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Author Topic: Project '69 Progress Pics, it gets some New Shoes!  (Read 2159 times)
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« on: January 02, 2008, 05:18:46 PM »

Thought I'd share some updated overall shots of how my '69 is coming along. After some consideration, I decided on these Foose Challenger wheels with some BFG G-Force KDW2 tires. The car is still a ROLLER, so it looks a little "sprung" due to no weight in the car. Once the engine, trans, interior, glass, spare, exhaust, etc goes in the car it is sure to be lower, & I can further assess ride height at that time. I used the wheels/tires from my '68 as a guide, this car will have a similar ride height when finished.

I understand these wheels are not for everybody, but I happen to like them & wanted them for this car. Besides, the wife likes them, too! (Thank you honey, thank you!)   Cheesy

The fronts are 18 x 8's with a 4.5" backspace. I went with a 19 x 10 in the back with a 5.5" backspace. Tires are 245/40/18 for the fronts & 295/35/19 for the rear. They sit nice with lots of room for steering & suspension travel. I could have went even wider in the rear, but I am happy with the result.

I also just got some chrome back from the platers & am in the process of putting together the vent window assemblies. I plan on putting together a step-by-step thread how on the vent windows go together very soon for those members that do not know how.  2thumbs


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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2008, 06:35:28 PM »

Looks like youre moving along nicely Bill!  2thumbs Whats next on the list?
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68 Charger R/t white with black v/t and red tailstripe. 440 4 speed ,black interior
68 383 auto with a/c and power windows. Now 440 4 speed jj1 gold black interior .
My Charger is a hybrid car, it burns gas and rubber............
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2008, 08:29:20 PM »

Hey Brian, Thanks!

Well, after I get the vent windows assembled (I'll create a thread on that soon), I'll get the rest of the side glass in the car. Can you believe I'm STILL LOOKING for a decent tinted driver's door glass?? Helloooooo?Huh Anyone out there have one?Huh

I then plan on ordering the aftermarket A/C set-up from Classic Auto Air. They supply a new heater/AC box in the kit, & I want to install that before the dash goes in to make life easier. Once the dash is in, I can get the rest of the glass in the car. Then, I want to concentrate on the engine & trans.

BTW, ds440 (Photoshop guru) created this image of what the finished product will hopefully look like. He is truly an artist.  bow


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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2008, 08:44:51 PM »

Absolutely beautiful! cheers

Keep the pics comin', Bill. popcrn
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2008, 08:49:33 PM »

Bill, you think you will have that ready for its debut at E-town?
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Brian
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1970 Challenger Convert. factory #'s matching red inter. w/ white body.  318 car built 9/28/69 (AACA Senior winner)
1969 Plymough GTX convertible - original sheet metal, #'s matching drivetrain, T3 Honey Bronze, 1 of 701 produced, 1 of 362 with 440 4 bbl - auto
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2008, 06:23:56 AM »


The car looks great Bill!   yesnod

It seems as though you and I are at about the same stage on our very similar looking projects, although mine has come to a grinding halt since September and will most likely resume in February. 

I have a thread started about my interior assembly that hasn't been updated for quite some time but I plan on doing that soon.  In it will also be a "how to" with regards to the vent window assembly as I did those a few months back.  Let me know if you have any questions about the reassembly process as I found it to be not too bad despite what the platers did to the chrome pieces.

I'm at the stage now where I can install the door glasses.  Perhaps I'll update my interior thread with the information on the door glass trim before I get to my vent windows.

Keep the progress pics coming.   thumbs


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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2008, 06:35:38 AM »

looks great so far let us know how that aftermarket a/c setup works out i'm debating if i should get one i also will be looking out for the how to vent windows thread. popcrn
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2008, 10:20:25 AM »

Nice job so far, keep the pics comin'.
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2008, 10:44:54 AM »

looks real good  cheers   , love that color combo on a second generation   sublime & black drool5............ 2thumbs
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2008, 09:27:48 PM »

The wheels & car look Awesome! Great choice! I've never seen those wheel used on a 69 Charger.
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« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2008, 09:34:35 AM »

Hey gang,
Thanks a bunch!  2thumbs
I was almost expecting to get skinned alive & doused with gasoline for going with those wheels, but I am very happy with my decision.

Bill, you think you will have that ready for its debut at E-town?

Brian, not a cold chance in hell!!  smilielol  TOO much stuff left to do, & not enough time or money at the present time to do it. (I'm sure you know what I'm talking about!)  Wink  Baby steps, baby steps. Maybe, if I'm oh-so-lucky, next year could be a distant possibilty. I'm fairly close to E-town, so you're always welcome to stop by after the show if you ever wanted to see it in person.

The wheels & car look Awesome! Great choice! I've never seen those wheel used on a 69 Charger.
Pat

Thank you keepat, I've been drooling over your car as well!  drool5 drool5   That is precisely why I chose these wheels. I've seen the Billet Specialties rallye wheel used a lot, but for some reason it doesn't look right to me. The billet Magnum is much nicer, but a lot of cars have them. Those Foose's are even nicer in person.



I'm hoping to finish up the vent window assemblies today, I'll have a thread started in the Paint & Body section later on.
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« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2008, 11:01:02 AM »


Bill - did you plan on using the screw technique to hold the chrome piece to the frame or are you simply peening over the unused posts and using some epoxy?

I ask because I've seen it done both ways.

Bill from the 1970 Charger Registry posted his tutorial a while back which I used as a guide however Sandy, this fella from FL that is restoring a '70 Roadrunner, suggested that a screw might help hold it in place a bit better.
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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2008, 11:10:05 AM »

Hi Shakey,
I peened over the unused posts. Not to get too far off-topic here (I'll repeat this in the Paint/Body section), but the chrome plater removed the galvanized channels from the pot metal frames & chromed BOTH pieces.  RantExplode  That's OK, you don't see the channel once the vent is assembled & gasket installed anyway. I scuffed/sanded both mating surfaces & also used 3M's panel bond adhesive for some extra "bite." It's much stronger than epoxy, & I didn't want to rely on just the spare posts alone. Also, BE SURE to support the piece properly when you peen over the posts!! I used a flat metal body dolly with a rubber squeegee taped to it for support. Stay away from blocks of wood, etc. Past experience years ago taught me a lesson here!  brickwall
 
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