Don't listen to the guy who says "sell your Challenger and buy something 'worthwhile' instead." What he doesn't realize is that owning a classic car isn't always about the money it's worth. I have a 1973 Mercedes sedan and a 1964 Ford F100 that will NEVER be considered classics of great value, but I absolutely love them anyway! Classics are about the fun you have with them, not the money you make off them. Anyone who truly loves classic cars knows that. 90% of collectors don't own classic cars because they're an investment; they own them because they're cool! The 1970 Challengers were beautiful cars, and I congratulate you for returning one to its former beauty. Stick with the restoration; you won't regret it when you can drive it down the road and watch people's heads turn.
Uh, it's not like this is the last '70 Challenger left in existence. There are plenty still avail that have much more potential for restoration than the rusted-out example that the reviewer owns. Throwing money into trying to "restore" a not-all-that-rare of a car with major rust problems does not make sense, unless there is some sort of sentimental attachment to THIS particular car.
Hey, I definitely think you should restore this car, but whatever you do, don't sell it. This sounds to be a car you definitely want to fix up ASAP, being that you have worked on it since 6th grade. If I had my own of those, I would definitely do the same.
Did I mention I'm only 21? And yes, I too don't drive imports. They are a waste of my time; I want power, not the other crap.
BTW, I don't know if anyone has heard yet, but they are coming out with the new Challenger in 2008.
My dad has one of the original, few left in existence RT/SE 1970 Dodge Challengers. It's loaded with a 440 Big Block. He is currently working on the paint job. This thing is definitely a thing of beauty, even without the paint. All you import lovers may hide your cars now. That is all.
I disagree... this is also his very first car. I know because I had a similiar project before I even had my license. The likelihood of buying a new Challenger is slim at his age perhaps many years off. If you have space and can protect it I would learn everything I possibly could from adults, advisors even my shop teacher. The small block will keep your insurance low and you could change that later even. I learned over time by enlisting support from my family and friends restoring mine. I made a lot of mistakes, but learned to weld, body work, mechanical all but paint from a patient stepdad. I remember ordering parts especially doing the seats with my new hog ring tools one winter my first perfect result.
I also remember coming home and having a project that I was enthused to no end. I also know it's a good way to be focused and appreciate building a car. It also kept me out of trouble. Many years later I helped my son build his first car a total restoration and now he has done a couple Mustang GTs projects engines,nitrous, transmissions even powder coating... and he is still in his twenties.