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1929 Plymouth Street Rod Diesel

It was in the House Of Colors Booth...So as you would expect the color was first to draw my attention...But that you could help but notice that it was not running a HEMI...But a Diesel....And it just kept drawing me in from there...Very cool Car.. What's your opinion on Diesel Engines?


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Dodge Charger & Charger R/T 1968-1970

The Dodge Charger prototype was on the automotive showroom circuit by 1965 to gauge the public’s response to another class of personal luxury muscle car. The new Charger had a fastback and racing stripes that gave the car a sporty look, which did arouse public interest.

The Charger is on the Chrysler Coronet “B” body platform and uses many of the same components. The luxurious mid-sized AMC Marlin and the Dodge Charger both sport a radically long rear window, a fastback, setting a new course for the rest of the industry to follow, should it chose to. This new model was aimed as direct competition with, not only the smaller pony class Mustang and the two-seated Thunderbird, but also to the Plymouth Barracuda. The first generation Charger became available to the public late in the spring of 1966 and stayed the same through 1967.

Dodge Charger RT 1969

The second-generation Charger, produced from 1968 until 1970, was, in the opinion of many, one of the most well designed and appealing vehicles ever made. These cars are among the most coveted muscle cars ever produced. For the ’69 model year, the base Charger had a 383-cubic-inch (6.7L) engine, which could have either a two-barrel carburetor that produced 290 hp or the four-barrel version, which developed 300 hp. The distinctive pie plate air cleaner displayed the 383/four barrel and  identified this option, which was unique to the Charger for this one year only.

In ’69, if you chose the Charger RT, you could have the Magnum 440-cubic-inch (7.2L) engine with a four-barrel for 375 hp (279.5 kW) or the 426-cubic-inch (7.0L) Hemi engine with two four-barrel carburetors developing 425 hp (317 kW). For five more horsepower an “un-silenced” air cleaner was an option, and this particular version differed internally from the other 383 Magnum power plant in the Super Bee or the RoadRunner.

The two 383 engines used different valve springs, and had unique cam profiles, while the Magnum version also had a windage tray in the oil pan. Both engines used the same Carter AVS carburetors and sported the same exhaust manifolds as the larger 440 Magnum engines. There were five engines available for the Charger from the 225-cubic-inch six up to the 440-cubic-inch V8s that could couple with either of two three-speed automatic transmissions Also available was a three- or a four-speed to cover the two standard shifting options. Generally, all 1969 B series engines were turquoise, but both the Magnum power 440 choices and the 335 hp 383 were “Street Hemi Orange.”

For 1969, the Charger R/T had a revised grille with a divided center with horizontally configured taillights. There was a new trim option on the table in the form of the Special Edition or the SE, which could be ordered on its own for any  Charger, including the RT. The SE package added front seat leather inserts, wood grain dash/steering wheel, and chromed rocker covers. There was also a seldom-seen option of a sunroof with only 260 units so equipped originally.

The bumblebee stripes were back, but slightly revised with one broad stripe between two narrower ones running down each rear quarter panel from the trunk lid. There was an R/T cutout in the center of the stripe and middle of the fender, or, if the stripe was deleted, then a metal R/T logo is in its place. The General Lee is a ’69 Charger used in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard, which ran from 1979 to 1985. The car had a confederate flag on the roof with 01 painted on each door and a horn that played Dixie. There were 89,199 Charger units produced in 1969.


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Chevrolet Chevy II Origins to 1965 – the First Generation

The Chevy II was a compact car produced by Chevrolet between 1962 and 1979 in four distinct  Generations; all with rear wheel drive. The model name plate was dropped from the line up for a few years. In 1985 an all new fifth generation Nova did  make its appearance as a sub-compact front wheel drive unit. The original Nova went from design tables to dealer showrooms in a very short time in an effort to compete with Ford's Falcon.  Chevrolet had just dropped the failed Corvair and its air cooled rear mounted engine  from the line up. The more conventional, water cooled, rear wheel drive Chevy II would fill the gap nicely. The first versions of the model are a basic economical automobile of semi-unibody design. The cabin is integral with a bolted/welded front clip. The car is available in a full range of body styles; a convertible, sedan, two door hard top, and station wagon.
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The Five body styles plus three trim levels are available throughout ’62. The 100, the 300, and the 400 but for a very short term a 200 series was also offered. From the factory the model comes with a choice of a 153 cu in four cylinder motor or a 194 cu in inline six cylinder engine. A V8 engine is readily available but only as a dealer option and a super charger to go with it if you like. The Chevy II was a popular choice; both for family transportation and  on the track for this light weight, high performance car. The Chevy II has a “Nova” option available but only in a convertible and two door hard top (coupe) body styles. In 1963 the Chevy II Nova Super Sport was introduced with special emblems, instrument package, bucket seats, floor shifter, outside trim, and wheel covers but only available for the 400 series coupe and convertible; both powered by the inline six from the factory.
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The factory finally released a Chevy II with a 283 cu in (4.6 L) V8 in 1964 and made a larger 230 cu in straight six available as well; although the hard top has been dropped from the line up. Towards the middle of ’64 the Hardtop; now looking more like a Sport Coupe, was reintroduced.
Chevy II’s changed a bit in ’65; a new full width grill with the headlights inset with bezels added, parking lights are in the bumper, tail lights, and back-up lights also get a makeover while the sedans get a newer roof line. The entry level model is the 100 and the uptown version is the Nova 400 with the Nova Super Sport available as a sport coupe and has a console option with your choice of the four speed or the Powerglide automatic in it. The basic shifter is the three speed on the column as well as bench seats. Bucket seats are available and the dash holds a well configured range of gauges not just “idiot lights” if you choose. Chevy II increases the engines range to six options in  ’65 with  the power option of the 327 cu in (5.4 L)V8 which puts out up to 300 hp (220 kW) putting Nova close to the GTO, 442, and Mustang. This is the favored year for Nova fans, collectors, and power enthusiasts.  A powerful 283 putting out 220 hp and equipped with duel exhaust is introduced mid way in 1965 to add another engine to the options.


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  1. “Chevrolet had just dropped the failed Corvair and its air cooled rear mounted engine from the line up.”

    Not true. The Corvair survived through a second generation styling change and was produced until 1969. In fact, to spite Ralph Nader, its scheduled discontinuance was to hapen in 1967 with the introduction of the Camaro, but Chevrolet decoded to extend its production.

    1. Larry:
      During the Corvair production run more than one million vehicles rolled off the assembly line so “failier” is a bit extreme. I am certain the last three years were a disappointment for GM to say the least with a more refined product and plummeting sales.

      Thanks, Ross


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