Al Johnson


1970 1/2 ton Dodge

1970 Chrysler Newport 2-door

1970 Chrysler Newport 2-door

1970 1/2 ton Dodge

When I decided to move back to Minot from Arizona in 2005, I knew I'd be wanting a "knock around" truck for hauling stuff. Everyone seemed to have an old Ford or Chevy so, to be different, I looked for a Dodge like the ones my dad drove. I settled on a 1969 3/4 ton that I had found in California and dragged home to Phoenix. It was a driver but needed a lot of attention. The search online for restoration parts led me to my next purchase. I became the third owner of an unrestored, low mile, 1970 1/2 ton Dodge in very nice shape. I have never done anything to this truck except keep it clean and maintained. I am often seen at club events or shows with this truck. The 1969 has not gone away, I'm still getting everything in order to restore it someday.

Once I had my truck quota, I turned my attention to finding a car like my mothers Chrysler. At one point, she had driven a 1970 Chrysler Newport 2-door. This was the car in which I had learned to drive. It was the car I had taken my drivers test in. I had grown very fond of that car and had hoped to have it "passed down" to me when she was ready for her next vehicle. It was instead sold to a fellow in Williston. That was 1973 and I kept track of it until it finally returned to Minot in 1984 with it's third owner. I had a talk with him and offered to buy the car when he no longer wanted it. A short time later, he was involved in an accident that totaled the Chrysler and sent it to the scrap yard.

Over the following years, I always had a desire to find another 1970 Newport. After 20 plus years, all the stars aligned and I found my current ride online. It came from a collector in Pennsylvania. When the transport driver set it in my driveway in Minot, it had a total of 137 miles logged since it rolled off the assembly line. It has been washed, waxed, driven sparingly and shown locally. To this date (2014) it still has only been driven 675 miles since new.

Al Johnson
Life Member
Minot, North Dakota