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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 9:49 am 
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Last chance before I get the sawzall out! 1983 Plymouth Horizon TC3 set-up for small block/904, no rear end or springs but comes with driveshaft/motor mounts/trans mount/spring plates/radiator. Had A-Body 8-3/4 on Camaro springs, fully gusseted and was running/driving car before pulling it apart. Has Shelby Charger interior and is RUST FREE! Will make great donor car for my wife's 85 Shelby Charger if not sold by first week in August it will be cut up! $600 obo, call Jim at 8478-774-7589 or email rhinodart@sbcglobal.net for more pics. Car is currently on flatbed trailer and ready to be delivered!


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 11:56 am 
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Hey Tom,

That's about where we were going with the Turismo when I had to move. It would be a good GodsRods project since it's already set up like we wanted to do with the Turismo. I wish I was in a position to check it out, but I don't think Uncle Sam would let me leave for a couple weeks to go back to the states to make the deal and find someplace to store it.

Did it give any other details like how they set up the front suspension or if it has a roll cage, etc? Where is it located? You shouldn't tease me with stuff like this. You know I'm a sucker for a project! Especially one that is just like I wanted to build and has already been running.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 12:05 pm 
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I the ad off Moparts for sale section. http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=1816367&an=0&page=0#1816367 7th from the bottom.


Thought it might interest you since it is so close to what you were working on.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 12:59 pm 
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Thanks Tom.

I'll email the guy and see what's what, but I see that he's in Illinois. I don't know anyone in that area to lend me a hand since I'm about 5,000 miles away and wouldn't be able to get it or store it myself.

Maybe the guy will at least give me some details about how he did his to help me out.

You're not helping me get over my Slanted Addiction Tom! :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 5:17 pm 
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You could offer a deposit and ask him to put a hold on it...

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That car is owned by a buddy of mine. :shock:

If you want to make a deal on it, I can probably scare up a place to hide it for you for a while. :D

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 2:04 am 
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Thanks 'Zilla! Are you familiar at all with the car, or is it just something that he happened across and yanked the drivetrain out of?

I'll shoot him an email. I tried last night, but the link from moparts wouldn't work and I was too tired to type coherently anyway.

You guys are the best (or worst depending on whose perspective we're talking about (mine or the wife's)) :D

I'll get back to you soon.

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I have never seen the car, but I know he drug it home as a project. :shock:

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 11:41 am 
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I just got around to emailing him. Hopefully he'll get back to me. It looks like he's a big mid/late A body fan.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 11:58 am 
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He just emailed back with pictures. Says he has others that are interested. I'll let ya know......

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 5:32 am 
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Jim has been real helpful and he sent me several pictures of the engine compartment to show how things were modified for the conversion.

He has several other folks interested, so it will probably go to a good home.

Thanks for the "heads up" Tom and thanks for the offer to help 'Zilla! Just putting me in touch with Jim has gotten me back interested in trying to find someone to continue the project on the Turismo.

I had pretty much given up and decided to let it sit in place until I get back to the states, but I figure I'll ask again...

Does anyone know of a chassis builder/hot rodder somewhere close to North Georgia that would be willing to take on the project of finishing up the RWD conversion we started on our Turismo?

It has been back-halfed and has an 8 point cage installed.

The front suspension modifications have been started, but not finished. It would take someone who understands front end geometry to some extent. They could either try to figure out how to make what we have already done work, or start over with something else like a Mustang II set up.

I could probably arrange for delivery to their shop if it isn't too far from the Atlanta area. It is currently stored in North Georgia.

How about you Ron Parker? You had mentioned awhile back about acquiring a Rampage and you had a chassis builder that was going to convert it for you. Anyone else?.....

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2005 11:18 am 
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Here is another cool possibility.

http://www.racingjunk.com/exec/ca/view/460652/MOPAR--77-PLYMOUTH-ARROW.html

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That would be cool too, but I'm more of a "low budget" kinda guy. They probably want some pretty serious coin for it as is.

I say "low budget", but then I look through my receipts for the GodsRods Duster project and realize that I spent just over $4,000 and more time than I care to admit trying to build a race car that wound up barely running 17s and still isn't at a point where it's really ready to race (safely). Granted, this is counting all costs like gasket goop and spray paint, etc. If I had at least started with a better car to begin with than a really tired and wrecked Duster that had been sitting in a field for years it probably would have gone a lot smoother.

I have to wonder if I wouldn't have been better off just sucking it up and paying $5-6K for a "turnkey" car in the first place. You can't put a price on the time spent with the youth group kids, but there was considerable frustration with set backs and not getting it finished in time to really race it before I had to leave.

I still want to finish the Turismo project, but maybe not as the "only car in the stable". If I get a "ready to run" race car when I get back, the kids and I can jump right back into racing and take our time with the "project" vehicle and not be quite as disappointed by the inevitable set backs.

Sorry, just thinking out loud again....

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 5:24 am 
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Plymouth Arrow.... wasn't that a Mitsubishi Galant dressed up for a masquerade? :?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 5:45 am 
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I have always felt like if you spend a little more up front that you a far better off in the long run. The little stuff will nickle and dime you to death. Most rollers that you would 4-8K for you can not duplicate for the same price.

The only way to start from scratch is if it is car you can not find. Like say a Simca... :D but if you want an 11 sec Duster why start from scratch when you can pick a rolling car less M/T for 5-6K. It is money well spent even if you have to wait a while to save up the $$$$.

In your case it keeps the interest of the kids longer and they do not tend to get bored with the build. At a later date you could pick up a project car and say OK now lets build one ourselves(while you still have he other car to race).

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