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AAM May 2012 Mopar of the Month: Justin's 1966 Dodge Charger PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lance   
Friday, 04 May 2012 07:17

Our May 2012 Mopar of the Month honors go to Justin, '69ChargerSRT10, and his 1966 Dodge Charger.

 


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Justin grew up as a self-described "closet Mopar guy." Television shows like the Dukes of Hazzard and the short-lived Viper, put a few ideas into his head.

College brought him from the Houston area up to Texas Tech where he helped create the Texas Tech Formula SAE Race Team. As the program started to get going, Justin graduated. As with all good causes, he continues to support the Formula SAE Race Team as an alumni. If you remember, several AAM Members headed down with Justin at the end of March to attend one of their bi-annual car shows to help fund the program. Justin led blcd74, 6SpeedTitaniumR/T, and SparkyMark down for a goo time. You can find footage in a previous article.

 

So, despite not getting to be right in the middle of the action, having a job as opposed to attending class all day helps earn a little more spending cash. Justin was looking to combine the best of both worlds...naturally a Dukes of Hazzard+Viper set-up. The plan was to find a solid 69 Charger and transplant the V10 from a Viper between the fenders. While Justin patiently waited for the stars to align, the unexpected happened. While skimming the FBBO Classifies, he came across a very nice 1966 Dodge Charger.

The guy who built the car had gone over every nut and bolt, stockpiled a gold mine of hard to find trim pieces, and even had a spare drivetrain he was willing to throw in to sweeten the deal. Justin posted it up on AAM and I remember a few of us telling him to go for it. A few days later he posted the exciting news he had signed off on buying the Charger:

http://www.amarilloareamopars.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=2804

There were only two negatives. First, the car was in St. Claire Shores, MICHIGAN...not exactly a quick 4 hour drive. The other issue was that the seller had so much going with the car Justin would have to land an enclosed trailer to get it all back to Amarillo. Luckily, he had some friends hold the car while he lined everything up to transit the car from the rust belt to the safer soils of Texas. You can tell Justin has a college degree when you realize that he conveniently happened to line up getting the car with the Detroit Auto Show. Justin headed up to Michigan, took in the show, and then brought the Charger home. You can check out some of the Mopar highlights from the Detroit Auto Show here:

http://www.amarilloareamopars.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=2861

Justin has done a few minor things to the car and is working toward getting all the trim installed. If you were out at last month's April Cruise night you likely caught the "new" 66 Charger in town. Bill went out right after Justin got back in town and took these pics:

http://www.amarilloareamopars.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=2894

The car was originally a Lynch Road Product with a light blue exterior and dark blue interior. The previous owner treated it to some new paint after straightening out the body. Justin plans to leave the car pretty much as is. The motor is a 1970 383 10:1 SpeedPro Pistions pushing breathing through a set of mildly ported and polished 915 heads with valves actuated by a 292/480" Lunati Cam. From there, power goes to a rebuilt 727 with a TransGo Shift Kit and Tork Master 3,000 Converter. The exhaust note comes courtesy of a full 3" TTI system.

It is pretty rare to see a 1st Gen Charger, let alone one that doesn't need 5-6 interior and exterior pieces that no one reproduces. Justin's 1966 Charger is a solid car ready for duty on the street and the show circuit. Keep your eyes open for a fastback Charger on a street near you.  Clearly, this isn't an LOLCAT...kitty approves the 66!


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All in all, I suppose driving to and from Michigan to pick up the 383 powered 1st Gen Charger isn't too bad for a "closet Mopar guy." I should also mention that we aren't the only ones who have taken notice of the 66 Charger; Justin is also the West Houston Muscle Club's Car of the Month.

So congratulations to Justin and his 1966 Dodge Charger...if you see him out, be sure to congratulate him. Justin has been active on the forum, gives us some more insight to events in Lubbock, and he and his girlfriend have both been able to spot some nice Mopars running around town. Thanks for being a part of Amarillo Area Mopars 8-)


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