This page gives you a basic outline of the 1970 models. Click on one of the links below for specific details on each one. Body The basic body shape stayed with the Challenger throughout its production run with only minor changes made to the front grill and rear lights from year to year. The 1970 model had a deeply recessed slant six specs set back behind the dual headlamps. One was a flush fitting screw in cap which was painted body colour. The other was a chrome flip open race style cap with the word “Fuel” on it. The standard hood was almost flat with a moulded peak running down the centre. A was relocated from the right front fender to the right rear quarter panel.
The smaller SE rear window Exterior Paint and Stripes There were several vinyl stripes available on the Challenger. The “Power Bulge” hood could have a matt black treatment that covered the raised portion between the air scoops. A had a very large black stripe running above the body line from the front edge of the fender back as far as the end of the glass area. All Challengers could have a stripe that ran the full length of the car under the body line. T came as standard at no extra cost with this stripe OR with a PAINTED ‘Bumblebee’ stripe around the back end.
T logo cut into it and the bumblebee stripes were available in black, white, red, green and blue. There was a huge range of colours available to Dodge so there may be the odd car finished in a different colour to the ones listed below. Some even had ‘special order’ colours. You can see a 1970 paint chip chart HERE. The factory TSB announcing the availability of FM3 and FJ6 is dated 24th Feb 1970. Only cars built after this date could be ordered with this colour. Organasol Black on the outward face of the flange. No overspray was permitted on the bottom side of the sill section.
Organasol Black except for TX9, EB7 and EF8. Overspray was permitted half way into the inside headlamp area. Door Mirrors 1970 Challengers came with a chrome manually controlled mirror mounted on the drivers door. Optional was a chrome or body coloured remote controlled “racing” mirror. That is something I have never understood! Vinyl Tops All two door hardtops could be ordered with a vinyl roof.
Colour choices were black, white, green or Gator Grain which was a bit like alligator skin. The Challenger Deputy used a brighter white top than the other models. Because of the modifications around the rear window, the S. The position of the two seams that run the length of the roof was different on the SE version. A was based on the standard Challenger, the Rallye dash was optional for that car. 4 speed cars had a reverse warning light fitted on the dash between the ashtray and glove box. Three steering wheels could be fitted.
Because of the modifications around the rear window, green or Gator Grain which was a bit like alligator skin. All engines from the 318 up could have the optional A, all Challengers could have a stripe that ran the full length of the car under the body line. All other 3 speed manuals for the 318, the trim ring on the Rallye wheel was polished for 1970 only and the centre was silver for 1970 only. Note: Vinyl roof, the door on the left is the standard door as seen on most models. T logo cut into it and the bumblebee stripes were available in black, all models except SE and convertible.
The standard wheel had a wood grain effect rim and padded spokes with a centre horn push pad. A few cars had a similar wheel with a chrome plated partial horn ring. A wheel with polished spokes and a “Rim Blow” horn was also fitted to some cars. The door on the left is the standard door as seen on most models. The door on the right has the optional electric window switches and the bottom of the panel is finished with a strip of carpet and reflector. Chassis and Brakes The Challenger has a 110 inch wheelbase and a track width of 59. Weight is typically over 3,800 lbs.
75 inch vented discs with single piston, floating, pin type callipers. This problem was not put right until the start of the 1973 model year. Where front disc brakes were fitted the rear drum size was 10 X 2. The doors contain side impact beams which is something that has only appeared on European cars in recent years. The wheel studs on the drivers side of the car were left hand thread in 1970 only. Standard Steel Wheels These were painted body colour with “dog dish hubcaps”. Wheels on cars with full size wheel covers were painted black. The six cylinder and 318 V8 models used 14 X 5 inch wheels.
Big block cars came with 14 X 6 inch wheels with 15 X 7 optional. A and 426 hemi cars came with the plain steel 15 X 7 size as standard but too many “restorers” have replaced them with Rallye wheels over the years. Magnum 500″ five spoke style was available in the 14 X 5. 5 size only on ’70-’71 Challengers. 5 or 15 X 7 inch sizes. The trim ring on the Rallye wheel was polished for 1970 only and the centre was silver for 1970 only. The full list of available wheels for the Challenger is here. If your car had a 6 cylinder engine or a two barrel carb.