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Offline Beekeeper

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Re: Converting 1973 Challenger to 70-71?
« Reply #30 on: September 18, 2017 - 10:25:38 am »
So this is a bit of a trip for you but might be worth considering...in Southern California, there is a huge Mopar show every April (Soring Fling) and every October (Fall Fling). They have a huge swap meet at both events. You can probably find a lot of the items you need at bargain prices. I always see big sheet metal items for our cars. Every show, I come home with tons of cool finds. It's like Christmas. People are really cool there too.

Another advantage is the car show itself. You could examine dozens of Challengers and take reference photos of the things you need to aid you in your build. Seeing how things fit together up close can sometimes be way more helpful than a few photos. You might even find one that was converted to a 70, then you get the benefit of talking with the owner to learn more about the small details.




Offline ragtopdodge

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Re: Converting 1973 Challenger to 70-71?
« Reply #31 on: December 15, 2017 - 05:33:08 pm »
PUt a 2009 or 2015 grille and taillights in there instead?

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Offline DrEamer

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Re: Converting 1973 Challenger to 70-71?
« Reply #32 on: December 19, 2017 - 11:10:14 pm »
PUt a 2009 or 2015 grille and taillights in there instead?



If I were going to do that , I would just buy a new style Challenger. Plus, I hit pay dirt on a craigslist parts lot that had a bunch of parts that I needed.

Well, I had to start somewhere.


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Re: Converting 1973 Challenger to 70-71?
« Reply #33 on: December 20, 2017 - 12:19:55 am »
Nice parts collection.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: Converting 1973 Challenger to 70-71?
« Reply #34 on: January 12, 2018 - 05:30:43 pm »
Ive got a 72;and will change to 70 taillights

Wonder if I can find a rough 70 tail light panel and just cut out the lights and graft into 72 tail panel it that would be easier route
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Re: Converting 1973 Challenger to 70-71?
« Reply #35 on: January 13, 2018 - 12:32:04 am »
Ive got a 72;and will change to 70 taillights

Wonder if I can find a rough 70 tail light panel and just cut out the lights and graft into 72 tail panel it that would be easier route

it would be cleaner to do the taillight panel.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: Converting 1973 Challenger to 70-71?
« Reply #36 on: January 16, 2018 - 01:30:45 pm »
it would be cleaner to do the taillight panel.

Im with 70challe440....I did mine...there are a lot of spot welds that need drilled out but do it right if your going to do it!