Daily Features

APRIL 2018: 1969 DODGE DAYTONA—THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED WITH A LEGENDARY MOPAR

By on March 31, 2018
IMGP3252

 

IMGP0661

 

Most guys who own a classic muscle car tend to head in a full restoration direction.

 

There are many reasons for this but the bottom line is this—a correct restoration adds monetary value.

 

That’s the road most traveled but there are owners who take the other, less restored road with their projects and this ’69 Daytona is one of the best examples of that concept that you’ll see in the hobby.

 

IMGP3247

 

Bobby Urwin is the proud owner of this unrestored 1969 Daytona and his only goal from Day One of ownership was simple—have fun with the car. He bought the car in 1978 despite the protests of his banker who insisted that Bobby’s dad was a co-signer on the loan.

 

IMGP0665

 

The Daytona was a daily driver for the first year so it definitely had a real winter experience. In fact, Bobby put some snow tires on the car so he could drive his buddies to the ski hills. They liked the size of the car because it could handle four adults with lots of room.

 

IMGP3250

 

Bobby took the car off the road in 1979 for a long hibernation because he knew the car was rare and he didn’t want to put it through any more winters. He thought he’d like to do a full restoration “some day” but the biggest goal was simply to keep the car in his possession.

 

IMGP3248

 

This wasn’t a pristine car when Bobby bought it—he described it as “a hard life” so when he bought the Daytona it was already showing several war wounds. Bobby added a few more wounds after a drunk driver ran into the driver’s side quarter panel and the hood blew off when Bobby “forgot to fasten the hood pins”.

 

IMGP0670

 

The white replacement hood isn’t a true Daytona hood because it doesn’t have the proper ribs underneath.

 

IMGP0663

 

1979 was an era when factory hemi short blocks were still available from connected suppliers so Bobby picked up a date stamped July, 1969 block in ’79 for his future project.

 

IMGP3251

 

His Daytona was originally a 440 car but it was long gone so Bobby knew a date correct block was worth its weight in gold for the car.

 

ad-MSCC Logo

 

Bobby made a big decision many years later when he decided to put the Daytona back on the road. He decided to say. “screw the resto” because he wasn’t “getting any younger” so the focus was to get it running  again with the factory hemi under the hood.

 

IMGP3252

 

This Daytona still has its original interior and you can see how many layers of paint (and the colors) on a patch of metal on the front fender.  Bobby admits the rear stripe isn’t configured properly but he did use  original letters.

 

IMGP0674

 

He went with aluminum heads and a built transmission (handles 1000 horsepower), 4:10 gears on an 8 ¾ rear end with an aftermarket overdrive to drop the rpms on the highway.  The car was running on a Saturday and by Thursday it was in Alabama doing “1st shakedown run” laps on the world famous Talladaga Speedway.

 

IMGP0672

 

Bobby was there for a Winged Warriors meet and he met NASCAR driver Charlie Glotzbach plus he had Larry Rathgeb (the engineer behind the Daytona racing program). Bobby described the Winged Warrior meet at Talladega like “going to the Vatican and meeting the Pope”.

 

IMGP0673

 

Bobby built this car for fun and he’s certainly met his goals because he lets kids sit on the wing but he cautions them with these words—“this is the only Daytona they can do that on.”

 

IMGP0640

 

In the end, this car was bought for fun and built for fun—that’s the road not taken by most car guys who own these rare Daytonas.

 

Jerry Sutherland

 

CLICK HERE to Like us on Facebook

 

CLICK HERE to Follow us on Twitter

 

CLICK HERE to Follow us on Pinterest

print

189 Total Views 2 Views Today

About admin

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Facebook

Featured Ads

Rear View Mirror

OCTOBER 28, 2015: QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK ABOUT A CHOP

  One of the trickiest equations in the car hobby is the custom look.   One car guy’s concept of a dream machine may be another car guy’s idea...

October 28, 2015 View more...
52 imgp2908

APRIL 21, 2015 (MAY 2015): A 1952 CHEVY PANEL: THE PURPOSE-BUILT TRUCK FROM THE GENERAL

  A 1952 Chevrolet panel (sedan delivery) was not built for fun family outings.   It was a working vehicle with many applications in the practical world.   These...

April 21, 2015 View more...
68 igp3671

OCTOBER 29, 2014 (FEB 2015): A MOPAR GUY PUTS HIS MECHANICAL SKILLS INTO A 1968 DODGE TRUCK PROJECT

  Mark Klein is a transmission expert and a big fan of 60s-era Dodge pickups.   He spent his childhood on the family farm where the trucks of choice...

October 29, 2014 View more...
jr-g001

APRIL 23. 2014 (MAY 2014): 1962 DODGE STATION WAGON: THE REAL STORY BEHIND “VACATION”

  The movie “Vacation” was based on a typical baby boomer family vacation to Wally World with some Hollywood overtones like motel robberies, hostage-taking and armed conflict with police....

April 23, 2014 View more...

Most Viewed

My Star Showcase

news-mill-jjmscc_Neon-001

SIGN UP FOR THE MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR DAILY NEWSLETTER!

SIGN UP FOR THE MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR DAILY NEWSLETTER!   Are you too busy to check out MSCC regularly? That’s too bad because MyStarCollectorCar is updated every day.   You don’t...

October 25, 2017 View more...
mill-jjmscc_Neon

MSCC MARKET REPORT 2018

  MSCC MARKET REPORT 2018   Welcome to the MyStarCollectorCar Market Report.   This will be a regional look at prices for collector vehicles based on actual sales so...

August 3, 2017 View more...
products-IMGP5647

MSCC Products and Services Showcase

These are all great businesses and they support MyStarCollector Car through their advertising  so we can continue to bring you our  insight into the old car hobby 365 days...

July 13, 2016 View more...

More At My Star

MSCC APRIL 20 FIVE FOR FRIDAY—FIVE UNDERRATED CLASSIC CAR TAIL LIGHTS

    There will always be a debate about what was the coolest car ever built because there are an infinite number of choices.   Some guys may see the Hyundai Elantra as the peak of automotive style—that’s the beauty of a free society but most guys dig a little deeper for what they consider See More

BYE BYE TRI-FIVE: THE DAWN OF THE 1958 CHEVY

    The 1950s became famous when the finned car era took flight in the back nine of the decade.   GM joined in the reindeer games in a big way with their lineup and car guys witnessed the evolution of the fin on the 1955 to ’57 Chevys.   The three model years became See More

WHY THE SHOEBOX FORD WAS (AND STILL IS) A HOME RUN

  One of the most famous cars in automotive history is the Shoebox Ford.   This iconic car from the Blue Oval boys was introduced as a 1949 model and built until 1951.   The car represented a giant step in the post-war automotive era because 1949 was the first year for new car styles See More

MSCC APRIL 18 “WHAT’S IT?” WEDNESDAY: HEADLIGHTS, GRILLES –IT ALL ADDS UP

.   WELCOME TO MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR “WHAT’S IT?” WEDNESDAY FOR 2018   This is the third year for MSCC “What’s It?” Wednesday.   This feature was an overnight success back in 2016 so the only thing to do was keep it rolling in 2018.   Look for the first clue at the top of the section See More

Editor’s Picks

tail

MSCC APRIL 20 FIVE FOR FRIDAY—FIVE UNDERRATED CLASSIC CAR TAIL LIGHTS

    There will always be a debate about what was the coolest car ever built because there are an infinite number of choices.   Some guys may see...

April 19, 2018 View more...
TWO

REALITY IN THE HOBBY—WE’RE DOWN TWO MORE CAR GUYS

  The car hobby is a great world but one of its biggest enemies is found in the demographics.   There are a fair number of car guys in...

April 13, 2018 View more...
59

DO IT YOURSELF CAR APPRAISALS—YES, YOU CAN HANDLE IT

  I had my first experience with vintage car appraisals back in the late 90s with a ’59 Plymouth.   I needed an appraisal for insurance and they definitely...

March 29, 2018 View more...
duke

TALKING CARS WITH CATHERINE BACH—YES, DAISY DUKE IS DEFINITELY A CAR GIRL

  The Dukes of Hazzard ran from 1979 to 1985 and in that time this TV show became an icon to car guys.   Car guys liked this show...

March 13, 2018 View more...

Car Shows and Events

ST1
SAINT ALBERT ROCK’N AUGUST—THE BIG SHOW RETURNS AUGUST 7-11

  Rock’n August is one of Western Canada’s biggest annual car shows.   The whole community gets behind this week-long event because this is a showcase for the best...

December 16, 2017
IMG_4818
JULY 28, 2018 19th ANNUAL MICHENER ALLEN CLASSIC AND COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION

FEATURE CAR—THIS MONSTER ’69 CHARGER       The 2nd Generation Chargers are widely seen as one of the most iconic muscle cars ever built. They looked fast from...

June 19, 2017
EG-ED2018
JUNE 23, 2018 Our 11th Annual Calgary Premier Collector Car Auction at the Grey Eagle Casino!

  EG Auctions Is Proud To Present: Our 11th Annual Calgary Premier Collector Car Auction at the Grey Eagle Casino! SATURDAY MAIN EVENT June 23rd – 2018 INDOORS!!!! CONVENTION...

April 21, 2017
116-003
APRIL 2018 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR

  APRIL 1: KAMLOOPS, BC VCCC Kamloops Chapter Easter Parade   APRIL 1: EDMONTON, AB The Edmonton Antique Car Club will be Celebrating Easter with our 55th Annual Easter...

October 5, 2015

Ads

Ads responsive