I want to first say that this site has already been awesome in helping me decide what I want to do to my new challenger and its amazing how much effort people put into making such a good community. Thank you in advance for reading and/or answering my questions!Some background:
I'm a 20 year old college student currently working full time and going to school full time, it's been tough but worth it, but that means that I don't have as much time as I'd like to work on the car. I bought it primarily because I love/grew up around muscle cars (never thought I could own a dream car so soon!) and secondly to have something positive to put my money towards instead of the usual partying and whatnot that goes on. I'm hoping for it to become my DD though maybe by this summer or sooner
but I know how that goes...
I bought the challenger a few days ago for 4k. Very little rust, has a good body for the most part, but she needs an engine, exhaust, driveshaft, probably brake work, and the interior is pretty rough. The car has a rebuilt, what I'm assuming is 904 or SB 727 (those exist right?), and I'm also going to be getting a 440 and BB 727 (both need a rebuild) and other parts like bumpers that are included in the purchase price in a couple days.
I'll post the VIN up or search it myself and post the results when I get home
I plan on selling/trading the BB stuff for a rebuilt 360 (or most likely just the bottom end of one). Couple questions:1.
A 360 long block will fit fine with 318 motor mounts and all of that right? 2.
I found a 97-01 360, that should be ok as far as not needing a computer and stuff if I carb it?3.
Would you guys recommend just getting a painless wiring harness?4.
There's a switch on the outside of my trunk that I can tell was for a battery, I think it's for racing regulations but what is it exactly? Should I also mount my battery back there?5.
There's another foot switch under the E brake, is that just to realease it or is it something else for racing?6.
Any recommendations for a good replacement radiator?7.
I'll be doing the exhaust myself, probably side exit true dual off the headers (no muffler for a while, maybe glasspacks), pros/cons of that idea?8.
Would like to add power steering and power brakes, is this difficult?
My first car was an 87 Iroc, I replaced the 305 with a 350 in that among many other things so I have some decent mechanical ability, but I'm definitley still a newbie and even more so with Dodges. Driving a lifted navajo turqoise (blue/green) 94 Cherokee around Salt Lake City right now in case you see me! Not that they're rare or anything haha. I'm also far away from home so my tool selection is pretty limited, but I'll be slowly gathering tools from pawnshops/classifieds.The vision:
Primer gray and blacked out grille will be the theme for a while, paint is my last concern. Some sweet polished or black C6-like rims (definitely not final decision though). A reliable well handling daily driver, but as cheap as possible (reliable > cheap > fast). Paying for eveything on the car myself, I'm lucky enough to have school/rent partially covered.
All opinions/comments are welcome! Thanks for reading
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