Featured Car
1967 Dodge Charger
George Stitt

Even though I like all classic cars I have always been partial to the classic fast back muscle cars. Some years ago I owned a 1968 Dodge Charger, fully restored, that I entered in the Cleveland Auto Rama. The car took 3rd. Place in the "Restored Stock Class".

While checking the Internet I saw an ad for a 1967, First generation, Dodge Charger. It was located in Studio City California, original big block 383 car, with rebuilt engine and auto trans. The photo, in the listing, was of the car when new with no current photos. I spoke to the owner and made arrangements to have the car inspected, by an independent party, in California. I received a written report via E mail, but no photos. I was assured the car was rust free and the engine and trans. appeared to have been rebuilt, with some paper documentation.

Buying a car sight unseen is a real gamble!
I purchased the car and made arrangements to have it shipped from Cal.

The Bad then The Good

I was out of town when the car was delivered so being excited, like an expectant father, I called my wife to check on the car. When I ask her how it looked she stated, "I've seen better cars in a Junk Yard". Needless to say I felt a little sick and when I saw the car I was a little disappointed, at its appearance. (That was the Bad). The Good- A solid car without any rust through, patches or bondo. It was just baked from the California Sun, showing a little of the original Turquoise color, primer and surface rust and in need of a complete restoration.

That was just the beginning. What I didn't realize, at the time was the lack of reproduction parts for pre 1968 Mopars. I lot was spent on rechroming and hours looking for parts, on Ebey. I found these parts to be very expensive, you know, supply and demand and if you need it-you pay. A perfect example of this is the tail light lens that run the width of the rear. Just three pieces of plastic and the company that was reproducing them, at one time, was out of business. I found a set, on Ebey at a cost of $600.00. Believe it or not there was an NOS set that sold for over $3000.00 (Now thats crazy). When it came to finishing the body I decided not to stay original, but do it my way. I decided to have the peak moulding which runs the full length, of the car, front to rear, removed and filled in, for a cleaner look. I also decided to have it two toned because I felt the Dodge missed the boat by not offering a two tone, in 1967, for both the Charger and the Coronet. When deciding on a color I found that Dupont had just came out with some new Hot Hue Colors. I selected one of these colors, "Shenandoah Sunset Peral" and Black. The paint was quite expensive but at this point with all the other expenses, why not. The best part of the deal, no patch panels or bondo to worry about in the future.

Two years, a lot of work, upgrades and expenses, I finally have it my way. Just a little foot note. While watching the "Overhauling" TV show, they were doing a 1967 Charger, at the SEMA show, in Las Vegas. Chip Foose being the designer he is decided to remove the peak moulding and fill it in before putting a two tone paint job on the car.