Mopar Connection’s October Reader Rides


Ever since Mopar Connection Magazine started back in 2015, one of our favorite things has always been seeing our reader’s rides. Whether it is by email or reader’s comments on our social media posts, we absolutely love seeing what everyone owns and loves. We love seeing what you are passionate about! After all, it’s all of you as readers that keep us going every day, publishing quality Mopar content that you love to read and we truly thank you all for that!

Every week, we get numerous submissions for car features and unfortunately, we just can’t publish them all but we really want to share everyone’s vehicles with our fellow readers. With that in mind, we decided to start a semi-monthly Reader’s Ride section in the magazine and are very proud to showcase our reader’s beautiful Mopars. And if you want your car featured in next month’s Reader’s Rides, make sure to email [email protected]

Paul Lasota’s 1941 Dodge WD21: Paul from Ontario, Canada sent us his incredible 1941 Dodge WD21 truck that has been heavily modified. This factory one ton dually sits on it’s original 1941 frame. Paul has owned it since 1985 and started the bulk of the restoration around 2012. The engine is a 1963 354 cubic inch Perkins diesel six cylinder with compound turbos that push 14 lbs of boost! Backing the engine is a Tremec TKX five-speed manual transmission from our good friends at Silver Sport Transmissions. The truck features custom exhaust stacks, a power lifting bed, rear four link suspension and air bags.

Steve Rodgers 1968 Dodge Charger R/T: Steve tells us that he has owned his Charger for over 40 years and has no plans on ever parting with it. During the restoration, he added sub frame connectors, torque boxes and a heavier lower radiator support bracket. With a mix of suspension goodies including Hotchkis, Bilstein, Swayaway and QA1, he says that the car likes the autocross tracks. Under the hood is a 440 stroked to 500 cubic inches and features Edelbrock RPM heads, a COMP Cams hydraulic roller camshaft, Edelbrock RPM dual plane intake manifold, Thumper carburetor and a TTI exhaust system. The original 4-speed has been upgraded with a McLeod clutch and the Dana 60 is fitted with a TruTrac, Strange axles and 3:73 gears.

Jaramie Young’s 1967 Dodge Dart: Ever since he was a kid, Jaramie’s dream car has been a 1967 Dart. At the age of 46, this husband and father of two has his dream car! Under the hood is a 411 cubic inch G3 Hemi built using a 6.4L Hemi block and head castings. It’s built with an all billet rotating assembly, Mahle pistons, custom grind camshaft from BFNYPerformance and 229lb fuel injectors. Up front of the engine is a twin S475/83 turbochargers from ForcedInductions. Backing the Hemi is a Reid proglide transmission and a 9″ Strange rear end. Jaramie says, “It’s a street car with track killer pedigree. We named the car “Grouchy Bob” after my late father. It’s been in the 5s and is destined for the 4s in the 1/8th mile. Hooken Chassis Racecars built it for me and did an amazing job. Thank you for letting me share my dream car with you.”

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Cody Krueger

Car Feature Editor – [email protected] Since the age of 4, Cody has been obsessed with everything Mopar. On Christmas of 1998, Cody's parents gave him a rusty '69 Charger shell that his father saved from a field. Cody's garage still features that '69 Charger as well as the additions of a '71 Charger R/T, '71 Super Bee, '08 Challenger SRT8 and a '12 Ram 3500. Cody can truly and proudly say that he is a true Mopar nut in love with all types of Mopars!