Back when I started high school, custom vans were the big craze (along with disco
). I started saving up all my money from odd jobs hoping to have enough when I got my drivers license to customize a van, I figured my dad would buy me a used van when I was 16.
One day I let him in on my plan and he informed me if I wanted a car when I was old enough, I'd have to buy it myself.
So much for my little scheme, no way I'd have enough cash to buy a van and have enough to customize it too.
So I started looking at cars trying to figure out what appealed to me, reading Car Craft and Hot Rod and admiring the late 60's Camaros and Mustangs. Then one night I saw Vanishing Point on TV and something clicked. I wanted one of those!
I read up everything I could get my hands on about Challengers, and learned about their cuda brothers and the T/A. I actually started leaning more toward cudas by the time I turned 16. I still remember a FK5 '70 cuda I used to see driving around town that looked beautiful!
I got my license and started watching the ads for AAR's and T/A's. Most were sold by the time I called, my friends at school were giving me grief about not having a car after bragging so long about this cuda or Challenger I would get.
Finally I found a T/A in a nearby town in my price range, it had a little rust and bad rear tires and wheels but it was mine!
Being winter, I soon found out it was a crazy car to try to drive daily, fortunately it died on me within a few weeks and spent the winter under a snow bank until spring came and I could figure out why the plugs were fouling up.
By the next winter I bought a Pinto for a daily driver and the T/A became a hobby car.
Within a few years I bought a V code Challenger project car lacking its original engine and a loaded dealer demo '71 cuda 340 that sadly was too rotted to save then, I sold the V code too as I was too busy with college to deal with it. But I have kept the T/A which may someday be finished with its ground up resto.
I just realized that last month was the 30th anniversary of me buying my first car, the T/A!!