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Old 06-05-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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1971 dodge charger 500 help

hey, i'm looking at a 1971 dodge charger and was wondering why people say to stay away from them after 1970
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:36 PM   #2
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I would like to know why also, I LOVE old Dodge's
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:43 PM   #3
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They rust like mothers, but I love 'em anyway.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:58 PM   #4
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Only if u live up north ? If I had the money for a old car project it would be Dodge.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:12 PM   #5
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I just saw a 71 Dodge Charger at the local cruise night this evening.Nice looking car and I love the hideaway headlights
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:37 AM   #6
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guess i'll be taking a look on the weekend anyone know what i should be looking for

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Old 06-06-2012, 06:52 AM   #7
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Everything I guess when its that old, parts should not be a problem.I guess the most important to look at is the engine and transmission and everything else is cosmetic.
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:23 AM   #8
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Check lower panels (rockers, wheel wells, radiator support, ect) for rust. Might help to actually touch them too. I was looking a an old Datsun 510 once. The door sill paint looked a little strange. I tapped on it and my finger went right through the metal and I could see the ground under the car. I was like "Oh, hellz no!"
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:39 AM   #9
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Most people prefer the 2nd gen chargers from 68-70. The 3rd gen styling is not well liked in the Mopar world. 71 would also be last year for the Hemi and 440+6 option.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:59 PM   #10
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thanks for the help guys hopefully this works out
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Old 06-06-2012, 02:08 PM   #11
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You better post a pic if you get it ?
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Old 06-06-2012, 02:47 PM   #12
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Rust can be a killer of these cars. Check the torque boxes (where the leaf springs mount), the shock towers up front, the rockers, floors, trunk and the rear window surround. If it has a vinyl roof, look at it carefully. They hide rust pretty well and that is not fun to replace. Make sure the headlight motors work and that they are all there. Those parts can be tough to replace (read: expensive). Lastly: try to find the best example of the breed that you can afford. Restoration costs are really high unless you are talented. Good Luck. With all classic cars, make sure you find a source for spares BEFORE you buy the car. Orphan cars SUCK. (I have one!)
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Old 06-06-2012, 03:25 PM   #13
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i'll post pics for sure this weekend when i go take a look

all i know right now

-brake and exhaust have been done
-good solid body and frame for its age
-Chrysler 383
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:44 PM   #14
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imo they're just not as nice looking as the 1968-70 chargers
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