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ABANDONED Dodge Challenger Rescued After 35 Years

ABANDONED Dodge Challenger Rescued After 35 Years
it rolled a little bit that wet ground's helping us yeah we got that there that'd be perfect okay yeah it'll go on now front ones are stuck front ones are stuck back rows where'd your brother we drug it out the tags actually laying in the seat on the floor here i'll grab it here in a second but it's a three speed factory three speed on the floor 318 it's not a rally car but it has rally gauges and a factory rear defroster that's what he ordered the car with
abandoned dodge challenger rescued after 35 years
everything else is basically bare bones 84. so 35

years

now pretty impressive that's the worst damage to it right there and then the passenger fender has a spot in it but it's it's all right i mean for what it is it's still a

challenger

it has a really cool story definitely a really cool story it's a one-owner car his cousin bought it new and then he had to move off to go do some work i think he was a school teacher he said he taught all over the place and then what happened
was he actually passed away before he could come back get the car and it just sat there ever since it's straight besides the dents now unfortunately i am under the assumption that the engine is stuck on this car tried to turn the fan would not move that was back whenever we actually picked the car up i haven't tried it since so let's take a quick walk around to the car and i'll show you what we have here oh this is nice sorry guys there's a wasp like i said it's been
sitting here for about six months out in the field oh man i've made them mad yeah sorry guys did me to disrupt you oh buddy yeah there's a big one right there there's their nest you can see it anyway it's trying to just avoid all that spider webs up here didn't mean to disrupt your home but i'm just gonna pop the hood up here okay we're good all right what we have here is the most basic

challenger

i've ever seen in my life this is a 318 two barrel never been
touched this car is as original as they come no power steering no power brakes no air conditioning all it is is an alternator nothing absolutely nothing as far as option goes the only two options that they ordered from the factory also the door is a little bit difficult to open it's a two-hander right here only options we have is a rally gauge cluster which is odd for a non-rally car you can see it is a three speed which was factory equipment backed in with standard automatic was an option
and for some reason a rear window defroster so i don't know why but it only came with i don't know why they ordered it that way rally gauge cluster rear window defroster everything else as it came so it's probably a really pretty blue from the factory you can kind of see it right here i'd like to get the trunk open it's like a light blue metallic so we're going to try and get the trunk open at one point i don't have the keys for it so that's a little bit of a
misfortune here so we'll have to at some point you know rig up the starter so we can actually start the car and if we want to drive it i have to pull the steering wheel off and then disengage the lock cylinder so that's not a big deal just a little extra step that we have to go through unless i can find the keys somewhere but they said they didn't know where it was so like i said very basic and bare bones options it does have disc brakes in the front which i think was standard
equipment at that point in 73 and the good news we've got electronic ignition so it'll be simple to fix if something's wrong with it i've got a ton of those to make it work so i've got plenty of these electronic ignition boxes and well there's three speed wipers could you get two speed back then in 73 i don't know if you could at that point i think maybe the three speed was standard equipment at that point i'll have to look the fender tag disintegrated
unfortunately so we don't have one of those and it's got some rust issues i now you guys up north are saying man you got it lucky this thing's got zero rust or whatever but we've got rust uh right here with the battery looks like it flipped over the rear frame rails are pretty much shot so that's kind of unfortunate but it is still a

challenger

and it's still a good looking

challenger

at that i just mentioned the fact that this car is pretty much untouched from the
abandoned dodge challenger rescued after 35 years
factory and there's really not a lot of stuff that they did looks like there's been water pump put on it and honestly i don't see anything else that's been changed to me they might have changed some hoses just did basic maintenance on it so it might not be that difficult to actually get this thing running since it's all complete and all air you know it unfortunately the car sat for a long time but they took care of it and they started it up every year or so until the gas tank
started to leak so that was unfortunate so oh man okay the filter avoided all the peanuts so that's good yep let's take this off let's see what we got going on under here that's a vacuum leak okay i'm just gonna set this to the side for now linkage isn't frozen there we go okay let's take it off you see all that like something in a nest in there good thing that filter was in there though so looks like linkage works let's see where's the throttling control
trying to move that um not so lucky there the choke linkage works i'll have to try and free that up yeah that one's not so good but that's good the choke isn't frozen or anything i don't think anything got down in the carburetor so we might be okay on that front like i said i believe it was stuck so i'm gonna pull all the the spark plugs out and pour some atf down there with some marvel mystery oil mixed in let it sit for a second and while i wait for that i'm going
to drop a battery in here and just see if anything works you know if i want to see if like headlights come on don't light anything so let's grab the spark plug socket and we'll start taking stuff out something i just thought about this thing is a manual car so it probably very well could have been in gear whenever i tried to turn the fan by hand so knocked it out of gear it's sitting in neutral right now i'm trying to take this breaker bar on the crank bolt and just see if i
can turn it just a little bit nope it's stuck couldn't get that lucky yeah the crank bolt just tightened itself you up to be really good or really bad or all three still got champions in it so it might not have been changed it might have been changed who knows at this point a little rusty but still fairly clean i've got another set of champions and i'll just stick right back in so not a big deal but i do still want to put some atf and marvel mystery oil down in there let it soak
for a little bit so this is all the spark plugs on the driver's side pulled all the eight they all look pretty much the same so just from asian sitting so yeah it's just needed to be pulled i've seen worse run so i bet they would have ran but the engine stuck so we're just gonna go ahead and put some new ones in or new to the car at least let's run a little bit in let it sit on top of the cylinder while we're here pour in some atf and that's a lot so whatever pouring
out the cylinder hole so that's great best part about these old cars a lot of chryslers specifically at least i've seen is that the battery trays are made of tinfoil and when a battery falls over next thing you know battery tray is going so this is gonna be a little tricky installed so while i'm just gonna wait for those cylinders to soak i'm just gonna mess around see if we can get any kind of power to anything all right hold your breath okay nothing exploded all right now the
battery cable's on let me get in the car hit the headlight switch you guys tell me if it comes on hey come on well heck son i'll tell you what we should have said something see the high beam for it and it's frozen so not doing that we have one tail light no side lights or anything so better than nothing something else i need to do disconnect the fuel line and we'll just chop those up real good we'll do it from the tank side too from the top so it's not pulling anything
abandoned dodge challenger rescued after 35 years
from the tank that's disgusting so that's chopped all right you're good oh oh and that only took an hour i guess well unfortunately seems like we might have something else going on besides the engine being stuck i tried it one more time and it's been sitting with atf and marvel mystery in each cylinder for at least two or three weeks let's say at this point so i'm starting to think that if the engine is not bad then it possibly be could be like a stuck clutch it
could be a stuck flywheel something is binding and i'm not sure what it is so rather than full with it out in the field and covered in ticks and bugs and that nice little spider right there can you guys see him yeah hey buddy yeah this car's full of them and it also had a mouse living in the hood and right up in here with the two pieces meet he had made like a nice little nest little trailway going on up in these channels so that was good i really enjoyed that every time i'd opened
the hood he'd fall out so yeah didn't really feel like doing that anymore anyway what we're going to do is i'm going to get up under the car and we're going to attempt to make the flywheel turn that's a method you know because you can't turn on the bolt because the bolt it'll keep loosening if you turn it one way if you can't if you turn it counterclockwise loosen up and all i can do is keep tightening it so i'm worried that i'm going to mess it up if
i just keep on turning it up more than more so i'm just going to try and turn it by the flywheel and if that doesn't work this engine is literally the easiest thing to pull out because we have zero accessories we've got no power steering to worry about all it is i mean we can literally leave the alternator hooked up disconnect it from the radiator so pull the radiator out disconnect it motor mounts and disconnect it from the bell housing undo the wiring heater hoses this thing will
come right out so simple to work on and that's the good thing about the fact of no options is that there's not a lot of stuff you have to deal with the fact that it's got the manual transmission makes it that much easier so if it comes down to it we will do an engine swap on this thing because it's so simple to do and i've got a plethora of 318s and 360s to put in it but we're going to keep trying with this thing we're not going to give up just yet here's the best
part about this entire endeavor whole car is covered in spiders even on the bottom side didn't know that was possible anyway we're going to take this inspection plate off see what that flywheel looks like real quick last bolt let's see what we got oh just kidding there's one more all right i got excited sorry guys fun fact if you haven't noticed there's a lot of stuff flying at us i'm wearing safety glasses right now always do that if you're working on something
like this keep stuff out of your eyes save you a lot of time all right last bolt for real this time oh i forgot the other bowl are you kidding me i forgot to take this other one out what is wrong with me i thought i took that one out no way okay for real this time last bolt gosh oh okay so there's a rats there's a rat's nest in here guys mhm i don't think that's what's keeping our car from running but definitely not helping that's for sure hmm okay well now we can
see oh okay yeah look at this show you guys what's inside the inspection cover check this out yeah something's been living in there for quite a while clean all that out and stuff our bolts in it so we don't lose anything didn't really have any good luck with getting the flywheel that get a grip with a screwdriver so let's just try and pop this valve cover off and see if it tells us a story i've already pulled the bolts out just tap it with a hammer and see what happens it
doesn't look bad i mean i got dirt in it for whenever i just dropped all the stuff in it but looks fairly low mileage to be honest with you not a lot of sludge build up whoever had it changed the oil at least that's why i'm so i don't know i'm kind of weirded out by it so clean though wow that is very clean and there's a spider so unfortunately from that last clip you saw i talked about how the engine would not run it would not turn over and that is the fate of this poor
318. the rockers did look brand new but no matter what i tried it would not come unstuck so the engine is going to have to come out unfortunately and even if we did get it unstuck if we wanted to keep the engine long term it would have had to come out anyways so we need to inspect it make sure that we're not tearing up anything so the next video you'll see the engine come out as well as digging around in the car and seeing what else we can find any kind of historical facts about the
vehicle and see what we can you know do about getting the trunk open figuring out how to unlock the the wheels that are stuck in the brakes and unlocking the steering column so that's going to be all the next video guys i hope you enjoyed this video and if you did please leave a like down below if you have a question for me you can leave a comment or you can send me an email it be the very end of the video send your projects to that email order your t-shirts and your stickers and please
subscribe click that notification button because this video is going to be awesome this series is going to be great to see this car putting back on the road where it belongs and doing the proper things that we need to do to make this thing an actual driver and i hope you guys stick around enjoy this series because i'm excited i've got a pile of parts waiting outside of this car that we're going to tear into in the next video you'll see it and we're gonna really just start to
make this thing awesome and i hope you guys enjoy it just as much as i have so thank you guys for sticking around appreciate everything you've done for me i'll see you in the next one there it is you see that there's the build sheet covered in spiders you