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Why Mopar do you ask?

posted in: 33 mopar hot rod garage, news on January 21, 2009 at 01:15 PM

Hemi, they are different. You just have to own one to know.

Hemi, they are different. You just have to own one to know.

A big thing for me is being different, that’s what got me into Mopars. That’s what got me wanting a 1963 Dodge. I would love a ‘41 Willys, but the price for them is REALLY crazy. I’m part of a car club that is primarily all street rods. Rods are great because you can really make them your own with whatever drive train you want, whatever paint you want, but almost everyone in this club I’m in has a ‘32 Ford. Go to a Goodguys show or the Syracuse Nationals, how many 32 Fords do you see? They are all beautiful, but I like to be different. That’s my thing and my opinion only. At an ALL MOPAR show in Carlisle PA this year, in a field of 2500 Mopars I was the ONLY ‘63 Dodge Polara on the entire show fun field. For me, that’s being different, that’s being a Mopar nut! It started when I was 16 and the 1st car I ever drove was my dad’s ‘69 340 Swinger. I layed two even 6 foot patches and a Moparhead was born.



Vierstra Design Garage
January 21, 2009 at 02:20 PM

Mopars are cool. I believe it depends on what you are exposed to early in life. If you started out with a Mopar, you are more likely to stay with it.

I started out with Chevrolet Chevelle and Chevy is mostly what I have owned. I like most of big 3 cars and trucks. Some more than others of course. I have always stayed with more of the unusual…’73 Chevelle Laguna was one of my first. You rarely see those.

MoPar Kelly's Garage
January 21, 2009 at 03:50 PM

I too love Mopars, though, unlike Don, I started out with Ford Mustangs. Still lovem’, but I have always liked Mopars, and even more so now that I own one.

MoPar Kelly

Bill Z's Hot Rod Garage
January 21, 2009 at 04:30 PM

Mopars are not only different, they’re rarer and more unique. I mean, 99% of what you pull alongside on the road is either GM or Ford. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate both, and am also a Chevy fan, but you rarely ever see an old Mopar on the road these days. Also, they’re arguably, out of the box, superior. Most stock Bowties and Ovals want NOTHING to do with a beefy sounding 440 or for that matter a HEMI…it makes them shake in their boots. And the potential you can get out of a 440 buildup without having to spend big bucks for crazy custom parts is SO much better than a 454, 396, 427, 460, 400, etc… No axle wrap out of the box either. Chevy and Ford had to combat this BIG time…Mopar had it figured out before they left the assembly line. In a nutshell, it takes a Mopar to catch a Mopar…no truer words were ever spoken. Kudos to a fellow Mopar nut… I’m right there with you. Now, anyone know where I can find a nice ‘67 Satellite, Barracuda or Belvedere? I have a line on a HEMI and I want something cool to put it in…

Viper8u Garage
January 21, 2009 at 09:27 PM

Having grown up with Mopar’s I found no compelling reason to change. There are a lot of very good muscle cars out there but when it comes to superior engineering from the factory, nothing can come close to a MOPAR. Don’t get me wrong, it sometime takes explaining to the uninitiated as why my Taxi cabs are cool and they where not the best when it came to production line quality control, but line one up and step on the throttle and you more than likely will find a Blue Oval or Bow Tie in the dust!!

dare2bdifferent48opel Garage
March 29, 2009 at 05:32 PM

i grew up with phords. what a drag. then my high school bud introduced me to his dad’s Richard Petty Racing built 426 HEMI in his ‘33 plymouth. enough said.

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