Bought this car used for $600 (US) as a second vehicle, already had the '73 Dodge van
, but wanted something a bit faster. The tires were badly worn. Both
rear frames (between rear axle and bumper) were broke and needed welded.
Heck, I could take a screwdriver and punch holes in the frame. The side
pipes blew out, the hi-beam headlights blinked (*real fun on a dark night
at 120+ mph*) and the paint was heavily oxidized, but looked really nice after
a couple bottles of Starbrite polish and a bit of elbow grease.
Then there was the front right fender, which was apparently notorious
for rusting out on that particular model. It was amazing how many people
approached me, wanting to buy the car, just for that dang fender, unfortunately
mine was shot too, but I kept doing body work on it and it didn't look
half bad, at least from a distance.
The previous owner had either been afraid of it, or couldn't afford
the gas and had disconnected the secondaries on the carburetor, which was
a real thrill to discover after driving it for about a week on just the
primaries. After connecting the secondaries it would smoke the tires through
all three gears.
The driver side door got out of alignment (flew open going around a
corner), so I started climbing in and out the window (just like the "Dukes
of Hazard"). Was a bit of a nuisance when it rained.
I replaced the worn Firestone rubber and the peeling Cragar wheels
with the Goodyear Rally GT tires on Superior wheel from my previous car,
a '73 Dodge Charger
The second Summer the engine developed a heavy knock, apparently due
to a failing oil pump, leading eventually to total engine failure. All
things considered this Challenger was really just a good looking piece
of junk, but boy was it fun (albeit dangerous) to drive.
Left this car behind, in our field, when we moved.
340 CID V8 small block LA engine
727 Torqueflight automatic transmission (3 speed w/ Slap Shift in center
Carter Thermoquad carburetor
Power brakes (drum/drum)
Transmission shift kit
Steeper grind camshaft
Rear air shock absorbers
added by me:
welded and reinforced rear frame sections
15" Superior slotted mag wheels w/Goodyear Rally
(2) 55w driving lights 3x6"
Dual Trush mufflers
(2) Red marker lights just behind rear axle
Fuel economy: 7 - 17 mpg
Top speed: unknown? estimated at about 150 - 160 mph
1/4 mile: approx. 15.2 seconds @ 89 mph