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Piper
01-06-2013, 05:09 PM
Got this '68 Charger from my friend Nick (Mopedope) Something to tinker on while I am in between doing work on the Coronet. Its a 318/727 (shes tired) I have a 440 almost ready to drop in, she needs some body work but AMD makes just about every piece of steel for her

I have since dropped the rear end back down (someone had put helpers on her)





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67r/t4speeder
01-06-2013, 05:13 PM
What a score, I do miss my `68 B5 318 Charger I traveled all over the US in it. That red with black top sure looks good.

R/T XTC
01-06-2013, 05:14 PM
NIce, '68 is the best year for a Charger

67r/t4speeder
01-06-2013, 05:17 PM
NIce, '68 is the best year for a ChargerI agree

4264door
01-06-2013, 10:47 PM
Those helper springs only served the purpose of lifting the rear end to accomodate wide tires. Good to see you dropped it back down where it should be. NICE CAR! I once travelled over 150 MPH in a friends' '68 440 R/T and the front end was lifting so much he could hardly control the steering! We had pumped in aviation gas, something like 115/120 octane and the exhaust manifolds were glowing red when we stopped to check the engine out after that high speed burst. You best put some bigger brakes and suspensoin parts on this beast, you're going to need that!

thebankerstoy
01-07-2013, 09:34 AM
Cool new ride Piper! :cool: Makes me miss my 70 Charger R/T that I had before my 66 Coronet 500. You won't know what to do with yourself when you can just pick up the phone and order parts for that car! ;)

Richard

Piper
01-07-2013, 09:37 AM
Cool new ride Piper! :cool: Makes me miss my 70 Charger R/T that I had before my 66 Coronet 500. You won't know what to do with yourself when you can just pick up the phone and order parts for that car! ;)

Richard

You are not kidding me Richard, the entire car can pretty much can be built from a catalog!

thebankerstoy
01-07-2013, 09:47 AM
You are not kidding me Richard, the entire car can pretty much can be built from a catalog!

AND better yet, the parts that you need will actually be IN STOCK and READY TO SHIP to you! :D Dang buddy, you're going to almost feel like you've purchased a 350 small block powered Camaro! LOL!!! :eek:

By the way, have you purchased a factory service manual for your new Charger yet? My assistant Helga wants to know! LOL!

Richard

Piper
01-07-2013, 10:07 AM
AND better yet, the parts that you need will actually be IN STOCK and READY TO SHIP to you! :D Dang buddy, you're going to almost feel like you've purchased a 350 small block powered Camaro! LOL!!! :eek:

By the way, have you purchased a factory service manual for your new Charger yet? My assistant Helga wants to know! LOL!

Richard

You know I haven't and that might be really helpful. Knowing the Coronets pretty well I look at the Charger and think "oh this is different"

thebankerstoy
01-07-2013, 10:22 AM
You know I haven't and that might be really helpful. Knowing the Coronets pretty well I look at the Charger and think "oh this is different"


Hi Piper,

Mechanically they are all pretty much the same, but body and interior wise, they are totally different animals! I've owned both 66 and 67 Coronet's and the 70 Charger R/T, so I've "been there, done that"!

Richard

1968 Charger fsm in a CD format.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/360555070369?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2648

1968 Charger fsm in a printed manual format.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/360525671652?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2648

Piper
01-07-2013, 10:33 AM
Hi Piper,

Mechanically they are all pretty much the same, but body and interior wise, they are totally different animals! I've owned both 66 and 67 Coronet's and the 70 Charger R/T, so I've "been there, done that"!

Richard

1968 Charger fsm in a CD format.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/360555070369?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2648

1968 Charger fsm in a printed manual format.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/360525671652?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2648


Thanks for the links, the one thing that is frustrating me is in 68 they used vacuum hide-a-ways, and those lights are lazy opening up!

the other thing that has me baffled are the running lights and turn signals are not working I think its either in the wiring or one of the sockets in the parking lamps (maybe not sure)

thebankerstoy
01-07-2013, 11:07 AM
Thanks for the links, the one thing that is frustrating me is in 68 they used vacuum hide-a-ways, and those lights are lazy opening up!

the other thing that has me baffled are the running lights and turn signals are not working I think its either in the wiring or one of the sockets in the parking lamps (maybe not sure)

Probably to early to say at this point, because you haven't determined what is causing your "lazy" headlight issues yet, but I do know that the headlight vacuum activators are always a possible issue on the 68 models. ;) My 70 Charger R/T had the electric motor to run the hide-away headlights and it wasn't much better. As seen in the link below, it looks like some are converting their 68-70 Chargers to later model systems to fix the reliability issues with the early vacuum and electric systems.

Richard

http://www.dodgecharger.com/forum/index.php?topic=4770.0

67r/t4speeder
01-07-2013, 11:47 AM
Go around all the mechanism and listen for a vacuum leak, a length of heater hose up to your ear works in a pinch. The vacuum storage can is common to be rotted through. And disconnect the vacuum motors from doors and make sure linkage isnt just stiff like my knees in the morning.

ws27
01-07-2013, 10:19 PM
Thanks for the links, the one thing that is frustrating me is in 68 they used vacuum hide-a-ways, and those lights are lazy opening up!

the other thing that has me baffled are the running lights and turn signals are not working I think its either in the wiring or one of the sockets in the parking lamps (maybe not sure)

Kevin, take your pick, vacuum leaks or wiring fires, your choice. My brother has a 67 with motor problems after numerous burned wires and dead batteries I finally got him to put them in the open position permamently. That car is nicknames the "discharger"

ws27
01-07-2013, 10:19 PM
Hello Andy,

Ford's, Chevy's, import cars and DCR members without factory service manuals! :D

Richard

That's why I've been hiding.:cool:

Racer Brown
01-08-2013, 11:17 AM
I know unlike 67 on back, 68-70 Charger stuff is pretty much avaible!!

jfreakofkorn
01-09-2013, 09:58 AM
Great find with the car .....

Piper
01-21-2013, 08:39 PM
Here is the motor I am piecing together with parts I have on the shelf to replace the tired 318


its starting to look like something

I was going to ditch the cam for a hydraulic but I am thinking with Mopar's loose lash it should be pretty much close to one of their hydraulics



'72 440
915 heads
.528/284 MP cam
PJ Gear Drive
Hooker Super Comps (remember all stuff that is sitting on the shelf)
10" Fairbanks
3.91's (maybe 3.55s If I can make a swap with someone)
Torker 440 (I hear this is a neat manifold, never ran one before)

4264door
01-21-2013, 08:59 PM
A Torker?...weren't those manifolds single plane? You would need higher ratio gears for that intake and a lumpy cam to make it work correctly.

Piper
01-21-2013, 09:23 PM
it is a single plane, so much lower then my M1



Mopar Muscle did a shoot out on a bunch of manifolds, this is what they said about the torker

6. Edelbrock Torker (original)
Another popular intake was the old Edelbrock Torker single-plane. The Torker features relatively straight, comparatively small cross-section runners. Although out of production for many years, this intake was sold in such numbers they're still plentiful. Frankly, I'd never been a fan of these intakes, even though I'd run a number of them in various 440-equipped Mopars. For me, the Torker results were a shocker, and something of an enigma. The Torker ripped an unreal 608.4 lb-ft, the highest peak torque of the test. The high torque was startling. Peak horsepower came in at 605, but the manifold peaked this .670-inch lift, roller-cammed, 2.25-inch-valved, max-ported 440 at an unbelievably low 5,500 rpm. I guess that's why they called it the Torker.

The Intake: Edelbrock #3015
Type: Aluminum Single-Plane Four-Barrel
Rated rpm Range: 2,500-6,000
Max hp: 605.8@5,500 rpm
Max Torque: 608.4@4,700 rpm
Avg. hp 4,000-6,600 rpm: : 0564.6 hp
Avg. Tq 4,000-6,600 rpm: 565.5 lb-ft

moparsfly
01-22-2013, 07:34 PM
so are you bringing that to Carlisle or you gonna have the automatic car ready to go by then?

Piper
01-22-2013, 07:38 PM
I finally realized the automatic is more like a 2-3 restoration vs a 1 year soooo much to do and we only cracked the beginning of the restoration

The charger I can have some fun with (so the Charger I am thinking for Carlisle)