Author Topic: Colorado Challenger  (Read 280 times)

Offline garity

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Colorado Challenger
« on: May 23, 2017 - 08:51:15 pm »
Well I've been a member here for a few years but I've never posted any exterior pictures of my Challenger yet because it has been in body shop prison for years. It was paroled recently and it feels damn good to sport it around again. I feel like it needs to be newly introduced here.

I bought this 74 challenger rallye from the original owner when I was in college in 1984 for 400 bucks with no engine, and a somewhat thrashed interior. It was b5 with a black vinyl top, though the fender tag says the top was originally white.  The original owner gave the car to her son who was a Mopar freak back then, he had a nice Cuda he was working on and had already  cannibalized some of the Challenger parts for it, and a Demon he was trying to put together. He had cut into the 74 Challengers quarter panels because he wanted to convert it to a 70 (it was in '84 after all) and had one 70 rear side marker in and a square hole on the other side. and worst of all, he sold the original 360 engine.

He had already had converted the tail lights to 70 and somehow manged to weld the inner fender wells together to get a 70 grill on it. He must have gotten disenchanted with it as a project so he sold me his mom's car, that is how I got it. I always wanted a Challenger, they look so cool.

I had a 68 Polara I bought for a couple hundred a few years before that and it had a running 383 with the 727 tranny in it, so I put those in the Challenger and the got a cheap paint job for it. I always wanted a white Challenger, they look so cool. I drove my Challenger around like that for three or four years, not a lot, something or another would go out, and it would sit for long stretches, often years. At some point, I bought a farmer's old beat up Power Wagon from him for the 440 engine he said he had recently rebuilt, and stuck that in the Chally.

About four years ago, I decided I wanted my beat up old Dodge to look cool again so I joined this forum and started collecting parts and great info. Plus I now have some cash, which helps matters immensely.

I decided to keep the 70 clone look for the car because it was cheaper, and had a body shop fix a few small rust spots and get the body all straight, then paint the car in the colors it is now since it was not going to be original stock. It feels really good to drive a nice looking Challenger.

Offline Beekeeper

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Re: Colorado Challenger
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2017 - 09:06:05 pm »
That is a good looking car!

Offline FY1ChallengerRTSE

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Re: Colorado Challenger
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2017 - 10:05:29 pm »
Great job. Sweet ride, looks fantastic. Hope you drive it. Enjoy.

Offline jimynick

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Re: Colorado Challenger
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2017 - 10:19:39 pm »
Rather than welcome a newbie, let me congratulate you on the rebirth of your Challenger! Myself an owner of a triple black 74 Rallye and yet there's no denying the appeal of the 70's face and arse on yours. Looks great and have fun driving it!  :thumbsup: