As a young adult with dreams of great financial success, I read Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich”. One of the big points of the book is to have a huge goal, which is unattainable by most, and to reward yourself hugely for obtaining it. You then put a visual reminder of the reward somewhere that you are constantly reminded of the goal and your reward.
In 1996 I set another such a goal, which was the second big goal I’d set and promised myself a big reward for hitting. In June 1998, I achieved that goal, and my reward had been a new Viper GTS. I Immediately went to the Dodge dealer and ordered a black with black interior with a stripe delete. Because of a strike causing a shortage of the front body work of the car, it took 13 months before I picked the car up.
I have put less than 4000 miles on the car since. The car looks and drives like brand new. 1999 was by far the very best year of the Viper. This car holds a lot of sentimental value to me. However, I’m now in my mid sixties, and in a mode of reducing the things I just don’t need. I have 31 cars, trucks and motorcycles; and I just don’t need near that many – so everything is for sale, some priced to move faster than others. This is the car I least want to sell, but I will for the right price. That price is $60K FIRM.
Below is a gallery of photos just taken of the car. It is in Flawless condition. Click the small photos to view the full size version. Some browsers will require a right-click to open in a new browser.
If you are interested in purchasing this car, call or text me at 713-899-7704. Don’t bother offering less or a trade, as I’m not interested.
Leaving Sunday evening for the NMCA race in South Florida, so a lot of the last week was spent getting the Motorhome (Not driven since October), Stacker and car ready. Loaded the car and golf cart today as it appears to have had the only two hour window of no rain between now and Sunday.
Getting my Magnum GT ready to sell, and the only real sore spot was the front seats.
I bought some dye from autoleatherdye.com, watched the video, and taught my shop rat how to do. He dabbed on six light coats to get to here.
Next he needs to scrub the dye off the buckles, apply the Semi-gloss topcoat, and finally the conditioner. The pictures don’t do the job justice, and it will look pretty damn good when finished. I ordered dark green dye and self-leveling crack filler to do the seats on my 64 Imperial.
My Magnum XE (Ginger) has had a ton of retro-mod upgrades over the years. Motor, 8.75 Rear-end, stereo, convert from column shift to factory floor shift, new carpet, addition of power windows, headers and 2.5″ dual exhaust, modern leather seats, and a new dash and custom gauges. Click here to read more. This week it was new wheels and fabricating the missing console plate out of 1/8″ aluminum plate and black wrinkle paint to match the dash. The AC leak was fixed and recharged, and the turn signal issue from the gauge upgrade fixed. Also added a deep trans pan with temperature sender to go to the gauge. I normally wouldn’t have an oil temp gauge, but I had an extra hole to fill when I did the gauge panel.
There was some work done on the the Screamin’ Woody. The fuel system’s AN -10 hose was run to the front of the car, as was some double-ought battery cable. Stopped short of running under the hood as that needs to be freshened up with new paint.
Turned the shop rat loose with some sand paper to scuff it up. Need a couple days of 70+ degree weather with no rain before being able to paint. Ordered the rotating and bearings for the wagon’s motor. The block is done, so assembly will start soon. Getting down to home stretch.
Its getting all new front-end parts. Then then engine compartment will be painted Petty Blue. Then the trim will get removed, body wet sanded and spray with clear. Then a bad ass lowdeck and 5-Speed stick installed.
Finally it goes to the wrapper to get wrapped to look like Petty’s 60 Plymouth in the woods in back of his shop for last 55 years.
So other than a little cleaning of the shop and some parts that I’m selling/sold; ordering new parts and shipping sold parts – that’s most of it for this last week.
This 2009 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak is as picked up from the factory. In 2009, “Connected Racers” applied to be able to buy the 100 Drag Paks built for 2009 to compete in NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock Indexes. I got #42, which is a grey interior 6.1 set up for stick shift.
Everytime one of these pops up for sale, a lot of ignorance winds up being posted. These cars are not streetable, they have a part number instead of a VIN, and when you pick up from the factory — you still have to complete the car to race in the Class/Index you want.
Below are a couple of links that might save those who don’t know what the car is a Hell of a lot of embarrassment when they start proclaiming their ignorance in posts.
“Many of you have seen Leah Pritchett’s Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, decked out with Demon themed graphics. However, many people think that particular car was from the latest batch of 2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak models. However, the car she runs is actually the very first 2009 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak ever built.
Nicknamed “El Bandito” the car started life as a 2009 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak equipped with the 6.1-liter HEMI package. In fact, there were three engine choices for the 2009 Drag Pak edition. 6.1-liter or 5.7-liter HEMI or 5.9-liter Magnum® Wedge—as well as manual or automatic transmission choices.”
I bought this car as an investment in 2009, and put into a bubble for 25 years. 10 years later my goals have changed and I’m in the process of selling off my car collection. I offer For Sale Drag Pac 42 for the exact $42,000 that I have in it — and will throw in the bubble. Click the below thumbnails to see the full size version. In some browsers you have to right-click the photo and open.
Money in the bank. Keep in bubble for another 10 years.
0 Miles since HemiTyme Restorations performed it’s Rotisserie Restoration
A few modifications from stock – all of which are reversible
Click on a gallery photo below to see full size. Some browsers may require you to right-click and open. From the 10th Row down — you will see a mixture of photos from before (car was solid and the restorer wanted to know why I wanted to restore it) and during the installation.
I bought the car in 2003 and immediately dropped off with Ken Pressley at Hemityme Restorations. Ken (now retired) restored nothing but show winning Winged cars. At the time I also had a Petty Blue Superbird and a Green Daytona in line at Ken’s shop. There were a total 5 Superbirds ahead of this car for restoration, and I knew then it would be close to ten years before I got it back.
I liked this better than the Petty Blue V-Code 4-speed, so I decided I’d sell the Petty Blue and make this my driver. MAin reason was the rarity of this combination vs. the Petty Blue which was Hemi Orange until 1973 and the block being a factory replacement.
So I took a couple of liberties with this car to make it the fastest factory stock looking (to the average person — not you experts out there) Superbird. The original block was precision machined. The factory heads ported. The factory intake gasket match. The rotating billet stroker to 493CI. TTI Ceramic coated headers route exhaust gasses to 2.5″ factory appearing exhaust. The Radiator is aluminum painted black to fool the average eye. The clutch system is McLeod. All of this can be restored back to stock should you desire.
When the car was finished (better than ten years later), Ken took it for long ride to find and repair anything missed, detailed the car and I picked up to take back home to Texas. When home I drained the gas and put in a bubble — as my life had changed over the previous decade and I was no longer interested in having the car as a driver.
About four months ago I had someone claiming to be interested in buying — so I put in a couple of gallons of gas with stabilizer in the tank, changed the oil, rebuilt the front carb that leaked when I started. The prospective buyer liked the car — but not enough for us to come close to my price. As such I put back in the bubble and take out once a month to start — then back in.
Now I’m at the point in my life (mid-sixties) where I want to make life a little more simpler, and I’m selling most of my 31 car/truck/motorcycle collection. I feel certain that this car is the nicest Superbird available — and that the investment market on this car will skyrocket in the next recession as a hedge against cask and the stock market. Sadly, I’ll need to part company to this car and many others before then.
I’m Asking $220,000
Email me at DaveTheOldHippie @ Gmail.com if you’re interested, or forward to someone you think may be interested. Delivery can be arranged.
Click here to read the Hemmings Motor News article from 2013 on the 1967 Marlin.
As a kid, I was sort of a fan of the 65-66 Marlin when it first came out. Like the Mustang being built on the compact Falcon, and the Barracuda being built on the compact Valiant, the Marlin was built on the compact Rouge. However, in 1967 that changed when the Marlin moved onto the full-size Ambassidor chassis. When I first saw a picture of the longer and lower Marlin, it instantly became my favorite car. Over the next 40 years, I attended hundreds of car shows and auctions, but never saw a 67 Marlin in the Wild. That’s just how rare and obscure they are.
For more years than I care to remember, I searched for a 67 Marlin in good enough condition to easily restore. About ten years ago I came across this one with a nice body and interior. It was in the collection of an older man with Stage Four cancer. The car hadn’t run in a long time, and had electrical issues. I bought the car with the Intention of restoring red/black with black interior. However, time slipped by and now I’m selling my collection – and this Marlin. All of the electrical was properly addressed, the ignition updated with a Pertronix distributor, the carb rebuilt, and the car has been completely gone through. A ton of work has been done on the car and now It runs and drives great.
Below is a gallery of photos I took last week. Click on the small version to open the full-size version. With some browsers you may have to right-click and select open.
I took a video of me driving the car, but it somehow got corrupted and plays in slow motion. I’ll do another soon, but in the meantime here are a couple short videos.
Located in Beasley, TX Tuesday-Thursday and Montgomery, TX Friday-Monday.
The truck has 39,000 miles, but is as clean as new.
6.2L 411hp Motor. 17.7 average mpg in last 3500 miles
Trailer Backup Assist
Rear Camera & Trailer brakes
20″ Premium Wheels & Tires
Premium Hard Tonneau painted to match
Sprayin Bed Liner
Twin Swing-out Saddle Bags
I bought this truck with 14,000 miles in 2017 for my daughter. A few months later I got my son a SUV, and my daughter wanted to drive his Genesis Coupe instead. I have a new Ram 3500 dually, but I’ve been driving this on longer trips (Colorado, Dallas…) and to a from my lake house. While this truck is really nice, I rather sell it a buy a new full-size SUV.
Click and hold any photo in the gallery, and then select Open to see larger version of photo.
I bought this truck about ten years ago, but barely drive it as I’m a full-figured 6’/320# man who barely fits behind the wheel. I have a collection of about 30 vehicles and need to trim it down to about 10. This is one that has to go.
This truck has its original flathead 6 motor and three-on-tree transmission. The paint is bright and the interior clean. The truck is clean and solid underneath. Below is a gallery of photos I recently took. Click and hold, then select open — to see the full size photo.
The chassis was built by Jeffers, and the car was setup to run in True Street, where it would go on a 30-mile trip and then the NOS would be turned on for 3 8-second passes without touching engine.
I bought the car over ten years ago for my son to run. He made a couple low 11-second soft hits on motor only, and then we took it back to shop to tear down and restore. Click and hold photos in gallery, and the select Open to see large version.
After putting $75K into the car, plans changed – and the car was put into a bubble for next ten years.
Last month, the car was taken out of the bubble, filled with fluids, cranked up, tuned up, and driven a coupleof miles. I actually video’d the drive, but the video somehow got corrupted and plays in slow motion only. Below are photos I took on my phone last week. They don’t do the car justice!
I’m now in reduction mode, if if doesn’t give me joy, I’m selling it. I’m selling this car for half what it’s worth and 1/3 what it would cost you to build from scratch.
$35,000 firm Beasley, Texas
email me at DaveTheOldHippie @ Gmail.com if you’re interested. The are only a few things I might consider bartering for. Click here for the list.
This car has a lot of history. It has been a Texas drag car all of its life. Even still wears the original 1972 Texas Inspection sticker.
The car was completely gone through in 2006. New Chrome Moly cage and floor (inside and under) stripped and repainted with POR 15. New alloy axles, race gears & bearings, Autometer gauges, 4-wheel disc brakes, Caltracs and paint. My son race it until the end of 2009, and then he moved up to the NSS Class, in a 65 Coronet for 2010. The car was cleaned and put into a bubble until last month.
The car has won many National Events in NMC since. The car has been in many magazines.
This Demon is now available for sale as a roller. Put a Mopar small block and transmission in it, and it’s NMC legal. The car is all metal and glass except for the fiberglass hood.
Put a modern Hemi in it, and run in NHRA’s new Sportsman class that runs old school cars with new school drive trains. Or easily bring back to Stock, Pro Street or Pro Touring.
Click and hold any thumbnail in the below gallery, and then click “open” to see full-size photo. These photos were taken on my cell photo January 2019.
What you see is what you get. It would cost you twice as much to find a Texas Demon near as nice, install the CM cage, alloy axles, 4-wheel disc brakes, gauges, rebuild the front end and 8.75 rear end, get the wheels a tires and then do the paint and body. This car might have less than 500 miles on it -but all at 1/4 mile at a time.
Below are some of the photos rebuilding this car, for your enjoyment.
I’ve been incredibly busy, mostly with starting a new business for my son and I, but some stuff has been completed at the shop. Some on the Texas Thug, some on the Screamin’ Woody, and some an some of the other vehicles I have. This will be the extremely condensed version, as even that will be a little long.
Vitamin C Sold
Yup, I sold the Vitamin C. It gave me 10 years of loyal service but it was time for another caretaker. I sold it to a 70-year-old drag racer in Tulsa by the name of Dave Lewis. He’s in the process of stripping it down and will freshen it up in the same Vitamin C theme.
I mentioned that I started a new business with my son. We sell, install and repair Blinds, Shades and Shutters. It is now running and my eldest son is now handling the day to day operations.
The Texas Thug has a new rear ProGlass window installed to replace the one that skated across the finish line at 140 mph in Indy last year.
The underside has been cleaned, the every nut and bolt has had a wrench put on it, and the valves run. Everything was looked over and appears well. The oil still needs to be changed and the car a good polishing. I had wanted to redo the inside of the trunk – but that might have to wait.
Not a whole lot of work has been done on the Screamin’ Woody. The block has been machined, but the crank had a crack – so I’m shopping for a new rotating.
I just bought a 4’X8′ piece of 1/8″ Lexan; stainless steel #10 buttonhead/hex drive machine screws and nuts; and some weatherstripping – so the windows are next on the list.
Years ago, I bought a Tube Chassis Barracuda and restored it. It’s spend about ten years in a bubble – until taken out last week.
Everything was gone through, filled with new fluids, carb rebuilt and a new battery installed. The car was started, tune and I took it for a shakedown drive. It’s now for sale, as I’m going with the Japanese Kondo philosophy of it doesn’t bring Joy – get rid of it,
The Demon that was Dallas’ first race car wasn’t so lucky. It’s ten years in a bubble cause a pin hole in number 6 cylinder. It took me half a day to tear down the motor and get the piston out.
It’s one of those deals where the sum of the parts are worth more than rebuilding the motor for it. I’ve already sold the heads, intake and rocker assembly. The car was been detailed and I’ll be listing for sale.
Next up, my 64 Imperial Convertible.
I’ve had a full size Chrysler convertible since the 70s. First a 67 Newport, then a 64 300, then a 65 300, and then I bought this from the original owner in her 90s about 18 years ago. I stopped driving it about 10 years ago. So in the last couple of months all of the brakes, brake lines and master cylinder was replaced. Gas gauge sender replaced. The carb was rebuilt. The power window switches disassembled and reassembled. The convertible pump system rebuilt. A brand new complete factory exhaust system installed. Brand new tires. Odometer rebuilt. The AC system rebuilt. The paint was power buffed. The leather conditioned. All off the dash chrome meticulously polished. Right now I’m waiting for the power steering pump to return from the rebuilder. Then the only thing left is redying the carpet when it gets a little warmer. I’ve really loved getting reacquainted with this car again. It’s a blast to drive.
In 1964, I remember the Mustang, Barracuda and Marlin fastbacks coming out. I loved all three of them. When the 67 Marlin was released on the fullsize Ambassador, it looked so much better than the smaller 65-66 versions on the compact Rouge chassis. There were very few made and all of my life I’d only seen a picture of one, and never one in the wild. About 20 years ago, I started my quest to find one in good original condition. About ten years ago, I ran into a man with a large car collection who had this car from Florida in it. He was dying of cancer and selling his collection off, and I bought this car. It had electrical issues, so I had in the back of my warehouse and planned to restore it to Red/Black with black Interior some day. That day never came, so the car was pulled out, the electrical completely redone, the ignition replaced with a Pertonix, the carb rebuilt, new battery, and new tires. The car runs like a Champ, but I’ve decided to keep it original and find a new caretaker for it. I’ll not drive it enough with my busy life.
The Leaning Tower of Power and 3-on-tree that was in my 60 Plymouth Post car was pulled in favor of a bad ass 383 that was recently rebuilt for it. When I drove this car home from Arkansas, I had it over 100 with that engine and skinny ass 25-year-old tires. I’m looking to put a 4/5/6-speed that has overdrive. That car is a keeper.
I’ve done a lot work on that car, which is a topic for another day. The point for this post was that I Cleaned the engine up and hit it with some Slant 6 blue. I’ll wrap and store it for a future project.
Finally, two of my Magnums had a lot of work done on them. I’ll be keeping the big block XE that is now exactly how I’ve wanted it for years. I just bought some new wheels for it. I’ll take it next week to get tires swapped over. I love the look of the Keystone Klassics on the car, but the Uni-lug design keeps having the nuts loosen up.
The rare 79 GT with E58 Cop motor has been completely gone through, detailed and I’ll be selling.
The shop has actually been busier than that, but I hit the important stuff and that catches me up.