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Pete Ramos

Westminster, CO

I purchased this car in 1992 for $4000. It was in decent shape, had a well used 318, & a semi “Burnt Orange” paint job with at least 5 coats of clear coat, from a distance it did shine.

Well not the one to leave things as they, are I went about restoring it & modifying it to my taste. The interior was done by Auto Weave, a local outfit that does exceptional work here in Denver . Ron Nelson is the owner. One of his claims to fame is that Clive Cussler, the noted author who has an extensive car collection, has all his restoration & upholstery work done by Ron.

I wanted to do away with the vinyl seats and go with cloth. The seats are black with gray trim highlights & red piping, matching the color of the car & the pin striping. The dash, headliner, door panels & package tray were all done at Auto Weave as well.

The engine was taken to Star Performance, locally owned, unfortunately Dave passed away from cancer a few years ago, his work, dedication & love of restoration & engine building will be missed. The block is bored .030 over; heads are ported & polished; engine goodies are from the Mopar Performance Parts manual, pistons, cam & valve goodies. It has an Edelbrock Performer Manifold with an Edelbrock 600 carb & a set of TTI Headers. Exhaust Pros in Northglenn , Rick and Rich Rudd (father and son) did all the exhaust work & it sounds & looks great. Northglenn Dodge, a local dealer-ship down the road from me did the paint & body work. Thanks to Steve Brown. Dave Fitzgerald the owner is a Mopar man from the start & he has an extensive collection of Hemi cars, Vipers, & older classic rides that actually fill a part of the new renovated body shop. The color is called Silver Star Metallic, at least that was the name back when I had it done. Other than the usual nicks & chips from driving & enjoying it, the paint has held up very well & still shows off good. At times people cannot believe that a dealer-ship body shop did the work.


Other than a replacement quarter panel on the right rear & new trunk extensions that is all the replacement parts the car needed. Everything else was solid and rust free.

My friend Paul, a Chrysler mechanic here helped me with the drive train, suspension and transmission work. His family owns a 1969 Daytona (B-5 Blue with black strip, 1968 Dart GTS (383 powered), & a 1969 Road Runner Station Wagon (yes they made only 1 :)) - it is 440 powered and looks great. They sold a 1968 GTX with a Hemi so that his dad could restore a 1965 Porsche that he is the original owner of.

My car is driven pretty much year round except for the really bad winter, snow & ice days. I have had it in a number of shows local & out of state & have collected a fair share of trophies. The crowning achievement is my 2nd Place awards for E-body Modified at the 1995 & 1996 Mopar Nationals. It was just missing that one thing that a judge felt I should have had to get the 1st place trophy.

As with the Mopar Muscle Club of NM, I am a charter member in other Mopar clubs throughout the US . Keeping the sport alive & driving and enjoying the classic Mopar Muscle cars is so fun.