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January 17, 2011

Reassembly begins

It is wonderful to finally be at the reassembly stage. Boxes, envelopes, containers of new and restored parts, will now be freed from their captivity to adorn my Charger.

The very first part I installed on my newly repainted Charger was the passenger side fender emblem, the symbol of Mopar, the pentastar.
the first part

Next I installed my new reproduction outside door handles, to encourage people to not put their hands all over the paint when they want to open the door and look inside. They sure look nice to me.

door handles

Here's a shot under the hood, with new weatherstripping, bumpers, and hood insulation, with new clips.

under hood details

With help from my brother-in-law, son, and nephew, we jacked up the assembled K-member and bolted the front suspension in. I installed the .96-inch torsion bars with new seals and clips, and began to assemble the brakes. These are 11.75-inch Cordoba brakes, and will do the job very nicely, I'm sure. The rotors are used, but have been turned. All other parts, including bearings, seals, calipers, and hardware are all new.

front suspension in

disc brake backing plate

disc brakes on

After installing the front suspension, my son and nephew were itching to put something else on the car, so I let them install the new body plugs.
floorpan with plugs

I really appreciated the use of Mopar Ed's dollies for the front end of my car, and wanted to free them up to return to him as soon as possible. The most fun way to do that was to get the car sitting on its tires again. I remounted my old BFGs on the newly painted rims, and installed them with new chrome lug nuts. At some future time, I will install the stainless steel red-line dog-dish hubcaps, to see if I like that look as much as I think I will. I really like the look of the car sitting on its tires. To me it looks more like a car than a "project" this way. I think this combination looks really sharp, and is the look I have been hoping to achieve.
on tires in garage, driver's side

on tires in garage, passenger side

back with trunk lock

Posted in 2004-present | RESTORATION | Reassembly | Reassembly | body | primer and paint


Please inform me of the placement on pentastar on lower fender. Do you have the measurements for the placement of the pentastar?

Posted by: Sherwood Wiley at March 16, 2012 05:25 PM

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