Mopar Connection Magazine’s Readers Rides: March 2024

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 Rides 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

Mike Sanchez’s 1973 Dodge Challenger Rallye: Mike from Afton, Wyoming says, “I’m the original owner of my Challenger. It’s a non-restored survivor with 62,000 miles on it. The only thing I’ve replaced over the years is the dash pad. It’s never been wrecked and still has it’s original untouched 340 small block and automatic transmission under the hood. I have the original window sticker and broadcast sheet still as well!”

Jack Miller’s 1977 Plymouth Road Runner: Previously owned by Super Stock Racer Walter Ulrich from the Golden Commandos, this 318-automatic powered Road Runner is a true survivor with only 6,700 miles on the odometer. Painted in Spitfire Orange, the factory options include a Tuff wheel, air conditioning, 8-track player and the HD suspension group. Jack tells us, “This car was discovered at Walter’s cabin in Michigan after he died. I had the identical car in high school and had been looking for 25 years for another when this one came up.”

Eric Demaegd’s 1985 Dodge Diplomat: Eric from Granger, Indiana shares his killer Diplomat that has been a labour of love for him. After purchasing the car out of a barn in November 2016 for $385, he went to work on it. Under the hood sits a 1975 360 that has been rebuilt with a COMP cam, Weiand Stealth intake, TTI headers, CVF billet aluminum pulleys, MSD Pro Billet distributor, MSD 6AL-2 box, Trickflow harmonic balancer and a Holley 750 CFM carburetor. Backing it is a Tremec TKX 5-speed manual transmission and a Ford 8.8 rear differential with 3.55 gears.

He explains, “I bought the Tremec TKX kit from American Powertrain. The kit was designed for an A-Body Mopar but I modified it to fit in my car with a fair bit of fabrication. It has a lightweight flywheel, dual friction clutch and a Wilwood hydraulic throwout bearing. Most of the suspension has been upgraded with parts from Firm Feel. The wheels are from a 1999-2004 Ford Mustang and I lowered it 3 inches. I eventually had a 6.4L SRT 392 Hemi and a Holley stand alone pro dash to go into it eventually.”

Billy Fennick’s 1974 Plymouth Road Runner: Billy’s Road Runner sat under a tree for 25 years before he rescued it and got it running and driving. He says, “I keep harassing Auto Metal Direct to sell 1973-1974 quarter panels but here is my pride and joy! I bought it when I was 28. I’m 34 now and have done most of the work in the past 2 years. I wanted a challenge to reignite my passion for cars and I’ve always loved the Road Runner name and the cartoon.” Billy explains that he swapped a 5.2 Magnum from a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee into the Road Runner with a 4bbl swap. He also installed a locker in the rear differential and rear disc brakes from the Jeep.

Ryan and Whitney Parrell’s 2015 Chrysler 300S and 2021 Ram 1500: Ryan and Whitney from Salmon Arm, British Columbia tell us they’re members of the Okanagan Mopars Car Club. Their 5.7L Hemi powered 300S is painted Redline Red Pearl and has been upgraded with a Corsa exhaust, Mopar cold air intake and a Mopar strut tower brace.

Their Ram 1500 is a Tradesman edition that has been upgraded to pay home-age to the classic Power Wagon Macho editions. Wearing Flame Red paint with a 5.7L Hemi under the hood, the couple upgraded their Ram with a suspension lift, satin black fender flares, blacked-out headlights, Ram HD auxiliary switches, Mopar RamBar, 6-inch LED KC HiLites and black 20-inch Ram Sport wheels wrapped in 35-inch tires.

Gary Evans 1982 Dodge Rampage: Gary tells us, “This is a reincarnation of the only vehicle I ever bought new, a 1982 Dodge Rampage. I drove it for close to 300,000 miles before parking it in a barn. 25+ years later, I pulled it out of the barn only to realize it was in worse shape than I remembered. I found this barely running but fairly solid ’82 for $300 and then proceeded to move all the good parts from my original ’82 to this one.

“Along the way I added a ton of Shelby goodies that I’ve been hoarding for 30+ years, including a Shelby HO 2.2 engine with a COMP Cams 280h camshaft and a Weber 38 Outlaw carb, as well as a Shelby close ratio 5-speed transmission and quick ratio Shelby steering rack. I upgraded the suspension with Dodge Neon SRT4 coil overs and sway bars and upgraded the brakes. Shelby ground effects and a GT style hood and fender scoops complete the outer look. So far it’s proven to be a competent Autocross rig that I have a lot of fun with!”

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Cody Krueger

Car Feature Editor – 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, '73 Duster, '08 Challenger SRT8 and a '13 Ram 3500. Cody can truly and proudly say that he is a true Mopar nut in love with all types of Mopars!

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