Knowing he had other Mopar projects underway, Allott had to consider whether he could take
We’re not sure if there’s any one thing that causes a person to enjoy collecting, restoring, and driving Mopar muscle cars, but for Allott Butler of northern Indiana, the ’70 Duster his now retired Navy SEAL father bought for him when he was 16 years old was enough to get him hooked. Equipped with a 318, the Duster was a great first car, and Allott remembers it having the best power steering he ever felt. Since that first Duster, Allott has accumulated a number of Mopars, including a ’68 Chrysler Newport that he drives and a ’71 340 four-speed Demon that he’s been collecting parts for. Even though he didn’t need another project, when his friend Bill told him about a Dodge that had been stored in a nearby barn for the past ten years, he just had to check it out.
Upon arriving at the car’s location, Allott found the Dodge to be a ’70 Challenger, which was covered with dust and sitting on four flat tires. Externally, the car looked pretty straight and complete, wearing an older red paintjob, Cragar wheels, and two different styles of stripes. But the big surprise came when the hood was opened. Noticing the flat hood, Allott expected a possible 318, but was surprised by a Slant Six between the framerails.
Knowing ’70 Challengers are valuable, Allott wanted the car, but his only hesitation was not being able to see under the car due to the flat tires. After a week or so of consideration, Allott and the owner of the Challenger negotiated a price that was fair for the car, and Allott was the proud new owner of a ’70 Dodge Challenger. To get the car on his trailer, a set of serviceable wheels and tires were installed, and the Challenger was taken to its new home.
Since he was 16, Allott Butler has had the fever for finding Mopars to fix up. When his fr
Once the car was back at his shop, Allott’s friend Bill, who’d told him about the car, came over to check it out with him. While the majority of the car is in good shape, like many Midwestern cars, the winter-salted roads had taken their toll. The rear of the Challenger needed a lot of parts, including framerails, trunk floor and extensions, and a fuel tank and sending unit. So far, Allott has performed the necessary rear repairs and has installed an 8¾ differential with new leaf springs to replace the 7¼ Slant Six rear end.
As for the front of the car, Allott is torn between converting the car to a V-8 model or keeping the Slant Six. Of the some 83,000 Challengers produced in 1970, only about 13 percent of them were equipped with a Slant Six, making the car rarer than some performance models. And while the decision might come down to economics as gas pushes four bucks a gallon, either way we think the Challenger is a cool car and thank Allott Butler for sharing his hidden treasure with us.
Allott Butler’s story shows that there are still cars out there to find, sometimes hidden away in barns or garages where nobody can see them. It pays to let people know you’re into Mopars, and we appreciate Allott sharing his hidden treasure with our readers.