Just bought a '68 Charger R/T...

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  1. Rack

    Rack New Member

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    Hello, I just bought a 1968 Charger R/T to restore/mod.

    I'm not gonna restore it to 100% originality. I plan on taking advantage of the advancements made over the last 38 years in automotive technology.


    Here's some of the things I will be upgrading/modding:

    - Shaved doors

    - Power windows

    - IFS


    Also some other minors additions/adjustments:

    - "Powered" rear view mirror (temperature/compass)

    - I will have as little chrome trim on the car as possible. The only thing that'll be chrome (as of right now) are the bumpers and side markers. Oh, and the wheels.

    - I will have no emblems on the car other then maybe the "Charger R/T" emblem on the grill.

    - No exterior key holes or handles (including the trunk)




    I was wondering if you all could give me some other ideas as to what I can do to it? Ideas for the exterior? Interior? Mechanical (the car has a 440 in it that I'll be keeping)? Electrical? Etc...??


    I don't have a vast amount of knowledge in fixing/modding/restoring cars. This will be my first go at it, but I know a few people that do have a lot of knowledge. I really want to do as much as possible on my own though, but I'm not naive enough to think I can do a whole lot by myself.

    This will be a frame off resto/mod so if you have any ideas that would require me to take the car completely apart please feel free to add them in since I'll have the car dismantled anyway.


    Also, if you have any other tips on the restoration process I'd be more then happy to hear them.

    Thank you!
     
  2. Fareo

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    dont put torq thrusts on it.. everyone does... basiclly i see you ending up with something like this >

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    Find a message board dedicated to that specific car, the amount of information there is probably 11ty better then what is on OT
     
  5. Rack

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    Thanks for all the info.


    Nice site, Fareo. I like that color scheme. Original, but good. It'll be a long time till I actually get to paint the car and I haven't set my mind on a color yet, but I'm leaning heavily towards painting it all high gloss black.




    I created one too. You can check it out here ...

    http://home.stx.rr.com/rackcharger/

    I've searched for charger (or B-Body) specific sites but all the ones I've found have about as much traffic as a ghost town. Just completely dead.


    Since I don't want to have any of the chrome trimming on the car, how would I go about "masking" it or removing it w/o having an ugly looking gap? Should I just sand down the trimmings and paint them? Would the paint even hold?
     
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    Uh, isnt the frontend already independent?
     
  7. Rack

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    Not sure. Either way, I meant a more modern suspension. I haven't had a chance to take a look at it yet, but judging from how other parts of the car look I'm afraid to do so. :eek4:
     
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    the front end is torsion bars.. which are kinda crappy,

    i want this sooooooooo bad..

    http://www.magnumforce.com/magnumforce_tubular_kmember.htm

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    "Lightens front end of car by 100 to 150 pounds" :bowdown:
     
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    congrats on the Mopar, but about that engine, I can tell my looking at the pics that its not a 440, unless you get the casting #'s off the side of the block pics wont show if its a 383 or 400 though.


    and there is nothing crappy about the Torsion Bar front suspension, on my daily driver duster, I put MP .990 bars w/ a full PST graphite kit, it now handles everybit as good as a LS1 F-body
     
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    Yeah I've recently decided to stay with the stock suspension and just make a few mods/improvements. Gonna save me a ton of money.
     
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    Please dont niggerize it...
     
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    I know this is just an opinion, but I hate the whole shaved door handles thing. Sounds like a great direction to be going though otherwise.
     

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