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July Project 68 Charger progress

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Temperatures here are 100 to 109 degrees and we are only working early hours of available weekends because the unair-conditioned shop is unbearable to work in. Wife won't let me add AC to the shop because she thinks I won't come back into the house from the shop. I think she's on to something there. I already have cable, internet, heating, restroom, shower, refrigerator and laundry unit. Why not Air conditioning. LOL.

Undercoating is done. I think I went through 15 or more cans of Rustoleum professional undercoating paint and covered all the underside surfaces and inner fenders.

Have all the suspension in place except the front sway bar because stock brackets are broken and cant' find replacements. Will have to repair them. Powder coated K-Member looks good along with the other gloss black items.

BRAKES - where do we start (or stop) . Have learned a lot about 4 wheel drum to disc brake conversion along with parking brake lines, rear axle modifications, bearings, and more. On back I Had to replace or modify the housing flange bolts, install green axle bearings, grind the axles shorter, change wheel studs, drill rotors mounting holes bigger, and add spacers to the axle flange to make up for the change from drum brakes. Front brakes were a breeze compared to back. Expect to continue installing the new brake lines, master cylinder, and proportioning valve. All the stuff is from "The Right Stuff" vendor and I highly recommend them because they have good support. Their new conversion instructions are also getting better because of my feedback. The drilled and slotted rotors look great though!

New 17"x8" and 17"x105" wheels with tires are mounted. They will look good on the car. American Racing Torque Thrust series polished.

I will confess that it seems like everyday we work on the Charger we end up chasing parts for the modifications and upgrades about 30% of the time. It took us six different parts stores to get enough wheel studs the right size. So if you are contemplating your restoration project - expect to do likewise and budget for these unknown items. Bolts, washers, and more.

Have a great August! Keep COOL.

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lowsurf57’s Profile Photo
Aug 12, 2010 at 3:46 am
I skimmed thru some of your restoration albums. You do nice work. Get the AC; a man needs his shop time!!!

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