Ch Ch Changes

Ch Ch Changes
The Charger has found a new home in the City By The Bay and will be shipping out soon. The new owner has a hankering to make the Big Hemi a driver so he wants a few changes made. The first is to change out the dual point distributor for a Pretronix setup. I think this is a good choice although the directions could have been better. Next the redlines look cool but handle like crap so a new set of Stockton wheels and BFG rubber will be added. The power steering was swapped out for a Firm Feel unit and the upper control arms get changed to tubular ones. As part of the sale I made these changes and got the benefit of being able to keep the car and shake it out by putting a few hindered miles on her. Pretty cool to sell a car then get to keep it and drive it.

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Okay the first change the new owner wanted me to make was to change the dual point ignition to an electronic one made by Pretronix. Now I had the dual point set up by a guy who had an old Sun Instruments distributor machine that spun it and let you curve the advance etc. Pretty cool to watch an old master at his trade. But the Pretronix setup looked like a class act until I went to install it. Problem number one here is obvious. The module is supposed to replace the points but there is a difference in size, hmmmm?

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The second problem was the pin to locate the module was too big. A quick call to Pretronix answered the questions I was having in that unlike the directions the module does not replace the points as stated but the condenser. This would have been a good bit of info to provide the buyer with. Since the condenser is located at another point in the rotation I had to pull the distributor and roll it back one tooth to get it all to time out correctly. Was it worth it? Maybe

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The new fronts are 15X7 and the rears are 15X8 both with standard backspacing. These wheels were made bu the Stockton Wheel Company and were very well built. A quick trip to the painters and they matched the car. The new owner will be stashing the original wheels and redlines for shows.

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The tires are BFG Radial T/A's with a P275/60R-15 in the rear and P245/60R-15 in the front. This makes a nice combo that gives the car a good stance amd gets some more rubber on the back to keep the Hemi in check.

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The next project was to alter the front suspension with the addition of these tubular control arms from Firm Feel Suspension. I guess they might help a little but to think that they would make the charger handle like a Porsche is a joke. This car has a huge, heavy engine in a 40-year-old chassis design and that is all she wrote. The Charger is great at daily driving and going fast at the strip but Autocross? I don't think so.

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They went in pretty easy but it was hard to pull this off again without tearing up the paint in the shock towers. Once these are bolted in and the new rubber installed I will run it to the frame shop for a complete ride height adjustment and alignment to make it roadworthy.

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The other change that happened around here is one of my dogs, Trixie, decided to make the downstairs bathroom her cave. Things can get pretty tense when you need to go and she is camped out and not wanting to move. YIKES!