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Offline BigSig 6 Barrel

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Hello . . . from the Black Hills
« on: July 01, 2019 - 10:27:40 pm »
I've lived in So. Dakota most of my life, but when I graduated from high school back in "75", I wandered off to northern California where I bought my 1st Mopar muscle car . . . a 68 440 Coronet RT.  I have a lot of fond memories of that car, but eventually sold it due to unemployment. 

Fast forward to 2002 where I was surfing Mopars on eBay while reminiscing of the "good old days" . . . ended up placing one low bid on a 70 Challenger RT Six Pack "project" car that I knew I had no chance of winning.  To my surprise, I won that car (and my wife's disapproval), and it's been parked in the trees behind my house ever since. 

So now, I'm just a year away from retirement and getting excited about doing a full on restoration of it, now that I'll have the time and money to do so.
The car is pretty rough, but I'm feeling up to the challenge (no pun intended).

Been doing a little online research, and am currently trying to figure out the build date of this car.
Problem is, that some previous person appears to have tried to remove the build date sticker located on the drivers door. Also, the sticker was painted over and unreadable.  I slowly & carefully sanded away at the paint with progressively finer grits of paper until I broke through the paint with 2000 grit . . . fine enough to slowly remove the remaining paint, but not coarse enough to wipe out the numbers.

The month number was missing, but I'm thinking it was probably built sometime around the 4th or 5th month of 1970.
The back 3/4 of the serial number are pictured below . . .  does anyone have a good estimate on it's build month based on this number?
The car's interior was striped at one point (long story), so finding the build sheet is out of the question.

I'm so glad I found this site/forum . . . it will definitely save me a lot of mistakes along the way.  Any help on the build month would be most appreciated.


 
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Offline 70chall440

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Re: Hello . . . from the Black Hills
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2019 - 10:46:22 pm »
Welcome from WA state, I grew up in ND, been down in SD many many times.

As to your question, unfortunately I cannot help with that specifically although I believe you are pretty close to the month. The production cycles of the cars is either a very closely held secret or just not well known (which I believe to be true). That said, if you start looking online comparing your VIN you might get close. Personally I would start a thread with the VIN and see if anyone knows or has anything close. My Challenger is a Oct 69 build so I can't help there.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6 EFI, 73 Cuda 416-6 EFI
05 Hemi Durango, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 Ram 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger 6 spd RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR (under const)
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

Offline BigSig 6 Barrel

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Re: Hello . . . from the Black Hills
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2019 - 11:04:35 pm »
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Thanks for responding with a kind welcome . . . always intimidating to make that 1st post!
Wow . . . with 5000 plus posts, I see you've been around here awhile!
I'll take your advise and re-post my question elsewhere.
I know from being on other forums, that many members never read the introduction posts.
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Offline jimynick

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Re: Hello . . . from the Black Hills
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2019 - 11:36:12 pm »
Some of us do! Welcome to the site and good luck with your restoration!  :wave:

Offline 70chall440

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Re: Hello . . . from the Black Hills
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2019 - 11:38:30 pm »
Yeah Iv'e been here a little while and I talk too much... LOL

You can post the VIN here (on this forum), just start one with the an applicable title like "trying to determine build date of 70 Challenger" or something. Members here read most posts, but there are a few who specialize on certain things.

Also  :useless: :bigsmile:
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6 EFI, 73 Cuda 416-6 EFI
05 Hemi Durango, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 Ram 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger 6 spd RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR (under const)
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

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Re: Hello . . . from the Black Hills
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2019 - 02:21:38 am »

Howdy!  Welcome from Colorado.

Would love to see some pictures of the car under the tree!
I'm assuming there is no fender tag?

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Re: Hello . . . from the Black Hills
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2019 - 12:47:07 pm »
Welcome from Michigan!  Glad you signed up!   :wave:

Offline BigSig 6 Barrel

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Re: Hello . . . from the Black Hills
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2019 - 06:55:38 pm »
Thank you, Thank you & Thank-you for the welcomes.

I do have the fender tag . . . just have to remember where I put it!  :pullinghair:

Like I said, the car is rough . . . nothing to see really

The engine and trans (4-sp) are in my garage
Car was painted brown, but looks like it might originally have been orange w/tan interior

You ask for it . . . don't hurt your eyes!

« Last Edit: July 02, 2019 - 06:58:23 pm by BigSig 6 Barrel »

Offline 70chall440

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Re: Hello . . . from the Black Hills
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2019 - 07:27:44 pm »
Dude, thats a keeper for sure!!! It may be rough, but not a surprise and certainly not something I would be afraid of. Here is what I stated with and ended with. I did everything except build the transmission and I did 99% of the work on a cement pad next to my house to include painting it. One step at a time and you will get through it.
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6 EFI, 73 Cuda 416-6 EFI
05 Hemi Durango, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 Ram 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger 6 spd RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR (under const)
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)

Offline 73sixpack

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Re: Hello . . . from the Black Hills
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2019 - 09:30:27 pm »
Welcome from the east side of the state! (Mitchell)

Offline Culvers

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Re: Hello . . . from the Black Hills
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2019 - 11:48:57 am »
Thank you, Thank you & Thank-you for the welcomes.

I do have the fender tag . . . just have to remember where I put it!  :pullinghair:

Like I said, the car is rough . . . nothing to see really

The engine and trans (4-sp) are in my garage
Car was painted brown, but looks like it might originally have been orange w/tan interior

You ask for it . . . don't hurt your eyes!
Nice project
please search for the fender tag, its one the most important thinks on collector cars

Offline BigSig 6 Barrel

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Re: Hello . . . from the Black Hills
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2019 - 03:44:55 pm »
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Hey, thanks for the addition greetings and encouragement!
I did find the fender tag, and answered my own question.
The car was built in the 4 month of 70.
« Last Edit: July 03, 2019 - 04:17:31 pm by BigSig 6 Barrel »