Thanks to a certain TV show, the 1969 Dodge Charger is responsible for creating more than its fair share of Mopar fans. We know we spent a good portion of our youth glued to the screen of the family television as Bo and Luke Duke outwitted and out-drove Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane around Hazard County. For Clint Davis, the show was the start of an obsession that eventually culminated in the purchase of one rough, but ultimately perfect 69. Clint writes,
I didn’t know what a Mopar was. I didn’t know what a Dodge Charger was. I just knew that the car looked fast sitting still, was the coolest thing I’d ever seen, and I was gonna have one.
Through the years, Clint joined the army and was deployed around the world. The whole time he kept his eyes open for a Charger of his very own until eventually Clint laid his hands on white 69 with a 440 that had its problems. With a little help from a friend and a lot of guts, Clint got the Charger home and began a rolling restoration that would culminate in a General Lee tribute designed to honor the memory of his father.
I had decided on painting the car blue, because, by that time, a lot of people had already done what I intended to, living out their childhood dream of owning a General Lee. In 2007, I won my first trophy for “under construction. That same year, my dad passed away. He was a WWII vet, and by the time I was 9, he was 50. After his death, I decided to reverse my decision and put the car in the body shop, intending to make it a General Lee dedicated to him, because that was the only TV show we ever watched together. Now that it’s painted Hemi orange, I think I’ll hold off for a while putting vinyl decals on that beautiful paint.
Clint, we thank you for sharing the story of your 69 and for your service in our countrys armed forces. Keep us posted on the build.