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Old 24-08-2019, 05:20 PM
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70 Challenger Survivor

Trying to decide with the latest project that arrived last month. This vehicle has been parked up in a garage since 1988, it comes loaded with paperwork and receipts including a vehicle log with milage and every tan of fuel used. Origionally the plan was to do a complete restore, but this runs surprisingly well so now Im thinking that maybe I pull the motor and detail and clean the engine bay but leave the Patina exterior as is and put a clear over it to protect it. Thoughts much appreciated good and bad.

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Old 25-08-2019, 05:22 AM
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Clean it up clear it drive it!
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Old 25-08-2019, 08:24 PM
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440 Magnum & R/T no less. Good score!

Does it have the original Carter AVS carb?
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Old 30-08-2019, 12:15 PM
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I'd be cleaning, fixing mechanicals and driving and then decide on exterior. You know once you pull the engine out, it will snowball. I'm at 7 years now on a full build due to babies, work, house. Who knows what you will have to deal with around the corner.
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Old 30-08-2019, 12:50 PM
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Great score Philip! Who doesn't love a survivor story

It's a hugely personal question you ask though, as it depends what you want from this car in comparison to the rest of your extensive fleet. What itch do you need scratched the most; A project (then an OE restoration or a resto-mod build), a driver (then cleaned up or ratty/survivor-spec), a park-it-up collector, etc etc. Is your call.

Personally this one seems more 'faded' than 'patina' and the appeal will vary. And restored to former glory should would be a treat. But as they say "They're only original once". Good luck!
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Old 30-08-2019, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by kiwicamaro View Post
Thoughts much appreciated good and bad.
In my opinion: if it's not numbers matching go ahead and to whatever you like to the mechanicals, soup it up to your taste to make it faster or safer.

Exterior/interior: except for minor repairs, leave it as you bought it. Once you start messing with a repaint then it snowballs, they never look right when the exterior is new looking and interior, grille, etc. are still survivor, you have to go the whole hog.

The car will serve as a time capsule refreshing good memories every time you take it for a spin and if after so many years, you make it look 'lollipop', it just won't feel like the same car you've had all those glorious times in. If you want a lollipop car buy one recently finished to save you the time and money.

Of course if it's a project car and half the fun is rebuilding it, that's fine too.

Just my thoughts.

Nice car btw, I'd be happy with it as I love purple cars, lol.

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