John's next project is this '70 Challenger. It has a long way to go since it was nearly de
The TV show Nash Bridges was one of the more recent shows with a cool Mopar-this one driven by Don Johnson. Gaining fame behind the wheel of a pair of Ferraris in Miami Vice, Don traded the loafers and pastel sport coats for a '71 'Cuda and a slightly less trend-starting attire. John McDonald of Sunnyvale, California, was a big fan and an even bigger fan of the cool E-Body. This would begin his ongoing 11-year relationship with Mopars.
One day, John's mother told him that their neighbor was selling a Dodge Challenger. He picked it up for a mere $100. It was a '72 318 Challenger that had a lot of rust. While this wasn't the 'Cuda convertible he wanted so badly, it was still an E-Body. He and his father restored the car together, and John drove it all through high school. He even drove the blue Challenger to his senior prom and the following year to his fianc's prom. It was the car that whetted his appetite for Mopars. He found it to be a great learning experience and has kept it to this day.
Powered by a 440 Six-Pack, John's '70 'Cuda puts a smile on his face. He built the car at
John's next purchase was a '70 'Cuda. It started life as a low-option 318, but he dropped a date-correct 440 Six-Pack with Direct Connection Six-Pack carbs, a four-speed, and a shaker hood. It took him about 71/2 months to restore, working on it every other weekend. He had planned to finish the car by the end of 2007, but after he graduated from Chico State University, he received a job offer in Sunnyvale, California. Since he didn't have a place to work on the car in Sunnyvale, he kept it at his parents' house in Redding, California, and worked on it when he came for weekend visits.
John recently purchased an '05 Commemorative Edition SRT4 as a daily driver, and he also picked up a '70 Challenger. This will be John's first car that won't be a clone. It's an original 340 four-speed, painted Plum Crazy with a white stripe and is a factory A66. Unfortunately, the Challenger was in a severe accident in the early '80s that destroyed the front framerail, retiring this B-Body from the road. But he plans to bring it back, slowly restoring it as he finds time. It will require an extensive restoration, but John feels he's up to the task.
This is the '72 Challenger that John drove in high school. He still enjoys it and tells us
John's devotion to Mopars is obvious -most of his wardrobe consists of Mopar T-shirts-and he hopes to one day open his own Mopar restoration shop where he would work on and restore everything Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth has to offer, mainly focusing on E-Bodies. For now, he's just focusing on restoring his own cars and continuing to drive one of the E-Bodies from his stable of musclecars. We hope to see one of his restored 340 Challengers at a Mopar event in the future.
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