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1970 Dodge Charger R/T

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  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
1970 Dodge Charger R/T
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 4:47 PM

For many of us, inspiration is the motivation for our next project.  My motivation for my new project comes from television and the Motor Trend Network.  Specifically, from Garage Squad.  A recent episode cronicles the effort of a family that lost their son to a tragic and senseless murder and the father found that even though he owned the car, he would work on it with his sons, but he couldn't venture out to the garage or even look at the car.  And, the car sat in the garage for many years.

The wife, who is feeling the same pain, wanted to get the car running again (and probably to get her husband out of the house) and she sent a video submission to the Producers of the program and the car was added to the Squad's lineup for Season 5, Episode 8.  The father had suffered a series of strokes and deals with diabetes and he was unable to work on the car with the cast of Garage Squad.  One son who was still living at home would work with the cast of Heather Storm, Bruno Massel, Joe Zolper, Cy, Ronny, and the Kingster.  Then, the father wrangled his neighbor, Mr. Rogers into helping with the hope of getting inside information, which Mr. Rogers declined to reveal.

The car was rebuilt and put back on the road with a 440 CID engine with fuel injection and a TorqueFlite 727 automatic transmission, new shifter, new exhaust and tips, new wheels and tires, and a new vinyl roof.  This was all the inspiration I needed to start on this Revell kit, but with a few differences.  Mine will not have a vinyl roof (I hate them), no 440 here, but a 426 CID Hemi with a 4-speed trans, Zimmermanz wheels and tires, and painted with Testors Star Spangled Blue with either a blue or black interior, and maybe a black tail stripe.

 

More Mopar to come...

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

On my bench-Bullitt '68 Mustang GT; 1970 Dodge Charger R/T

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 10:03 PM

Those things look good in any color and I do believe a black tail stripe will look great with the blue. So would a white stripe. lol

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  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 7:55 AM

I was told that when you order the white interior with the tail stripe, the stripe is white.  The same goes for black.  But, you can special order the stripe in any color with any color interior.  

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

On my bench-Bullitt '68 Mustang GT; 1970 Dodge Charger R/T

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, January 12, 2019 3:58 PM

I spent some time on the Charger yesterday afternoon.  I installed the door side scoops, Core support, hood hinges, and added the hood.

I assembled the engine and got it ready for paint.

A partial mockup with the Zimmerman wheels and tires.  This is going to look good!

More to come...

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

On my bench-Bullitt '68 Mustang GT; 1970 Dodge Charger R/T

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    October, 2011
Posted by OrangeR/T on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 6:50 PM

Cool project!! That kit is actually nxt up on my bench as soon as i finish the Panther Pink Duster i'm working on! Those wheels are sharp, tires are a little too low-pro for my taste but still looks good!! I plan on using the custom wheels/tires i have left over from the most recent Revell '70 Hemi'Cuda 2'n'1 kit since i used the Rally's on the 'Cuda. I've also got a pair of Hemi carbs from Fireball Modelworks i can't wait to use on the Hemi in the Charger kit! Looking foward to watching this project come together, i'll be paying close attention!!

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    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands, Fl
Posted by crown r n 7 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:09 AM

looks very interesting especially the paint.

Nick.

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:38 AM

Thank you Orange R/T and Nick!  I should have the Charger painted soon.  I also have the '70 Hemi 'Cuda kit as well and that will be getting a 440+6/TorqueFlite trans from the parts box with Keith Marks decals.   

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

On my bench-Bullitt '68 Mustang GT; 1970 Dodge Charger R/T

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