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Restoration of my 67' R/T

I am the 2ND owner of this Mopar beauty; the first owner took delivery March 15, 1967 and maintained possession for 31 years. I was 15yo when Terry bought the car new and drove through out home town in Virginia, and he maintained her as a true R/T  (ROAD/TRACK) driving her daily and putting her on the track on weekends. In May 1998 I purchased the R/T, from Terry, this was an unbelievable moment for my brother and myself, as we have been Mopar fanatics for years.  After 31 years of waiting, my chance had finally arrived, the R/T headed to her new home in Florida. She is, all-original, with matching numbers, 440 Magnum, 727 Torque Flight Transmission and a geared 3:23 rear end. She had original paint with minor rust and minimal body damage, her fine AM radio (made by Motorola for Dodge) still sang our favorite tunes. She underwent a, well-deserved face-lift, (Full Restoration) and is now Weekend Driver and Show Car. 
March 1999 After driving her for about a year, it was time to get to work..........The drivers side floor pan needed replacing and both quarter panels needed new metal! These were the only places that I thought needed metal work. Repair panels were installed and the seams were welded and smoothed inside and out! The yellow Dupont prime and seal will offer protection until the rest of the car is ready for priming and paint. New to the game and limited references I figured I was getting my moneys worth, or was I? September 2001 When I started this project I thought I was on the right track, I hired people with good local references that I thought were the best in our area.  (Notice I said: "I thought") 3 years later I found out that I didn’t get the quality of repair that I was led to believe.  I wasn't really pleased with the way the overall project was heading. I had to stop, regroup and make a decision. The more I stripped off the car; the bigger the problem became.  In the mean time, I met a friend that owns a “turn key” classic car restoration business locally that offered his help and advice. He has restored numerous cars including his own 1967 Plymouth GTX (The R/T's sister car) to Concourse which had won it's class at the Mopar Nationals. With his help and advice I started to rethink the overall restoration that I was seeking. As bad as I hated it, it was time to back way up. His recommendation after evaluating the car and evaluating the situation was to totally media blast the exterior and engine compartment of the R/T, rework the quarter panels as well as both lower front fender areas, make all necessary repairs and then paint. Sounds easy doesn't it? Well it's not quite that easy, nor is it cheep! Planning on spending  some BIG $$$$$, it had to be done in stages, hence the reason the pictures showing it on a trailer going back and forth to my house to sit and wait until my savings account could handle the next stage! Media blasting, body work and paint was done by StripMasters, Inc. After much research, I discovered that the original interior in my car was not necessarily "Correct" for that year or car. The 67 Dodge Coronet R/T’s most prominent interior was "Bambino" grain with "Cologne" skirts. The interior upholstery and accessories were purchased from Legendary, and the seats were professionally recovered. Also installed, new interior door side panels, headliner (twice), armrest pads and chrome armrest pad bases, and door and window hardware. The rear shoulder leans have been painted high gloss black. All pot metal peices were rechromed or replaced. Any and All replacement parts are New Old Stock (NOS). Anyway there are numeous pictures of what was found during the process up to the finally restored 67' R/T. The full restoration was a four year long project, and was completed in May 2005 (just in time for her first local show). December 2006 a, trunk latch, mishap caused her to go back in the shop. The rear deck and trunk were repaired, repainted and blended into the quarters and a new coat of clear. Lesson learned; make sure the trunk latch is secured before hitting the brakes! 
The restoration may be considered done, but the upkeep is an everyday job and lifelong mission, but it's my passion....