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« on: October 03, 2009, 08:34:17 PM »

I've wanted  a 70 Charger ever since I can remember.  Riding in the back seat of my parents '70 Charger 500, white with charcoal interior, 383/335, 4 speed and a console, it had me hooked.  The late '70's made them look for a "family car" and as much as I begged and pleaded it was met with no avail.

The late 80's and early 90's I searched for "my Charger" but couldn't find one that I could afford.  I filled the garage with a 68 road runner, 68 GTX, but wasn't a Charger.

In 1996 I found a one owner 1970 Plymouth Sport Satellite.  Ordered with the Road Runner drive train, 383/335hp, 4 speed, and a 8 3/4 suregrip.  All the documentation was with the car, a 1 of 185 rarity.  I kept the car for 12 years, never happy with it not being a Charger.

Last winter I met a gentleman who was looking for the same car I had owned for the last 12 years.  He was looking to "get rid of" a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, 440, 4 speed, Dana 60, yes a trac pac car, but it got better.  GO MANGO orange with charcoal interior no console, a buddy seat.  It was a 83000 mile California car.

The trade was soon made.

The body work was done.  So I ended up with a shell, pickup and trailer worth of parts.  Once home the fun began.

After reading and researching I decided rather than doing a 440 I wanted to build a 500 inch stroker.  I went with 440 Source for the roller assembly, 10 to 1 K Black pistons, Stealth Heads thank you for your advise on the 10 degree locks.  For a cam I wanted something I could drive, right or wrong I've chose the Comp Cam Xtreme Energy Hi-Lift .545".  For a intake I'm putting a Indy dual plain with a 870 Holley Street Avenger.  The short block is back and all the parts are on the table in the garage.  Any Idea's what kind of horse power and torque I can expect?

I have a Lakewood Scatter shield with a Ram clutch that I plan on using.

I am hoping to have my car together by spring.  I'll try to post pictures as I progress with the project.  Any advise or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I have found over the last six months that it is much easier to put back together a car taken apart by yourself than by someone else.  I'll try to post pictures later.
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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2009, 08:51:43 PM »

Congrats.  Sounds like a great trade.  It sounds really similar to my old ride.

I, too went through several rides to finally get the one I wanted.

Is it an A33 or 34?  Anxious to see pix.
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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2009, 09:28:34 PM »

It is a A33 car.  Not having any luck posting pictures. brickwall
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2009, 02:49:33 AM »

my 70' 500 is gunna be in go mango! i just started sanding the old paint off to see whats under it! still far from sqiurting it but im dreaming every day! i cant wait for your pictures good luck to you
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2009, 10:26:09 AM »

Seeing if these post.

Engine: POR15 Hemi Orange on the block.  Looks really good on the block, timing cover looks like crap but will be hidden by the dampner.

Ram PowerGrip clutch mocked up.  440Source flywheel.

Lakewood Scatter Shield:  I found this on Craiglist, sandblasted it and also painted it with POR15 Hemi Orange.  It turned out very nice.

I have the whole front end out from under the car.  I am almost done sandblasting everything.  About half of the front end has been repainted, including the K frame.


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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2009, 10:34:52 AM »

One of the A arms blasted, repainted, and installed. 2thumbs


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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2009, 11:16:37 AM »

The car looks good! Good luck on the restoration!
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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2009, 11:22:42 AM »

nice project
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« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2009, 11:43:26 AM »

Great story popcrn
Glad you finally found what you were after 2thumbs

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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2009, 10:29:50 PM »

Beautiful '70! drool5 2thumbs
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« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2009, 02:24:27 AM »

good  story , nice looking charger  yesnod   doing some good work there , would love to see more pictures as & when ........... popcrn 2thumbs
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« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2009, 08:30:37 PM »

I was able to put somethings together today.  Engine is coming along, hopefully I'll get another full day tomorrow to work on it and it'll be ready to mount on the K frame within a week or so.

Put the old headers back on for the break-in.  I'm trying to decide which headers to go with TTI's or Comps and which size.  Any opinions?


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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2009, 08:45:34 PM »

TTI headers are the only way to go IMO. Ive had hookers and it wast pretty.
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« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2009, 09:00:16 PM »

TTI Headers - 1 7/8" should do you just fine,
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« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2009, 09:37:01 PM »

Sounds like a plan, 1 7/8" TTI's.  I already have the 2.5" exhaust with Flowmaster 40's and Charger tips.  I was looking at the 2" but I like the sound of the 1 7/8" better with the 2.5" collector.  Thanks for the input.  Still wondering what kind of horsepower and torque I'm looking at.  I'm thinking the 475 that I was told when I purchased the cam might be on the light side after reading some of the post's from dyno's.
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« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2009, 10:00:36 PM »

Very, very n ice. I can't wait to see it together. Keep the pics coming!  drool5
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« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2009, 10:14:23 PM »

Finally got the transmission mounted.  Forgot the bushing and had to disassemble everything, a whole lot of grade 8 bolts with nylocks!!!  Planing on mounting engine and transmission on the K frame tomorrow.  Progress is way slower than anticipated. brickwall  Two steps forward, one step back.  I'm really enjoying this project though, I've reassembled a couple of B bodies before but never put this much time and attention to it.  I think this time the difference is I have a "man cave" where I can just walk away for a couple of days and it isn't in the way of anything. 2thumbs  Will post pictures in the morning.
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« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2009, 10:17:12 PM »

Ive had hookers and it wast pretty.


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« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2009, 06:55:27 PM »

Installing engine and transmission.


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« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2009, 07:28:45 PM »

Lookin' good!  2thumbs

So why didn't you put the exhaust manifolds on?  I see you dressed the rest of it up pretty good.
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« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2009, 07:33:12 PM »

I didn't have them here right now.  Planing of doing the break-in with the original HP manifolds and exhaust then installing TTI 1 7/8 headers and exhaust.

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« Reply #21 on: October 16, 2009, 07:34:51 PM »

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« Reply #22 on: October 16, 2009, 08:05:10 PM »

You can go ahead and install your shifter and do the adjustments now. Install the handle after power plant is in the car. I hope you know what a bitch it is to change headers on a big block after its in the car! Also if you put your headers on before lifting the engine in place toy can install the starter and hook up your cable to it. Instead of fighting it in the car. One other thing I learned is that unloading, removing reinstalling and adjusting my torsion bars is a hell of a lot easier than jacking on and engine trying to install headers. oops sorry one more and I shut up. Put the steering box on the K now.
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« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2009, 08:27:35 PM »

Nice job, Kirk. That's exactly how I plan on installing my setup when I get to that point. 2thumbs

One question, are you lifting the front of the car with the cherry picker? If so what part are you lifting on and what are you using to lift with, chain maybe?
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« Reply #24 on: October 16, 2009, 08:43:54 PM »

Curtis,  I mocked up a couple of different ideas.  Chain, didn't want to scratch the pretty new paint.  Two inch nylon winch line from a digger derrick, to big.  I settled on this one.  I had four new better quality tie downs, ran two each way, one on each of the rails going to the front bumper.  Sinched the straps so they just missed the paint on the hood latch.  I took my time raising and lowering the car.  It worked BEAUTIFUL!!! cheers  I am going to do it this way when I do my '67 GTX next.  Good luck on doing yours.  Ordered the rims today, should be here with in a week or two.
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