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Old 08-11-2017, 04:03 PM   #1
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Lost 1974 Road Runner - Big Long Shot

Hey Everyone,

This is a huge long shot but I thought I would give it a try. Here's the story;

In July 1976 my uncle was killed in a work related incident. My parents purchased his 1974 Road Runner from my grandpa. Just a couple months later, on October 10, 1976, I was born. When we were released from the hospital my very first car ride was in this 1974 Road Runner. Fast forward 41 years and I would really like to find that car.

Since that time I have been absolutely obsessed with cars. I have owned 56 cars since I started to buy them in high school so I would love to find the first car I ever rode in.

About the car, it is was a 318 3-sp manual from the factory in Silver Frost paint with red stripes and black interior. It was a black bench seat so of course no console. It had 15" moon chrome wheels on it and the stripes weren't on the roof. In about 1978 or so the paint started cracking on the roof. My dad removed the stripes off the roof and repainted that section. The paint had more issues to he had to repaint the roof a few times before sanding it down and finding the reason in the way the roof was put on at the factory and bondo'd in place. Anyway, the stripe over the roof was never reinstalled so when it went to the new owner it would have only had the side stripe going up the C pillar and then stopping but not extending over the top.

After about 10 years my mom sold the car to her brother and it went down hill from there. I remember the trunk missing the lock etc. It would have been sold to someone locally in the southwest WA/Portland, OR area in about 1986.

I know I have some more images of the car but I will have to look some more. These aren't the best but with the manual transmission and stripes missing from the roof, maybe someone will remember seeing it. Any help would be appreciated but I am not holding my breath. Thanks.
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I have created a website at www.Lost1974Roadrunner.com for more information. Thanks.
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Might see if you can get the VIN Via the Lic Plate Number?
Best of luck on your quest... Awesome story... Keep us posted...
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Might see if you can get the VIN Via the Lic Plate Number?
Best of luck on your quest... Awesome story... Keep us posted...
Thank you. This is where we are at right now. No VIN listed in my parent's divorce papers, insurance company records only go back to the early '90's and Galen Govier has no info on the dealership of Mill Plain Chrysler Plymouth.

Basically where we are at is to find as many Silver '74's I can with a 318 3-sp and break them down one by one. I already had a guy send me pic of his but it had factory A/C and disc brakes so that car is out.

There were only 772 318 3-sp cars built in '74. Of the total production of 9,636 cars built, only 1543 were Silver Frost. So if Silver was 16% of the total production and assuming the break down is similar, only 123-124 cars were Silver 318 3-sp's. That is only a few cars per state out there then. So I need to find the ones near me, collect their VINs and rule them out until I find the right one.
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I wish you had post this about two week earlier... I was up in the Oak Harbor area and they had a Huge car show with about 300+ Automobiles, And then there was a another all Mopar car show at the Chrysler Dealership that next weekend. Rats..
Anyway... Hope you post this over on the other sites... For B-Bodys only, My Mopar, Dodge Forum, Moparts, And hope you get some hits on the car.
Again... Good luck on the quest... Keep us posted...
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Welcome and good luck in your quest!
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