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1970 Dodge Challenger

1970DodgeChallengerDodge was the last one to the pony car party, but it spent its time wisely, perfecting its entry, the Challenger. The Challenger debuted with an engine lineup that ranged from a docile slant six to the powerful 440 Six Barrel and the awesome 426 Hemi. Other pony cars could only dream of a line up like that. The Dodge Challenger was based on the Plymouth Barracuda platform, but its wheelbase was stretched by two inches to provide more interior room.

1970DodgeChallengerThe Challenger was offered in both hardtop and convertible versions. Performance versions wore the R/T (Road/Track) badge and either the base or R/T model could be ordered with the SE luxury package. The SE package included leather seats and a vinyl roof with a smaller "formal" rear window. Challenger R/T's came standard with the 335 bhp 383 engine. Optional were two 440 engines, the four-barrel Magnum with 375 bhp and the tri-carb Six Pack with 390 bhp (chosen by 2,035 buyers). Topping the list was the almighty 426 Hemi with 425 bhp (chosen by 356 buyers). The Hemi cost an additional $1,228 and required heavy-duty equipment. The 440s and the Hemi came standard with TorqueFlite automatic. Optional was a four speed manual which included a pistol-grip Hurst shifter and a Dana 60 axle. Gear axles climed from 3.23:1 to 4.10:1, with limited slip as an option.

1970DodgeChallengerAll R/Ts received a heavy duty suspension and the 440s and Hemi received 15 inch 60 series tires, although essentials such as power steering and front disc brakes were still optional. The R/T's standard hood had two hood scoops, but they did not feed directly into the air cleaner. For just $97, the buyer could specify the shaker scoop, which mounted to the air cleaner and stuck up through an opening in the hood. It was known as the "shaker" as it vibrated along with the engine. Some faults of the Challenger included poor outward visibility and it feeling too bulky for its size.

This 1970 Challenger was originally equipped with a 340 ci v-8 and a 4 speed manual transmission. The owner of the vehicle decided that if he was going to spend the money restoring the vehicle that he would prefer to have it done as a 440 six pack clone. At that time all metal work and body work was started and everything necessary to adapt to the 440 was purchased. An original 440 block was tracked down and the buildup of the engine began. After all the metal and body work was done the vehicle was painted with paint code FY1 “Top Banana” yellow. The drivetrain was installed and a new Dana 60 rear with 4.11 gears, new Mopar leaf springs and new bushings was put in place of the original rear. At that time the vehicle was delivered to the owner for final assembly.

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