I thanked my new friend and kept heading North. With no set schedule, I meandered my way up into Wisconsin. There was a place I had visited in my youth once that I went to look up. In my mind it was called “The Caboose Motel”, but in reality it was called “The End of the Line” hotel. It was a collection of probably 20 or so old Cabooses, and you used to be able to stay in them. Unfortunately for travelers, they have been turned into summer apartments. But the place still existed, which made me happy.
Continuing on I stopped by a friends place. He had a really cool 69 Superbee that had been sitting up on a lift for years. But he had some new toys this time. A Barn Fresh Fury Convertible with a good 440 in the engine bay, a cool boat with a Dodge 360 Magnum in it, and a FireBird.
We talked for a bit, and he mentioned that he had seen a Dodge Charger sitting in a small lake town up North of where we were. It had been a while, but it was there. I thanked him for the lead and headed out. But before I got out the door, he mentioned that he had heard there was a 70 Barracuda somewhere around there as well. He had never seen it though.
I got on my way and found myself in the small town. I began driving up and down every street. There wasn't much too the town, it was nice and quaint. So small it didn't have a downtown or even a stop light. As I made my way through town I could not find the Charger. I gave up eventually and started heading out. Just before I made my turn back to the main road I caught something out of the corner of my eye. Sitting barely outside of a grove of trees was a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda.
Pulling into the driveway of the home, I didn't see anyone around. I walked up to the door and knocked, nobody home. So I snapped a few pictures from the road and got on my way.
That's not the end of the story, next time I got out there there was an even bigger surprised waiting for me!
Friday, November 1, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
You can read the original Hot Rod Magazine article here (http://www.hotrod.com/feature_stories/1306_automotive_archaeology_semi_loads_of_muscle/)
I had traveled a certain road many times over the years when I headed North. I always noticed a 3rd Generation Dodge Charger sitting off in the weeds just off the road. I never followed up on it, as it looked really rough, and wasn't a model I was really interested in. Last year though I decided to check on it, see what the story was. It turned out to be bigger then I could have imagined!
I pulled into the parking lot and the owner of the car and property. He liked the Challenger I pulled up in and we started talking. I asked about the Charger out front, and he says to me, “See all these Semi Trailers out here, they are all full of Mopars”. This is about when my jaw dropped and we began walking.
The first trailer we came too had a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE hiding inside. A nearly fully optioned car. It had a big block, A/C and numerous other options. The next container had a 70 Road Runner, 383 car! The one next to that had a ton of parts. And this was just the first grouping!
Out back was a rusty 70's Dodge Dart 4-door, a 72 Dodge pickup and some misc other junk. On a trailer in the driveway was the 71 Charger from a previous adventure. He was able to buy the Charger from the Travco Fiberglass adventure (http://carsinbarns.blogspot.com/2012/03/finding-some-fiberglass.html). Also a neighbor of his had a 70 Barracuda he was working on outside.
We walked out into his yard to see some of the stuff he had lying outside the trucks. He didn't have a ton of time. First thing we came across was two M-Code Dodge Dart GTS's. The M-Code means that they were both 440 cars. Very rare, only a few hundred were made. Unfortunately the Darts had been drag raced and cut up pretty good. One had the whole front clip missing. There was a 68 Dart parts car there though, if any of the other two needed anything.
Next to the Darts was a 1971 Plymouth Satellite, and across from them was a plane jane 1972 Barracuda that was owned by a friend.
The owner and I talked for a while, he showed me the race car he was building, similar to the drag racers of the 60's and 70's, but with a modern touch. I thanked the owner and set up a time in the near future to go through all the tractor trailers. He was almost as happy as I was to go through them all. Some he hadn't been in for years!
As I pulled away, I just thought to myself, I had passed this for over 10 years and never knew. But this is why you always stop and ask questions! But this was not the end of the excitement for the day. There was still more finds to come... in Part 2!