Backyard find 1970 Charger DIY Build

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  1. lochenjons

    lochenjons Well-Known Member

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    I introduced myself here in the welcome section a couple weeks ago but I think it's time for a build thread. I've rebuilt motorcycle engines and done a few engine and transmission swaps on some late 60's cadillacs and 80's chevys but this is my first mopar I've ever owned. So I figured it would be a cool idea to document my progress for everyone to check out. Long story short I winched this 1970 charger onto a trailer for $2300 a couple weeks ago. It runs and drives (sort of, I'll address this issue later). I just ordered a 4 wheel disc brake conversion from The Right Stuff today because the brakes SUCK! This is a non-numbers matching car so I don't feel obligated to restore it to it's original condition... but it will be restored tastefully nonetheless. I plan on doing as much as possible myself with the exception of the rust repair and some bodywork (I suck at welding). This car has already turned a lot of heads even on the trailer and some of my friends have told me some pretty crazy stories about it... apparently it's famous. I welcome any and all feedback you guys have as this is my first mopar. I'm a GM guy but this is and has always been my dream car.

    Here's a couple pictures:
    Here's the car as it was found:
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    The interior is much worse than it looks. A lot of critters made their home in this car sadly.

    Victory day!
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    Freshly parked:
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    Not a bad start!
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      Nice! If you got that Charger for $2300 and it even runs, you are off to a great start. Subscribed!
       
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      • Car Nut

        Car Nut Mopar Master

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        Looks good!
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        Nice find! What are the stories behind it’s fame?
         
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        mopar_chuck Well-Known Member

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        Car looks really good for $2300! Nice find.
         
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        Nice score and even cheaper than my second 70 Charger. Mine was $2500.00 but didn't run but did come with 440 and 727 trans.
         
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        Awesome find and a great price. You will have fun getting this one back together while putting smiles on many faces.:thumbsup:
         
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        As others said,... It looks to be in pretty good shape, and $2300 for a second gen Charger is a steal, .... especially if it runs.

        Nice score!
         
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          Great starter!
           
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          nice to see cars being sold for reasonable money still ... good find !
           
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          I’ll give you $3k for it. Doin you a favor. :rofl:
           
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          • Ironbuilt

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            I'll give you 5 grand and save you the trouble. :lol:
             
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              A steeeeeal indeed!:lowdown:
               
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                nice score .... cant wait to see the progress and the update(s)
                 
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                lochenjons Well-Known Member

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                Wow a lot of replies already! Thanks for the support

                I've heard a good amount of stories about this car already like...
                Driving around with a keg in the back seat and drinking out of it, friends stealing the owners keys at 2 am after he passed out and driving around santa cruz doing burnouts, the brakes not working even when pushed to the floor, some guy showed up to a party when the owner and his friends were having a backyard boxing match and the guy challenged them to a fight, someone hit the guy and he fell backwards and knocked himself out on the front right fender of the car (the dent is still there).
                 
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                • lochenjons

                  lochenjons Well-Known Member

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                  So I noticed that the coolant was low (I wasn't able to see any in the radiator) So I filled it up, All of a sudden water starts pouring out the passenger side of the motor... I couldn't tell where it was coming from so I let it dry and then slowly poured some water in the radiator. Water is coming from behind (not above!) the exhaust manifold gasket, is there a freeze plug or something behind there? The cylinder on the right is at the front of the motor.
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                  lochenjons Well-Known Member

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                  according to moparts.org the engine is a
                  Casting#:2468130
                  Type:B
                  Year:1959-1971 383

                  Unable to locate the MFG date. The only thing I could see was the casting number on the driver's side of the block.
                   
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                  The studs go into the water jacket. Are the studs loose, or wet?
                   
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                  lochenjons Well-Known Member

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                  Not that I can see. I hit them with some penetrating oil, I'll take them off when I get back from work on Tuesday.
                   
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                  there are two freeze plugs on each head behind the manifolds/headers right where your arrow is.
                   
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