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1970 Challenger RT/SE 27 years and counting
« on: June 07, 2021, 08:26:59 AM »
Hello all,I have a 1970 RT/SE go mango with a white vinyl top and white bumble bee strip.non numbers matching 383 A/T. I paid $1500 for it complete but in pieces.
Iíve had this car for 27 years disassembled. itís been a project that has been put on the back burner many times.a guy(Jim Davis)who I met in 1982 at a airplane factory( Gulfsteam aerospace) in Savannah Ga,we both were machinist.we met by him walking around the shop his 1st day on the job wanting to know whoís driving the roadrunner.he had a 70 TA.he ended up leaving GAC and opening up vintage metal works in Commerce Ga.the floor pans and trunk were replaced before jim came and picked it up many years after leaving GAC.the 1st picture is as it was when jim picked it up.I was one of his 1st customers,and knowing jim personally I knew he was very meticulous,as most machinist are.As you will see when I got it back from jim in 2009 it was a rust free shell.He knows(or did at the time)some guys from AMD which is near his shop.we ate lunch with these guys one day,and I went in the warehouse at AMD and pick my sheetmetal. That was in 2008.they wanted to use use my car to test fit some new fenders.Iíll post some pictures of them later.



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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2021, 10:21:55 AM »
Very nice. Good to see you have the rear window plug and window!! That is a killer color combo too.

I'm assuming the interior is also white to match the top and bumble bee stripe?

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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2021, 10:41:48 AM »
It's amazing how a little sheet metal changes the looks drastically.  Can't wait to see more.

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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2021, 10:45:53 AM »
Nice car! Welcome from Northern Ontario Canada.

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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2021, 10:51:22 AM »
These are the guys from AMD,test fitting their fender.Iím reusing my fenders and doors.their fender is the one in black primer.they threw in a set of door hinges for me letting them use my car.
Also since you brought it up here is a shot of the window plug after I did some fiberglass repair.I know bondo would have filled in the gaps,but Iím not that guy.
The interior came black,and for financial reasons will stay that way
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2021, 12:09:55 PM »
Good luck and keep us posted with lots of photos!

How do you plan on filling the indentations in the rear window plug (where the screws are)? I tried to do mine the way the factory did, struggled through more than one vinyl top, then bondoíd the plug in. I would recommend doing that way the first time. Good body filler like Rage Gold is easy to work with.

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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2021, 02:15:06 PM »
I was going to bondo it.I thought thatís how it came from the factory.of course I wouldnít think you would want to fill it all at once.my brother is my paint guy,so I was going to let him worry about it.

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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2021, 02:51:20 PM »
The factory did not bondo in the rear window plug. They used a kind of gauze-like fabric that no one makes anymore. I tried some felt-like material and some rubber mat type material but I wasnít happy with either of them. I believe bondo is the way to go. It just makes removing the window plug very difficult but I figured I would never have to remove it.  :cheers:

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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2021, 06:11:03 PM »
FYI-I am by no means financially wealthy.having said that I will tell you that patients has been my friend.my wife is very budget minded,and Iím ok with that,so my overtime money has always been my play money unless something unforeseen occurs.over the 27 years I have saved my money until I had enough to do whatever was next on the list.The 1st thing I bought was this taillight and reverse light assembly for $375 out of hemmings motor news before the internet was invented.I called the guy on a land line.felt convenient enough after talking to the guy that I mailed him a check,then he shipped the lights.my wife told me I was crazy spending that kind of money on used taillights.
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2021, 07:22:45 PM »
 powder coated my suspension,new in line tube fuel lines(2 lines1 return for EFI)in line tube complete brake line kit,Complete M&H wiring harness.generic 4 wheel disc brake kit,hotchkis Suspension,vintage air.sent my rallye cluster out for complete calibration,and refaced.all new glass from AMD.bumper have been rechromed.TTI headers and complete  3Ē exhaust system.I rebuilt the steering column using Cuda Codyís how-to video.

Stay tuned more to come
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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2021, 07:35:28 PM »
Looking great!! Purists?  Who cares??  It's your car, build it your way.... At least it's getting done...And by the looks of things it's getting done very well....   :cheers:

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« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2021, 08:56:45 PM »
Welcome to the site , Cool project !
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« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2021, 05:11:23 AM »
Looking great!! Purists?  Who cares??  It's your car, build it your way.... At least it's getting done...And by the looks of things it's getting done very well....   :cheers:

I agree. If that's the way you want the car done, I say have at it. You will be happy to have the 4 wheel discs and the suspension upgrades will make it more enjoyable on the street. I like the way you are doing it.

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« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2021, 05:24:12 AM »
 :welcome: To The home of the ebody  great to have you here , Nice project 27 years is a long time but it looks like itís moving along well .cheers  :australia:

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« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2021, 06:26:06 AM »
:welcome: to the site from Netherlands!
Looking great! Good luck and keep us posted! :twothumbsup:
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