I was not allowed to have a "hot rod" while growing up. Because of this fact, after I got a job teaching school in 1980, one of the first things I wanted to do was get a muscle car. What should I get? I bought a number of car magazines, and started looking for my dream car. I can still remember turning the page and seeing a 1971 Charger R/T.
I had never seen a car as cool as this, the gills in the doors, the hood insert. I feel in love with the bodylines. I had to have one. Over the next 2 years I bought 3 of them, and pieced together 1 complete car. After 5 years of enjoying the car at shows, I decided I was tired to working on them and sold them all. "Never again" I said, and even sold some of my tools.
I was totally happy driving newer cars, till 2001. I got the "itch" to get another 1971 Charger R/T, but it had to be just the right car. I wanted a factory original "FC-7 Plum Crazy" colored car. They only made a total of about 3000 of these cars (and that was 3 decades earlier) and only 203 in this particular color.
After searching the Internet for months and a nice loan from Mom, I flew to Detroit to see this 81,000 original mile car. Two weeks later it was in my garage. This began my journey to restore this car to "original" factory condition, for the most part. I could only work as fast as my money would hold out, but after 5 years I took it out for my first car show in 20 years. It has been a great journey, but I promise...."Never Again"!