This was exactly what I would’ve been looking for about 1997. Not the car itself…I’m not a fan of the Elwood Engel-designed Mopars…but the overall scene you are about to witness. You see the body shape first, peeking out from behind the shed. There is no doubt that this is an older beast, something with classic lines that hasn’t been seen on the road since before you were born, really. You investigate…it’s not wholly rotted but it will need just enough work that the price shouldn’t be prohibitive. The owner comes out and instead of rushing you off of his property, tells you the situation: it’s a project, it needs some love and they are ready for the car to move along to the next owner. You ask if you can poke around, check out the interior and if you can see what’s under that expansive hood. The owner gets a slight smile at the corners of his mouth. Sure, kid, check out the underhood view.
You might not fully understand everything you are looking at, but you know a dual-quad setup when you see it. You try to restrain your excitement, but no matter how good of a job you think you are doing, the seller sees that you’ve gone into “kid on Christmas morning” as you move around the car, checking out everything, soaking up each little tidbit and detail. All you need to do is to pay the man and make it yours. You have been saving up your money, right?
This is the kind of find I dreamed about as a kid. The car is a 1965 Chrysler 300, but that beast underhood is a 383 with an Erson cam and other tidbits that may (or may not) include worked heads and a fresh transmission. Yes, it’s been sitting for a minute in a barn and has a layer of dust…or algae, given this car’s Pacific Northwest location…and it’ll take some time and some cleaning to bring it back to life. But it needs to be brought back to life. You don’t want to tool around in an old Hyundai, do you?