1968 Dodge Charger 225 6cyl-auto, (first 68 charger)
Last updated Sep 29, 2007
My dad, who previously worked at Chrysler, ordered this car from Don Schmid Dodge with a 225 slant six, 1bbl holly, A904 automatic on the column, 2.76 gears in a 7-1/4 rear end. Black vinyl bucket seats, no power anything, and no air conditioning. Thank goodness he got the AM radio. The color of lemon Yellow with no vinyl top rounded out the Charger. Somehow he managed to get a 25 gallon gas tank and at about 24 miles per gallon it went a long way between stops.
BUT, it couldn't remain that way if I drove it. In went the 8 track stereo, L60x14 rear tires, air shocks, and such. Couple that with the constant Saturday Night drags on Douglas and eventually to the Wichita International Speedway. Things changed. With the introduction of "Direct Connection" engineering and performance "how to" books help the Engine went to .40 over bore, special cam and springs, Offenhauser dual carburetor intake with holly's 2 Bbls, a early electronic ignition system that eventually changed to MOPAR electronic ignition control. Hooker Split headers and Thrush Glass pack dual exhaust this car was real consistent at the track turning 16.90's and 17 second quarter mile times regularly without even burning a tire off the line. As with all Drag racing things break and replacements included a 727 torqueflite and 8-3/4 rear end, I had the pleasure of driving the car to Spring and Summer IHRA Nationals in Tulsa, OK and KC, popping open the headers and racing it. It sure was fun getting a head start on the faster cars and seeing them red light or break out trying to beat my consistency. Most everyone was fooled by the dual exhaust thinking I had the bigger V8 engine. Little did I know at the time this Charger was probably a one of a kind since the 6 cylinder wasn't even offered until 69 in Chargers by Dodge. However, having acquired a 69 Charger RT 440 with AC and all the power niceties I sold it to a friend who eventually abandoned it and let it go to salvage due to wreck(s) damage and rust. I still own the 69 RT and acquired another 68 Charger as well. Wish I had kept the six banger Charger. Picture above was taken in 1975 in front of Grandma's place in Florida. You can see the damage on the drivers side from guard rail and car side swipe incident along with the usual rust
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