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« on: February 01, 2009, 01:40:17 PM »

i'm looking for one of the above models in good shape. what is the basic differince between these models i should be looking for. i really like the rear end of the '68 and am leaning toward that model. any help would be appreciated. thanks, steve
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2009, 02:51:40 PM »

Basic difference is the grille, bumpers, rear ends (tail light areas) and interiors have slight differences.
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2009, 03:19:14 PM »

If you're leaning towards a '68 then get one. The basic differences between the years are as resq302 said, but the newer models ('69 & '70) have more choices as far as options. Treither (sic) way you go you will do well.  2thumbs

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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2009, 11:57:29 AM »

Buy the one that is most complete and has the least rust!
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2009, 12:03:13 PM »

Buy the one that is most complete and has the least rust!
iagree And pray that it is a 68!  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2009, 12:12:25 PM »

Buy the one that is most complete and has the least rust!
iagree And pray that it is a 68!  Grin
Yeah, that way there is a less chance of it getting stolen, compared to the demand for the beautiful look and power of a 69.   nana
Here we go, let the 68/69/70 comments begin. icon_smile_wink
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2009, 12:57:53 PM »

Buy the one that is most complete and has the least rust!

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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2009, 04:11:54 AM »

1968s and 1969s are much more alike than the 1970s, if you count the raw number of interchangeable pieces.  The 1970s might be judged to appear more like the 1969s than the 1968s do, but that's mainly just from the taillight areas that they share.  (The 1970 Chargers have the ENTIRE front clip as a bunch of one-year-only parts.  The fenders, hood, bumper, grille, valance, etc.  The whole dash assembly is also a 1970-only deal.)


The 1968/69s have more aftermarket support. 


The 1970s have some other improvements/changes.  The higher-backed 1970 front bucket seats were a much needed improvement over the 1968/69 stuff.  They also switched to electric(rather than vaccum-operated) headlight doors.  And the ignition key moved into the steering column (from the dashboard) that year.


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In terms of performance, all three years were virtually the same.  The options that were availiable did vary some, but a given motor & tranny combo drove about the same in all three model-years.




The R/T package was a bunch of bolt-on improvements in addition to the 440 or Hemi motor.  It's worth money as a collectible (serial numbers, etc). 

But you do not need to spend the money for an R/T if the collectibility is not a concern to you and you just want a fun hi-po street cruiser.  The bare chassis & loadbearing parts were all the same from the R/Ts and the base model cars, and even the bolt-on differences were nothing major.  (Spring rates, brake setups, fuel line size, etc.) 

The factory did indeed use a reinforced platform on the Hemi (and sometimes the stick-shifted 440) cars.  But that stuff is not a huge deal either.  It's essentially just a few welded on plates they added at the assembly line.  They basically added the factory's convertible-type chassis braces onto the non-convertible Hemi cars.  Nowadays it's easy to buy the additional bracing parts (which are affordably reproduced) and have them welded onto a non-Hemi chassis. 

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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2009, 09:00:48 AM »

 i had a 68 and have a 69  the 68 dash has the same kind of texture as a 66 67  if i remember right  didn't like the upholtery pattern in the 68   i liked the little sidemakers on the 68  but it's your car and your choice  i prefer the 69  Twocents
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2009, 09:10:57 AM »

Buy the one that is most complete and has the least rust!
iagree And pray that it is a 68!  Grin
Yeah, that way there is a less chance of it getting stolen, compared to the demand for the beautiful look and power of a 69.   nana
Here we go, let the 68/69/70 comments begin. icon_smile_wink

Shut up Rob!!!  nana
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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2009, 09:14:12 AM »

Buy the one that is most complete and has the least rust!
iagree And pray that it is a 68!  Grin
Yeah, that way there is a less chance of it getting stolen, compared to the demand for the beautiful look and power of a 69.   nana
Here we go, let the 68/69/70 comments begin. icon_smile_wink

Shut up Rob!!!  nana

For now, all bases for '68/'69 & '70 are covered in my garage...........  icon_smile_big
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« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2009, 05:49:46 PM »

i say go for 68 or 69 they are both beautiful and strong but i would soooo go for the 69 they are the best of second gen then 68 then 70 you all can say what you want im stickin with my opinion coolgleamA
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« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2009, 06:03:30 PM »

1968... nuff said! popcrn
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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2009, 06:12:55 PM »

I pick '70 myself. Sweet front end that will eat you if you get close ( Cheesy), six pack, Pistol Grip, High Back Buckets, and a third trim level. nana
The only thing I wish '70s had was a Plymouth style air grabber. 2thumbs 2thumbs

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« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2009, 06:34:06 PM »

Last time I checked the '68 had it....http://www.dodgecharger.com/forum/index.php/topic,16002.0.html Cheesy

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« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2009, 07:22:02 PM »

 Love the 69s, just fits together so well. Grin naughty
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« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2009, 07:25:08 PM »

I pick '70 myself. Sweet front end that will eat you if you get close ( Cheesy), six pack, Pistol Grip, High Back Buckets, and a third trim level. nana
The only thing I wish '70s had was a Plymouth style air grabber. 2thumbs 2thumbs

Just my Twocents.

If you would pick a 70......Why inst youre "pro touring dream" a 70?Huh  Hint : youre avitar.
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70 factory purple car was 383 auto. Will be 440 six pack Dana 60 and Passons 5 speed .
My Charger is a hybrid car, it burns gas and rubber............
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« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2009, 07:29:21 PM »

I pick '70 myself. Sweet front end that will eat you if you get close ( Cheesy), six pack, Pistol Grip, High Back Buckets, and a third trim level. nana
The only thing I wish '70s had was a Plymouth style air grabber. 2thumbs 2thumbs

Just my Twocents.

If you would pick a 70......Why inst youre "pro touring dream" a 70?Huh  Hint : youre avitar.
I took what i found. icon_smile_big
I can't pick a choice between '69 and '70. '70s look better built a certain way, and '69s look better built another way. icon_smile_big
I won't get into details. Cheesy But a hint, what am I dreaming of building? Look below. Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2009, 07:32:44 PM »

Please Note, this is why '70s were listed by me...
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« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2009, 07:33:41 PM »

I prefer the 69 car myself, but there isn't a loser in the bunch and I wouldn't turn my nose up at ANY of them.

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« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2009, 09:09:48 PM »

wingcharger,

Just curious, how many times have you had to replace those oil filters from taking a hit to a stone or something?  Seems like a poor placement for that to subject it to debris.
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« Reply #21 on: February 04, 2009, 02:16:07 AM »

wingcharger,

Just curious, how many times have you had to replace those oil filters from taking a hit to a stone or something?  Seems like a poor placement for that to subject it to debris.
that's not his car, that's a norwegian guy that threw out his 383, and replaced it with a viper engine.
http://1970chargerregistry.com/70messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=5987


And I think he's moving the oil filters.
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« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2009, 04:03:01 AM »

68 for the win!
 Cheesy
70 is my second choice since it was the year of the first charger I ever remember seeing in person. No worries though, Ive got love for the 69 as well. icon_smile_cool

And third gens and first gens...

And Roadrunners...

And Demons...

And Coronets...

and the neglected mustang and camaro in my neighbor but we dont talk about them  Grin.
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« Reply #23 on: February 04, 2009, 04:59:58 AM »

Go 70 all the way!

Rarer, all the must have options and the classic 2nd gen body.  2thumbs
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« Reply #24 on: February 04, 2009, 06:02:56 AM »

Go 70 all the way!

Rarer, all the must have options and the classic 2nd gen body.  2thumbs

Yep,1970 for me too. You cant beat the High Impact Colors and updated options.
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