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#2453687 - 02/18/18 08:27 PM Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project.
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Finally getting started on a long awaited project, factory 340 powered 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye. Been saving up, scraping together, trading and flipping parts to finally put together my childhood dream of owning one of these. Having nearly 25 1971-72 Chargers over the years, this sweetheart of a car was found here in California after the second owner and son decided they could not do the work and decided to sell. Came with built sheet, numbers matching everything 98k original miles and even has paperwork the original owner, which was a little old lady from Washington. It was a hard car to find as I was looking for blue car with no vinyl top, no hide-away headlight and a clean body to work with. Sadly with bad health and constant work conditions always coming up, it sat for 6 years before I could get started on it. Luckily one of my best friends Mike out of Watsonville, CA decided I needed a hand and made me a buddy's offer to get the car going. SWEET! He knew my health kept me from a lot of things, but said he wanted to see me in a done muscle car for once and said we could whip this car together for cheap if we worked together. So here is my car and will be posting pics and info on it as we do the work and inch through the progress.


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#2453715 - 02/18/18 09:03 PM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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Wait a minute ...... It's not raining in San Jose ! stirthepot

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#2453718 - 02/18/18 09:07 PM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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I am looking forward to seeing this car come together. Looks like you have a great starting point to kick it off.
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#2453812 - 02/19/18 07:05 AM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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Yup, that pics if from 10 years ago the day I picked it up. Unfortunatly, outside storage in a marina was not kind to it.


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#2454753 - 02/20/18 06:08 PM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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Sweet! Congratulations on making it to this point. I look forward to following along.

I also have a '72 Rallye 340 car that is waiting it's turn. I'm still in the saving stage. laugh2
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#2455039 - 02/21/18 09:43 AM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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Here is the engine that will be going into it. Mopar Performance crate 360 Magnum engine pushing nearly 400hp. By the time it's installed, it will look totally different from how you see it now.


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#2455042 - 02/21/18 09:56 AM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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starting disassembly.


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#2455043 - 02/21/18 09:58 AM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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Now the interior.


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#2457091 - 02/24/18 10:11 PM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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Entering body shop to start media blasting...............


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#2457096 - 02/24/18 10:20 PM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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Came back with a few areas of rust I was not expecting to find it in trunk lip, trunk edge, lower quarter panel, rear pass floor pan. The roof was not bad and totally savable.



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#2457298 - 02/25/18 11:02 AM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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Guys from the northeast jumping on you about the horrible rust in 5, 4, 3......LOL. You've got a really great car to start with, and it sounds like you searched long and hard to find it. Looking forward to watching it come together for you. bow to your buddy for stepping up to help.
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#2457405 - 02/25/18 03:02 PM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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Great car!!!
Hard to believe the roof condition from first pics when u bought it to now? It looks totally covered in paint at first?

I thought Cali cars did get burnt paint, but usually down to primer? Never saw them get to surface rust like that.
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#2463008 - 03/08/18 08:14 AM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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been raining and busy so was not able to get picks of the car as they reassembled it and coated it with primer sealer. They started with prep work with replacement trunk lid with factory spoiler cut outs and the upgraded hood.


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#2463009 - 03/08/18 08:16 AM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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2nd set


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#2463064 - 03/08/18 10:19 AM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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Its looking good. I love the 72 door scallops
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#2471953 - 03/25/18 06:12 PM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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Will be updating a bunch of pics tonite when I get home from work, including suspension upgrades.
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#2474464 - 03/30/18 03:04 PM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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Body shop is starting with 26in radiator support conversion from Ed At ‘The MOPAR Shop’ and preping the bodywork. AMD cut-out rear valance from Ted and Jackie from Steven’s Performance and will be prepped next.


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#2474467 - 03/30/18 03:11 PM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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Fenders are off and getting work next. Patch panel was made for lower quarter panel, but other side was fine and only needing prep work.


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#2474470 - 03/30/18 03:20 PM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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Well after double shifts at work and 2hr drives in rush hour traffic, finally getting time to post pics. Stage two Firm Feel Inc large bearing box fresh and powder coated By Dick, Dennis and Ross should make for some fun steering on the road.


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#2474472 - 03/30/18 03:25 PM Re: Finally started! 1972 Dodge Charger Rallye project. [Re: migsBIG]
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While the bodywork is going on, decided it was the perfect time to start on the front suspension. I had left the original suspension on the car and bought 1972 Charger SE parts car and used the k-member off of it (3 previous k-members I looked at all had cracks).


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