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Offline DrEamer

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I'm the Dreamer no more, bought my Challenger today!!!!
« on: September 09, 2017 - 12:27:24 am »
  When I joined this site, I called myself DrEamer, since I did not own a E body, but dreamed of getting one again. Today that changed. After months of eBay, craigslist, and every other form of internet searching, I bought myself a project 1973 Challenger. I found it on eBay after seeing it on craigslist somewhat locally. They started out a crazy price, but reality and time pressure made it to where I could afford it. I've never bought a car sight unseen, but after talking to the seller a good long time, I'm confident that I paid a fair price. My plans are to resto-mod it, but keep as much of the original flavor of the car as I can. Also, I think I will change it to a 1970, just because that was the first year of Challenger that I fell in love with "back in the day." It will be another week before I get it home, but other then that, all I can say is  :woohoo::jumping: :bigsmile:

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Well, I had to start somewhere.




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Re: I'm the Dreamer no more, bought my Challenger today!!!!
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2017 - 12:34:14 am »
far out!
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Re: I'm the Dreamer no more, bought my Challenger today!!!!
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2017 - 01:00:19 am »
Outstanding, good for you! 

Not sure what your experience level is but trust me when I say anyone can do the work on these cars if they are patient and do the homework along the way. Your plans of converting it to a 70 are very doable. Understand that halfway into it, you will feel overwhelmed and may doubt your ability to finish it right. That's when you take a step back to regroup, ask lots of questions of the folks in here, and then just focus on one small thing at a time until you get past the hurdles.


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Re: I'm the Dreamer no more, bought my Challenger today!!!!
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2017 - 01:45:09 am »
Cool Beans   :woo:
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Re: I'm the Dreamer no more, bought my Challenger today!!!!
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2017 - 01:59:36 am »
Good deal !
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Offline JoeGrapes

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Re: I'm the Dreamer no more, bought my Challenger today!!!!
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2017 - 07:12:24 am »
Looks good. You'll have fun. Beekeeper is right about feeling overwhelmed at times. I was so excited when I bought my car 18 years ago. Then the next morning I spent time looking at it and that's when it hit me. I walked back in the house and said to my wife, "OMG what did I do" after realizing all that needed to be done. Remember it's like eating an elephant, one bite at a time.

Offline JS27N0B

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Re: I'm the Dreamer no more, bought my Challenger today!!!!
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2017 - 08:07:16 am »
Congrats! :cheers: :thumbsup:
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Offline djw383

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Re: I'm the Dreamer no more, bought my Challenger today!!!!
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2017 - 09:56:51 am »
Doing at least one thing every day pays off,  even if it is cleaning 1 bolt, or doing the research to order 1 part, or simply reorganizing the parts pile, it adds up. Keeps you motivated by seeing progress. I use to try and spend one hour a night after the family went to bed...after a week that ends up being a full days work....when funds run out, there is always a ton of stuff to do that does not cost money....and be sure to enjoy the rewards along the way like admiring a freshly painted part...

Offline 340-FOUR- BARRELL

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Re: I'm the Dreamer no more, bought my Challenger today!!!!
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2017 - 01:23:20 pm »
Jolly Good Show. Your story is similar to mine. Watched a 73 Challenger #'s matching 340 posted several times on CL with a firm price.  When it didn't sell, the seller put it on eBay with no reserve. The last 10 seconds of the auction  I submitted a bid 20% less than his CL " firm price". Up came "Congradulations! You WON!"  :cooldancing:

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Re: I'm the Dreamer no more, bought my Challenger today!!!!
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2017 - 05:57:14 pm »
congratulations on your project . 1  step at a time and your dream will come true. Well done  :aussie:
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Offline dakota

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Re: I'm the Dreamer no more, bought my Challenger today!!!!
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2017 - 08:33:26 pm »
Congrats on your purchase.   I would echo the advice of Beekeeper and others around doing a steady stream of small things to make progress.

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Re: I'm the Dreamer no more, bought my Challenger today!!!!
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2017 - 10:25:43 pm »
"Get er Done"
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Offline DrEamer

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Re: I'm the Dreamer no more, bought my Challenger today!!!!
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2017 - 10:48:16 pm »
Outstanding, good for you! 

Not sure what your experience level is but trust me when I say anyone can do the work on these cars if they are patient and do the homework along the way. Your plans of converting it to a 70 are very doable. Understand that halfway into it, you will feel overwhelmed and may doubt your ability to finish it right. That's when you take a step back to regroup, ask lots of questions of the folks in here, and then just focus on one small thing at a time until you get past the hurdles.

Thanks for the advice, you have given solid advise to me in the past when I first joined the forum. You may not remember what you said, but it was about me looking for a car in the first place.  Here was your quote:

"The right deal really does come along at times but the people who are able to make their dream materialize are the ones who have cash ready to go and also don't spend too much time kicking tires. Figure out what your budget is and have that cash in an envelope in your safe if you can.

E body cars are super hot so try to learn what you can about values and problems to avoid ahead of time so when that special deal comes along, you can quickly assess and pull the trigger before someone has a chance to buy it out from under you. None of us enjoy hearing the story about "I could've" or "I should've." We love seeing follow up posts with pictures of the new car you just scored much more!"

Funny how that exactly worked out.

As far as my skill set, I have built a couple of race cars, and worked in an alignment shop for a couple of years. So, I enjoy engine work , plus can handle most suspension and brake work. My weakness is body and paint, but I have a couple of friends that do it on the side. I also have a couple of friends that own restoration/hot rod shops if I need a professional. At this point money and time will most likely hold me back more then anything.   

 
« Last Edit: September 09, 2017 - 11:47:48 pm by DrEamer »
Well, I had to start somewhere.

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Re: I'm the Dreamer no more, bought my Challenger today!!!!
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2017 - 11:18:52 pm »
Congrats on your recent score! Figure a budget and then 2.5 times it and you'll be close, just close. It'll be worth it in the long run, though!  :wave:

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Re: I'm the Dreamer no more, bought my Challenger today!!!!
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2017 - 11:29:37 pm »
Money and time are always the nemesis of any build...  :bigsmile:

Congrats, look forward to the build.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)