Not only does this Challenger...
Not only does this Challenger look good now, but keep in mind this is the paint that the guys in Hamtramck applied over 34 years ago.
Ever wish you had the means to go back in time with a pocket full of cash, buy all the dream cars you ever wanted fresh from the showroom floor, and with all the right options? So do we. I suppose that is why Dave Wright's untouched '70 426 Hemi R/T Challenger is so appealing.
Dave was no neophyte to Mopars, having owned a '70 Superbird and another '70 Challenger previous to this discovery, both of which, we might add, were 440 Six Barrels (some guys have all the luck). Having just sold the 'Bird, he scoured the trades for another E-Body. After one failed lead, this unmolested '70 Hemi Challenger was found in New Hampshire.
The Challenger was no mere plain-Jane grocery-getter. Whoever purchased the car knew exactly what they wanted. It was loaded with power brakes, an AM eight-track stereo, power steering, leather bucket seats with six-way adjustable tracks, a slapstick console shifter, R/T side stripe, Go-Wing, and seat belt lights, but all these bells and whistles couldn't cover its true nature. Nothing but the 426, dual AFB Carter, Hemi would do. Backed with the stout 727 automatic, the 15x7 Rallyes were spun into a blue haze by a Dana with 4:10 gears.
Loaded to the gills with '70s...
Loaded to the gills with '70s options, such as a black leather interior, a slapstick automatic, and an AM eight-track cassette player, this R/T wasn't void of creature comforts to go along with its go-fast parts.
Fearing that any modification might obliterate its value, Dave resolved to keep the Challenger totally original, pampered in a climate-controlled garage in New York. Dave confesses to changing minor bolt-on items, such as tires and wires, making sure that everything was N.O.S. and date coded. Over the next nine years, the R/T was only moved for local car shows via a trailer and the occasional polish.
But many feel that housing such an amazing machine is comparable to locking a thoroughbred greyhound in an apartment for the rest of its natural-born life. Not wanting to sentence the Challenger to such a fate, Dave and Cheryl sold nearly everything they owned and moved to Florida, determined to enjoy the Hemi the way it was meant to be. With the aid of Time Machines, Inc. of Hudson, Florida, and John Arruzza from Trinity, North Carolina, the Hemi was pulled and rebuilt.
Surviving nearly untouched...
Surviving nearly untouched for thirty years, Dave Wright woke this sleeping giant with a Comp Cams hydraulic cam, springs, and Ross pistons.
Dave admits the decision to pull the motor was an inspired one because the decade of dry starts from keeping the car stagnant had wiped out the lobes. The block was bored .030-inch over, replacing the rods with Manleys coupled with Ross 9.20:1 pistons. A Comp Cams' .296-degree bump-stick and valve springs were installed just to waken up the elephant a little more. Except for a complete MSD Billet ignition system, the Hemi was preserved as close as possible, expelling the fumes down 211/42-inch pipes. Dave decided to keep the TorqueFlite as close as possible to Chrysler's engineer's specs, save for the installation of a 911/42-inch, 3,500 stall torque converter, thanks to Frank Lupo of Oakboro, North Carolina.
The decision to liberate the Challenger from its garage was one of the best ones Dave has ever made. He proclaims that he and his wife love driving the car, cruising the streets, and wowing the locals at the neighborhood shows. So well received was the Challenger, that it was displayed in the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich, New York, from the fall of 1999 to the spring of 2000.
We might not be able to travel against the clock to go car hunting, but with timepieces like Dave Wright's '70 R/T Hemi Challenger, we might not need to.
|Body:||'70 Dodge Challenger R/T|
|Color:||Burnt Orange, R/T side stripe,|
| black leather interior|
|Engine:||426 Hemi, .030 overbore,|
|Manley rods, Comp Cams|
|hydraulic .533/.516-inch cam,|
|Comp Cams valve springs,|
|Chrysler stock iron casting|
|Chrysler dual-quad intake,|
| two Carter AFB carbs|
|Transmission:||727 TorqueFlite automatic|
|3,500 stall Frank Lupo|
|9 1/2inch torque converter|
|Rearend:||9 3/4 Dana, 4.10 Sure Grip|
|Wheels/Tires:||Front and Rear: 15x7|
|Rallyes; Goodyear Polyglass|