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Old 12-10-2007, 09:42 PM
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Looking for 66 Charger Mods, Aftermarket Support & Forum

Howdy, I'm considering a 66 Charger for a stable mate to my 57 BelAir. I'm having a hard time finding a good Mopar forum and also some place to research that model of car for performance upgrades, basic weaknesses...you know the basic education before plunking down some green on a model of car you have never owned. I don't have anything lined up just yet so I'd like to prepare myself to make an educated decision before becoming all fired up over that killer charger for sale in the next town over.
Can anyone help a car guy out?

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There is so many options availible today for mods on a charger you can go pro touring route, street strip,pro street and the list keeps going.

for engines the sky the limit small blocks can be stroked out to over 440cid and big blocks on a buget out to 543cid and if buget isn't much of a concern then you can go out to 655cid useing Indy block and heads.

The mopar hobby has completly changed there are more parts availible than ever if you want you can build a hemi clone with all new parts.

I myself am putting together a 528cid engine for a 73 charger show/race for street nights at strip.

some sources I used
- 440 source stroker kit
- mancinni racing
- year one
-the paddock
- magnum force tubular k-members,brakes,fuel systems and so on
theres a good mopar chat its
http://www.moparchat.com/forums/usercp.php
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The engine Im building should be about 600hp and well over 600 ft tq not sure yet just est I got from a mopar chat.

what size motor is in it now??

heres some thing I forgot to mention

weak areas on mopars in 66

- points ign easy to cure install electronic ign kit about $200 comes with dist,control box,ballast resister and harness.

- make sure you ck the frt frame particularly around were the torsion bars attach to the frame look for cracks and rot this can also be fix there a company that makes a safety cap for this area.

-the heads have smaller exhaust valves and no hardened seats for unleaded use. easy to fix heads 70 on with 452 are great heads,have larger valves and harden seats install or after market heads I bought a set of Edelbrock heads with valves and springs for $1395.


good points of 66
-high compression
-great interior design
-heads have great potential with the right mods because of the closed chamber design.
-more than likely will have a 8 3/4 rear
-the 4 speeds were real strong
-727 t-flite trans are nearly indestructible if built right and most often will out perform a 4 speed car with the same engine

for more specs and ideas ch out my posts

well good luck.

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Old 12-11-2007, 01:19 AM
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Good stuff so far guys, thanks! I hadn't thought about the unleaded fuel issue. Anyone aware of a good mopar forum where you can pick up those little odd peculiarities like how much it costs to repair those pesky luminescent gauge illuminators?
I'm hoping to find a solid 66 with a 383 or 440, with the full length center console and a 4spd. and a suregrip 8.75. I'd lean towards pro touring as my 57 BelAir is pretty much a pro streeter. I'd be interested in upgrading the suspension, brakes, steering box, add sub frame connectors or a front cradle/clip if there was something reasonable to graft on. I'd probably do a spring pocket kit so I can run some meats out back. My initial urges are to dechrome it, slam it, tint the windows, paint her dark and make one evil nasty road burner out of her.
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Old 12-11-2007, 01:33 PM
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Also, see this list of hotrodding forums, there is a Mopar category: Crankshaft Coalition Master List of Hotrodding Forums.
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My dad has a '66 Charger. 383 4bbl/ 727 automatic w/ the suregrip. in the beginning stages of a body on restoration ( was restored in 80's so it don't need anything more ).. The B body has many upgrades in suspension that can be used on the '66-'69 B bodys.. Mopar sells a quick ratio steering box, that is new and replaces original, theres sway bar kits, disc brake kits, ect... Headders are available but due to some diffrences w/ the '66/'67 Charger B body, you need special headders, regular B body headders won't fit w/o modification.

Weaknesses are what made it popular when it was new.. the full length tail light, is prone to cracking and breaking and they cost around $400 for a good 1.
the gauges are what is known as Electroluminescent, they pass a low amp high voltage current ( 200 volts ) through a special surface, that when current flowed, the surface would light up green... problem is, the Starter coil for that system were known to fail when new and also, the capicitors used in the gauges were made of paper... cost range to fix them is between $1,500 and $2,000 for gauge restoration...

all '66/'67 Chargers had 4 bucket seats and a full length console.. 4spd conversions are well described on many '66-'67 specific sites. there great cars, only just over 39k were made in '66 and just over 18k in '67
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I've owned a 67 Correnett 500 (hand me down at age 15) which I beat the snot out of...bought a 69 Charger RT 440 at age 19 and was not capable of fixing all the electrical problems and multiple fluid leaks. Besides my 74 Trans Am was faster! Anyway, about 10 years ago driving home one summer night a 66 Charger passed me up and there were 2 things that caught my eye, the blue/green dash lights and that mile wide tail light. It was low, long and had a fast back that went on forever. So, like you mentioned, its weaknesses are its attractions.
I was pleasantly surprised recently when I randomly decided to check some prices. They are surprisingly inexpensive even with last few years steep rise in mopar values. I figure if I want one now is the time to buy. But holding out for a car with working dash lights is much more important than I though. I figured the tail light was gonna be the financial pit!
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You'll find everything you need there.
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I've owned a 67 Correnett 500 (hand me down at age 15) which I beat the snot out of...bought a 69 Charger RT 440 at age 19 and was not capable of fixing all the electrical problems and multiple fluid leaks. Besides my 74 Trans Am was faster! Anyway, about 10 years ago driving home one summer night a 66 Charger passed me up and there were 2 things that caught my eye, the blue/green dash lights and that mile wide tail light. It was low, long and had a fast back that went on forever. So, like you mentioned, its weaknesses are its attractions.
I was pleasantly surprised recently when I randomly decided to check some prices. They are surprisingly inexpensive even with last few years steep rise in mopar values. I figure if I want one now is the time to buy. But holding out for a car with working dash lights is much more important than I though. I figured the tail light was gonna be the financial pit!
Nope, my dads has a mint tail light panal, but the gauges are crap... after 40 years, problematic dash light starters from the getgo and paper capicitors for the electronic side of it.. expect to have them repaired.. there are several companys, just search them. here's 1 of them. specific to the '66-'67 Charger
http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/1002/dash.html.


expect to pay between 6-16k for somthing worth restoring.
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I'm gonna look at 66 318 4BBL 727 PS running, missing front grill, head lamps and windshield. NV car so body should not be very rusty. I'll find out. Has gauges (and all interior) but don't know condition. I can get her for $300. Might be my first parts car.....we'll see.
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Hey someone said just a 318 4 BBL intake is worth like $600-$800...is this BS or what?
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I'm gonna look at 66 318 4BBL 727 PS running, missing front grill, head lamps and windshield. NV car so body should not be very rusty. I'll find out. Has gauges (and all interior) but don't know condition. I can get her for $300. Might be my first parts car.....we'll see.
yea, pick it up as a parts car. headlights & headlight motor, grill. those parts are $$$ to replace. $300 is a steal anyway.
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The education has begun....excuse my ignorance. The 4BBL manifold is supposed to be a "poly". I found 2 casting numbers to try and match but I figure if the valve covers are held on by 2 bolts on the ends of the valve covers its a true poly engine. I found one 4bbl intake on ebay for $295. What do you think this engine may be worth? Or is it the intake thats worth something and the rest is just like any other running old Mopar small block?
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