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1968 Dodge Charger R/T
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, October 26, 2014 3:48 PM

My new project is Revell's '68 Charger R/T.  I debated with myself if I was going to use the 440 or the 426 Hemi and the 440 won out.  Currently, I have a '68 Hemi Charger R/T and a '69 Hemi Charger SE on the shelf and one '68 Charger R/T with a 440.  The kit I am using I bought back in '08 when the kit was issued and I had bought two with one being used for a Build Off with my Canadian friend, RandyB.  This build may be used for next years' Classic Plastic Model Club Theme...Mopars!  

The kit...Revell 1968 Dodge Charger R/T kit #85-4202.

I am using a set of Cragar SS mags from the Revell '67 Charger kit and the paint will be Tamiya TS-54 Light Metallic Blue.  The interior will be the same blue with dark blue inserts on the seats.

I guess you could describe my model as a "Day 2 car", a term I do not like.  I will use my sewing pin technique for the side markers.  

More Mopar to come...

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Posted by DAYTONA on Sunday, October 26, 2014 8:29 PM

...1968 Charger R/T...all time classic beauty

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Sunday, October 26, 2014 8:31 PM

Sweet, another '68 Charger build!! I'll be watching this one, that Tamiya blue will be sharp!!

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Posted by johnnyb' on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:08 AM
Nice! Can't wait to see the sewing pin technique.
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Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:23 PM
Great kit! I had fun with it...can't wait to see your progress.
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Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:24 PM
I think that's the same paint I got for an upcoming Chevelle project. Love that blue!
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Posted by rickr442 on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:14 PM

Looks good so far!

What color Vinyl top and interior?

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Posted by Retro Joe on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:44 PM
The 68 kit doesn't have the vinyl top detail (but that doesn't mean it can't be added) .
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Posted by Charger01 on Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:57 PM

Very good project you have here, good luck with this fantastic car

Joaquim
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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, November 01, 2014 8:33 AM

Thanks guys!

rickr442

Looks good so far!

What color Vinyl top and interior?

 

Rick, long time, no hear!  There is no vinyl roof to this kit and I am not a fan of them.  The interior will be the same as the exterior with a dark blue on the seat inserts.

I painted the engine block this morning with Mopar Turquoise Engine Enamel.

There is a Hemi engine in this kit along with an engine stand, so I have decide to assemble and paint both to display with the Charger.  The Hemi is painted with Mopar Street Hemi Orange Engine Enamel.

More Mopar to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 8:06 AM

Wow!  This build was started almost 3 years ago and I had just lost any desire to finish it which is unusual for me since I do love my Mopars.  I have decided to pull the '68 Charger R/T back out and work on it again, so I updated all my picture links and will get back to working on this again.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 10:33 AM
Good deal. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished build.

Steve

On the bench - Right now, a mess.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 8:44 PM
Seconded, I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it!
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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 8:37 PM

Thanks Steve and Bill!  Everything will remain the same...color, wheels, striping, etc.  But, I do have a couple of ideas for the tires and the shifter.  I might forgo the console and make a padded seat/fold down armrest combo or what is otherwise called a "buddy seat".

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On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by KWT on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 8:45 PM

The "buddy seat" idea sounds cool. Can't wait to see where you go with this. I hear it's a good kit.. and lord knows you'll do it justice. Build on!

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 8:34 PM

The 'buddy seat" is real easy to do.  I can either stack and shape some styrene or look in the parts box for the approriate seat cushions, make a couple of brackets and glue them on.  

More Mopar to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 9:18 PM

This is what I had in mind for the shifter.  I took the short racing shifter and cut off the T-Handle.

I took the stock shifter and cut off the shift ball.

Using my pin vise and a drill bit the size of the shifter shaft, I drilled a hole into the T-Handle and glued it to the stock shifter shaft.  I now have a T-Handle for the stock shifter!

More Mopar to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 6:28 AM
Nice ideas for making it a little different! I like the way the shift lever turned out, and looking forward to seeing what you do with the buddy seat. I made one out of an extra back seat once with mixed results
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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:29 PM

This thread has given me the inspiration to sort my '68 out . It was going to be silver with red R/T stripe and interior ( steels in red too ) Wired and hosed rather nicely ( Even the breather pipes 1st effort too ) But... (... and its a "Cardashian sized one"... ) ...I got glue on the roof  , so I saved it by masking the body - to do a black stipple enamel paint "vinyl" roof . I carefully peeled off the masking ..... dum dum duuuuuummm...and some of the perfect red double stripe ." Oh b..last my luck ! " ( well , the mods would ban this comment otherwise ! ) Deep breaths and a nice cuppa tea later , popped it back in the box and stored it far out of harms way . I might end up doing the Roadkill General Mayhem the rate I'm going .... LOL 

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:40 PM

Thanks Bill!  I'll rumage through the parts box for the pieces I need for the buddy seat.  I built one many years ago for the '68 Charger Build Off with RandyB and nip-picked by Fury3.  IMHO, Randy built the better Charger as he is an excellent builder.

Spencer, think about a solution to curing the ills for your Charger.  I find that if I encounter a problem with the build, I set it aside and think about how to correct my mistake and not look for a quick and easy cover up.  But, if you really want to go for the Roadkill General Mayhem, then go for it! 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 9:45 AM

Heres the " Before it all went wrong " Crying photo  LOL , with a 'matching' Nissan fairlady 432! The Charger was wired & plumbed , the interior was 'basic race' cage as was the Nissan . 

( Fish Special : Tuna & Mussel ! ) AHEM.... sorry ... 

WIP 432 & '68R/T

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 8:52 PM

Those look pretty nice in that picture, Spencer.  Like I said, just set the Charger aside and think about a solution and come back to it later.  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, September 10, 2017 10:07 AM

I was rummaging around my parts box this morning and I came across a photoetch set from another project.  I'll use this on this project.

I am going to use this distributor from MAD and I might use the chrome air filter.  I'm undecided at the moment.

I completed the Hemi, but noticed that the distributor fell off and disappeared.  I'll have to paint the other kit distributor and install it.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:59 AM
photoetched key fob !! Spot on ! LOL Got to find a ZZ Top one now ...........
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Posted by mrmike on Monday, September 11, 2017 2:21 PM

Good luck in your search for that ZZ Top photoetch key FOB!  I wonder if someone makes a P/E ZZ Top key FOB?

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, September 17, 2017 8:10 PM

Progress on the Charger has been very slow.  I got the MAD distributor assembled, painted, and installed in the 440 CID V-8.  Now to run the wires and finish the engine.

More Mopar to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, September 18, 2017 6:53 AM

Yes " Gettin'there !! " Patience is a virtue  eh Mike? LOL 

  And as a positive bonus :- the 440 matches the guide lines on your cutting matt !! Big Smile

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, September 18, 2017 8:17 AM

Thanks Spencer!  Yes, patience is a virtue and we all must have some or...oh look a butterfly!  lol  Ah, where was I? Yes, patience is a must for this hobby and in my hobby room, I have way too many distractions that take me away from doing any actual work on my build projects.  One distraction is my darn laptop, taking me off to worlds unknown and...there I go again!  Oh look, a puppy...  lol

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by Big Gary on Monday, September 18, 2017 1:08 PM

Thankfully, the '68 & '69 Charger bodies are nearly identical, except for the side marker lights.  I had started a phantom '69 Hemi Charger CA H.P. car with a '69 body, sanding off the vinyl top.  Just after that, the '68 without the vinyl top hit the shelves and I bought it too.  unfortunately, for all the time that has passed, neither car is yet in paint.  I wish I would have had the '68 kit first, would have saved alot of sanding.  Some of you may recall that some of the early '68 kits had '69 bumpers and grills, which you could send back to Revell for the correct item. 

One of these days....

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, September 18, 2017 8:47 PM

If it's one thing I do not like, it's vinyl roofs!  I have the AMT '70 Challenger R/T and I wanted a smooth hardtop and so I took the roof from the kit and sanded off the roof texture and got it is really smooth.  Then came the part of puttying the gaps at the windshield header and at the C pillars.  I had just finished foiling the body when I heard a faint "crack" and one of the C pillars had broken clean through.  What a job repairing that!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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