Finish Your Way! 1969 Charger R/T 440 Project

It’s hard to beat a ’69 Charger for mass appeal. Here’s one in Sacramento, California, a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T with a non-original 440 cid (7.2L) V8 that runs from a gas can. What looks like rattle-can white overlays the original green. Though missing the fender tag, this Charger’s VIN and core support stamping match, indicating this hardtop left the Hamtramck, Michigan factory with a 375 HP “L” code 440ci four-barrel engine. The listing here on eBay describes a lifelong California car with black plates. All things considered, the Buy It Now price of $24,500 seems optimistic, but there’s no predicting the limits of “Mopar Madness.” This appears to be a factory 440 Charger, possibly an R/T, and any car is worth what one person will pay on a given day. Thanks to dodgechargers.tripod.com for some details.

Many fans of the second-generation Charger prize the ’69 for its full-width tail lights (’69 and ’70) and the nose that does *not* have the ’70 model’s chrome grille surround. With a number of greens available in ’69, I won’t hazzard a guess, but your thoughts are welcome in the comments below.

The non-original 440 wears some newer parts and runs, but the car has no fuel or brake systems. A host of pictures support the claim of minimal rust. Floors show mostly painted metal with surface rust and a small hole near the high beam dimmer.

Nearly everything you’ll need for the interior can be found on the Internet. Without a fender tag we might hope for a build sheet or “broadcast sheet” indicating the car’s original equipment. Nearly $25,000 is a lot to pay for a beater, but you could definitely have some fun with this thing before embarking on a full-blown restoration. How would you finish this classic muscle car?

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Comments

  1. Del

    The question asked is how would I finish it.

    After a good look , I would not finish it.

    Because I would not buy it in the first place.

    This still needs tons of work on every aspect of the car.

    Its not worth 25 grand

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    • Grandpa Lou

      What goes up, must come down. Newtonian physics.

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  2. Joe Machado

    Decent price for a non rusty car. Saw a very rusty 70 Charger RT go for $20,000 a few years ago. Was restored and sold at a good profit. They command the money, even the rust is valuable on a Mopar. Get over it.

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  3. TimM

    Why paint the car when doing a restoration and leave the engine bay the old color???? To do this car justice you need to pull the motor out again and paint the engine bay!! Not a 25,000 dollar car in my opinion for all the work to make it right!!!

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  4. Desert rat

    You hinted as to which year Charger is more desired 69 or 70, for me it has always been the 1970 ,just love that rap around chrome bumper.

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    • Jack in RI

      My favorite year is the 1968 Charger with the Ferrari tail lights :)

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  5. Roy Blankenship

    The engine bay tells you everything to know about this car. This thing needs media blasted. I bought a rusted /wrecked ’68 GTX, putting it on a rotisserie, blasting it and rewelding the whole chassis made a HUGE difference. All 4 frame rails were cracked, after I did that, it drove like a new car. It needed a trunk floor because of the crash, it took 3 times to get it right, luckily, in the middle of the process, they started repopping them so I had fresh metal. I think the price of this car is way too high, but al least it is salvageable, unlike some of the cars we see here. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10217678927857752&set=p.10217678927857752&type=3&theater

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