Login to forums:

Forgot your password?

Forgot your username?

User Tag List

Page 1 of 6 1234 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 144

Thread: Dad and I decide to purchase and restore a 1974 Challenger...

  1. #1
    Lifetime User Array focusinprogress's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    In my garage with too many projects
    Posts
    8,832
    Mentioned
    74 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default Dad and I decide to purchase and restore a 1974 Challenger...

    So my Dad has had the itch for around 3 yrs to buy a musclecar to mess around with, and this year finally got serious about it. We looked at a bunch but this one hit home with him, so we went saturday and made the purchase.











    It needs some bodywork and a fresh coat of paint, but it runs GREAT. 318 v8, cammed, trans cooler, and possibly valvetrain mods. Also has some wiring gremlin related to a hodgepodged alarm system and aftermarket radio/equalizer. I am going to be doing the vast majority of the work here.....lets hope dad keeps it and lets me drive the damn thing after all the sweat and tears haha.

    Plans are:

    remove all aftermarket electronics
    re-wire to factory schematic and make sure everything works
    wire-tuck the engine bay
    body work on spare doors and spare fenders
    pick new paint color (might go with another purple)
    remove the rubber blocks from rear bumper and smooth
    strip paint from bumpers and have re-chromed (as stock)
    replace front chin panel and rear slam panel
    replace hood(totally rotted and shot underneath)
    block down the roof and rear quarterpanels for straighness
    remove glass and source new chrome window trims
    paint car
    re-cover seats
    replace door cards with black variants
    put car back together
    heaterzzzzzzz

  2. #2
    maxwell
    Guest

    Default

    Good for you two, looks mean already!
    Last edited by maxwell; 04-04-2011 at 01:06 PM.

  3. #3
    I can has burnouts? Array cougarspeed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    15,388
    Mentioned
    127 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Looks like a great car to start with. Needs huge slicks!
    http://www.nyspeed.com/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=1346&dateline=1294292  807

  4. #4
    Lifetime User Array 95dime's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    pendleton, NY
    Posts
    3,334
    Mentioned
    12 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    please pull 318 out and replace with bigger?

    my buddy's dad is into mopars big time. my love for cars stems from being about 9 or 10 sitting in the backseat of his challenger rt (383/727) and leaving an intersection going sideways in a burnout. lol.

    i <3 mopars.
    -'11 hemi ram DD, '09 cfr1000r - twin piped 1200 big bore.
    needing a turbo.

  5. #5
    Lifetime User Array focusinprogress's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    In my garage with too many projects
    Posts
    8,832
    Mentioned
    74 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by 95dime View Post
    please pull 318 out and replace with bigger?

    my buddy's dad is into mopars big time. my love for cars stems from being about 9 or 10 sitting in the backseat of his challenger rt (383/727) and leaving an intersection going sideways in a burnout. lol.

    i <3 mopars.
    not swapping. The 73 and 74 318's made pretty stout numbers considering their size. Dad isn't so concerned with going FAST as he is with it looking/sounding good and making him smile when he drives it.

  6. #6
    Lifetime User Array TrueBlue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    NY's Beautiful Finger Lakes
    Posts
    8,417
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    I can't believe how low the prices are on '73-'74 E-bodies, considering what the '70-'71's go for. Looks pretty solid. Buy it local or out-of-state?
    http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/865969/original/evostang.jpg
    Freek If you want to find acceptance on the internet... go join a loosely automotive based local forum

  7. #7
    Sr. User Array Paul B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Grand Island
    Posts
    1,367
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    awesome looking car! sounds like there are nice plans for it too. goodluck!
    2010 Mazdaspeed 3 - 1990 Miata - 2005 Chevy Colorado

  8. #8
    Lifetime User Array focusinprogress's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    In my garage with too many projects
    Posts
    8,832
    Mentioned
    74 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by TrueBlue View Post
    I can't believe how low the prices are on '73-'74 E-bodies, considering what the '70-'71's go for. Looks pretty solid. Buy it local or out-of-state?
    came out of Holley, NY....which is between Rochester and Batavia. Know what you're saying on prices haha, let's just say we picked this up for less than a rotbox roller '70 would cost. Runs AWESOME too.

  9. #9
    Lifetime User Array TrueBlue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    NY's Beautiful Finger Lakes
    Posts
    8,417
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by focusinprogress View Post
    Know what you're saying on prices haha, let's just say we picked this up for less than a rotbox roller '70 would cost. Runs AWESOME too.
    And it's damn near the EXACT same car minus front and rear end treatments and those fender gills. I've seen more than a few '73-'74s converted over to '71s and then sold.
    http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/865969/original/evostang.jpg
    Freek If you want to find acceptance on the internet... go join a loosely automotive based local forum

  10. #10
    I buy my own tampons, bitch! Array Jam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    having intercourse with your sleeping patterns
    Posts
    13,542
    Mentioned
    37 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    badass
    "easy, easy... everyone knows the guy enamored with driving a 1998 crown vic ex police car is most likely a genius" - Jim1234664

  11. #11
    Lifetime User Array XwalkerX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    LBC
    Posts
    6,754
    Mentioned
    102 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    PLUM CRAZY PURPLE!!!!!!

    ............__._ . ........... '55 FLH - '90 FXHT - '72 C10______________

  12. #12
    Formerly Red00WS6 Array Wahoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Kessler.... BECAUSE I'AM A MAN!!!
    Posts
    4,449
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Nice, I want a late model barracuda or cuda, but I'd probably swap a new hemi in it + 6speed! Awesome car!

  13. #13
    Mr. G Q Array Onyx Z32's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Buffalo, NY
    Posts
    22,545
    Mentioned
    101 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

  14. #14
    Sr. User Array L8APEX1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    NO. CO.
    Posts
    2,115
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Well thats just plum crazy!

    Damn you walker lol

    give a man a match and he will be warm for a minute... set him on fire and he will be warm for the rest of his life

  15. #15
    Lifetime User Array XwalkerX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    LBC
    Posts
    6,754
    Mentioned
    102 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default


    ............__._ . ........... '55 FLH - '90 FXHT - '72 C10______________

  16. #16
    AKA: Arch Angel Array
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Sanborn
    Posts
    8,872
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    awesome, this place needs more muscle and less bmw,mercedes,civic.

  17. #17
    Lifetime User Array XwalkerX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    LBC
    Posts
    6,754
    Mentioned
    102 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    you need more muscle

    ............__._ . ........... '55 FLH - '90 FXHT - '72 C10______________

  18. #18
    Lifetime User Array 08GT500's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    East Bumfuck
    Posts
    2,928
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by XwalkerX View Post
    you need more muscle
    lol

    Nice ride. Should be a sweet project.

  19. #19
    Yes Dear Array
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Clarence
    Posts
    3,782
    Mentioned
    13 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by XwalkerX View Post
    Beat me to it^

  20. #20
    Lifetime User Array focusinprogress's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    In my garage with too many projects
    Posts
    8,832
    Mentioned
    74 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default

    Thanks for that link Josh, my dad asked me to do some renderings of some paint jobs he has in mind.....we are thinking the sale color purple on the bottom of the car, and two-toning it with a much darker metallic purple on the top....gonna play around with different places to make the transition and whatnot. I'll post the concepts here.

    PS, I am totally growing joe-dirt sideburns when this is near complete so I can roll around town being awesome yellin' "lookut mah hehmay!"

  21. #21
    Sr. User Array L8APEX1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    NO. CO.
    Posts
    2,115
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    When you are not driving it and people ask you why tell them you were having a footprint gas pedal installed.

    give a man a match and he will be warm for a minute... set him on fire and he will be warm for the rest of his life

  22. #22
    Regular User Array
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    471
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Sweet looking car. Looks like you got a great foundation to start with.

  23. #23
    Lifetime User Array focusinprogress's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    In my garage with too many projects
    Posts
    8,832
    Mentioned
    74 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default

    well, we noticed some tell-tale signs that a mouse may have had some "fun" in the car.... the other day while moving the car around the driveway some smoke came from the defroster vents.....I decided it was a good time to yank out the shitty stereo, equalizer, and rinky-dink alarm out and find out how bad the wires were chewed/melted.......this is the carnage:






    I spent about 8hrs re-wiring the whole interior/dash harness. Just finished today. I hate wiring lol. I had to replace 22 melted wires and had to tape up some other ones where the casing got chewed away.

    now we can start pulling trims and seals to get the glass out and start on the bodywork!
    Last edited by focusinprogress; 04-19-2011 at 09:38 PM.

  24. #24

    Joe Basil Chevy


    www.JoeBasilChevrolet.com


    Array
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    2,995
    Mentioned
    18 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    thumbs up to father son projects

  25. #25
    I like cars,
    and burnouts,
    and beer.
    I also like to hate.
    Array MPD47's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    11,296
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    One of the few muscle cars I actually want to own. Nice purchase. What did you pick it up for if you don't mind me asking?

Page 1 of 6 1234 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •