1969 Dodge Charger w/ original paint 383 400 727 auto 69 68 70 1968 1970
- Location: Newton, Kansas, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Dodge
- Model: Charger
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: Base
- Year: 1969
- Mileage: 123,456
- VIN: XP29G9G
- Color: Green
- Engine size: Was 383, now has 400
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Green
- Drive side: Left-hand drive
- Vehicle Title: Clear
1969 Dodge Charger Base description
This is a super solid 1969 Charger, which isstill inits originalF5 medium green paint. Ithas been off theroad and in storage for about 10 years. It has some rust but it isfar better than most Charger projects I've seen lately. Since it’s wearing original paint, you can see the metal's condition is much easier to see/inspect. The floorpans, torsion bar crossmember, hood hinge mount areas, and front/rear subframes are as solid as you can find on an unrestored 2nd gen Charger. The trunk is remarkably solid too; the trunk pan has a couple of small holes in the forward trough, but that’sit (see pictures). I wire brushed the trunk floor to clean it up andtobestshow its condition. Rear window corners have some rust in the corners (see pictures). Originally it was a 383-2 and727 automatic transmission but the original engine/trans was replaced in the early 80’s with a 400, which runs.
The vinyl seats have some split seams but are in good shape overall considering its age. Door panels are in good shape but the driver’s inside door handle pad is worn. The headliner and dash pad are in great condition. The console is there and in good condition. The cluster looks good, but the tach doesn’t work and the oil pressure gauge is intermittent. The driver’s side front fender is dented on the top surface leading edge and has some rash/scrapes all along the trailing edge of the left fender (see pictures) . All the stainless trim is present-several pieces have dings. The grill is complete but has some dings/chips/cracks. The headlights/doors don't work as they should. Since they're vacuum operated, there is probably a vacuum leak. The radiator was replaced at some point and it is not a Mopar piece. This is an original air conditioned car but the A/C condenser and some hard lines are missing in the engine bay. Someone added an aftermarket cruise control system which is mounted just forward of the master cylinder; I have no idea ifthe cruise controlstill works or not.The carhas power assisted brakes with 11” drums on all 4 corners. To free up the brakes, I replaced the front wheel cylinders and bled the brakes. Since it had been parked so long I pulled the spark plugs, sprayed marvel mystery oil in the cylinders, let it soak, and then turned the engine over several times by hand. Irepeated this process several times before attempting to start the engine. I installed a new fuel tank, fuel sending unit, mechanical fuel pump, soft fuel lines, spark plugs, rotor, and thermostat.I had theEdelbrock carb rebuilt. The alternatorworks and ammeter shows a charge. The car has HP exhaust manifolds and glass packswhich dump before the rear axle. The engine runs/lot drives, but I have no idea what shape its in internally. Iwent throughthe fuel system, set the timing to where it should be, and got the car functional to could be lot driven to move it around. When the oil pressure gauge works (it's intermittent), it shows similar oil pressure asthe 383 in my other69 Charger (about 18-20psi at idle on startup up).If it were me, I would beinstalling a 440; this 400 might run a long time as is but I won't guarantee it.At minimum, this charger definitely needs all new belts, hoses, and fluids. I would suggest having the steering/alignment/ball joints checked out.
The roof skin hasabout 3 or 4hail dings; a PDR guy could get the roof dings out pretty easily. There is some rust on thebottom of both quarter panels and in front of both rear wheel wells. The rear valance has some rust at both ends (see pictures), where they usually rust. A good body guy could patch the lower quarters/valance and blend the paint, which would leavethe paintmostly original. The wheels/beauty rings are in greatcondition. The tires look good and are not dry rotted, but they are probably at least 7-8 years old so they should probably be replaced. The driver’s side door has to be opened from inside so the linkage probably needs inspected/hooked up. The windshield is cracked. The only air filter housing I have is a cheesy chrome looking Edelbrock air filter housing, which is included.
The car has a clear Kansas title, original VIN plate, and fender tag. The broadcast sheet is still in the springs in the rear seat lower cushion. The partial VIN stampings all match the VIN. This is a solid, mostly complete charger with cool patina....it would be a solid foundation for a restoration or you could leave it with survivor/patina paint and just drive as is! Either way, this is a 48 year old car that hadn'tbeenon the roadin a decade so it's not something you can just get in and drive. It will still need some work before putting it on the road. If you've been watching Charger projects lately, you know how hot they are and you've seen rusty rolling shells sell for $10K and up. Please get approval from your significant other BEFORE bidding! The car must be picked up within 14 days of the auction's end and payment must be made in cash.I would prefer thatthe buyer see the car in person tosee exactly what they are buying. If this can't happen, that's ok, but payment must still be made in cash.
Fender tag codes are decoded below:
M31 Belt MoldingsR22 AM radio w/ 8 track26 26" radiatorB51 Power brakes, 11" drumsC16 Console w/ woodgrain panelC55 Bucket seatsG33 LH remote racing mirrorH51 A/C w/ heaterM21 Roof drip rail moldingsF5 Medium green metallicC6G Green vinyl bucket seatsF8 Dark green interiordoor framesC12 Production date Dec 12, 1968072297 Sequence numberE61 383-2bbl 290HP engineD32 Heavy duty automatic transmission'XP29 2 door G9G 383, 1969, St. Louis assembly plant187688 last 6 numbers is VIN
On Apr-29-17 at 05:39:28 PDT, seller added the following information:
I forgot to mention in the original writeup that this Charger has plenty of door dings down the sides, but all unrestored daily driver cars of this era have lots of door dings if they were driven regularly (instead of just stored/garaged). I have another survivor 1969 Charger and it has lots of door dings down the sides as well. I believe the biggest reason is that the doors on the cars in the 1960's and 1970's were so long/heavy that when the wind caught them or when little Johnny swung the door open, it was mucheasier to make contact (due tolength of the door) the car in the next stall and ding it due to the door's mass. That's my best guess anyway. I'm sure most people who have looked at lots of daily driver survivor paint jobs have realized and expect this, but I didn't think about it until I bought one so I just wanted to mention it.