How To Buy a 1968-1970 Dodge Charger

By | February 17, 2021

How To Buy a 1968-1970 Dodge Charger
The 1968-1970 Dodge Chargers are some of the more popular muscle cars with a unique aggressive body style.

It has been used in countless movies and TV shows as the fast muscle car such as the Blade movies, Fast and Furious, Bullitt, and many more.

I am one of those fans of the old B-body Chargers and own a 1968 version which I have slowly been restoring from the ground up.
How To Buy a 1968-1970 Dodge Charger Overveiew
After many years of part-time restoration, my Charger is now drive-able and mechanically good with some more bodywork and interior work needed.

Over the years I have been asked many questions about the Charger and decide to write this post to answer with my experience of buying and restoring an old Charger.

There are many 68-70 Dodge Chargers for sale that have already been restored so this is not mandatory but does add to the cost.

Restoration can be expensive especially if you do not do the work yourself.

How Much Will a 1968-70 Dodge Charger Cost?
The cost can vary widely from a basic rusted shell at $2000-$5000 up to a Hemi Charger at $150,000 or more.

The price of old muscle cars only increases by year steadily going up in value.

This steady increase in value is great if you already own one but gets more costly for anyone saving up to buy one.

Since the cost can vary so much to find the current value of a 68-70 Charger looking at sites such as eBay can give a good idea.

See Here for Current Prices of a 1968-70 Dodge Charger on eBay.

Websites such as Craigslist can give a good idea on cost but eBay is the best way to see prices in my opinion since you can see the bidding.

Restoring a 1968-70 Dodge Charger
Restoring a 68-70 Dodge Charger
Restoration is not cheap but the cost can be maintained as long as the car has most of the main components.

For example, the motor will likely be bad but can be rebuilt as long as it is in the vehicle.
How To Buy a 1968-1970 Dodge Charger 383 Engine
Small parts such as motor mounting brackets can add to cost if they are not included.

The grill is another expensive part that will add dramatically to the cost of a restoration.
How To Buy a 1968-1970 Dodge Charger Grill
All the small parts add up and will have to be tracked down and bought so the more that is included the better even if it needs to be rebuilt.

The Charger I have been restoring has the original engine and parts but had been dismantled by the previous owner.

So while I do have the original engine the mounting brackets, transmission bolts, cross-member, and exhaust manifolds were long lost.

These are small things to replace but do add up and cost more.

Depending on how bad of condition the car is in one thing I would recommend is buying a donor car.

A low-cost donor car will come in very handy if lots of parts are missing such as the engine, transmission, radiator, and so on.

For example, an old 1968-70 Dodge Monaco will have many similar parts including an engine and transmission.

Of course, a donor car may not be available and the parts can be bought individually.

The interior will be bad on almost any restoration but be sure the seats are included as the original seats are expensive.

The seats can be restored even if they are only metal frames.
How To Buy a 1968-1970 Dodge Charger Seats
Old seats with nothing but a rusted metal frame and springs can cost $1,500-$3,000 which was a surprise to me.

I recently restored the front seats on my 68 Charger myself with a kit and they came out very nice.

I watched some YouTube videos, took my time on each seat, and they came out great.

The new cushions and seat covers cost me around $800 along with a few small items such as hog rings.

Of course, someone can be hired to restore the seats but this will add to the cost.

The thing to keep in mind is the small things add up.

What to Watch for With Body Rust
There will be rust on almost any 50-year-old car with some rust expected.

When looking at an old vehicle bring a magnet such as a refrigerator-magnet to check for Bondo filler.
What to Watch for With Body Rust 2
A magnet will not stick to a location that has lots of filler making it easier to find bad spots.

Keep in mind some body-filler is OK and some will be needed to smooth out the lines.

Large holes that have been filled in and painted over is what to watch for.

The 68-70 Chargers notoriously leak water into the trunk-pan which usually rusts out.

This can be repaired by welding in a new patch panel.

Rear quarter panels behind the tires also will likely be rusted.
What to Watch for With Body Rust Rear Quarter Panel

The edges behind the rear window is also commonly rusted.

Below the rear of door, there is usually rust which can also the patched.
What to Watch for With Body Rust 1

The main thing to watch for is the Frame Rail which if rusted through is not good.
What to Watch for With Body Rust 3

The front Frame Rail runs from the front halfway down a B-Body Dodge.
What to Watch for With Body Rust 7

Part of the frame is the torsion support that bolts to the lower control arms.

The rear Rear Frame Rail should also be examined for rust and any possible cover-up of rusted holes.

Here is an example of expanding foam used to cover-up a hole in the frame rail and sprayed with undercoating

For example, in this picture notice the rear frame rail is rusted through and was covered up by filling it with expanding foam and painted.
What to Watch for With Body Rust 9
If this frame rail was to collapse the rear leaf spring would also collapse with it causing a catastrophic problem.

The main thing to look for in body rust is components such as the frame rail that can cause major problems.

Body rust such as trunk-pans, rear quarter panels, and so on can be replaced.

A frame-rail that has been rusted through with holes in it should not be bought unless you are a professional car restoration expert.

Where To Buy a 1968-1970 Dodge Charger
As with anything be wary of scams. There are many scams when it comes to buying classic cars.

If a car owner wants a deposit to hold a car this can be a red flag and I don’t suggest this unless there is a mediator such as eBay.

If you see an incredible bargain low-cost Charger be wary and watch out.

While there are bargains they are far and in-between.

Be sure to personally look at the vehicle before closing a deal or have a mediator if possible.

If you are looking to buy a ready-to-go restored Charger everything should be working and ready to drive.

If you are looking for a car to restore the engine, suspension, and interior, will more than likely be bad.

Even if the engine runs it will likely need to be rebuilt.

The suspension on any 50-year-old vehicle will be shot and need to be replaced.

The good news is that rebuilding an engine and suspension is done all time.

A restoration needs a good frame to work with and the more parts included the better.

Looking on Craigslist, eBay, and Facebook Marketplace will bring up many options for Chargers.

As most know be careful using Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace while there are many good honest sellers as most know there are also scammers or worse.

eBay is a very good option since they are mediators that will help resolve any disputes.

See Here for Current Prices of a 1968-70 Dodge Charger on eBay.

Summary
Owning a 1968-70 Dodge Charger is a real thrill not only to drive but to take to car shows and more.

If you are looking to buy one be sure to do your homework on current prices since they can vary.

I like to look at the Chargers for sale on eBay as watch the bidding to see what prices they are going at.

Be sure to examine the car for any damage to the frame rail as the frame can not be replaced.

Basic body parts such as doors, hoods, quarter panels, can be replaced but will cost time and money.

Do you have any questions, suggestions, or stories around buying a 1968-1970 Dodge Charger? Let us know in the comments below.



 




 

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