Mopar Memories -- yarns spun, stories told!
Sue's 1963 Plymouth Savoy
My car story is right out of a "B" movie - Seven years ago, I was driving a
1966 Dodge Dart in Baltimore. I became hooked on Slant Six engines! I
didn't realize how rusty the car was until one day only 3 blocks from home,
the actual wheel fell off and rolled down the street. I had it towed away
and that weekend found a 1963 Plymouth Savoy for sale - original owner - for
$300. I fell in love with the style of the car, the airplane-like dash
board and the push putton transmission - finally something a left-handed
person could love! The owner was in his 90's and his son had to wrestle the
keys away from him. I found a mechanic who worked in a Chrysler plant in
the early 60's and was willing to help me with mechanics. The local vo-tech
school used my car as the semester project for body work and Imron paint in
medium metallic blue (total cost to me $200 - and having to take the bus for
To make a long story short - I spent years finding all of the weird and
hard-to-find parts I needed in great Mopar junk yards in Pennsylvania,
Maryland. Meanwhile the car was my daily driver. Ok - sure I had a lot of
car problems noone else with new cars had - like having the trunk fly up
onto your windshield while on the highway, like having the transmission blow
out a couple of times, having the windshield wipers fly off during a
torrential rain storm and getting harrassed by police whereever I drove
because the car weaved. And until I was able to locate replacement door
locks, there was the bum who slept in my car at night and ate his dinner on
my glove compartment - according to my neighors.
I moved to the Eastern Shore of Virginia 4 years ago - its the boondocks
here - and a drunk chicken plant worker plowed into my Savoy - hit and run -
and I ended up with my car in a ditch (right in front of the Perdue Chicken
facility! Needless to say - I don't eat a lot of chicken these days. Of
course since the car was a tank, I walked away ok (no seat belts!). The
front windshield was smashed, and other things needed fixing. I let it sit
for a year while cancer took hold and it rusted away before my eyes. So now
I have all these parts to sell! [Editor's note: Sue's ad with 1963 Parts is on the Swap Meet page; the ad is dated October 30, 2001.]
Who knows, maybe I'll find another '62-'65 Mopar car to buy on your website! I need another excuse to visit junk
Thanks again, Sue
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January 27, 2002