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A new "Barn Find" is coming home this week. 1976 dodge royal Monaco diplomat edition, 440 coupe. Black, maroon interior, pretty good shape. Will post pics when I get it home. The plan is to get road worthy and sell.
 

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I had a 77, what a behemoth but i thought the car was cool.
I removed the leanburn with a conversion distributor, replaced the cam with the DC Hemi cam, replace the rear end with a 8 3/4 with 4.10 gears, 2.25 duel exhaust with turbos and I worked the thermal quad over.
The Dodge went from 17.70s to15.50s and I won with it. This was at a time if I drove to the strip I raced whatever I drove. The Dodge was my shop loaner car for a couple of years.
 

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1976 monaco front.jpg


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It has 71,000 original miles. Got it running, purrs like a big cat with the flow master duals in it. A little too loud for this car imo.
 

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Love it!!! What a beautiful find! The older I get, the more I like the old full sized Mopars. I really like that yours is a Dodge instead of Chrysler - much more unusual! IMO, the big luxury cars like this should be quiet. The 440 stock exhaust will provide a nice deep sound without any help. I don't particularly like loud cars, always makes me think someones trying too hard to get attention.
 

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Depends on the car, my driver is quite and the hotrods not so much.
 

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Different look to go with the loud exhaust. For selling purposes.

76 monaco drag radials.jpg
 

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Are you going to make a post here (in the for sale section)?
You have my interest.
BudW
 

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I don't particularly like loud cars, always makes me think someones trying too hard to get attention.
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I do have an objection to not being able to hear a car run, especially if it's American. Most modern cars are equipped w a tach JUST for visual verification that the thing is running... that split-second before you twist the key anyway and are rewarded with an unpleasant audible clue.
 
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Got the upper ball joints, idler arm, fluids, tires, wiper bushings and blades done. doing a little cleaning and polishing, and Black Betty is ready.lol. Hoping to take it to a Mopar event at Dragway 42 this next weekend.
 

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Took Betty out for drive this evening. SSMMOOOOOOOOTH! This thing runs and drives great. Now for some exterior cleaning and polish.
 

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It will be interesting to see what she go goes for. Good luck.
 

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I don't think I ever said what happened to "Betty". It was sold and shipped to a custom armored car builder in Lebanon. Yes, the middle east!
 
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