Of course, what is most appealing is the scarce green paint, which was reapplied by Bruce Pardo using Sikkens Green Go FJ6 replacement (Green Go was Dodge's real name for the option; Plymouth was offered in Sassy Grass, though that name has stuck to all FJ6-hued cars). Coupled with the white top, white interior, and white longitudinal stripe, it is a combination that really works on what could be termed as an extreme color.
The Mopar restylings of 1971 were the beginning of the last hurrah of the muscle car era designs, and Brent ended up with a visible all-around package that highlights what the Charger was all about-classic style and horsepower. It took first place for the stock B-Body machines at the 2007 Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals. Even if it wasn't an R/T . . .
'71 Dodge Charger 383
Car Owner: Brent Ball, Harrowsmith, Ontario
- Engine: The 383 was considered by some as a pedestrian motor in Chrysler's lineup in 1971, soon to be replaced by the 400. Originally rated at 335 horses, a drop in compression for '71 brought that down to a flat 300. The Carter AVS was used for California emissions vehicles; a Holley would have been used in the other 49 states. The rest of it is just like Ma Mopar built in 1971.
- Transmission: The 727 TorqueFlite, now actuated by a factory Slap-Stik.
- Differential: An 8 3/4 unit was the standard in Charger; this one is built for cruising.
- Horsepower and Performance: The compression drop and a change from net to brake horsepower means the paper rating is 300 ponies; a tight gear (4.10 or up) and good shifting was always a help with the larger '71-up B-Bodies.
- Suspension: Stock, even the OEM shocking was retained.
- Brakes: Power drums.
- Wheel: s15-inch factory Rallye wheels
- Rubber: Goodyear F60-15 Polyglas
- Body: Fuselage-type '71 Charger; last of the hot designs to leave Detroit in the mid-size body range.
- Paint: FJ6 Go Green, replicated by Bruce Pardo using Sikkens paint.
- Interior: Retrofit upgrades like Rallye dash and fresh buckets. We'd do it, too . . .
- Best Performance: Street corner Gran Prix, and possibly outrunning the Vegas mob!