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The Daytona in the Yard
Posted On: 9/6/2011 11:52AM

You never know what you might find out in the middle of the countryside. A tip from a gentleman in Wisconsin lead me to one of the craziest barn finds you might ever see. A 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, one owner car!

The car was purchased new in 1969 and used as a daily driver. Unfortunately one day after getting a full tank of gas in town, the family came home, then swapped cars and went out to dinner. This was roughly late 1974. They got back, and the next day try to go drive the Daytona and the thing shuddered, there was a terrible noise and the car quit running. After tearing apart half the engine and taking the gas tank out, they discovered someone had drained all the gas out of the car and replaced it with water. Hydrolocking the engine.

The only major damage they found after dis-assembly was that some of the push rods were bent. But instead of fixing it during the gas crunch and with winter around the corner, they filled the engine with heavy duty oil, drained the entire cooling system and topped off the transmission. That's it. Read the full story and see all the pics at Cars in Barns Blog


Comments (11)
Avatar By: usnrocker
9/6/2011 1:17 PM

thats awesome that they held on to it that long....

Avatar By: 13sDatsun510
9/6/2011 3:05 PM

theres a mid 50s porsche 550 spider in my town, my town being a speck of dust on the map maybe 2500 people live here, the spider appears all original including paint and chrome, is all together just sitting out in the elements with a tarp over the roof.

Avatar By: 74Furyous
9/6/2011 3:22 PM

There outta be a law. If you own such a classic car and refuse to sell it, restore it or just stop the thing from decaying any furthur, it should be taken away from you.

Avatar By: ink-spot
9/6/2011 4:06 PM

@ 74Furyous There are such laws, the cars just get crushed instead of fixed

Avatar By: 74Furyous
9/6/2011 4:26 PM

@ ink-spot. Hmmm, true. Let me rephrase - they should be taken away and given to a good home.

Avatar By: SpawnyWhippet
9/7/2011 3:19 AM

@12sDatsun510 - I think its unlikely to be a genuine Porsche 550, as only 90 cars were ever made, and the existence or destruction of just about all of the cars are well known and documented. More likely to be a 356 cabrio or a replica. Still, I'd be interested to find out more about it and which town it's in? Can you get any pics?

Avatar By: PathosBedlam
9/7/2011 6:28 AM

Totally agree with 74Furyous. People who miss-treat classics need to be whipped in public. There is a special part of hell reserved for people like this. If someone wants to spend 100,000 dollars on this, it might be like new again, but how much of it will really be original by then? What a shame.

Avatar By: VALIANT010
9/7/2011 6:59 AM

It's nice that they held on to the car for years, but it a share they didn't take better care of this classic car.

Avatar By: viperbabe35
9/7/2011 8:36 AM

do they have any plans to get it running again its a shame to she this happen to a mopar legend

Avatar By: MychaelZ
9/7/2011 10:13 AM

Only 4539 miles on it! And it sits there, uncovered, "until the day they are able to restore it." Seriously? It's been sitting around rusting away for 37 years; they're not going to restore it. What's going to happen is, 50 years from now, the rusted remains will be decorating someone's front yard, just like old rusted and decaying trucks, tractors, farm equipment, etc., decorate so many bassackwards Wisconsin lawns nowadays. (I should know; I'm unlucky enough to live here.) For f**k's sake, would someone go offer them 50k for that beautiful Mopar while there's still hope for it???

Avatar By: jamer891
2/24/2012 11:27 AM

Dodge sure made some ugly cars but you have to love them. My wife's favorite is the old Challenger. We now have a 96 Viper. See it here:


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