High Desert Dream
Who: Ray Bolton
Where: Lancaster, California
What: 1971 Dodge Challenger hardtop
Ray first laid eyes on his ’71 Challenger back in 1980 when his wife brought a friend home for dinner -- she was driving this car. He said that if she ever wanted to sell the car, he wanted to buy it. In 1987 Ray’s dream came true when he bought it for $2,500.
In 2007 his wife said Ray either needed to drive the Challenger or sell it, so he immediately started researching for a restoration shop.
Ray found Wayne & Dave's Automotive in Lancaster, California. A year and a half later, it was transformed into the awesome Mopar it is today. The wheels are Boyd Coddington, and were signed by him prior to his passing in 2008.
Ray’s Challenger is a multiple trophy winner, and his most prized ones are the 2009 Heartbreaker Award in Chatsworth, California, as well as from the Spring Fling 2010 at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, and the Fremont Street Experience Hotel and Casino Award in 2011.
Plus, Ray’s high desert beauty graced at the 2012 Rodeo Drive Concours D’Elegance in Beverly Hills.
Built His Way
Who: Don LeBeuf
Where: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
What: 1970 Dodge Charger R/T
Don, co-founder of the 1970 Dodge Charger Registry, had a ’70 R/T SE years ago that he had to sell before he could restore it.
When he found another, its Hemi Orange color led people to think it was (or would be) another General Lee clone. Instead, Don built his Charger the way he would have ordered it back in 1970.
That meant a 440 Six Pack under the hood, using a correct 1970 HP block bored .030-inch over, Edelbrock heads, dyno-tuned-by-Promax Holley 3x2-barrel carburetors on an aluminum intake, Mopar solid-lifter camshaft and electronic ignition, which add up to around 500 hp.
Backing it is a 727, built with a Turbo Action valvebody and 10-inch 3,500 stall converter, and a 3.91-geared, Sure Grip -- equipped 83⁄4 rear. Chassis highlights include polyurethane bushings, larger torsion bars, front and rear factory torque boxes, and leaf spring reinforcement plates.
Inside, there’s a full Special Edition interior, and outside, Boot Hill Automotive Resurrection in Erin, Ontario, sprayed on the FC7 Plum Crazy paint (with V21 Performance Hood Paint option).
Don’s R/T SE has won award after award since its debut at Moparfest, and it was in the invitational display at Carlisle last year.
Built His Way (Version 2)
Who: Stephen Burchett
Where: Seffner, Florida
What: 1973 Dodge Charger
Here’s another Charger that was built the way its owner wanted it, in a nearly five-year project that turned a well-used (and rusted) 318-powered Charger into this 440-powered eye-grabber.
To restore the unibody, Desert Valley Auto Parts sent a rust-free trunk floor, rear quarters and wheelhouses, which went on after the body was bead-blasted and de-rusted, but before the two-stage Prowler Orange paint went on.
For power, this Charger also sports a 440, but this one runs an Edelbrock ProFlo II EFI, with 44-lb/hr injectors. The 440, was bored out .060-inch, and also runs a forged crankshaft and pistons, an Iskenderian hydraulic camshaft, and a Billet Specialties serpentine pulley/AC compressor/alternator/power steering pump. Transmission’s a 727 with a reverse-manual valvebody, with a DTS-sourced Dana 60 running 3.73 gears in back.
Underneath, the chassis got larger sway bars, new control arms, polyurethane bushings, and disc brakes all around with stainless steel brake lines.
Inside, stock Charger buckets (also found in Arizona) were re-done with OEM seat covers, as was the rear bench, and Painless wiring harnesses replaced the well-used stock ones.
Who: Bill Muehlstedt
Where: Grand Junction, Colorado
What: 1963 Dodge D-100 Custom Sweptline LWB pickup
When was the last time you saw a D-Series Dodge pickup that looked this nice? On a Dodge dealer’s lot way back when?
The sheetmetal and paint restoration took five months—all cab and bed parts were taken off and restored better then new, and the grille and both bumpers were chromed.
Inside, the dash was taken out and stripped, and the gauges cleaned and re-painted. New carpet went in, as did new front and rear glass, while the steering wheel was restored.
The original 318 Poly was rebuilt back to original, with an electronic ignition replacing the original points-type system. Also going on: new dual exhausts with chrome tips, plus new brakes and shocks all around. As Bill puts it, “No nut or bolt was left unturned.”
Bill says that he’s been to hundreds of car shows, and he’s yet to see a D-100 like his.
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