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Author Topic: Building my dream car, daytona clone!  (Read 684 times)
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« on: March 25, 2018, 04:50:48 PM »

Hey everyone, last weekend I was able to buy a 69 Charger and drag it out of the barn/shed where it sat for ten years neglected! I debated on restoring it back as a regular charger or do a Daytona clone. After a lot of back and forth I figured I might as well build the car how I want and always dreamed of owning a wing car, so I'm going to try and build one!! I got lucky and I have located a 70 Charger front clip and I also found a Vega hatch back that is in great shape and I will be picking it up next weekend. I have never built one so I have a lot of questions such as who do you recommend I get the Daytona kit through? I am also wondering how I cut down the trunk lid and does some one make a cap to weld onto the trunk to give it the finished look? Does any one have any detailed pictures of shortening the trunk lid and how the Daytona trunk hinges attach, also wondering if any one has any pictures of the process of attaching the Vega hatch. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!


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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2018, 04:53:04 PM »

Picture of where the car sat on a ranch in Wyoming


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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2018, 04:54:48 PM »

The car is overall pretty solid with just a couple rust spots on the back quarters.


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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2018, 04:57:11 PM »

The car is originally red with white top and interior at some point it was painted black and some one felt like they had to spray paint the 01 on the doors..


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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2018, 07:56:26 PM »

Is your neighborhood built on some old dirt track ?
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2018, 08:09:21 PM »

Better question how did you find a car like that out in the middle of no where ??

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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2018, 08:13:09 PM »

Welcome to  the forum  cheers  Good luck on your project popcrn popcrn popcrn popcrn
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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2018, 08:31:36 PM »

Use the search option here. You will find some pretty good info on this board.
Seems like Janak and Stinger are the two suppliers that offer the best complete packages. For the wing contact board member Daytona Guy "Dane".
Word of warning- nothing simply bolts on. Almost Every piece you buy will need to be massaged to fit.
I'm just finishing up my clone in the next month, my wife asked the other day why it takes so long to build the car, after thinking about it here is the breakdown by percentage.
25%- Actually working on the car.
25%- modifying parts (old and repop) to make them work/fit.
25%- cleaning the parts
25%- looking for the tool I just had in my fuckin hand.
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2018, 08:35:26 PM »

Thanks for the welcome guys!! I know a guy that owns a 68 Charger but he also hauls cattle in the Wyoming, South Dakota area and he had to go to the ranchers place and he found out he had a 69 Charger just sitting.  He told me about the car two years ago but at the time I was restoring my 70 Charger so at the time I wasn't looking for another project so I didn't think much about it.. I've been recently looking for another car and a few deals fell through on some other cars so i figured I would check if the 69 Charger was still hiding in the shed and luckily it was!! The rancher bought the car ten years ago and thought it would be cool to own one and restore it. He unloaded the car and never touched it again just got more and more buried in the shed.  I know of two guys who passed on the car thinking it was in to many pieces and they wouldn't be able to get it going again.. I was able to pick the car up pretty cheap and the car is pretty much all complete just in pieces.


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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2018, 08:39:49 PM »

I had the same hay bale tarps piled on my car in my shed just like that one winter  2thumbs
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2018, 02:01:14 AM »

Good luke in your project , the Way is so far
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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2018, 03:14:26 PM »

Hey guys I got a Vega hatch today for the Daytona build and I was wondering if any one has pictures of the install they did on there car, do I need to take the inner skin off so I just have the window and outer shell?
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« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2018, 03:24:59 PM »

...25%- looking for the tool I just had in my fuckin hand.

That made me laugh out loud. Well put - we have all been there. And will be there again.  2thumbs

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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2018, 01:07:11 AM »

Hey guys I got a Vega hatch today for the Daytona build and I was wondering if any one has pictures of the install they did on there car, do I need to take the inner skin off so I just have the window and outer shell?

With Vega hatch you have many photo in my post
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