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    David's 74 Dodge Challenger Restoration
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    So I'll be taking a bit of a break from buggy building while I start on a new project. My father-in-law bought this 74 Challenger about 5 years ago with the intention of doing a full restoration. Well after sitting all that time he realized with his current health situation, he was never going to get around to it. Knowing that I really wanted the car, he decided to give it to my wife and I as part of an early inheritance! I had planned on building my 600 GSXR turbo engine and then starting on my AR51 this summer, but that will need to wait now.

    The car is in really good condition for it's age. No rust on the rocker panels or bottoms of the doors, and the uni-body is rock solid. It still has the original 318 with auto trans in perfect running condition! It has some rust spots around the wheel-wells that the previous owner started to fix as well as some rust round the back window. There are a few small holes in the driver side floor.

    My intention is to leave the engine stock for now and just give it a really good tune-up. I will attempt all the body work myself as well as the paint job. I'm not going for perfection, just something good enough that our family can enjoy on a weekend cruise!



















    We're not certain on the color yet, but it will be either red, orange, green, or plum purple.
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    Well you can't beat the price! I vote you keep us updated as this progresses. It is in The Litter Box. Let's see some pics of the wife and kids going at it with some sandpaper! I like the Mopars.
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    Whenever I'm in the mood to revisit my childhood, I take a trip down to one of the car shows.

    We still own the 1979 Firebird that my wife bought brand new as a college sophomore. I drove it for years as my commuter car, then my son and daughter drove it when they were in high school. It finally went into semi-retirement last year. Over 200,000 miles and it still only uses a quart of oil every 3,000 miles.

    Enjoy your restoration and let us know how it goes.
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    Good luck with the resto! That era of mopars is my favorite. I love the cudas and challengers.
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    E-bodies are sweet. love that quarter panel!
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    No progress on this yet. I just started a new job and we're looking at moving to a new house in order to cut down my commute time, so I haven't even picked up the car yet. I'm terribly anxious to get it in my garage though!
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    We picked the car up on the weekend. I'm putting a little video together so stay tuned for that. I plan on getting the entire restoration process on video.



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    Video of the trip to pick up the Challenger.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9Cbhk5ihgQ
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    The Challenger is taking all my time, and all my money! Here is what it looks like today. Found a lot more rust holes under the bondo than I expected. I ordered a new roof, both rear quarter panels, a floor patch, and I'm picking up some front fenders soon.


















    Second video in my restoration process.

    74 Dodge Challenger Restoration - Episode 2 - YouTube

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    Way to go Dave! Save that bad boy!

    I do have one comment , I would square and level the body/frame before welding any new skin on. Don't want to weld a twist into your new body.
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    did you use a special bigfoot camera or something ,you know all blurry could be a tree stump kinda thing .
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