I found my 1973 Dodge Dart Swinger and bought it back 18 years later!

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    It's been a great week for me! First of all my name is Ryan and I live in Oregon. My very first car when I got my license was a 1973 Dodge Dart Swinger. 225 slant 6 and auto trans. I bought it for $700 bucks. It had been donated to my high school to sell. My dad and I then traded a 1966 Chevy C10 long bed to have rust repaired behind both rear fenders, the roof under the vinyl top and a new vinyl top put on. After that was done we located a set of Cragar SS mags with BF Goodrich Radial TA's and put those on it. My parents had the seats reupholstered for my 16th birthday. I foolishly traded the car straight across at a local Dodge dealership for a 1989 Pontiac Firebird with a v6 and a 5 speed.

    Fast forward roughly 18 years. I'm searching facebook marketplace and under the heading "todays picks" is a white Dart with black vinyl top. I open the ad and it had crager mags and custom seat upholstery. It's MY car! I make an appointment to see it the next day and manage to buy it back! I pick it up this Saturday after leaving a deposit. I can not wait to get it home.

    The picture is my two sons and I when we went to look at it on Monday. It is pretty much a time capsule. Identical to when I sold it. Nothing has been changed.

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      A few more pics of the car. I'll take some more on Saturday when I pick it up.

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        Hello from Minnesota. That's freaking sweet! Glad you got your old car back, consider yourself lucky. :thumbsup:
         
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          I feel very very lucky! Just stoked I was the first one to call him on it too.
           
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            Look forwardto seeing this return to the road. It's nice to see you involved your kids too, they are the future of the hobby.
             
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            • Mclovinmoto

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              Yes they are. My oldest loves riding in and working on cars with me. The youngest isn't there as much just yet but he still thought it was pretty neat.
               
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              Awesome story glad your getting your car back. I’m down here in Springfield about 40 miles away. Welcome to a great site.
               
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              • Mclovinmoto

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                Wow, just read your first post on getting your car back. You worked hard for that one! Nicely done! I love stories like ours, cars coming back to owners that wanted them back. Thank you for sharing.
                 
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                  That's Awesome! That almost Never Happens! Good On Ya!
                   
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                  • Mclovinmoto

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                    Thank you! I am also on the C body only forum. I have a 1966 Chrysler Newport 2 door also. Mopar for life!
                     
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                      Yea, it was pretty wild!
                       
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                        Cool story ! Looks to be in awesome shape. Enjoy!!
                         
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                          It is still in very good shape. A little more surface rust and the paint in a few places is a little worse but all in all it's better than I was hoping!
                           
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                          Welcome! Nice story! Nice Car !!!
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                              Great find! Something about first cars, I have mine but never let it go
                               
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                                What a great story! You're very fortunate to find your first car after 18 years, and for it to still be in such nice condition is doubly sweet! Congratulations
                                 
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                                      Dart is home and tucked away in the barn before it starts to rain next week. Drove it into town on the weather checked tires. Ran good for not being on the road much the last 18 years. I’ve got everything to do a tune up on it.
                                       
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                                      • dartfreak75

                                        dartfreak75 Restore it, Dont part it! FABO Gold Member

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                                        Awesome story! That's so cool you got it back. I wish I could find my 72 barracuda and buy it back. (Sold in 2009)
                                        We are similar in age and I got my dart when I was 15 probably close to the same time you got your dart. Fortunately I never sold it.

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                                          That’s rad! Nice clean Dart! Ya, I was dumb and sold it and shouldn’t have. I also had a 1966 Plymouth Belvedere II with the wide block 318. It was a 2 door. Another car I’d like to have back.
                                           
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                                            This is almost identical to my second car, bought when I was 16, one I'd love to have again, unfortunately it was t-boned and totaled by a drunk driver.:(
                                             
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                                              That is my all time favorite non mopar muscle car
                                               
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