Most car guys and gals are affiliated with some sort of car club. Be it a small group that meets every week at a common spot, or a local, online forum; one way or another, an affiliation is made. 24-year-old Laura-Dawn Rader is a member of the San Joaquin Valley Mopar Club. Through this group of gear heads, she's been able to find her dream car and begin restoring it.
According to Laura-Dawn, she has always been a fan of the Coronet body style, and wanted to find one she could restore. Through help from the club, she became friends with someone who had a '69 Coronet 500 sitting in front of their house. She worked out a deal to buy the car and keep it at another member's garage, where she and her boyfriend would be able to work on it. Before it came to rest at the shop, she and her boyfriend loaded it up on the trailer and towed it home to steam wash it and remove the grime and cobwebs. Other club members have been a great help with her trying to find parts, information, and assisting her with the build.
The car originally had a black vinyl top with Sun Fire Yellow paint, which she intends to return it to. Under the hood is a 330-horse 383 mated to an automatic transmission, and sitting behind that is an 83/4 rear. Other options include power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, and a thumb dial stereo.
The Sun Fire Yellow paint isn't a commonly seen color for the B-Body and, with the black top, should get some serious attention. To keep people staring, she's considering a 440 to slide under the smooth hood.
From the looks of the photos she sent us, the car is well under way in its restoration. She has begun the disassembly process and is looking for parts. With her trusty car club holstered away, we're sure she will have an excellent, knowledgeable group willing to help track down some things. She recently started a website to document her restoration, and we're excited to follow along at coronet500.weebly.com.
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