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    This thread will cover my restoration of my father's 71 Challenger. These first few posts are copied from another forum. I didn't want to re-type the whole thing! Excuse if some of the commentary is out of context.

    The time has finally come for our 1971 Dodge Challenger to come out of storage and finally get restored. There has been some progress here in the past few weeks so I figured I would post up here so you guys could check it out!
    This car as many of you know was my Father’s car when he went to JMU from 1974-1978. It has received its share of JMU parking tickets and I’m sure seen its share of drunk college girls. It languished in a barn on my uncles property from the middle 1980’s until sometime around 1998 when we removed it and its long winded restoration began. It is a 318 equipped with a 3-speed automatic transmission. It was originally Copper in color with a white interior but was painted green in 1975 by my Father and some of his friends.
    The first try:
    During the initial “restoration” most of the body rust was fixed. Many parts were ordered and put in storage. The engine was rebuilt and bored .030 over. It however was fitted with its stock 2 bbl carb and stock exhaust. It was also pained a horrible enamel yellow color (partially). Around 2001-2 it was put in storage had little has been done with it until about 3 weeks ago.
    The engine sporting its tired chrome valve covers was timed and started.

    The electronic ignition conversion from Mopar Performance was installed.

    Then it was pulled over the body shop where they began work on fixing up some of the dents and dings from being in storage for 8 years. The decision was also made that yellow and white really just do not go together and we needed to go with another color. One of the body shop guys suggested 2010 “Plum Crazy” Purple. He shot a test panel. You should also note the 2005 Charger 18in wheel sporting one of Rex’s old 18in tires from the speed 3.




    This car was a base model but it did have a few options. The 318 V8 was the basic V8 but the car was available with a 225 slant six engine. Also it was equipped with Rally seats and the smaller 14in Rally wheels.


    The decision was made that the color would be changed (no decision on color yet, just that it will be done) so the engine, now running and driving, needed to be removed again for painting. This of course fell to me so this past Sunday I yanked the old beast from its lair. It took me two hours.



    Horrible stock exhaust. I just got some full length headers for it and I am trying to select an exhaust.

    Washed up the engine bay and pushed it back to the body shop.


    Hopefully progress will be strong and stuff will get done relatively quickly. I will update as I can.

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    Engine compartment and door jams sanded and prepped.



    Adhesion promoter

    Primer

    BASECOAT!!!



    Cleared underhood

    Door jamb done

    Interior blacked out


    Steering box detail



    Headers prepped.


    I got these vintage Mr. Gasket headers from one of the guys here at work. They are from the late 70's and very heavy. Nice thick steel. Just needed a clean up and paint. They are done but I haven't snapped pics yet. The engine is getting tore down as far as it needs to be to get painted orange. Lots of underhood stuff is back in. These pics are a few days old. I will get more soon.

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    Looking good. Nice work.

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    340 4bbl intake, OEM valve covers, and headers all painted up.




    More progress this past friday. Got a carb (1970 Carter Thermoquad). New stainless steel hardware for the engine. Got a new heater core and cleaned up the heater box. Doors are cut in and will go on monday. Oil pan is stripped and ready to paint. Engine should be painted up Monday. Here are pics!






    I also dug out my 1971 tags!


    Our Challenger's broadcast sheet. Discovered stuck in the coils under the rear seat.


    I scanned these two photos as well. Polaroids taken during the first tear down.

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    Lookin' good.

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    Thanks man. More pics coming after the engine goes in this weekend!

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    Pics from this past week! Got the engine in on Friday.


    The last time (hopefully) this will be empty until I have a big block to stick in.

    YAY!

    New brake MC and refinished lines.

    Mopar Performance Underdrive Pulley Kit.


    Coming along very well. So we met our engine back in by Memorial Day goal. Now lets wee if we can get the "car done by August" goal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71Challenger318 View Post
    Pics from this past week! Got the engine in on Friday.


    The last time (hopefully) this will be empty until I have a big block to stick in.

    YAY!

    New brake MC and refinished lines.

    Mopar Performance Underdrive Pulley Kit.


    Coming along very well. So we met our engine back in by Memorial Day goal. Now lets wee if we can get the "car done by August" goal.
    Setting a goal and managing to stick to it! Nice. My goal is for the world to leave me alone for a freakin' weekend so I can do what I've got to do!

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    She is coming together fast. Nice work. Keep it up.

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    Thanks man. That's the idea! We hope to have it on the road again by August. Really going to be about money more then anything else if we meet or miss that. I've got some more pics I will post later today or tomorrow. Getting the headers in was a HUGE pain and I have a water leak up top and have to pull the intake again. Happens to the best of us.

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