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    Shelby Charger

    Date: 12th March 2017
    Username: 81gMachine
    Full Name: Kyle Courtright
    City, State, Zip: Airvile, PA 17302
    Contact: 81gmachine@gmail.com or text via (717) 515-3089
    Selling or Wanted Price: Negotiable depending on condition

    As a newbie, I'd like to start with Hi, my name is Kyle. I work at an antique car restoration shop where I handle all the paint and metal work. My mother bought an 83 Charger new and still has it to this day. I wont get that car for awhile so I'm looking to find one for myself. As her's is original, I'd like to find another to tastefully mod and have fun with.

    I'd preferably like to find a blue and silver one with a decent interior. However I'm not set on color, nor condition. I have the ability to bring any car back from the dead. So I'd be more then happy to buy a project car that is relatively complete, but needing little or major work, rust and all. I'm willing to pick a car up out of state as well. I know this is the turbo section, but I'd prefer an N/A car however I also wouldn't turn down a turbo one. Just want to say N/A > over turbo is what I'd like but I'd be happy with finding either.

    The only Must I have is; full set of seats, at least worthy of making patterns to sew new ones up.

    I would also consider a roller without a motor


    Thanks for looking, below are a couple pics of my Mother's car


    Picture from the mid 80s of my Mothers Charger with my Dad's blazer



    Mom's Charger with my Camaro back in 2005ish


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    Cool welcome! ,I love the Shelby chargers too. Just FYI I have heard some guys have a real hard time finding windshields for them, so if the one you buy needs one check around for the glass first.

    Just curious what makes you want NA instead of turbo? Most guys want the POWER lol.

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    Re: Shelby Charger

    Your in a good area to find one. There are a few available on Mopar L Body Club on Facebook. There are some in Indiana, Ohio etc. Pa always seems to have L-Bodys pop up. Good luck to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1BADVAN View Post
    Cool welcome! ,I love the Shelby chargers too. Just FYI I have heard some guys have a real hard time finding windshields for them, so if the one you buy needs one check around for the glass first.

    Just curious what makes you want NA instead of turbo? Most guys want the POWER lol.
    I imagine finding any glass for the car could be problematic. As for wanting N/A. Looking to build a nice back road carver. Cams, high compression and webbers are on my idea list for performance. Turbo would be nice but that would depend on what I spend to get into a car 1st. Would you mind linking me to a few turbo threads that would help me gather knowledge on building a setup to last.

    Quote Originally Posted by rdnoel86 View Post
    Your in a good area to find one. There are a few available on Mopar L Body Club on Facebook. There are some in Indiana, Ohio etc. Pa always seems to have L-Bodys pop up. Good luck to you!
    I see that as well. There was a nice 86 on ebay last week that had a whole bunch of work done. Built motor w/ turbo, tasteful mods and such. Never met his reserve. Ad said he has 40k invested into the car. Sucked he got rid of the factory seats for racing seats as I love the originals. About 6 times a year I'll ebay and see what I can find. Been doing that for about a decade now. I'm at the point where I'm just gonna pull the trigger and get one. Acquiring one is the challenge, I can plan and build the car whenever.

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    Overall I am not sure how much power a modded carb car can make but I think you would love a T2 stage 2 setup which if you dont know means a garret Chrysler turbo intercooler and a computer that puts the boost to about 15 psi. With a 2.5" exhaust it would be around 215 hp in my opinion. Your biggest issue is that the transmissions in those chargers don't like to even handle 180hp for too long but there are a few options you can swap it with for not too much money I used a 523 and have been happy with it. As for carving the roads you can still get Koni coil overs from FWD Performance i believe, and Johnny at Polybushings.com sells bushings and swaybars for these cars as he used to be big time into autocross and started developing suspension upgrades.

    With the same setup and a stock 2" exhaust I pissed off a 2003 Porsche Carrera 911 back when it was new. As for reliability this was my daily driver for 2 years and only problems i had were minor and not really related to the horsepower.
    This forum is by far the best place to search and learn more about these cars and I would be happy to answer anything I could.

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    Re: Shelby Charger

    Thank you

    I will be browsing this place in my free time. Learning what I can about these cars and motors. Until then, I'll keep this thread alive every few months until I track one down.

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    Re: Shelby Charger

    Quote Originally Posted by 1BADVAN View Post
    I feel the 1st link it over priced. Also a bit of a hike to go get, where the NY car is manageable to pick up. I emailed the 2nd link. Thanks for the links.

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    Re: Shelby Charger

    Well the hunt is over. Found one within 15mins of my house. Kinda funny since over the summer my father and I drive to NY to buy an 85. Left with cash in my pocket and an empty car trailer. 2 weeks ago my boss texted me a local one for sale. Went and looked at it on a tue and the next tue I was driving it home.

    Very clean car with 65k miles on it. No rust and came we a decent amount done to it.

    Car has a 387 ratio trans with a centerforce stage 2 clutch
    New mopar struts and shocks, new brakes, new calipers
    mopar performance computer
    mopar performance injectors
    forward motion throttle body
    foward motion enforcer cam shaft
    foward motion enforcer cylinder head
    mopar performance rocker arms
    mopar performance head gasket
    mp performance rings
    mopar performance head bolts
    mopar timing belt
    180 deg thermostat
    mopar performance wires with msd coil
    2.5 inch exhaust with flowmaster muffler
    Autometer boost gauge

    Car was in MD previously and PA before that. If anyone knows of the car lmk. I'd like to learn more specifics about the work done.


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    Re: Shelby Charger

    Quote Originally Posted by 81gMachine View Post
    Well the hunt is over. Found one within 15mins of my house. Kinda funny since over the summer my father and I drive to NY to buy an 85. Left with cash in my pocket and an empty car trailer. 2 weeks ago my boss texted me a local one for sale. Went and looked at it on a tue and the next tue I was driving it home.

    Very clean car with 65k miles on it. No rust and came we a decent amount done to it.

    Car has a 387 ratio trans with a centerforce stage 2 clutch
    New mopar struts and shocks, new brakes, new calipers
    mopar performance computer
    mopar performance injectors
    forward motion throttle body
    foward motion enforcer cam shaft
    foward motion enforcer cylinder head
    mopar performance rocker arms
    mopar performance head gasket
    mp performance rings
    mopar performance head bolts
    mopar timing belt
    180 deg thermostat
    mopar performance wires with msd coil
    2.5 inch exhaust with flowmaster muffler
    Autometer boost gauge

    Car was in MD previously and PA before that. If anyone knows of the car lmk. I'd like to learn more specifics about the work done.

    Very nice. Lots of these 80 cars still stashed away.

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