Those four E-Bodies, like this one, are getting plenty of attention. Ken says that's because he's a stickler for perfection. "I'm doing it the way I want it," he says. "The reason I named my business The Finer Details is because every body gap has to be correct, and everything else, too."
When Ken finally had this Challenger ready, the first stop was at last summer's Mopar Nationals. More than a few show-goers' jaws were bruised by hitting the ground after one look at this resto. Soon after, it was on to Goodguys Chicagoland Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, where it was named a Finalist for Muscle Car of the Year, in only its second big show. Plus, at that show, it was reunited with both of its previous owners, who'd never seen this car looking this good!
But this Plum Crazy Challenger will not be the only one in Ken's collection. Soon, a same-color 440 Six Pack-powered '71 R/T (sold new at Mr. Norm's Grand Spaulding Dodge) will join it, once he and his restoration crew take care of all its details.
So you think you've got the patience to handle a restoration project? Ken says there's one really important thing you need to start with. "Find the most solid car that you can get," he says. "Even though today's reproduction sheetmetal is excellent, it's the time and the cost of installing it that starts getting up there really quick. It's not cheap to restore a car, by any means.
"It's better to find the best shell you can get, and start from there." Even if you have to wait as long as Ken did to haul it home.
'70 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe
Owned by: Ken and Pat Mosier, Danville, Indiana
Engine: The Challenger's original 426 Hemi block was bored .030-inch over, then rebuilt with original and N.O.S. parts into an engine that looks like it's fresh from Ma Mopar's M & I (Marine & Industrial) Engine Plant in Marysville, Michigan, where the 426 Hemi was built back in the day.
Transmission: What else behind a Hemi but an 18-spline A-833 four-speed-this one rebuilt by Brewer's Transmissions, Ludlow Falls, Ohio. The shifter is a rebuilt Hurst with the correct '70 "pistol grip" handle.
Rearend: A restored Dana 60 in Super Track Pack form, with 4.10 gears and a Sure-Grip differential.
Suspension: Just like it had when it left Hamtramck Assembly: front torsion bars, tubular shocks and anti-sway bar (rear) heavy-duty leaf springs and tubular shocks. Rebuilt with new original Mopar parts courtesy of Ken's extensive N.O.S. parts stash.
Brakes: OEM-style 11-inch drums all around, thanks (again) to Ken's N.O.S. parts stash.
Wheels and Tires: 15x7-inch Rallye wheels with repro Goodyear Polyglas G60-15s. That was as high-tech as wheels and tires got back then.
Body: Original '70 Challenger unibody needed one floorpan, the trunk floor, and both rear quarters replaced. Bodywork performed by Dave Engel at The Finer Details, Danville, Indiana.
Paint: Two-stage PPG Plum Crazy basecoat/clearcoat, sprayed on by Kevin Engle at The Finer Details, Danville, Indiana, before the white side stripes and white vinyl top went on.
Interior: Restored '70 Challenger R/T with Rallye gauge cluster, bucket seats, and no console. Repro seat covers by Legendary Interiors were installed by Littles Upholstery, Indianapolis, Indiana.