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Old 04-13-2006, 02:05 PM
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Hi all,

Just perusing info on challengers and found your site. I have a 1983 with 80,500 miles. Still in great shape except I think there was a problem with the seals on the windows. Rust has now invaded some small spots one of the doors. Anyone else have this problem with their "83"?
I love this car but I'm wondering if it is time to get rid of it. Any suggestions on other options? With a new door, the stripe would have to be redone? (don't really have lots of extra dollars to put into her and wonder if it is worth it?) Since 83 was the last year they made this model, I hate to sell her for a small amount of money. She is still such a cool, little classic.

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Old 04-13-2006, 03:36 PM
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Options? Sure. Trader her in on a newer model. How about a 2008 or 2009 Challenger?
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Old 04-13-2006, 04:01 PM
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i think that its cool that youre trying to keep it original looking....ive only ever heard good things about the mitsu built challengers.

to fix that window seal issue, i know that there are companies who specialize in making replacement window rubbers, and as for the door, your best bet is to remove the inner door panel, and see how bad the inside of the door is...if its not too bad, it shouldnt be a big fix from a body shop.
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ORIGINAL: i think that its cool that youre trying to keep it original looking....ive only ever heard good things about the mitsu built challengers.
Yeah, from the few who owned them I heard great little car. I'd like to see alot of detail pics...post 'em.
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yes!

1983lowmiles, I would like very much to have some pictures of your car for our gallery, if possible?
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I can't help you but maybe you can help me in connecting vaccuum lines Is there any way that you can send me photo of the engine of points where vaccuum lines are connected. Would appreciate any help Thanks and I am going to get and new challenger when it comes out and using this one the a daily car
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Where are you located I have one but need parts to finish if you are getting rid of call.Or P.M Me I live in canada but will travel a bit.Thanks.
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The 1983 Challenger would be replaced the following year by the Dodge Daytona. There the story ends for many years. The Challenger's the past is an motivating one. Never a runaway hit, the unique models were now gaining attractive among collectors because of their rarity.
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I had a 1983 Challenger. I bought it new because it was the only car besides the Supra, with 4 wheel disc brakes. Nothing else, made in Japan, compared to the price however a year later, the payments got to be a little much. I sold it to my brother, for he was in college. He traded me his high mileage crap box and took over payments. I was 21 years old at the time. 31 years later I'm cruising Craigslist for newer Dodge Challengers and found this long "forgotten one" in Cincinnati OH. It was a 1982, lower optioned, 37,000 mile duplicate of my past. I made the trip to check it out and it was like test driving history. I know these cars are not the most desirable in the lineage of the Challenger name, but they filled a void that Chrysler's lineup, at the time, could not. Few manufactures in the US were prepared for the gas crisis. Chrysler had to make a critical move to import because muscle cars had completely lost their allure in the mid to late 70"s.

To make a long story short, I drive this car everyday. That is it's purpose. My husband and I did spend about a year restoring, adding A/C , fixing window bushings and updated the seats. It's a simple and uncomplicated car. If you are thinking of purchasing one, keep in mind, parts are hard to find.
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