For the past 30-something years, your author has noticed that many of the 1972-74 Challengers have had their tail panels blacked-out. While black is beautiful and looks good, we wanted to go back to the stock look of the blacked-out taillights surrounded by the textured Argent color on our 1973 Challenger Rallye project car.

Sure it's easier to just black-out the tail end, rather than painstakingly detail those recessed taillights, which is probably why the blacked-out treatment is so popular. Also, the factory blacked-out tail panel of the 1972-74 'Cuda looks great, so many mimicked that treatment on their Challengers.

The 1973 Challenger Rallye 340 we'll be working on was repainted in 1983, and given the blacked-out tail treatment. My best friend purchased this E-Body in 1988 and not shortly afterwards the 340 spun a rod bearing and wiped out a few cam lobes. His beloved E-Body sat in his garage until recently when I purchased it from his widow. The car's resurrection has commenced.

With quality paints available from reputable suppliers in a spray can, it's now easier than ever for the do-it-yourselfer to perform restoration-type work at home. Follow along as we beautify the back end of this Challenger Rallye.

PRICE TAG
Part PN Cost
Eastwood High Build Self-Etching Primer 14260Z $16.99
Eastwood PRE Painting Prep 10041Z $9.99
Eastwood Trim Black 39143 $14.99
Totally Auto Dark Argent paint CALL $24.95