After getting a bit lost, I came through the center of this small town in Wisconsin. Right in the middle of town was homes and garages. There was a large garage that had one of the doors open, and in that opening there was a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner convertible!
The son was out working, I asked if his father was around. He was and he came out and we began talking about Mopars and how I love them, etc.... and all this time the son is very excited. He finally asks his Dad if he could open up the other garage door, which his father said he could. And behind door number 2 was these beauties.
One was his and the other was his wife's. Even the license plates were only off by one digit. He showed me the nooks and cranies of these cars, letting me know that he drives these all the time. His 1970 Superbird had a 1970 Superbee scoop grafted onto the hood.
The Road Runner (which turned out to be a 68 Convertible) was not the only vehicle stashed away in that massive garage.
The nice owner then asked if I would like to see the other 30 Mopars he had! Wow, not a bad find after getting completely lost! First one up was a 63 Plymouth convertible that was stashed away in an old OIL HOLDING TANK that the guy had converted in to a garage behind and below his actual one. I've found cars in old gym's, churches, junkyards and barns... but never in an oil tank!
Next we went into his workshop, where he had his very first car stashed away until he can get around to restoring it. At one time it had a blazing hot 426 Max Wedge engine in it. Also he showed me his collection of big block, exhaust manifolds and a bit of everything else.
Then we moved onto more of his actual collection of cars. First up was a 1969 6-Pak Superbee... completely buried in a shed. I barely was able to get over and read the vin. But the M was there!
Along the side of one of his workshop he had ANOTHER 6-Pack Superbee! But this time a 1970. And behind that was a 1969 Coronet R/T 440 car! Even still had the RamCharger dual scoop hood on it.
The owner then invited me out to his barn not far from the house where he stores the rest of his project cars. So we hopped in the Challenger, since they had never ridden in one before, and got over there pretty quickly.
First up in the garage was a 1969 Dart Swinger that had a 340 in it at one time. Sharing garage space with the Dart was a 1967 Plymouth GTX 440 project, along with the original quarter panel on the blue 70 Superbird.
He walked us up past a few project cars that were sitting out side for a rainy day project. A row of 1st Generation Chargers.
Sitting not far from the Chargers were a few of his older project cars he hopes to one day make into hot rods. Along with a decent 69 300 Convertible.
Walking our way into the back of the yard, he showed me a project he plans on working on soon, a Chrysler Wagon, he wants to make into a parts getter.
Then we moved onto the second to last honey hole. This little garage had a five projects in it. From left to right, a 70 Charger, 73 Road Runner, 68 Satellite, 69 Charger and another 70 Charger. Nothing crazy like a Daytona or such, but he did have an original Daytona nose he picked up from a guys yard a few decades ago. I couldn't get to it with everything in the way. But the son made a very nice replica as a project at Wyotech.
Out back there was still a few projects and parts sitting idle for their day to come. Whatever that day might be, I don't know. The lot included a 73ish Satellite and a 69 Road Runner.
Then, stored away in the last barn was his E-body collection. Just some later model Dodge Challengers. But still in decent condition.
After the Challengers, we headed back to their house, that was until they had the idea to show me their friends place. On the way to the friends place ironically we found that Travco I had been searching for this entire time. And the really crazy thing was that my new friend had no idea that the Travco was all Dodge underneath! Now he might be buying it.
We got to his friends, but he wasn't home. But the garage door was open, so he said he friend would be cool with just a few quick pictures. He is the original owner of another 70 Superbird. And has a bunch of Mercury Cyclone Spoilers and Spoiler II's along with a Talladega.
After that, we made our way back to their home. Where the friend we just tried to go see was! Too bad time was not on my side. I had to depart. I said good bye to my new friends and made my way to town to grab some dinner. Where I stopped at a Dairy Bar in Watertown, Wi that had been there since the 30's!
To finish off the weekend I had to go to Rockford on some business. In the meantime there was some recent barn find excavations sitting on the side of the road.
In Rockford I was able to finally catch a ride on their classic Trolley car that runs up along the Rock River. I highly recommend it!
Then I stopped by a garage sale and found this sitting in the drive way.
And that ended the weekend. It was one heck of an adventure that I did not see coming from a mile away. But that is what happens when you make a wrong turn, you never know where you might come out.