Pretty cool "Back in the Day" ride eh? Something a bit different for this Mopar of the Month(s). With this car I am introducing a new feature section here at Maple Leaf Mopars - Back in the Day. It will use the same format as the Mopar in Barns section and hopefully be very entertaining with old school looks that only Mopars could pull off!
Here is the story about this months feature as told by the owners son William (kid on the trike):
My Dad (Bill "Dub" Creech) purchased the car used in 1969 in Riverside, CA. The original owner bought it, put 1000 miles on it, and decided he wanted something else so he traded it in. The car is a 1970 R/T Charger with a 440 Magnum, pistol grip 4 speed, Dana 60 rear end, all black inside except for the steering wheel and pistol grip (both were matching wood).
The car went through some evolutions but in late 71 to early 72 it became "Magnum Force". Richard McPeak did the painting and pinstripping while Jim Holmes did the engine work. Moogie did the transmission and clutch, while Parnelli Jones commissioned some super-sticky tires to hook it up on the street.
Suspension - Monroe load leveler race shocks (one side was stiffer than the other to offset torque lean), Lakewood traction bars.
Trans/Clutch - 4 speed with custom work done to make for quicker shifting. Schiefer 2500# race clutch and pressure plate.
Engine - 440 Magnum, 60 over, fully balanced and blue printed, Jans racing pistons and rods, heads fully ported, block oil knurls fully polished, Sig Erson custom grind race cam, Weiand tunnel ram (ported), Holley 660 double pumper carbs (2), altered Mallory ignition, Jardine custom headers. I believe the car had 12.5:1 compression and ran on 110 octane gas.
Rear End - Dana 60, 4.56 gears, spool
My dad drove the car on the streets of Riverside and street raced it in the grape vineyards, Agua Mansa Rd, and North Main St. He was a Riverside Police Officer - so he was not messed with. He also raced the car at Fontana and Riverside, running low to mid 10s. The car was sponsored by J&M Speed Center, McPeak Painting and Pinstripping, and Jardine Headers and is still talked about at local Riverside cruise nights.
The car was painted black and sold in 1976. I have had corresponded with that guy and he sold the car in 1980 to a kid who blew it up and replaced the motor with a 383. That's the last I know of the car - but would love it if I could find out if it is still alive somewhere.
Thanks William! If anyone comes across this ride please drop me a line and I will put you in contact with William. He says he left an identifying mark on the dash above the glovebox...his teeth impressions from hanging on for dear like when Dad tested the traction of those 17 inch wide radials!!! Has anyone ever seen treaded tires that wide before??? Not I! Cool ride!!!