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Vanishing Point

Back in the mid-1970’s (before Jimmy Carter came along and screwed up everything), the car you see below was my “ride”. I miss that car. It was a ‘73 Dodge Challenger and it came special order with the Rallye package and a 340-4bbl V8 (240HP). I put a lot of love into that wee beastie not long after I got it.

Into the shop it went to have the heads shaved (raise compression) and get a transplant (Edelbrock high-rise, big Holley carb) that raised the muscle power up to around 300HP. It still didn’t have the killer power of the early Challengers that sported the 426 Hemi but it was cool enough for me and it didn’t guzzle gas like its grandparents with the Hemi, which was a good thing after the Arabs got all uppity in 1973.

This set of wheels was the first ones I had bought brand new and my wife was scared to death of it. Mheh-heh. Not that I had anything to do with that, of course. I would never have taken it out on the road the day I finished the “upgrade” with tires screaming (along with her) and wound it up to 120mph just to stretch it’s legs. Nosiree, I would never have done that to my dear little bride. Hehe. She left me about ten years later. I think it took that long for the shock to wear off.

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The Challenger line was killed by Chrysler in 1974 and the memories of that car have lingered in the minds of many old farts now driving around in Kia’s. Well, there is hope for us old geezers at last. Chrysler has decided to resurrect the Challenger for 2008. Even better, rumor has it that the SRT-8 version will roll off the assembly line with a 500HP 6.4 liter HEMI and a 6-speed manual joystick!!!! Oh God - I think I just wet my pants ....

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/29/2006 at 02:34 PM   
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