This is the latest Billadeau restoration project, a genuine seventies factory backed Super Stock Dodge Challenger. The car was built and driven by Joe Allread during 1974 to ’75 before being sold to Dave Hendricks, who raced it through to 1979.
Powered by a 360ci motor with a Nash-Chrysler 4 speed and Dana 60 rear end, the Challenger ran an 11.56 @ 126mph during it’s final season in the SS/L class. The car was then parked and remained in storage right up until 2017 when it was imported to the UK by Duncan Watts. We took ownership in 2018 and can’t wait to bring the car back to it’s best.
Thanks to Dave McCallan at McCallan Automotive a new rollcage has been fitted, and we have now taken the body back to bare metal. Check back for more progress pics later this year!
The restoration continued throughout 2020 and we now have a finished article ready to hit the track! Hopefully it will go as well as it looks.
Dave’s ‘Vanishing Point’ Challenger came in for engine and MOT work. The 408ci small block was fitted with Edelbrock heads and a mechanical cam. Other work included new head gaskets, a new intake and wiring.
This rag top Challenger saw all new bushes fitted to the front suspension along with new shocks, a new steering box, new carb and a rear anti-roll bar. Work was also carried out on the electronic ignition, brakes and the front suspension and steering were also set up.
Before this Challenger was sold on to Brad it was owned by Dave himself, who performed a full restoration. Bodywork, paint, interior and the 440 Magnum engine were all given attention. The car was originally blue with a white vinyl roof and a 318 motor.