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Old 02-08-2004, 03:50 AM
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why the big dogs like chev or ford?

why is it that most of the threads are about fords and chev or fords vs chev or am i just missing all the dodge threads? is it that there the most popular or is it that ppl dont like the dependability of dodge? are they dependable or good quality so to say? new or old doesnt matter it seems that the only place to find dodge stuff is at a dealer!
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Propane I had to check your profile to see where your coming from. I see your a student so I'll have to give you a little history lesson even though your not in school at the moment. Seeing how the largest demographics of the board are men and women who are baby boomers (not all thankfully we like the younger and older ones too) in the sixties we had the big three auto makers. It was a constant battle on the race tracks and the stock market to see who could beat who so there actually was a three way squabble over who was best, Chevy ,Dodge or Ford ( I listed them alphabetically not by prefferance). Competiton seemed to be feerless between them. As with a lot of independant car co.s they got bought up or went under. Dodge was going the same route for awhile. No more Ramblers, no more Plymouths, DeSotos, Studebakers (except for Avanti's, etc,etc.) So that being said it's much easier getting Ford and Chevy parts cause both are still strong co.s and you can get parts as easily for a model "A" as you can for a Dodge intrepid. But try to get a body part for a early Dodge. It can be a needle in a haystack. But they can be found with a great deal of effort. And both Ford and Chevy are easier to work with (to a point). I can tell you there are Dodge fans out there and the hemi is ever popular. And is making a comeback on a smaller scale as you can see by the Dodge commecials. But it's also owned by a good co. trying to keep it alive. It's not an American co. but an extremely reputable one. That's as far as I can take you. Who's next in line. (BTW kid my favorite is chevy but I'm streetrodding a DeSoto which in the end was bought out by the Dodge bros.) Good day!
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The biggest reason you don't hear that much about Dodges is that (until lately) Chrysler Corporation hasn't made a high performance V8 since the early 70's. Ford and Chevy have continued to build V8 rear wheel drive cars all along so there is a large number available for the younger rodders to build. Also since they're so available performance parts are cheaper.

As an example, it's not very hard to find a Camaro or Mustang as a project but try to find a decent Cuda, Challenger, Road Runner or Coronet around. They're available but will run 2-4 times what the Chevy or Ford will cost. This limits the number of people who can afford them so naturally fewer people are running Mopars.

If you haven't guessed I'm a Mopar guy, not that I don't like Fords and Chevys. When it comes down to it I have three vehicles in my garage. One Ford, one Chevy and one Dodge. Fortunately they're all powered by hemis.

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I agree also with the reason CHRYSLER products not being so popular is the comany's marketing strategies over the last few decades. When they went minivan, it was an economic boom for the corporation, but a death knell for performance enthusists.

Back in it's day, MOPAR was the one to be feared on the street and track. ROADRUNNER made that a fact (as did the early 413/426 street wedges).

Their return to NASCAR (the same fake race cars the other two have) may prove to be a comeback for performist enthusists.

And lets' not forget AMC back in the late sixties/early seventies. That was also a factor to be dealt with.

I personally like all cars whether CHEV, import or whatever. I just got stuck on FORD as one was my first car and that was the technology I learned on. But if I see an old 348 tri-power BISCAYNE or a Z-11, I become just as excited.
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we need more oldsmobiles like the a and g bodies
and no i don't drive a monte carlo
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Thanks alot guys for your reasons although I dont think i needed that history lesson considering i get it every monday at 5pm speedvision "AMERICAN MUSCLE CAR" they let ya know what was goin on with the powerhouses oh yes they didnt forget the AMC's
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I think everyone has their own reasons for liking/disliking something...
I'm big into customs, so for me aesthetics are extreemly important. I personally just like the way GM styled their late 50's-early 60's cars. Since those are the cars I like, those are the cars I drive.
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mopar probably had the best quality stuff. I started into chevy because of avalability and price of parts. I think most others did too.

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mopar probably had the best quality stuff. I started into chevy because of avalability and price of parts. I think most others did too.
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Exactly. Thats why, when I go to the NSRA Nationals every year I see 13000 street rods and 11,000 are powered by small block Chevys. They're cheap and parts are plentiful. I call 'em Cookie Cutter Cars.

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As obvious, I`m a Chevrolet fan, always have been, always will be. but I don`t put down the other makers, I like the easy interchangeability of the Chevy engines, this was why I`m not big into Fords, Ford tended to move around too much as far as parts interchangeability went. I`m a big fan of the 351 windsor, those are great engines and with the right parts will run like a scalded dog. as for Chrysler, I`ve always had respect for, unlike chevy engines, they believed in using long rods, SBC 350 using 5.7`s compared to a chrysler 360`s 6.123 inchers. my instructor in college always said "if you wanna go fast, you go Mopar, but you`d better be wealthy"
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