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Rob Spiegel
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Re: Hard to see how this is possible
Rob Spiegel   8/29/2013 1:26:54 PM
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You were hitting all of the hip places in the 70s. A wild guess -- you were in San Francisco in the late 60s.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Hard to see how this is possible
Ann R. Thryft   8/27/2013 4:41:59 PM
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That sounds like what happened in Aspen, CO, also. I was there in the 70s, too, just as it was changing and not for the better.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Hard to see how this is possible
Rob Spiegel   8/22/2013 3:48:02 PM
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New Mexico was pretty wonderful in the 70s. That's when I arrived. Now you have to go farther and farther out of Albuquerque to find New Mexico.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Hard to see how this is possible
Ann R. Thryft   8/21/2013 7:28:51 PM
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Rob, my apologies--I thought you were in Arizona for some reason, a very different environment. I used to hang out in NM  in the 70s.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Hard to see how this is possible
Rob Spiegel   8/21/2013 6:26:58 PM
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Ann, we're high desert here in New Mexico, so the heat isn't extreme. We're a mile up. Plus, it's dry, so if you get into the shade the heat's gone. There's no moisture to hold the heat.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Hard to see how this is possible
Ann R. Thryft   8/19/2013 6:24:41 PM
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Well, I guess that's one big plus for having to live in extreme heat, Rob. Although it's also true that cars don't rust as fast in California as they do on the east coast.

tekochip
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Re: Hard to see how this is possible
tekochip   8/15/2013 2:59:16 PM
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Not so here in Chicago. 
 
I didn't have a Dart, but I did have a Plymouth Satellite.  My car rusted out so bad that I had a gas tray.  That platform of Mopar cars had the gas tank under the trunk, so the trapped water between the tank and trunk would rust the top right off the tank and the bottom off the trunk.  I always wondered if I could fill up the trunk and consider it an extended range tank.


Rob Spiegel
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Re: Hard to see how this is possible
Rob Spiegel   8/15/2013 10:43:18 AM
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One of the charming things about living in the desert is that car bodies don't rust. There are cars here in Albuquerque from the 50s with bodies fully intact.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Hard to see how this is possible
Rob Spiegel   8/12/2013 5:15:52 PM
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Dart right over, huh? When I owned a Dart, it was the least cool car on the planet. Now I wish I still had it.

Amclaussen
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Re: One Dart we had was awesome!
Amclaussen   8/6/2013 5:12:21 PM
My father bought a used '72 Dart... and had to sell it. Not that that car had any real problem, THE problem was it was so fast, that Dad had to stop my sister and me, both teens, from running drag races with other young people. Ours was a two door olive green with black vynil top, and was labeled as a "Dodge GTS", with a factory modified 318 engine with some 340 parts, high compression, forged rods, 4-barrel and the very first "windage tray" that I saw in any production engine. functional air intake hood scoop with tachometer on top, dual exhaust and (then) wide Oval Firestone series-70 tires. It ran 0-60 times under 8 seconds and burned rubber in first, second and third. It was assembled in Mexico's Toluca plant. that engine sounded absolutely gorgeous, and required high octane (100) gas at sea level. The Hurst shifter was the fastest, more reliably shifting that I have handled in many years.

We were very sad to see it depart, but probably my Dad was right. It was too much of a toy for two young and fearless teens.

I hope the product design people at Dodge learns about the heritage of the brand, and installs the SRT-4 turbocharged four engine into a new Dart 2014, and keeps the tradition alive. Amclaussen.

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