Major Rust Issues: 1969 Dodge Charger

We’ve seen some pretty sad and sorry sights when it comes to potential project cars here at Barn Finds, but this 1969 Dodge Charger must be right up there with the best, or worst, of them. Time and the elements have done the car no favors, and now the owner has decided to part with it. It is located in Fort Pierce, Florida, and is listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding on the Charger has already hit $5,100, although the reserve hasn’t been met.

The dreaded tin-worm has certainly gotten a good hold on the Charger, and nothing has been spared. The floors are all gone, as are the frame rails. There really isn’t much in the way of good steel left in this poor car. On the plus side, the grille looks like it is in good condition, as does the glass. There are a few decent external trim pieces, but that’s really about it for the outside of the vehicle.

Nestling in the engine bay of the Charger when it was new was a 383ci V8. That has now gone, but the news isn’t all bad. What is now there is a 440 Magnum, and the owner says that it runs well and that the oil is clean. The same characteristics are shared with the 727 transmission, while the rear end is a Sure Grip, which the owner believes is a 3.23 ratio. The car also features power steering, power disc brakes, and factory air conditioning. I guess that with all of the gloom and doom associated with the Charger’s body, there really needed to be some good news somewhere.

Inside the Charger there is both good news and bad. The gauge cluster looks to be complete, in pretty reasonable condition, and should be able to be restored. It does feature the desirable Tic-Toc-Tach, which is a bonus. The center console also looks like it is in good, restorable condition, while the wood-grained wheel looks like it might be able to be saved. The rest of the interior trim is present, and while some of it could be used, the rest is either going to need some work or be relegated to the nearest rubbish skip.

I look at this Charger and it’s a pretty sad sight. I can imagine that it was a pretty stunning car back in its glory days, but those days are a long way back into the past. Even dragging it up onto a trailer today would be fraught with danger, as the car really looks to be that fragile. However, there are 9 people who can see something worthwhile in the Charger, and they have pushed the price to its current level with a total of 37 bids. It just shows that you should never write off any car, no matter how bad it looks.

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  1. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    It’s Plum Crazy what some people do (or don’t do) to their cars-but then, that four wheeled garbage can Super Bee Charger POS ((pictured above, featured earlier this week) brought $3310, and that rust ball held together by paint in Georgia (SS396) is up to $5900!!
    Seriously, does anyone on this forum know of any cars, bikes or trucks being bought in a condition similar to these and made to run again? If so, I’d honestly like to know their story.

  2. TCOPPS Member

    I’m really curious when this was last on the road. With antique plates, I wonder when in Florida they were issued. Seems like this went downhill fast if it was someone’s pride and joy at some point. Scary to see it rot out so bad so quick.

  3. JeffBarnes

    Wow 😮
    Pull the plug 🔌 it’s dead 💀.

    Not worth scrap but the vin tag may make a 318 existing car do the shuffle to 3 8 (1+2). 😵
    Then bring over a tach and a/c dash .

    Geese future buyer you need psychological help and a money management class too..

  4. Gaspumpchas

    Right you are, TCOPPS- as a parts hound I see some useable parts, maybe. Parts car with a clean Fla title. IMHO guy has a huge set of stones to put a reserve on this tetanus heap. Up to 5100 and it hasn’t hit reserve yet. I’m wondering how many of these rust buckets aren’t sold due to scammers and gold chainers with buyers remorse. If the can use them, Mo power to ’em. Shame to see a desirable Charger in this condition. Good luck!!

  5. Farhvergnugen

    Funniest line is that “…the owner says that it (a 440 Magnum) runs well and that the oil is clean.” In this POS, looking that rough, how would you know it would START much less run.

    Put it back on the end of the chain so the boat don’t drift away…

    • 36 Packard

      Yes, I bet it has sat in those weeds for years. If it runs, it barely does. People should be ashamed to offer junk like this, and even more ashamed to buy.

  6. Chebby Member

    Looks like it’s being eaten by maggots. So strange to leave it in the yard 25 feet from the garage where you should have stored it. R/Ts have been worth money forever, at what point did he look at it and decide, “Oh, yeah, guess I better sell this then.”

    • Superdessucke

      “H” in the VIN is for the 383 so it’s not an R/T. If it was an original R/T it would have had a factory 440, not the 383.

      • Gregory Lietz

        Not a real R/T. 69 never offered plum crazy purple. There is no tic toc tac in this car as the article states but it is an a/c car. That’s about the only thing this car has going for it.

  7. Chris

    I love the closeup shot of the doorframe rust, in some sort of effort toward transparency. How do you even pick ONE area on this mess to call out?

  8. Dave Mika

    If it’s a real R/T, it would have had a base 440 Magnum, or possibly King HEMI. The steering wheel is R/T, as is the tic-toc.

  9. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    Maybe he realized that it was the only spot identifiable on the car, as all the rust elsewhere on it just blends in to one big ball of iron oxide with a coat of purple paint around it?
    This is like something I imagine Hercules said when he walked into the Aegean Stables-“What a pile of….!”
    or something like that.

  10. Dave Mika

    And BTW, by saying “runs good” means it used to, as looking at it now, it sure doesn’t.

  11. phil1

    I want some of what the owner has been smoking !

  12. benjy58

    I would run good and far away from this tetanus pile. nothing good to see move on.

  13. Chris In Australia

    I think this one is past Vanishing Point. Been vanishing for some time.

  14. Chris In Australia

    Vanishing Point? It’s well on the way to vanishing.

  15. Arthell64 Member

    If someone restored this car it would be a labor of love for sure.

  16. LARRY

    Looks like a new distributor cap and accel wires…uhh the tail end has like fallen off may take 2 or 3 rollbacks to get it all moved

  17. Michael

    Leave in silly paddocks, get silly results. R/T = Rust and Tetanus ? Tic Toc Too late. 😑

  18. Michael

    Last owned by the Dukes of Rust Hazard.

  19. Dave

    Let’s all say a prayer…ashes to ashes, rust to rust…

  20. ClassicCarFan

    I see some good valuable parts worth picking….. the rest is surely useless.

    Hey Adam…. as an ex-pat Brit I appreciate the reference to the “rubbish skip”

  21. Sal

    Is it just me… or does it look like the seller cleaned the grill? It almost look like it came off a different car!

  22. MJF

    Looks like a nightmare restore… I guess if you have more money than sense …

  23. Steve H.

    Did the price of iron oxide just go up?

  24. Chris M.

    $5100 for what!? There’s an illness with some people and old muscle cars that are disintegrated. Truly Baffling.

    • TinCanSailor

      It has rusted frame rails and even the glass is delaminating… What exactly are they buying for $5250 (current bid)? A 440 that allegedly has ‘clean oil’, a 727 trans, and an 8 3/4 rear – and a VIN tag. That plus a dash, tach, steering wheel, and a few interior parts.

      If/when someone gets this on the road, they deserve a cover story in a Mopar magazine!

      • Chris M.

        I’ll rule out any value in the VIN#. It’s an original 383 car. If it’s a factory magnum 440 it’s $600-800 in my area. Weird man, just too weird.

  25. Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

    Literally separating at the seams. When you look at ALL the photos on eBay you see even the roof seam, area around the gas filler, cowl, hood and trunk lid are simply holding on with what’s left of the rust molecules. This car must’ve been something when it was new. There is another MOPAR in the garage in primer, and it obviously beat this Charger out of a prime spot many, many decades ago.

  26. AC Gaba

    If you look at the E-bay Photos that is just a regular clock not the a Tic Toc Tac.

    • AC Gaba

      OK and Again looking at the photos how does it “run well” with no distributor? Sure the cap is there but the housing is missing.

  27. Steve H.

    first poster was right. Plum Crazy!

  28. moosie moosie

    I usually don’t comment on the obvious but this MF’r is a hot mess of rust, the iron moths have been working overtime here and have sent for reinforcements, the seller has added information stating it does not have the tic-toc tach, only a clock, but it does have at least a 440″ because
    i can see the raised block where those numbers are stamped adjacent to the distributor. So all you mopar gurus, what exactly does the fender tag tell us, is it a genuine R/T because as I remember it 440″s were the base engine for an R/T, which has been previously stated.

  29. don

    A thought comes to my mind that if someone can afford 5G for this wreck , why would he even bother with the tired , worn , pitted , etc “salvageable” parts ? He obviously could afford better stuff if he can throw that kind of money at this. If it was going to be restored or the parts going on another restored car , wouldn’t you want better parts than the stuff thats been left to the elements for decades ?
    The only good I can say about this Charger is that someone put a nice paint job on it at one time ; the only area I see where the light green paint is showing is by the wiper motor. Many times when a Mopar gets a new paint job the engine bay gets painted black as does the trunk area ,but it looks like this car may have been stripped down before it was painted . Too bad it sat forgotten for so long

  30. TimM

    Florida being a peninsula is surrounded by salt water the same curse the north east has dumped on the road hear in the ice coast!! I’ve rebuilt the whole ass ends of cars and I don’t think it’s one I would tackle!! Not only is it one of the biggest quarter panels ever but without a jig it would be a monster task to get straight again!!! Good luck but if you can part it for one in better shape I think you’d be better off!!!

    • Arthur

      I remember a Mopar Action Magazine story about a company called Legendary Motor Car Company in Ontario using a jig to build a Viper-powered 1971 Plymouth Cuda, so that wouldn’t be out of line for a Mopar in this condition, especially since AMD already makes all the sheetmetal parts for Chargers.

  31. Cronk

    Is it just me or does anyone else feel this shouldn’t even have been posted on BF? Can’t believe someone is trying to sell this not to mention people bidding on it!

  32. Karl

    I would not touch this with a 10 ft pole I won’t even haul it away if it was given to me! BUT with that said I reluctantly give the seller some credit in the fact that he is getting over 5k for something that is worth less than nothing!

  33. Joe Machado

    To think I parted out 2 rust free 69 Charger RT’s in mid 70’s. A 4 speed and other an auto trans. Both were 440 serial # cars. Drove home. 4 speed was $160. Auto was $200.
    Too late to cry now. They helped save 3 1969 Charger 500’s I also had. Wat 2 do. Film at 11
    Loading now for a Tucson show Saturday, tomorrow. See ya there?

  34. Del

    This is scrap.

    The bidders will not honour their bids.

    Big joke. Quite a few this week

  35. Joe Machado

    Woops, that is Willcox, Arizona, not Tucson. Rustfree zone.

  36. Steve H.

    So with 2 days left in the auction some a$$clown just bid the price up to $6k for this miserable heap of dilapidation. SMH

  37. Arthur

    This looks like something that Mark Worman and his Graveyard Carz associates would be interested in tackling. Assuming it isn’t too fragile to transport, AMD sheetmetal would come in handy since they make all the necessary parts. In which case, the new Hellephant crate engine would be at home here.

    • Steven Bell

      …THIS is a perfect example of all that is wrong with classic mopar/chryslers.
      A stone cold crusty POS
      like this will undoubtedly fetch BIG dollars from so called “collector” types (or wannabes) just on supposed investment potential alone. They’ll haul it to some resto shop, sign a bunch of checks, and when the car is finished drive it atop a trailer and that’s how it moves for the rest of it’s life. They’ll do the car show circuit to collect shiney, meaningless trophies.The car itself will never see the road again; except to back down the trailer and into a garage..until the next show. If ya see one over restored Charger, Roadrunner or Challenger – ya seen them all. I say let this heap donate it’s still viable parts (whatever that might be) at let the rest die in peace.

      • Arthur

        Speaking for myself, if I had a hot rod shop of my own and built this car back up, I’d prefer to drive it in an autocross event, especially if it had the Hellephant engine.

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