E Body barn find....with a story

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  1. polarus

    polarus Senior Member

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    Back around 1982/83 there was a woman that drove year around in a 70 Challenger R/T B5 blue white top, white interior, white stripe. I could never track down where she lived until one day I drove down a dead end street and there it was. I looked it over, 440 SIXPACK four speed! I knocked on the door and the woman politely told me the car wasn't for sale, she took my name and number and most likely threw it in the trash, after that I lost track of the car. Fast forward to late 2018 a Mopar friend tells me his brother just purchased a barn find that he's been after for years. Yep it's the same car. Interesting side note, the car was painted when it was only a few years old, the original color? PLUM CRAZY. IMG_1837.JPG IMG_1839.JPG IMG_1849.JPG IMG_1840.JPG
     
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    And!! That’s it?? Keep going with the story :mad:
     
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    saforwardlook Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Yeah, like how could a MA car used year round still not be swiss cheese by now? Even in California, under such conditions, E bodies would be a rust bucket by now even if it was used as many as 14 years and then stored. Is the original engine still with the car? Please keep talking...........................very intriguing...............
     
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    garyh Active Member

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    What city in Mass.?
     
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    detmatt Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Yes more please. stories have a beginning, middle and end. The only thing better is if it were B5 originally. Purple has been ruined for me by all the cars that weren’t born purple being changed to it. That said if I found this car and was going to restore it I’d have to put it back to original.
     
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    Here is what I know at the moment, the car is rusty, the photo's make it look better than it is. Previous owner started to restore it, that's why the front clip is apart. The motor as well as ALOT of NOS parts haven't arrived yet. I'll update as it unfolds. The car was found in central MA., the owner doesn't want the exact location given out, he is planning to restore it to original. The story is ongoing and I type with one finger so bear with me.
     
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    Well we would sure like to know what the fender tag details are.
    fc7 is the best color on Challengers.
    I just purchased a V code fc7 challenger. Not near as nice as this one.
    Is there a build sheet?

    :popcorn::popcorn:
     
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    Much better.. lol. Thank you

    I see his point with keeping her local close to the vest. Keeps the vultures at bay. Keep us posted as she progresses. Thx
     
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    The new owner hasn't removed the seats yet, he knows where to look. He did send me a photo of the fender tag which I'll post.
     
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    I found out a little more back story, back in the 70's the car was owned by a couple, the husband has a collection of Mopars, B bodies mostly. His wife wants a Challenger but I think the husband wanted the SIX PACK. I'm told none of the cars are driven in the winter as long as they are together. Years later they get divorced, she gets the Challenger. I'm not sure how long she owned it but she did drive it year round, I remember seeing it drive by in a snow storm. When I spoke to her she told me it was her daily driver.
     
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    What a woman that must have been - driving a 6 pack Challenger in the slush even. Sounds like she was strong willed and very careful with the throttle! I can't even make my 6 pack Cuda stick very well even on dry asphalt!
     
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    Every time I saw her drive by she'd be going the speed limit (30 mph.) I'm not sure she ever opened those end carbs.:steering:
     
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    Cool story...thanks for sharing!

    Made me think of a 70 Challenger RT/SE 440/4bbl/auto, B5 with a white top and black bucket console interior I looked at when I was about 19...so around the mid 90's. Guy was asking $2K I think but I passed on it because in my infinite ignorance at the time "had too much mud in those rear quarters"...:(:BangHead:
     
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    FYI, from what I was told there was a recall on the purple cars due to peeling paint, up to 3 years after you bought the car new you could have the dealer repaint the car any factory color that you wanted.
     
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    You drive that car? Or are you just talking about the pavement outside your garage?:poke::lol:
     
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    Probably not as much as you drive your Challenger vert Matt, but I do drive it. Its hard to resist not taking it out once in awhile, even for me.....................:p

    If I don't, the end carburetors get gummed up and won't open, and then I have to take the whole 6 pack set up apart, and service them - and that is a pain!
     
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    Always better to tune them up with your right foot.
     
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    I would have offered her a new car in trade.