TexRiv_63

1966 Dodge Monaco Station Wagon

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I need to check these forums more often.... sorry so late. Don, that's a mighty sweet ride! I'd venture to say it could be the nicest one of its kind in existence... you just don't see 'em anymore... especially since you never saw that many even when new. Do you know production figures? 

 

Dad (our family) bought new a '65 4-dr Polara 383-2V which was flooded in Hurricane Betsy in New Orleans when it was 7 months old; he turned around and ordered a '66 of same configuration in Honey Gold, which the family had until the early '80s. I learned to drive on that car. 

 

Interesting what they did with the '66 Monaco wagon tail lights; guess they didn't want to wire up the inward lights thru the tailgate; but it prolly has the power tailgate window anyway, so it probably wouldn't have been a big deal. The matching woodgrain there (where the Polara would have had the stainless work & Monaco sedan would have had lights) is cool its own right -- plus you just plain never see it (which to me, is a big plus).

 

In case you don't already have it, you can pick up a free PDF factory service manual at http://www.mymopar.com/index.php

 

I could go on & on; but will suffice it to say "Mazel tov!"

 

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21 hours ago, Bee-Oh-Pee said:

I need to check these forums more often.... sorry so late. Don, that's a mighty sweet ride! I'd venture to say it could be the nicest one of its kind in existence... you just don't see 'em anymore... especially since you never saw that many even when new. Do you know production figures? 

 

Dad (our family) bought new a '65 4-dr Polara 383-2V which was flooded in Hurricane Betsy in New Orleans when it was 7 months old; he turned around and ordered a '66 of same configuration in Honey Gold, which the family had until the early '80s. I learned to drive on that car. 

 

Interesting what they did with the '66 Monaco wagon tail lights; guess they didn't want to wire up the inward lights thru the tailgate; but it prolly has the power tailgate window anyway, so it probably wouldn't have been a big deal. The matching woodgrain there (where the Polara would have had the stainless work & Monaco sedan would have had lights) is cool its own right -- plus you just plain never see it (which to me, is a big plus).

 

In case you don't already have it, you can pick up a free PDF factory service manual at http://www.mymopar.com/index.php

 

I could go on & on; but will suffice it to say "Mazel tov!"

 

Thanks for the kind words John. I don't know production figures but I would like to, need to research that. The main reason wagons are so hard to find isn't necessarily low production, rather that most were just used to death because they were so - useful! I have been looking for a nice full size wagon for quite a while but there is not much to choose from so I had to jump on this when I saw it. I do have a well used original shop manual that came with the car along with the owners manual and the certicard, I have already used the shop manual quite a bit!

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