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73 Challenger Parts Car

Time for some advice. Last year I bought a parts car that I have yet to strip. It is an original '73 Challenger 340 with rallye package and air. I really hate the idea of parting this car, but it is rusty. We are talking trunk floors, rear of the frame rails, outer wheel housings, and driver floor rusty. I planned on pulling the 340 and air for my '71. But this parts car is a numbers matching 340 car so I feel bad about chopping it up.

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Here is the break down on the fender tag:

Now this is not that rare of a car, but I think it was a sinister ride in it's day. All black with no stripes or vinyl top, kind of like my old GLH with the stripes removed.

I know this is a big project (larger than I want to take on) but with e body prices being what they are this could end up only a slightly money losing proposition. So, if it was your car would you:

  1. Strip it and be done with it.
  2. Restore it back to stock.
  3. Restore it but add the manual transmission it should have been ordered with.