Farmer’s Field Find 1968 Dodge Charger

We just found this very clean 1968 Dodge Charger over in dry Eastern Washington. This car was abandoned in a farmer’s field around 1980 and it has sat ever since. It’s pretty complete except for the tail lights which somebody thought would look cool in a VW bug! The first pic is how we found it and the rest are of the car back together at the shop. Luckily most of the parts were stored in a storage shed and were spared sun damage.


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1967 Dodge Coronet R/T Rotting in the Woods of Ohio

This 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T was parked in the woods in Ohio in 1974 and hasn’t moved since! GuruRanger posted the full story on Moparts:

About 15 years ago, I got information on a ’67 R/T that had been parked behind a barn since around 1974. I followed up and found the car, but the woman who lived in the farmhouse said it was her brother’s car, he lived in Florida, and she wouldn’t give me any information on how to contact him. Instead, she wanted to be the middleman and gave me the runaround. This week, I was in the area and noticed that the house had been torn down and no one had been on the property in quite a while. I checked the woods behind the barn and the R/T was still there! Complete, it’s a 1967 Coronet R/T, dark green with a black vinyl top and white bucket seat inteior with console automatic. The engine is still there, air cleaner to oil pan and it still has it’s Certicard. The car even has its grille centerpiece and factory mag-style hubcaps. I wonder who owns the property now.

Think it will ever get saved? More pics after the jump!


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Selling a car at Barrett Jackson: Wrap Up

We have been writing about the process of bringing and selling a car at Barrett Jackson for the last week and today was the day it went up for sale. We got to the auction very early today to make sure to get it cleaned up and ready to go. We had a sign out front and a flier to give out.  Here is what they looked like:

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Selling a car at Barrett Jackson: Transporting the Car to Auction and What to Do When You Get There

The car needed to go from Seattle, Washington to Scottsdale, Arizona and a lot of options are available for transportation. The hard part is a ton of cars are heading to Arizona for this week (Barrett is selling 1,400 cars themselves which doesn’t include all of the cars at Russo and Steele, RM, Gooding, Silver, etc) so it makes transportation very expensive.  You also have to send the car in an enclosed trailer. With the bad January weather across the country transporting it in an open hauler is just a bad idea especially after spending all the time detailing and cleaning up the vehicle. Since I was hoping to go to Barrett Jackson and the Arizona auctions anyways I decided to just transport the car down myself (with the added bonus of covering the auctions for Mopar Blog!).

This simplified getting the car down there greatly by not having to rely upon somebody else to get the car down there at a certain point. We decided to try to get the car to Scottsdale by Jan covering them for Mopar Blog!).

This simplified getting the car down there greatly by not having to rely upon somebody else to get the car down there at a certain point. We decided to try to get the car to Scottsdale by January 11th so I left Olympia, Washington on the 9th and drove the 24 hours to Scottsdale and got there the morning of the 11th. I was towing it down with my 1998 Dodge Ram Diesel and lost 5th gear in the transmission somewhere in Oregon. Without overdrive I couldn’t go over 60 MPH after this and it was a VERY long trip!

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Selling a car at Barrett Jackson: Registering the Car and Prepping it for Auction

When a person decides to sell a car at Barrett Jackson you need to fill out the entry form with a description of the car and pictures.  Barrett then decides whether they will accept the car.  Once they decide to accept the car then they tell you which day they slot you in and you decide whether you are OK with running it that day.  Barrett told my Dad they wanted to run the car on Wednesday night January 15th between 7 and 8 PM and he decided to go for it.

After confirming with Barrett Jackson the next step was to get the car ready for auction.  As you can see in the picture it is a very nicely restored car so all he had to do was get it professionally detailed.  You also have to come up with a good description for the auction catalog and to put on a car at the auction itself.

The description should accurately describe the car but keep it brief.  For example if the engine is not #’s matching you do not want to mention that.  Let the buyer ask about that.  Also a lot of times bidders won’t have even seen the car before it goes on the block and they bid on it anyways.  You don’t want them to read “not numbers matching” when going over the block.

Our next post will be about transportation to the auction and prepping the car once there.


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Jalopnik’s 2013 Dodge Charger R/T Daytona Review

Jalopnik recently drove a 2013 Dodge Charger R/T Daytona all over Texas, and managed to snap a pic of it in front of the “Playboy Marfa” art installation I told you about last month. Although the reviewer seemed to like the car, he was disappointed by the 5-speed automatic and the quiet exhaust note. Oh, and the fuel economy. Well, the exhaust is an easy fix. Read the full review at Jalopnik and see what you think.


1971 Dodge Challenger R/T at the Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals

This original, well-documented 4-speed 440 Six Pack Challenger came out of Canada very rusty. Alan Glenn completed a full OE restoration and was able to finish just before bringing it to Carlisle. He had to do new rear frame rails, trunk floor, rear quarter panels, trunk extensions, door skins, hood, etc. Looks great now, though! Via the official Dodge YouTube channel. Check out the video after the jump!


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Top Gear Reviews the 1968 Dodge Charger 440 R/T

Am I the only one who finds Top Gear annoying? Seems like everyone thinks this show is brilliant, but I find it painful to watch. This episode with Richard Hammond reviewing a 1968 Dodge Charger 440 R/T is especially painful. Maybe they should stick to European cars. The BBC only makes a small clip available, but there is a full episode in Russian on YouTube (least until the BBC makes YouTube pull it down). But you can watch the official BBC clip after the jump!


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