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 Post subject: 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR - Original Owner
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 9:11 am 
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I bought a new 1995 Plymouth Neon off the dealer lot. I bought it cause it looked a little more sportier(?) than the other Plymouth Neons on the lot. Didn't really know that it was anything but a normal Neon.

About a year later I was at a local gas station filling up and a guy walked out of the station, took one look at my Neon, and shouted, "Holy Crap, you have a *blank* Neon. The *blank* is there cause I really didn't clearly hear what he said. But that incident stuck with me. Made me wonder if I had actually bought a unique Neon model.

Transport to last fall October 2012, my Neon wasn't running due to an electrical problem, taking up garage space, and I was about ready to junk it. My son, who learned how to drive in the Neon, loved the car and was vehemontly opposed to letting it go. I told him, "Fine, you do some research on the car and if you find out it is anything other than a normal Neon, then maybe we'll keep it."

Then the adventure began, he started to do some research on-line and found links referencing the ACR. Especially the faq.neon.org link. The foglight hole, but no foglights, no side-bumpers, painted bumpers with the rally silver grey accent led us to believe that we may actually have an ACR.

Then, I checked out 2 other components, I had a Performance MTX transmission and the coveted 10mm front wheel hubs.
At this stage I was about 97% certain that my vehicle was an ACR.

The final step was to go to the Dodge Dealership Service Department and get the build sheet on my Neon(remember, I bought the car new):

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That finally comfirmed that I had one of the few 1995 Plymouth Neon ACRs still left. Now, I am in the process of dismantling the car to restore it to original show-room quality. An 18-year old car in WI has a lot of rusty components, but I still am amazed at how solid the overall body is. More to come as I re-built a very unique piece of automotive history.

As a fun component of my ACR ownership and knowing how my son loves this car, I had some CustomInk(online T-shirt vendor) T-Shirts made to commemorate how we feel about this vehicle:

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That's our story and like I said, more to come as the Neon is restored........


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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR - Original Owner
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 9:48 am 
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Pic doesn't work. Subbed for 1-owner goodness.

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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR - Original Owner
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 10:55 am 
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Sorry about that, it should be fixed now, I moved the photos to a different library in my PhotoBucket account.


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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR - Original Owner
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 11:48 am 
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Ohh man, I was holding out for pics of the car!

Sedan? Coupe? Color? What Options? How many miles?

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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR - Original Owner
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 11:52 am 
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Mazda787b wrote:
Sedan? Coupe?


Judging from the "27C" in the VIN, it's a Sedan. I'm curious to see if it has a bulge hood, since it's a SOHC.

PICS of car, and your son is one lucky SOB

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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR - Original Owner
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Missed the entire part where the VIN is listed. Whoops.

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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR - Original Owner
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Ok, these will look a little rough, cause I have no pristine pics and I just took a couple of photos of the car in the garage.

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The entire rear end, including the gas tank is off the car. The entire interior has been removed and resides in a spare bedroom. I have about 167,500 miles. Zero options, obviously, other than A/C and rear defroster. But it is original and stock, no aftermarket upgrades.

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It's dirty, cause its been sitting, without running for a couple of years, but the engine and tranny are in great shape. Just needs some tender loving body work and a new paint job, but all the tell-tale ACR signs are there.

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Well, if I can find any other earlier pics when it was still being driven, I'll post those too.


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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR - Original Owner
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Hey, that's cool, love the t-shirts. :good: :grin:
Thanks for sharing, especially the build sheet. There is another thread going on in which we are debating the clues and what is the code for the ACR. ~ /viewtopic.php?f=1&t=403813

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Wohler01 wrote:
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That's our story and like I said, more to come as the Neon is restored........


Best. Shirt. Ever. Dude you are my Hero!

-Chris (the guy would brought on of the first built 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR Sedan to the 2012 SCCA Solo Nationals in STC)

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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR - Original Owner
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Thanks for the kind thoughts.

The T-Shirt design can be shared!, so if you want to acquire one, send me an e-mail at RSheb01@yahoo.com and I'll share the design with you on CustomInk.com(great online vendor).

The build sheet is pretty cool. I would love to get a more detailed description of each code. Most of the descriptions are about as cryptic as the code. Not sure if Chrysler ever built a code into the VIN for the ACR. I decoded my VIN, online, and it came up with just a base model neon, no indication of the Competition group, like the build sheet indicates.

I'll keep posting as the tear down progresses and the slow process of rebuilding.

More to come.


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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR - Original Owner
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BTW, one thing that always puzzled me was how quick and how fast the 1995 Neon ACR was, I still think Chrysler did some other tinkering with the engine/tranny to boost power. Other than those posted on the FAQ.

When I bought this ACR, I bought my ex-wife a standard Neon(I know, dumb on my part). The reason I mention this is that her Neon was such an absolute dog compared to my ACR. Performance MTX tranny aside, both supposedly had the same engine, but the ACR was noticeably faster and more powerful off the line.

I just think there is more to the 1995 ACR than was published. Could it be that Chrysler beefed up the 1995 ACR to make it more enticing to the SCCA?


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Very cool! Welcome :)

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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR - Original Owner
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Best. Shirt. Ever. Dude you are my Hero!

-Chris (the guy would brought on of the first built 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR Sedan to the 2012 SCCA Solo Nationals in STC)

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Mag_ner:

Saw your build post earlier, very impressive.

One question, where did you find new Arvin Struts, I've searched everywhere on the web and no dice.

Did you get them through a dealership parts counter?

Inquiring minds want to know.....LOL!


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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR - Original Owner
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The set of 4 were sitting on shelf for the last ~15years in a shop in Texas. From what I understand they came off a new 95 ACR but were removed not long after being delivered. I've driven them under 1000miles, I bet the total is somewhere well under 5000 miles.

I got a lucky break with the 2 spare fronts, a guy who used to Road Race showroom stock in the 90's had the pair collecting dust in his garage and offered them to me. These are visibly in much worst shape and have withstood some road racing abuse but they still seam to be in good working order.

The ACR Arvin strut has been discontinued for years, I highly doubt there's anything left sitting in a box in a dealers warehouse.

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One question, where did you find new Arvin Struts, I've searched everywhere on the web and no dice.

Did you get them through a dealership parts counter?

Inquiring minds want to know.....LOL!

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The ACR Arvin strut has been discontinued for years, I highly doubt there's anything left sitting in a box in a dealers warehouse.

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I bought a set of Arvins years ago with less than 30,000 miles on them. I was told they were replaced with better struts/springs for racing and they sat in a garage for years. I know at least 4 or 5 guys who have them but would never part with them because they're impossible to find. I did see one strut for sale here on the boards just recently (mase) but someone bought it. If you are lucky enough to find a set, they will probably need to be rebuilt. With the cost of buying/rebuilding them, you can buy a better strut/spring combo for less money.
Good luck with the restore...........some parts look pretty rough :good:

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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR - Original Owner
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Mostly just dirty, the front bumper has some sun damage, but I've talked to some repair shots and they feel it is possible to fix.

Want to keep it as close to original as possible.

I did find a MOPAR OEM site that claims they have original Competition Package struts, which run about 2X as expensive as the none ACR struts, not sure if they actually are Arvin or a comparable after market replacement.

Here's a question, can the Arvin struts be re-build so they can be re-installed?


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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Plymouth Neon ACR - Original Owner
PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 9:00 pm 
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They're most likely Konis. Nothing wrong with that, all 97-99 ACRs had them.

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