Sheldon had taken the engine out a few years before the resto "just to freshen it up," but during the restoration, it remained in place. OMS hadn't bothered to repaint the engine compartment, which was still its original color. The block was bored .030 over, and the carbs were sent to Holley for refurbishing, but the engine work was minimal. Otherwise, the car was completely disassembled, restored, and reassembled. Sheldon tried to keep as many original pieces as possible. Rather than replace the door panels, they were dyed the proper color. The carpeting, the seat covers from Legendary Auto Interiors, the seatbelts supplied by Ssnake Oyl, and one door handle are the car's only repop parts.
A major part of the restoration was returning the car to its original color, so Florida Auto Body in Fort Lauderdale applied PPG EF8 Dark Green Metallic with a V6F longitudinal stripe.
The Challenger was ordered with a lot of options, including the performance axle package, TorqueFlite automatic, hood pins, bumper guards, power convertible top, radio, power steering, performance hood paint, and the emission-control and noise-reduction packages.
Although Sheldon has seen his car in its pace-car days twice on Speed Vision, including the first NASCAR race held at Ontario, further visual documentation has been hard to come by.
But the difficulty of finding information doesn't dampen Sheldon's enjoyment of this unique vehicle. "When I was 14 or 15, my brother got a new Road Runner," Sheldon says. "I always liked the Dodges because they were unique; everyone had a Camaro or a Chevelle. My favorite was the Challenger. This wasn't what I had in mind, but I knew I wanted a 440 convertible, and when the Six Pack came along, I couldn't pass it up."