Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: How did you get started?
A: In a nutshell, back in the early eighties I had questions about a 1969 Charger that no one else could answer, so when I did find the answers I became more knowledgeable on the subject. As time went by enthusiasts came to me for the answers. I was doing a column in a Car Club newsletter, then in 1988 I began writing “By the Numbers” in Mopar Muscle Magazine. I am very fluent in Mopar, and for many years I was referred to as “The Mopar Guru”, a nickname pinned on me by Tom Quadrini, the past President of Northeast HEMI Owners Association.
Q: What is a Mopar?
A: A Mopar is any Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler and DeSoto (including Imperial) automobile ever built.
Q: Where did the name “Mopar” come from?
A: Mopar is what Chrysler Corporation referred to as their Parts Department. The word Mopar is derived from the two words: Motor Parts.
Q: Why do you charge for your services?
A: I started this business to help people with their Mopar problems; because there was no one else to turn to. Since April of 1990, this has been my only source of income. As many of you know, when you are self employed you work more then 40 hours per week. It does not stop at 5pm and you go home for the evening. I have gathered knowledge of the 1962-1974 (and newer) Mopar Musclecars since the early eighties as a hobby. In 1990, I wrote a pocket size Book on Chrysler Parts Identification. In time I got so busy I had to hire a Secretary to answer the telephone to do a lot of the extra stuff, and keep things running when I was on the road. I need to concentrate on decoding when I am at home. If I were not doing something to earn money, I would have to get a real job outside of Mopar stuff. Due to the large volume of mail that I receive, I realize there is a need for my services. Some people cannot understand why I charge for my services, I consider myself a “consultant” for Mopar Musclecars. I am recognized as an Expert Witness (in court) in 4 states, I have gone to court in several states and testified on someone’s behalf relating to Mopars.
Q: What can you tell me about my Mopar?
A: That is a question that would take pages to fill. It would be better to ask me if I can help you with a particular problem you are having, and then we could go from there.
Q. Did I ever work for Chrysler or a Chrysler Dealership?
A. I never worked for a Chrysler Dealer or Chrysler Corporation. Our local Dodge dealer was a family operation. I did learn the basics of a parts department by working at the local Buick-Pontiac-GMC Truck dealership from 1980-1990.