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    Aspen and Volare Super Member Mopars1's Avatar
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    I was 22 when I ordered my car. That was in Sept. of 1976. The car wasn't built until 1/26/1977. It then went to Cars and Concepts to be fitted for the T-Tops. I didn't take possession of the car until April 1, 1977. I was 23 at that time. That was over 43 years ago.
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    on my door sticker. my 77 was 10-76, don`t have a fender tag PO must have tossed it
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    Mine is the opposite. Have the fender tag, the door sticker was illegible already when I bought the car. It's like it was printed with vanishing ink. All the places there should have been a number it was blank, or so faint there was no way to know what it once said.
    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    I just missed the birthday. Looks like mine is May 19 '76.

    L31 M31 M38 N43 N83 26
    MY3 HXL3 000 519 301759
    E44 D32 HR41 G6F 236336

    Mine must have the warranty fenders since no problem there.

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    When the recall came out for the fenders rusting out mine had no rust. The dealer had a body shop and replaced them anyway and I got myself a good pair of fenders which I still have today.
    1977 Dodge Aspen R/T Super Pak T-Tops
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    There's something about an original owner car Mopars1! Mine is 2nd owner, close but not quite the same thing.

    The "N" body (my '96 Dakota) turns 25 on Aug 15th. Hardly seems possible it was only 2 years old with 130,000 fewer miles (was 49,000 in '98). LOL, have one of the last Aspen's built for the '79 model year (June 23, 1979) and one of the first '96 Dakota's built (Aug 15, 1995)
    It's had some cosmetic surgery (OK, a lot of cosmetic surgery) but still runs perfect, burns less than a 1/2 quart of oil in 3,000 miles, everything works, interior is still nice..............It's the frame rot that will do it in most likely at some point in the future, unless I end up fixing it. Knowing me, I'll probably end up cutting out the rotted parts and welding in new steel. :0

    Parked in it's summer home.
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    That Dakota is nice. I know what you mean by frame rot and patching. I had to do that to my Aspen a long time ago. Not fun but you have to do what needs done until it just isn't worth it any more. I doubt if the Aspen will get that way in my lifetime but one never knows lol!
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    Patching the frame rail on a unibody is one thing, the Dakota is full frame. My Aspen had it share of subframe rail repair. Part of the LF rail near the cowl and LR rail from the front of the rail at the spring hanger and back about 18". Oddly, both right side rails were as solid as can be. Worst part of the Dakota frame, actually the only area that needs repair at this point, is of course right next to the plastic fuel tank, lol. The body has new inner and outer rockers, cab corners, part of the floor on both sides, parts of both bed sides, both front cab mount brackets (the parts on the cab itself), bottom of the cowl on both sides, rf fender replaced with a desert sourced one, repair on the rf fender, lower 6" of each door skin along with inner panel repair,,,,,,,,,,,,,,well, you get the idea.
    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    I have repaired both portions of the front frame rails on my F. The frames are tied together with homemade 2" x 2" tubing. The rear frame rails are and always have been fine.
    1977 Dodge Aspen R/T Super Pak T-Tops
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    2016 Dodge Dart GT Sport
    2017 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

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    I've got subrframe connectors made from 2x2 tubing also, channeled into the rear footwell area with the floor welded to them. I repaired the rust on the front frame rail and then welded ART frame caps over both of them for added strength. Also have the inner fender panels fully welded to the frame rails. Originally there was a grand total of 4 spot welds on the left side and a whole 3 on right. Hardly seemed adequate, lol.

    The ART caps were a waste of money. Spent many hours rewelding grinding, putting the holes in them to match up with the factory rails, etc. Basically they looked like a 10 year old made them and I was unimpressed to say the least. Got them to "save time". It would have taken less time to build them myself from scratch but it is what it is. I wanted it too look like nothing was ever done to the frame rails.
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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