Daytona on the Farm 2015 UPDATE

There has been a bunch of new traffic around the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona that I shot a few years ago sitting on a farm.  I thought I would post some updates.

It was my very first article in Hot Rod Magazine!  HOT ROD: Daytona on the Farm

Also here is the original blog: Daytona on the Farm 

Every year since I saw the car, I always go and visit the family and talk with them.  Sometimes they have time to talk and catch up.  Other times I catch them at the worst of times, like the middle of a child's birthday party.  But the one thing remains constant, the Daytona.  And now I know why!

I shot the original pictures in Summer 2011.  This is late Spring 2012

I had another "barn find" to shoot locally, so I went over in Fall of 2012 on a lark to say hello and follow up on a few pictures I had missed out on.  Of course I showed up when they were having a children's pirate themed birthday party.  But they were still wonderful as always and allowed me to do what I needed.

After some digging, the owners found the original mesh nose piece, a little dented but in good shape.  As well as the missing original valve covers for the 440.

EVERYONE is always asking why the Daytona is not in the garage behind it.  I was wondering as well.  Well after a close inspection a few years ago (before I saw it) the garage was deemed unsafe and had a possibility to collapse in upon itself because of rotted beams in the roof.  So the family did not want the car to get crushed, so they pulled it outside to save it.  Here is what is currently in the garage, until they are able to fully mend the rotted beams and put the car back in the garage.

That leads me to Fall 2013.  With constantly writing and traveling, I only got to the Daytona one time, and when I was there was a very rainy and warm summer, so the plants went WILD.  I could not get to the car without a machete!

And again this past Fall of 2014 I went back again.

For being where it is, it is safe for now.  Yes it is still rusting, but there are plans in the works to get it out of the elements.  We shall see.  I can't wait to get out there in 2015 and see the car!

Ryan Brutt
The Auto Archaeologist

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