1973 Dodge Charger SE work log...beginning

Work Log - It Starts Here... First Picture - Car after clean-up

Here is where MY 1973 Dodge Charger SE saga begins.  I had been thinking about the 1974 Dodge Charger SE...that I had owned a long time ago.  I am not sure what possessed me to drive on that particular road on that particular day, but I almost drove off the road when I saw this 1973 Dodge Charger sitting in a parking lot with a "For Sale" sign on it.  I wrote down the phone number and after looking the car over, I called the phone number.

This was the best Charger that I had seen in a long time and I figured that no matter what the condition of the car was under the hood, etc...at least it would be a place to start.  First, I needed to find out how much the owner was asking for the car and some more of the particulars.  I knew that the car was going to need work however, there was still something about the car that sparked my interest.

I bought the car from a man named Aaron.  He did not want to sell it to a "kid".  I figure I fit the bill.  He had set the car up to be an 1/8th mile racer.  This basically meant that there was little attention paid to street-ability of this car.  The car also came with 4.30:1 gears in the rear.  Behind a 727 transmission with the standard internal gearing, this was WAY too tall of a gear for the street. 

Aaron was a little vague regarding exactly the specifications of the car.  I am not sure if he did not really know the exact specs or if he was just not going to give up the information however there are still things that I do not know even years later.  I am STILL not exactly sure of the camshaft specs.  The best I could get from Aaron was that it was a .284 .484 cam.  Those specs would fit a few of the cam specs that looked up however, it still does not give me the exact overlap and how the cam was degreed in.

I know that I will have to change the camshaft eventually.  From the work logs you can see that I have changed a great deal. Some things that I could not do myself, (I either lacked the equipment, time or in depth knowledge), I had done at various stages.

So, if you have the time and/or desire, read on...  Links are on the left by year.  I recommend starting at the beginning and reading through.  Spring is almost here and I will be adding to the 2008 work log as things progress.  I plan on a little body work and adding the new gauges that I bought last fall.  You will just have to check back from time to time to see how things progress.  Thanks for taking the time to read all this.  If you have specific comment or questions, please feel free to contact me by E-mail.