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It’s not unusual for two people, after a number of years together, to acquire a quantity of similar possessions, often referred to as “His and hers.” These items can be rather generic or very gender specific. Some of the most common His and Her items are; Decorative bathroom towels, ceramic coffee mugs, or the ever popular “I’m with him/I’m with her” T-shirts. More gender specific items might include the trendy, yet fashionable, ugly holiday sweaters, and of course, a standard in his and her items, the matching wedding bands. These his and her items will vary from household to household, however there is a couple, originally from Akron, Ohio, now living in Saint Petersburg, Florida that have taken this his and her thing to a new level, with their his and her Mopars.
Art and Judy Frank have been married for 45 years as the result of all things, a blind date. “We met when a mutual friend arranged a blind date.” Judy laughed. “Of course we were both skeptical about the blind date thing, but on our second date Art proposed, and I said yes. I guess you could say we are a living example of love at first sight.”
Their love of Mopar products is a direct result of Mr. Frank’s influence on his new bride. Judy was not what you would call an automotive enthusiast, in fact, cars were not a priority in her life at that time, “I never owned a car of my own before I got married.” Judy recalls. “A car was nothing more than transportation to me.” When Art and Judy got married, Art was the proud owner of a 1969 Road Runner. Judy readily admits she knew little about the inner workings of anything automotive when she married her hubby. “I figured working on the cars and doing the restorations was an escape for Art.” Judy grinned. “Something he could do to keep out of doing those normal household chores, like cleaning and cooking occasionally.” When asked about this escape plan, Art just smiles and offers no comment.
Over the years, it’s become pretty obvious that Judy has been converted into an all out, no holds barred, Mopar maniac. “When Art bought the coronet, I started learning a few things about what makes a car work, but when he bought the Dart for me, and started restoring it, well, I was totally in.” Judy smiled.
When Art started working on his wife’s new ride he did so with her in mind. Judy made it clear what she wanted her piece of Mopar muscle to look like; it had to have an overall appearance that exuded neat and clean. No gaudy metallic or metal flake paint, absolutely no spoilers or big stripes anywhere on the car, no hood scoops, or big oversized wheels. When Art had finished the restoration, Judy stepped back and readily approved her husband’s handiwork. “The car is just perfect, just what I had envisioned.” Judy stated with pride.
Judy was now the owner of a super clean, no frills, black on black on black, 1974 Dodge Dart. No spoilers or hood scoops, just a very tasteful red pin stripe, highlighting the classic, upper body line of the car, and the Chrome wheels and raised lettered tires added just the needed bit of accent. The real “Bling” is under the hood of this ebony beauty, “Judy wanted chrome under the hood.” Art affirms. “And chrome is what she got.”
Judy’s Dart is a 1974 “A” body sitting on a stock Chrysler suspension. The front torsion bar suspension is the modified K-frame with the upgraded ball joints and the spool-type engine mounts that Chrysler made standard equipment with the 1973 model year. The only addition to the front suspension is an anti-roll sway bar. The rear suspension is the standard Chrysler leaf springs with an eight and three quarter inch differential with a 3.55 rear gear. The brakes are the upgraded single-piston, 4.5 inch bolt pattern discs on the front, and standard drum and shoe on the back. The car sits on 7” chrome, smoothie wheels wrapped in Cobra G/T Radial tires by Cooper Tire.