As you can see from the above pics primer hides A LOT! When I bought the car the previous owner did all of the harder stuff. A new drivers side quarter was installed as was a new trunk floor and trunk extensions. The rear lower valance was also changed.
In August of '98 the car was sent out to the body shop where Tom of Reliant Auto Tops installed the new Legendary Interiors vinyl top.
The finishing body work was done by Dominick Gigante, owner of Mola Auto Collision in Staten Island, NY. He also applied the DuPont "Spectramaster Red....code # RS673K if you wanted to know" urethane enamel base coat/clear coat paint.
In late September of '98, I got the car back from the shop and as you can see I didn't want to waste any time putting it back together. in the meantime I also got a nice used set of '70 ralley wheels and tires. Although not "year" correct for my car they looked great. I later got a set of custom 15x7 "Road Wheels" from Specialty Wheels. These made the car look even better!
By November of '98 I had the car back together and I was driving it. Above is a picture at my job. At the time I was a Bus Maintainer for The New York City Transit Authority. Currently I am a Maintenance Supervisor now at the same company.
Another interesting story was the addition of the R/T stripe. Originally my car was coded V88 which is "tape stripe delete". Instead of a stripe it came with 2 large R/T emblems on the rear of the quarters. I love the look of the stripe so I went to a shop to have it put on. Actually I went to 2 shops. They couldn't get the stripe on right. One place actually ripped the stripe putting it on so they bought me a new one. The next shop got it on but they put it on too far forward. Finally the old adage applied. "If you want something done right, do it yourself" So I did.....
Over the next year or so is where I did most of my "stock" modifications. I added some hood turn signal indicators from Charger Specialties. These pieces are high quality and are must for cars not originally equipped with them. To the hood I also added the "engine callouts" which were a '70 Charger option. I think it adds a personal touch to the car. Originally in '70, either 440 or Hemi cars could get these in reflective silver, with or without the Performance Hood treatment. Although a little known fact, '69 Chargers could be ordered with the V21 "Hood Performance Treatment". According to Galen Govier, only 337 '69 Charger R/T's came with this option. I got mine custom made from Performance Car Graphics in flat black using the same dimensions. Over the winter I also got the correct jack assembly and my new custom 15x7 "Road Wheels"
UPDATE:4/2001 I installed the M25 option which is the wide lower rocker mouldings. I ordered the clips and mouldings from Metro Auto Parts. These are made of aluminum and are not as shiney as the originals, but still look great. Here is a pic........
UPDATE:10/2002 Purchased a set of Redline radial tires in the size 255/60/15 on all 4 corners. I got them from Diamond Back Classics. They were a bit pricey but well worth it for the look I am tring to achieve.......