The undercarriage will make the "concourse" crowd cringe, because all the bare metal components were left just that way, meaning one thing...rust. For the bare metal parts that couldn't be found NOS, some creative trickery was used to make them look rusty (when asked how this was done, the three men responsible for the restoration just giggle uncontrollably). During disassembly, pieces of masking tape were found covered in undercoating and still sandwiched under the seat bolts (used to keep undercoating out of the interior). This, too, was reproduced.

In the end, the car only needed one thing to prove its pedigree: an OE Certified Gold Award from the Mopar Nationals. When the points were tallied, the Charger scored an amazing 96.7 out of 100 to garner that honor plus take Best of Show. The biggest detracting item according to the judges was the lack of wear and tear from components being stored in bins on the assembly line!

There are some who say you can take the restoration deal a little too far, that you can overdo the effort, time, and expense put into a project. Today, Jerry's car is amazing in its perfection. And frankly, if he put that first 150,000 miles on it the way we would have back in those days, this might actually be a deserved rest.