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Author Topic: Chrysler Engineering Daytona #88 restoration at Big Iron Garage  (Read 7239 times)
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« on: February 15, 2020, 12:40:20 PM »


Here's a link to some progress pics. Car is in paint now.

https://www.bigirongarage.com/1969-dodge-charger-daytona-dc-93

Car is being done period correct with no reproduction sheet metal or parts.

Ray Evernham also puts progress info on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2020, 02:01:48 PM »

Greg,
 Thanks for the link with pictures!
Can't wait to see it done.
I know you took your time and put a lot of the original details in the build.
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2020, 09:19:20 PM »

SWEET! Thanks for posting!  drool5
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2020, 09:45:24 PM »

Ray has done some nice little videos and shared pics of the resto as it has moved along.   I think he is genuinely excited about the project. 
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2020, 04:22:12 AM »

Nice one Greg!

The end is in sight for you and #88... drool5 cheers 2thumbs


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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2020, 03:47:16 AM »

Wonderful to see all your hard work coming together with the completion of #88! pity

Nice one Greg! cheers popcrn drool5
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2020, 07:52:03 AM »

Thanks guys! 
Here's a few pics...

The left side fender scoop had warped over the years it sat in the woods
behind Don white's race shop in Keokuk, Iowa.
Must get pretty hot in the summer to bend thermoplast.

It was fixed, though, to look like new!
Had to save it because race scoops are a little taller than production scoops.

Would have been easier to replace it with a modified original Daytona scoop, but that's not how you restore a car, IMO.
The entire 200 mph front end was saved. 

The original trunk hinges were drilled out by Chrysler Engineering race mechanics Fred Schrandt and Larry Knowlton.
Those were not to be found at Don's Shop.

I got a pair of original Charger 500 hinges and drilled them out.
Found out that the 500 hinges have details that Daytona hinges do not!

I have respect for anyone that drills out car parts to save weight!
Labor intensive, for sure.



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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2020, 09:04:01 AM »

Here you can easily see the extra height of the fender scoops.  


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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2020, 09:53:56 AM »

Looks great Greg..  2thumbs
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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2020, 10:11:27 AM »

Nice one Greg!

The end is in sight for you and #88... drool5 cheers 2thumbs

Is that truly #88 sitting as it was found in Iowa!?  Shocked
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« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2020, 12:21:43 PM »

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I remember some of the magazine mentioned details, but can "we" get a cliff notes post-Daytona history lesson on the #88 car in this thread?
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« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2020, 06:31:01 PM »

Nice one Greg!

The end is in sight for you and #88... drool5 cheers 2thumbs

Is that truly #88 sitting as it was found in Iowa!?  Shocked

I'm sure Greg will answer this, but I think its cool that it looks like a wiper blade and arm on the driver side.
These cars ran on dirt too!
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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2020, 07:25:27 PM »

  looking good ! awesome !   2thumbs popcrn
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« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2020, 07:37:18 PM »

  WOW Greg, those hinges have sure changed.
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« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2020, 12:57:45 AM »

Nice!  2thumbs
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« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2020, 06:15:45 AM »

looks better in the #5  Don White livery,,IMO ,,#my 2 cents IMO .  looks like Maxwell Smart in drivers seat Huh
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« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2020, 10:27:06 AM »

Nice one Greg!

The end is in sight for you and #88... drool5 cheers 2thumbs

Is that truly #88 sitting as it was found in Iowa!?  Shocked

Yes.   https://www.allpar.com/racing/NASCAR/daytona-development.html
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« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2020, 10:28:26 AM »

  WOW Greg, those hinges have sure changed.

Told you I'd put them to good use!   cheers
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« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2020, 04:28:46 PM »

Nice one Greg!

The end is in sight for you and #88... drool5 cheers 2thumbs

Is that truly #88 sitting as it was found in Iowa!?  Shocked

I'm sure Greg will answer this, but I think its cool that it looks like a wiper blade and arm on the driver side.
These cars ran on dirt too!

Yes, Don installed a wiper on the car for dirt tracking!  The car won at least 4 races after Chrysler owned it.
A lot of old racers started life as something special and worked their way down from there!

Undoing the modifications that Don made was a challenge.  The car will be as it ran on March 24th., 1970.

One of the cool things was finding a numbers matching and documented 426 race hemi short block assembly that actually was in the car,
February, 1969.   That's the engine that will be in the car soon.  Heads were done to 1970 Nascar specs by Tom Tignenelli.
Tom worked in the "Motor Room", as it was known, at Chrysler's Highland Park Engineering. 
Tom also drove the 68 Barracuda Super Stock mule car during testing and built the "UFO" drag car with his brother.  Great guy!

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« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2020, 03:32:26 AM »

Nice one Greg!

The end is in sight for you and #88... drool5 cheers 2thumbs

Is that truly #88 sitting as it was found in Iowa!?  Shocked

Yes.   https://www.allpar.com/racing/NASCAR/daytona-development.html


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« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2020, 05:23:26 AM »

Gotta just love them old Goodyears!

They is so tall and fat they go almost to the top of the fender... rofl

Funny how this #88 doesn't have modified rear fenders like Don's car? scratchchin slap smilielol


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« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2020, 05:35:46 AM »

Nearly there Greg!

Will you be bringing 'the REAL #88' to a rainy Goodwood UK sometime in the near future??? drool5 drool5 drool5

If you do can I drive her up the Goodwood hill PLEASE!!! drive drive drive

Promise I will take it easy this time unlike I did in Dales car... Cheesy Roll Eyes rotz


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« Reply #22 on: February 19, 2020, 08:11:34 AM »

Gotta just love them old Goodyears!

They is so tall and fat they go almost to the top of the fender... rofl

Funny how this #88 doesn't have modified rear fenders like Don's car? scratchchin slap smilielol

It was a challenge to get the rear 1/4 panels flared correctly.  They get pulled out sideways and
down in front of the rear tire.   Fortunately, there are various pics of the 200 run
out there.  We found that the angle of viewing the old pics versus the exact car angle was IMPORTANT.
It can be seen that the "Fake 88" has no flare in front of the rear tire.
Don had pulled the top of the rear tire opening out, for easier tire changes under race conditions.
For the 200 run, both the front and rear tire openings were tight.  Take a look at my avatar.

Getting the gas cap and vent on top of the quarter panel was another exercise in looking at the angles of the
vintage photo versus the car in person.  Don used a home made fuel cap, covering the entire filler tube.
When the car ran 200, it used a conventional cap, with an additional piece of metal welded to the ears.  
Same for the typical Nichels vent on the top of the 1/4 panel.  All about the angle of viewing.

Notice the "Fake 88" filler tube location and the fuel cell vent comes out the back tail panel.  
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« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2020, 08:58:38 AM »

A seldom seen shot of the car in its initial race configuration at the 1969 Daytona 500.    By the time the car set the record at Talladega, it had well over a year of development and improvement.    Figuring the total cost to Chrysler it is easily the most expensive race Daytona ever built.   


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« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2020, 09:11:44 AM »

What an awesome project!!!
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