This Home Page is about my hobby, OLD MUSCLE CAR RESTORATION
I'm interested in the preservation and restoration of America's Musclecars from the mid 1960's to the early 1970's....
OUR CHARGER R/T WAS ON MOTOR TREND TELEVISION ...
It was featured on theAMERICAN CLASSICS segment produced by Stu Maddux.
To see a 28.8k Realmedia stream of the show segment click on the Charger picture above..
To see a 56k Realmedia stream of the show segment click on the Charger picture below..
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If you'd like to download a short .avi clip of the burnout from the show click on the Charger below.
Many of you younger surfers may not know what muscle cars were. They were factory built high performance cars that started appearing on American streets during the mid 1960's. The popularity of automobile racing in America, both drag racing and stock car racing was just coming of age. The Detroit auto makers picked up on the ever increasing crowds that attended these events. Detroit soon discovered that as their cars won events, their automobiles showed a direct correlation with increased sales. Thus the old saying Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday came about and was especially true in the south.
This era lasted until the early 1970's when high insurance premiums, pollution requirements and the famous gas crisis came about. We will probably never see another time when this type of automobile will be produced for mass consumption as during the muscle car era. Only now are we beginning to see a comeback of true American performance cars such as the Dodge Viper which unfortunatly is priced way out of the market for most of us. Even Pontiac is back to doing television commercials reminiscent of the muscle car era for their new Ram Air Firebirds. These cars are about as close as you can get to the muscle cars of twenty five years ago. But again, these too are only in limited quantities and won't be widely seen. In 1998 Chevrolet will put out the Super Sport option for the Camaro once again, as in the old days. My bet though is that you won't see many on the streets, not like in the original muscle car era.
As you may have guessed by now, I first started to drive in the middle of the muscle car era. As a kid I played with toy cars and trucks. It was a logical progression to move to big toys when I became older. Although it's been over 25 years, Detroit factory built muscle cars have always fascinated me. Not until a couple of years ago did I, at my brother's encouragement and joint ownership, start restoring old muscle cars. Doing so allows us to turn back the clock, even if only in our minds, of this fun time in American automotive history.
I have fond memories of all the old muscle cars, from Chevelle SS 396's to Shelby Mustangs to Oldsmobile 442's. However, my brother and I just happen to be MOPAR fans. The reason we are MOPAR (Chrysler Corp.) fans is not hard to explain. If your interested in knowing, come take aLOOK and see my early car life.
Now for all of you young drivers out there who might have checked out my younger days... My brother and I were not terrors on the street. When we were in high school it never came down to street racing. What was the coolest thing was to just make people wonder how fast your car really was. Remember street racing and speeding are dangerous and stupid. We didn't do it and we're still here to remember the good old days.
Below is our current MOPAR muscle car collection. The yellow with black vinyl roof car is a 1970 matching numbers Dodge Charger R/T with a 440 Magnum, 375 HP engine. The bottom car is a 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T with the original factory 426 C.I. Hemi, 425 HP engine (not yet restored). The Charger was about three times worse off when we started restoring it as the Coronet is in this picture.
If you are interested in learning more about old car collecting and restoration a good place to start is to attend car shows of the type you are interested in. The largest annual MOPAR car show and swap meet is held in Columbus, Ohio. The Mopar Nationals has over 1,000 vendors, 2,500+ cars and 40,000 fans.
Part of the Mopar Nationals includes drag racing and car exhibitions. If you are interested in seeing a video clip I made of Bob Riggle's famous Hurst Hemi Under Glass at the 1995 Mopar Nationals, click on the picture of the 1967 Plymouth Barracuda. If you ever get a chance, go see this car that started out as an experiment in weight transfer back in 1964 by the Hurst Corp. and has been entertaining fans for over thirty years.Hurst Hemi Under Glass(2.85MB)
Note: This clip is in Apple QuickTime format (.MOV).
You may also get this video clip via FTP from ftp.liveonthenet.com, at pub/users/harry.
Our local car club...Tennessee Valley Mopar Club
One more thing!! ..... Here is one restoration "secret" I'm using that I'm more than happy to pass along for any of you who might be needing hobby car, or collector car insurance. Check out the web site forCollector Guard from the Heacock Insurance Group. They can even give you a quote over the internet on any of your collectible muscle cars.
Thanks for stopping by, I'm still working on this thing.... so check back again!!!!!!
Sketch from Mopar High Performance Magazine
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