Will Jones comes from the small town (population of just over 350 people) of Reserve, New Mexico, and he owns one of the coolest cars in the area. It wasn't always this way, though. Before he was fortunate enough to own this way-cool '69 Charger, he had to deal with a 300,000-mile '65 LeMans. While the LeMans is a great car in its own right, Will yearned for a Mopar.
When Will was 15, he and his father went on a deer hunting trip and drove through the small town of Bonita Lake, near Ruidoso, New Mexico, roughly 235 miles away. While on this trip, they spotted a '69 Charger. Will was captivated by the white B-Body sitting underneath a tree in someone's yard. Sadly, there wasn't time to pull over and talk to the owner. The two continued on their journey, but Will couldn't shake the Charger out of his mind.
This is just the way Will...
This is just the way Will purchased his '69 Charger that he found sitting under a tree. It still has the original paint and panels, but, thanks to Will, it now has a whole different attitude.
When the pair returned home, Will continued to lobby his parents to purchase the car until they finally agreed to the idea . . . but they didn't even know if the car was for sale. When Will finally talked with the owner, he found him ready and willing to sell. The owner said, "Sure, it's for sale. How much will you give me for it?" They negotiated a price and talked about the car a little more.
The Charger was originally purchased by the man's grandfather as a special order car in 1968. It was equipped with a 383 two-barrel, a column-shift 727 automatic transmission, and was painted Alpine White. Inside, there were metallic blue vinyl seats with no console, A/C, power windows, cruise control, and an AM radio. With only 74,000 miles on the clock, the car was in excellent shape.
Will sold his LeMans and some other items on eBay, and took up a summer job working construction. When all was said and done, he had the cash he needed to pick up the car. It ran and was drivable . . . or so they thought. While on the way home, it started getting late, so they decided to stay at a nearby relative's house. That night they took the car out for a little spin, and the master cylinder failed. They narrowly missed hitting another car, but were able to limp it back to their relative's house. The next morning, they stopped by a local Checker Auto Parts and bought a new master cylinder for $15. They installed it, and, thankfully, the rest of the trip home was uneventful.
Since the body was in such good condition, Will has focused mainly on the engine. He installed an Edelbrock 600-cfm carburetor, a Performer RPM intake, a roller timing chain, transistorized ignition feeding MSD wires, and a 21/2-inch dual exhaust with ceramic-coated Hooker headers. The stock heads were removed with help from his uncle. They were ported and polished, but Will discovered every valve was cracked. It appeared the original owner had a little too much fun with high rpm. They were all replaced with stainless steel valves and hardened seats so he could run unleaded fuel. Other upgrades include a set of 17x9-inch American Racing Torq-Thrust II wheels wearing 255/40-17 BFG rubber. He also replaced the factory steering wheel with one from Grant and has redone the entire A/C system.
As if having the coolest car in town wasn't enough, he also had the coolest car in high school. Will has found himself an excellent Mopar to jump into this addicting hobby.
He would like to thank his father, uncle, and brother for their assistance in allowing the project to take shape. He now attends New Mexico State University and lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico. We're sure he still has the coolest car in school.
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