MOPAR® RESTORATION PARTS
MOPAR ® HAS EXPANDED ITS LINE OF AUTHENTIC RESTORATION PRODUCTS FOR CLASSIC CHRYSLER , DODGE AND PLYMOUTH VEHICLES. WORDS: LARRY SHEPARD RESTORATION PARTS
You may not believe what you're about to read: today, you can restore almost any 1966 through 1974 A, B or E-Body Mopar®! That's pretty revolutionary! There are a couple gaps in the A-Body line but many of these parts are being tooled up for future parts offerings.
If you were building a race car, you tend to start planning by looking at the engine or engine and chassis which would include the general drivetrain, front and rear suspensions and brakes. In a resto project, most of us would start by looking at the body. So we'll start with the basic body aspects.
Let's start with some general background. In the Mopar Performance Parts Catalog click here there are 22 pages of authentic restoration parts, which is 50+ percent more than in the 2007 catalog. However, there are thousands of part numbers in a complete car, so we've selected the 1966–1974 A/B/E-Body cars and additionally will focus on “body” aspects, but not just sheet metal.
The Mopar restoration program moved up into the big leagues in 2006–2007 when they brought out the first sheet metal parts: fenders and quarter panels. This amounted to about eight part numbers. Mopar added the 1971 through 1974 E-Body variations and then added some B-Body parts. Today there are about 40 part numbers in the new catalog with more coming.
On the front of the vehicle, you have a stylish part called the grille. Typically there is more than one part to the grille. You can have the main grille, like the 1969 Road Runner (B-Body) P5153427 and then the headlight bezels P5253417. Although not technically part of the grille, the front valance, like P5153388 1970–1971 Challenger, fits in the same area, just below the grille.
Around the outside of the body's basic sheet metal there are many smaller pieces that fit into the general category of trim or moldings. These parts tend to be unique to the specific model like die-cast emblems for the GTX (P3680160), 440 (P3613278) or the 1970 Dodge Super Bee (P2998749). Mopar shows nearly a complete line in the latest MP catalog click here. There are also some decals that could fit in the trim group like the 440+6 hood decal P2998896 (Plymouth), Six Pack P3412423 (Dodge) or the 1968 Plymouth Road Runner decals: P4022410 (left) P4022411 (right). Mopar offers many other decals—a photo of each is shown in the MP catalog click here.
Other trim parts including rocker sill plates are available for the 1970–74 Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda (P2879600). Additionally, there are right and left 1970–74 Dodge Challenger R/T Hood Scoop inserts (P5153394) along with a dual scoop Rallye hood (P5153393). A front valance is also available for the 1970–71 Challenger P5153388, 1968–69 Charger P5153407, and 1970 and 1972–74 Barracuda P5153415.
And if you need door handles, they're available for 1970–74 Challengers and Barracudas, P3760215 (right), P3760215 (left); and 1968–70 B-Body/1968–75 A-Body, 03454390 (right) and 03454391 (left).
Many resto-radiator hoses, like the 1969 383/440- 4/440-6 B-Body lower hose P2863245 and P2806186 upper hose for the 1967–1971 383/440/426H with the 26" radiator, are available from Mopar. These look much nicer than the typical universal hoses serviced once the car/engine is over 10-years-old. Photos of each pre-formed hose are available in the Mopar Performance Parts catalog.
There are many parts that could fit into the category of lenses such as front marker lamps, parking lamps, side marker lights and rear tail lamps. Mopar offers parking lenses for the 1968–1969 Road Runner and GTX (P5153428).
We did not cover the interior trim parts because of space limitations, but there are several available. We're sure we may have missed some parts in the overall structure like the outer wheelhouse P5153423 (left) P5153424 (right) for the 1970–1974 Barracuda and the outer wheelhouse P5153433 (left) P5153434 (right) for the 1968–1970 B-Body Road Runner/GTX.
In the past, whether the enthusiast was building a race car or a restoration project, if the vehicle was 25 to 30 years old, or older, then they tended to have a parts car, and in many cases two parts cars. Today, those older parts cars and basic beaters can be made into beautiful project cars with new parts that include NEW sheet metal!
Courtesy of Mopar Magazine