October 15, 2016
Mariposa Car Show 2016
Once again it was time for my hometown car show. All makes are welcome and there were a lot of cars despite the threat of rain, which thankfully held off until later in the evening. (Thank you Lord!) I had a really good time talking to lots of other fine Mopar folks about their cars, and the many visitors who came to check out my Charger.
It was a fun show!
Here are a few photos of my charger at the show.
People continue to enjoy the diorama I made to show major stages in my Charger's journey over the years.
One of the things our Chamber of Commerce (who organizes the show) tries to do each year is to invite a celebrity of some renown in the automotive world. This year we had the chance to meet and talk to "Horny Mike" from the TV show "Counting Cars". He was a neat guy and really likes Mopars and seemed to enjoy my Charger and its back story.
Here is my wife, daughter, and myself with "Horny Mike"
Getting close to time to head home.
Nothing like the tail of a '70 Charger!
October 07, 2016
Fresno Dodge / San Joaquin Valley Mopars cruise in 2016
One of the Mopar car shows we always try to go to is the San Joaquin Valley Mopars show in Madera, CA. The club also coordinates with Fresno Dodge to have a cruise in, show and BBQ at the dealership the Friday night before the show. This sounded like fun, and we had a good experience buying our new Dodge Caravan at Fresno Dodge in July so I planned to drive the Charger down and participate.
There were at least two dozen cool Mopars that showed up and some really cool folks to talk to.
Here are some pictures from the event, these were taken by me, with my phone, so they are not up to the usual high standards set by my wife with her Nikon.
Click on any of the images to see a larger version
October 24, 2015
Mariposa Car show 2015
Each year the all brands car show in my home town grows. Last year there were almost 200 cars, this year I think the number was well over that. I spoke to people who brought cars from Las Vegas, and all parts of California.
This year I again participated in the fun Friday night cruise. First we meet up at our O'Reilly Auto PArts store (used to be a NAPA store, but owned and operated by the same local folks.)
Here are a couple pictures from down town Mariposa. There were lots of folks waling around checking out the cars. Met some really nice folks. Especially some youngsters who were fascinated by classic muscle cars.
Then Saturday was the show itself.
This is a publicity photo for the show organizers with their trophy presenter for 2015.
This year I entered the Mopar category (instead of the general muscle car class like last year). I won 1st place in the Mopar class which was quite an honor. There were many very nice Mopars in attendance.
Click on any of the images to see a larger version.
July 15, 2015
Mopar Alley Mopar Rally 2015
One of the shows that has been an annual pre-Father's day trip for my family for many years is the Mopar Alley club's Mopar Rally. It used to be at Ohlone College near Fremont and we really liked that site. Now for the second year it is at DeAnza college in Cupertino which is OK, but we liked the old location better.
However, this year was the first time my Charger was finally ready for this large show.
I trailered my Charger to Morgan Hill where I met up with a buddy from the 70 Charger Registry, then we caravaned to the show in our Chargers.
Ready for the road.
At the Show with my diorama depicting the history of my Charger since I've owned it.
December 25, 2014
Merry Mopar Christmas 2014
New door, and new paint on the house and garage, but the tradition continues!
My son, now 18 and nearly 6'4" tall posing next to the wreath he constructed many years ago.
Merry Christ-mas everyone!
October 18, 2014
Next Show - Mariposa
Today was a large (for our area) all brands car show. The show is put on by the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce. It has been growing each year, and this year there were said to be over 250 cars in attendance.
First though yesterday night was a cruise through our town, with the parking downtown blocked off for us to park and show our cars.
The cruise started at our local NAPA store as they are a major sponsor of the show.
Here my Charger and my wife's '72 Dart Swinger are waiting at NAPA for time to cruise.
Had a fun time with the cruise and park thing tonight. Talked to a lot of people. There was a nice lady who is a regular on Overhaulin' there greeting people and taking pictures with people and their cars. Her name is Cherielynn Westrich, she is it turns out, a lifelong Mopar gal apparently and was VERY excited to get her picture taken with my Charger. Evidently she has a '68 Dart of her own - very cool!
My Charger downtown after the cruise.
Then today it was time for the show - here is my Charger in position.
There were tons of classes including a Mopar class which I knew was likely to have only a few cars (in truth there were six Mopars present including a truck out of over 250 cars!)
I chose to enter the Muscle Car class so as not to compete against my fellow Mopar owners. It worked out well as I managed to win third place in the class.
October 11, 2014
Show time! - Madera
October 11th was time for the annual Fall Finale put on by the San Joaquin Valley Mopars Club in Madera, CA
We really like this show as it is usually great weather, and it is the closest all Mopar show to where I live.
There were not quite 90 Mopars there, which is seemed to be down from the previous few years.
I had the only '70 Charger at the show, there were 1 68, two '69's, and one '73 Chargers. We were all in a general "B-Body" class. There were numerous Road Runners, and a bunch more nice cars in my class.
I did not win anything, which is OK, although I was certainly ready to stride up to the award table if my name had been called.
Here is a picture of my Charger in position.
I finally got to use my diorama for the purpose I made it for. Seemed like it was a hit with the crowd.
A long time friend of ours does a lot of automotive photography and she and the owner of a really nice all numbers matching 1970 Plymouth Superbird were at the show as well, so we positioned our cars for some fun pictures together. Click here to see her photography page.
A very nice day for my Charger's first car show!
September 20, 2014
"ON THE ROAD AGAIN!"
Cue the Willie Nelson... :)
Yep, My Charger is on the road again! Ten and a half years after I started the restoration process I am complete enough to warrant registration and insurance.
Remember, you can click on my photos if you want to see one in a larger size.
Here is the 2015 tag going on over the 1996 one. (I non-op'd my Charger in 1996 but did not start to restore it until 2004)
Here my wife and I are getting ready to head out on the maiden voyage.
This video (which I forgot we had taken on my wife's phone) is of the VERY first drive of my restored Charger on paved roads since 2004 right before I began to take my Charger apart.
After a quick trip to town, it was time for fuel and a front end alignment appointment... I was very nervous about putting fuel in, I really did not want to spill on the paint.
Here is a video of a quick burn-out in the parking lot of the building where our Church meets.
What a great day, long awaited and lots of fun, I hope to enter a couple of nearby car shows in October.
September 14, 2014
Working through the final details. All four tires are on. Went with Master Craft Avenger G/T's because they were the least expensive tire I could find and they still seem to get great reviews. Bought them from Summit with no shipping, no oversize fees, no tax :) Saved about $300 over going with BFG's (which I hope to do down the road - but I could not swing it right now)
My wheels are Mopar 15 x 7.5" "cop" wheels that came on the Dodge Diplomats and Plymouth Grand Fury law enforcement cars in the 80's. The front tires are size P245/60R15 and the rears are P275/60R15's.
Got my stainless hubcaps polished and detailed with new red "circles" etc.
Some time ago I modified a jack to look original so my trunk would look right. Just to be clear, I will never use it, so safety is not a concern. In fact even if it was an actual factory jack, I would be crazy to risk the chrome on the bumpers, and the stability of the car. Those old jacks are pretty scary even when everything is right.
Here is the thread for that over at the '70 Charger Registry forum - Click Here
Well I finally got around to stripping it and painting it, then got it put in today.
A small step, but a fun one :)
A close up
Everything at home looking correct :)
Very soon, I hope to be driving on the roads and attending car shows!
June 08, 2014
DRIVING my Charger out into the sun!
For the first time in more than 10 years I drove my Charger today. It still needs shocks, tires, insurance etc so I did not go far, but far enough to get my Charger out into the sun for a round of nice pictures. Thanks to my wife for taking the video and photos, and my son for spotting for me.
Into the sunshine!
Down the driveway
If you like, join me on a quick walk around my Charger.
The to-do list is getting shorter and shorter, and my Charger is getting closer to being ready to take to it's first car show, probably in October.
March 10, 2014
Radiator is in !
Yay! a big piece of the puzzle went into place today!
I got my radiator! It looks great, it fit perfectly, including the shroud. I ordered a U.S. Radiators brand 22" 4 core high efficiency copper / brass radiator with OEM style shroud. I bought it from Mopar Ed at themoparshop.com. It dropped right in the shroud fit perfectly and there was plenty of clearance between the fan & shroud, and the fan clutch and radiator face.
With the shroud
I had my son help me so that nothing went wrong.
In place and topped off with a reproduction style 16lb radiator cap.
February 19, 2014
IT IS ALIVE!!!!
At long last my Charger has roared to life!
I do not yet have a radiator, and my exhaust is still just the manifolds, so I had to keep it short, but man was it nice!
February 01, 2014
Finally some progress!
Been quite a while since I had any progress to report. I would not be surprised if some of you may have thought I sold my Charger or something!
I had to work out some issues with some items I bought back in December, and then once I did get all that ironed out, it has been hard finding time when I also had the energy to work on my Charger.
But seeing the progress a buddy over at the 1970 Charger Registry has been making on his Charger recently prompted me to get my self out into the garage.
This same buddy from the 1970 Charger Registry very graciously hooked my up with a fan clutch and I got my fan powder coated. I bought a kit from 440 Source to get all the front end engine stuff at once back in December. I have been slowly accumulating things like 11/32 vacuum / PVC line, positive battery cable, reproduction spark plug wires, power steering pressure and return lines and other stuff.
So today I put it all together. I put the power steering together with the cooler, all the lines etc. Put the alternator on and hooked up the wiring, mounted the pulleys, belts and fan. Ran the new plug wires and PVC/ booster lines.
This is where I am for now... (Waiting for a radiator to fall from the heavens!)
I might have time to poke around under the car tomorrow, Starter, drive line, pinion snubber, and rubber fuel line segments are ready to go in. We'll see....
December 07, 2013
Merry Mopar Christmas 2013 !
Yep, it is that time again! Christmas is on its way and so for the sixth year we display the Mopar "M" wreath my son made when he was 12. It was a suggestion in my January 2009 Mopar Collector's Guide magazine, and he took it upon himself to make one for the garage door. He is a little taller than last year (he's slowly gaining on 6' 4" tall).
This has been a good year for my family and my Charger. I am looking forward to finding out if 2014 will see the completion of my Charger's restoration. The Lord has blessed us richly in many ways, and it is especially nice to our family to take time to focus on His first coming in a special way each December.
A very Merry Christmas to each of you!
October 15, 2013
Exhaust manifolds are on!
I had some time this evening and put the manifolds and spark plug wire holders on. Now I can start sorting out the pulleys and brackets for the front, and get the drive line ready to go in.
Everything came out very nicely I think.