Car at "Midnight at the Oasis" car show Yuma, AZ 1997ish (Before restomod)
I showed the car for three years while I was stationed in Yuma, AZ. Every year the car made next year's hand out. I remember parking the Challenger at the end of an empty row in the show one year. The row filled with beautful Camaros and Chevelles. People walked past all the awesome Chevys commenting on how wonderful they looked, but when the got to my car they would stop, look, walk around the car, and look again. They would leave with a "nice car buddy". I think they had 700 cars at the show that year.
Not many Challengers made Midnight at the Oasis. Many people didnt' even know what the car was, but knew they liked it. What bothers me about car shows is that you sometimes get cornered by someone who had a better, faster, worth more money car. I say good from them, but when the bullshit detectors start going off. "Sir I dont think they ever offered a 5 speed 426 Hemi car in 1970" or the " My stock 305 Nova feels like it can run low 10s in the quarter mile" I got to run.
The car sat for a very long time while I was deployed in the Marines. I purchased a 32' long enclosed trailer when I retired to keep the car in a safe enviroment. She sat in that trailer for 8 years until I got settled in Las Vegas, NV.
I consider myself a lucky man becuase life turned out great for me! It took me a long time to decide to restomod my Challenger, but in my opinion I had to update the car in order to enjoy driving it safely.
This mod invovles a 1970 Dodge Challenger featuring the 340 Western Special Package. The car sat under a walnut tree in Riverside, California from 1976 to 1985. I was able to drive the car home even though she only ran on 6 of the 8 cylinders and smoked like a tire fire.
The driver's door was painted red with a brush and roller. The red enamel wasn't even close to the origanl EV2 Hemi Orange.
Car in 1985
Car in 1985
I purchased the car for $1800.00 and spent the next month staring at the car becuase she needed more work than I had money.
Car in 1986
The following year I was able to sand the car down to bare metal and prime it.
Unfortunately, I didn't document the first restoration very well. remeber take pictures
This is the car in 1998. The first restoration was complete. She was a numbers matching car. The 340 was freshened up with 509 lift purple shaft and ran very well.