I've been a Mopar guy since as far back as I can remember. I think the biggest influence on me were the car magazines way back in the early to mid 70's...whether it was drag racing or NASCAR, it seemed like Dodge or Plymouth cars ruled the tracks. In particular it was Richard Petty’s STP Dodge Charger that sealed my affinity for Mopars.
So naturally by the time I was ready for my first car it had to be a Mopar A 1970 Plymouth Duster 340 saw me through the first years of high school. When the Dusters body began to fail I bought a 1973 Dodge Charger SE and dropped the hot little 340 from the Duster into it. That Charger and my…ahem….antics with it earned me the nickname Dodge Don, a moniker that is still with me today.
Since then I've owned nothing but vehicles from the Mopar family.
In the mid-80s my yearnings for another high performance Mopar resulted in the purchase of a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T SE. The car was an FY1 Top Banana hardtop with the CRT5 Tan SE interior and a 440/727 combo. My intention was to restore it however as time went by I realized I had neither the proper facilities nor adequate funding to achieve this at that time. I had to be realistic, and rather than let the car sit and deteriorate I decided to sell it to someone who could do the car justice. That Charger was fully restored by the new owner and although I regretted letting her go I knew that at least the car survived. Later, while becoming more knowledgeable on 70 Chargers, I would come to realize just how rare an FY1/CRT5 70 Charger R/T SE actually was……VERY!.
At this point the 70 Charger had firmly established itself as my absolute favorite. I committed to myself that I would one day have the Charger of my dreams.
As the years passed I established a successful career, got married and found myself in a position to realize my goal to buy another 70 Charger. However, by this time I had decided that I wanted to do a full restoration rather than buying one already done. I wanted the experience of fully restoring the car.
With a very understanding and supportive wife, I started working towards getting another Charger. This not only included searching for one but also preparing my garage for a multi-year restoration and doing a ton of research and developing a project plan for the restoration.
I spent 2 years looking for the right car to restore. I started to question if I ever would find a Charger just right for a restoration project. The temptation to buy a fully restored Charger began tugging at me, however I really wanted the experience of doing the restoration myself so I held out.
In August 2002 my search ended when I found and bought a 1970 Charger R/T in Wisconsin. The car was a factory EV2 Hemi Orange with black vinyl roof and interior, a 440 4bbl and 727 automatic Although it no longer had the numbers matching engine, the car was complete and running and was a perfect candidate for the restoration I had in mind. My wife still recalls the huge grin on my face as we test drove the car.
With the deal done we loaded the car on the trailer and headed back to Ontario. During the long drive home we had lots of folks drive next to us giving me the thumbs up. At every stop, without fail, we’d be approached by people admiring the Charger. At the U.S./Canada border we had to stop at both offices, complete paperwork and get clearance to export the car. The Charger drew a lot of attention while parked there with off duty customs guys coming over to check it out and every passing car checking it out.
While the attention the car received was fantastic, one recurring question came up time and time again.
“Hey, this is the Dukes of Hazzard car isn’t it?”
“You going to put the 01 on the doors and the flag on the roof?”
Understandably, the hemi orange Charger automatically got identified with the Dukes of Hazzard. Initial efforts to explain that the DOH Charger was a 1969 Charger and that mine was a 1970 were words wasted. It was a Charger, it was orange, therefore, in their minds, it was a DOH Charger. Now while I enjoyed the DOH when I was younger, the unexpected pavlovian linkage to the DOH was not something I was thrilled about.
So as the drive home continued my restoration plan began to change in my mind. By the time we arrived home the decision had been made to restore the car as I would have ordered it from the dealership in late 1969.
And so began an 8 year complete nut and bolt rotisserie restoration. Along the way the budget for the restoration grew as did our family with the addition of two sons.
Every single component of this car was restored with a significant amount of research and detail.
Along the way, several performance modifications were made, however they are all hidden and the car retains its factory delivered look. “Built as I would have ordered it”. My wife and I debated going with a Hemi, however I have always preferred the 440 Six Pack. The car was completed in August 2010 only 1 week prior to its debut at the 2010 Moparfest car show. I try to attend as many car shows and cruise nights as time will allow.
Options on the car are as follows:
1970 Charger R/T (XS29)
440 Six Pack engine
727 Automatic transmission
FC7 - Plum Crazy Hardtop
V8X - Black Bumblebee Stripe
A47 - Special Edition Package
- CRXA - Charcoal & Black Leather
- S81 Sport Steering Wheel
- J41 Pedal Dress Up
- A01 Light Group
- L31 Hood Mounted Turn Signal Indicators
A31 – High Performance Axle Package
- 3.91:1 Sure Grip
- 8.75 Axle
B11 – 11” Heavy Duty Drum Brakes
B51 – Power Brakes
C16 – Console
C55 – Bucket Seats
C62 – Six Way Adjustable Seat
F11 – 50 Amp Alternator
F25 – 70 Amp Heavy Duty Battery
G15 – Tinted Windshield
G31 – Right Hand Manual Mirror
G33 – Left Hand Remote Control Mirror
G41 – Prismatic Rear View Mirror
H11 - Heater
H31 – Rear Defogger
J45 – Hood Pins
J46 – Locking Gas Cap
J64 – Woodgrain Instrument Panel
L05 – Map Light
M26 – Wheel Opening Moulding
N42 – Bright Exhaust Trumpets
N65 – Torque Drive Fan
N85 – Tic-Toc-Tach
P31 – Power Windows
R21 – AM/FM Radio
R31 – Dual Rear Speakers
S15 – Rallye Suspension
S25 – Heavy Duty 1” Shocks
V21 – Performance Hood Paint Treatment
W21 – 15” Rallye Wheels
U84 – F60x15 GoodYear Polyglas Tires
The car also has remote power decklid release which was not an option on the 70 Charger however was available for other models.
The car also has been upgraded with polyurethane suspension pieces, larger .096 torsion bars and front and rear factory torque boxes and leaf spring reinforcement plates.
The car also has a complete second set of 15” Rallye wheels with BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires for street use.
Bodywork and Paint was completed by Boot Hill Automotive Resurrection in Erin, Ontario, Canada.
1970 440 HP block ( from another 70 Charger R/T )
- Bored 30 over
- Decked block to achieve zero deck height
Correct Holley Six Pack Carbs ( restored and dyno tuned by Promax with performance metering plates)
Aluminum Six Pack Intake Manifold
Speedpro 2355 “sixpack” pistons (10.4:1)
Cloyes Hex-A-Just True Roller Timimg Set
Deep Oil Pan Pickup Tube
Edelbrock 84cc Aluminum Heads
- Competition 5 angle valve job
- 28* backcut on the intake valves
ARP Head Bolts
ARP Main Bearing Cap Bolt Kit
ARP Rod Bolt Kit
Date Coded Spark Plug Wires
Hemi 6 Quart Oil Pan
Hemi Oil Pickup And Screen Assembly
528 MP Mechanical Camshaft
1.6:1 Iron/Ductile Rocker Arm Package
HP Oil Pump Assembly
Oil Pump Driveshaft Gear Assembly With Hardened Tip
Intake Manifold Heat Block Off Valley Tray
Fel-Pro Engine Gasket Fel-Pro Head Gaskets
Electronic Ignition Kit
MP Aluminum Water Pump Housing
MP Aluminum Water Pump
Hemi Fuel Pump
Factory HP Exhaust Manifolds
MP Electronic Ignition
Estimated horsepower: 500+HP
Was dyno tested at 461.2 HP / 520.4 ft. lb Torque, however only on center carb as there was a problem with outboard carbs which has since been resolved.
727 Automatic completely rebuilt
- Turbo Action performance valve body
- Turbo Action 10” “tight” torque converter 3500 stall
August 2010 DEBUT car was invited and displayed in the Invitational Special Vehicle indoor arena exhibit at Moparfest, Canada’s largest all Mopar car show in New Hamburg, Ontario.
May 2011 car won Mopar B-Body Class Champion at Mopar Spring Fling car show in Mississauga, Ontario.
June 2011 car won 2nd place at Classics Against Cancer car show in Georgetown, Ontario.
July 2011 car was selected by Canadian International Autoshow Cruise Nationals program as one of 60 semi-finalists.
August 2011 car was selected by Canadian International Autoshow Cruise Nationals program as one of 10 finalists at Autofest car show in Oshawa, Ontario.
February 2012 car was displayed at the Canadian International Autoshow Cruise Nationals exhibit at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre and won Silver Medal / 2nd Place.
May 2012 car won Best of Show at Mopar Spring Fling car show in Mississauga, Ontario.
July 2012 car was invited and displayed in the Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals Invitational Display in Carlisle, PA. USA. And in a case of life coming full circle, Richard Petty’s STP Dodge Charger was in the same display only feet from my car.
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