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1970 Dodge Charger R/T Is Completed

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1970 Dodge Charger R/T Is Completed
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."

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On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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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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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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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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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Posted by crown r n 7 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:09 AM

looks very interesting especially the paint.

Nick.

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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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, January 18, 2019 2:09 PM

Some progress on the '70 Charger.  I painted the Hemi with Mopar Street Hemi Engine Paint and the chassis and floor pan bottom got a coat of grey primer and then placed in the dehydrator for 4 hours.

While those are in the dehydrator, I washed the hood and body with Dawn detergent.

I painted some engine and suspension parts.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, January 21, 2019 8:28 AM

The chassis is now complete.  I added overspray which has been difficult with a spray can for me and the front and rear suspensions.  I'll leave the brakes and wheels and tires off until the body and chassis are together.

The Hemi is in progress.  The carbs and the alternator are being stripped of their chrome with Easy-Off Oven Cleaner.

I have distributors from Parts By Parks and Morgan Automtive Detail to decide on.  Which one will it be?

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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Posted by streetrod on Monday, January 21, 2019 3:30 PM

Hi Mike,

Chassis looks good. If you were me (God help you LOL) I would use the M.A.D. distributor since on this engine it's in the front and highly visible. I think the M.A.D. unit is more detailed looking. Just my thought.

See you on the 29th.

Barry 

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 6:55 AM

Thanks Barry!  Yes, many people are telling me to use the MAD distributor and you gave me the perfect reason for using one...because it is up front and highly visible.  No one else has said that and I never thought about that!  I was thinking about the ease of using the Parks distributor since I wouldn't have to add plug boots to the distributor cap.  Yes, the MAD distributor is more detailed and I guess I'll be using that one instead. 

Now, if I was you, and that is a bit terrifying, Whistling I would build a great looking model and someday that will happen! YesBig Smile  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:38 PM

I painted the interior this afternoon with Dupli-Color Light Blue Metallic and tossed everything into the dehydrator for a few hours.

I painted the body, hood, and front valance panel with Testors Star Spangled Blue Lacquer.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, January 25, 2019 2:16 PM
Looking good, and a great choice of wheels for it!
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Posted by mrmike on Friday, January 25, 2019 2:38 PM

Thank you Bill!  I appreciate it!

I sat down at the bench a short while ago and picked up my 1mm Molotow Liquid Chrome Pen and started picking out the chrome details before I start applying decals to the dash and console.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:00 PM

Now this is the way a Hurst Pistol-Grip Shifter is suppose to be painted!  You always leave a chrome strip up the back of the shift handle and a chrome top.

I've detailed the steering wheel.  I should have put a dot of flat black in the spokes which I did after I noticed my flub up.

And, the rear taillights are done!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, January 26, 2019 5:02 PM
nice details, mike. it's the details that make the difference.
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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, January 27, 2019 12:24 PM

Absolutely!  Adding details sometimes can be a little daunting, but when it is done and done properly, it makes the whole experience worthwhile!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, January 31, 2019 10:51 AM

Been working on the Hemi.  I need to find a Hemi wiring diagram and I can finish wiring the engine.  I'm not 100% happy with the plumbing of the carbs and I may remove the forward pipe and rearch it.

A quick mockup to see how the Charger is progressing.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, January 31, 2019 2:41 PM
Looks wonderful as always Mike ! I should have looked at this one first , before the panther pink duster . Love the vibrant blue colour . My dads '68 R/T was going to be " Petty Blue-ish " with white stripe & interior … was …. AHEM ! someone stole parts off of it & Dad gave up ! 'Tis good to be back BTW ;-)
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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, January 31, 2019 8:30 PM

Welcome back Spencer!  Still here since you've been gone and several projects later is my '70 Charger R/T.  I also have a Bullitt '68 Mustang under construction, too!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, February 07, 2019 9:44 AM

I've been working on the '70 Charger R/T.  I got the body foiled with the toughest part being the rear window.

I finished wiring the Hemi.  Now to work on the air cleaner.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:44 AM

With the paintbooth up and running this morning, I clearcoated the Charger.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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Posted by Charger01 on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:34 AM
Excellent work!!

Joaquim

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:08 PM

Thanks Joaquim!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:37 PM

Back on the Charger!  I finished the interior and chassis and got them assembled.  I love this color!  The wheels seem a little larger than I had expected, but I can live with it.  I hope to finish the Charger today.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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Posted by Daddy_O on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 1:40 PM
That is one beautiful build!
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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 2:36 PM

You know what they say,  "Big car- Big wheels"   I know!  Bad one-liner.  But the car looks awesome. Thats nice how you wired the distributor in firing order.  

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by crown r n 7 on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 9:43 PM

Beautiful color and the interior just right .the clear coat really deepens the blue very cool.

Nick.

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, February 21, 2019 9:59 AM

Thanks guys!  I'm almost finished with the Charger.  I need to apply some decals and take some pictures.  Stay tuned!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, February 21, 2019 3:15 PM

I have finished my '70 Charger R/T!  I would like to thank all those who took the time to view and to comment on my WIP.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Ford Transit Mk2

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