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  1. cloneman315

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    My name is Brian I am from upstate Ny.
    I am looking for a 74 challenger 318 that my grandfather bought for my mother new out of high school.I have the vin,original window sticker and a old pic when it was new and thats about it,any help or advice would be great!!
    I was young when I saw it last,from what I can remember it was a 318 car,my dad did change the egnine I think. It was first white with a black vinyl top,then it was white with a flake green paint,then the last I knew it was hemi orange with solid black side stripes,the hood was not a shaker but had the two vents one in each side,it was in upstate ny last I knew,again I was maybe age 10 or so last time I saw it,I am 34 now.


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    Welcome to FEBO! Good to have you here. Having the vin should be a big plus. Have you tryed contacting the DMV? May be worth a shot. Good luck on your search.
     
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    yes I tried the ny dmv.no luck of course...
     
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    Doesn't surprise me. NY's DMV can be pretty tight lipped.

    Welcome aboard, by the way. What part of upstate was the car last seen in? Hitting some of the shows might help.
     
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    Having the VIN will be a big help, but it will be truely like searching for a needle in a haystack, when you consider the odds.

    First, I believe the rule of thumb, is that usually only about 10% of those cars still exist today. The majority of those survivors are not east coast cars. If it did survive, since it was a 318 car, its likely that it was cloned into something else because no one want to spend big bucks restoring a 318 car. Sad, but true. There is a very slim chance that it is still sitting in someones garage somewhere. Also, these cars have been shipped all over the world so that is another factor to consider.

    Dont want to sound negative, but I dont want you to get your hopes up either. Just keep looking, and maybe you will turn something up, as I have seen stranger things happen. One thing on your side, is that it went through several owners, so it might have been kept in good condition, and escaped the crusher and the rust fairy.

    If you havent already, you should also try CUDA-CHALLENGER.COM, DODGECHARGER.COM, FORABODIESONLY.COM, FORBBODIESONLY.COM, MOPARTS.COM, RACINGJUNK.COM, and any other car related site you can join.

    Many times, people own multiple cars, and they may prefer to frequent one site over the others, so every bit of exposure you can get will help.

    Welcome to the site and good luck.
     
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    What town ? I'm upstate (near Glens Falls) but some consider north of NYC upstate.
     
  7. cloneman315

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    I now live in charlotte but this was in utica,last time I saw it I was about 10 and it was leaving the driveway as my dad sold it... I honeslty thought with the net etc it would be way easier than this lol,guess I was wrong
     
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    Even with the net, you are still at the mercy of those who use it. Of the millions of people on the net, only a tiny fraction are on this site. And of all those who read your post, and own 74 Challengers, how many of them ran out and checked their VIN number? Probably not many. And even if someone finds out that they own your car, they may have no interest in selling it, or, because it means something special to you, they may demand top dollar from you for that reason.
     
  9. cloneman315

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    yeah,I was afraid of that..
     
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    Ttt still looking with no luck... I was hoping the vin would bring up some kind of a trail or info but nothing...
     
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    Welcome to the site!
     
  12. cloneman315

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    Some good news possibly! Found out today car may be green and in the area south of Albany ny and was recently registered.

    car has few things behind back seat a old dodge color changing sticker from the 70s. Possibly purple paint under there.
    And a gene simmons sticker that was behind the emergency brake light.y dad said he upgraded the dash with vents and the updated cluster TA style I believe!
     
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    Well what are you waiting for? Go get it!:lol:
     
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    Wow clone man, looks like your perseverance may have paid off in finding your mom’s car.
    You have to check it out! :steering:Best of luck.
     
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    Guys yes but I still don’t know exactly the location or if it’s true. Good source from dmv confirmed vin was just registered. Anyone around the area of Albany to nyc know anyone with a green 74 let me know...
     
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    cloneman
    If you have a police officer as a close friend or acquaintance; he/she could run the VIN for you. Just a thought?

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    Guys yes but I still don’t know exactly the location or if it’s true. Good source from dmv confirmed vin was just registered. Anyone around the area of Albany to nyc know anyone with a green 74 let me know...
     
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    Guys found the car!!!! All confirmed it’s alive and well. 2 hours away and heading there in the am to see it with dad!!!’
     
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    I guy is super nice!!!
     
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    Guys yes but I still don’t know exactly the location or if it’s true. Good source from dmv confirmed vin was just registered. Anyone around the area of Albany to nyc know anyone with a green 74 let me know...
     
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