DeltaV's '70 Charger 500; The Omen

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Lower rear quarters...not bad for an unrestored 49 year old Charger?

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Differential
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I have never liked free advertising for car dealerships, but I suppose this will stay in place (for now) since is part of the car's "identity" one might say.
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Top side of my tank. Will be replacing because it developed a pin-hole leak on the flip side...in 1987.
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Unpacking boxes of parts and rearranging the garage for more space. Maybe I'll clay bar and wax it soon. I did locate the wheel trim rings.
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Great car! What's the plan for restoration?
 

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Great car! What's the plan for restoration?

Today I located the last boxes of parts that I removed from the car a long time ago. One of those boxes contained the the engine bay wiring. The superficial condition of the insulation looked ok, but I did note some (green) corrosion on one connector and wire strands. That got me to thinking...nearly 50 year old wiring throughout the car. I hate intermittent electrical issues. Then, I remembered an FBBO thread saying that full current goes through the ammeter. I hate fires more!

I don't like "scope creep" in any project because it runs up the costs, but I can't stand the thought of a fire. So, here goes with the highlights:
1) I'll install new wiring throughout the car.
2) I'll hand off the dash to some company to rewire and checkout/fix any gauges that need attention. Cosmetically, the dash pad, gauges, etc. look nice.
3) I'll reupholster the seats and install the carpet myself. Ditto the headliner.
4) I am torn on what to do with the exterior lighting. I prefer to keep it as is, but I have seen some modern lighting that I like. I have seen others that I don't like (they weren't bright when looking at them from an angle).
5) The drum brakes are the 11" monsters. I'll probably keep them, but could be persuaded otherwise. No matter, I do all brake work myself.
6) The 383 needs rebuilding. I'll probably keep it mostly stock (maybe run headers). It had a jumped timing chain when I bought it from the second owner. I disassembled it and then life took over. What I need is a reputable shop/engine builder. $10k budget enough?
7) I'll put in a new clutch and pressure plate. I'll have someone inspect the trans or maybe do it myself.
8) I am tempted to go with larger wheels and tires along with 3.55 gears and a limited slip rear.
9) Paint and body last. The car has a lot of door dings and there are several rusty places at the base of the rear window. Fortunately, the car has always been indoors since I purchased it in 1985. Maybe I will do the paint and body myself.
 

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Sweet Car! Really really nice shape. Way better than mine and I thought I had Really really nice car. Just really now after seeing yours. Mines a 23000 miler from Leavenworth Ks. My trunk floor needed replacement. Some would of patched it but I replaced the whole thing.
It all takes time and money. I bought mine back in the fall of 2003 I think. lol
Still not finished. Hopefully this summer she will be home from the paint shop.
Looking forward to seeing your project come to life!
 
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Clarification is in order. Owner #1 added an alarm system for the hood. There is a dagger mounted to the underside of the hood and the switch was mounted to the underside of the hood latch plate (whatever it's called).

I haven't removed the dagger yet because it isn't "cooperating".

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The dagger passed through the center hole and the two satellite holes were for screws that secured the switch.
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All of these holes added for the alarm system will be filled in at some point in the future. There are bigger fish to fry in the meantime.
 
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What a great car! Thank you for posting pictures. I look forward to watching this car come back to life.
 

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I am really surprised at how well these tail pipe hangers have survived so many years. Yeah, the tail pipes were the turn-down type...no extensions.

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The car has the A01 Light Group for Chargers. Here's the trunk light switch and bulb & socket:
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Here is one of the two brackets that the spare tire rest on. @Kern Dog has a thread on these brackets.
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Rear seat bottom cushion stamped tag:
WSP 3447764 J

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Rear seat back cushion stamped tag:
WSP 2942796 C

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Today I located the last boxes of parts that I removed from the car a long time ago. One of those boxes contained the the engine bay wiring. The superficial condition of the insulation looked ok, but I did note some (green) corrosion on one connector and wire strands. That got me to thinking...nearly 50 year old wiring throughout the car. I hate intermittent electrical issues. Then, I remembered an FBBO thread saying that full current goes through the ammeter. I hate fires more!

I don't like "scope creep" in any project because it runs up the costs, but I can't stand the thought of a fire. So, here goes with the highlights:
1) I'll install new wiring throughout the car.
2) I'll hand off the dash to some company to rewire and checkout/fix any gauges that need attention. Cosmetically, the dash pad, gauges, etc. look nice.
3) I'll reupholster the seats and install the carpet myself. Ditto the headliner.
4) I am torn on what to do with the exterior lighting. I prefer to keep it as is, but I have seen some modern lighting that I like. I have seen others that I don't like (they weren't bright when looking at them from an angle).
5) The drum brakes are the 11" monsters. I'll probably keep them, but could be persuaded otherwise. No matter, I do all brake work myself.
6) The 383 needs rebuilding. I'll probably keep it mostly stock (maybe run headers). It had a jumped timing chain when I bought it from the second owner. I disassembled it and then life took over. What I need is a reputable shop/engine builder. $10k budget enough?
7) I'll put in a new clutch and pressure plate. I'll have someone inspect the trans or maybe do it myself.
8) I am tempted to go with larger wheels and tires along with 3.55 gears and a limited slip rear.
9) Paint and body last. The car has a lot of door dings and there are several rusty places at the base of the rear window. Fortunately, the car has always been indoors since I purchased it in 1985. Maybe I will do the paint and body myself.

I was wrong earlier about "the last boxes of parts". I found more today...oil pump, pickup, Direct Connection double roller timing chain set, starter, etc., etc.:rolleyes:
 
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