While many would not consider driving a car like this, Rick built the 'Cuda to enjoy with his family. Rick does just that by driving the car to local shows and cruise-ins. The 'Cuda always draws a number of admirers anywhere it goes, and it's easy to see why. It's one cool smooth ride.
A Work Of R/TA '70 Charger Goes From Wreck To Respected"I'm amazed by people who will put vintage iron out in a field or behind a barn to rust away," said Lindsey Duhs of Brandon, Mississippi. Such was the case with his '70 Dodge Charger R/T, that was found in a nearby community cornfield. Lindsey had been looking for such a vehicle for more than three years. The old Dodge was in dire need of repair, and Lindsey almost didn't get the car home. He had borrowed a car dolly, but halfway home the rearend locked up on the Charger. The truck, with the car on the dolly, came to a screeching stop in the middle of one of the area's most traveled two-lane highways. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the ordeal. Well, maybe Lindsey's pride was a little, as people yelled rather rude things about him and his new-found project during the time it took to get the car out of the middle of the road.
The trouble encountered while getting the car home was the first of a number of events that made Lindsey think twice about this project. That's not to say Lindsey ever thought it was going to be an easy task to bring the Charger back to a like-new condition. Lindsey says the aid of close friends was the main reason he was able to complete the project. Lavon Pilgram, a salvage yard owner, wanted to see the Charger restored so badly he practically gave Lindsey the parts he needed. All that Lavon asked in return was the promise nothing would be resold, and that Lindsey would bring the car by once it was completed. That was not a problem for Lindsey.
Lindsey's theme for the Charger was to keep the interior and exterior as close to 1970 standards as possible, while adding a personal touch to the engine compartment. Hugh Langley, a close friend and neighbor, spent many nights into the wee hours of the morning helping Lindsey work on the car. He and Lindsey restored the white vinyl interior and laid new black carpet after Charlie Ford applied the finishing touches to the paint job. Charlie, another close friend and retired body shop owner, helped Lindsey after work and on weekends to get the car straight and painted. The paint and body process took over six months to complete in a small garage behind Lindsey's home.
With the interior and exterior completed, attention was directed to the engine compartment. The original 440 received a .030-inch overbore, and a .275 duration Streetmaster bumpstick by Lunati. The stock heads were shaved .010 inch, hardened seats were installed for today's unleaded gas, and a three-angle valve job was performed. An Edelbrock Performer RPM intake and 750 Holley delivers the much needed air and fuel, while a Mallory Unilite distributor, MSD Digital 6, MSD H.V.C coil, and MSD wires supply fire to the mixture. Dual 2.5-inch Flowtech mufflers finish off the exhaust system and give the car a nice rumble at idle.
Even with the Sure Grip 831/44-inch rear and 3.23 gears, traction is limited with the 245/60/R14 Kelly tires on the stock 14x7-inch Rallye wheels. An 11-inch, 2,400 stall Mopar Performance torque converter and B&M shift kit in the Torqueflite transmission helps compound the traction problem. However, they all make the car a blast to drive. When asked if he had any intentions of racing the car Lindsey said, "I didn't build a race car. I just wanted the car to look and run good." He is quick to point out while he doesn't race the car, it is not a trailer queen, either. Both he and his wife Kim equally enjoy driving the car to local shows and events. Anyone that has finished a home project can appreciate the three years Lindsey and his friends spent on this major restoration.