This post is long overdue!
I got my Dad into the hobby about seven years ago. He had always been a Jeep guy, so it didn't take a whole lot of convincing after seeing how much fun I was having with my car. I bought my car in high school back in 1999 off of a classmate - not a real interesting story. My Dad's on the other hand has a pretty good backstory rooted in this forum.
It used to belong to a member here named Tom. Tom used to live in Michigan about ten minutes from me. I helped him strip a parts Diplomat and in the process met Dariusz (Diplomat360) and Woodvark. Tom had a Diplomat S-type coupe with t-tops that we drooled over - a 360/727/8.25 car. This was in the early 2000's and I even had an opportunity to by the car off of him, but had to pass as I was a broke college student at the time. Tom ended up moving out to Washington State for work, just north of Seattle.
Fast forward six years.... Dad has the bug and we've been looking at J bodies for a couple months, but hadn't been able to find anything that wasn't a rust bucket. Around this time Dad was sent out to Washington on project work and I remembered Tom was out that way with the coupe. After contacting him I discovered he still had the car and was open to selling it. During Dad's last week on the project I flew out to Washington to meet him and we drove up to Tom's. Spent half the day there talking Mopars and Dad bought the car on the spot. He had it shipped back to Michigan and we've been working on it ever since.
Over that time it's gone from a 360/727/8.25 car to 408/518/9.25 along with many of the same chassis suspension upgrades mine has along with a completely new interior and paint. Dad and I have been to every Woodward cruise since he got the car 2007.
This year we had primo parking at a gas station on Woodward and 18 mile.
Diplomat360 met up with us too and brought his completely restored Coupe. His is one of those car you could drive onto mirrors at a judged show it's clean.