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« on: August 07, 2005, 04:56:19 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2005, 08:37:38 PM »

Wazzzupp.   Nice to see the new board up and running.   We're here getting ready for the Nats.   We're bringing Mike's watermelon for Fri and Sat.   We'll be at Keisler's tent on the vendors midway during the day and on Brice both eves.   Thanks for the official welcome.      Gary.
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2005, 08:53:38 PM »

Welcome to the site!! icon_smile_cool
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2005, 09:29:58 PM »

Ok, now that you've gotten the official welcome...

Where's the pics! Cheesy

I just had to beat Charger Fan to it...

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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2005, 03:28:48 AM »

Ok, now that you've gotten the official welcome...

Where's the pics! Cheesy

I just had to beat Charger Fan to it...

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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2005, 05:22:12 AM »

 icon_smile_big  I tried last night, but the pix are too large.
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2005, 10:45:23 AM »

Ok, now that you've gotten the official welcome...

Where's the pics! Cheesy

I just had to beat Charger Fan to it...

Troy

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Welcome to the site! I was hoping one (or both) of you Dayclona guys would make it. thumbs


BTW, if you'd like I can help with any pics you'd like help with.
Just shoot me some in an e-mail (found in my profile) & I'll post them in this thread.
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2005, 12:55:10 PM »

Welcome to the site, glad you made it cheers !
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2005, 09:01:09 PM »

   How about the story behind the watermelon Gary?  Love hear 'bout that!!!

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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2005, 06:36:42 AM »

The back story....we were suppose to do an all black w/red wing for Mike.   Out of the blue, he says he wants to do the 'green' car(not yet dubbed the watermelon yet).   We thought he was nuts, but he had already used the digitally micrometer to spec out the stripes etc...we knew he was serious   Huh     We started Labor Day weekend of 2004, with a boned out 70 body donated by Pete (70 Charger Convertible). As we computer enhanced the three known photos, provided by John Pappas(5 Star Prod.-Onebadsuperbird) we uncovered things that no one had seen before. (I'll try to attach some detail shots we used to build the melon).   Then one night I asked, "WTF...why would anyone do this...ugly piece of $hit"   "It looks like an F-ing watermelon on wheels" "You're gonna actually drive this?"   yesnod He was.   His reasoning: It is the most controversial Daytona; has created some of the longest threads on the net; the only one photo'd at Chrysler's Highland Park; poster hanging in the Photography Depts offices for years....etc.... This one would stand out.     I had to agree.   As the build process moved along, it began to grow on me too(like fungus).   So we finished it up for pix in the middle of April.   During it's debut at Carlisle, a guy brought us an old SUperStock magazine from 1970 which had a black and white photo that showed the tail end of a 70 Charger with the same tones as the melon, a white top and a wing at the Michigan Career Institute among other 70 cars being displayed by a local Dodge dealership.   There was a Daytona funny car there too.   This info begins to solidify what we have deduced by the 69 Michigan dealerplate...that a local dealership commissioned the car and used it to attract buyers into the dealership.   Anyone with more info??? about the MI Career Institue??   Pix: shows the missing tube(we figured it was to hold banners(I'll post that pic later) the damage to the nose must have happened when the tube broke off; pic shows the step up on the door scoop/stripe; also a pic showing the hood detail.


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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2005, 09:25:24 AM »

 Howdy guys. you did a real nice job on that car. it looks great. i was a little disapionted it wasn't  a fast back. are you building any other 2nd generation Daytona's? where are you guys located? Rene
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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2005, 09:59:39 AM »

We could have easily done the fastback, but the original wasn't.  We're in Mass.
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« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2005, 10:24:39 AM »

cool, I saw you guys at the nats last year. the car ( 71 SUPERBIRD) on the lift.
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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2005, 10:25:13 AM »

Hey Gary glad you could make it on over.
I was in Carlisle for 4 days, in the T building with the other Chris (Burnt70R/T) and his 70 Charger, must have passed by you guys 10 times and every time there was literally a line to speak/meet you guys!

Sorry I missed ya this year!

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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2005, 01:35:42 PM »

That's a cool story.

Have you been approached by anybody that worked for Dodge or that dealership back in the day who may have recognized the car?
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« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2005, 02:18:12 PM »

6T9, there's always the Nats or Vernon Aug 28th.  CFan: Dave Hakim introduced me to (I hope I remember his name right)Acosta, he was quoted as seeing the car in the lot, however, he told me that he saw the poster hanging in the photo dept, not the car.  Hopefully this lead will finally put to rest the mystery of the melon.  If it pans out, that'll be dealer built 2, DC built 0.  There is also the other one.... the blue one icon_smile_big  It was featured in a mag around the late 70's, possibly 1980.  The cover had a collage of cars with this 70 Daytona (blue) facing forward with the same trombone bumper.  Anyone remember???
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« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2005, 05:41:05 PM »

The watermelon car is awsome.

Hope to run into you guys at the nats and possibly get a video shoot of the car if at all possible.

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« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2005, 08:55:59 PM »

Danny:   We'll be out on Brice Fri and Sat night.   We'll also be driving to and from Brice to the show. Plenty of opportunity for videos.
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« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2005, 05:07:54 AM »

Hey Gary, have you ever run an ad in the Detroit Free Press looking for info?  Or better yet, try to get a reporter to run a feature?
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« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2005, 03:44:23 PM »

Hey Ghoste, no hadn't thought of that.   I'll have to get onebadsuperbird on that one.   MCG was going to look into the info I posted earlier.   Wolf used to live up that way some time ago.   Greg Rager, editor of Cars and Parts, is going to look into it as well.   Well, were off in a few hours to Brice, see ya there.
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« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2005, 09:07:43 PM »

   So Gary.....What's the NEXT project in your sights?

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« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2005, 01:08:31 AM »

saw the Watermelon car at Carlisle ... Awesome
 I really wanted to see one of the 71 wing cars in person ... Oh well
Too bad I didn`t a chance to meet you either ,
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« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2005, 06:43:57 PM »

CP: we'll be at Vernon, CT and possibly Lebanon Valley, NY.  You??


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« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2005, 09:14:51 PM »

Um, I can't seem to stop staring at that latest pic!  Goooooogling!

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« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2005, 12:57:51 AM »

Unfortunatly I live 3000 miles away & cannot make a bunch of trips every decade nevermind in 1 year
 coming to Alberta any time soon Huh
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