Redneck's father/son project

1975 - 1979 Mopars

  1. SCredneck

    SCredneck Well-Known Member

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    This is what we are starting with. My son's birthday present for his 15th birthday. As I learned after the fact, he had already found the car and already talked to the owner before ever mentioning it to me. This 76 Charger SE 360/904 had been sitting in a barn for almost four years when we got it. Body needs work as you can see, but the power driver's seat still works, as do the power windows. Also came with a spare complete 360 and 727. New battery, fresh gas and it drove out of that barn and into our yard for $800.

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  2. rumblefish360

    rumblefish360 Well-Known Member

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    Nice price. Doesn't look to bad at all. Not to many Chargers of these styles around.
     
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    Big Mike Well-Known Member

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    Good luck with your project.
    I'm building my car with my dad as well and its been such a great experience learning and spending time with him.
     
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    I had a black /white interior one with keystones slammed to the ground 25 years ago. cool car
     
  5. 69 Runner

    69 Runner ADMIN wif a corner office (Deceased - RIP)

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    Ever seen one of those with the "XS29" graphics?
     
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    SCredneck Well-Known Member

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    Wouldn't know it if I did. Enlighten me, please.
     
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    SCredneck Well-Known Member

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    Doug, that should be a fun project for you and your son. Keep us updated of its progress. BTW: Is the front suspension still a traditional torsion bar setup or did the transverse torsion bar setups all ready appear in '76? For some reason, I am thinking that the tranverse setups didn't start until the early-80's (ie. Miradas, etc.).
     
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    69 Runner ADMIN wif a corner office (Deceased - RIP)

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    Yes you would. I've only seen one, and it was in a junkyard. Was a sort of beige color with dark tan (or light brown if you prefer) graphics. Best I can recall it wasn't that much different layout than the "Charger Daytona" graphics. But on the front of the door (or back of the front fender...it's been a while) it had a large "XS29" in the stripe.

    I thought what in the world......then realized it was a Charger....XS29:D

    Never seen another one. Sure looked factory too
     
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    rumblefish360 Well-Known Member

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    The late B bodies have the T bars like all the others except there longer and not anywhere to be seen from Ma Mopar. I think it is Just Suspension that has 3 different bars for the later B bodies.

    It is possible to retro fit the late B's with earlier B T-bars except it takes a bit of welding talent and time wth a donor car.

    I'm not to sure exactly when the transverse T bars came in.

    Theres also one more suspension item to be know about and thats the rear springs are sandwhiched inbetween to rubber bricks and the axle clamps are a 2 part design. The rear shocks also have a stud on the bottom end.

    A earlier rear set up will bolt in and function fine.
     
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    right on.... father son projects....thats cool that you have enough thought to work with your son... alot of fathers these days dont..... Kudos to all that do !

    In a few years I will be pursuing a "father daughter" project.

    Enjoy while you can !

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    My son said to me, you gotta hurry up and finish the car so we can go driving in it. I looked down at him and said really, well then, perhaps you would like to help me on it so we can go driving in it?

    OK! He said. The fun of it all........ :D

    There he is cleaning welds. He has so far painted, clean welds, and put down some seam sealer. He's nervous about holding the mig gun. But I think he'll do it soon enuff. You can see it in his eyes.

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    There ya go. Start him young and bring him up right. MOPAR.
     
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    69 Runner ADMIN wif a corner office (Deceased - RIP)

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    That's really cool
     
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    Ah yes, child slavery. I remember those days....
     
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    When you are ready, I can offer this stripe kit for $100.00 It's not "correct" for a 76 Charger but would look pretty cool, I think.

    Good luck with your project. I can't wait to start my first real father/son project. My boys are still in Elementary School and although 1 of them, my 7 year old, likes to come out and help every so often, I am sure it's not the same as it will be when the car we are building is going to be his.

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    I think the stripe looks good. Helps break up the sea of body color and a bit of pizzaz added.
    My lil'guy is 6 and will help out if the mood he is in is good and theres something he can do. Not yet strong enuff for a torque wrench though. He he he
     
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    69 Runner ADMIN wif a corner office (Deceased - RIP)

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    You could get him his own inch pound torque wrench



    well it was just a thought......
     
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    SCredneck Well-Known Member

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    My little one is 6 as well. A bit behind others his age due to various medical conditions early on (born with 2 holes in his heart and 1 in his stomach were the first two major ones) and having Down's Syndrome. Quite often, when he gets all riled up, nothing will get him calmer quicker than helping Daddy either work on big brother's car or mow lawn.

    The usual aftermath of such adventures...

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    69 Runner ADMIN wif a corner office (Deceased - RIP)

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    great pic!
     
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