Re: 68 Rivi New Charger
Moms boyfriend had a 68 plymouth GTX 440 with 3.23 gears, and a torqueflight with the slapstick shifter, reasonably lumpy cam in it, it was a mid to low 13 second car. He went and test drove a brand new challenger rt with the 6 speed manual and told us he was really disapointed, he said it went ok, but compared to the GTX the torque really sucked and he said it didn't even pull as hard in the top end once you hit 3rd or 4th than the GTX did in third. I know from personal experience that GTX flew but it wasn't a heavily modified 12 second car or anything. After the test drive he told us he was thinking about telling the salesman that if he could beat the GTX with the rt he'd buy it on the spot, only because he knew the 440 would have blown the new challenger out it's tailpipe.
My opinion is that for all the new efficient technology that's put into these new motors and cars, it's an embarrasement for these three company's to churn out these "muscle cars" 40 years later and have them run on par with 40 year old carbuerated big block cars! All of these cars should be running high twelves at least, right off the dealership floor. I realize that all of these new motors have much more power potential than the older mills but really, brand new challenger rt 6 speed 370 hp, 14.00 quarter miles? SRT8 425 SAE NET HP?!??13.80's. 440 automatic challengers used to run these exact times back in 1970, with points actuated ignition, a carbuerator, and polyglass tires...
Very rusty 69 GS, looking for a replacement, broke, on a budget, want to do a 455 swap.
70 Nova SS396 4 speed muncie 21
325 horse 396 with 70's open chamber oval port 454 smogger heads, mild porting
factory Zl1 aluminum 427 high rise intake
old rebuilt 780 holley
large circle track solid lifter crane grind from the 70's
stock slugs about 9:1
stock balanced bottom end, 2 bolt main
stock type rockers with matched springs
3.73 12 bolt posi
3600 lbs rougly
26" MT street slicks