On the other hand, his boss at Arrington Engines, Joe Arrington (son of famous NASCAR racer Buddy Arrington), chose to go in the opposite direction with his silver '69 500.
It turns out both Charger 500s were built at the same time. Joe purchased both cars and built them simultaneously. Starting off as an original 440 car, the silver Charger was a basket case with a majority of the most vital parts MIA. With the original yellow Hemi 500, the car came nearly complete from California, where it was purchased new in the late '60s. Joe felt obligated to return the yellow Charger back to stock, but wanted to go a little bit crazy with the silver Charger.
Before any work was done, the cars were stripped and dipped at Carolina Chem Strip and then detailed. Both Chargers were sent to Kevin Campbell at Henry County Rods in Martinsville, Virginia, for all the paint and bodywork. The basket-case Charger was painted with an aftermarket brilliant silver with the correct "500" bumblebee tail stripe, while the yellow 500 was returned to its original Butternut yellow and appropriate stripe. Randy Stillwell of Wytheville, Virginia, handled the interiors of both cars, and Auto Instruments tackled the task of restoring both gauge clusters. With the help of Year One and Classic Auto air, the interiors were immaculately restored, with cold air blowing through the vents of the silver 500.
Basically rebuilt to stock...
Basically rebuilt to stock specs, the Butternut 500 is as Ma Mopar intended.
Engineers in 1969 thought...
Engineers in 1969 thought these wind foils would help reduce some of the Charger's drag. We suppose any little bit would help.
When it came to the silver Charger, Joe decided Wilwood disc brakes were to be used in lieu of the original brakes with 2-inch drop spindles for a more aggressive stance. Validating that ride height, custom 17-inch rims with Michelin Pilot rubber fill up the wheelwells. The aged steering box was junked for a Firm Feel unit, while an ATI automatic transmission spinning a 3,500-stall converter was enlisted to spin the 4.10 gear 831/44 differential. A Mother Mopar 528 crate Hemi was bought a la carte for the powerplant. With an ornery elephant between the fenders, Joe attached Elston headers with 3-inch pipes to spew the gases out from under the back bumper. Gorgeous black leather from Legendary was tucked and rolled over the seats and door covers, making the interior look close to, but not quite, stock.