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1969 Dodge Daytona Project Car; Project Nuremberg Daytona, Part 10

This is Part 10 of our ongoing story of the Restoration of our 1969 Dodge Nuremberg Daytona Project Car. (Start with Part 1)

Once the nose cone was media blasted the extent of the damage became unfortunately clear.

Our first efforts on the restoration focused on the need to get the unique Daytona nose cone restored. Unfortunately, over the years our car’s front end had more than one “nose job” and not all the “doctors” did a great job. Our first step was to media blast the nose to get down to the bare metal. What we found in the process was that someone had done a great sculpture in bondo. I had used the badly damaged nose as a platform to sculpt a nose out of bondo.

Our evaluation of the existing nose and the alternatives for its salvation went on for some time. The first efforts were to reassemble it and fit it to the front end of the Daytona; test fit it and note areas that needed to be tweaked. I also had a wooden buck built to help provide a template to rework the nose on. There was a very strong likelihood that at least portions of the nose may need to be completely replaced. 

The next step was locating a terrific local sheet metal fabricator to do the work. In addition to the required work on the nose was the repair or replacement of the items that bolt onto the nose. The nose rebuild turned out to be the biggest challenge in the car’s restoration.

While this work was going on in one corner of the shop, we also began stripping paint from the car to determine what was underneath and if there would be any surprises. Unfortunately, there were! We will tell you more about this and an update on the nose in Part 11.

Continued in Part 11.

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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