1971 VH Charger
Last Updated: 15/01/2016
The car was purchased from Ron Coleman of Osborne Park, a panel beater who had painted the car in Mica Red and was going to fit a 360. The car was basically a painted shell when I purchased the car in October 2001.
After a lot of time, work and money the car was licensed in February 2002. Now with the car mobile I was able to take it on club cruises, but did not have enough confidence in the car to take it on the long country cruises, as both the motor and gear box were suspect as both were purchased as second hand items.
In June 2004 the gear box finally gave up and a new BW40 was fitted. I had previously purchased a 265 motor and started doing it up, bored out 40 thou, 6 new pistons, medium cam, larger vales, bearing shells, timing chain and what ever goes with a new motor. A set of extractors were fitted that came with the 265 motor and ran a six into one and gave the car a different note.
Over the next several months I changed the entire front end suspension, steering and front sway bar including a newly recondition steering box and heavy duty gas shock absorbers. The front end was set up by WA Suspension in Osborne Park, in the following weeks I also had a set of tuned Pacemaker extractors fitted to twin full flow mufflers and finished of with 2.5 inch chrome tips.
The car has a set of black Monza race seats in the car as a temporary measure while the original seat material is being hand woven in Adelaide and should be ready at the end of 2006. This material has taken several years to track down, and some 120 hours labour goes into the making of the material to suit the original material that was in the car.
The car sits on a set of 14 x 7 aluminium jelly bean style mags with 225 Hancock tyres. The latest acquisition is a set of triple Webers and manifold purchased from Wayne Keating and fitted by Andrew Barnes at AB Performance, the car now sounds nice and is a dream to drive.
My thanks to Andrew Barnes from AB Performance and Midland Motor Wreckers for their time, support and service in helping me rebuild my Charger.