I’d like to see some rare beaters that are driven.

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  1. diymirage

    diymirage HP@idle > hondaHP@redline

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    • Moparbrad

      Moparbrad You don’t know me

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      This is my pair of winter drivers. 66 Coronet 500 with a 318 4 barrel Poly engine with glass packs. Sounds nice and moves the cruiser around ok. And my 71 Demon. Fast and fun A body but there is something to be said about going topless. ;)

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      • MoparMike1974

        MoparMike1974 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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        Here is my beater daily driver. Has more rust than solid metal but damn is it fun to drive.
        73 340 dart sport numbers matching swiss export car. Its amazing how many thumbs up and comments I get while driving this. I think people like the beater look better than a restored car.
        Its slated for a full rotisserie restoration after I finish my 71 cuda build.

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        • Canucklehead

          Canucklehead Well-Known Member

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          It was originally a 318 3 on the tree with an 8 3/4 3.23 rear. When I got it it had an 8 1/4 with 2.71s and an automatic column and no engine/trans. It now has a 318 Magnum with a 3 speed manual on the floor. Here is a picture of it at the beach with its older sister, the M-code.

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          • Canucklehead

            Canucklehead Well-Known Member

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            Back about 30 years ago i found an FF1 green 68 383 4-speed GTS on a farm, bought it for 1000 bucks and drove it home. It had a little rust on the bottoms of the fenders and quarters but was solid and complete with manifolds and 3.23 sure grip, and needed a starter. I pulled it all apart, redid the fenders/hood/trunk lid and doors, and bought a new interior for it. Sold it as a project to a fellow who finished it. I should never have pulled it apart, the one time i drove it impressed me a lot.
             
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            • 67autocross

              67autocross A new iron curtain drawn across the 49th parallel

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              I only store my cars in climate controlled facilities with filtered air…. Keeps them from looking like some of the junk I see posted here…

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              • Jim Lusk

                Jim Lusk Well-Known Member

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                I have driven the old iron daily in the past, but not likely again. Both (rare) cars are apart right now (and have been for a while) and will get driven, but only in nice weather (not when it's over 100 degrees). I will probably drive the Barracuda far more often than the GTS, though.
                 
              • 65 Cuda 340

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                Not that valuable, but pretty rare - my 67 Hemi Charger. Been in the family since 1970. It's been garaged since I inherited it in 1984, and I don't drive it that much anymore, but I do drive it and it does still have the $75 Earl Scheib paint job that's been on it since1979.

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                • 65 Cuda 340

                  65 Cuda 340 Well-Known Member

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                  This one certainly isn't rare. Originally slant six, now 360. Still the same cheap paint job that was on it when I bought it in 1986. Paint is worse than it looks in the pic, faded, chipped, with cracks in the paint on the right rear upper quarter from having been applied over too much bondo, but mechanically it is all redone - some of it 30 years ago maybe, some of it more recently, but mechanically all redone. Second pic is on our way to a Studebaker meeting, 100 mile round trip.

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                  • RustyRatRod

                    RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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                    That's how everybody treats Vixen when they see us in town. Gray is only about 3K people on paper but probably 15K strong during the work week. Everybody knows my car. The local police and Sheriff's deputies love it. She gets attention every time we go to town.
                     
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                    • RustyRatRod

                      RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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                      Not that it's not super cool, but it would have been rarer has you left it a slant.
                       
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                      65 Cuda 340 Well-Known Member

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                      Well that slant six was my daily driver in Atlanta traffic for four years and more than 50,000 miles. I've only put 30K on the 360.

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                    • RustyRatRod

                      RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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                      Either or is just as cool. I prefer the slant of course, but rock on, brother!
                       
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                      • Topless69

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                        How is a 69 Dart GT convertible not rare? I see them occasionally at car shows and cruise nights, but I haven’t seen one driving down the road in decades.
                         
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                        • Topless69

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                          Dude, who’s kidding’ who? We all know there’s no such thing as climate controlled storage in Winnipeg! :rolleyes:
                           
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                          • toolmanmike

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                            If you're a numbers guy, one of 1237. There's a handful of 66 273 4 speeds her on FABO. It's a beater with mostly original parts and faded paint. Maybe I'll paint it, naw, let the next guy do that.

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                            • barbee6043

                              barbee6043 barbee 6043 FABO Gold Member

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                              Back before I got really old and retired I had several Dusters and a Dart Sport I drove daily to work, 318 and slants, as much as 120 mi per day, the least was 60.
                              Only time I was left on foot was one early morning the float stuck and another day I ran out of gas.
                              Never lost a ballast or ECM or bad points. Never a flat and always ran tires from the "used tire store"! Go figure!
                               
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                              • Alaskan_TA

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                                Beater or not, restored or not - Drive it!

                                Why save it for whoever ends up with it if you die?

                                Cars were built to be driven. :)
                                 
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                                • Canucklehead

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                                  A picture of my convertible in its beat up glory at my wedding 3 years ago. When I bought it in January of 1985 it had a 69 340 with a 727 and daily drove it until 2006. I had 2 accidents with it where people turned left across my path without seeing me coming, hence the damage and primered fender. My M-code is beside it, my 72 Valiant behind that, and not seen is my 70 Dodge pickup behind the convertible.

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                                  • MoparMike1974

                                    MoparMike1974 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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                                    Wise man once said....
                                    I fully agree.
                                     
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                                    • rustyfish

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                                      Not a daily driver, but runs and drives regularly. One of 271 '65 Dart HT, 273 Charger, 4 speed Hurst, 7 1/4 3.23 Sure Grip.


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                                      • missing linc

                                        missing linc Loose nut behind the wheel

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                                        Couldn't have said that any better!
                                         
                                      • halfafish

                                        halfafish Damn those rabbits, and their holes! FABO Gold Member

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                                        If you want to stretch the definition of "rare", I suppose this one would qualify. It's rare not because they didn't make many, but because it's just about a completely unmolested survivor. Original paint, interior, running gear, and so forth. I had it out Friday for a little joy ride.

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                                        • missing linc

                                          missing linc Loose nut behind the wheel

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                                          This isn't a rare car in terms of production, nor is it a Mopar or even a Nova, but with under 40k miles on the clock, it is all original except for a repaint 5 years ago. I do drive it, even on gravel roads and in the rain. Message_1463612834215.jpg
                                           
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                                          • rumblefish360

                                            rumblefish360 Getting closer FABO Gold Member

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                                            What’s the model name?
                                             
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