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Project Car 1969 Dodge Charger Nuremberg Daytona; Part 17

This is Part 17 of the story on our 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Project Nuremberg Car. In future Parts we will update you on the Project Car itself and the restoration process. (Start with Part 1).

When we got the car the nose looked more than acceptable (it was not installed on the car) but once it was media blasted it was readily apparent that we had a problem. The original steel nose had simply been a platform for a body man to sculpt the nose out of bondo. There were areas where the bondo was nearly 3/8 of an inch thick!

Although we have not recently brought you regular updates on our Project Nuremberg Daytona we have been very busy. The car will be going in to the paint booth for its new paint job and return to its factory color very soon. Over the past month or so the body has been massaged to a very smooth and sharp condition. The nose cone has been the one exception.

This is the damaged grill area on the original nose.

When the restoration began the original nose was scheduled for an extensive restoration from years of touchy feely driving. In other words it had been hit a few times! After media blasting and some work at the hands of a metal worker it was decided the original nose was beyond salvage with a reasonable amount of effort. The thought of putting a fiberglass reproduction nose on the car was the cost effective solution but not the right one. Finding an OEM nose is next to impossible and the cost if you could find one would not be within our budget.

The fiberglass nose was completely assembled and test fitted to the car before any work was done to build the steel nose.

The solution was to purchase the best fiberglass nose we could find and then have a master metal fabricator build a new steel nose as close to factory as possible. This was a learning experience for everyone involved and took a great deal of research and testing but the result was beyond my expectations.

This is the fiberglass nose fully assembled and mated to the Daytona.

 

The fiberglass nose fit just like an original, meaning it was unacceptable for our Nuremberg Daytona.

The process began with getting the fenders, hood and doors of the Daytona fitting as best as we could and within acceptable standards for the finished car. The fiberglass nose was then fitted to the Daytona. The fit was not perfect but was well within what could be expected on a factory build. After all, these cars were not known for the craftsmanship quality of their construction. Nose fit on a new Daytona was far from show quality. I made the decision that the Nuremberg Daytona had to be completed to a level of fit and finish better than the factory did. I was more concerned with the quality and beauty of the completed car than with trying to duplicated the errors and poor panel fit of a factory original car.

Construction of the new steel nose was done more than once. The first pieces were not acceptable but the second try was excellent.
Here you can see the fiberglass nose in the background and the steel nose being assembled in the foreground. Notice that only one air vent was cut out in the steel nose at this time.

The new nose is built completely out of steel and carefully fitted to the car as you would expect it to be. It appears as close to original as possible and its only flaw is that it is built better and fits better. All but the most knowledgeable of experts would ever know it is not an original Daytona factory nose.

The steel nose was a much better fit but still needing some minor tweaking to be acceptable for our Nuremberg Daytona.

Next up, the body gets its new clear coat T7 Dark Bronze paint with white tail stripe. The new date code correct 440 and four speed find their new home along with the all new suspension parts. The interior will follow along with the new tires and wheels.

Here is the new steel nose getting its final adjustments with the headlights installed and adjusted. Everything was test fitted to perfection before the final nose was welded together.

We will show it all to you right here over the next few months. However, you will not see the completed Nuremberg Daytona until it is unveiled at the Muscle Car Corvette nationals in Chicago this November. This is arguably the most prestigious muscle car show in the Country and the only place we wanted to introduce it to all of you. When we get back from the show we will give you an in depth review of Project Nuremberg Daytona as well as the complete show. Don’t worry we will have lots and lots of photos of both!

The new headlight buckets have their first coat of color and waiting for attachment to the new nose.

 

The nose got its first coat of color around the headlight and grill openings. The entire nose will be assembled prior to getting its final coat of paint.

 

CONTINUED IN PART 18.

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in 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 our our www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com page) As long as it has four wheels on it 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. 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 with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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