"It's still a work in progress."--Robin Cook
'66 Dodge Charger
Owned by: Steve and Robin Cook, Loveland, Colorado
- Engine: Aaron's Machine in Fair Oaks, California, bored the original 383 block .030-inch over, and then added TRW 10.0:1 pistons and a fresh set of bearings. The 383's iron heads, forged-steel crankshaft and connecting rods, camshaft, and other moving parts are all original.
- Transmission: Other than a rebuild, the 727 and factory console-mounted shifter are original.
- Rearend: The 2.94-geared, Sure Grip-equipped 8-3/4 that it was built with was rebuilt.
- Suspension: Restored original '66 Charger: Longitudinal torsion bars, anti-sway bar and tubular shocks up front, and leaf springs and tubular shocks in back.
- Brakes: Restored OEM power-assisted drum-and-shoe brakes, with the original 11-inch drums.
- Wheels and Tires: OEM 14 x 5-1/2 inch wheels wear the '66s original (and standard) "spinner" full wheel covers and a set of whitewall P195/75R14 Mohave RS steel-belted radials.
- Body: Original '66 Dodge Charger unibody, after some TLC, wears its original trim. Bumpers were replated by Denver Bumper.
- Paint: PPG's DBU 9700 Black replaced a coat of yellow, which was painted over the OEM Black acrylic enamel.
- Interior: The best of both worlds: Resto items (like new front seat covers and YearOne right front floor carpets) and well-preserved OEM rear seats, rear carpets, steering wheel, console and trim give a spring-of-'66 look to the Charger's cabin. The Cooks, and a previous owner, did the needed restoration work.