPAR RULES

04-19-2000, 05:39 AM
My first MOPAR was a '70 Dodge Challenger with a 383 2bbl and a slapstick automatic.

I enjoyed that car for about three years(when it was totaled in a rollover accident).

Why do I continue with MOPARs? I have owned one Ford and one Pontiac. They were both crap. I have owned alot of MOPAR muscle and have been very satisfied with them.


Ed - MoPower

'96 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT CC 360 4X4
'68 Charger 383-4

04-19-2000, 06:08 AM
In 1978 my dad and I went with my 15 year old brother to look at a 69 roadrunner 383 for $200.The owner died in vietnam and his dad was selling it. the car was in nice shape with 110,000 miles, bald tires, and it wouldnt start. Another guy came to look at the car when we were there, and my dad and I made sure Steve left with the car. We found out it had 440 pushrods and put in 383 pushrods and all of a sudden he had the fastest car at highschool 1000 students and lots of chevys and fords to beat he blew away my 71 grandprix 400 cid -300horse.and all the other supposedly fast "heap" chveys, and fords, and belive it or not all the mopars.
At the end of the school year Interstate dragways had thier first "high school drags" it was really cool! My brother took the first place trophy with his road runner.I was really proud of him, but the school tried to screw him out of his trophy but he got it, and still has the car.MOPAR RULES

04-19-2000, 06:30 AM
My first Mopar was a 64 1/2 Barracuda 340/727 with a 7.25 rear end and 265/60 pos-a-traction tires on tall shackles so the tires wouldnt rub on the fenders. Every time I would go over a bump, the shocks would extend to their limits and make an awful sound at the rear. I also had a CHEAP Indy 3 speed shifter that looked like a truck manual gearshift. It had about 4 inches of travel from park to 1st, and I had no idea what gear it was in at any one time. I would always pull it back all the way and bump it twice to get into drive. What a thrill overshifting into reverse at 40 MPH!! I had two diffrent size tires in the front, the driver side being a 70 and the passenger side being a 60, it sat fine with me in it but would lean when empty. I didnt care, because the car was the fastest at my high school and I was only a sophomore, and not really popular either, ha ha h a. That rear end finally gave up in a strange way, pulling out of a parking spot in reverse, and dropping into drive at about -2 mph. I mashed it a LITTLE, and it just blew. Im suprised it lasted as long as it did. The highlite of that cars life was when I raced a chick in a new '85 Z-28 for sex.. I beat her so bad, that she slowed down, flipped a bitch, and bailed the scene before I could come back and collect. Sold the car to some kid when I joined the Corps, and got a letter in Boot camp saying the car got totalled. I bout cried. 10 years later I bought a 65 formula "S" 340/904. I still own it.

04-19-2000, 06:42 AM
My first Mopar was the 68 Road Runner that I still have. It is Forest Green with a 383 4-Speed, with Buckets and a Councel. This car is show room condition. It only has 32,000 miles. I also have a 68 Dodge Charger R/T, and a 64 Plymouth Sport Fury with im going to make into a drag car.
Mopars Rule!!!!


68 Road Runner, 32,000mi.
64 Plymouth Fury Sport
*440 .30 over
*.528 lift Mopar Purple Shaft cam
*Ductile Rockers
*TCI 3000 stall
*Richmond 4.30 gears
*Mopar M1 intake
*830 Holley Double Pumper
*Cheetah Manual Shift Valve Body.
*Indy 440 SR Heads
*Firestone 30.10.15 slicks
*11:5:1 TRW Pistons

04-19-2000, 06:42 AM
My first Mopar was the 68 Road Runner that I still have. It is Forest Green with a 383 4-Speed, with Buckets and a Councel. This car is show room condition. It only has 32,000 miles. I also have a 68 Dodge Charger R/T, and a 64 Plymouth Sport Fury with im going to make into a drag car.
Mopars Rule!!!!


68 Road Runner, 32,000mi.
64 Plymouth Fury Sport
*440 .30 over
*.528 lift Mopar Purple Shaft cam
*Ductile Rockers
*TCI 3000 stall
*Richmond 4.30 gears
*Mopar M1 intake
*830 Holley Double Pumper
*Cheetah Manual Shift Valve Body.
*Indy 440 SR Heads
*Firestone 30.10.15 slicks
*11:5:1 TRW Pistons

04-19-2000, 06:43 AM
Sorry about the double post.


68 Road Runner, 32,000mi.
64 Plymouth Fury Sport
*440 .30 over
*.528 lift Mopar Purple Shaft cam
*Ductile Rockers
*TCI 3000 stall
*Richmond 4.30 gears
*Mopar M1 intake
*830 Holley Double Pumper
*Cheetah Manual Shift Valve Body.
*Indy 440 SR Heads
*Firestone 30.10.15 slicks
*11:5:1 TRW Pistons

04-19-2000, 07:05 AM
Instead of apologizing for the double post, why don't you just click on the Edit/Delete icon (the one with the pencil) and then click on Delete and submit. The duplicate is then removed.

Just a suggestion

Ed - MoPower

'96 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT CC 360 4X4
'68 Charger 383-4

04-19-2000, 09:02 AM
My first own mopar was a '67 Valiant 2D sedan with a 170 /6 and three on the tree. Pretty soon it was rebuilt with a 318 bored to stock 340 pistons (!), performer, headers, 280 cam etc. and a floor shifted manual. The 7 1/4" rear axle with 3.23 gears remained but was equipped with a sure grip pulled out of a newer Aspen. And newer had problems with that particular 7 1/4" despite of severe punishment and a jumping rear suspension.

04-19-2000, 02:39 PM
My first car was a 1965 coronet 500 w/383 4spd, wish I could find one now. Since I've owned:
69 340 Swinger
70 340 Swinger
67 Barracuda
70 Duster
Present 69 Barracuda Formula S 340 auto (Restored)

04-19-2000, 05:50 PM
My wife got a look at this thread and reminded me about her first Mopar. It was called the "Blue Bomber", a blue and primer '68 Dart. Basically held together with bobbie pins and duct tape. For example, the headlites were ducttaped in,the front bumper was tied on with a rope. The trunk was sans lock and had to be opened with a screwdriver. Someone had got a wild hair to rewire the dash and left a splendid mess, kinda looked like an airplane with all the Radio Shack toggles to operate everything. Previously owned by a couple of tweakers methinks. But.. when it was winter and noone else could get their cars to start the bomber was always there to jump them. We ended up selling the /6 for $200 so we could buy tickets to go see Jackson Browne. As far as I know that motor is still running around town in a 66 Dodge pickup, now thats what I call recycling, lol... she sez that wasn't the most comical car she had, that one was the 68 Toyota Corona that honked every time she made a right turn (especially embarrassing when driving past the local funeral home!), and once the whole exhaust just fell off, and the bumper also fell off once. The engine was rebuilt twice but never was right, but that doesn't belong on a Mopar web board. cruzerjd

04-19-2000, 05:54 PM
1971 green charger with a worn-out 318 in it; not so worn out that it didn't cost me money I barely had in order to replace the rear tires more than once. The headlight motor didn't work so everytime it got dark, I would have to manually open the lampcovers...what a pain! But oh what a great car...and boy did that dual exhaust put out the best sound a 17 year old could ever hear! There was a 66 Charger for sale on my way home from my girlfriend's house and everyday I would stop, look, and dream...now, after 16 years, I have a 67.

04-19-2000, 07:08 PM
When I was 16 I bought my dad's '68 Dodge Coronet 500 convertible. It had a factory 383 4-barrel with dual exhausts, auto, and posatraction. I used to put the top down, and roll about 10 - 15 MPH in 1st then stand on the gas. I would hit 2nd at about 45 and 3rd at 80. The sound of that 383 and the sensation was undescribable. http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/cool.gif I switched to a small block A body when the gas crunch hit.

04-19-2000, 07:55 PM
1989 dodge dayton(actually my dads) I burned off more pairs of tires on cloverliefs than I care to count.
4 wheel drifts through corners are cool!!
It was a 5-speed and there wasnt a mustang or camareo that could get me off the line in 1st gear or racing stop sign to stop sign. The cops didnt really care what you did as long as you didnt blow a stop sign. The town I grew up in was forested in stop signs.


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04-19-2000, 08:03 PM
My first mopar was a 74 318 duster w/4speed
Really a great car I was planning on doing a 440/4 speed swap but the 318 ate a bolt, and blew a head gasket,and since I couldn't fix it my dad insisted that I sell it. raced it all over town I was only beaten once by a hopped up 69 camaro, I wish he could have seen the stock engine under my hood. I only lost to him by half a car and I had 2.71 rear gearsand p195/75/14 tires

04-19-2000, 11:11 PM
My first, Almost as good as my other "first" http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/smile.gif was a 92Dakota regular cab shortbed V6 LE with heavy duty suspension. It was two tone Deep blue with bright silver sides and the Reddest pinstripe I've ever seen. The dealer got all their trucks without striping and had someone come in and do the striping for them. The guy just looked at the truck and picked a color, no input from the dealer, they just turned him loose on the lot. Anyways, I got a toolbox on it and the dealer painted it blue instead of silver so I made them repaint it and they did the repaint the right way so it had about an 1/8 inch of paint on it. I have never seen another Dakota like it. The same dealer sold one with the same paint in extended cab. They had a policy of not selling two Identical trucks unless the customer ordered it that way.

Since then I got a junk 69 Barracuda that will get tubbed and turned into a street monster. I also got my 98 SS/T this year.

I buy MOPARs but I refuse to sell them. In the words of Daffy Duck,"MINE MINE all mine!!!"

04-19-2000, 11:54 PM
My first car was a 69 charger rt. Nothing special, virtually no options. I bought it because I needed a car when I joined the Marines. Bought it in Oregon with 100,000 hard miles on it. Never worried about it being stolen because nobody but me could ever get the thing started (car needed new EVERYTHING but was very straight and original). Drove it twice across the country, and have driven it nearly every day since I bought it. Rebuilt the motor, threw a six pack on it, and have driven nothing but Mopars ever since! In spite of me learning literally everything I know about cars from it, it has NEVER let me down, and NEVER left me stranded. I do get beat by my buddies in their (worked) 340 A-bodies, but that's better than a chevelle or something. Since being stationed in Sacramento, my mopar addiction has been fueled by dirt cheap cars (how does $900 for a rust free 1970 440-6 4spd shaker 'cuda missing the motor sound?) and a (now filled) RV access.
Semper Fi

Dr. Righteous
04-20-2000, 12:35 AM
This wasn't my first MoPar but its the one what cured me from ever seeing anything in the curves of a chevy body panel.
It was a SubLime Green '71 GTX. All the goodies, AirGRABBER, 440 4spd, Dana60 4:10 gear. It was for sale and I was In LOVE.
I had never seen anything like it and I HAD to have it. $2000. Now that seems laughable to think that for only 2k I could have owned that thing. But this was 1985 and I was 19. Two grand seemed like 2 million. I begged my dad to help me somehow. He wouldn't, he was afraid that I would become a minace to society with a car like that. (I would have made my presence known http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/smile.gif
I never was able to get the cash up. The sickening thing was to see a redneck type guy buy it and trash it completely street racing. NOW believe me when I say this; THIS CAR WAS CHERRY. It looked like new inside and out. The owner had to sell it because his wife was expecting and they needed the money.
Well, I spotted the car a couple years later at a 'run what you brung' drag meet. It looked sick. It was all beat up; passenger door bashed in, all scratched up, front valence panel bashed in like he ran up on a high curb or something, interior all nasty. I had to turn my back and walk away.
My FIRST MOPAR was a Plum Crazy purple 70 GTX. It was worn, it was rusty, but it was mine. But ohhh that '71; it was sweet.

Old hippie
04-21-2000, 08:40 AM
October 1968
Fresh out of 'Nam
'69 Road Runner
383 4-speed 3:55 gears
Fire Bronze Metalic
Tan Vinal Top
Bought it new from Pioneer Chrysler/Plymouth in Flint, Michigan. Salesman was Al
Bennett. Put 1500 miles on it the first 10 days I owned it and never missed work. I drove the hell out of that car for 14 months. A couple of things went sour in my personal life and I sold it, climbed on my old Harley and did the Easy Rider thing for a bit over a year. Eventually sold the old Harley, too.
Damn Fool!
Didn't do much with cars for a long time except build a few engines for others. Rode a mid 9 second Harley drag bike for 3 years when I wasn't trying to drink myself to death.
Damn near made it, too.
Clean and sober goin' on 18 years now.
Why Mopar? Well, with out going into detail, you can say its a family thing. My Grandfather and Walt Chrysler were very good friends until Walt died in 1940 (?).
Current Mopars....Wifes 1999 Intrepid and my '66 Belvedere HT work in progress.

The Old Hippie Hisself

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Richard Reardon
04-21-2000, 05:57 PM
Now ain't that "Ole Hippie" a piece of work!
I keep telling him he should write books or @ least short stories.

How about a '64 Plymouth Fury with a 426W in it and 727 push-button auto. Noth'in faster shift'in than one of these.

I still don't understand the thinking @ Chrysler Co. though, as to why anyone with even a pea brain would put an "open" rear end chuck in a car like this!!! I think it was a 3.23 to 1 ratio. Talk 'bout bak'in the right rear!

Had a lot of fun w/ that car for ~ 2 years, street racing and performing "smoke shows" while holding the rear end out going around the rotary on main street!

Blew off a BB FORD product on top-end one time go'in north on 495 in Massachusetts. Somewhere above 120 I waived "good by" and pulled away!

Like a lot of us "boys with toys", ya either sell 'em cause ya need the money to get married, or ya hang onto 'em for a while 'till the wife gets pregnant and ya gotta sell it cause ya need money for the baby! Ain't this story ever gonna end!? Ain't we eva gonna learn that sooner or later you end up with no toy, no wife and empty pockets!
Been there, done it. DON'T sell your toy for either reason - it just ain't worth it.
Done preach'in!

Now I'm gonna make ya all jealous and tell ya that in June of this year I'm gonna have the undisputed privledge of meeting in person the one and only "the Old Hippie hisself!"
He and I grew up ( that's debatable!) during the same era, but in different parts of the US of A. We will talk car-war-stories like the rest of ya wish you could!

Now I liked and missed that '64 so bad, I just went out and bought me another one. This one will have a 413 in it though, but will out perform that old 426 when I'm finished w/ it.
And yes, it will have a sure-grip rear axle in it too!

You "ole Hippie", I can hardly wait 'till June!


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Old hippie
04-21-2000, 10:44 PM
1) It did not have anything to do with, uhhhh, gonads when I rode that Harley. It had to do with being either crazy or stupid and likely a healthy dose of both. It also had to do with being half loaded most of the time for about 10 years. Large ammounts of hooch and drugs along with a Kamakazi attitude are not a good place to put your head at. Thats a soap box I will preach from every chance I get. Take heed brothers and sisters. I have been there, done that, bought the T-shirt, and posed for the Poster. It is someplace you don't want to go.
2) Reardon has got his termonology messed up. The honor should be Dubious, not Undisputed. Two old fart Mopar freaks getting to gether with a combined mentality of oh 12 or 13 is not a good thing for the greater metropoliton Phoenix area. Should be REAL intresting.

The Old Hippie Hisself

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Dr. Righteous
04-22-2000, 01:24 AM
I had to laugh at the last company picnic when I drove my '69 Coronet Alot of the guysgather around and started drooling. As I eased the hood back down one of the guys started talking how he was itching to get back into playing with hot cars; then he suddenly when quite. His wife knuckled him in the ribs!

04-22-2000, 03:57 AM
My first car was a Mopar, bought it back in 1975. Had it for 6 months before getting my license. It was a 1968 Dodge Polara 500 Convertible, stock with a 383 G-code engine. It was only the 2bbl engine, but at 16 years old I thought it was fast. I knew it was cool. The girl's loved going for rides in it.
I bought the car from one of my uncle's, he sold it to me for $300.00! He even installed chrome reverse wheels with white letter wide oval's...anyone remember those?
I got stupid about a year latter and traded it for a 1968 Pontiac Firebird Convertible, it had the Ram Air lll 400 with a 4spd. Less than a year later I blew the engine racing and sold the car. I went back to Mopar's for good after that. I still to this day thank my uncle for selling me that car, not to mention selling me my first motorcycle. 25 years later and I still own Mopar's...and a Harley.

Almost forgot, the production numbers for a 1968 Dodge Polara 500 Convertible...792 total units made. If only I knew then.......


04-22-2000, 09:08 AM
My first one? In 1977 my sister bought me a '65 Plymouth Fury w/ 318 for $750. What a great car. Since then a '79 Plymouth Horizon, '66 Chrysler New Yorker w/ 440 (wished I would have kept that one), '85 Lancer ES, '87 Dakota, '90 Spirit, '91 Dakota, '94 Neon, '98 Caravan, '99 Ram.

I betcha Lee Iacocca hadn't owned that many mopars.

04-22-2000, 03:53 PM
Back in the late 60's my oldest brother had a 64 Coronet440(body code) with a 383 and pushbutton automatic. Man what a bad ride that was!
I was only about 6 years old ,but I always remembered that car.
Later, when I was almost ready to get my license,I bought a 72 Cheveelle.(Sorry guys) I bought it because in all the car mags I only saw chevys.
My second car was a 69 Camaro(sorry again) and I really ran the wheels off of it. I bought it back in 80 when I was a junior in high school.
My third car was a 70 Dodge Challenger which as it turned out,, I bought from my oldest brother. He had always liked Mopars and had several over the years.
I bought it back in 82 and when I finished it and started driving it,,,the people went crazy. I guess because they never saw many Mopars around here.
When I first started working on the car,,,I cussed it something terrible. Everything was different than what I was used to. After a while a came to respect the engineering and admire the quality of Dodge. Some very intelligent, well educated men designed these cars, and I am glad they did.
Anyway,,,,all of my cars have been sold now,,except one. Guess which one I kept,,,You guessed it ,,my Challenger.
Mopar all the way,,,keep the flags a flying.


Dr. Righteous
04-22-2000, 05:19 PM
Good Point Tommy1
The engineers at Chrysler were definately inovative and where the type that thought 'outside the box'.
Those minds produced the Hemi engine which is still the hottest race engine around.
If you examine the specs on engine efficency and just 'nailing it' as far as producing efficency, reliability and of course power; Chyrsler was unmatched. You can still take a MoPar engine, and the compairable Chevy and Ford and build each one with the same target HP/torque goal, the MoPar will produce more HP,torque and reliability for less money invested.
(Hot Rod magazine has done that very thing a couple times; MoPar always wins, but they will still choose a Chevy)
Brand loyality isn't usually based on which is actually best, but what you are more comfortable with.

04-23-2000, 01:26 AM
My first Mopar was a 1966 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S. It had the solid lifter 273 "Power Pack" engine". Small 4 barrel Carter. 904 auto and a teeny 7.25 rearend.

It was red with a white half vinyl top (factory). Lot of rear window in that car.

Bought it May 3, 1973 for $100.00 Canadian and towed it home with my dad's 318 1972 Dart. It wouldn't crank because of a bent pushrod.

Being young and foolish, I didn't know what I had and barbarized the car with a 340 and 4 spd and 8.75, etc. I had a lot of fun with it and raced it a bit. Hit a moose late at night one time and went off the road backwards at high speed. Rolled over 3 or 4 times and never broke the back glass. Fixed it after that and kept it for a few more years. It eventually rusted out and was discarded for a 74 Cuda with a swapped in 440 6 pack, 4 spd and 8.75 with 3.91 gears. That was a fun car,too.

By the way, the VIN of the 66 Cuda was BP29D62573. I still have the bill of sale. Check out the codes and you'll see that this would be a rare piece today if it were still around. Oh well, like they say, "Youth is mostly wasted on the young".

04-23-2000, 04:59 PM
My first mopar is a 1970 Plymouth Duster with a 318 and Automatic

04-23-2000, 07:23 PM
My first Mopar was a 1975 Plymouth Fury 4 door. 318, a/c, automatic, and a 2.71 8-1/4" rear. A regular family car. I got it in Colorado when I was in the Army from a guy who brought it there from Florida. The car ran pretty good, although I had to learn the hard way about what happens when the ECU goes bad! (It ran good 5 minutes ago, now it won't start). Drove it around for a year and a half. Also learned about what it feels like with unbalanced tires at anything over 60 mph. Fixed that problem quickly. It led to another Mopar, then another, and now, 11 years later, and some 20 Mopars or so, here I am, a self-taught die hard Mopar fanatic.

04-24-2000, 01:31 AM
'74 RR 318 Auto 3 shades of yellow/black stripes w/blk interior. i thought it was cool to roll backwards downhill in neutral, stomp the gas and drop it into gear. the front end would lift and i was a drag racer!! My dad said the drivetrain would give out but i didn't give it a chance. lost the motor exactly one week after purchase after neglecting to notice that the oil guage was steady going down all week. Took six months to save for another motor. drove that one for 6 months (watching the oil pressure) then fell asleep one night and bit a ditch about the same place my father lost his '69 RR. Let my dad talk me into junking it and it got crushed before i got out of the service. the hood is on a satellite in the same town. that was '83 that car taught me alot about control on gravel roads and that girls like cars with nicknames- BumbleBee

04-24-2000, 03:04 AM
In small North Carolina towns a Mopar is called "Dominecker" (sp) Why..I dont know. An yes..I said real small towns. The kind you can hold your breath as you go all the way thru downtown. But my first Dominecker was a 1947 Dodge somthing . Just like the one that "Lucky" Lee Lott used to smash into brand X cars as a stunt driver back in the early years. Well "Lucky" Mutt29 lost a wheel the 2nd day of ownership an rolled it off a mountainside in N.C. where it has been since 1975. I still have all the hardware like ..lights,window cranks,rearview mirror,seats an so on. The wife calls me a packrat. I say NO WAY..its Mopar stuff !!!

04-24-2000, 04:36 AM
This is what I have now

Mr.Dakota CC R/T
04-24-2000, 01:35 PM
My first Mopar was a '95 5 speed rasberry pearlcoat ES Shadow 2 dr. I bought her brand spankin' new, still with plastic on the seats. It was motivated by the v6 and was a tire smoker through 2nd, and chirped into 3rd...But my wife hated the 2 doors and the stick...So then entered my second Mopar 11 months later, a '95 Neon that had a whopping 27 miles on it when we bought her in Bay City. It now has 140,000 ticks on the dial and my wife still drives it every day. This year I got a Mopar for me! '98 Club Cab Dakota R/T...I love it so far, and by the looks of it the tire store is gonna love it too! That R/T is a tire liquifying nightmare. But not one Chevy or Ford truck in town (Havnt met the supercharged Lightning) have got the best of me in this beast yet! God it makes me feel like a teen again! http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/biggrin.gif LOVE MOPARS


04-25-2000, 05:25 PM
Mine was a 69 Coronet R/T 440 Magnum. Man what a car. Bought her in 78, ran it hard for 2 years then had the engine and body/paint done. Drove her for about a month, one day while at work some @#$holes stole and stripped it down to the shell, wahhh cried for a month.

04-25-2000, 08:43 PM
<dd>Heh, my first Mopar was a pea-green four-door '72 Plymouth Satellite. Powered by a Slant-6, it was *nasty*, and I was basically doomed to drive that car forever -- I hated that car. No stereo for over two years (looking back on that, I cannot believe I never put even a cheapo head unit in the thing). I put air shocks on the rear and bought four black 15" steel cop-car rims. At that point, she looked mean, even tho' she was mule-dumb and the second slowest car in school. Overall, an absolute *tank*.

<dd>She died when some buds of mine and I hit a curb at 40+ mph. After we brought her to a halt, she limped back home, mortally wounded... the wrecker came for her the next day. *Sigh*

<dd>- novicius -

04-25-2000, 09:07 PM
Im restoring a 1970 Challenger with a 383 Magnum right now, not only is it my first mopar but its my first car!

04-25-2000, 11:46 PM
My first mopar was a 67'dart GT with a six, hard top and factory air. I traded it for a rifle. I've since restored the car as best as I could over about two years. I then sold it to a local collector who has since been diagnosed with a disease that has sadly left him unable to drive. I am curently helpin my brother with his 68' GT with a 340 that we've built togeather and was dynoed @ 414HP
Were expecting it to move pretty good.


04-26-2000, 03:28 AM
My first car was what I have now. A 1970 Charger 500 with a 318. It had a few more options than the one I have now. I bought it from an old lady who lived in West Babylon N.Y in 1982. It ran on 7 cylinders from a chip in one the valves. Every since then I loved mopars.

05-02-2000, 07:50 PM
My first Mopar: 1966 Plymouth Fury hardtop.
318 Poly motor, three on the tree, power steering& brakes, AC, sure grip( don't remember the ratio), quarter panels made of Bondo, trunk floor rivited in. I paid 200 bucks for it and drove it for 30,000 miles. Sold it to a co-worker at the dealership I worked at for 600 bucks. Even beaters appreciate in value.

05-02-2000, 11:59 PM
My first mopar was a 1961 Dodge seneca.318 poly,push button trans.Most people think this was the ugliest mopar ever made but man I loved that car!I broke the parking brake the fist time I Drove it,so for the next four years You would have to jump out and chock the wheels to keep it from wandering off somewhere.It also lacked reverse so parking took plenty of planning too.I had to sell her for $50.when I joined the navy.Great car.

05-03-2000, 04:22 PM
My first came Mopar 3 years ago when I was 15. I had the money saved up. I was going to get a mustang but this came along first. I sure am glad it did. My car is a 1940 Plymouth coupe, with a stock 318, nova subframe and a 8in ford rear. It's not the fastest car at school but its the best looking. But next year when I come back from Wy Tech it WILL be the fastest. http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/smile.gif

05-03-2000, 10:24 PM
My first car was a 1963 Dart GT with a /6 and pushbutton tranny. If you're like me you probably wished you had kept a lot of your old Mopars.

05-04-2000, 12:31 AM
My first mopar was a 1972 4dr Imperial LeBaron with beautiful original green paint. 440 of course POWER EVERYTHING windows vent ones to, seats, antena, tilt, telescopic automatic climate control, the works. It must have seated at least 20, 10 in the trunk. Drove it then took the motor and tranny out to put in a road runner, the seats went into my 69 3/4 truck, used the gears for my cornet, and I still have her(I only sold one car I ever bought a 90 2dr shadow 2.5 turbo 5spd still kicking myself). I always have my eye out for a 72 2dr still haven't found one though.

05-04-2000, 01:49 AM
My first Mopar was a 1992 Plymouth Acclaim, my dad put 171,000 miles on it, I put another 27,000 on it before I sold it. Everything you weren't supposed to do to a car, I did one way or another with it (hey, was learning) but the car took the abuse and came back for more. It needed a new transmission at at 185,000 after I learned how to neutral drop...but other than that I still see it driving around from time to time and will be buying it back when the present owner (a girl who will most likely end up buying a Goddamn Honda) is done with it.


05-04-2000, 03:44 AM
My first mopar was a 1970 Barracuda,which i think was a rare car the way it was optioned.It had a 383 super commando with a 4-speed 3.23 open rearend.The only other options were magnum 500 wheels.This was a plain barracuda.I`ve never seen another one like it.It was lime green too. This car had a 140 mph top speed.estimated since the spedo only went to 120.It was faster than a friends ss396.This was 23 years ago.

Real Muscle
05-15-2000, 07:16 AM
The first MOPAR I ever smoked was some dude's GTX. It was a '67 that he had put a built-up 440 in, thinking he was the king of the street (as I found out recently after talking to his friend). I was at a stoplight in my '66 GTO after leaving a concert with some friends--two of them, both in my car--when the GTX guy pulls up next to me. He had a baseball cap on backwards and was looking our way eagerly. I could see his girlfriend pointing at us and encouraging him to challenge us, noy that he needed encouraging. I could tell that the guy thought he could probably blow me away with his big bad MOPAR, so I humored him with a nod when he started revving his engine at me. I put me foot in it and when the light turned green we both took off in clouds of smoke. A few hundred feet later and he was just an ugly grille in my rearview mirror. From there he turned down a side street and I didn't see him again. I think it was his first lesson about Pontiacs and Plymouths and their timeless relationship as Leader and Follower.

05-15-2000, 05:01 PM
I have lots of video of my street legal - emission legal 68 440 RR smoking the local hot shot pontiacs at the local drag strip here in Tucson - real graphic proof of the crap they build - not someone mouthing off on the internet. Come on down to the south west and see how fast you are!

One thing that sticks out in my mind is being at Island Dragway (NJ) back in the early 60's and watching Jerry Steins (Teachers Pet) max wedge MOPAR station wagon whipping the snot out of the 421 Pontiacs and 409 Chevs!!!!!! A long standing trend!!!

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05-15-2000, 05:53 PM
Have you guys noticed that there have been a lot of these sort of people making comments like this??? Guys who post a couple of messages then lay some Flame bait down. This type of person(for those that don't know) is sometime referred to as a Troll
A trolls usual method off attack is to make a few posts and then watch for something that they can say that will cause as much controversy as possible. These Trolls then go to there News Group "alt.Troll" (there are other news groups too) and brag about the controversy they cause. The more responses the troll gets to his or her comment the bigger the "braggin" rights.. Sorta Drag race to see who creates the most crap. Not saying specifically that "Real Pwer" is a Troll, but his actions a right on Par with a Trolls Typical Method of Operating.
BUT to respond to "Real Power"s comments
How many pontiac motors have been banned from a racing organization, and how many Mopar engines have?? well NO pontiac has ever been banned from ANY form of racing EVER. BUT mopars have been banned from 50's INDY car,1965 NASCAR, early 70's Nascar, and have been hobbled by mid 70's NHRA. And the new 354 Hemi has recently been banned from NASCAR again... in Chryslers 2nd year in WoOutlaw sprints the ONLY mopar in the series Won Points champ last year. There is talk of Limiting/outlawing the Outlaw motor. Why do mopars get banned Because they are faster and GM owners are whiners(NOT Winners) how many NASCAR races have been won with Pontiacs, compare that, and even though Chrysler has REALLY been out of NASCAR since the mid 70s, Mopar still has more wins. How many Pontiac have Chrysler derivative 426 Hemi motors in them...ALL NHRA Supercharged alcohol cars, and as far as Pontiacs go, they are only Pontiacs because the sticker says so. Since the mid 70's its been a mopar under the hood.
Once again No Pontiac engineer ever touched that motor. AS far as NASCAR is concerned the ONLY thing you can buy from GM or was designed by GM is the alternator Bracket and the rough cast block. The WHOLE motor is designed by aftermarket companies. The Mopar motors are designed by MOPAR. How many Pontiac small blocks make 13sec ET. NONE the current 5.7 is a GM motor.
how many Pontiac Big Blocks Broke 13sec 2(and not consistently I might add) the 455 and the 100 built 1968 400 stage IV ram airs Lets count the mopars who have made the 13 second quarter mile. 413 MaxW, 426 II, 426III, 426 Hemis, 440, 440 six Pac, 426 race motors(of which they built MUCH more than 100 of them, more like 1000 of them from 1962-1968) 340, 488 V-10.. both the 400hp and the 450hp motors. How many stock Pontiacs broke into the 12 second range??
How many Mopars. 3, 1964 Maxwedge car a 440 six Pac car is documented to have broke the 12 second range with Ronnie Sox At the wheel of a 1969 car for motor trend I believe and My favorite the Viper hmmm looks like MOPARS a winner again.
Lets see that Pontiac beat a viper, in anything but price that is...
to "real power"
you clearly made the decision to be Pontiac guy based on the looks of the car, not it heritage or the quality of engineering. Because Pontiac doesn't design anything but the body shape….they haven't designed an engine since the mid 70's. but maybe i am wrong..nuff said...Mopar to ya

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05-16-2000, 01:03 AM
A 1966 Plymouth Barracuda Formula "S". She had a screaming 273 Commando W/904 and a 2.92:1 sure grip. Had the 150 mph speedo bouncing and the tach in the dash begging for mercy more nights than i care to remember on interstate 75s. Had the car from 12 years old till i was 22 and went into the army. Dad had the car for many years after me and just sold it last year cause my brother was in trouble and needed a large sum of cash or county striped suits. We bought the car from its original owner in '79 and had it till '99.Almost had to cry when it left the family possession. My wife has been pissed off since last year cause i was in the middle of my '65 cuda project and did not have the extre funds to obtain her high school sweethearts pride and joy. She loved the car as much as I And we even left the church In that ole chariot. Will probably be pissed off at my bro for a long while (me or my wife)?

"MOPOWER" There Is No Substitute

Real Muscle
05-16-2000, 05:08 AM
to Maxwedge:

I had to crawl out from under my bridge for that reply. I appreciate your lengthy defense of DaimlerChrysler and enjoyed it thoroughly. I'm glad you didn't technically accuse me of being a Troll because I'm really not. I don't have a news group and I'm not into bragging about turmoil. I just like to read you MOPAR guys' defenses. I really figured that they would be much more vicious when I started.
That story of mine isn't really true, either. The only time I've raced against a MOPAR was in my 240Z the first night I owned it. Not expecting to win but curious to see what happened, I lined up against my friend in his '70 Charger rt/se. I dropped the clutch and took off cracking through the gears while he sat on the line creating billows of white smoke that my car could have created only by losing some of its cylinder rings. Soon enough, though, he shot past me and when we ran out of road he was still increasing the gap. Good stuff.
Though it's true that I will always be loyal to Pontiac and my goat, I have love in my heart (and room in my garage, so to speak) for your Mama's cars too. I love Chargers, Road Runners, and Challengers just as much as any of you. I only lament the fact that Pontiac crapped out of the engine creation game so long ago. MOPAR Performance Parts is profoundly enviable to a guy who can't even put a forged crank in his car because nobody (neither Pontiac nor the Aftermarket) ever made one.
But style Pontiac certainly had. The GTO wasn't the fastest musclecar on the street, but it was in my opinion the best looking. And one thing is indisputable: the Pontiac GTO was the first musclecar created and so deserves credit for inspiring all the others. Nobody can say that fast cars wouldn't have been born without the GTO, but certainly not as profusely had Pontiac not led the way.

05-16-2000, 04:43 PM
Real Muscle I may have to beg to differ on the GTo being the first Muscle car as many consider the Chrysler 300 Letter series to be such as that. This car not only had the styling that shaped the muscle car world including giving the styling clues to the ever so popular Chevy BelAir, it was the first car to have a more hp than cubic inch engine. This car was dominating nascar from its initial design. This car led into the muscle car era of the 60's and 70's leading to the Max Wedge and Hemi Super Stock cars. The only dealer sold cars by any manufacturer made and sold by dealers to any person that could pay for it that were not warrantied for street use. On a second hand note Chrysler has a vehicle currently in production that is the same way a Production Viper GTS-R is a non-street car that can be bought at any dealership to anyone who has the money but is not warrantied for the street. One more thing even though I am changing from the original topic of the Pontiac just a side note is that the Plymouth Barracuda was the first pony car on the market and had the better styling and engine performance than the Ford Mustang. The Barracuda is a full year production car in 1964 when the mustang was introduced only halfway into that same year. You can not get a 64 Mustang a 64 1/2 yes but no 64. Dont mean to be starting more flame topics just thought that the truth be told.


68 'Cuda 383 Working on adding EFI
69 'Cuda Race Parts Car
76 Duster 273 recent transplant
95 Neon 2.0 SOHC best of 16.96
84 Dodge Ram D50 transplanting 360

Real Muscle
05-16-2000, 05:59 PM
I knew someone was going to bring up the 300 in response to my statement of the fact that the GTO was the first musclecar. While it's true that the 300 was faster than the other guys back then and had a real performance image, there was no real rush to match it by the other companies. It pretty much stood alone. It was a BIG car with a strong engine.
The GTO, on the other hand, was a SMALL car with a big engine. That concept was new to the auto industry. At that time both NASCAR and drag racing was competition with the full-size models.
In the first year of its creation, the GTO drew 30,000 kids in to buy it. More if Pontiac had been able to keep up, but they had only anticipated selling about 3,000. This alone illustrates what a shock this car was to the automotive world.
Suddenly everybody was rushing to produce their competitor. I don't need to go through the names, but one stands out as being particularly copycat: Plymouth GTX.

05-16-2000, 07:06 PM
I would have to agree with Real Power on the GTO vs 300. The definition of a muscle/pony car is 4 seat v-8 sedan type. with an emphasis on the youth market(aka imagry such as the superbee/roadrunner/Tiger) and they were cheep. The Viper/Corvett/Prowler/300 cars dont fit into that. but that is just my opinion..

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05-16-2000, 10:24 PM
If anyone is still interested my first Mopar was a 71 440 Sixpack Challenger R/T...my eyes still get teary.Oh and bye the way I work at a Pontiac dealership and I drive a 88 Dakota and a 440 powered Duster. http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/biggrin.gif...Eric http://www.buffnet.net/~tag1015/1355pro/

05-17-2000, 03:43 PM
Maxwedge when was the original year for the GTO as I can remember it was in 66 and the original ponycars the Barracuda and (hate to say it) Mustang came out in 64 and mid 64 respectively. The Barracuda Formula S was a serious performance package even with the 273HP. Unlike today all the R/T are just badging and no real performance options. This is true today in all car companies. Anyways back to my point the Formula S was a High horsepower engine in a very lightweight Car. Also in 62 were the B-body lightweight aluminum 426 Maxwedge cars nobody could touch them. In 64 were the B-Body 426 Hemi Superstock cars. All this I had stated before but all that real power picked up on was the 300 letter series. Why I have to assume he has no answer for any of these real muscle cars that still cant be touched. These were the prelude to the bare bones roadrunner and GTX and Suberbees that Mother produced not the GTO. Mother Mopar was perfomance before anybody else and everybody else played ketchup (pun intended). You should know this about the max wedge cars yourself.

Real Muscle are you listening to the whole story?


68 'Cuda 383 Formula S recreation
Working on adding EFI
69 'Cuda Race Parts Car
76 Duster 273 recent transplant
95 Neon 2.0 SOHC best of 16.96
84 Dodge Ram D50 transplanting 360

05-18-2000, 07:02 AM
"73 4 door satelite, brown ,white top, 318 first car "87 RULED!!!

05-18-2000, 08:16 AM
Alittle off the topic but one question. Why is it that the big performance magazine editors believe that a Mopar is like some kind of problem stepchild. Every shootout I see between similar engines for the Big 3 manufacturers always seem to have a trick product x motor versus a rather mild or moderately built Mopar. Then they are amazed when the Mopar still makes better power! Also why do the product x guys have to whine so much about having to race against Mopar engines. If they do their homework and design a competitive engine then they wouldn't have to sit on the sidelines and cry at an inevitable Mopar vs Mopar final. I just don't get it.... cruzerjd

05-18-2000, 04:15 PM
You all are forgetting the real first muscle cars. Yes, the 300 letter series were meant for the upscale car enthusiast in their time, but there was also Dodge and Plymouth. The low-priced 1956 Plymouth Fury had the biggest engine in it's class. It also had a special trim package to make it stand out.

Dodge went one better with the 1956 D-500 and D-500-1 packages. The package could be had on any model, from the stripped 2-door sedan to the 9-passenger wagon.

1957 was even better, with bigger engines, and better handling with the TorsionAire suspension.

05-18-2000, 08:04 PM
I was under the assumption that the GTO came out in 64..But Im not a pontiac enthusiast AT ALL so I could well be wrong.
and as far as the special option packages. Everyone had the occasional hot dog motors, from the 1930's Jaguar SS to the 50's letter cars. Just because you put a different trim package and a hto dog motor does that make it a muscle car??
all the hemis in the 50s were advertised as hot dogs. Which would lean the cars toward the muscle car.
again Im classifying a muscle car as being a 4 seater coup or hardtop, hot dog motor, and a Youth oriented image. Cuda or roadrunner arnt exactly something you would find an Elderly statesman driving..
Do you consider the Chrysler FuryTNT's muscle cars....its kida questionable to me.
but these are just my opinions
and my .02

05-18-2000, 11:10 PM
'71 Challenger RT, 340, 727, 8-3/4. I still miss it.

05-18-2000, 11:11 PM
'71 Challenger RT, 340, 727, 8-3/4. I still miss it.

05-20-2000, 09:18 AM
Those were the days. The cheerleader girlfreind, the job at the local gas station and my 74 Baracuda. Started wsith a 318 but my dad found a crashed 69? daytona RR with a elephant motor.We had the hemi rebuilt used the 4 speedfrom the RR and I had a blast! 20 years and lots of Mops {curently an 85 power ram 4 wheeler and my 97 S/ST} latter I miss that fish.


05-20-2000, 02:41 PM
'86 Turismo Duster.. Was and will be the best car I've ever owned! It was no screamer, by any stretch of the imagination, but was reliable as hell. I wish I still had it b/c by now it would have a rwd conversion, 360,727 tubbed and roll bar - that would have been awesome. Oh well.....

05-20-2000, 02:52 PM
The finned Plymouth Furys had dual 4-bbls, and if that was not intended to be muscle, I don't know what muscle means. There were no cheaper cars than Plymouth being built at that time, except Studebaker. Hmmm, seems to me there was a 5 passenger, 2 door hardtop, supercharged car out of that manufacturer also. They called it the Golden Hawk. And then there was the Rambler Rebel in '58. Guess there were a whole bunch of muscle cars before GM got the credit in 1964.

new and old mopar man
05-20-2000, 04:20 PM
My first mopar was a 80 cordoba slant 6 converted it to 360 drove for ten years still have it just have moved on to more mopars WHAT ELSE IS THERE!!!!

1965 Hemi Guy
05-21-2000, 11:51 PM
My first Mopar is still living in my house. In 1964 I ordered a 1965 Dodge Coronet 330 383 3 speed on tree with a 323 posi and a AM radio. It cost me at that time $2325.00.I have now had this car for over 35 years and it has a new 426 Hemi 4 speed in it. I drive 1/2 times a month only in good weather,I'm 52 years old and I hope to have it for another 35 years.


One owner 1965 HEMI Car
S/Pro Aries K Car

05-23-2000, 02:33 AM
50s cars with optional two four-barrel motors included: Plymouth, Dodge, Desoto, Chrysler, Ford, Thunderbird, Mercury, Chevy, Cadillac, Pontiac and Packard. 50s cars with triple carbs included Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Chevy. Supercharged 50s cars included Studebaker Golden Hawk, Ford and Thunderbird. Any of these cars are legitimate "muscle" cars.

NHRA created the Super Stock class in 1957--long before the GTO was invented.

In 64, when the GTO was introduced, you could get a mid-sized Plymouth or Dodge with either 383 four barrel or 426 street wedge, backed up either with the fabulous pushbutton torqueflite or Chrysler's own 4 speed. These cars with either motor or trans were more than competitive with a GTO; they just lacked the latter's phony hood scoops. And we haven't even discussed the 62-64 max wedges or the 64 hemi. GTO invented the muscle car in 1964? Please.

[This message has been edited by hemi-1 (edited May 22, 2000).]

05-24-2000, 01:39 AM
My first Mopar was and is a 77 Newport originally with a 400 4bbl. It now has a locked up '64 413. I still have it and will eventually get to it. However my current project is a 70 Newport Conv. It has a mild 383 in it. The Dukes of Hazzard got me interested in Mopars, and all n my other friends were into brand X. So to be different I got into Mopars, and bought my 77 when I was in the Navy and been hooked ever since. Currently my wife and I have 19 Mopars.

05-24-2000, 04:39 AM
My first mopar was a 1962 plymouth valiant. Probably one of the ugliest cars ever made, but it was my best friend in grade 11. "ALEX" as I called him, had a slant six that wouldn't quit, and never put a penny into it. While in college my dad sold it to a drive by auto wreckers for 25 bucks. I don't think he knew what that car meant to me. He did save me the gas cap though!

05-24-2000, 03:17 PM
The MOPARs I grew up with were my dad's '49 DeSoto, his '56 DeSoto, my mom's '63 Chrysler 300. My first MOPAR was a '66 Plymouth Satellite with the 383 4 barrel that I got for my high school graduation present. I later put in a 440 and other goodies in it. Loved it until a 16 year old girl got in her 2nd accident within 2 weeks of getting her driver's license, this time hitting my Plymouth. It wasn't damaged too bad but her insurance company made me take it to a body shop of their choice that used cheap quality parts. The rear fender that was crushed was replaced with heavy duty foil - the side was so thin that it would would buckle in when I wiped it with a towel and I then had to open the trunk to pop it back out again. And the new paint came off onto the towel.

My mom believed that once a car was in an accident it was no good anymore and should be replaced so I got a '70 Duster 340 for my college graduation present. (The story of it will be posted under the topic: What was your second MOPAR.)

Kenny Katowik

05-25-2000, 03:12 AM
My first was a '56 dodge when I was 16. I don't really miss it to much (3 tone grey paint, 4 doors, 2spd. pushbutton auto) but wish I had most of my other mopars back. 64 Plymouth, 68 Fury, 65 Barracuda, 71 Barracuda, 77 Dodge truck. I have never owned anything but Mopar.

'78 Volare
'86 D150 Dodge

05-25-2000, 03:34 AM
72 Plymouth Fury II 318ci 2v , this thing was an ex city of san diego waterdept car. Big ol boat it was, but that didnt stop it from layin down 50' 1 leggers with a stomp of the gas. Did great power brake smoke shows too!! http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/smile.gif. One time we had the speedo pegged at 120 comin back from santa cruz and when we hit the dips in the freeway it felt like the body was connected to the frame with rubber bands. The trunk fit 2 teens confortably for the driveinns. Well as most teens do i finally beat the car to its demise, after braeking a motor mount while doin a nuetral drop in safeway underground parking the motor came up into the hood and put a big ol dent, then 3rd gear and reverse went out, then the pass door got ripped off cus someone left it opened as we were pushing it backwards....oh well it was really fun and since then ive always loved mopars!!


05-25-2000, 04:07 AM
69 Superbee, dark blue with cragar SS rims and L50-15's. 383 + .06, edlebrock trantula with holley 750 dbl pumper. Accel wires and mopar duel pt dist, 2.5" headers,
727 with winters reverse manual valve body with 4000 holeshot to a dana 4.10 rear. 3 spd hurst slapstick out of my buddys rail "spirit of america". I still regret not bringing it to the track for times. This was one STREET SCREEMING MONSTER.
25 years later and still going to psyco therapy to find out why I ever got rid of it.


05-27-2000, 07:46 PM
My first mopar was at 18 years old. I bought a 74 Dodge Charger with a 318 2bbl. It was a one owner car with bucket seats, power windows, electric clock, console and a hand crank rollback sunroof. I had to sell it when the 318 finally expired. My second mopar was a 69 Dart Swinger 340. This too, was a one owner car with 70K original miles. It had a bench seat, auto on the column and zero options. I really regret selling it. An interesting coincidence is that after I sold it, it went through several owners and ended up in Pa. This owner had it at Carlisle years later and sold it to a teenager who happened to live about a mile from where I lived when I owned it. My third mopar was a Neon. Not much else to add to that. I now have a 67 Chrysler Newport Custom 4dr. This too, believe it or not was a one owner vehicle with 125K miles. I'm still working on this one. It's a 383 2bbl that I have added an electic fuel pump, electronic ignition, new dual exhaust, paint and more. I actually plan on keeping this one for a while.

05-30-2000, 07:34 PM
My first car I picked up at an abandonded vehicle auction for $100. It was a 73 charger with a 318 2bbl and bad 904. Ireplaced the 904 with a 727 robbed from a friends wrecked Cordoba. The car sat for a year and all I had to do put a little gas in the carb and she fired right up. The only problem was the insurance companies did not like the idea of a 17 year old driving a "Charger".
Funny how i could not get insured on a Charger but they would insure me on my second car, A 77 Cordoba with a 360 4bbl that could run circles around the Charger.
My 3rd mopar was a 93 Dakota 4x4 with a 3.9 that thought it was a V8. Itraded that in for real hauler a 94 ram 1/2 ton with a 360 which has pulled two cars on a flat bed at once half way across the country with no problems. My poject currently in the garage is a 72 Scamp I picked up for free. It's going to be the home of a 451 stroker. should scream. If you can't tell I'm like the most of you; mopars are the best!

05-31-2000, 12:45 AM
I was 16 in 1993, it was a 70 superbee with about 50 lbs of bondo in the quarters (free from my old man). I put in a 77 ex squad 440 ($75) with some 2inch headers (free). An old spread bore holley(the price of a rebuild kit) and a 3.23 posi at no charge from my dad. The most expensive part on it was the 4 new tires. I never lost a race with it. Then one sunday afternoon about a year and a half later I pulled out in front of an omni, He was going 55. I drove it home but it was too tweaked to repair, also pretty rusty. The engine and trans are now in a 70 coronet 500. I still have the Bee, it is and always will be my favorite Mopar.

05-31-2000, 09:56 AM
1988 my first mopar/car "73 4 door satelite
318 automatic brown white top.
later christian.

current cars two challengers one "68 charger

05-31-2000, 06:14 PM
74 Duster /6 Auto.

First FAST mopar is my 69 Charger
500" 6speed

09-08-2000, 01:11 AM
i still have my first mopar. a 70 challenger 318 se. when i got it , it had a 383 and made into a r/t clone though. i love it.

Massively Over Powered And Rare MOPAR

09-08-2000, 01:19 AM
a 74 Fury III,unmarked police car 440.4800 lbs.a great car.i was a little disapointed i couldnt pin that CERTIFIED 140 speedo.137mph good enough with 3.23's.

09-08-2000, 01:46 AM
`70 Challenger 318 2bbl 3sp Blue/blk top $250 from an lil' old lady.put headers on drove for 2 months uncapped til Alameda P.D. said other wise! Hi Officer Little's! Fun Fun Fun wish i still had it.This was back early/mid `70's highschool aah drive-ins,crusin' SANDY!OH YA! It was cool.....c ya

09-08-2000, 02:15 AM
a 60 dodge dart 4-door,318 two speed automatic. I had everything from the stock 2 barrel carb to a dual quad carb set up on it I learned more about working on cars with this car then all the rest It,s color was poopy brown and was given to me by my parents when i graduated in 65 I had more fun with this car then all the rest

09-08-2000, 02:31 AM
My first was a '88 Dodge shadow 2.2 turbo it wouldn't squeal the tires in first gear but it would smoke them in second. I totaled that car then got a '90 Plymouth Sundance I beat the hell out of that. After 1 tranny I put a used one in and gave the car to my sister. Then I bought a '73 Dodge Heavy 3/4 ton Camper Special 400 Big block. Quite a nice truck.

09-08-2000, 04:40 AM
My First Mopar was a 70 yellow Super Bee "C" stripe Ramcharger induction auto 3:23 gears with big weird hub caps. And with the window sticker. Bought it for $900 in 1977. I still have drams about this car!! Oh did I say 383?

09-08-2000, 04:42 AM
My First Mopar was a 70 yellow Super Bee "C" stripe Ramcharger induction auto 3:23 gears with big weird hub caps. And with the window sticker. Bought it for $900 in 1977. I still have drams about this car!! Oh did I say 383?

09-08-2000, 04:49 AM
My first was a '69 Charger SE. It has a 383, auto,etc. Pretty nice car especially since it only cost $900; but that was in '76.

09-08-2000, 05:20 AM
Sorry to go off topic again but...hey ChrisianCuda,Maxwedge, and Realmuscle. The definition of a muscle car is a mid size body with a big block engine right? Well, did you guys forget about the REAL muscle cars? The 1962 Max Wedge cars! Sure, their styling wasn't the coolest but the could still open a can on a GTO! http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
Back to topic. My first Mopar was a 70 Roap Runner, Vitamin C orange, blackhood stripes, with a 383 4bbl, Hemi 727 column shift, 3.23 8-3/4 Suregrip. No other options except PS! Loved that car! Police got it. Long story. http://www.moparchat.com/ubb/frown.gif

09-08-2000, 06:15 AM
My first Mopar was a 62'Dart440 with a 318 Poly motor.My dad got tired of me wasting his tires away on his 66'Sport Fury so we went out and bought the Dart.That was in 1969.Ive been a Mopar guy since I was 16 years old and I havent seen anything to make me convert yet!!


360 Coronet
09-08-2000, 10:59 PM
Mine, a '67 Dodge Coronet, with a guess what, a 360 engine. Beefed up now. hehehe

09-09-2000, 06:00 AM
My first car....In 1976 I bought a 1968 Chrysler New Yorker off a Pa. State trooper who used it as his undercover car. 383-4barrel,3:91 posi,it was just to cool!! My first trip down a drag strip with it was a 15.28. I thought I was doing 200mph but actually it was somewhere around 84 or 85mph. It had some carb and distributer work and a Racer Brown cam. My brother in law in Clearwater,Fl. had the ultimate undercover
car,a '73 or 74 360 Road Runner!!

09-09-2000, 08:10 PM
My first car was a 1968 Dart GTS 340 727 3.23 w suregrip, It was among the fastest cars in high school. That was in 77,78.

Robe 1963
09-09-2000, 09:54 PM
Originally posted by MoparNet:
What was your first MOPAR and why are you still hooked??My first Mopar was in my 1st car imported from USA in 1991:a 1958 Imperial 2dr,the 392hemi was the matter,the 2nd and the last car from USA was
a 70 Challenger R/T 383.Hope in future to have a chance to buy a third Mopar car.
Why am I still hooked?Well,for me a Mopar in garage is a dream come true.


F Cicalese
09-09-2000, 11:25 PM
My first MoPar was a 68 Hemi Roadrunner and it was brand new. A grad. gift from my father. Yellow over black, 4 speed, Dana 60, and a GM Killer from the word GO! My next two MoPars came in 71 when I bought a new Dart and a 69 GTX 440/6. The Dart stayed stock for about a year (225 6cyl auto) in late 72 we took it completely apart sold the 225 and installed the Hemi,the trans, and a very modified dana in the dart. All of this hardware had been recovered from the roadrunner after it was wrecked. The 69 GTX had 16000 miles on it when I bought it in 1971, and 36000 miles on it when I sold it in 1986. It was a wonderful car. Big muscle and great looks. The absolute best part was when I sold the Dart (now with the Hemi in it) to the guy whose heavily modified 454 Chevelle lost 9 out of 9 races to me and the Dart.You should know that he was and still is a good friend and we've help each other turn many a wrench. He drives a Ram Pick up, and his wife has a Intrepid. I still have a couple of MoPars too; a van and a 72 Dart, among others. I've owned at least one MoPar every day of my life for the last 32 years. Damn good cars, DAMN GOOD!

09-10-2000, 02:41 AM
Well, I come from a totally Mopar backround. Ever since I can remember my father owning his first car, 1956, we never had anything but Mopars in the family.
They were:
1953 Coronet (cream w/balck top)
1955 Coronet (black and yellow)
1962 Pioneer (blue) 1st. NEW car
1966 Coronet 440 (bronze w/318) Learned to drive in this car.
1968 Charger (medium green met.) 383 4bbl., Magnum 500 wheels, vinyl top.

Then came my own Mopars.
1968 GTX (blue w/black interior) 4 spd. Hurst, 3.23 posi. (150mph and faster!!)
1969 Charger RT SE (copper with black interior and vinyl roof, auto, 2.76? rear. Fully loaded but SLOW out of the hole)
1974 Ply Sat. Sebring (dark green met w/half white vinyl roof) MY first new Mopar.
I have since owned a Chevy van, El Camino, Ford pickup, a couple Dodge Caravan panel trucks.
I currently drive a 1999 full size Dodge 1500van which I customized.
Sitting in my outbuildings are:
1949 B-1-B half ton pickup which I restored and is a consistant 1st. prize show winner in the Rochester, N.Y. area.
1988 D-150 SE pickup fully loaded and 360 4bbl. and 3.23 posi. which I ordered new and never sees bad weather. Only 33,000 miles. Moves real nice with some minor tweaks.
1970 Dodge Challenger (383 4bbl. auto, 2.76 rear, but I have 3.23 posi chunk ready to go in)
While I was driving my Mopar, my Dad bought the last Barracuda in Niagara Falls, N.Y. A 318, dark bronze with black interior
and auto. They moved to Fla. and traded it in for a Celebrity (gag me) because it had air cond.

Well, this is my Mopar saga! I've learned, to coin a phrase, it's Mopar or no car.

09-10-2000, 03:09 AM
1965 Plymouth Barracuda. Silver with black racing stripes. 318 2bbl, 4speed, Power steering. Bone stock when I bought it in 1972 for $500 from a little old lady court reporter. Put Chrome reverse wheels with baby moon hubcaps on it at first then put on some Rally wheels from a '73 duster. I have owned 40+ some cars since then but I remember that one like it was today!

1969 Roadrunner (383, .509/292 hydraulic, 3.91 sure-grip, 4sp, powerful car)
1999 Ram 1500 QuadCab Sport (5.9L 3.55 anti-spin, MoPar Cold air intake, Gibson SweptSide stainless exhaust, JetChip stageII module)

09-10-2000, 05:06 AM
My 1st was in the early '70s. I was 12 and saw a 1952 Plymouth Cranbrook 4-door parked behind my dad's business. It had been off the road for a year, the body & interior were all in EC, and I wanted it. I paid the owner ten bucks for it (yes, $10!), put a battery & gas in it and drove it home. In rural Colorado, you can drive at 12 and not worry too much! It ran on five cylinders, but drove good. I pulled the head off the old 216 flathead mill and saw a hole where #6 piston should have been. Later inspection showed the piston and rod were at the bottom of the pan, next to the hole in the pan about quarter-size. A couple weeks later, I came across another Cranbrook, a '51. It ran great, but had no interior at all, so I paid this guy $10 for it, threw a milk crate in it to sit on, and drove the '51 home, as well. This was my first engine swap. I drove the car in the cornfield across the street for practice, and sometimes down the road a couple of miles. The heater and radio both worked, as did the dealer-installed accessory spotlight on the driver's side. OK, so it's not a Hemi Roadrunner, so what! I've owned over 400 cars and 40 trucks since 1972, 95% running & driving and the vast majority have been Mopar. I found an identical car here in OKC to my old '52. Haven't decided if I want to get it or not, we'll see. It is a near-perfect survivor car with original everything and only 32K miles...

09-10-2000, 06:03 PM
Grew up riding around in my moms 69 valiant with a slant six, it was indestructable! First mopar of my own was 72 Charger R/T w/340. Worked on it every nite and spent every penny I made on parts! Sound familiar? More recently have owned 3 Dodge Rams, 1st 2 w/360ci, present one w/modified cummins 300hp and 600ftlbs of torque. My newest addition is a 71 Challenger R/T w/383 that I plan on stroking, cool! Its being shipped to CT from San Fran as we speak, can't wait! <>< Originally posted by patrick66:
My 1st was in the early '70s. I was 12 and saw a 1952 Plymouth Cranbrook 4-door parked behind my dad's business. It had been off the road for a year, the body & interior were all in EC, and I wanted it. I paid the owner ten bucks for it (yes, $10!), put a battery & gas in it and drove it home. In rural Colorado, you can drive at 12 and not worry too much! It ran on five cylinders, but drove good. I pulled the head off the old 216 flathead mill and saw a hole where #6 piston should have been. Later inspection showed the piston and rod were at the bottom of the pan, next to the hole in the pan about quarter-size. A couple weeks later, I came across another Cranbrook, a '51. It ran great, but had no interior at all, so I paid this guy $10 for it, threw a milk crate in it to sit on, and drove the '51 home, as well. This was my first engine swap. I drove the car in the cornfield across the street for practice, and sometimes down the road a couple of miles. The heater and radio both worked, as did the dealer-installed accessory spotlight on the driver's side. OK, so it's not a Hemi Roadrunner, so what! I've owned over 400 cars and 40 trucks since 1972, 95% running & driving and the vast majority have been Mopar. I found an identical car here in OKC to my old '52. Haven't decided if I want to get it or not, we'll see. It is a near-perfect survivor car with original everything and only 32K miles...

01-20-2002, 04:38 AM
My first Mopar and first car was a 1964 Plymouth Valiant Signet 200 with a 273 2-bbl. Had more holes than metal. Ran it 3 1/2 years without spending one dime on it. I now have a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda. I guess I like that style.

01-20-2002, 05:47 AM
My first was a 1971 Plymouth Duster 225 w/ 904, bench seat, and Fenton aluminum slot mags that matched the air shocks that died every half hour. Since then, I've had 3 more Dusters, '74Dart Custom (which I currently own next to this Duster), 3 Dodge B-series vans, 1 1975 Plymouth Voyager van, '74 Charger SE 440, '68 318 Satellite, 2 Dodge D-series trucks, '67 Newport, '71 New Yorker, '73 New Yorker, '65 Belvi, '77 New Yorker, '47 Road King, '61 Adventurer (Desoto), '71 318 Challenger,'69 Coronet 440 wagon, and a '74 318 'Cuda. I still love my Dusters and '73-77 B150 vans.

road chicken
01-20-2002, 10:22 AM
71 Runner- After many cars and lots of shenanigans and 16 years- it's still in the stable. :)

01-20-2002, 03:26 PM
Okay, guys, I officially claim the title of oldest codger on the forum and first Mopar owned. In nearly two years of posting, no one has beat my '48 Plymouth, which I bought in 1955. Another guy from North Dakota had a '40 coupe, but it was a hot rod with a 318.

One fact pointed out by all the posts is that most of us fell in love with Mopar containing nothing more than a six-cylinder or a 318! Many of us graduated to hi-po models, but it didn't take a Hemi to get the juices flowing. It just proves the magic of Mopar is not always measured in quarter mile times.

01-20-2002, 03:55 PM

01-20-2002, 04:33 PM
Mine was a 73 Dart with a 68 front clip, I didnt know the diffrence back then. I've still got her, but she's wrecked. Oh, by the way, if anyone needs any parts from her let me know.

01-20-2002, 05:02 PM
Hey Satellite R/T,
Give me an email, ther's a few things I'm looking for.

b-body dude
01-20-2002, 05:52 PM
my first car was a 79 dodge aspen /6 with magnum 500s,it was red and silver ,actually a really sweet lil car(although underpowered).my step dad was a used car salesman and he found it for me it had been owned by a baptist preacher.but this car was to new for me and i wanted sumthin old so i bought a 70 buick skylark(that car was a real pile of doodoo) and isold it for scrap and bought a 72 pontiac ventura that i drove for 4 years then swapped a 350 into it and it lasted about two weeks before it blew all to hell.so i bought a 73 ford 500 from my grandmother for 300$ just for a rider.my buddie was selling his 72 340 4 spd cuda so he could build a 72 rr and i bought the cuda.since then i have owned only mopars and nuthin else,i cant explain it but they get in your blood. i also read in some of these posts about guys selling their cars because of marriage or children and i feel so thankful that my wife is as rabid as iam about these old chryslers as i am,in fact when she was expecting our son i suggested that i sell my 72 RR clone ,she insisted that ididnt.i currently own a 65 dodge a-100 pickup(winter ride),a 72 rr clone,my wife has a 73 satellite sebring plus,and 85 5th avenue(and possibly a 66newport),my 11 yearold daughter has a 74 duster with factory sunroof and fold down seat and my 2 year old son has one of the sweetest custom painted pedal cars in the area.all i can say is that the family that hotrods together stays to gether

01-20-2002, 10:37 PM
Strictly speaking, the first mopar I ever had was an '80s K-car, a wood paneled compact Chrysler wagon. The engine started making weird noises just as I drove it off the lot. Turned out the dealer's attempt at repairing a blown head gasket with radiator leak sealer didn't work out. I returned it, got a thoroughly thrashed Shelby 2.2 , which had the turbo out for some reason. Once I had the front suspension re-welded to the frame, it turned out to be a real hoot to drive, even without the turbo. Neither of these vehicles inspired any MOPAR related loyalty at the time.

Fast forward 7 years to 1993, and I was into convertibles. Having had a '70 Olds Cutlass, a '73 Cougar 351, I had to have one again. The only thing interesting with a drop top within my price range of 2 grand turned out to be a '68 barracuda 318, and the guy even let me have a 340 4sp parts car for an extra 3 hundred. This thing had a fist-sized rust hole in the rear quarter, it had been hit and it was shaped like a banana. It never went straight, broke a rear end within a week and had cost me another grand in a month just to keep it running. The top got cut, bums broke into it, cats peed in it. The 318 wouldn't die, no matter how many times I made ham-fisted beginner mistakes, like driving without much oil for miles, mistakenly connecting the alt charge wire into the block (nice back fires) etc. I picked up Mopar Action for the first time, started looking for parts for the car, and in spite of the horrendous piece of junk I had bought, I was hooked on Mopars.

By 1999 this cuda was a 340-s clone with a road racing twist. I would say it was probably one of the nicest looking a-bods you've never seen. I was silly enough to go through my records, and I had spent over $25.000 on the car.

A few months later, I sold the car for 9 grand to raise cash for another, career-related project. Once I recovered financially, I tried to buy the car back. The guy laughed, and told me of the leather covers he was adding to the custom buckets I had installed. He told me he'd never sell. Bastard...

Last year, I'm eying this sexy cuda coming down the street. Everything looked SO right. As he gets closer, I realize this is my car. The guy had a smile from ear to ear, didn't notice me at all and just motored along. The car looked sweeter than ever, and I could have cried.

The moral of the story: Don't sell your first true Mopar love!

01-21-2002, 04:21 AM
Mine was 70 dart. A /6 car with a 318/2brl in it. Originally orange, then yellow, purple, red, then green (when I got it). I drove it for a few years, went through one 7 1/4. It smokes the tires pretty good from a severly fried 318/2brl. I just non opt it so I can save up and get her runnin reliably. Me and another guy from school (class of 2000), where the only ones with an old mopar. We also got busted for doing burn outs on graduation night. Didnt get a ticket though. hehehe

01-21-2002, 10:54 AM
Hmm, anybody else start with a 53 Plymouth with Hy-Drive??

01-21-2002, 01:07 PM
i got my 1st mopar at age 15,bought out the local newspaper
68 fury convertable,318 ,auto,276 one wheel peel.w/ac!!!
64,000 original miles off original owner.car was mint,original paint
interior,etc.$600.00!!!!i beat that poor thing to death for 3 years.
sold it for $250.00...what a fool!!!!!since then i had about 15 others.

01-21-2002, 03:23 PM
Englew, I almost bought a Hy-Drive '53 for my second Mopar, but found a 3-speed manual Cranbrook that was in better shape. I beat that car to a pulp, and it kept on going like the Energizer Bunny. Next car was a '55 Plymouth, and then when I was sent overseas, I bought another '53 Plymouth. It was also a great car.

01-21-2002, 08:26 PM
I've always been fascinated by the '57 Fury with the 318 dual 4 bbl engine. As far as I remember (talk about your blind editors), none of the car mags ever tested one.
I assume you must have challenged the fabled '57 Chevy fuelie or 270 at some time--how did that turn out?

My first MoPar--'50 Dodge Meadowbrook 4 dr purchased in '58. Bought it for transportation to college. Ugly, dependable, totally underpowered. Finally put dual carbs, dual exhaust, milled head on it. Not quick off the line, but amazing passing power-could stay with lots of V-8's between 50 & 80 mph.

Darn Dart
01-21-2002, 11:01 PM
I got my first Mopar when I was 15, back in 1979, it was dads hand me down 67 D-100 pickup with 318, 4-speed, 3.23 sure grip and very loud Thrush straight through dual exhaust. I only had it for a few weeks until ma and pa caught me ripping up and down the streets cackling the pipes and sold it the very next weekend.
Then came a hand me down 63 Valiant 4 door, 170 slant 6 with a 3 on the tree. Wow did that suck!! A few months after that I bought a 72 Duster 318 3-speed floor shift, Hemi Orange. And over the years I have had many various A bodies. 4 of witch were 340 cars, 2 I still have.

01-22-2002, 12:20 PM
The first MOPAR I bought was a 1969 Chrysler 300 Convert. 440 TNT, 727 AUTO, 3.91 sure grip.....paid $1,800 for it in 1984. What a great car that was!! My dad worked for Chrysler and one of his co-workers had it for sale,that's how I found it. The color was bronze with a black top and black bucket seat interior. It needed the usual resto, so I put new quarters on it..new trunk..etc..etc.. Built up the 440 with a .509 MP cam, opened up the 906's, 750 holley, headers 3000 stall conv. The first race I had was with a Buick Grand National and his jaw was on the ground when a 4,500 lb barge walked all over his black jewel!! I never lost to any of my friends cars....beefed up trans ams and novas etc.... Sold it a few years later to finance a big block 69 Dart project. I miss that 300 still...... :( (thanks, dad for finding that car for me.....it was a FUN ride)!!

01-23-2002, 08:32 AM
My first MoPar was a 1968 Yellow, HEMI RoadRunner, 4 spd, Dana 60. My father bought it for me BRAND NEW as a graduation gift!:cool:

Thanks Dad!

01-23-2002, 03:07 PM
1960 four door dart, they weren't small then. 318 with two barrel, I eventually had a four barrel and a dual quad on it.

Lee Pritchard
01-23-2002, 04:05 PM
68 GTX i got it in 71 with 30,000 miles on it B5 blue 440 auto, 276 rear..... and cold a/c but i took it off, hey race cars do not have a/c... well that's how i felt about it in 1971..... I sold it in tx in 74 in the dallas area.......Anyone seen it??? I would love to have it back!!......Lee....:)

01-23-2002, 04:18 PM
My first car was a 1968 Charger with a 383 engine blue w/a black vinyl top I had 50 series tires on the back and small tires on the front. It was in 1975 and I was 16 years old. Its a wonder I am still here that being my first car, I was hit by a drunk driver and it was totaled. My next car was a 1971 Charger w/a 318 Auto. Mopars Rule I am now 43 years old and am building a 1986 Dodge truck for a toy it will have a 318 in it .Cars I have owned follows,1970 Road Runner 440Mag,1969 Road Runner 440Mag,1972 Duster 340-6pack,1979 Dodge 4x4 w/a 440Mag.with 2-4bbl,1988 Dodge truck 318 4x4,and the 86 truck I have now and a 1997 Intrepid.If it cant be a Mopar I will walk! Randy

01-23-2002, 08:02 PM
My First MOPAR in 73 was a 69 Dart slant 6 3 spd. I now drive a 65 Coronet 440 w/69 model 383 w/hurst pro shifter. Man I do love the smell of burning rubber.

01-23-2002, 10:03 PM
My first mopar is what im driving now. My '67 Satellite, came original w/318 now has a '68 - 440. It's tons of fun, and i'm only 17.... I have a feeling i'll tend to get into trouble with this car. I drove a '95 ford ranger for a year, never got pulled over. I had my car for two weeks and got pulled over for "not turning completely into my lane", the cop followed me for 5 miles.

01-23-2002, 11:01 PM
My first was a '48 Dodge Coupe, chopped, de-chromed ,lowered,frenched '54 Pontiac tail lights, louvered hood, but alas a flathead 6cyl. and the worst 6 volt, never did start after Christmas. It really did deserve a 392. And then I discovered girls. Swapped it for a '62 Rambler station wagon.
Nuf said.

01-25-2002, 01:21 AM
my first mopar, was an 88 jeep commanche, dont know if you could really call that a mopar. i was pretty big in to mustangs then, shh dont tell anybody. and i remember arguing with this girl in school, who was hardcore mopar, that the 428 cobra jet motor was a hemi:eek: . anyway i got out of school joined the navy, wised up a bit, ie no more mustangs, and stumbled onto a 440 727 68 roadrunner painted sublime, i never bought the car, the guy sold it out from under me. after that i was hooked. i just think mopars are the coolest looking musclecars out there and everybody knows there the fastest:D . plus its fun being "the other guy".

01-25-2002, 03:52 PM
Are we back on the thread subject now?
My first Mopar was a '68 Plymouth GTX 440 6-pak, 4-speed, 3.54 Dana. I got hit head on by a drunk driver in 1980 and it was totaled. The insurance company replaced it with the '69 Road Runner that I still have today.
383, 4-speed, 3.54 Dana, Centerlines w/TA’s, Holley, Edelbrock, Crane, Moroso, Accel, Hooker, etc

01-27-2002, 10:19 PM
My first mopar was my 1939 dodge coupe then my 1981 dodge challenger.

1939 dodge coupe 383 supercharged
1981 dodge challenger 340 2 stages NOS
1987 dodge dakota
1991 dodge spirit

01-28-2002, 10:56 AM
First car,68 charger,383hp/auto/3.23 suregrip with 58k miles and purchased from original owner in 1978 at the tender age of 16 for a massive sum of $800. It was all stock except for craiger s/s and L-60-14 mickey thompson rubber. The car was mint inside and out. B-5 blue paint,black top,blue interior(identical to the 68 in "christine"). Here's the kicker; a buddy from high school shows up on my doorstep a month later with his new aquisition, a 1970 challenger 444 six-pack,4 speed,dana-60 car,hemi orange, for which he paid the princely sum of $950. At the time i was extremely jealous! The charger really grew on me and i came to love it more the longer i owned it. Had to sell the chager in the early 80's to pay for college tuition and it killed me to part with that car. While in college i stumbled upon a 69 charger r/t and bought it for $1400 and later sold it for the same amount to a kid who was bugging me on a weekly basis. I figured that lack of time and funds would delay the restoration by years and by then the car would be too far gone to save. That was 13 years ago and that same "kid" still has the '69. Fast forward to 2001 and the search is on for another charger. I start looking on the net and after months find my new car. Guess what,a 68 charger from california and man is it clean; still has factory paint on the frame rails. The original motor is long gone and replaced with a .030 over 440/all the goodies. The car is triple black and will be getting new paint,interior and some performance upgrades as well in the spring. This one i will never sell ! Over the years i've owned many other cars which inluded a 70 442 w-30,1967 mustang coupe,1969 cutlass rocket-350 and various other inferior(to mopar) cars. The 68 charger was my first car and now i am fortunate enough to have found another. Hope ya liked the story and remember if it's not a mopar, why even bother?

01-30-2002, 01:17 AM
1967 new yorker,383 2 bbl with 70K,got it in 1974,my dad had it painted and threw retreads on it,it was in near perfect condition and I actually had 12 GIRLS in it once at lunch in High school(those were the days my friends)well I thought it was fast as it would burn those retreads forever.The 1st car I bought on my own was a 1969 RR,383 4 spd with 52K on it,fresh air hood,3.23 sure grip,b5 with a white vinyl top and blue bench seat int,the owner had painted it blue metalflake and had our raised white letter tires on it,he also had installed custom vinyl in th inserts,I paid $1100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh why did I ever sell it? well my friend who I sold it to still has it today 24 yrs later,I call him every so often and threaten to restore it for him or buy it back,good part is He blew the motor at 67K and its been sitting ever since.........PRO........

01-30-2002, 02:32 AM
Originally posted by PRO
1967 new yorker,383 2 bbl with 70K,got it in 1974,my dad had it painted and threw retreads on it,it was in near perfect condition and I actually had 12 GIRLS in it once at lunch in High school(those were the days my friends)well I thought it was fast as it would burn those retreads forever.The 1st car I bought on my own was a 1969 RR,383 4 spd with 52K on it,fresh air hood,3.23 sure grip,b5 with a white vinyl top and blue bench seat int,the owner had painted it blue metalflake and had our raised white letter tires on it,he also had installed custom vinyl in th inserts,I paid $1100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh why did I ever sell it? well my friend who I sold it to still has it today 24 yrs later,I call him every so often and threaten to restore it for him or buy it back,good part is He blew the motor at 67K and its been sitting ever since.........PRO........

Pro, that's my car!!! Close, anyway. What a fun thing....

01-30-2002, 01:12 PM
My first car was a 1983 Chrysler LeBaron with a 2.2. Soon after that I bought a 1985 Dodge Daytona with a 2.2 L Turbo and an automatic. One month after I bought it I totalled it showing off to a close friend. I had to have another one so I bought a 1984 Chrysler Laser with a 2.2 L Turbo 5 spd. While driving through the backroads one day I came across a 1976 Dodge Aspen R/T and shelled out $450 for it. Not bad considering it ran and had 4 brand new Goodyear Eagle's on it. A year later the Turbo seals blew out of the Laser and I sold it and bought a 1989 Dodge Spirit ES with a 2.5 L Turbo. I still own the Aspen and I am currently restoring it. My daily Mopar driver is a 2001 Dodge Ram Quad Cab 4x4 Off-Road with a 360.
When you grow up around Mopar's all you drive are Mopar's

01-30-2002, 01:43 PM
A pretty rare find. My son had a '78 Volare Super Coupe (Dodge also had an Aspen Super Coupe). I'm not sure if there are any differences between the Super Coupe and the R/T other than trim.

The Super Coupe had 8" rims with big 60's tires, heavy duty suspension, 360 Police package E-58 motor (no more power, but had a windage tray & double roller timing chain) along with the trim package. Cornered like it was on rails. Stock gearing was a wimpy 2.71 or some such, so performance was mediocre. Junior put in 4.10's and hopped the motor unmercifully with 340 big valve heads, wild cam, headers, 750 Holley, etc. Needless to say, the mediocrity was overcome.

Hope your R/T project goes well. They were one of the few bright spots in the bleak automotive panorama of the '70s.

02-08-2002, 01:45 AM
my first car was a 1968 Plymouth Valiant 100 2 door. It had a 74 318 and 904. the best I ever ran with this car was a 15.995 at 85.87 mph. the only mods were a Accel dual point dist., dual exhaust off df 318 manifolds and a hood scoop. It even took me two years of racing every week at fun night to break the 2.76 open geared 7 1/4 rear end.

02-08-2002, 02:22 AM
Bought a 70 AAR cuda in July of 1973. It was my first Mopar...and I still have it almost 29 yrs later. Paid $2000.00 for the car.


02-08-2002, 09:53 PM
72 sattelite sebring plus ,got it in 1989 still have it today.........

02-09-2002, 06:24 PM
My first Mopar was a '70 Charger R/T. 440/727 with a 3:23 open rear. Burnt orange with a black viynl top and black interior. Bought it from the original owner in 1975 for $1500 with 53,000 miles on it when I was 16 years old. Completely stock down to the steel wheels and full wheel covers. Put a set of Cragar alum. slot wheels and 60 series tires on it. Man that thing looked sharp. Won many a street race with that car in high school. Had it for about 5 years, sold it to my brother who had it another 2 years or so, who sold it to a friend of his that promptly ran it into a house and totaled it a week after he bought it. Should have never sold that damn car................

02-09-2002, 06:50 PM
my first mopar and my first car was a 1983 dodge rampage 2.2 , i bought it when i was 17, and drove it for 7 years, if that little truck could talk id be in trouble, she was real loyal to me, i nicknamed her christine, because she was real tempermental, never left me stranded any where, one time it actually waited until i pulled into my driveway and pooped out right then, had a bad pick up coil. anyhow. i miss that little truck ,wish i still had it.

02-09-2002, 07:14 PM
Put me in there with GaryS and Salarguy. I had a '48 Ply. coupe when I was in High School. Split manifold, white walls, fender skirts, three bar spinners, and chrome ex. tips. Have to challenge GaryS on the geezer title, I was class of '58 and had the Ply. when I was a Soph.

02-09-2002, 07:48 PM
My first Mopar was a 68 Dodge Polara 2dr HT, 318, 2bbl. Bought it is 73 in Detroit at Pontiac dealer I worked for as mechanic. The original owner traded it in with 50,300 miles on it. It was just out of warranty (5yr, 50,00 miles) and in very good shape. Paid $500 for it and got 20mpg running 75mph. Great car, and the dash had two parts padded. A 16oz beer would fit snug inbetween them and never spill a drop.:cool:

02-10-2002, 10:03 AM
was a 67 Sport Fury fastback Bronze in color. It was going to be a parts car for my step father but I started driving it instead. I was going to fix it up but I am going to give my step father all the sheetmetal to fix his up. His has more sentimental value. Plus with over 350K miles his needs it. His was bought new by his father and given to him when he went to college in 68.

02-10-2002, 02:09 PM
Jelsr...I humbly pass the geezer crown to you! I was class of '59, and also got my '48 Plymouth in my sophomore year.

It's good to see that the head "geez" is still running in circles with a neat-sounding Dart. I used to race my '48 on a homemade 5/8 mi. dirt track against the neighbor kids. I couldn't corner with my buddy's '46 Chevy coupe, but I could run away from him on the straights. I could beat another friend's '39 Ford V8 sedan easily anywhere on the track. We were crazy to race on that rough track with no safety equipment or even seat belts. I don't know how fast we actually went, but my speedometer would nearly peg at the end of the straights.

I loved that old Plymouth, and when I sold it to a neighbor so I could get a '53 Cranbrook, I always regretted it. It never did break, no matter how hard he abused it, and finally a tornado dropped a barn on it!

I never lost the need for speed either. A couple of years ago, I took the Richard Petty 16-lap class at TMS, and managed a best lap of 151.1. Quite a difference between the old flathead 6 and a 600+ hp Cup car, but the adrenalin still pumps!

02-10-2002, 05:14 PM
my first mopar, a 1976 dodge colt station wagon with a 1.6l 4cyl.

didnt have enough juice to get me there in a hurry but it was reliable. i did a decent tune up and away it went...fryied the tranny though (replaces it with parts out of a 904....had a metric type 904 in the thing...i miss it...wich i still had it now, id drop a worked 318 or a crate 360 in it , tubbed out and everything...lol

bought the car from a frien for $40.00. needed a master cylinder and a tune up...that was it...

im having a hard time trying to find another one though... im looking fo either a 92-96 dakota 2 wheel drive or a 72-76 colt 2 door or wagon....

i have a 69 barracuda fastback which im selling....1000.oo o.b.o.

i own a 96 ram 1500 slt 2wd. (has some goodies in it too....)

02-15-2002, 01:42 PM
My first Mopar was a 1977 Plymouth Fury 360 auto.
The motor would later migrate into the body of a 1972 Satellite.
The love affair began...

Lucky for me my brother talked me out of buying a GOAT.

02-16-2002, 12:59 AM
I'm about as green as you can be. I just got my first mopar 6 days ago!

Gary Pavlovich
02-16-2002, 01:19 AM
Well might as well add to the burgeoning list. My first Mopar is a 56 Plymouth Savoy with the 277 Polyhead, which I still drive.
Bought the car in the summer of 1968 for $250.
Many memories and lots of fun, however, being used to the 340 power in my 67 Dart GT prompted me to up the HP a bit in the 56.
Just finished a 402" Poly stroker motor, slip-yoke pushbutton Torqueflite (with all the good stuff), and 66 Charger rear end w/4.10 Sure Grip. Initial dyno run netted 405HP @ 5600rpm and 442 Torque @ 4400rpm. After some tuning and fixing a severe exhaust restriction to #1 & #3 tubes (don't ask!) and I expect an easy 425HP with the single four barrel on the ancient Weiand intake. Have a Weiand dual quad in the works for later which should up the HP a bit as well.
I will be running hub caps with steel wheels and all stock appearance.
Well, enough yammering. If anyone is interested in building a Poly, drop me a line and I will share all the data.

Gary Pavlovich

02-16-2002, 01:45 AM
A 1971 Plymouth Satellite. :)

02-16-2002, 08:31 AM
GaryP...It's great to see someone building a poly with some ponies! I wish Chrysler had made a few more performance goodies for it, especially cams.

My son had a '66 Satellite that we tweaked with a Isky "3/4 race" cam, dual exhausts through stock manifolds, electronic ignition and a Thermoquad. It beat up on 350 GMs all day long and ran high 14's-low 15's with street tires and 3.23 gears.

The head design was about 30 years ahead of its time.

Gary Pavlovich
02-16-2002, 02:43 PM
Gary S., Glad you recognize the potential of the Poly motor.
There are numerous "speed parts" available for the Poly. I have the sources for new camshafts in whatever grind you like; I am presently running a 290/.492 (234 @ .050) hydraulic on a 110 center in the 402" stroker. Runnning 10.1 JE (final ratio) pistons, Ferrea stainless steel 2.02/1.60 racing valves, Chris Nielson Cam, ported & polished heads, Weiand #7503 intake and 1040cfm Thermoquad, 1 3/4" headers, ARP studs and fasteners, Rollmaster billet timing chain, Milodon windage tray, MP 4" SCAT crank, Clevite full groove mains and "Z" rod bearings, shot peened & polished full floating 360 rods, assembly is fully balanced, align honed/deck plated....the reciprocating weight is only 1120 grams and bob weight is 1987; revs like a small block and produces torque like a big block.
Incredibly high/flat HP/Torque curve; avg. torque is 436 from 3700-4600rpm and avg. HP is 391 from 4400-6000.

If you or anyone is needing parts sources and data for a Poly buildup let me know and I will supply you/anyone with all the necessary information. Presently have a couple three deuce induction sysytems available for the 318 Poly (yeh, I will sell them); now multiple carbs is really COOL to behold when you lift the hood!

Let me know if I can help.
My e-mail address is glpavlovich@cox.net
Gary Pavlovich

02-18-2002, 09:35 AM
I have already mentioned my first car, so I will mention my brothers first mopars. Older brother bought a 1972 newport while in his junior year of high school (1976) came as 2 door,white with gold interior,had a 440 4bbl and the car was in perfect shape for the price of $300! Younger brother bought his 1972 dart swinger while in his sophmore year (1984), came with 225/6 2 door, pea green with green interior. He beat the crap out of that dart and it always survived in the end....sold it to buy a '79 chrysler 300 cordoba!

02-18-2002, 09:50 AM
Got my first Mopar when I was 16, the ever popular 48 Plymouth. It was a fine automobile! clutch was a little weak so we added a bicycle inner tube hooked over the steering colum and tied to the clutch peddle which prevented the clutch from sticking to the floor on those power shifts. Didn't own it long my Dad red tagged it as unsafe to drive and I was forced to park it on the scrap metal scale at the local junk yard, I think they gave me $12.00 for it.

For the next many years I seemed to own Chebby's most of time, did get smart and buy a Dodge pick-up back in the late 70's, beat it to death for a couple of years and sold it for more than I paid for it.

Brain fade took over until a few years ago when we bought the Cuda....can't believe I wasted all that time and money racing those Chebby's. After building a Mopar Dirt Modified for a good sponsor in 95 I saw the light. Some of us are just slow learners...LOL

02-19-2002, 04:41 AM
My first was a 1969 fastback Baracuda with a slant 6. It was a real dud on handling. What sold me on mopar was a 1963 chrysler 300 that beat my 1960 Ford Starliner (360 hp 352). Would love to have a nother 1973 340 cuda. Theres nothing like a strong running Cuda.

tony smith
02-19-2002, 07:40 AM
My first was a 1971 Plymouth Fury with 440 magnum and police package (it was an ex-ABC chase car bought on auction). Man, would that old thing run! It was a"true" Magnum engine (heads, cam, cast iron headers, dual exhaust, etc.) with only one engine mod: a Holley 780 double pumper. I sure wish I had the ole girl - just to rebuild that wonderful motor! Thanks for the memories!!

02-19-2002, 01:26 PM
My first was and '88 shadow 2.2 turbo. Bad combination for a 16 year old kid. None the less that car was totaled one night. My next car was a '90 Sundance. That one got beat to hell, and is still running 8 years later. Then I bought my '73 Dodge D200. I love it, wouldn't ever get rid of it. And last summer I got my winter beater. '90 horizon, I got it for free (had a knock). The #2 cyl had two shattered rings. The rest of the rings in the motor were beat paper thin. It still ran, and drove. I rebuilt the 2.2 with some forged flat tops. I've got 10,000 miles on it since August, and it's a blast to drive. People always get suprised when I get 2nd and 3rd gear rubber.

Mopar or NO Car

355 racer
02-20-2002, 06:07 PM
My first was a 1954 Dodge Royal 2 dr.coupe. I bought from a dealer who was going to scrap it, the motor and tranny were blown. I shoe horned a bored out 354 Dodge hemi engine into it. We used a crank from a 1951 chrysler, isky cam, adj.solid lifters.a dual quad intake w/ carter AFB carbs, and progressive linkage. I also used a 11" Weber aluminum flywheel w/truck clutch,and a GYRO-MATIC transmission. An electric fuel pump, heavy duty Chrysler front springs to hold the wt.of the engine, and a pair of Willy's radiators were used to fabricate one big radiator. The car had a top speed of 142 MPH. The dual quads could be heard blocks away when I stood on it. Our local dragstrip was only 1/10th of a mile. I would turn 76 MPH .I traded-in the car in 1964 for a Family car, a mint 1960 white Plymouth ,red interior ,318 v8 w/auto.trans. for the wife. The dealer gave me $100 in trade for the 54. Sure wish I had that car now. "the old man"

02-21-2002, 12:10 PM
How the heck did you get that thing to go anywhere, considering you were pushing through a Gyro-Matic?

02-21-2002, 03:40 PM
My first car was a 1974 Plymouth Satelite Sebring Plus 318 that I paid 800.00 for in 1978 when I was 16 years old.
1984 Dodge Charger 2.2 HO
1987 Dodge Shadow ES Turbo
1986 Dodge Shelby Charger Turbo
1987 Shelby CSX #551 (tweaked to 17 psi boost. Tooooo fast for FWD!) wish I still owned.
198? K-Car 2 dr 4sp (beater so that the CSX stayed in the garage)
1990 Plymouth Laser RS (wife car)
1994 Dodge Dakota 318 5spd Club Cab 4X2
1995 Jeep Cherokee Country 4X4 (still own 154,000 miles - wifes vehicle)
1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4X4 (see below)

I also owned 1 Ferd, 1 Pontiac, 1 GMC and 2 chebbies, but always came home to MOPAR!!!!

02-21-2002, 04:14 PM
My first car was a '64 Polara 500. 383 2bbl, buckets, console, floor shift auto, poly turquoise with white top. Paid $500 for it('89). I had to put it back together when I bought it because the previous owner was beginning the restoration on it. I just wanted to drive her like she was (I was in high school). Got her on the road in 1 day. Man that car was FAST. Beat many of chebbys with her hehe. Sold it to a friend (atleast i thought he was) that was going to restore her. After restoring his '69 340 GTS Dart, he started a new project, and he sold my old polara right out from underneath me (we were in nogotiations for me to buy it back) to fund his new project. Oh well. Anyway, what really hooked me on Mopars was my brothers first Mopar ride, a '69 Super Bee, 383 Mag. Man I loved that car. He bought it when I was 13-14, and i will never forget that car. I wish I could find one now. My current project is a "barn fresh" '67 Coronet 500. I have been out of the Mopar scene for a while now and when I saw this car I couldn't say no. She is 100% rust free and ready to be saved. :D

355 racer
02-21-2002, 09:49 PM
The gyro-matic was the same as an automatic w/ the option of shifting manually. For drag purposes ,you could wind thru the rpm's without shifting,the Dodge would rev to 8000 in that tenth of a mile with a 4:11 welded up rear. I used a 3:54 for street use. The trannys were only good for 1 day at the track, but the local junkyard would exchange them for $5.00 ea. At one time I had about 20 of them.

02-22-2002, 10:58 AM
My first Mopar was a sable brown 1979 Dodge D-100 Prospector pick-up that I bought new for $4900.00. Slant six, three on the tree, manual brakes and steering. I could not afford the extra $2000.00 for a Red Express due to the fact that my $2.90/hr
after school job put some limits on my budget.

02-22-2002, 11:33 AM
Yeah, I'm very familiar with the operation of the Gyro. That's why I'm curious how you got thru the 0.1 mile. As I recall, "low range" had 2 speeds, the first a real stump puller. You had to release the gas pedal to shift between the 2 speeds, and the shift was very slow. "High range" also had 2 speeds, and again, you had to lift your foot and wait an eternity for a shift. Starting out in the lower gear of high range could best be likened to starting in 2nd gear on a regular 3 speed.
All that said, what did you do, just use the first gear of low range through your entire run, and let the motor scream to 8K? Even at 8K rpm, I can't imagine getting to 76 mph.

I was riding with a fella one time in a '53 Dodge V-8 with Gyro, when he went into passing gear, which is the starting gear in high range, to pass a truck. We got stuck in the passing lane with an large truck looming toward us, and he couldn't let up to make the shift to high. Talk about terror!! I think that old Hemi got up around 80-85 mph that time, still in passing gear. It was out of acceleration, what with the 2 bbl carb, and out of rpm's too.

Just curious.....

355 racer
02-22-2002, 05:07 PM
That was EXACTLY it. You never shifted in the 10th mile run,engine and tranny were wound to the max. That was the reason why I kept so many trannys as spares. I remember the first time I ran was against a Pontiac 409 tri-power. I will always remember the track announcer saying "Look at that damn Dodge go". 'the old man'

02-22-2002, 05:31 PM
My first Mopar was a 1947 Dodge 4dr tank. I bought it while stationed at Adak, AK, which for you non-navy types is an island 1500 miles out the Aleutian chain. I had snow tires all the way around because of the gravel roads. That car was bought and sold as each guy came and went. Hell, it may still be up there.
Had to use a rock as an emergency brake.


02-22-2002, 06:27 PM
Weren't those emergency brakes on the driveshaft a hoot? They weren't too bad when they went to an internal expanding brake later, but your '47 probably had the external contracting type. Not real great even when adjusted good.
I nearly lost my old '53 Plymouth when I parked it on an icy hill and found that since the brake operated through the differential it was possible to have one wheel locked and sliding while the other rolled free.

02-24-2002, 03:22 PM
My first car was a 1966 Plymouth Fury I ex-taxi with a /6 and a 727. My dad would buy a new Plymouth Fury cab every 2-3 years and pass the old one to my mom, who would pass her old one to the next sibling in line. My turn came up when dad bought a new '69 Fury. The '66 was like a big (slow) tank, and ran forever. Wish I still had it even now. - RR

scott morris
02-24-2002, 07:40 PM
my first mopar was a 1967 dodge coronet 440 i named her christine. she is my baby . she has a 383 in her iam stell working on her . i love driving her. when i first saw her i just had to have it . the body styal just coult my eye . and when i drive her every body looks and i love the athen that i get . and i would not sell it for aneything.

02-24-2002, 10:57 PM
Im 16 and i am driving my first mopar, a 56 plymouth belvedere 2 dr hardtop sport custom. it has a 318 and 904 out of a 68 valiant. the car is great. nobody in my school is really in to mopars and nobody else even has a car made in the 50s. the mopar small blocks are great engines and produce alot of power for there small cubes. im hoping to lay down a good hurting on the mustang guys.

02-24-2002, 11:22 PM
My first mopar was a 1974 Dodge Dart w/ a 318. It was brown w/ a white vinyl top. I beat the crap out of that car and it just kept going. I once accidentally jumped it into a Dairy Queen parking lot.( I gassed it and went flying toward the entrance.
The sidewalk angled up and then down into the parking lot)
Needless to say, for a second, all we saw was the blue sky.
When the front end slammed down, it bent the upper control arm down which made the wheel and tire angle in at the top.
The local police soon after stopped my girlfriend and told her if he ever saw that "hunk of junk" on the road again, he'd impound it.
It still ran great when we retired it!!!! I now own a '72 Duster 340, a "78 Dodge van, and a '98 Jeep Cherokee 4x4.

02-26-2002, 05:55 PM
72 barracuda 318 clean and mean, the best part was that I only paid 500 bucks for it 1985. One of the dumbest things I ever did was sell that car...

Lime Cuda
02-26-2002, 07:08 PM
My first Mopar was a 68 Charger 383, then 68 Charger 318, then 68 Charger 318 again, 77 Newport, then a 69 Charger r/t se 440, that I just sold last year, besides that I also had a 96 caravan, 97 Ram, 99 Durango, now currently own a 01 Durango R/T & a 70 Cuda 440-6, & a couple of GM products that won't be listed.

Pro 440 GTX
03-01-2002, 03:35 AM
My first Mopar was a '78 Chrysler Cordoba with the 360 in it. Then I bought a '67 Valiant slant six off my brother, then i got a '72 Dodge Dart/Swinger, then a '67 Barracuda, and now my '67 Belvedere 383 and building a strong 440 for it.

I stick to Mopar's because I rather not walk!! ;)

03-01-2002, 04:53 AM
mine was a 61 valiant that i got from my aunt for 50 bucks, was around 1971.
was a silver two door with a red int.
didn't have license at the time but i drove it anyway because i was paintin her house while she was at work.
ahh, the old days...

Zephyr 351C
03-01-2002, 08:16 AM
My first dodge was a dakota with a warped frame, 3.9/AT, now ive got an aspen wagon thats up for a 440 swap (although im reconsidering, ive got too many projects going). Ive got a Cordoba that will get sold possibly as soon as i get it delivered and road worthy, i think 5 cars is a bit too many

Id love to get my hands on another dakota, lowered with a set of ralleys, targa top, and a suped-up smallblock under the hood...

03-01-2002, 08:52 AM
My first car ever was a '53 Hemi Coronet 2dr sedan baby blue w/ white top, 4spd gyromatic and a toggle switch on one of the horns so I could play my school song. Sadly, I traded it for a '64 Dodge 330 sleeper 4dr sedan 383 4bbl, 4spd.

03-01-2002, 09:44 AM
my first mopar was a 1996 Dodge Ram Indy Pace truck with 3.92 rear. I loved that thing, but it was a ticket waiting to happen cuz ALL th cops knew who was drivin it :( so I sold it for 9k after roasting a new set of tires off it in 1 month.
Then I got a 77 new yorker, which had the stupid lean burn which I stopped driving (ran AWFUL), then bought a 68 Superbee 383 with 49k original and then sold it (needed body work), and bought my 95 Neon which I have in the 15's now, and of course my 1970 Roadrunner pro/street drag car which I am not selling :) and am thinking of putting a blower or gearvendors unit in it.

03-02-2002, 02:03 AM
IM 17 and own a 75 Dodge Dart swinger its is my first car and of course its gotta be a mopar!! its got a slant 6 (225) for now this summer its goina be a 318!! i can wait! I love a body mopars!!

01-26-2003, 10:20 PM
My first car was a 1985 Dodge Shelby Charger. It is the best and most fun car I've ever had. Smoking brand new Vettes for under $2500 is a blast. I still have the car and am currently building it up. I'm hoping for an 11 second ride.

01-26-2003, 10:56 PM

dirty dan
01-26-2003, 11:02 PM
My first was a 69 charger se 383 2barl 727.
I loved the way it made the tires smoke.
The reason I have stayed with mopar`s is they just make such a sweet sound and they could pull hell off its hinges ,if you could get a chaine on it.

01-26-2003, 11:04 PM
Fortunatly, I still have my first Mopar, the Big 'Ol R/T. Bought it the summer I graduated from high school.('83) I got rid of the purple shag carpet and the dune buggy seats. At least the ignition, doors and trunk used the same key.(Craftsman screwdriver). I got hooked on Mopars from my boss in high school. He had a 69 van with a 354 hemi in it. His dad used to run top fuel in the sixties. My buddy runs A-fuel in Goodguys nowadays. Stupid, Stupid Raiders.

01-27-2003, 01:09 AM
I bought my first Mopar the summer after high school graduation, July 1987.
A '68 Charger, with 318/904. Paid $800. Mom freaked out (bad thing) when
my dad and I brought it home. It drove under its own power, but little worked
on it (brake/signal lights, etc.). I still have it ... much nicer now...
My God, that car has taught me alot of things!

I stay with Mopars because:
- They're well engineered, designed, and built
- Mopar has an AWESOME high performance heritage
- They look totally cool
- I couldn't bring myself to own a bellybutton GM or Ford car :guns:
- Gobs o' power and TORQUE (440)
- I live in Chevy paradise, and I just don't like being like everyone else
- In a world of brand-x cars, Mopars may be way outnumbered,
but they DO get noticed

Long live Ma Mopar!

01-27-2003, 03:55 AM
My first mopar was a 70 sport fury. 383 with a 2 barrel carb. I quickly changed it to a 4 barrel magnum intake, 650 holley, and duel exaust. I think that thing would do about 135 m.p.h. .
Wish I still had it.:(

01-27-2003, 08:32 AM
My first mopar was a 1974 Charger. It was blue with white interior. It had a 318 and an automatic transmission. It looked really cool with the big fat wheels in the back and little tires in the front. That car has lead me down the road to needing more mopar power. Today all I have is an 87 GLHS #272 and a 96 Dakota. Oh what fun.

01-27-2003, 09:16 AM
My first mopar was a 1976 Chrysler Cordoba. What a car. Two tons of fun! It had a 360 with the most miserable carb ever to be put on a car, and after a couple of backfires blew my new muffler apart, I found an iron 340 intake and put a 625 AFB on it. What a freaking difference! Later when I broke a ring in the 360 (high revs, worn motor, instant oil consumption problem) I found a 318 to put in it's place (got it for 20 bucks) Then I put headers and duals on it and it was suprisingly fast (I also put a set of 3.23's in the back in place of the 2.73's). Threw the air conditioning away (didn't work) and put some gas shocks on the front with some mismatched 60 series tires and it handled pretty well. It had the conrinthian leather interior, but Ricardo Mantalban, thank you. She served me as daily driver for 5 years, but died due to cancer of the floor pan and frame rails (didn't handle so well then). R.I.P baby.

01-27-2003, 09:22 AM
A 68 Satellite w/318 auto was my first Mopar. Bought it in 1975. Good looking car that ran well.

Ted Bromback
01-28-2003, 01:33 PM
I'm only 56, but have owned about 26 mopars of the 33 cars I've had. My first was a '52 Dodge cranbrook 4 door flat head six stick with a fluid drive. Dad bought it out of a junk yard, rebuilt the engine and painted it the original green metalic with cream top. Then a '52 ply, a '58 Desoto 2 door hardtop 361 eng 130mph on and on
The fastest one I had untill now, was a '65 ply satellite with a 383 4bl and headers. My dad was a service manager for dodge and buick and then taught auto mechanics. He was always a Mopar man.:)

01-28-2003, 01:53 PM
My first Mopar product was an '87 Charger in High School (1992 I think)...My first winter driving i was trying to impress some lady friends and I slid on the ice and hit another school mate. While i was grounded for a month i got an 84 Omni 024 for parts and swapped the front ends in the middle of december in 0 degree weather in a non heated garage! I learned my lesson...the cool thing was that I had a one of one creation because the Omni 024 front is styled differently than the charger. I called it the Charger 024. No balls...but the thing started and ran every day and it had a huge sunroof!

My first true Mopar was a '72 charger i bought from a guy in Virginia. 318 auto on the tree bench seat, B5 blue with a black interior. The 318 was beat when I got it, but with a tune up it ran ok. Drove it straight home from Virginia and it never sputtered once. The to do list kept getting longer and more expensive so I sold it when i found my Bee in a pole barn from MI...

My Bee is a whole other story!


01-28-2003, 11:03 PM
Hmm, could have sworn I answered this once already! :D
Anyway, my first Mopar was a 1954 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe 4 door sedan, very similar to the car that Lee Petty won the championship with that year. It was a black 4 door sedan with the 331 cid Hemi 4 barrel and 2 speed Powerflite automatic. I tuned that car up and surprised more than a few folks with it back then. I have a very crusty 54 Windsor Deluxe 2 door that I hope to make a street machine out of one day.

01-29-2003, 01:19 AM
my fist car was when i was 17. it was a 68 plimioth valent.225,auto.nothispecial except the tranmision ende up slipin ,had no reverse no radio that worked(fixed that quick)allso no back seat (that meant no place to sleep but the front.

ather than that i realy liked the car . my dad had a few .when to all kinds of car shows together,and these cars always cought my eye.that first car was ggreat though it ran like hell when i bought it & it ran like hell when it spit the rear axl.and that was the end for tha 1.now i got a 63 v. and treet it a lot better.actialy trin to restor it .

01-29-2003, 01:41 AM
First Mopar was a 68 Coronet 440 with a 318 automatic. It was yellow with a black vinyl top. A big step up from my 58 Chevy Delray!

Other Mopars include:
69 Coronet
69 Satelite
68 Roadrunner-383 AT
69 Charger
70 Superbee Vitamin C 4 speed (why did I sell that car!)
71 Roadrunner (and I just bought another)
73 Fury lll
73 Satelite

Oh yeah, I had a 68 Dart GT with a slant 6


Mr. Belvedere 2
01-29-2003, 11:28 AM
I bought my first MOPAR last year, and it's been the best old car I've owned yet ! I bought a 67' Plymouth Belvedere II, 2 dr hardtop, with a 318, AT, PS, PB, AC, dual exhaust, and an 8 3/4 SureGrip. I'm looking forward to pulling the 318 and putting in either a 440 or a "Stroker" 400 this year if possible. I love the body style of that year and I just had to have one. It's great to pull into the local cruise and have the only one there ! The car is my daily driver, and I really enjoy the looks and comments I get from the people who are interested in the car. There's nothing better than having a car that's 36 years old and is in better shape than most cars that are only 5 years old !!!

Keep the old cars going !!!

Now I know why people say "It's MOPAR or NO car !"

retsud 043
01-29-2003, 12:23 PM
My first MOPAR was a 1973 plymouth duster slant 6 with the space saver fold down rear seat, the car was originally grey with a black stripe, I had it painted dark blue with what use to be a starsky and hutch white stripe. I thought it was cool. the typical air shocks on it. that was the car that got me hooked, after selling it, later on I purchased another 73 with a 318 that I put a 340 in and also made it a show car, after owning it for 12 years I sold it, WHAT WAS I THINKING? recently purchased a 72 duster 340 4sp. matching #'s 50,000+ miles, org paint, to play with. needs some work but who cares. Mopars will always be #1

01-29-2003, 03:36 PM
m 1st mopar i bought this summer i was sitting aorund the house and started talking with a few of my friendz and decided i wanted to buy an old mopar so after a few days of looking i found the 72 dart swinger i now have , we borrowed my friendz dads new chevy truck he had bought brand new a week before and took off to pick it up 400 miles away drove the dart home
i fell in love the 1st time i drove it
it had a slant 6 and the guy i bought it off of put a 360hypo in it and did some other work
right now it is pushing 380hp
nothing could make me get rid of that car
taking it to the track this summer i'll let guyz know how she runs
after i put my slicks on

01-29-2003, 09:47 PM
My 1st was a 66 300/ 383 4bbl auto, 2 dr,gold w /blk int & power everything, anyone remember reverb? Next a 65 satilite, previous owner converted to 440/4 speed, I added a 4.56 detroit locker rear. then for GTO man a 66 goat, except for overheating & vapor lock not a bad ride!(389/2speed slip stick)Then the 74 cuda,my first new car, out of all my early cars the only one I wish I didn't sell, hence the 73 rustbucket in my yard that I will clone into (well as close as possible) to the 74, 360/727 rear valance exhaust & hood are there but not much else! a labor of love! Rich.

01-29-2003, 10:09 PM
I still have my first. A 70 duster. Bought it for 500 in 1988 for a winter car. It was a 6cyl car witha transplanted 273/4spd. To make a long story short, it blew up and then got done up into 340 clone with every option you can think of . After driving my Neon R/T for a while, the Duster feels like a Cement truck, but after a few minutes I get the feel back. Can't wait till spring.

01-30-2003, 12:39 AM
A white 1966 Dodge Coronet with a 318 L"A" engine. And by the by does anyone have or know where to find the information on how to adjust the valve lash on this engine which has adjustable rockers?

Ted Bromback
01-30-2003, 11:06 PM
This was my second which had the flat head six engine out of the first mopar i had , a '52 dodge
Check out the Desoto wheel covers. This was in '66 my first paint job (with help from a body man)

Alex Vasquez
01-31-2003, 08:17 AM
My first Mopar was a 73 Barracuda 360. It was dark green with white stripes. I was 12 and my aunt gave it to me saying that by the time my dad and I had rebuilt it (it was in not so great shape) I'd be 16 and have a nice, fun car.

Dad said "If I let you keep this, you'll kill yourself with it." And sold it.

When I was 16 I bought a 67 Coronet 440 with 318 engine that froze up when I tried to drive it home. It was copper metallic with a weird top; it wasn't vinyl, or paint, it was like a black enamel or something (it was factory, not aftermarket or a paint job; to this day I have no idea what the top was). I began the restoration/engine repair with no help. After a couple months Mom made Dad sell it when I was at school one day; she didn't like the broken down old car sitting in the driveway.

Dad sold it to a guy who was with his kid looking for a "family project" type deal that they could both work on and then give it to the kid. Man, was I ticked off. Didn't talk to the parents for a couple of months after that.

The funny thing is that my dad is the guy who got me hooked on Mopars as a kid. I grew up in his '69 383 RR and can still remember him doing burnouts and beep-beeping away from Kindergarten class as the nuns went berserk (I went to Catholic school).

01-31-2003, 04:54 PM
First was a 70 Challanger SE & my last musclecar was 69.5 440 6pak Super Bee. That I wish I never would have sold. FUnny what wife & kids will do to you.

To this day I plead temporary insanity, as the reason for selling.

01-31-2003, 05:25 PM
My first mope was a 79 Diplomat ! Got it for free. Talk about sleeper. Originaly a 318 auto to a 340 four speed. Mildly built with a 200 shot of laughing gas. Used to take it all over and spank asain but. sold it for 200 bucks with broken motor mounts, posi, and universals. That car is still running strong and still making peoples feet wet.

02-02-2003, 10:52 PM
My first Dodge experience was my folks' '50 Dodge Wayfarer which was followed by by a 'learning how to drive', a '55 Dodge Custom Royal 4 door, small hemi, 3speed w/OD, Salmon Pink & Grey with dimpled clear plastic seat covers - followed by my Dark blue '66 Valiant 4 door, 170, 3 speed, Metal flake steering wheel, $29 floor shift and a glass pack. Currently, a '63 Dodge 1/2t, short stepside, 6 cyl, grannie 4 speed (veteran of the Springfield, MO and Snowmass, CO AmeriCruises) - soon to have the Offy 4bbl, headers with PS & A/C from my '70 Adventurer parts truck

02-03-2003, 12:19 AM
mine was a 70 rr 6bbl that i bought for 1300 in 1973. I had that car untill 1997 when our house burnt down. I still have the drive train and will use it some time. my oldest son has a 71 duster with a 440 and my younger son has a 69 sattalite. I wounder what my daughter will want?

02-03-2003, 04:20 AM
My first MOPAR was, and still is, 1969 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback, still got it, parked next to the side of the house. It's awaiting garage space now, for some much overdue bodywork and paint, courtesy of my inhouse (read son) bodyman. I've owned it almost 30 years now. It's got a modified small block and trans in it.
My other MOPARS are : 1967 Barracuda Fastback (a match for the '69, almost) and 1987 Dodge Daytona Pacificia Turbo, soon to be slightly modified, I hope. :D


02-05-2003, 01:40 AM
1976 Dodge Charger, it was blue with a white vinyl top and white interior. 318 automatic with console shift. It was the same body style as the Roadrunner\Fury. I'd like to find another one like that but all I seem to find is the Charger Daytona/SE body types(these look like Cordobas)

02-16-2003, 12:55 AM
My first mopar was a 66 Dodge polara, great car. My first muscle car was a 70 RR (23 years ago), I miss her dearly. Recently I bought a 69 RR project car. Check it out



02-16-2003, 02:35 PM
I still need to get my first Mopar...

The wife is up for the next car (next year).
Thinking a Dodge Stratus R/T. I would love
to get a Ram 1500 Hemi to replace my S10.
But that may have to wait many more years.

Although I am open to donations! :)

02-16-2003, 04:57 PM
My first Mopar is a 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger 340. I am 17 and I just bought it a few months ago.

02-16-2003, 08:29 PM
1964 Dodge 440 hardtop with 383 4bbl, bench seat and factory 4-speed , 3.91 gears; VERY stout car - sold it in '71...

02-16-2003, 09:46 PM
My first MoPar was a mint 1948 Chrysler Windsor 4 dr. Spitfire six. 65,000 original, ran all day at 100 if you could get away with it. Paid $50.00 in 1971

Mike NYC
02-17-2003, 09:35 AM
I took delivery of my 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger 340 on Jan. 9, 1969 and raced during the musclecar era from 1969 to 1971. It is a B7 medium blue with black vinyl top and white bumblebee stripe. I still have it and it is still matching #. The motor is blueprinted to original specifications with the correct restoration cam. The only mods are forged pistons, Cloyes true roller chain, MSD ignition, electronic distributor from Mopar Performance, gas shocks and Radial T/A's. It can be seen at
in the A bodies section - 69 & later - 3rd car down. Check out all the other nice cars in the club.

RU Neon
02-17-2003, 05:10 PM
First mopar was a 1968 Dodge Charger, 383 4-bbl..........god I Miss It!!! :(

10-14-2003, 09:25 PM
1969 dodge Charger R/T 440 HP. Still got it and have owned Mopars ever since.:D

10-14-2003, 09:38 PM
My first Mopar was a 1951 Plymouth Cambridge Club Coupe. My Grandfather gave it to me in 1969 when he quit driving. It was my only car at the time because I was in college. It has been restored twice over the years and I still drive it a couple times a year.

10-15-2003, 10:36 PM
1968 Dodge Polara 500 convertible. White/Black top.

!st car I ever owned, pop gave it to me when I turned 16 (1977). I thought it looked like a boat, but with that 383, she sure did shit & git.

I recently learned on this forum that there were less than 800 of this model made, I sure wish I had that boat back...

10-16-2003, 01:22 AM
My Roadrunner is my first car and you just can't beat the performance of a Mopar. New or old.

10-16-2003, 09:36 PM
My 1st Mopar: 1947 DeSoto 4dr sedan. I now own a 35 Dodge Truck, a 48 Plymouth club coupe, a 67 Sport Fury fast top, a 72 Fury 4dr HT, a 72 Dart 318 (has run 12.0's @113 ), a 72 Pace Arrow (Dodge Chassis), a 94 V-10 Ram, and an 01 Intrepid.
Hell No they are not all insured! :D :D

10-16-2003, 11:52 PM
kinda makes me sad when i think about it lol
first mopar 68 dodge van givin to me by a good friend , the van is long gone but i still have the orig title still in my buddys name :-)

i also have had this makes me sick lol
70 R/T charger 440 PI
73 challanger R/T 340
73 /74 cuda 340 PG4 speed
68 charger 383hp
69 charger 318
70 charger 500 318
all before i was 20 yrs old and never paid more then 500 bucks and all in near mint shape

today i have 2 69 chargers big blocks :-)

had to add a few i forgot
81 diplomat x cop car for a 318 that thing flew
and my demon with a S6 the only mopar i ever killed

10-17-2003, 01:14 AM
My first car was....a 69 Coronet (of course!), 440/727. It was B5 blue on B5 blue. I saw it waaaaayyyyyy in the back lot of Bill Luke Chrysler dealership in phoenix, az. back in 1981. I had given my mother a ride down to the dealership to pick up her POS(!) 77 cordoba (again!, what a lemon that car was!). Her car wasn't ready yet, and I was walking around killing time.....All I could see was just the nose of it, and I asked and got a sales guy to walk out there with me. The car was a trade in, had been sitting for a while, 4 flat tires, but it started right up! I was able to buy the car that day for $700, they threw a new set of tires on it, it still had the "dog dish" hubcaps on it. The carb needed rebuilding bad, but I drove it home. Punched the gas pedal on the freeway on the way home and left twin blackmarks about 3 carlengths long, oh yeah, baby! Sure startled my mother who was following me home! :D

Damn I had a lot of fun in that car.

10-17-2003, 05:24 PM
I grew up around Mopars with my dad racing a 68 Dart. Mopars tend to do their own thing when others conform and I like that. That and win lights!
Technically my first was a 74 Dart I got as a project, but I can't count that one since I never got to drive it. As much as it hurt to part it out it was too far gone.
69 Dart 340 Swinger I got as a Jr. in High shcool is what I'll claim as my first. Now six long years later I'm finially got enough money and parts saved up to put my Stroker in and have an even sweeter ride.

10-19-2003, 03:07 AM
My first was a 69 Superbee. 383-727, 4:11 gears. Made me a Mopar believer for life. Best part of the deal was, I traded two Ford pickups for it, best trade I've ever made!!!!!!

10-19-2003, 10:09 AM
first mopar was a 1979 cordoba/360/2bl/loaded loved that car.

10-19-2003, 11:32 PM
My first Mopar was a 1968 Chrysler New Yorker, 383 4bbl. It was my Grandma's car, sold to my little brother, who kicked the doors in when it didn't start for him. He got fed up with it and gave it to me. I, in my ignorance and stupidity, worked on it a little and finally junked it...what a waste! Oh, well. That was in 1985 or thereabouts. Inspired by a 1969 Road Runner that my oldest brother owned many years ago, I searched for a project car that would give me a great daily driver and a kickin' ride! I found a 1969 Ply Satellite 4-door that's still in great shape. Needs some work but has tremendous potential. Only paid $1500 for it and the restoration in well under way. There's just something about the 1969 RR/Satellite tail-end that's like no other ride on the road. Is that wierd? I just can't help myself.

10-23-2003, 12:05 AM
My first mopar is a 74 Sky Duster 360 with the factory moonroof that leaks. It also has the fold down rear seat, buckets,console, & the orininal 360-4bbl/727 auto. Original color is yellow with a full black vinyl top. It's far from perfect, but Hey, it,s a car from the midwest. I'm looking for parts to fix the moonroof, but no luck. Any solutions besides deleting the moonroof, would be appreciated, thanks guys.

10-23-2003, 12:05 AM
My first mopar is a 74 Sky Duster 360 with the factory moonroof that leaks. It also has the fold down rear seat, buckets,console, & the orininal 360-4bbl/727 auto. Original color is yellow with a full black vinyl top. It's far from perfect, but Hey, it,s a car from the midwest. I'm looking for parts to fix the moonroof, but no luck. Any solutions besides deleting the moonroof, would be appreciated, thanks guys.

10-28-2003, 11:58 AM
My 1st Mopar was my '69 Charger. Although I also own a Jeep Grand Cherokee LTD with the 5.2L 318, and my wife now wants a T & C Minivan.

10-28-2003, 12:06 PM
In 1984, a 1970 Challenger $1600.

My last car purchased two months ago?

A 1970 Challenger $7500.

Blaine Peterson
10-29-2003, 03:19 PM
The first was a 1955 Dodge Coronet (I was 17 at the time).
A year later I bought a 1967 Coronet R/T. This car was a dream come true. I loved it!

10-29-2003, 08:00 PM
Originally posted by plumbcrazy69
My 1st Mopar was my '69 Charger. Although I also own a Jeep Grand Cherokee LTD with the 5.2L 318, and my wife now wants a T & C Minivan. Nice pice of the Charger. It loks to be flat black. One of my favorit colors.

11-02-2003, 08:43 AM
1958 Plymouth Sport Fury. Loved it. They look better today then they did back then,if thats possible.

11-04-2003, 09:01 PM

11-04-2003, 09:35 PM
cuda 340 with a 4speed...just bought it three years ago the end of the month

11-04-2003, 09:35 PM
The first of many was a great 1959 Plymouth Sport Fury.

305 HP. 361-4V. The engine never got cooled down for the first 5 years. Quarter mile at a time.

11-05-2003, 05:10 PM
I might have already posted this a while ago but: My first car was a 1976 Chrysler Cordoba. It has a built up 400 with a 727 TorqueFlight (tweaked). I currently own the car and it is wicked! The best part about it is that it has a powerful motor,but the suspension is awesome. It feels like you're floating on air!!
My first car would have been a '69 Coronet but my dad sold it before I was born.

11-05-2003, 05:32 PM
1969 roadrunner , 383 built form the gorund up, 4 speed

11-11-2003, 07:47 PM
My first Mopar was an 69 AMX 390 4 speed.:rolleyes: Then I traded it straight for my first 70 cuda 340 auto with alot of options. Have you ever seen the headlight timer to turn off the lights? Just wish I would have left it on the car and not in the attic where it disapeared..:crying:

<-----------This one is my second. $550

Money Pit
11-11-2003, 09:10 PM
My first Mopar was a 72 Charger SE. 400 2bbl, auto, ralleys, hideways, green/green w/black top. I loved that car - still have it, but its a donor now :crying:

11-11-2003, 11:34 PM
1946 plymouth 4dr-sucide rear doors I got at police auction for $10. The flat 6 engine ran good after I took the fuel pump apart and fixed it by pushing open the stuck valve. That old car was fun, it looked like a gangster's. I sold it and bought it back 3 times, the last time I finally rebuilt the engine and sold it, it didn't come back, now I'm into old pickups

11-12-2003, 12:30 AM
Use to do Pontiacs
Trans ams, GTOs ect
bought and sold over 30 of 'em

So my friend has this '73 'Cuda 340 since he was 15
silver with the black stripes and black interior

I thought I would try one so I bought an old clapped out '72 race
car in 1989 and got hooked
Sold the rest of my Pontiac stuff and never looked back
My buddy still has his '73 and is going under restification as we speak on it's 30th year. Dennis Mauer 360 with 4spd auto

here's another pic of my current ride
'74 318 Barracuda

01-15-2006, 03:52 PM
65 Dodge Dart 4 Door Slant 6 with add on A/C....

Vitamin C
01-15-2006, 04:48 PM
1968 Charger R/T 440 Numbers Matching

Candy Girl
01-15-2006, 07:52 PM
'76 Dodge Colt, automatic (why anyone would order that car with an auto is beyond me.) It was copper with brown stripping, I thought it was cool, especially since this was '86 and everyone was driving Fiestas, Omni's & Horizon's, mine at least look different!!

01-15-2006, 09:19 PM
'71 Dodge Swinger with slant 6. Wish I still had it. I just love Mopars.:toast:

01-16-2006, 05:24 PM
A 1975 Power Wagon. After that, a 86 Ramcharger, 85 Reliant, 98 Jeep, 67 Sweptline, 87 Dakota.

01-16-2006, 11:19 PM
68 Coronet 440 318 automatic. Yellow with black Vinyl top. Great car! Paid $750.00 bucks for it in 1972 or 73.


01-16-2006, 11:57 PM
'72 Duster /6 904. NO OPTIONS, except maybe the 8 3/4.

Still have her and no plans on selling... ever.

01-17-2006, 02:59 PM
I worked with a guy who moonlighted at Racer Brown Cams (Inglewood,CA)back in the Sixties. He was a huge MOPAR lover at the time. He was my hotrod guru! I was persuaded that what my '57 Ford two door custom 300 needed was some MOPAR big block grunt, so I got creative and "dropped in" a 413 w/torqueflyte. It was a real backyard project, but it fit and the results were incredible! What I replaced the most was the ball n/trunnion style u-joints. I killed them regularly. Great car, great memories! What a sleeper! When I lifted the hood, it confused everyone. (This was back in the day when guys ran the "Powered by ..." decals in the side window, and everybody put different engines in different cars! Then Muscle cars came on the scene and bowtie boredom set in and real hot rodding died a little and check book rodding took over.) That old Furd was my first MOPAR that I can remember.

01-17-2006, 04:56 PM
Sounds like "MOPOWER" to me! :toast:

01-18-2006, 02:33 PM
Mine was a 69 Coronet SuperBee R/T. Bought it in 76, got stolen and stripped in 77. Been in mourning ever since. Next was a 70 Swinger and now a 68 RR. I've been in love with B-bodies since the R/T. There is no sound like a Mopar winding er up.

01-18-2006, 03:23 PM
My 1st mopar was 1972 dart swinger, and I was around 17. I bought the car (rusted out trunk and all) with a blown up 318 for $200. I Built a +.060 318 with a stock crank and rods, "hemi grind" purple shaft cam, rhoads lifters, iron '68 340 magnum squarebore intake, carter AFB 750cfm, X heads milled .043 & ported/port matched, forged flat top pistons,long tube headers, 2.5" dual exhaust,727 trans,3500 convertor, 8.75 rear with (usually)3.91,or 4.30 gears depending upon what day it was. Man, did I enjoy driving that car every day! I had friends with various mopars during that time period; a '70 duster with a 440 magnum crammed in it, An original '71 Demon 340, a '74 Dart sport with a 340 transplant, '68 formula S barracuda f/b, etc. etc.... sad to say, almost all of these cars are long junked now but they are why I still love mopars to this day.

J. Campbell

01-18-2006, 04:29 PM
I have to throw mine in. Although I had other, older Mopars to drive, my first "This is mine" car was a 1957 Dodge Coronet Lancer with the D500 package. The picture is the same model, but different color.

I totaled it during my senior year when an old duffer in a '58 Edsel turned in front of me and I hit him amidships. The repair costs on my car exceeded book value, so............no more car for a while.:(

01-18-2006, 06:43 PM
After owing a Chevy for a year I decided to go out and get a good car. It was 1972, I was 18 at the time and found a cherry Blue 1968 Dodge Coronet 500. It had a 318 auto with a console and bucket seats. I drove that car until it wasn't safe to drive anymore. It became my winter car only six months after I bought it. The following spring I found a 1969 Roadrunner 383 4spd with the air grabber setup. Only drove it once in the snow up here in Wisconsin. Almost put it in the ditch. So I took it home and drove the Dodge from then on in the winter. I drove that Dodge until it had to go to the junk yard because the frame was giving out. The Roadrunner I sold after owning it for about 10-11 years. After 20 years I ran across the same Roadrunner in an ad for sale. I couldn't get there fast enough to buy it back.

01-18-2006, 08:14 PM
My first Mopar was the one in my avatar (67 Monaco). At the time I was looking for a belly button (oops I mean Impala), My brother convinced me to look at Dodge. I saw the tailights, and was sold.

Incidently I still have that car, only now it seems to have some company. Hmmmmm I'm still not sure how that happened???


01-18-2006, 08:21 PM
My first Mopar was a 69 GTX w/ 426 HEMI factory 4 sp Dana... I was 16 years old... needless to say it wasn't a survivor... but I never found a car I loved as much... I have driven Chevys, Fords,... a little bit of everything... I still thing Mopars had it together... There's nothing that sounds like a Mopar...

01-25-2006, 01:51 AM
There's nothing that sounds like a Mopar... I agree 100%+. Nothing sounds or feels like a Mopar. I have set drove and worked on other makes of cars, but it does not feel right. I feel like I am out of place sitting in driveing or working on anything but a Mopar. I really feel at home with a Mopar. For me it is a feeling from within that is why I know I am a True Die Hard MOPAR Lover! Mopar Or No Car I always say.

01-26-2006, 02:04 AM
As a young teen, I was so inspired by a cuda that used to be parked in front of church on Sunday mornings. It was black 74 with white side stripes and it had aluminum turbine wheels...

My first car purchased in 1985 . I was 17 years old. for $200.
1971 plymouth 'cuda
F7 sherwood green poly
340ci auto with slapstick
white interior/ vinyl roof
3.55 8-3/4 sure grip
A/C with Power Windows.
It had vintage torq thrust type wheels with black painted spokes. 70's up front and 50's out back. Didnt run when I bought it. And it was no show car either. Got it running with ignition and fuel work, Ripped off the vinyl roof. Rolling legal on my 18th birthday. One week later wraped around a telephone pole in rain wrecking quarter, door and *gasp* gilled fender. Pulled out dents replaced door. Flat blacked the car. and continued to flog it mercilessly for the better part of a year. Fryed tires at will. But the 340 was never in my plan. Always wanted a big block... Had sold the 340 for $200 but spun a bearing before buyer picked it up. Stripped entire car to the shell, stickered and removed by NY Sanitation. Real shame. All parts went on a barracuda including vin# . I pulled out the 318 and put in a 440 and sold for $700 never having started. Many years past and I grew to appreciate that high revving 340, So when I was looking for a cuda last year, I wanted a 340 4-speed sherwood green 71. Couldnt find one so I settled on a shaker equiped 440-6 4-speed in dark purple. You know, these big blocks are kinda nice too! Too bad my first car is gone for ever. Who knew 71s would be so valuable today?

larrys dart
01-28-2006, 10:36 PM
My frist car was a 1967 ply cuda coupe 273 /auto . loved that car . run the sh** out of it. But i could of had a 69 dart 383 gts for the same price. that the one i should have bougth for $600.00 now you can not get one for that................

02-06-2006, 08:39 PM
'56 Plymouth Belvedere 4 door HT...277/Powerflite...paid $35.00 for it in 1962 at age 14.

02-06-2006, 08:53 PM
As a young'n my first MOPAR only dates back a few years when I got my 1992 Dakota from my father. He had spent a great amount of time on a top end rebuild after a heater plug blew and resulted in water leaking into the combustion system. After he finished, it had the same problems, and then wouldn't start again. Discouraged, he left it for dead in our driveway for two years. Then I came along. Amazing what a new battery and some gas will do. Turns out he had fixed it after all, and just hadn't been able to run it long enough to clean out the remains before he ran the tank empty. I drove the truck all through High School and until I crashed it a couple months back coming home in freezing rain. I'm gonna miss her...

My first "Vintage" is my replacement car for the truck, my newly acquired 1973 Scamp. Picked it up for $500 and will be starting restomod project for her soon.

02-13-2006, 03:52 PM
Mine was and is a 1973 Dodge Charger I picked this car up some 12 years ago in Calif from the original owner for $800 . It is a simple 318 with a two barrel carb and a/c we love this car

02-20-2006, 09:16 PM
Mine was a 60 Chrysler New Yorker. It was a powder blue 2 door with a 413 golden lion. Use to love blowing the doors off the new 400ci GTO at light to light runs.

02-21-2006, 08:10 AM
:cool: first mopar was 1967 dodge dart,4dr,6/ac car. had 18k orig one owner miles. as a young man with young family this car was like new!black on black,not a scratch or dent anywhere! 2 months later,wife at mall,some retard t bones her at about 40mph and totals the car! have owned 13 mopars to date, miss the 66 sat,440 drag car, and the 72 chally convert. show the 68gtx,which i restored,finishing 72 cuda aar clone,built 360. keeping 72 cuda with 38k miles for furure build. CANT GET ENUFF,OF THAT MOPAR STUFF!

02-21-2006, 05:44 PM
my first mopar is the one i own now. My 1973 plymouth satellite sebring plus. Which i am in the process of turnning into a road runner. I blew the orginal 318 and wanted to put a big block in it but couldn't afford the new k frame or other components so i droped in a 360. The only things that are still stock are the pistons and the crank. It wont be that way for long. However the first mopar i fell in love with is my dads 1970 dodge challenger!

02-22-2006, 02:10 PM
My first Mopar was a 72 Dart with a 68 front clip. At the time I didnt know the difference. It has a 318 and a 904. I still own the car but it is totaled. The front clip is still good, if anyone needs one. I got T boned in the right rear. My fault of course! (some peoples kids!)

02-23-2006, 09:38 PM
My first mopar was the one I have today which is my 1950 b2b dodge pickup got it for free in may 2005 and will get it running buy this summer! But later I might find a crate hemi to put in it and see what it will do on the strip but that a few years and a few thousand dollars down the road
:thumbsup: :shock: :eek: :flush:

Ray Bell
02-23-2006, 09:59 PM

Maybe after you've read this (http://www.50plymouth.com/) you'll stick to the flathead...

02-28-2006, 11:02 AM
first car was a 68 charger that i got from my cousin back in 1982, he was going to demo the car but i talked him out of it for 20 bucks and a case of beer. it was pretty rough outside but it ran half way descent, my dad showed both my brother and i how to disassemble a car and fix her back up, my brother's first was a 68 tempest. either way we both had our own cars so that we didn't tear up mom and dads rides. mine had a 383 2bbl but we changed that to a 4bbl with headers, we shed the green paint and fixed alot of dents and rust and covered it refrigerator white. it had a black top and black intereior with a console.man do i miss that car now, after number of things showed it's age i sold it only to see other people beat the life out of it and then was told about 5 years later it went to the junk yard because the rear shock mount in the body broke and they didn't know how to fix it.won alot of races with that car and alot of girls liked it too.beat my brothers pontiac out on gratiot avenue one night,this was all back in michigan, ah the good ole days.

02-28-2006, 02:48 PM
Mine was 1948 Dodge Club Coupe- I was 13 (1973) when I got it and worked on it everyday until I got my license at 14. By then I had replaced all the fenders, pulled the head and replaced the head gasket, rebuilt the master cylinder, and put on new exhaust. I rattle can painted the whole thing in primer, It looked like a big grey spotted elephant. A buddy later painted it midnight blue. I sold it, back in 83, it had been parked at the folks place for several years. It had dropped a cylinder. It has since been stripped by the guy who was going to rebuild his dream( lost his interest). I trying to get up the courage to buy it back and start all over again.

03-02-2006, 05:15 PM
My first was an 89 Shadow 2.2 Auto<~~~~~certified turd
Second was a 92 Acclaim 2.5 Auto<~~~~~also a turd
Third was an 01 Ram 318 Auto
Fourth is my 99 Dakota R/T which I still have
Fifth is the 66 Valiant 225/6 3 on the tree which I still have
Sixth is the 86 Omni GLH-T it needs a new head but its the most fun Ive had in a car

My parents have had a nice list too
they include a 71 340 RR, 70 383 Challenger, 78 318 Cordoba, 78 318 Ram, 90 318 Ram, 99 Dak R/T, 2 89 2.5/5 spd caravans, 99 2.5/v6 avenger es, 04 2.7 stratus, 78 440 new yorker, 71 318 Satellite and I think thats it not sure.

03-02-2006, 05:26 PM
1978 Club Cad D100 with 318/auto. Rusted from 286K miles, and I loved it. I have owned over 30 Mopars since, and I won't quit! :-) PCRMike

03-02-2006, 06:12 PM
I just got my first this last sunday 2/26. 1973 dodge dart swinger. Ive wanted a dart for my first car for a while now and the sunday before that i seen a add in the paper for a 73' swinger garage kept. ran into the kitchen and showed my dad later on that day he called them up and the next day we looked at it and told them that we would buy it. The car is dented but barely and rust and plan on fixing it up as my everyday driver. Im 16 now and will have my licence at the end of the summer after i turn 17 hopefully i haev it done by then :).

03-02-2006, 09:47 PM
I just got my first this last sunday 2/26. 1973 dodge dart swinger. Ive wanted a dart for my first car for a while now and the sunday before that i seen a add in the paper for a 73' swinger garage kept. ran into the kitchen and showed my dad later on that day he called them up and the next day we looked at it and told them that we would buy it. The car is dented but barely and rust and plan on fixing it up as my everyday driver. Im 16 now and will have my licence at the end of the summer after i turn 17 hopefully i haev it done by then :). mine was a 1973 dodge dart sport 340 it runs low 9s in a 8th not to bad for a stock dart with crager s/s and m/t L50s on back and m/t 13s on front.

03-13-2006, 09:41 AM
my first was a 68 coronet 440 with that famous 225 it had a purple flame job with white. i was 16 and it was the coolest car i had ever seen( and it was a four door) next was a 67 belvedere 318, man i got from tulsa ok to panama city florida on 5 cylinders with about 70-90 lbs of compression. could a ford do that? hell no!!!!

03-15-2006, 07:11 PM
first mopar was my first car..1968 dart 2d. 273 with 2bl.. rebuilt the heads... blew out the exhaust.. new exhaust. scariest time in that car was going over a bridge late at night after it rained and spinning a 180 facing oncoming traffic.. changed the tires after that. after re-doing the interior i was tagged on the freeway.. broke the transmission mount.. transmission went one way broke the case all the way around. chewed up the back of the block.. the body is getting done soon. and will be recieving a bit of an upgrade. 360 4spd 3.91's

03-15-2006, 10:24 PM
my first and still only mopar is a 1985 dodge ram came with 318 2 bbl, now 360 4bbl with other mods

03-25-2006, 07:56 AM
our only mopar is our 1970 VG UTE (PICK UP) :) oh i'm from Australia

06-06-2006, 10:26 PM
mine was a 1974 dart sport

67 Plymouthcuda
06-07-2006, 10:21 PM
My first Mopar was a 73 Dodge Swinger, with a 318.

06-07-2006, 11:38 PM
with a funky Eagle decal on the hood.

06-10-2006, 03:52 AM
1985 dodge ram decently built 360 built 727 with shift kit ford utility gray(looked just like primer). White steel rims with dog dish caps. It was odd rubber mats no headliner vinyl bench seat plastic door panels but it had cruise and a tilt column. Wished I still had it. I would have loved to drop in a built 440. Maybe widen the back steelies put on some big meats. Would have been one hell of a sleeper.

06-12-2006, 01:33 PM
'70 Plymouth Fury GT, 2 door, 440-4bbl, Buckets and console.

Then got a '72 318 Charger to go w/ it. Followed by an '88 Dodge Shadow 2dr - dealer demo. '92 Dodge Spirit (put 300,000 miles on that one).

Currently, I've got a '99 Durango SLT 4x4 and '99 Intrepid ES for daily driving and theres an '86 Chrsler LeBaron GTS 2.2 Turbo in my garage that I'm getting back in shape as it has some rust on the rear quarters....

06-13-2006, 02:35 PM
1986 dodge daytona cs turbo z...black with gold trim...my first car too...sweet little turbo 4, till it was snowing on pearl harbor day, ended up in a deep ditch that met with a raised concrete driveway...at 40-45 mph, twisted frame and all....got rid of it..it was free, but the only great thing my brother gave me...left it to me when he joined the navy...now i am in. after that, i drove an 84 fifth ave with a 318, in florida i bought a 72 charger with 318...and now in hawaii i want to buy a 72 roadrunner and put a 440 in it!!!

06-14-2006, 12:49 AM
Oldschool, that '70 GT was a rare car, 1 of 666 seems to be the number quoted. I have a '71 GT project, 1 of 375.

yousta, that cs was fairly rare also. I can't remember the numbers on those, but they were fairly scarce. I almost bought one when I was into collecting Shelby Dodges but let it get away.


billy bob 780
06-14-2006, 01:25 AM
My first dabble into Mopar was about six years ago, I found a 1990 3.0 L Dodge Daytona. I used to scare my wife friends etc as it was my first LHD drive car (we drive on the opposite side to the US) so the on coming traffic used to pass very close to their side of the car! The valve seals went no long after,luckily back then i used to work a Ford dealership and one of the mechanics used to drive nothing but American cars. So he would always work on it for free just for the enjoyment factor!! After a year the clutch was going and the exhaust was nearly gone, I'd just changed jobs and the money was tight so it had to go. I was gutted, more so when I found out recently the new owner had blew the engine and scrapped it.Since then Ive had the usual PT Cruiser, and now in the process of rebuilding my 71 Satellite.

Scatman 340
06-14-2006, 12:03 PM
My first Mopar was a `58 Dodge Coronet with a 325 2V.

I`m hooked on Mopars `cuz those were the finest cars my Dad drove. I hear alot about build quality being questionable in those days but I don`t recall that aspect. Dad had too many Chrysler 300`s to list, my favorite being a `62. The quickest was his `68 Coronet R/T. This car was very special. I`ve been in other 440 Mopars, but they were just not the same as this one.


06-14-2006, 01:16 PM
New member trying to figure out how to start a thread or post, and am completely lost. Any help out there?

06-14-2006, 01:56 PM
New member trying to figure out how to start a thread or post, and am completely lost. Any help out there?

Scroll to the top of your screen and click on the heading that says:
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Then scroll down and find the forum you want to post in. Click that and scroll down till you see a button on the left that says "New Thread"

Click the button and you are ready to start a thread.

If you want to respond to any thread, just scroll down to the last post and click the "Reply" button. Then add your comment.

If you want to directly respond to a particular post in that thread, click on the "Quote" button in that post.

Once you have written your post, scroll down and you will see two buttons. One says "Submit Reply" and the other says "Preview". It is a good idea to select preview to see what your post actually looks like. You can usually spot typos or other errors in that format. Once you are satisfied with the post, scroll down and click "Submit Reply". That's it. After a while, you will be adding Smilies and posting pics. It is easy and can be lots of fun. You will probably learn many things and soon will start to recognize other posters who frequent the board. Of course, we will also learn from you if you choose to offer any information beneficial to the group.

Welcome aboard!:D:toast:

06-18-2006, 01:17 PM
'56 Plymouth Belvedere 4 door HT...277/powerflite...pink and white...14 years old...me and a buddy bought it, I did a valve job on it at school, we bondo'd the rust and sold it..paid $35.00 sold it for $250.00...1962.

06-18-2006, 01:20 PM
i guess im still hooked because they are beautiful cars with lots of power. a small block ford or chevy sounds like crap thru headers compared to a mopar. they just have that thumpety thump that will kick the crap out of anyhting!! plus, all the other company's overrated their performance...except the 428 cj..they said it made 335 hp, and put out 420...anyways, i am a dedicated mopar man...i think my step-dad started it way back when i was a kid. i still love moaprs, even if they are expensive, it is worth it!!!

07-29-2006, 10:22 AM
1974 dart sport convertriple slant six one barrel.

i need sunroof parts

08-03-2006, 12:37 PM
'73 340 cuda 4-speed . Bought it 20 years ago still got it.

08-03-2006, 12:42 PM
Whare's the pix? :-) PCRMike

Big Tracks
08-03-2006, 04:43 PM
1939 Dodge four door.

Du Du brown.

I bought it in 1951 with money I made working wheat harvests in West Texas.

Do I win the turkey?


10-06-2006, 09:33 PM
1973 Road Runner! White with Red striping. Black bench interior, 340 4spd, heavy duty suspension. I bought it new at Abrahamson Chrysler Plymouth in Highland, Indiana, September 1973. I was looking for a Cuda and they had about a dozen on the lot but most were 318 automatics and I didn't see a color I liked. I went into the dealer with the sales dude to wait while he called other dealers to find a white Cuda and on the way to his office I saw a White with Red striped Road Runner spinning slowly and seductively on a showroom turn table. I was in a trance and the salesman jokingly told me that "it's actually for sale" and I asked 'how much' and I only needed about $150.00 more than the credit union check that I had ($3400.00!) They let me drive it out of the showroom once I told them that I would not do a burn out. I turned south on US 41 and it was highway and blue sky for three days..... I sold her three years later and bought a VW Type III station wagon. Broke my heart but after three tickets in three years my license was suspended and I needed a stealth car to get to work for my year's supension. I eventually found out how to make VW's go very fast but it just wasn't as much fun as my first NEW CAR. My Dad bought a new '74 Fury Sport Suburban that fall from Abrahamson's and I still have her and she's perfect with new car smell and 55k miles. Dad is 91 now and we take the 74 Sporty to car shows when the weather is good. But my present 73RR is a 20 footer and I hope to find a clean factory White with Red striper before I'm too old to enjoy it.

10-13-2006, 01:29 AM
my first and only one (at this time) is a 1965 Valiant Custom100 2dr hard top. it is a factory V8 car as well though with just the 2 barell carb.

if any body knows the difference between the comando 273 and the regular one i would be interested in knowing this

10-13-2006, 02:08 AM
my first was a 1971 dodge dart and i still have it. iam only 14
hope to have more.

10-13-2006, 07:59 AM
1961 Plymouth Belvedere; 4 door; Petty Blue with slant six & of course push button transmission. This was followed by a 1969 Road Runner w/ 383, I ordered before going overseas in 1970 to have when returned in 1973. Both were great cars.

10-13-2006, 09:01 AM
1966 Dodge Coronet 440. Two door, 318 automatic. Had to rebuild the engine and tranny before I could drive it. It was a rusted out pos, but it was mine and I did all the work myself.

10-13-2006, 10:38 AM
If I am not mistaken, the Commando moniker was used on a solid-lifter 273 4-bbl in the Plymouth. Glad to see the interest from the younger gens on this thread! :-)PCRMike:toast:

Rare TA
10-13-2006, 12:01 PM
It was a '65 Cuda with a 273 abd 3 on the floor.

10-13-2006, 06:06 PM
Could also be auto or 4-speed. Commando was the engine, much like "Magnum" was for Dodge. My brother had an auto 65 'Cuda 273 Commando. :-)PCRMike

10-13-2006, 06:40 PM
76 Gremlin oops not mopar at time 73 340 cuda wish I still had it paid 600.00 for it in 82 and drove it from texas to michigan 2 days later.

10-13-2006, 07:43 PM
Mine was a 39 DeSoto business coupe that we put a 54 Chrysler flattie 6 in. Too long ago to remember the size but my dad ported and polished it. I didn't have a clue at the time. LOL Had overdrive and 444 gears. We installed a single barrel carb off a 49 Olds 6. I swear you could have thown a baseball through the venturi. Wasn't a thing in town would touch it from stoplight to stoplight. Even beat the Volkswagens off the line. Oops, shouldn't have mentioned that. Lost it when the shop where we were installing a 322 nailhead Buick burned down. Had the engine given to me so was going to use it! I still cry!

10-13-2006, 09:07 PM
Mine was a '64 Dodge B body 440 (not engine size) It had a 318 poly w/ a rod through the side of the block. I replaced it w/ a 383 out of a '69 charger. It ran sweet & I loved it!

10-14-2006, 10:00 PM
71 Charger 318 auto, first car as well, pulled the 318 put in a 440 :)

bapa kidd
10-15-2006, 06:11 PM
my fist was a 74 sattelite sebring 2 barrel 318 all original

10-15-2006, 06:52 PM
My first mopar was an 72 cuda' It was a 340 auto consol car. I was only 17. But when I got it. IT had 440 727. Had it two weeks untill somebody came by and offerd me a good bit more than i payed for it (1800). So I sold it.But just got my 2nd mopar two weeks ago 71 satellite. Not selling this for a while. Only 21 now.

bapa kidd
10-15-2006, 07:09 PM
im still hooked because i havent found a nother car with the same feeling of power

10-15-2006, 07:10 PM
my 71 satellite has a 318 2b

10-16-2006, 02:46 PM
My first Mopar was (is) a '69 RR, 383 auto. I got it in fall 94 locally for a mere $1300 and drove it home. After new paint, front brakes, engine rebuild and tranny replacement it's a great driver and gets lots of attention.

10-16-2006, 03:28 PM
My grandfather taught me to drive in his '55 Desoto. Then he traded it in for an olds.
My first car was a '65 Coronet. I had it for twenty years, when i couldn't afford the body work it needed i gave it up to someone that would.

a-body junkie
10-20-2006, 12:46 AM
66 valiant .once mopar is in your blood it never leaves.i cut my teeth knawing on the dash of a 65 barracuda .havent had the taste for another brand since.currently own 2 66 barracudas,78 d150 lwb cc,84 ram charger.

10-20-2006, 03:15 PM
Wow how ironic it is that my first car was and is a 1966 Plymouth Valiant. Of course the engine has been upgraded to a 318 with Holly 4-barrel carb. Here's a look at it from my recent Charity Car show that I hold. Not bad for only having her for 3 1/2 months now. I've done a lot to her trust me. 1st thing - get rid of those 13" rims and put on a set of Cragar SS that someone gave me to sand down and clean up.

10-24-2006, 11:22 PM
My first Mopar was a brand new 1974 Duster 360/727 I purchased at age 19 from Paddock Chrysler in St. Ann, MO

Man was I proud of that car!

10-30-2006, 09:45 PM
My first one was a 72 Dodge Charger RT,wish I still had it,with 383, 4 speed,bucket seats,red with black vinyl top,and a rebel flag on the trunk.My father paid $750.00 for it.I was the badest 17 year old around my little town.He took a 440 out of a satellite and bored it out .0060,put a full cam,and popup pistons($1000.00 in parts,this was a lot in 74).It had low speed rearend in it and you could take off in 3rd gear and smoke the tires.Replaced it with a high speed one and you could still do it but you had to double clutch it.Put that baby in 2nd and let it idle around the parking lot at the old hangout it would just hop around with everyone looking.Man that brings back some good memories,sure wish I still had it.It hung up in 3rd with me one night and he sold it to a guy I went to school with,he thought I had been racing.I had a cousin get killed one night racing a couple of years earlier and I think he realized what he had built for me.Sorry for the long post,reminiscing.

10-31-2006, 03:07 AM
My First Mopar was

A 1973 Dart Sport 340, Numbers Matching car with original drivetrain, original paint, factory sunroof and vinyle hard top, undercoat package, Power brakes, Rallye Rims, Original bucket seats and interior with the original center console.

But by the time i'd got my hands on it the dreaded rust monster had devoured the underbody of the car to the point that it folded up like origami when it was loaded on a rollback. I spent quite a few years of work on it before calling it quits in trying to save the car.

My Second Mopar? (can i call it a mopar?)

Was and Still Is

A 1983 Plymouth Scamp GT, Numbers Matching, original engine,original trans/axle, Original Interior, less than 3,050 original miles, Original Paint (minus the GT Stripe Kit being removed and some patched areas). It's currently under restoration

10-31-2006, 06:19 PM
Mine was a 1990 Dodge Dakota. That truck was bought new by my dad and he took me to the dealer to give my approval of the truck. i was only 8 or 9 at that time. When i got my license dad let me drive it and i promptly added a bunch of High School BS to the truck, (CB antenna, random stickers, etc), and soon dad no longer wanted to drive it. I am now on my third dakota and still long for that first beat up truck.

Ray Bell
11-01-2006, 06:56 PM
I suppose I'd have to say that I now have my first Mopar... even if it's not a complete vehicle.

I've been trying to pin down a Dodge AT4 (Aussie truck version using what was basically an International cab with some aesthetic changes) ambulance. Failing that, I have a line on a panel van with a high roof.

The purpose of all of this is to equip it as a camper and use a 318 Poly engine running on LPG (propane) and a gearbox with an overdrive. I will use this for my monthly sales trips, and it will give me the added advantage that I can offer a caravan moving service as I travel. And on the LPG, it won't cost an arm and a leg to operate.

Which way the overdrive decision goes, I don't know. I have bought some A833 overdrive gearboxes and I have one Borg-Warner overdrive unit on the back of an old 3-speed from the fifties. I'm thinking that I'd really like that overdrive on the back of an A230 box instead. But the A833 solution is a lot easier.

What prompts me to post this is that yesterday we confirmed that a car I bought for bits for the race project has a sweet-running 318 Poly on board. So I'm closer... ever closer... to my first real Mopar.

After all, you weren't including the 1959 Simcas I used to have, were you?

11-03-2006, 10:23 PM
My first mopar was a Tan 66 Plymouth Fury II station wagon!! She had a wideblock 318. I was raised on the mopars! My parents always had C-bodys until my Dad bought his first and last new car....a 78 Cordoba. :fro:

11-04-2006, 06:12 PM
Mine was a 1970 Dodge Coronet 440. I dont know what i was thinking when i send it to the junk yard... but when I did this, it led me to my second/first Mopar, becouse I never get to drive the coronet. The other one, was 1971 Plymouth Satelite with a 383. I just drove it once one more time when I exchanged for other car. I was joung and stupid, and I don't know what I was doing, right?

11-06-2006, 12:53 AM
71 B100 short van, bought used in 76 in New Mexico. did the vanning scene for awhile in central California, it was a blast. It had a 225 slant six and automatic tranny, ran that for a few years until re-engined with a 360 out of a 79 van. I still have the van, last license in 2000, then parked it. use it for storage. someday, maybe get it back on the road.
next mopar is my current 98 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 with 5.9L.
would love to have a 69 RR.

11-06-2006, 04:40 AM
My first Mopar was a 67 Barracuda with a worn out 318. It was a 150 dollar piece-o-crap…14 years later (and more money than I want remember), it’s plum crazy purple with a built 360 that lays down 10 second ¼’s. It’s still street legal and will always be, but its still not “done”. The body work that my best friend and I did years ago needs to be redone, and I still want to get the car into the 9’s (keeping it all streetable). I have plans in place for a 600 hp small block, that when sprayed should hit around 900 hp…just trying to save the mone

11-17-2006, 08:30 PM
Well hang on, mine a 1963 Dodge 330, yep a post car, 383 w/carter afb 330 hp. Tranny, borg warner t-10 w/hurst shifter all factory stock, cost in 1966 w/20K mi $1500.00. Color red on red. It could hold it's own with most, not all, boy what a kick!

11-18-2006, 11:12 PM
my 1st was a 66 cuda. bought it for 150bucks in 1975. am in process of rebuilding it now. had a 70 'runner hood grafted on, and am sticking with a small block.

12-15-2006, 10:27 PM
My dad gave me this 52 as a $50 beater when I was 12 in 1970. She's lookin kinda sad these days out in the pasture, but she's only time and money away from a frame off rod job. lol.....we can all dream

12-20-2006, 08:11 PM
I forgot if i posted on this thread before, but my first Mopar was a '98 SS/T

12-21-2006, 11:32 AM
My first Mopar was a 73 318-2, automatic Duster, Lime green.
I got hooked on mopars when I spent a couple of weeks up in Door Michigan @ my oldest sisters house. Her neighbor had a Green 340 4 speed Demon. He'd let us get in it, push buttons, make sounds.... He'd Take us for a drive, back out, and poor the coals to it. He'd go sideway down the road in a couple of gears. After that, What could be better than Mopar? My first car was a 73 318 Duster auto. Probably why I'm still alive today. It's crazy the things I used to do in it. If I had more power, I'd definately wrecked it.

Joe Mc
12-27-2006, 06:15 PM
First one was a 64 Dodge, Dart, GT, hard top, faded blue, 273, 2 brl, 4 speed, single exhaust, open end rear, bucket seats and console.

Why I'm still hooked? The torqueyness, sound the exhaust makes when the carb opens up, especially thru Cherry Bombs and 68/9 GTX/RR style exhaust resonators. And my first one was such a turkey I couldn't give up.

Oh, it may also have had something to do with the white/white 67 Charger, 440, Auto, that mom bought spanking new back when I was 8 :pile: although you never really know. I have blue blood it's a cross between Mopar and frd blue though.:wow:

01-01-2007, 01:07 PM
I have probably put this on before. 1959 Sport Fury 361 4V 305 horse. I raced everyone I could find, over and over. Surprised many many people. I tried to kill that car and could not. It was 5 years old when I got it as the family hand me down. We kept it for about 20 years in the family. Took the body off and made a dune buggy out of it. Had about 300K with no rebuilds. I would love to have it back original now. Two tone green. What a car....oh, next one was a 66 Coronet 500 with the 383 Four Barrel. Still have it in the collection. A lifetime of Mopars.

01-01-2007, 02:31 PM
I had a 1970 Charger R/T, 440, console shift auto. It was mostly restored when I bought it in 1994, for $3000. All it needed was a better paint job. It was all stock but a badass car. I totalled it driving like a jackass in 95' and I have kicked myself in the ass every day for wrecking it.


01-03-2007, 07:19 PM
My first Mopar was a 56 belvedere coupe with a three speed on the column and a 277 v8. I was 16 and nearly did myself in in that car. After my years of other makes I found one like I had so long ago. This one will be a restoration on the outside and a bit modified inside including a 408 stroke motor ,4 wheel disc brake and a rack and pinion steering set-up.

Ray Bell
01-03-2007, 08:55 PM
So you can nearly do yourself in again?

I reckon most of us 'nearly do ourselves in' in our first cars!

01-09-2007, 12:20 AM
my first mopar was a 68 charger, bought in july 1987. still have it today (see avatar).

wanted one ever since seeing bullitt at about age 10. warner bros. couldn't have picked a better car for the bad guys to drive!

the reason i'm still hooked on mopars is the same reason that got me into them originally: they're tough, they're fast, and best of all, they're way more unique than all the friggin' bellybutton camaros and mustangs still clogging up cruise nights everywhere! if i see one more small block shivvy powered street rod!

that dodge has been with me longer than anything else. talk about dependable . . .

01-09-2007, 09:46 AM
Mine was a 69 Road Runner, B5 Blue. 383 A/T, bench seat. No power any thing but horsepower. That was is 1975

01-16-2007, 03:27 PM
Had a 65 Ply, belvidere, 426, 4spd, got back from Nam in 68, bought a 65 Dodge, 6cyl., had big plans but never did em. In 70, bought a Cuda, 340, 4spd. After that was a series of un-remarkable cars. Retired, now have a 65 Belvidere, 383, 4spd, my current car.

01-18-2007, 08:31 PM
73 Dodge Polara....360 auot....2dr....the back seat was so big a buddy told me I could have wrestling matches with spectators...:dude:

01-29-2007, 11:37 AM
What was your first MOPAR and why are you still hooked??

I was born in '68, we had a '73 Charger that my tight-wad Dad sold me for $1200 when i was nearly 16 in about '84. This car was in our driveway, usually surrounded by a bunch of GM products. My parents have no idea just how many seriously abusive miles i put on those mildly driven cars. From age 12 to 16 i had a spare ring of keys and was out on the back roads most every night. I used to drive that Charger like the General Lee. It was a good example of the 71-74 B bodies. It was an SE, gold with a black vinyl top and the louvered quarter windows, gold int., buckets, console with SlapStick, pwr windows, trunk, 8-track. The 400-727, well we kids had it tuned, timing advanced, the single exhaust ended under the front seats, had usually no muffler and would blow a mean flame & sparks out the pipe at night. It would do a mean one wheel smokie, and it would top out at 129 mph, it was a nice highway car. I got in more shit in that car than one could imagine. I loved that Mopar. I was like Arnie and Christine. Eventually i went to jail and the Charger went to purgatory (aka the wreckin yard). Sorry Mother Mopar.
Since then I've owned some 40 vehicles, mostly Mopar, some 4x4's. Currently i just pulled the factory 440 out of my 66 New Yorker, the block is in the machine shop. I'm doing a mild build keepin the car factory.

'66 New Yorker:flush:

01-29-2007, 11:57 PM
my first mopar was my 1st car right now it is not the best looking car but it is a work in progress it is a 74 dodge dart sport it was my dad's old car and he gave it to me and we've been fixing on it for about a year now a new paint and a few other things and it will look good

02-03-2007, 12:32 PM
My first was a '70 Charger R/T that my brother had bought at a local auction and then passed it on to me.
It was rough and had a transplanted C-440 in it (from a '67 Newport) but it was mine.
Burnt orange ext, black bumblebee stripe, black top, black int w/ auto, buckets, console, 14" 5 spoke road wheels...one of the few "if only I'd kept it..." that I've owned.
I sold it when I moved out to Cali and bought a '65 Barracuda as my driver.

02-03-2007, 03:43 PM
My first mopar, which I still have, is a 1970 Challenger. It's a basic 318 AT model, B5 blue. It was born with matching blue interior, which was replaced with black. The 318 was rebuilt @ 10 years ago, bored .30 over with 360 heads. I do pretty well at shows, but of course am always looking to improve the looks and performance. Will be adding a hood black out to the R/T hood soon, and am in the process of building a ' 68 340 to replace the 318.

02-03-2007, 05:29 PM
my first was a 74 Duster which I still have ,origially a 318 with 8 3/4.. now a 360-727-8 3/4 I found a 1971 donor car and have changed the front clip and swaped the entire rear tail section..now I have a 71 with 74 interior..acctually the dash is from a 68 Barracuda ,seats from a 73 Dart sport, engine from a 73 fury police car, tranny from a 73 roadrunner console from a 73 Duster well you get the point ...I think the trunk lid , doors and K member are still original

brent vendsel
02-03-2007, 10:44 PM
My pops always had mopars, he worked at penner dodge in steinbach mb fom 72-80. He had a 70 340 duster that my mom's cousin wrecked when a farmer in lowe farm mb in an f-150 did a farmer style left turn off of the highway.
That's where you pull onto the right shoulder and then turn left, as though you have a bale wagon or maybe a grain auger behind you lol. I was asleep on the package tray in the back window, my sister was sleeping on the back seat. (hey it's uncomfortable sleeping on the floor with that driveshaft tunnel right in the middle.)
We picked up the duster with the shop tow truck ('70 D-300 with a shorty holmes wrecker)i got to cut school to go along.
after that he bought a 69 2 door newport with a 383.My mom hated it, i guess because it was 9 years old and green, and really long. To her credit, she could fire up the duster in the winter, screwdriver in the choke plate and everything! She even got a ticket for open headers driving me to school one morning, before my dad got the mufflers hoooked up.
The best was a '70 charger (8 years old and green) that was mint mint mint.Off of the used lot in '78, complete with torque thrusts and a "chronometer" out of a cordoba or something.
MY first mopar was a '72 318 satellite 4 door (the same green as the newport and the charger) I started with chevys when i got my liscence, as penner dodge switched to gm in 1981, my parents divorced and my new step dad worked there. so did i, when i was fifteen.
My first car was almost a 69 383 super bee with the ramcharger hood and no rust (green-$1500 off of the used lot in 1985) but my parents thought it might be too much car for a 16 year old.

02-04-2007, 11:06 PM
im 16, i have a 65 cuda that im buildin a 360 for, paintin hemi orange, with black interior and black formula S stripes... GREAT car

02-05-2007, 08:46 PM
My first mopar was and is my 67 Coronet 500. My grandfather bought it new and grandma kept it after he passed away in 1972.Got it as a high school graduation gift in 1982.I didn't truly apreciate it untill later.Now I think it's one of the coolest cars to own.

old woolie
02-08-2007, 08:49 PM
my first mopar was a 1962 dodge dart ugly as sin and beat to shit. 318 poly 2 door post. couldn't kill it. this was in1973 .ran it dry of oil,drove until it overheated and quit. next morning filled with oil and water. started right up. drove until it absolutly would not go any farther. been running mopars ever since

02-10-2007, 10:00 PM
67 coronet rt 2.76 rear and column shift up to 142 on 150 speedo
67 Plymouth Sport Fury 383 hp with 4 speed and BENCH seat
66 Dodge Polara 500 Convert 4 speed 383 4 bbl SINGLE exhaust
65 Chrysler 300 L with every option, reverb,rear air(on a 2 dr ht!) power vent windows,cruise,power trunk,ant,foot button for radio!
65 Chrysler 300 L CONVERT 4 Sp. rough but only wanted 450. 3 kids in diapers, couldn't raise it! AAAAArrrrrrrrrrgggggggggg
I now own a 65 Chrysler 300 L 4 sp Hardtop that I am restoring 1 of 105. Guy in Sevierville Tn had 2 4 speeds! I bpought one back in 88
Also missed out on a 69 Dodge Charger 500 440 6 pk. Guy wanted 500, again couldn't raise it with 3 kids in diapers!
Personaly saw a 68 Dodge Monaco 500 convert 4 speed in Deleware. Had full length console, 440. Lady said her husband bought it to pull a boat. She said if she didn't get 4000 she would put it back in the barn! blue white top and int. needed nothing!
I also own a 79 Chrysler 300 that is getting a built 360 snd headers put in

If I had only known someone with a farm or lot!

Kid next door had a 66 Ford 7 Litre conver with 4 speed. White with white top and int 428 DISC brakes. he only wanted 550!
Saw a 64 Olds Starfire convert 4 speed with 394 get towed off to junkyard!
There were several 67-68 Furies with 4 speeds in Lou, Ky during 70-80's. They were fairly common

02-11-2007, 10:27 PM
My first Mopar was a plymoth volare coupe, with a rebuilt 360. The only problem i have with it is that it is an automatic. Although, it shifts better than my dads 2000 chevy 2500.:dude:

02-14-2007, 04:37 PM
First one was a 65 Coronet 440. 135,000 miles on a wore out mom and dad 440...4 speed...all bondo...$275. Then a 73 Dart...318...3 speed. Then a 66 Barracuda...slant 6 auto. Then a 70 Barracuda...318...slapstick. Then a 67 Belvedere...318. 20 years ago I bought the car I have now. 68 GTX 440. Amazing how the value of that car is going through the roof. Just goes to show how awesome those old Mopars were. It all started for me in high school at my first job at a gas station. Ever since that black on black 68 Hemi Roadrunner pulled up to the pump...I've been hooked ever since. That was in 1977 and the guy still has it. Imagine what that thing is worth?

Bob K
02-17-2007, 07:58 PM
Mine was a 65 Valiant, \6, 3 on the tree. Very dependable car! Had a lot of fun with it. My first fire breathing Mopar was a 64 Sport Fury, 383 auto. That car was a beast. I still miss that one!

02-22-2007, 12:04 AM
When I was 16 I drove my mom's '73 Charger. But my first car that was "mine" was a '66 Coronet 500 with a 361. The cool part about this is I still own it, 22 years later.

Bret Kepner
02-22-2007, 12:58 AM
1. '66 Barracuda 273 auto (L/SA)
2. '70 Fury I 383 auto (O/SA)

02-24-2007, 06:48 PM
was a73 dodge charger se it had a 318 2bbl when i got it, i pulled that right away and found a 383 4bbl dual snorkel engine and 727 trans in a 69 dodge polara, it slipped right in added dual exhaust with flow masters, and it smoked the tires in all ways from sunday , i soon twisted the old drive shaft up and had to up grade that , wish i had that today, but life happens.

other mopars i have had
74 ply satelite 360
73 ply seabring 318
68 coronet 383
68 barracuda 318
66 barracuda 225
cars i have now
68 polara 500 383
66 coronet 440

need to sell some parts 66-318 eng/trans complete/65 383 eng complete

02-27-2007, 09:04 PM
First mopar was my 72 barracuda i bought when i was 17. :D had two more since then

74charger SE
03-02-2007, 08:04 PM
What was your first MOPAR and why are you still hooked??

I was a ford fan until around 1980 while cruzing around town,a 73 charger a class mate of mine had, pulled up to the stop sign. It was night and the charger was dark green matalic. Right then and there i was hooked for life! In 1982, a month after i graduated high school, i found a gold matalic 74 charger that i restored, and still have today. MOPAR FOREVER!

03-04-2007, 09:16 PM
My first mopar was a 1971 Plymouth Fury right after high school, And the mopars always stuck with me ever since, They always had an appeal that was way cooler and meaner than alot of the chebbies and fords.

03-05-2007, 07:18 PM
A 1972 dodge demon slant 6 car. My dad told me i could put a big block in it if the engine blew!! Did everything short of taking the oil out! Still runs to this day! Been hooked since.

1968 Charger B5
03-06-2007, 05:10 PM
My first car was a 1975 dodge monaco 360 2 bbl. It was a sweet looking four door in my opinion and it rode like a dream. It was very comfortable and some sack to it as well for a c body. I def miss it, but I can only afford so many vehicles.

1968 Charger B5
03-06-2007, 05:11 PM
heres a pic

1968 Charger B5
03-06-2007, 05:13 PM
well the pics are too big i will resize later, heres a pic of the interior

Ray Bell
03-06-2007, 08:38 PM
No need to resize... use http://www.tinypic.com or http://imageshack.us and they will resize for you. Well, to a point, if they're 2mb files you might need to do something!

If that's the case, anyway, download Irfanview for free and use that. Simple, so simple even I can do it.

03-08-2007, 06:19 PM
First mopar was a 75 duster custom.. retired after girlfriend got smashed by a truck. man I miss her ...... the duster I mean...

03-11-2007, 03:12 AM
My first (now Mopar) 1955 Nash Metropolitan convertible, second 1949 Plymouth 4 door, Then my mother won a 1960 Valiant in a soap contest and I was hooked on slant sixes for the next 47 years. Always liked Chrysler engineering, the way Mopar spent money on engineering, not advertising like GM. And the engineering was to make better cars, not cheaper cars.
Current keepers; 69 Barracuda convertible, 42 Dodge WC47 half ton, 74 Valiant and 99 Durango.

03-11-2007, 07:04 AM
My 1st was the wife's 96 Intrepd. We got it w/ 44,000 miles on it. has been a good car for her and we had Mopar fever since.:help: I got my 93 Dak w/ low miles on it. We just recently purchased our newest. An 05 Grand Caravan SXT for the wife and kids:party:
{also w/ low miles}

03-11-2007, 12:42 PM
My First Was A 1971 Dodge Charger 500-Plum Crazy With A White Vinyl Top!It Had A 383 Magnum With A Holley 4BBL!Slap-Stick Auto-727 Torqueflite Trans.-Posi-Sure Would Launch!Speedometer Clocked For 150!You Could Bury It Back To Zero!Was A True Beauty-Ah Well!

03-12-2007, 08:06 PM
My first was a 72 Duster with a 225 slant six, 727 AT, bench seat, granny gold paint and a black vinyl top. I loved that car, should have never gotten rid of it either. I actually traded it for a 73 340 Dart but quickly realized I got the short end of the stick as the Dart had a bad front end and extreme negative camber. Blew through a set of front tires at least once a month, literally! I've owned 5 or 6 A bodies since and currently have a 65 Dart GT with a 360 transplanted into it. It's a WIP that I hope to someday complete.

My friends owned Mopars and thats what got me hooked. I love the A bodies, even though they are probably the hardest to find parts for. Mopar has become such a part of my life that all my pets are named after a Mopar product, I've got one dog named Dakota, one named Hemi and a bird named Valiant.

Mopar 4 Life!!

03-21-2007, 07:29 AM
My first was a 67 barracuda fastback, 273-4bbl, auto on floor, bronze exterior w/black interior. Awesome fun car. Lots of memories. Loved that fold down rear seat. Been hooked on mopars ever since.

03-21-2007, 01:22 PM
73 Charger SE (triple Black)...of course I'm still hooked...I'm here aren't I?

03-22-2007, 11:43 AM
My story has kind of a wierd ending to my ownership of my first Mopar. It was a 1971 short bed Power Wagon, Had a 340 out of a wrecked Duster, mated to the stock 4 speed, Had the Meyers sno plow package on it. I painted it a beautiful dark Maroon. bolted on a set of Modified stock car wheels, with 11x15 Tru Tracs, Back then people would just stare as I drove by. It was also pretty qwick for a pickup truck. Wish I still had it.

Here is where my story gets a little wierd. One day a friend and I stopped to get some lunch at the local hot dog stand, we were stitting there BS`ing, eating our lunch when some dude pulls up and comes walking over to us, Now this guy looks like something out of the movie "The night of the living dead" One fugly looking dude. We were just kids at the time, still in school, and I remember looking at my friend who had this look of horror on his face and him muttering something to the effect if the guy was going to talk to us or eat us.

Anyway, the guy ask`s if the truck is mine, and if it is for sale. I replyed some smart a.. remark about everything being for sale for the right price.

He then tells me that he has been trying to catch up to me around town to inquire about the truck. The next words he spoke really floored me, He asks if I will take 5 grand for the truck. ( I only paid 1500 bucks for the rig ) Wow, what do I do now, I really loved my truck, it was just really cool at that time, you rarely ever saw a short bed Power wagon around my part of the world. Well to make a long story short, I took the money..... Back at that time I could have bought a brand new car with that amount of cash.

Now as Paul Harvey used to say "Is the rest of the story" The guy turns out to be an American Merchant Marine, (Looks like he was dragged up from Davey Jones Locker ) who at the time lived in of all places Saudi Arabia. Yup the guy ships the truck with the sno plow to the desert. He claimed he could sell the rig over there for 3 times the money.....who knows, maybe he did.

I know I wished I had kept the old truck, I have owned probably 20 mopars since, 3 Dodges in the driveway or the garage right now, plus I currently have 9 Jeeps sitting at home. My kids have all caught the bug, they have Mopars in their driveway also.

Sorry for the loooong post guys.

03-22-2007, 12:55 PM
A bondo filled 1970 SuperBee I got from my old man. He restored a rustfree one, this one came in the deal as a parts car. I purchsed a 77 gran Fury cop 440 for $75.00 my dads friend gave me free headers and header mufflers. I rebult an old Holley that was lying around, trans came out of a 74 imperial, put in a shift kit, I can't rember where the 3.23 posi came from, bolted on some old traction bars, and flipped the white walls to the inside and she was ready to go. I was 17 and was that fun. My favorite car I've ever owned by far! Someone painted it bright green, had dark green interior w/buckets and console. Did too many burnouts to count that summer, untill I got nailed at 55 mph in the pass side quarter, by a dodge omni!
Totaled it. I still have it though. Used quite a few parts on my 70 Coronet 500. But nothing else I've had since has been as cool as that car. You never know, maybe I'll get the cash and fixer up someday.

Ray Bell
03-22-2007, 04:49 PM
Originally posted by nevadapete
My first (now Mopar) 1955 Nash Metropolitan convertible, second 1949 Plymouth 4 door, Then my mother won a 1960 Valiant in a soap contest and I was hooked on slant sixes for the next 47 years. Always liked Chrysler engineering, the way Mopar spent money on engineering, not advertising like GM. And the engineering was to make better cars, not cheaper cars.....

Of course, their intent all along was to make money, but I hear you... make money by making better cars that would sell because people learned that they hung in there better...

That Nash Metropolitan, though. You really wouldn't admit to that, would you?

Conceived by Kelvinator, engineered by Austin, styled by someone who had a definite problem. Not a lot going for it!

On the other hand, I recently had a bit of an acquaintance with a Nash Statesman of the same era, it was a nice car.

03-22-2007, 07:09 PM
First Mopar was a 1970 340 duster
2nd was a 70 coronet 440
3rd was a 66 sattelite /383
then had 3 1970 satellites all w/318s
last one before leaving mopar was a 1970 roadrunner
After the demise of the RR, went to a 69 chevelle

a few years adrift now have a 74 dart swinger. just did a slant/360 swap

03-23-2007, 09:53 AM
It was a dark... dark green 1969 Valiant... a four door... looked like a Narc Car.
Then late one night... a dark and foggy night... some drunk drove by at about 65 miles an hour in a Caddy... a big black Caddy... he nearly missed my dark green Valiant... but he didn't... He Nicked it!!!

jason g
03-27-2007, 09:46 PM
I thought I posted this, but I don't see it?

1976 Chrysler Cordoba, 400cu inch with a thermobog

jason g
03-27-2007, 09:47 PM
I gave it to my nephew, then I got it back from them, this week I gave it back to him, he has an extra 413 laying around.

03-31-2007, 07:49 AM
1962 Newport 361-2, my Dad's old car. Bought it from him when I was 16. Now I'm driving a 2002 Intrepid R/T, which I've "modified" over the past three years so the drive-train is up to 300M Special standards and then some. :)

In 1998 I had a mid-life crisis and bought my dream car of youth, a 1972 Road Runner GTX - Torred w/reflective black strobes down the C-pillar. I'm still building her - she was in pretty bad shape when I got her home and it's taken lots of $$$ just to get this far. But I want to do it right since I'll probably own her 'til I can't drive anymore, at which point one of my grandsons will inherit her.

Why did I stick w/Mopar all these years? That's easy - nothing beats a Mopar but another Mopar ...! :D

03-31-2007, 11:40 PM
Mine was a '71 Challenger RT 383 Magnum which I bought for $1000 in high school in '76. I drove the snot out of it. It was Tan Poly (now I know that was a rather rare color) with brown interior, black vinyl top and stripes. EVERYBODY loved that car. I remember 131 mph, 6200 rpm and Ted Nugent. Now I have a 73 Rallye with an SB, and I'm loving it. Good car, low miles, clean. It's good to be back in a real Mopar.

03-31-2007, 11:51 PM
Aaahhh, those good old days... :) My first Mopar was a '73 Charger (SE Brougham)- it was found sitting mostly buried behind a dumpster at a local junk yard. Flatbedded it home, and it sat in various driveways for a number of years before finances dictated the sale of the old beast. It never saw the road or had an interior. In fact, the only reason it was all one color is that at one point it was lightly coated with flat black spray paint. I loved that car- firing it up in the garage would make your ears bleed :D I still maintain that I will own one again someday... one that I will actually get to drive.

04-02-2007, 06:53 PM
78 Cordoba started it all for me!

04-08-2007, 09:51 AM
I got a 1976 Power Wagon from father in-law. 318 constant 4 wheel drive, dual tanks. that beast never let me get stuck in the great white north.

Magnum Dartman
04-13-2007, 10:53 AM
My first is a '88 Dodge Daytona turbo, it was a fun car... I now have a '73 Dart Swinger that had a 408 built from the previous owner, after burning up a piston I have gone a different route and I am now swaping in a Magnum motor.

04-14-2007, 05:20 PM
I was given my dads hunting car,61 dodge pioneer slant six,hated it went through 3 transmission rebuilds while my father learned how to build autos,then my grandma gave me her 64 bacaruda with 273,first accident I wrecked and my dad gave it to my sister and made me buy 71 newport 383 2bbl,I seized it about two years later because it was 3 qts low on oil and 1gal low on water,can you say live and learn,I also owned 3 66 chevy gmc era trucks along this time but when sold the last of them gave all chevy related parts up and have never made that mistake since,have owned three 440 chrysler newyorkers 74,76 broughm,75 dodge power wagon,70 challenger drag car,never drove,thats a long story,but truly never have regretted my mopar heritage,when I was 16 taking my drivers test it was behind the wheel of a 65 fury III wagonwith 383 fourspeed,my father ordered from factory as such and was probly one of one,my brother finally located it and a junkyard had crushed it about 2 weeks earlier,the guy told my brother he still had engine and trans in his yard truck,my father wouldn`t let me buy it when he traded it in and I was just living and not knowing that that car would be worth lots.Oh well I still have my baby I purchased in 1988,69 1/2 six pack bee with auto,91 dakota,96 intrepid,this was my first post and I have 35 mopar years wrapped up in this windy post but gad to bee here and will help with carbs or whatever knowlege of years working on my own vehicles and try to keep this hobby going thru some more generations......:D

04-15-2007, 08:03 PM
as i grew up in middle 70s my first mopar was a 69 charger 440 auto sure grip from there i went to a 69 road runner 440 4-speed traded that for a 71 cuda plum crazy 440 4-speed sold that car bummer for me but at that time mopars were plenty so i found a 440-dart and a 440 duster from this local racer who sold them to me for a song like 1500 a-piece traded the duster for a 66-gto big-block 4-speed ok i had a brain fart but the goat was in nice shape plus my girlfriend/wife now liked it all are gone now but 4-years ago came across a 68 coronet r/t at an estate sale basket case but got the heat on again so im back and not selling or tradeing my r/t it stays with the kids/family forever

04-19-2007, 11:36 PM
My first was a 72 'Cuda 340 that I bought from a friend in high school for 1500$. It sat behind my sisters barn for 10 years and then my dad sold it to some guy for 1000$ 2 years ago. That guy is probably still laughing. After my dad told me what he did I gave him the title to give to the guy. Ahh what a loss. My new car is a 72 Roadrunner clone. I could have used so many parts off that car!

04-25-2007, 12:02 AM
I had a 79 plymouth trailduster. was a fun truck, took the top off and had a ball with my friends until a woman T boned it with her honda going about 60mph. She bent the right front fender and shattered the mag wheel as well as bent the frame. It was probably fixable, but being a teenager, I had no money to do so. That honda looked like it hit a brick wall though :P, the engine was pushed up against the firewall and the transmission had come up through the floor :). I felt bad for both of us, but at least my plymouth hit that honda back hard :)

Now 12 years later, I am have my second plymouth. A 1950 businessman's coupe. :) This one is going to be taken much better care of.

04-26-2007, 12:28 PM
my first mopar was a 440 challenger...i love the thing

66 phoenix
04-26-2007, 08:19 PM
My first Mopar was is and is a 66 dodge phoenix/66plymouth fury c body.Well i think it is any way.I have always wanted this model Mopar don't ask me why cause i could'nt tell you.At this point in time it has a 318/904 combo.But hopefully not for long

Ray Bell
04-26-2007, 10:16 PM
318/727, surely? We must get together some time...

You do need a 4-speed for that mother, don't you?

0409 063 662 will get me, I'm at Burpengary now.

66 phoenix
04-27-2007, 12:41 AM
I must be getting old in my young age cause i reckon im going to enjoy not swapping cogs every 30 second!
I will give you a call sometime Ray,might even catch up at the big fish ,you never know.wont be tonite though .other things on plus im told on good authotity that it going to rain

Ray Bell
04-27-2007, 03:12 AM
No need to go fishing... I get up to Caloundra fairly often when I'm in town...

You wouldn't like a nice overdrive to save some fuel?

04-27-2007, 03:36 PM
Mine was a 1949 Plymouth sedan, faded blue in color with a FLATHEAD 6 in it that I learned the hard way that you could not rap it out in 1st or 2nd gear as it would flatten the crankshaft in about 10,000 miles.
I rebuilt the bottom end of that one 2 times before I learned it would not go fast in a hurry but you could run it wide open in 3rd gear all day long with no trouble.
All of this was in 1962.

Next was a 1972 Dodge 1/2 T PU 318 w727, (I got a lot of speeding tickets in that one as the speedometer was not working as the "ROTATION REVERSING DRIVE GEAR ADAPTER) was missing from the output on the transmission and I could never find one even with the help of most of the Highway Patrol Officers here in NE AZ) that one was in 1982 B4 INTERNET help to find parts.

Now I have a 1984 Chrysler LeBaron with a 2.2L? Mitsubishi engine in it and it needs a Carb but I can't afford $185 - $330 for one as I am on a disability income now so if anyone has any ideas of what can be used in place of this computer controlled Carb or of injection that can take its place PLEASE let me know. I love this convertible.
I have not been able to drive this one for about 4 years as the Carb is warped and leaking gas, a good way to have a fire.

04-28-2007, 12:17 PM
1970 Plymouth Belvedere 2 door post. When was the last time you saw one of those? 318, column auto and, of course, it was green on green! 45 Mopars later and now my boys are hooked. There's no end in sight now!

05-07-2007, 01:40 PM
hey I'm whitey, I'm new to this site. My first Mopar was my daily driver up until two weeks ago, still my baby, but down for a while for a bit of lovin. She's a '71 Duster 340 with the beautiful 4 on the floor herst and the perf. and hauling packages. She was my dad's first car and is now my first car and my pride and joy.

05-12-2007, 05:09 PM
Mine was a 74 Monoco. $150, and all I had to do was replace the gears in the rear end.....which I got for free. Turned around and sold it for $500 2 days later. Car ran like a top. 40,000 miles. I second was a 84 Duster.....piece 'o' crap...I hated the Iacoca years. But it did keep the company afloat...somewhat.

05-12-2007, 11:58 PM
73 scamp slant 6 one tuff motor i plan on getting me another one one day had it over 10 years i just had to replace 1 bbll carperator

05-14-2007, 08:30 PM
Hey guys, new to this forum, but not MOPAR...
My first one was a 71 Dart swinger with a 225/6 that had a rod knock. I tried my hardest to kill that motor, with no luck. We ended up pulling it out and swapping in a 318 with 340 heads, holly carb, 8 1/4 sure grip, and dual exhaust. I miss that car so much, I wish I never sold it!

I am currently on my 35th VW, and looking for a Mopar project (A-body, please!) and I will be ready to buy around the middle of October of this year.


05-15-2007, 06:27 PM
My family's Mopar station wagon. AHHH!! Sweet vacation memories from the late '60s and early '70s. The top-of-the-line Plymouth- a 1969 Plymouth Sport Suburban 9-passenger wagon. Was Mom's taxi for 9 GREAT years. Complete with 3rd rear-facing seat, black all-vinyl interior, big block 383 Magnum V-8, center armrest in the front seat, and, oh, yes, you can't forget the wood paneling sides. We got it in the spring of '69, right before that magical awesome summer of '69 with the moon landing, Woodstock, Chappaquiddick, the Manson murders with Helter Skelter, and Hurricane Camille. There was only one thing wrong. I NEVER got a chance to drive it because I was too DAMN young!!

05-18-2007, 03:53 PM
My first Mopar, was my 1960 Plymouth Savoy, powered by a little ole 'Slant-Six. You can see it at Ben's Car Page.com.

05-18-2007, 05:41 PM
My 1st Mopar was in 1970, a 1963 Plymouth Savoy, with the 318 Poly and a pushbutton auto. I loved the car, but foolishly traded it. Since then I've had a lot more Mopars. My current one is a 1963 Dodge 2 door hardtop; it's a project car.

05-18-2007, 06:03 PM
I'm just trying hard these days to make it another 47 years with my 60.

My 1st Mopar was in 1970, a 1963 Plymouth Savoy, with the 318 Poly and a pushbutton auto. I loved the car, but foolishly traded it. Since then I've had a lot more Mopars. My current one is a 1963 Dodge 2 door hardtop; it's a project car.

Dirt Track Dodge
05-18-2007, 06:22 PM
67 Barracuda Formula S, 273 4bbl , 904 and 7-1\4 Bright Blue Poly

Bought it 250.00 bucks in 76 , I was 16 years old.

Put 340 in it , in 77, blew spider gears a couple of times.

8-3/4 in it , bracket raced it.

Tried SS/JA, cost a lot............... tubbed it, Dana 60, 4-speed..... now I have fun beating the hell out of it on the street.

05-18-2007, 07:03 PM
Wouldn't want to count how many times I managed to blow up the Trans in that 60, until I finally learned to take it easier on that car.

67 Barracuda Formula S, 273 4bbl , 904 and 7-1\4 Bright Blue Poly

Bought it 250.00 bucks in 76 , I was 16 years old.

Put 340 in it , in 77, blew spider gears a couple of times.

8-3/4 in it , bracket raced it.

Tried SS/JA, cost a lot............... tubbed it, Dana 60, 4-speed..... now I have fun beating the hell out of it on the street.

05-18-2007, 09:59 PM
My first mopar was a 67 barracuda notch back with a big wapping 198 ci slant six, and a slap sick consule shift . went every were in that car . used to go camping and sleep in it because I didnt have a tent. my buddies nick named it the wreckabego. boy did it get good gas milage .I traded it in off a 340 dart in 74 and my buddy ended up buying it off the car lot for 400 bucks but he just wasnt mopar material ,he showed up at my house 2 months later with a 74 camaro z28 .he got 50 bucks for the cuda on a trade. I went to the lot to buy the cuda back but believe it or not they had already sold it . to a guy I worked with , he had the car for another 10 yrs. the only good thing is my dart kicked the camaro's ass every time we raced. since then I have had so many mopars I have lost count . every one has been great. and as for my budy ,he still wears a Bow Tie and has learned to like 2nd place .....Peter C

05-26-2007, 01:47 AM
First Mopar was/is an '04 Neon SXT. I use it as a daily driver to and from work. Couldn't ask for a more solid 4 banger really.

But the fun is the '77 Aspen I just picked up in a trade from my sister in law.

The body is pretty banged up and bent a bit from a fender bender she was in but the LA 360 solid and there are a lot of new parts already on it so that saves a lot of money. So far all I've had to buy is new spark plugs and that took care of the engine running. I need to smooth out its idle so that's on the list for tomorrow. Also have to get the trunk re-keyed because the lock is somehow not responding to the key anymore.

I've got some plans for it but... being married, having 1 son, and still in college, it's going to be slow going.

NZ 440R/T
06-01-2007, 12:35 PM
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

06-02-2007, 05:39 AM
72 charger 318

06-06-2007, 02:37 PM
my first was a 1967 belvedere 2 door hardtop. 318/727/ 8 3/4 with 2:73's I think. It is an A/C car! that really worked! My friends in high school called it the lead sled. I loved the way this car rode, and that 318 never let me down no matter how hard I tried to kill it. I loved this car so much I tore it apart at 106K to 'redo' it. A marrige stopped the redo but I am thinking of rekindling that old flame. new wife and vastly improved income make things a little different this time. I hope I can redo her right. I have owned several new cars since and none drive the way that one did. The main thing is personality. That old car had it in abundance. I have had cars that cost up to 40K and they still dont have the smile factor that that car induced. First love? perhaps. Good ole fashion enginering? maybe. A combo of both? most likely, but I miss it what ever it is.

06-17-2007, 05:26 PM
My first was a 1969 Dodge Charger. It was white with a fresh 383/727 and 3:91's. I was looking for my first car when a friend told me about the Charger. I wasn't familiar with them and didn't know what it even looked like. He said "it was the Dukes of Hazard car". I said OK, let's take a look at it. It was early March 1982. There was still snow on the ground. The owner comes out and brushes the snow off the grill with a broom, breaking a couple of the fins in the process. I didn’t even have my license yet but took it for a drive anyway. The sound of the headers, glasspacks and duals I still remember to this day. I was HOOKED from then on. I kept the car for 15 years. It went from white to Plum Crazy, 383 to 440 six pack, 727 to 4 speed when I sold her in 1997.

I’ve had many Mopars muscle cars over the years, as well as Ford and GM. There will never be another car like your first! I learned to drive with it. Went to my first “parentless” drive-in with her. My picked up my first real date with her. Nothing can replace those memor

06-18-2007, 03:20 PM
1971 Satellite Sebring purchased when I was 15 from my aunt in 1977 for $800. 383, automatic, bench seat, light metallic blue. Paint was in bad shape and when compounding didn't help, had it repainted. I drove it for a couple of years and stupidly sold it to buy a guitar.

06-18-2007, 04:49 PM
My brother's first car was a 1968 Plymouth Sport Fury III Fast Top in the mid '70s. It was pale yellow with a funky green top and a 383. It was a nice car until he wrapped it around a telephone pole.

06-19-2007, 12:40 PM
Here's a pic of my Satellite mentioned above. I wish I'd had a better camera back then.

06-21-2007, 09:56 PM
mine was a 44 1967 coronet.i bought it when i 15 which was only a few months ago but it was a complete rotbox the seat was heldwon my a rig that u connected to the doors once u got in otherwise when u stomped on it u flew into the back seat.it was a beastly motor though.it died in the trails though blew one of the valve overs off and ripped the oil pan off on a 6 foot drop which i didnt know was coming broken nose and 2 missing teeth lol that was a fun day though and a great car kinda.now i have 72 swinger with a 225 soon to get the right size 4 bbl thanks to this site and also a cam

06-22-2007, 03:19 PM
63' Valiant which I couldn't kill no matter how hard I tried!!

06-26-2007, 10:38 AM
1967 chrysler 300 with a 383 i think . i know it used a bit of oil and one day i drove it to the point of no return . i made it to infrount of my house with a smoke trail a block long . strip the car of everything i could think of .even the light bulbs in the dash panel .called the happy hooker and that was the last i seen of it .
got the car in a swap . my 73 ford ranchero . i owed a loan on .they took over payments and i got the chrysler 300 .

06-26-2007, 10:49 AM
I'm 27, my first was given to me a year ago...

1972 Plymouth Satellite Sebring Plus, 318 - orginally a Cali car... SOLID!

I was a Buick guy before, still love them. But since the Satellite I now also own a 1988 RamCharger 318 with a 7" lift and 35" tires.

I love Mopar because they are different. That is why I liked Buick. Less people doing them. I love all cars but it can be very hard to be impressed with a Nova or an custom S-10.

06-28-2007, 10:28 PM
66 Belvedere with a 273, 3spd. stick.

06-29-2007, 09:04 PM
1970 Challenger RT/SE 440/6, 4-speed, color; Top Banana. That car was alot of fun!!!


07-04-2007, 09:16 PM
1970 Challenger RT/SE 440/6, 4-speed, color; Top Banana. That car was alot of fun!!!


Why does the Big Block section say "NEVER" and I am not allowed to post anywhere else? I would like to talk Big Block, I'm building a 540" stroker.


07-05-2007, 02:22 AM
First car that I actually owned was a 95 Chrysler Sebring (everyone starts somewhere). Such a fun car. Before that, dad had picked up a 69 Charger R/T that my bro and I are restoring with friends right now. Watch for updates.

07-09-2007, 10:38 AM
Mine was a 1936 Dodge Cp. I was 15 and worked hard to buy it and since then, I have had several MOPARS and still do. I now have a '36 Dodge RS cp, 2 - '35 Chrysler Airstreams, a '30 Dodge DC8, a '31 Dodge DC8, a '67 Plymouth Fury III Convert., a '67 Sport Fury and a couple newer Ram trucks. Still love my MOPARS. bc

Ray Bell
07-11-2007, 11:48 PM
Pictures... where are the pictures?

Especially of those Airstreams...

07-12-2007, 01:51 AM
I was in Detriot working for a Pontiac Dealer as a mech in 73. Bought a 68 Polara 2 dr w/318 from the dealer. It came with 5 year/50,000 mile warranty. My car was 3 months out of warranty with 53,000 miles. Drove great, over 20 mpg on the highway, and a 16 oz beer would fit snuggly between the upper and lower padded dash.
Hey, I was young and party was the name.

07-14-2007, 06:14 PM
First mopar was in 1979, just got my license and paid $100 for a rusted 1969 Plymouth Fury 318 4 door, big as a boat. Basically an indestructible car for a 16 year old! used it for a year or two, and sold it to a friend for $25. Bought the same car back from him for the next winter for $25! Have owned a 68 Barracuda Formula S, and currently own a 69 383 4-speed Roadrunner.

07-14-2007, 08:52 PM
A 1972 Demon 318/Auto Lime Green with plaid interior.............Later repainted to Dark Metallic Green with Black Interior.

Got totaled when I fell asleep ate the wheel....that's a whole other story.

Pie Eye
07-14-2007, 10:32 PM
My first Mopar was a 67 barracuda.Loved it-- Have owned several barracuda's and cuda's GTX-road runner-valiant-dart-belvedere various dodge vans-trucks-boats.I have been away a long time. My best friend/brother in May 2006 purchased a STRAIGHT in black 64 valaint signet 200 with a 318/360 heads. Looks great runs like oh well. he got me into it then had an unexpected accident and died June 2006. Left wife and 13-14 year old girls. I have just now taken possetion of the car to put on disc brakes finish the car as a streeter for the girls. It was the last thing they saw thier dad excited with so I am instilling the fire finishing the car for them-thier first car-MOPAR! Goin Goin gone ^\'*V*'/^

07-15-2007, 07:29 PM
Hi there, this is my first post, so I can tell you a little about my fascination with Mopars.

My first car was a '69 Sport Satellite, originally with a 318/904. It was fun, but being a 17 yr old kid, the tranny didn't last too long. So I found a good deal on a 383/727 and swapped it out. Fun times ahead.

I've also had a '71 Barracuda with a 340, cammed out and hard to keep straight. A '76 Charger with a 360. A '73 Fury with a 318. A highly modified '69 New Yorker that was shortened, chopped and channeled with a 440. You actually sat in the back seat to drive, as the center of the car was cut out. Talk about power to weight ratio. I've owned a '81 Horizon, what a piece of crap that was. And being a plumber, I had a one ton cube van with a 318. There's one he!! of a story to go along with that ride, but I'll save that for another time.

I'm now the proud owner of a 1965 Dodge Dart 270 with a 273/300hp small block. She's an LA car, no rust, all original steel. I'd post a pic, but it seems my post count isn't high enough yet. If someone wants to see it, I can email one to them and they can post it for me.

Happy Moparing.

07-16-2007, 02:25 PM
my first mopar was 1995 dodge pu 1500 4x4 swb. Still have it runs great and climbs like a goat.

Second mopar was 1966 charger 383 4bbl. it is a work in progress.

07-20-2007, 09:00 PM
My first Mopar was back around 1991.
It was a Red 1971 Challenger
318, slap stick car.. I still miss it.
That is the car I waish I had back the most

07-21-2007, 12:44 AM
Gee, I must be old as dirt. My first Mopar was a 1956 Plymouth Station Wagon. Flathead six and three on the tree. Cost me all of $50.

07-21-2007, 01:49 AM
your flathead 6 gave 20 mpg, but that wasn't important then was it.

07-23-2007, 10:09 AM
First Post here. My first Mopar is a 1970 Dart with a 318. Bought in 1989 for my first car. Now, almost 20 years later, trying to get her back on the road. First thing is to re-wire it. Then, re-do the interior and then drop the motor and tranny in.

07-25-2007, 11:46 AM
my first Mopar was a pimpmobile,lol. it was a 1986 Chrysler 5th AVE with a 318 small block, leather everything, power everything, and it ran. what else can a kid starting off ask for? my econd Mopar was a 2000 Dak Sport with a 286 Small block(4.7) jeep motor with SOHC. non pushrod and fasster then the ame year R/T. 5peed man. my nest was a 2000 Dak R/T 3.92 gears and its currently running a Bill Richardson Motor. jut in cae you guys dont know off hand, his trademark i a gold block with mickey thompson valve covers.

07-27-2007, 11:11 AM
1950 Dodge Coronet

08-02-2007, 08:38 PM
My first Mopar was also my first car. In 1978 when I was a junior in high school, I got a 1972 Dart with a 318, from my grandmother. The car only had 16,000 miles on it when I bought it from her.

Grandma had good taste. The car was red, with a black vinyl top and black interior. Of course she had to have the V-8. Oh, yeah it also came from Grand Spaulding Dodge. Gram' lived right down the road from there.

I started modifying the car as soon as I got a hold of it. By 1984 I had the 318 running high 11s with a 100hp shot of nitrous. Unfortunately I blew the engine in '84 and couldn't afford to rebuild it. You see, I also moved to Arizona in 1984 and was living as a starving student. The car sat for a couple years out in the Arizona sun. I ended up selling the car and getting out of the racing for a long time.

Fast forward 23 years... I've been involved with motorcycles, 4x4s, and now I've finally come full circle, back to Mopars:D

This June I picked up a 1970 Dart 340, 4 speed car, but without the 340 and 4 speed. Just a rolling chassis with a coilover / ladder bar rear suspension. The car had been setup for a 440 with fenderwell headers. I think that's the route I'm going to take too.

I've got a lot of work ahead of me before it's ready though. Right now all four floorpans are out, and the rear quarters need to be patched or replaced. I'm working on it everyday though, so progress has been steady.

Can't wait to get this thing to the track. Even though it's not my grandma's old car, it still brings back all the good memories:thumbsup:

08-02-2007, 08:42 PM
Wow... can't view attachments until 10 posts - can't add links until 25 posts...

And people think MY forum (explorerforum) is bad:eek:

It was fun posting my history, but I won't be back. I'll just continue to get my Mopar fix over at forabodiesonly.

08-03-2007, 10:16 AM
Hello to all ...
I just found and got signed up on this site ... The first Mopar I owned was a partner deal with me and a friend ... It was a 1969 Dodge Dart with a blown up small block in it which we removed and made plans to put some big block Mopar Muscle under the hood ... We were building a 440 that had been bored over .060 and stroked to 4?? inches ... We had a 6 pack set up for the car but kept checking out the swap meets for a 2-4 set up and eventually found a good one ... We started to stiffen the car up with a roll cage and had some box and tie and back half work done by Boyce Engineering back in the Chicagoland area ... We put a Dana 60 in the back with some 410 gears, had a A833 Hemi- 4 speed redone by Liberty and we took on the job of making the front end longer so it would flip around the frame when we opened it ... We couldn't take any of the frame away from the front and expect to get the "Big Block" under the hood ... We got about 1/2 done with the project and my partner needed money and wanted to sell the car so I bought him out which slowed my progress down being as I was close to out of money at that point with buying him out and all ... Make a long story short I finished the car and went on to race in the midwest (Div.3) for a number of years ... The car ran good, but nothing like it did when I went to a "Pro Built" engine from Koffel in Walled Lake, Mich ... The Dart used to trip the 60 ft lights with the back wheels and turned very respectable times in the mid to low 9's until I got serious about it ... I got a set of Indy heads, sheet metal manifold and some Dominators and put the car in the 8's on the motor and not on laughing gas ... I eventually sold the car to another Mopar guy and had to take it back for nonpayment so I gave the car with the street engine to my nephew and sold all of the "Pro Built" stuff to try and recoup some of my loses ... I built a 1968 Charger after that and now I have a 1967 Ply Belvedere 2 dr sedan with a built 440 under the hood until I can find a good 426 or 472 Street Hemi to replace it ... The car has a built up Mancini 727, 8 3/4 rear with .410 gears and weighs in at 3246#s with a half tank of gas ... Now, I go to the shows and have slowed down on the racing after all them years ... I was a 35 year member of the NHRA when I gave up racing because I didn't want to spend every weekend of the rest of my life at the Dragstrips ... I still love my Mopars and hope to have one until the day I die ...
Thanks, AZWizard ...

Steve DeTar
08-05-2007, 12:20 AM
A 67 Barracuda was my very own 1st mopar I bought and paid for, that was in 76'

08-05-2007, 11:11 AM
By the way the 1967 Ply Belvedere that I now own was born a Hemi according to the serial number, so being the purest that I am, I am obligated to put another Hemi under the hood and hopefully that will be an era correct one ... If anyone knows where I can find out how many 67 Ply Belvederes I's were made I sure would appreciate a link to it ... I was told there were less than 300 made in 1967 with a Hemi in them and if this is one of them it sure would make me a happy man ... Thx, AZWizard ...

08-07-2007, 07:40 PM
Mine was a highly optioned 68 Charger.

Power windows
8 track
Buddy seat
Charger red
Pearl white vinyl top
Pearl white interior
Light package

I had it for 9 years and got tired of such a fancy model. Now I drive a 69 Super Bee with a 440 and a stick.

68 vert coronet
08-08-2007, 03:46 AM
Oh yeah bring up memories that remind us to kick ourselves and always wonder why did I sell....Well started with a 70 barracuda 340 /557 cam/904 full manual 430 gears/ dummy I sold for 4000.00 Then there was a 1970 duster with 557/904/456 geared which I sold for $5000.00 Then there was a 1971 cuda 340 matching number engine....WHICH I SOLD for....$10,000.00 2 years ago...then came the 1969 440 superbee with 557/727 manual valve body/dana 60 with 4:10..which I sold...then the 1970 challenger 440 which I sold last year....Now I have a 1968 vert coronet with 440/727/509 cam and 391 in rear.....Yeah wish I had more money so I could keep my treasure...oh yeah forgot another duster with a crate 360 roller cam....ahhh too mild I like the body shaking 557 cam....sniff...sniff....I miss all my girls.......340/440 I better not sell what I got now.....I kick myself many times over when thinking what I had done.....

08-08-2007, 02:54 PM
My first Mopar was a 1954 Ford with a 361 Ply Golden Commando engine with 2x4b., pushbutton tranny and ply rear. It had 1956 Mercury interior, was primered on the bottom with a highly gloss black top and chrome bar grill....
It would really scoot.

08-12-2007, 08:39 PM
Was a 68 Cuda fastback with a 318 automatic. Still hooked on Mopar's cause they have always been one of the fastest cars around. Even when the body would rust down to the frame, they would still beat everything in town!! Mopar or no car!!!

08-13-2007, 01:12 AM
'74 Dart Sport with a stick, buckets and console

08-13-2007, 04:04 PM
1953 Dodge Diplomat W/Hemi,
Loved it.

08-16-2007, 11:01 PM
I just bought my first. After having bad luck with chevys and fords I was ready for something different. I got a 52 Dodge Wayfarer with a 340/727 mod that had been waiting for me since 1987. No rust but a needs a lot of work. Was hoping to get some ideas for engine/trans and body mods. Can anyone help?

Mad Fabricator 2007
08-17-2007, 04:51 PM
The one I'm about to buy. I'm hooked b/c of the styling and the power. Not to completely rule out Fords either... (go ahead and make fun of me)

Ray Bell
08-17-2007, 07:00 PM
I won't... I think your sadness is truly complete already...

08-20-2007, 04:57 PM
I had a 1970 Roadrunner in high school. Beat to death, mostly a deep ivy metallic green, but one fender was red primer when I bought it. Had a 70's 318 instead of the original 383, but the rear axle ratio was something like 4:1 so it had some kick. Lots of fun. Sold it for $300 without a motor in the early 90s.

Now I can't afford one, so I bought the yellow Satellite in my avatar. Closest thing I could afford.

08-21-2007, 02:40 AM
the joys of being young and dumb. Now you have trouble finding a good fender for $300. I know, I've got a right front fender in my yard under a tree now for a 69 Dart. And yes, I have the Dart also.

08-21-2007, 05:04 PM
Well, I'm not saying I wasn't dumb, but it didn't help that i was also poor and my parents complained about the cars in their yard alot.

I actually had a 1969 Coronet with a 383-4bbl, and a 1970 Charger (just a 318 though) as well. Sold all 3 in the early 90's.

If I had been able to save them, I could have sold all 3 for a minty authentic Roadrunner... *sigh*

MOD 50
08-22-2007, 12:09 PM
My First Mopar Was 57 Chrysler Saratoga, I was The only One in School Who Thought It was Cool. My Next Car Was A 69 Charger R/T SE. Wish I Had Them Both! Bob.

Ray Bell
08-22-2007, 06:01 PM
Those Forward Look cars with the big fins sure went out of favour quickly...

By the mid-sixties nobody wanted them. But today they're recognised in a better light.

08-22-2007, 07:03 PM
73 satellite!

08-23-2007, 09:42 PM
My 1st Mopar was a 1968 Roadrunner with a 383 4 bbl carb. 4 speed. My 2nd was a 1974 Barracuda with a 360 4 bbl 4 speed pistol grip.
I wish i had them both now.

Now i have a 1969 Satellite with a 318 4bbl auto Trans. I have owned this car since 1983.

Knight's Dart
08-24-2007, 08:56 PM
73 Dodge Dart Swinger with 3 speed on the tree

09-06-2007, 11:40 AM
1970 Dodge Dart Swinger. green,4dr. auto, with cool slotted mag style wheel covers. sure wish i could find another set of them too.

09-06-2007, 10:03 PM
My first car was a 69 440-4bbl Charger Daytona...OK, maybe it was the other extreme like a more pedestrian 70 Duster, with a /six, 3 on the tree, AM radio, no other options. I really liked the rubber floor mats and black bench seat int. It was chocolate brown. The seat had plenty of room to get into with my girlfriend, because we both pretty skinny then! Got the Duster in 1974 when I got my drivers license.

Next I had a new 74 Dart Sport, also brown with chrome racing mirrors and RWL Good Years with full wheel covers, which were later replaced with Crager SS mags. It was a 318/3 speed on the floor with a split bench seat with armrest. Pretty slick ride in that time.

Next car was an Ice Blue 70 Challenger 318/auto car, which was traded in the spring of 1976 on a cream puff 24K mile 72 Chall., also a 318-auto car with console. This one was really a sweet car-Hemi Orange with black interior and soon it had a set of ET mags with GY RWL tires. It was one of the first 72 Challenger made (built 8-2-71). It was quick enough to win races against any post 70 small block from the other camps.

I kept the 72 until 1987 (it had 42K miles on it then and was in stunning condition). In 1986 I bought one of the two Chall. R/Ts I own now. The first one was a '71 R/T (not a clone) 383, auto, 3:23 SG, an original GY3 Citroen Yella (Curious Yellow) car with a white top, R/T stripe and white int. It was ordered as a dealer demo and it was/is loaded from the factory. Its original sticker price was $5600.35. It went to American Sunroof before the factory shipped it out to the dealer, just like my 70 Challenger.

I've owned a Challenger continuously since the Fall of 1974. I dig lots of other models of Mopars, but can't have them all (at least not at one time any way). I also have a 78 LRE.

09-06-2007, 10:34 PM
My first "Mopar" was a 1985 Plymouth Reliant. Yuck...I know. Hence the quotes to even be dubbing it a Mopar. ;-) Then I had a '79 Dodge St. Regis w/318. Man I loved that boat though, and would love to have it back again. Finally I got something in the muscle car years, my '71 Scamp. Hopefully I'll get my much desired '69 Charger someday...but still keeping the Scamp as I'll never get rid of it.

09-06-2007, 11:54 PM
1967 Dodge Monaco 2dr 383 big block car.
Then went to 1970 Dodge Challenger 440.
Now that how you start loving big blocks, is to start out with one.

09-09-2007, 10:12 AM
74' Duster 225, 3spd on the floor!

09-12-2007, 12:40 AM
My first "Mopar" was a 1985 Plymouth Reliant. Yuck...I know. Hence the quotes to even be dubbing it a Mopar. ;-) Then I had a '79 Dodge St. Regis w/318. Man I loved that boat though, and would love to have it back again. Finally I got something in the muscle car years, my '71 Scamp. Hopefully I'll get my much desired '69 Charger someday...but still keeping the Scamp as I'll never get rid of it.

Rad! Keep the dream going, man, but don't sell the Scamp!

My girlfriends first car was an '81 Reliant. What a pile of crap that Mitsubishi hemi was! hahahaha... It was a very clean car, though! She drove that a bit through high school and then after I went with her to sell it to some dude who wanted the body for a 2.2 turbo swap because it was so clean, she bought a super clean '72 DeVille with a 472. This was in 1998, when gas was about $.75 per gallon for the blink of existance that it was cheap, after coming down from $1.30, where it sat for years in price.

She would go on and on about her mothers Plymouth Scamp with the 225. It was her dream car. She wanted a green plymouth Scamp like her mom's with a green interior and a green top.

While I could think of other "dream" cars coming first, there is something to be said about your girlfriends dream car being a Scamp. I thought it was rad!

So after a couple of years went by, I got word from a friend that a dealer and one of my other friends here in Denver, Wayne Maddox got a '73 Scamp in that was the same color, green vinyl top and all, only this one had a 318/904 (which, as I'm sure you know, is the only V8 plant that you could get in a Scamp from the factory).

I went down and scoped it out. It was rather tattered. The interior looked like it sat in the Vegas sun for years, if not an entire decade, but it ran strong and drove. It was also a disc brake, big bolt pattern car, being a '73. I also happen to like the front end on the '73's more, because they are a bit more slender, allthough I do like the earlier ones as well. They still use the '70 dart rear bumper, like the earlier Scamps. They changed in '74, when everything went to the 5mph impact bumpers.

We later confirmed by pulling a bunch of bags from the trunk that belonged to a Las Vegas, NV grocery store that it did live some time in the Vegas heat. It is an original Colorado car, though, with the original Litteton dealership tag on the decklid. Kind of interesting that it made it's way back to Colorado. I have no idea how many owners it's had, but I'd love to do a carfax back search on it as well as my other cars.

I bought the car for $600 in 2000 and went through everything. I pressure washed the engine, replaced the leaking seals, bent pushrods, rebuilt/ restored the carburetor, replaced the entire ignition system, threw in a new battery, rebuilt the entire front suspension and fitted the back with some new shocks. I had a set of complete 14x6 1/4" magnum 500's with the deep stainless trim rings. I got those in partial trade barter for painting a friends '69 Coronet 440 that the car got suited up with, along with a new set of 215 60 14's on all four wheels. That is how it is sitting currently.

I handed the title and the keys over to my girlfriend for her Birthday. She was beside herself, even though the interior looked a little tattered and it needed a new top and some rust work done.

As for my first car, that would be my '68 Charger. I slaved throughout high school with no car, working a minimum wage job at Checker Auto Parts. I wanted a '68 and I refused to settle for anything else, no matter how nice of a deal it seemingly was. I even passed up a '71 Demon 340 that was restored, sans the paint outside of the engine bay and door jambs for $300... Crap, if I only had the money, I'd have a Demon too. hahahaha...

After I bought the Charger, I was looking for a '72 or '73 Dodge Pickup. I managed to find the exact truck in the exact color that I wanted. I bought the truck and I am almost finished with the resto on the truck.

Allthough, I'm almost finished with it, I think when I do finish it, after putting about 2,000 miles on the engine to make sure all of the bugs are worked out, I may end up selling the truck to fund the restoration of my Charger.

On one hand, I may not sell if I can manage, but it would be so much easier to pool my resources. I don't need a truck any longer, but I absolutely love my Special Edition. It has everything. The damn thing is loaded past what I could have ever wanted. I even went through ebay for years and found a 20 year old unbuilt model kit of the '72 D100 longbed Special Edition. It's my truck down to the very last details. I think I paid about $100 for the model kit and I was going to airbrush it with some of the remaining paint from my truck, when I paint it. It's going to kill me to sell it, but if I do, I think I will have to sell it to a friend. I couldn't sell it to anyone. It would have to go to someone who would respect it and not abuse it as a workhorse or daily driver.

On the other hand, I simply cannot weigh a '72 D100 against a '68 Charger and I couldn't stand the thought of selling the Charger.

I think I got to drive my Charger once before I took it down. I can't wait to get it going again. I've been away from a lot of the car hobby for some time (2-3 years on and off), but I've managed to keep everything so far!

I think what got me interested in this hobby was the study of american sportscars out of personal interest. All of the bodystyles that I liked a lot just happened to be Mopars. I looked further into the eingineering side of the american sportscar market and after studying the engine geometry and from many testemonies from people on different ends of the Mopar hobby that I knew mutually, it seemed obvious.

If only I had jumped in when I was 12 and saw the '70 Charger R/T that was in primer for a grand that sat by my school bus stop. That was the car that first drew my attention. I was never a fan of the D of H (I'll not say the name, I hate that piece of crap hollywood excuse of a bad sitcom), but that car blew my mind.

It was the first time that I had seen one of the 2nd gen Chargers and regardless of my witnessing the car on television or other places, I didn't make the connection that those were Chargers until after I had seen that car, so to me, the first Charger that I had ever seen was in person. At least that I recognized as the car that it was.

After I started noticing chrysler products, I about flipped when I saw my first Superbird. A kid from school was regularly picked up by his dad in many a muscle car. Once every so often, his dad would pick him up in a go-mango orange Superbird. I knew by the decals and rallye wheels that it wasn't a custom car and that it had the feel of a restored car, but I was simply dumbfounded.

After that, every car that I had researched and fallen in love with happened to be a Mopar. Even if it was completely ambiguous, like my fascination with the lines on the Dodge Charger.

I suppose that it's only fitting that the sense of styling at Chrysler went along with superior engineering. Sometimes I hate having expensive tastes, but so far I have managed to stay ahead of the game by a few years.

I paid $2,300 for my '68 Charger in 1998. The interior looked new, it was straight, complete, wasn't missing anything and it had the original 318/904 that had a 340 cam, Carter AVS and dual exhaust that someone modded it with. Not bad for a first car!

Damnit. Now I really want to get things rolling with my car. I hate having obligations. I should be well on my way by this winter, though.

09-12-2007, 10:25 PM
Sounds like you got plans. Just stick to them. I bought my Scamp when I was 19, puttered with it and drove it around for about 2-3 years, then it sat in storage for about 7 years or so, then it's been in the garage in various parts for the last couple years. It's back together now, with a new front suspension and other stuff, but I gotta get it tuned up and a front alignment done.

The Charger sounds like a really good deal. It's hard to find those 2nd gen for reasonable prices, no matter what powerplant is or was in them. Those are my favorite gen, but ironically my father had a 1st and 3rd gen, and I remember the 3rd gen quite well as we had it in the family for years. I like those too though. Heck any classic Mopar I'd like.

Ray Bell
09-13-2007, 05:53 PM
TrashedCharger... don't sacrifice the truck for the Charger! If it means it will take longer to get the Charger done, that shouldn't be a worry. You will simply appreciate both of them more.

The main thing is to not take on any additional 'dreams' until the Charger is complete.

09-14-2007, 05:25 PM
I'm glad to hear that your Scamp is back together! I hope you didn't fight the lower control arm bushings. The best way to deal with those is to torch the rubber out. If you have to replace the outer shells and can't use poly bushing inserts, it's better to use a saws-all and cut the shells down the middle from the inside out and roll them in on themselves. I'd love to see some pics of your car sometime.

I love the Plymouth Scamp. They are quite rare and most people don't even know what they are, but are still super easy to get parts for, which makes them a great candidate for a driver. That's everything you could ask for in a classic car. They are a bit more ratty than a Dart or a Duster, which kind of adds to their attitude. Nothing but gnarly if you have one that runs quick. Especially with a hotrodded six. I love how the slant six sounds when it's exhaust scavanges through headders and a freely breathing muffler, but I'm not going to complain about our 318 car. Our Scamp is next on the list. My girlfriend Lauren is going to start restoring that car soon, while I'm working on my truck.

I hear you, Ray. I think I would cry if I had to sell my truck. You never see the Special Editions restored. Sometimes hotrodded and de-trimmed, but I'm even going to put the woodgrain back on this thing. I'll do whatever I can to keep the truck and the car. This truck is very rare, because of it's option list and spring special color. I would have been happier with less, but it's everything and more that I could have wanted in a truck.

I found the truck by accident, after looking for a 2wd '72 or '73 (at the time I wasn't sure which year they started that body, but I wanted to go for a first year) for six months.

We were on our way home after looking for cross streets that didn't exist, from a radio station April fools day prank. We made plans to get the day off to attend a free concert. It was very odd. Lauren found the show online. This was in March of 2000. Of the many times we would go see shows, we had never attended a free surprise guest concert and thought it would be interesting to go to this one that was advertised online (and on the air).

We didn't listen to the radio much, either, because it didn't suit our taste in music, but we were listening to the broadcast as we were driving, looking for something that couldn't be found.

After they announced that the special guest was U2 (hardy har har) and I heared one of the people in the audience say a part of a sentence twice, I put two and two together with the date and we came to the conclusion that we wasted a half a tank of gas and had nothing to show for our requested day off of work. Boy, were we pissed. A lot of people called the radio station with the same story and they actually had to put out a public appology. Appearantly, two people got in a head on collision because of the radio station and it was on the news. We later found out that the DOT had the FCC to state that Clear Channel broadcasting could no longer use the air waves for pranks that involved any kind of transportation. I think the station was fined as well.

So, because we were way out of our way, we went down some streets that we usually don't go down, on our way home. Then, I see this truck that is unbelievably clean and straight in someones dirt driveway. I about broke my neck and Lauren did too. We stopped, backed up and I got out to scope this thing out.

It didn't have a tailgate and it had a few extra holes in the top side of the bed and in the doors, which later came to explanation when we found out that a camper used to live on the truck for the majority of it's life.

I approached the truck and after oogling at the high trim package and the dead straight body (so straight that you couldn't see any waves in the sheet metal down the side, when you gunsighted it), I looked inside and saw a perfect interior. Even the glove box door and steering wheel are uncracked. Then, I looked at the seat and saw a for sale sign, laying on the seat that had once been taped to the glass. I was extatic.

After I talked with the owner, who bought the truck at a police auction to haul stuff to the dump, he said that it did have a camper on it, that he removed. This reminded him to go into his garage and get the tailgate, which looked like it had never seen a drop of rain in it's life. It even had the cursive die cast Dodge badge that was on top of the woodgrain decal, that filled the center of the tailgate trim (which will be going back on). I removed the badge, because of horror stories I had heared from people losing adhesive attached die cast badges from the 3rd gen chargers that got them on the doors, etc.

Also, because the truck was a camper vehicle, in spite of the holes drilled in the doors for the extra mirrors that they put on the truck around the sport mirrors, they also outfitted the rear with air shocks that they kept up over the years. When I took the air shocks off, the leaf springs didn't budge. They are as good as the day that they rolled off the line.

The only other thing that the truck was missing were the original 15" hubcaps. I later found a set of 15x7" police rallye wheels that have the 1.5x thicker centers for $100. Whatever they came off of was a '72 as well, because they have the dates stamped on the back side of the centers. I thought that was cool. The guy at the wheel shop that I bought them from stopped me on my way out the door and handed over a perfect set of the matching brushed stainless holeshot dog dish caps. The wheels are going on the truck and will be painted the spring special blue that the top half of the truck is. The roof and under the side trim are going back to white.

About two years ago, I was up at Bandimere Speedway at the Mopar at Thunder Mountain event (show/ swap meet/ drag racing/ bla bla) and somehow, I managed to get a set of polished stainless Dodge redline dog dish caps for $20. I think originally, the SE badges had black paint in them, but I used the same red that I used to restore the redline paint on the hubcaps with, after I buffed them on my grinder with some metal polish rouge. Every piece of trim on the truck has been restored and after five years, I managed to find a grille that was nice enough to restore.

There are two complaints that I have with this truck, but both are easily remedied and should be known to any other D100 enthusiasts out there;

The first is that they cut the radiator support on the first year (of this body) for A/C. I wasn't too happy about that, because they cut the center support and the hood striker beat the radiator support and original grille to death. I almost wish that it didn't have A/C, even though it's going back on the original 360, because of that. It took me five years to find a radiator support that wasn't rusted or cut from A/C, because they don't make them anymore.

The first year trucks didn't have this support beam spot welded across the bottom of the radiator support and the thing would have been immaculate if they didn't cut the center vertical support for the A/C condenser. All of the later ones have this stupid support beam welded to them that goes along the bottom and up the middle, which trapped tons of dirt and caused them all to rust out eventually. I'm willing to bet that this sort of recall was caused from the many people complaining about hood latch adjustment and grilles fracturing. All having nothing to do with the design of the radiator support, except on the A/C vehicles that they cut the original designed support out of. Perfect example of marketting statistics in recall designs.

There was nothing wrong with them to begin with, but because the numbers show the failed parts, they fix something that didn't need to be fixed. If they would have just put the A/C condenser behind radiator support and made a wider radiator bracket to fit the radiator behind the A/C condenser, they wouldn't have had to cut the support to fit it. All I did was put 1" spacers in place between the support and radiator with longer bolts and shortened my fan extension 1". There is plenty of room in there.

I did eventually find one that had no extra support from a '72, but I ended up using my original radiator support for parts and had to drill apart some spot welds, because the one that I restored had some minor collision on the top side, so I took the upper tie bar from my original to replace the bent one.

The other complaint, that really doesn't have to do with engineering is that they used the later C body rotors on these first year trucks that had IFS. Along with the new body, the 2wd trucks had IFS for the first time ever. As you know, everything went relatively universal for all of the disc brake cars in '73. The trucks had the same shape of spindles cast onto the truck steering knuckles and used the same rotors as the cars in '73, but not yet in '72.

There is absolutely no problem with the brakes on my truck, but the rotors, just as the '70-'72 C bodys, have to be special ordered (and can't be from run of the mill parts suppliers) and they cost me $100-$120 a piece, versus $35 a piece for a '73 and up, because of the difference in parts. I have debated putting '73 steering knuckles on my truck, which are the same knucle with a different spindle and bolt up, but the '72 knuckles are already restored and powdercoated. I guess there is something to be said about it being all original, but I could almost care less when it comes to brake parts. The pads are still available anywhere (oddly) and cheap.

So I really don't care much. My rotors are fine and don't even need turned, but they will eventually. Otherwise it's $250 in parts or a knucle/ rotor/ caliper swap. There is a bearing that I can use to fit the '73 hub diameter on the '72 spindle, except that the spindles on the '72 are longer and the hub won't allow the bearing to align with where it's supposed to on the spindle. Each bearing fits individually, but the entire unit with the hub/rotor will not work. So, it's parts replacement or live/ deal with expensive stuff. I'm not at a point where I need to replace them, so I'll live with it for now.

The blue on the truck is quite rare. I've never seen it on another truck or even a car. After finding the fender tag (which is a sticker on my truck) down in the wheel well/ dog leg of the fender, I discovered that it was a spring special color and not too many were made. I'm going to have to match the color myself. Nobody has a formula for basecoat/clearcoat and I can't find anyone who can get the old PPG Ditzler code to convert to Basecoat Clearcoat. I know I can match it myself. The truck has a white headliner board in the blue interior. I've only seen one other truck with that option, but when I pulled it down, I saw the paint that was underneath it was absolutely mint, so I have a beautiful example of the original color to match to. The headliner is still perfect and will go back in place, when I'm done putting the new weatherstripping in everything.

The only other thing that isn't going back on is the original rear step bumper. I'm going to use the chrome bumber (commonly used on the ramchargers and plymouth trail dusters, etc.) because it will match the front much nicer.

I can't wait to see this truck done, because I have never seen one restored and this one is quite a rare example on it's own in any condition. I've seen plenty of Chevy C10 2wd's restored, but never '72-'80 D100. I've seen plenty of customs, but never any that were cosmetically restored back to original.

I have everything done, except for the reassembly of the engine and new exhaust and what little my interior needs. I actually bought some brush finished 2.5" stainless steel tubing for the exhaust along with some stainless 2.5" mandrel bends that I was going to butt weld and use for the exhaust with my warlock mufflers, but after coming to my senses, I think I may save the 2.5" stainless for the Charger and just get some nice 2.5" aluminized pipe for the truck for the full exhaust.

I may make a roll pan for the back and either use turndowns or go through the roll pan with some cuda tips and ditch the rear bumper all together, but I'm still not sure at this point. I do like the look and functionality of the rear chrome bumper. I hate to think of what could happen to a vehicle with no rear bumper.

I'm also going to retrofit an extra bulb in the cargo light on the back of the cab roof with a red third brake light bulb, so it doubles as a third brake light, when I'm not using the cargo lamp. I also bought a new set of '76 clear front turn signal light assemblies with the amber bulbs to clean up the front a bit more. After finding a grille that was perfect, I had to get new lenses and after seeing the clear one year '76 lenses, I had to have them. I'd like to find a clear side marker that I could use an amber bulb in for the front side markers, but they don't look bad as is.

Once my friend has his lift up and running, I'll continue to assemble the truck, but for the mean time, I have to continue selling off parts to make more room in my garage to work on these vehicles. hahaha...

My friend has a '74 duster that has absolutely no rust and no dents in the body. It's in bare metal and he wants to give it to me, but I have to wait until I get something else finished.

I am debating restoring the Duster and selling it to fund the Charger. I have everything for the Duster, but the car isn't here. My brother likes the Duster, though, so he may end up with it.

Too many cars and not enough time!

09-17-2007, 10:12 PM
Hi All, new tho the site and glad to be here.

My first was a lime green 1973 Chrysler Town and COuntry Wagon with deep walnut wood paneling, dark green interior and a 440...50 dollar car, but that was the beginning.....love it !


09-18-2007, 12:16 PM
My first Mopar was a 1971 Challenger back around 1993 or so..
Red with the scooped hood, black interior.. it was a 318 with a slap stick..
I really wish I had that car back :(

09-18-2007, 02:00 PM
1968 Hemi Roadrunner 2nd one delivered to Boston Zone.

09-19-2007, 06:22 AM
'70 Challenger (318/904) in High school that my Mother bought new. Then a '68 Charger (R/T -440/727) bought in college and sold before I got a chance to mess with it.

Been messing with the '80s Shelby dodges for a few years, and just bought a '65 polara.

09-22-2007, 05:02 PM
1930's vintage Power Wagon. In the early 60's.
Belonged to Ethiopian Airlines, and was rigged like what you see in old Stewart Granger African safari movies, with 'U' shaped cut out doors and a wooden body.
We used it on a couple safaris.

Ray Bell
09-22-2007, 05:43 PM
Something tells me you weren't living in Caleefornia at the time, Shatto?

09-22-2007, 05:50 PM
there be a few out there , neat vexhicle though shatto

10-03-2007, 03:00 PM
My first Mopar is a 66 Plymouth Satellite Convertible. I am in the process of restoring it at this time. I am currently doing rust repair on the panels and have a 440 engine at the machine shop getting prepped. I have always been a Chevy man and this will be my first Mopar experience.

10-04-2007, 02:30 PM
My first MOPAR I owned was a 1973 Challenger, ( I needed the A/C and my VW didn't have it.) I pais $1800.00 in 1983 for it. Was a fine car, and I traded it on a Dakota, in 1999. Had over 250,000 miles on it, original 318.
HEY, I should have kept it, but it was divorce time.

The body was very straight, and 98% rust free, Wonder who owns it today???

When I was 17, I drove my cousins 69 Charger R/T 4 speed. She sold that for $500.00 !!! about 1976, but it had a rough life.

10-07-2007, 10:57 AM
my first mopar was a 72 dodge dart with a 318.i pulled the 318 and put in a 360,added 355 gears and a stall convertor.that car was followed by a 72 satellite that was a gtx clone.i have owned a bunch of trucks and a 69 charger 383 4speed that was about the rustiest car i have ever seen but still ran and drove.currently i have a 69 charger r/t that we have owned for a little over 10 years now and an 87 shelby csx shadow.

10-07-2007, 11:15 AM
Just got my first car couple a months ago if yall don't remember. 1964 Dodge Dart 225 /6 Push button auto. Getting ready to go out and do the front brakes car runs great but gotta get it to stop before I drive it lol.

10-16-2007, 12:56 PM
My first was a 1948 Dodge Club Coupe for $50.00. It was in 1973, I was 13 and Dad said I could drive it as soon as it was running,(his definition of running was different than mine) I learned to repair brakes, the clutch, change oil, how a fluid drive transmission worked, and body work and paint. I tried to buy it back a few years ago, but somebody stripped the entire car of all the good parts. I had big plans for it back then, a v-8, automatic, 83/4 rear-end. Never missed a copy of Rod and Custom back then.

10-16-2007, 05:06 PM
My first car was a Mopar, 1966 Chrysler Newport 2 dr hdtp. 383 2 bbl yellow with black interior and vinyl top. I was 14 but unfortunately some kid came down the street in a Toyota pickup fishtailing on the ice and hit it so hard it turned it sideways and into the front yard. Tore the left rear quarter panel up pretty bad. Wish I could have kept it but it had to go. Now I've got a '70 Road Runner. It gets parked in the garage all the time.

10-16-2007, 08:09 PM
A highly optioned 68 Charger. Too many frills for me though (Auto, PW, buddy seat, 8 track, light package, AC, etc), and I wanted a 4 speed. So I sold it last year and bought my 69 Super Bee.

Here's a link to the Charger


Here's a link to the Bee


10-24-2007, 04:11 PM
My first Mopar (back in 1974 when I was 14) was a 64 Chrysler Newport, 4 door, 383 2bbl. pushbutton auto. It was a "cruzer" and had a lot of fun with my HS friends.

Lee Rindal

10-24-2007, 08:11 PM
I want my first MOPAR to be one of my grandpa's Darts that would be an awsome cruiser, but Im pretty sure I'm gonna be stuck with my dads 1995 Dodge Stratus. Bummer!

10-24-2007, 08:48 PM
My first was a 1969 Belvedere 4 door 318 car, 28 years ago (1979). A few years ago my wife remarked that maybe I should sell my current one, a 1970 Roadrunner. I reminded her that I was into cars 26 years ago when we met (1981) and why did she think I would stop. Her reply was that she thought I would have outgrown cars by now. So now she says I'm as mature as a 17 year old when it comes to cars. I might would sell it if I came accross a Daytona/Superbird I could afford, but if I could afford that, I would be well off enough to not sell the RR either.

10-25-2007, 12:16 PM
my first mopar was a 72 R/R with a 400 and a 4 speed. blue on blue all matching, I still have the original window sticker for it. sold her because dodge was going under and I couldn't buy any parts for it, ( didn't have the internet then) I just recently bought a 74 R/R to get back into the mopar spirit because I love cars. period. but mopar muscle,,, nuttin like it.:dude: TK

10-28-2007, 10:19 PM
Hello everyone, 1974 Plymouth Duster, son bought this car and it found its way to my house, New owner of this car, needs some minor work but overall I am happy with this car and plan on keeping it for a long time. Couple of questions, If you run a 195 thermostat what the average temp for the engine.. Also looking to buy a service manual soon but some one can they check for me does the gas/temp gauge have a fuse in common ?? Thanks

11-04-2007, 01:08 AM
First mopar was a 1980 Plymouth Caravelle 2dr, triple green with a 318/2bbl/ auto and a 3.21 suregrip rear!! Bought off the ol' man for $500.

First Real mopar muscle car was a 69 Charger, 383/2bbl/ auto. Car was hemi orange with a black vinyl roof, green bucket console interior and 400/4bbl when I bought it. Originally was EW1 white exterior with a green vinyl top and said interior. Wiped out rear quarter panel one night when I lost it on a sheet of ice.....DOOOH :shrug:

Brian H

02 Chrysler Concorde Lxi 3.5 V6/A606 auto
87 Dodge Ram 360/auto
71 300 4drht 440/auto
69 300 2drht (parts car)
68 Chrysler T/C Station Wagon 440/auto

The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.

11-05-2007, 03:06 PM
1970 Plymouth Belvedere 2 dr coupe. When was the last time you saw one of those? It was green on green 318 auto column bench seat. Bought it together with my best friend for $180.

11-10-2007, 07:10 PM
Hi all!
First Mopar was in Dec. of '70...1971 Plymouth 340 Duster, Black vinyl over Sassy Grass Green, hood pins, high performance axle package (3.91 sure-grip), Tuff wheel, 4 speed, buckets, AM radio and tuned by Ron Clark Performance Enterprises in Easton, PA. 117 mph top end, hellacious acceleration, surprising many, many big blocks and all General's 350's. Ate the Fords for breakfast, too! Sold it after I got married and the next guy had it about 6 months and "T-boned" it into a tree near Washington, NJ. Sat at Kober's Junkyard for many years...never should have gotten rid of it...because the wife (at the time) traded me in 27 years later.

Now driving a stock 1972 Dodge Demon 340 - and one of the General's glass cars (but that's just to relive Route 66 days!:dude: :dude: