Answered by OE Certification Chief Judge Keith Rohm
How original does the car have to be?
As original as you can get it. Belts, hoses, clamps, filters, lamps/bulbs, tires etc., are all expected to be original style/make/model. Obviously, in some instances, the original part is difficult or near impossible to find. The closer you can get the part to original, the fewer points you will lose. Example: tires. No point deductions for original make/model/size tire. As you stray from this, the point deductions rise (i.e. not original make, a few points off, not original size is more points off, different construction--changed to radials from bias belted, etc., even more points off.) Apply this type of deduction to all other wear components.
Do you deduct points for a non-numbers-matching engine or transmission?
Yes, but the point subtraction will not necessarily knock the car out of Gold running.
Does the vehicle have to match the body code tag?
Yes, points will be deducted for deletions or additions, as well as changes.
Do you check for date coded parts?
How do you handle the over-restoration of components?
Points are deducted slightly for finishes that are too shiny or not correct, or for improper markings.
What paperwork/documentation do I need to bring or have with me for the judging process?
You don’t need it, but it sure helps, and it can offset point losses in other areas to help achieve Gold.
What surprises should I be aware of?
Everything needs to function! Brake lamps, turn signals, horn, wipers, emergency flashers, cigar lighter, emergency brake lamp, all the gauges, clock, etc.
Do you look at the bottom of the vehicle and inside the trunk?
Yes, we look at every aspect of the vehicle.
What about dealer-installed options?
If your vehicle came with anything out of the ordinary, you should have documentation to prove it. These cars are 35-45 years old, and there has been ample opportunity for people to add or subtract items from the vehicle. Saying it came this way from the dealer has to be proven—obviously, it depends on the option or deletion, but proof is the best standard to follow and not loose points.
What about dust or dirt?
We obviously will not deduct points for some dust, as the environment at the track is not crystal clean, but we expect in this type of competition that you have spent the time and effort to clean your vehicle to the nth degree. Any dust that might fall on the vehicle while it is outside being judged will not be deducted for, but we don’t expect any signs of oil buildup on the sides of parts.
How long does it take for my car to get judged?
It takes about four hours, or longer, to judge a vehicle in the OE Certification process.
What will help with my car being judged?
Send in copies all of all your documentation with your entry. We research your vehicle long before it ever sets foot on the show field grounds. The judging staff will know exactly what the vehicle should look like, and be equipped with, before they even see it for the first time. This is a requirement with any OE entry.
What are the requirements for Gold, Silver, or Bronze?
Gold requires the car to achieve 95 percent of the possible points, 90 for Silver and 85 for Bronze. A score below 85 percent of the total points will not earn a certificate. Currently there are 2,250 possible points to be awarded, so it would take 2137.5 points to win Gold.
How do I enter?
Fill out, and then submit an entry form from the Mopar Nationals website. There is usually a one year or more wait—unless there is a cancellation. Due to the length of time and the amount of research it takes on the vehicles, only up to five vehicles can be judged in any single year. The car has its best chance of winning Gold the closer it is done to being freshly restored, but, we’ve had vehicles that had restorations done years ago that scored Gold.