Passion is defined by Merriam/Webster as a "strong and barely controllable emotion." Under this definition, I can definitively say that this seems to describe the the vintage Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge and DeSoto nuts that we know. These are the folks that will spend an entire weekend trying to troubleshoot a small noise on their â€˜1948 Chrysler Windosr, or an entire day in the blistering sun digging through swap meet buckets looking for correct trunk hinges for their 1939 DeSoto. That all too relatable relief that comes over them when they finally come across that latch, lens, or handle that they've spent weeks, months, years, and sometimes decades searching for in order to finish yet another endless project.
The one thing that these vintage MoPar nuts love as much as their cars is talking to other vintage MoPar nuts. Talking about the the classic Plymouth they once had, the Imperial they almost bought, the antique Dodge they now own, their dream DeSoto or even what made them love MoPar in the first place. The joy of reminiscing on the event or person in their past that made them passionate for Chrysler products. Whatever it was, they feel a certain connection towards people who share their enthusiasm.
The reason that, I think, these discussions are so much fun to have is that very few people will really understand our type of passion. I can't tell you how many times I've tried to talk to non-car folk (NCF) about my favorite MoPar only to be met with a blank stare. Or even the "car folks" that just don't understand why you'd enjoy driving a car that doesn't have AC, Bluetooth, power brakes, or even power steering.
These discussions of your passion are most rewarding when you have them with folks that "get it." When a person understands why you would love the antique Dodge that others see as ugly, gaudy, outdated, or a thousand other adjectives that NCF might use to describe it; a beautiful bond begins to form between you. Many a time have I tried to sell my girlfriend on the inherent beauty of the lines on a 1958 Dodge only for her to tell that "It's too ugly." Or that it has "too much chrome on it to be beautiful."
Maybe this passion is something that can't be taught after a certain age. Maybe it's something that you're born with, or maybe it's a spark that needs to be lit by a certain age. This got me to thinking, what sparked my curiosity in these sweet old machines?
Growing up, I was constantly surrounded by classic cars in one way or another. My father owned them, his father owned them, and more than a few of my friend's fathers owned them. One of my earliest memories was standing in the garage handing my grandfather wrenches while he worked on his 1948 Plymouth P-15 Special Deluxe. I'm not sure what he was doing to the car (and I'm sure that I wasn't actually making his job any easier) but the memory is distinctly there.
Or I can remember how proud I felt when I saw the kids coming by on halloween as they shined their flashlights on my Dad's 1951 Chrysler New Yorker sitting in the driveway. Oh how we admired that 331 Hemi Firepower V8! Or I can remember my Dad, annoying my mother as he drove and explained the minute differences between the different years. Which cars had parking lights in the grill verse on the fender, which cars had what shaped fins. I can even remember laying on the floor for hours as I painstakingly arranged my Matchbox cars into just the right order.
To this day, when I experience that unique aroma of aging upholstery that our sweet old machines have, I feel nostalgic. I'm teleported back to my Grandfather taking me on a drive to the Post Office in his Plymouth Or my first driving lesson happening in that very same car. It helps me feel carefree again, and excites me in a way that nothing else quite does.
It's hard to say when I got bit by the classic MoPar bug, but now it seems that I definitely have the fever. I'm one of those nuts that would spend an entire Saturday digging through buckets at swap meets. One of those guys that has a basement full of car parts that he's not sure if he'll ever use. One of those guys that wants to be a slave to his antique cars. What about you? When was the first time that you remember feeling passion for old Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge or Chrysler cars?
If you havenâ€™t noticed station wagons are super hot these days. From the early Plymouth and Dodge woodies, through the earliest Chrysler Town and Country and Plymouth and Dodge Suburbans, right through the Dodge Sierra wagon these cars are being restored all over the world. Baby boomers have so many memories wrapped up in these iconic vehicles that the nostalgia factor is huge. Does anybody remember the TV show Sky King back in the late 50â€™s? That super cool â€™55 DeSoto wagon stuck in a lot of kidsâ€™ memories, and those cars are SUPER desireable now. How many of us have happy memories of rolling around in the back of one of these land yachts on endless family trips? Seat belts? Who needs â€˜em! Air bags? We called them balloons back in those days. Somehow we survived...although I guess the ones that didnâ€™t arenâ€™t around to talk about it! We sell an awful lot of stuff for these great vehicles, and you do need to be careful, as many of the parts for the wagons were different from the rest of the line. We know your Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto or Chrysler station wagon very well, and we have a lot of what you will need to restore or maintain it. We have pretty much everything needed to rebuild the engine, be it a straight six, Hemi or Poly V8 or even Slant sixâ€¦.weâ€™ve got suspension, tune up, weatherstripping, fuel, brakes and a whole lot of NOS bits tooâ€¦.please donâ€™t hesitate to call us to discuss your station wagon or any other early MoPar car youâ€™re working on we can help! #ChryslerTownandCountry #plymouthsuburban.