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Old 03-24-2002, 12:41 PM
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You have heard from a number of people encouraging you to be confident in your decsion to own and maintain your Newport and they are correct. There are two primary reasons Mopars of all sorts are gaining popularity and they have to do with the fact that Fords and Chevies have been way over-done and the offerings are beginning to thin out. The second is the uniqueness of the Chrysler brand. One thing is for certain, you won't see yourself over and over at the various shows you choose to attend or enter and there are a great many people who appreciate the car you own.
When I chose to restore a 1935 Plymouth 4dr Flatback Sedan, I was quizzed about why I would pick that car over a coupe? Three years later when the restoration was completed, I entered it in a Grand National meet with the Chrysler Club and was soundly defeated in the judging by a beautiful DeSoto dual side-mount coupe and a very rare'36 Plymouth four door convertible.
As I was packing up to leave, a lady approached and asked if the '35 belonged to me and I acknowledged that fact. She then told me that it was her favorite car on the show field of over 300 cars and she wished that she could have it! This meant more to me than any trophy I could have received. Believe in the fact that there are many people who appreciate your car, you just happened to meet one who didn't.
Remember, every one has the right to be a jerk, some people just abuse the priviledge.

Good luck with your project and welcome to the Chrysler fraternity!

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Newport,

It's all good, do your own thing and enjoy it. To hell with ALL the critics.

I do find it funny though that many of the people who are giving the positive advice here to your post are the same ones that love to bash what they call "Ricers and "Rice Rockets" on this same bulletin board. These same guys probably love Fiat Topolino's, Henry J's and Jaguar rear suspensions but then turn around and bash everything that comes out of Asia.

This web site should support anyone who hot-rods his or her own ride, period. Quite a few of these so called "Ricers" kick some serious butt.

Don't get me wrong, my personal preference is anything pre-1940's, but I would much rather hang with a hands on "Ricer" than a hands off millionaire snob in his Pro-built trailered-in Deuce Roadster.
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It's not the cars of Ricers that I don't agree with, it's the mentality. The majority of their modifications are for show and not for go. I do know of quite a few people who have some serious go with Rice cars though.
That's the one thing I did like about the movie Fast and the Furious. The kid picked up a piece of crap and actually helped with the work on it.
It's not just Asian cars that are Rice either. I have seen plenty of Cavaliers and even Grand Ams that could be viewed as a Rice Rocket. It's all about the mentality of the driver. If it can go fast and you did the work, then I would like to hang with you. It's not to say that people are stupid for having their cars built, because this world needs all sorts to go around. I'm just saying that I respect anyone more if they have done the work themselves rather than writing out a few checks.
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YOU KNOW WHAT 68newport383 you are right... i`m in the process of buying a corodobaRIGHT NOW... it is a beatiful car and anyone wants to say anything about it they answer to ME! i LOVE CHRYSLER always have always will they are the most reliable cars... good looking too!
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you know what 68newport383 that guy is useless... you car WILL RICK... i`m 16 and i`m in the process of buying a corodoba myslef and i`m gonna SUPE IT UP REALL GOOOOOOD !
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You're getting some good advice here. Like they all say...don't sweat it. Good luck with your project, parts are hard to get.(body panels etc.) The thing I like to see here, is everyones ideas and creativity. Last year I could of had a `67 300 with a 440, a `47 stude p/u and a `51-55? monarch in exchange for cleaning them out of a property. (as well as alot of other junk.) I left it too long and missed out. GRRRR. I would have fixed up the 300, blacked it out with some decent rims, and cruised everywhere. It wouldn't have been perfect, but still cool and different. Build what you like. Best of luck, let us know how it goes.
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Done more cars that I worked my --- off on,won shows did all that stuff. Cleaning valve covers with Q-tips. All classics and antiques. Had money,no kids. Have kids now,no money. I've never had more fun than playing with my current(last 2 years)project. A 83 Bonneville wagon. Old lady car. Back seat never sat on and spent evey night in the garage. She must have never changed the oil.Bought a wreck with a good 231 for 250. I've got about 650 in it now and even the a/c works.Recently bought a 83 Gran Prix bucket seat car($125) that's going to give up the console and seats to the wagon. This is a long term project in the making that I'm enjoying as I go. Like the Chrysler,it may not ever be a popular classic,but it's gonna be fun and it's gonna be cool. Build your car your way and enjoy.
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well, to add my own to cents: **** that guy. hess full of it. when i was driving my duster daily, i was hauling some moulding out the rear window for some work i had to do. a guy came up, asked if the car was for sale. i told him no, its my first car that my dad and i built together. his response was "its a damn shame to see a nice car liek that getting ****ed up by some punk kid." so do what you want. i mean, if we didnt, wed all be driving yellow 32 ford roadsters, red 68 camaros, and hemi cudas. it would suck.
build the newport. oh, and to really piss off the hardcore musclecar guys, drop it on airbags, set the suspension to cornering "kill" and put a twin turbo, efi'd 440 in it, with air conditioning. dont forgrt the fuzzy dice and black primer!!!!
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myself, i am not a mopar guy although i had a few
in my day, as far as souping them up, i like 4 doors brought back to original or close,spoked rims yes, 6 foot long flames no.
build what you like,enjoy,i know a guy who cut 12 inches from the middle of his 51 ford truck, i mean fenders doors cab everything .he then proceded to cut the roof down 6or8 inches, he shortened the box to 4 or 5 feet narrowed it in and added big 50's wings to the box, the final touch was to add rear quarters off a camaro to the old flat front fenders to widen them out to accept wide tires.this new vehicle is barely recognizable as a truck let alone a ford.bad news is he is a welder not a hotrodder, the beast is now under snow outside the garage, it will never be completed by him, he will now trade this for his next project.c'est la vie... <img src="graemlins/boxing.gif" border="0" alt="[boxing]" />
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