Back in the family after 30yrs

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  1. kingvern

    kingvern Well-Known Member

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    My uncle sold his 69 dart gts 383 4 spd 30 years ago for 1500 dollars, I was crushed. It was the car that made me a die hard mopar fan. I always new where it was. The guy that bought it drove it for 2yrs pulled the engine and trans to rebuild after the block cracked, he then put it in his parents heated basement for the last 28yrs. I would always ask him when he was going to sell it back to me. He said my family would have first dibs when he was ready to sell. Well he passed away in January and before he passed he told his wife to offer it to us first. So last Saturday I went and put a deposit on the car and will pick it up this next march. Car is still very solid and wearing its original T5 paint. Here are a few pics.
     

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    crj1968 Well-Known Member

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    Wow that is crazy....It's kind of too bad he didn't sell it to you while he was alive.

    Those 30 years mustve seemed like an eternity, and next MArch is gonna seem like 30 years !
     
  3. kingvern

    kingvern Well-Known Member

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    It will seem like another 30yrs I already can't sleep because of it.
     
  4. mopar madness

    mopar madness FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    That's to cool. nice looking car
     
  5. moparspares

    moparspares Well-Known Member

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    Great Story bet you cant wait
     
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    limelite70 Well-Known Member

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    the first thing you "DONT" want to do is paint it.
    the original looks great..
     
  7. 68383GTS

    68383GTS Well-Known Member

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    Cool Congrats...
     
  8. MrDuster

    MrDuster FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    Awesome! Enjoy the reunion. Great story and NICE car!!
     
  9. 66Dartdriver

    66Dartdriver FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    absolutely! This is you uncles original car and I would only do what needs to be done and keep it as close to the way he had it IMO. Great job having the patience to wait it out Great car!
     
  10. Dartnut

    Dartnut I put the ''Hoar'' in Hoarding

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    Wow!
    This doesn't happen very often.
    Congrats to you for waiting it out.
    Sorry to hear about the guy's passing though.......
     
  11. kingvern

    kingvern Well-Known Member

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    Thank you everyone. I will know more after I get it home. As far as I could tell the only rust was on the dog legs of the fenders. It was very tight in there so I couldn't see a lot. plan is to clean it up and go from there.
     
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    65-440 Well-Known Member

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    Wow very cool! Congrats and keep the pics coming!
     
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    I am glad you got the car back, I like that you plan just to clean it up.
    Don't paint anything, you can rub some rust converter in small area's to preserve it if necessary.
    Polish the exterior with really fine compound, old enamel will shine great if you take your time.
    Did you get the original block? Just because it cracked does not mean it cannot be fixed.
    Good luck
     
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    Congrats, thats awsome that you got it back after all these years.
    Please post more pics when it finally gets home
     
  15. moparlover

    moparlover Well-Known Member

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    this is so cool

    gratz man
     
  16. kingvern

    kingvern Well-Known Member

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    Didn't get the original block. it was scraped years ago. His wife and one of his friends is looking for the original trans. He had 3 big poll barns full of parts and cars. I don't think she is ready to let just anyone go looking thru his stuff.
     
  17. Louie70Dart

    Louie70Dart Back home in K-Town WI. Woo Hoo FABO Gold Member

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    Thanks for sharing the details. Definitely a feel good story.
     
  18. toolmanmike

    toolmanmike FABO Staff Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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    That is a such a great story to hear. Congrats on getting it back and in such good shape too! I found my old Challenger a couple years ago but it was too far gone for me to revive. Yours is a well kept time capsule. tmm
     
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    It's a long wait till March,Good luck and cool story!
     
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    kingvern Well-Known Member

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    Also the car only has 50,000 miles on it.
     
  21. oldkimmer

    oldkimmer FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    ....................That's great............ur uncle would be proud of u...........kim..........
     
  22. kingvern

    kingvern Well-Known Member

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    He doesn't know yet. I'm going to surprise him when I get it home. If I can wait that long.
     
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    Why do you have to wait for March to pick it up?
     
  24. kingvern

    kingvern Well-Known Member

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    I wont have room in my garage until then. I'm rebuilding my dads car and don't want this one to sit outside.
     
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    dragondan64 Banned

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    Amazing story! Congrats! I am still searching for my first car, Lime green 440+6 4 spd dana roadrunner I owned from 1978 until I stupidly sold it in 1999 down in Florida. Goodluck with your restoration and be sure to document the whole thing! Have fun!
     
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