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    thebankerstoy Well-Known Member

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    Hello to all of the folks here who I haven't met yet and also a big hello to those of you that I know either from other Mopar web sites or know personally!

    My name is Richard and my screen name is
    thebankerstoy. I live in "sunny", ok, HOT Phoenix Arizona and I am retired from the banking business after 33 years of service. I have been a HUGE Mopar enthusiast for over 25 years now and before that, in my youth, I also owned some very interesting Ford and Chevy muscle cars.

    My current group of Mopar's include my 1966 Coronet 500 2 door hardtop, powered by a 1969 hp 440, along with a full manually shifted 727 automatic transmission and an 8.75 rear end with 3.91 gears and a Sure-Grip, which my wife and I have owned since 1989. We also own a 1999 Ram 1500 Sport Quad Cab short bed that we bought brand new in April 1999, which I have had some custom paint and suspension work done shortly after we bought it. I am also half owner with my brother-in-law on a 1970 Cuda race car project that we purchased back in 1979. Last but not least, is the 1972 Dart Swinger that some friends and I restored in 2005-2006 for my son after buying it for his first car back in 2003 with only 58 thousands miles on it.

    Currently, I'm getting ready to do a complete interior restoration on my 66 Coronet, which will take it back to a much more factory look and will include changing it's current black and yellow color scheme, to the pearl white and black that was offered on these cars in 1966. EVERY interior part will be either NOS, new, or restored and I will also be restoring the cars factory installed power windows and air conditioning systems, along with replacing all of the cars wiring and looking over all of the electrical system parts and pieces. .

    Thanks for allowing me to join such a cool web site that lets everyone express their thoughts and ideas on the awesome B-Body cars we love so much! I am looking forward to meeting lots of new friends here!

    Richard

    1966 Coronet 500 - drivers side front fender and hood scoop and new front tires - May 2006.jpg

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    1966 Coronet 500 - drivers side interior - May 2006.jpg

    1966 Coronet Interior #2 - May 2006 .jpg

    1966 Coronet 500 -1969 HP 440 engine in 2004.jpg
     
  2. GTXperience

    GTXperience Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to FBBO Richard! Good to see you here from BBD.
     
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    charger70 Well-Known Member

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    Welcome from Hades, I mean Glendale, AZ where it is currently 112degrees.
     
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    charger70 Well-Known Member

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    Richard. If your not already aware of us, Mopars Unlimited of AZ, will be having our club meeting Thurs the 7tth at Bill Luke Chrysler at I17 and Camelback. Come in the East service entrance by the parking ramp. Love to have ya there.
    www.moparsunlimitedofaz.com
     
  5. 69 Runner

    69 Runner ADMIN wif a corner office (Deceased - RIP)

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    Welcome. Hottest place I've ever been was Lake Havasu. It was 120 and 4% humidity that day. But that (according to the news that night) wasn't the hottest place in the nation. There was some other lil town just south of there that was 121'.

    you have my condolences
     
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    charger70 Well-Known Member

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    That most likely was Gila Bend. A friend from MN moved there about 15 yrs ago. The first time I went to visit him it was 118 and my wife asked how he could stand it and if he didn't miss MN and the change of seasons. His response--"Hell No! If I see a snowflake here It'll be time to move further South."
    He is still there.
    Maybe I'll go see him in the winter when its only 90.:whew:
     
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    Big Mike Well-Known Member

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    Welcome :wtg:
     
  8. thebankerstoy

    thebankerstoy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all and it's great to see some members here that are close by!:)

    By the way charger 70, before I bought my 66 Coronet 500 back in 1989, I owned a FK5 Dark Burnt Orange Poly 1970 Charger R/T that had the Bumble Bee stripe delete and instead had the much less seen pin stripes that started at the back of the quarter panels and came down the sides of the car and wrapped around the R/T door scoops and then returned to the rear of the quarter panels. It also had a black vinyl top and a beautiful factory white interior that I had fully restored. The original 440 and 727 transmission were no longer in the car, but it did still have it's original 8.75 rear end along with 3.91 gears and the factory Sure-Grip.I built a 1969 hp 440 for it that was stuffed full of Mopar Performance / Direct Connection parts and pieces. It also had a heavy duty 727 automatic with a shift kit. It was a VERY nice car that I had done a LOT of restoration work on and looking back now, I wish that I had never sold that car! :sad:. I don't have any digital pictures of that car, but it looked VERY similar to the Charger in the picture posted below.

    The other pictures posted below are of a 1966 Coronet convertible with the same interior color scheme and look that my hardtop will have when it's redone. White interiors are REALLY good in hot weather locations! :yes::grin:

    Richard

    1970 Charger RT FK5 Dark Burnt Orange Metallic.jpg

    1966 Coronet 500 convertible with white interior #9.jpg

    1966 Coronet 500 convertible with white interior #3.jpg

    1966 Coronet convertible - dash and steering wheel.jpg
     
  9. thebankerstoy

    thebankerstoy Well-Known Member

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    By the way, here's a few pictures of my other hobby......1/18th scale diecast cars. I now have over 700 cars and trucks and had to remodel my family room to display and store them! :D The cars are stored two to four cars deep, depending on the depth of the shelf and two cars high, so it's kind of like running a 1/18th scale car lot to keep track of them all! :grin: I have been collecting these cars since 1998 and all of them are still factory sealed in their original display boxes. :D These are older pictures, so many new cars have been added since. :yes:

    Any other diecast collector's here on FBBO?

    Richard

    One wall of the 1 18 scale diecast cars.jpg

    Some of my diecast collection including the unrestored 69 GTX convertible.jpg

    A couple of the1 18th scale diecast race cars.jpg

    Part of my 1 18 Muscle Machine Collection.jpg

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    charger70 Well-Known Member

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    Wow, you've been a busy little collector, havn't you?
    doin a 69 Bee first, It'll be a couple years before I get to the Chargers, but the R/T is B5 Blue, White vinyl top, White bucket interior with pistolgrip, console and a White rump stripe. Mm Mm MM! I can see it already.
    I couldn't get on the club websight today-server probs I guess. Be sure to check it out when it comes up again. I gotta work, so I can't make the meeting. Just drop in and introduce yourself, they will be glad to have you.
    - it starts at 7:00
     
  11. hotwheelsjr

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    Richard....GOOD to see ya ol' buddy!!:wavesmile:
     
  12. thebankerstoy

    thebankerstoy Well-Known Member

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    It sounds like you have some VERY NICE cars there! :yes: The B5 blue and white 70 R/T will be an AWESOME looking car when you get her finished! I wish that I had a scanner so that I could share some of the pictures that show some of the work that I did on my 70 R/T, but maybe we can get together sometime and do some "bench racing" and trade stories about past and current cars and trucks. ;)

    Here's a couple of pictures of my 99 Ram that has LOTS of custom "ghosted" art work on it that you can't see in these pictures :no: and my son's 72 Dart Swinger and yes, bright yellow paint jobs are a theme here at my home!:yes::D

    Richard

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    1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport Quad Cab .jpg

    1972 Dart - New front windshield, front bumper, transmission cooler,  & restored front grille.jpg

    1972 Dart - After 2005 - 2006 restoration.jpg

    72 Dart Swinger -After 2005-06 restoration with custome air cleaner pie pan.jpg
     
  13. thebankerstoy

    thebankerstoy Well-Known Member

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    Hello Mike! :wavesmile: How are you my friend! Man, I think that you are a moderator on every single Mopar web site on the web!!! :D

    If any of you folks get the chance to meet Mike, DO IT, as he is one of the NICEST guy's that you will ever have the privilege and pleasure of meeting!:imho:

    Richard
     
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    Nice cars. I like the way the 66 looks now. Guess your tired of it though.
     
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    yikes! Welcome aboard!!!!!
     
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    hotwheelsjr Active Member

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    Aw, shucks...:blush:

    :rofl:

    Back atcha...:yes:
     
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    AHA, so this is where you have been hiding. How's it going Richard? This is Geof from Michigan. It's good to contact you again. I thought I recognized that Coronet. I just joined today and I already found a friend. I'm going to try to get a profile posted soon, maybe with the help of my wiz kid Nella, the computer geek. You know she's all A-body but I think I can con her into helping old dad get up and running. We just came off the Helluva cruise last weekend and we are still scraping the rubber off of the cars. Yep, even Nellas car spent some time in the box. Talk to you soon and good to hear about your plans for the Coronet. Geof
     
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    :tiphat:Hi Geof!

    It's GREAT to see you here my friend! I just joined this AWESOME web site a few day's ago myself and I'm loving it here! It looks like there is a fantastic group of people here and you sir are one of them! It seems like forever since we talked last and I'll take the blame for that, but I promise to do better in the future! If you have a few minutes, please shoot me an e-mail at thebankerstoy@cox.net and let me know how you and your awesom family are doing ok?

    By the way, THANK YOU againg for being so VERY helpful while selling me some badly needed parts for my son's 72 Dart. Below are a couple of pictures of the radiator and fan shroud that you sold me after being restored. I think that they turned out pretty nice!:D

    Richard

    72 Dart Swinger-new radiator & shroud & NOS 1984 Mazda RX7overflow system-2005.jpg

    1972 Dart restored radiator & shroud.jpg

    72 Dart Swinger -After 2005-06 restoration with custome air cleaner pie pan.jpg
     
  19. eldubb440

    eldubb440 more miracles than Jesus FBBO Gold Member

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    welcome Richard!.........the UPS girl is already here!
     
  20. thebankerstoy

    thebankerstoy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks and it's GREAT to see you here also Mark! We can finally talk about our B-Body cars without having to worry about being booted off of the web site!!! :yes::D I'm going to be spending LOTS of time here! :D

    Dang, somebody must have stolen my UPS Girl pictures from the B.B.D. web site huh? :yes::D I'm keeping the GOOD one's for myself though!! :yes:;)

    Richard

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