love (some might say obsession) for Mopar musclecars dates back to about
1982, my senior year of high school in Massachusetts. Up the street from
a good friend was a bright yellow car, the likes of which I had never
seen before. As it turns out, it was a 73 Roadrunner, lemon twist
in color with the black strobe stripe and hood stripe. Over a
period of 6 months or so, I would take every opportunity to drive by
that car just to look at it. Then one day when I drove by, there was a
For Sale sign in the window! I couldn't believe it - my chance to
own this baby. A mere $2500 later in 1983 dollars, it was mine.
This was a 318, 3 speed manual car, but the owner gave me an A833 4 speed with it, and with the help of some friends we swapped in the 4 speed without too much difficulty. Now, at that time I really didn't know much about cars, nevermind Mopars. All I knew was I liked working on it and that I would never go back to Chevy's again. My friends were either into Mustangs or various GM products, nobody else had a Mopar. Finally, my brother Matt was bitten by the bug and bought a 72 340 Duster with a 4speed. That car was FAST.
Eventually, I saved the money to have the bodywork done and a new coat of Lemon Twist put on. It took nearly an entire winter, but when it was done, it looked fabulous! Along the way, I learned that the little 318 had 340 heads. I installed an Edelbrock manifold, headers, lots of chrome goodies and aluminum wheels. The interior was a stock black bench seat, and in great shape. I swapped the cracked dash for a mint one I found in a junkyard (those were the days!!)
At that point, I was entering local shows and usually winning 2nd place trophies (damn that 71 orange Roadrunner I was always up against). I was fully into Mopars by then and knew what they all were. I remained partial to B Bodies, although there were many E and A Bodies I look a liking to as well.
Sadly, as many of us have done, I sold my car after 11 years of ownership. I had moved to Texas and had noplace to park it. It was sitting unused at my parents house for over a year before I decided to sell it.
|Here is a picture of my first Mopar. Click for fullsize.|
|For many years, I was without a mopar. In 1998, I decided to become a "pickup man" and ordered a Ram Quadcab 1500 with the 5.2 with all the options and I chose black as the color. It was a long 6 weeks, but it finally arrived and I was driving a mopar again.|
|A picture of my 98 Ram Quadcab, after adding a Leer shell.|
many of lifes changes (getting married, having kids, moving) I remained
a Mopar musclecar fan, but didn't have the space or the financial
freedom to fulfill my desire to own one again.
Then.... my wife and I decided to move out of the congested California Bay Area into the open space of the Colorado Springs area. We bought a big house on 40 acres, and we had more garages/storage buildings than we knew what to do with.
At this point, I started looking for another 73 Roadrunner....
Click on a picture for more pics and details on that car.
|73 Roadrunner||70 Challenger R/T||70 Roadrunner||70 Superbee||72 Satellite 4spd|
|72 Barracuda||73 Barracuda||74 Cuda||70 Cuda||71 Barracuda|