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Project Nuremberg Daytona; Part 13

This is Part 13 of the story on our new 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Project Car. In future Parts we will update you on the Project Car itself and the restoration process. (Start with Part 1)

 

We have entered the Twilight Zone; the time when time seems to stop. The shop crew has been laying down primer and sanding; laying down primer and sanding and repeat as necessary. We want the Nuremberg Daytona’s body to be sharp and straight and that is a slow process.

In the meantime we have been sourcing the new drive train components, interior upholstery as well as suspension, exhaust and a long list of other items which now fill one full bay of my garage. The radio was sent out for restoration along with the gauge cluster.

On this photo of the underside of the truck if you look closely at the left edge you will be able to see where the trunk was “sectioned” by Creative Industries. This procedure was necessary to convert the Charger R/T trunk lid into the smaller Daytona lid.

Work on the nose cone continues with far more straightening required than ever was envisioned in the beginning. Here are a scattering of photos of the most recent work.

Here you can see why the trunk had to be sectioned; the new rear window plug extends back over where the factory Charger trunk lid would be.

 

This was one of the early prime and sand efforts.

 

Everyone knows that the Charger Daytona was only built in 1969 but did you know that the fenders and hood are from the 1970 Charger? However, they differ slightly from even the production 70 Chargers making the factory Daytona fenders extremely rare!

 

Work was done on the gaps but only to keep them from being as bad as the factory had made them. We don’t care if they are perfect but improvement over the factory quality was necessary. This philosophy will be used throughout the build.

 

It is a lot of work but we want this body to show off all its beautiful curves.

 

The tail had suffered some minor damage but has since been massaged back into original form.

 

Here is our correct replacement Dana 60 rear end.

 

Continued in Part 14

 

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check our our www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com page) As long as it has four wheels on it I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife Katriana is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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