Work never ceased on this Dodge Neon ACR | Your Projects

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Oct 11, 2022 | $2000 Challenge, Dodge, ACR, Neon, Your Projects, Dodge Neon ACR

How about a build more than a decade in the making?

Dusterbd13 first shared this one on our forum back in 2012. The goal: Prep this 1997 Neon ACR for that year’s $2000 Challenge.

That timeline wasn’t met–blame an old BMX injury–but the work didn’t stop. The car has since been repainted and, as of earlier this year, repowered with a 2.4.

Read more about this project in the 1997 neon acr coupe 2012 challenge/DD build thread.

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Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
10/11/22 3:43 p.m.


The short version of that gargantuan thread is i sold it due to knee issues, tracked it down years later where it had been parted out and abandoned, then did a full bare metal bare shell restoration over the lockdown with my young daughter. Ive autocrossed it, open track day it, drag raced it, and shown it. 

According to the neon registry, its one of three known lapis acrs made in 97. They only produced 35 total that year in this color. I have the matching numbers drivetrain and almost all the stock parts, but its WAY more enjoyable with all the period correct bolt ons and ac. 


I appreciate the shout out, grm, and even moreso the forum and friends ive made for giving me the willingness and support to do a resto of this level.

CrustyRedXpress GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/11/22 9:58 p.m.

What a ridiculously cool thread. Long term ownership, modification, and restoration always seem so rewarding. 

Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
10/12/22 7:44 a.m.

In reply to CrustyRedXpress :


This is one im really proud of. The memories make it even better.

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