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68 Charger Restoration Need Help!!!

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68 Charger Restoration Need Help!!!

bmcalear bmcalear
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/05/08
11:05 PM

I am restoring a 68 Dodge Charger 383.  The car is basically still stock but has been painted once and has had some body work done.  In the doors and the quarter lock pillars on my Charger there are undercoating holes that are 1/2" diameter and have no plugs.  Were these holes stock from the factory?  I am trying to restore the car back to factory and would like these to be accurate.  

I have pictures so email me, if you can help.  Thank you.  
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jbarbat jbarbat
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 05/08
Posted: 05/21/08
09:11 PM

I have a fully restored  68 charger.  Mine is pretty much complete factory restored.  Tell me where I should look for the wholes and can tell you if mine has them or not.  

mopar3762 mopar3762
Enthusiast | Posts: 606 | Joined: 04/08
Posted: 05/22/08
06:51 AM

it sounds like it was zbarted for rust and the plugs fell out, look them up and get new plugs and tell everyone it was zbarted as it apparently was. look under the door plate sills and see if there are holes there too.If you have the holes under the door sills it was zbarted for rust prevention but in 40 years a lot can happen right?could be body plugs? jb has your real answer  

BadFish BadFish
Moderator | Posts: 329 | Joined: 01/07
Posted: 05/22/08
07:26 AM

Sounds like Z-bart plugs to me, I've done a couple of cars that had these holes, one Road Runner had them about every 6 inches under the door sill plates and up the door pillar area. They used cheap plastic plugs that weather and fall out.

I generally prefer to weld the holes up during restoration as they weren't there from the factory, but you could also leave them and find plugs for them, your choice. Like mentioned above, it's best to compare to a car that is untouched to see what's factory and what's not.

Good luck with the restoration.  

mopar3762 mopar3762
Enthusiast | Posts: 606 | Joined: 04/08
Posted: 05/26/08
08:09 PM

hmmm thats a good question as to if the car was z barted from the factory or not.they been z barting for over 40 years.  

parker8001 parker8001
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 05/09
Posted: 05/05/09
11:13 AM

I have a 69 charger bought from the original owner. He stored it in 78 and only put 95k miles on it. When I bought it, it has the undercoating your talking about, probably a Northern car, I got this one in Pittsburgh. The 1/2" holes are not stock, they drill the holes to shoot the undercoating inside the body panels to keep them from rusting from the inside out. The car I have has Zeebarts undercoating, a popular coating used a lot. Kind of like Line-X for truck beds. Hope that helps, good luck and hope you enjoy your Charger.