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1970 Dodge Challenger
1970 was the debut of the Challenger, Dodge's answer to the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro.

1970 Dodge Challenger

New for 1970 was the Dodge Challenger. This was Dodge's answer to the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro even though it was a bit late. It was offered in two body styles, hardtop and convertible. You could choose from three different packages, the R/T (road and track), SE (special edition), and for 1970 only you could get the T/A (Trans Am). The T/A was built for the sole purpose of Dodge being able to race in the Trans Am circuit. The challenger had engine options for everybody with a 225 cu. in. base six-cylinder or a 318 cu. in. base V-8 with two 340 cu. in. V-8s, three 383 cu. in. V-8s, two 440 cu. in. V-8s, the famous 426 cu. in. HEMI! The T/A was only available with the 340 cu. in. "Six Pak" engine. A three speed manual transmission was standard on all engines and you could get a four speed manual or the TorqueFlite automatic transmission on all as an option

1970 Dodge Challenger Specification and Production

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Challenger Series - Six-Cyl
JH 23 2 Dr Hardtop $2,851 3,006 lbs Note 1
JH 29 2 Dr Sports Hardtop $3,083 3,028 lbs Note 2
JH 27 2 Dr Convertible $3,120 3,470 lbs Note 3
Challenger Series - V-8
JH 23 2 Dr Hardtop $2,953 3,118 lbs Note 1
JH 29 2 Dr Sports Hardtop $3,185 3,148 lbs Note 2
JH 27 2 Dr Convertible $3,198 3,535 lbs Note 3
R/T Series
JS 23 2 Dr Hardtop $3,266 3,402 lbs 14,889
JS 29 2 Dr Sports Hardtop $3,498 3,437 lbs 3,979
JS 27 2 Dr Convertible $3,535 3,467 lbs 1,070
T/A Series
SS 23 2 Dr Hardtop $4,056 3,650 lbs 1,000 +

NOTES:

  1. Combined Total - 53,337
  2. Combined Total - 6,584
  3. Combined Total - 3,173
  4. Additional Challenger R/T Information: The "HEMI" engine was installed into 287 hardtops, 60 sports hardtops, and 9 convertibles. The "440 Six-Pak" was installed into 1,640 hardtops, 296 sports hardtops, and 99 convertibles.

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Challenger 110 in 191.3 in 76.1 in 59.7 in 60.7 in 7.35 x 14
Challenger R/T 110 in 191.3 in 76.1 in 59.7 in 60.7 in F70 x 14
Challenger T/A 110 in 191.3 in 76.1 in 59.7 in 60.7 in E60x15 front & G60x15 rear

VIN Decoding

Serial Numbers were on the instrument panel, visible thru the windshield, and on the bottom line of a separate plate(fender tag) under the hood.

Dodge Fender Tag
First Symbol - Car Line
D - Dodge 122" W - Dodge 117/118"
L - Dart W - Charger/Coronet
J - Challenger X - Charger
Second Symbol - Price Class
E - Economy S - Special
L - Low X - Fast Top
M - Medium K - Police
H - High O - Superstock
P - Premium T - Taxi
Third & Fourth Symbol - Body Type
21 - 2 Dr. Sedan 41 - 4 Dr. Sedan
23 - 2 Dr. Hardtop 43 - 4 Dr. Hardtop
27 - 2 Dr. Convertible 45 - Station Wagon 2-Seat
29 - 2 Dr. Sports Hardtop 46 - Station Wagon 3-Seat
Fifth Symbol - Engine
(B) 6-198 (N) 8-383
(C) 6-225 (N) 8-383
(E) 6-Special Order (R) 8-426 HEMI
(G) 8-318 (T) 8-440
(H) 8-340 (U) 8-440
(J) 8-340 (V) 8-440
(L) 8-383 (Z) 8-Special Order
Sixth Symbol - Model Year
6 - 1966 1 - 1971
7 - 1967 2 - 1972
8 - 1968 3 - 1973
9 - 1969 4 - 1974
0 - 1970 5 - 1975
Seventh Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Lynch Road, Michigan (E) Los Angeles, California
(B) Hamtramck, Michigan (F) Newark, Deleware
(C) Jefferson, Michigan (G) St. Louis, Missouri
(D) Belvedere, Illinois (R) Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

 

1970 Dodge Challenger Options

Description Description
383-cid/290-hp V-8 Power Steering
383-cid/350-hp V-8 Power Brakes
440-cid/375-hp V-8 Tinted Glass
440-cid/390-hp V-8 "Six Pak" Air Conditioning
340-cid/290-hp V-8 "Six Pak" Two-Tone Paint
426-cid/425-hp "HEMI" Music Master AM Radio
TorqueFlite Transmission AM/FM Radio
4-Speed Manual Transmission AM Radio w/ 8-Track Tape
White Sidewall Tires Simulated Woodgrain Sport Steering Wheel

Engine Options

Location Of Engine Code: 6-Cyl - Right front of block, below cylinder head. Small-Block V-8 - Left front of block, below cylinder head. Big-Block V-8 - Left rear of block, near oil pan flange.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
C 6-225 145 215 TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
G 8-318 230 320 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
H 8-340 275 340 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
J 8-340 290 345 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 3 - 2 BC
L 8-383 290 390 TorqueFlite 2 BC
L 8-383 330 425 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
N 8-383 * 335 425 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
R 8-426 HEMI 425 490 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
U 8-440 * 375 480 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
V 8-440 390 490 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 3 - 2 BC

Notes:

  • * High Performance

Available Transmissions

Transmission Location
TorqueFlite Stamped on the transmission oil pan rail.
3-Speed Manual Not Available
4-Speed Manual Not Available

Identification Number Transmission Type
2892086 TorqueFlite
2892087 TorqueFlite
2892089 TorqueFlite
3410636 TorqueFlite
3410637 TorqueFlite
3410667 TorqueFlite
3410668 TorqueFlite
3410669 TorqueFlite
3410670 TorqueFlite
3410671 TorqueFlite
3410672 TorqueFlite
3410767 TorqueFlite
3410769 TorqueFlite
3410777 TorqueFlite
3410779 TorqueFlite
3515815 TorqueFlite
3515816 TorqueFlite
3515817 TorqueFlite

 

Axle Decoding

Location Of Axle Codes: A metal tag is bolted to the assembly, giving the axle ratio or tooth count (if tooth count - divide the larger number by the smaller number, this is the ratio.) Locking axles have a metal tag with the letter "S" on it.


Note: Since tags can easily be missing, the approximate ratio can be determined by marking both the a wheel and the driveshaft; turn the wheel one complete turn and the number of times the driveshaft rotates is the ratio. Locking axles can be identified by raising the complete axle assembly and turning one wheel; if the other wheel turns the the same direction it is a locking axle and if it turns the opposite direction it is a non-locking axle.

Challenger Axle Ratios
Engine   6-225 8-318 8-340 8-383 8-426 8-440
Locking / Non-Locking   L NL L NL L NL L NL L NL L NL
Ratio 2.76   x   x       x        
3.23 x x x x x x x x x x x x
3.54                 x   x  
3.55         x   x   x   x  
3.91         x   x          
4.10         x   x   x   x  

Interior and Exterior Paint Chips

  • 1970 Dodge Exterior Paint Codes.

    The first Paint Code identifies the roof or accent color. The second Paint Code identifies the body color. (For example, the combination W1-B3 on a Dodge would indicate the roof or accent area is in White and the body is finished in Light Blue Metallic.) Paint code plates are located in the engine compartment on the left wheel housing or the left fender side shield.

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

A4 - Silver Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4979L
"Centari" Code - 4979A
Dulux® Code - 4979D

Q3 - Light Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5082L
"Centari" Code - 5082A
Dulux® Code - 5082D

A9 - Dark Gray Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4980L
"Centari" Code - 4980A
Dulux® Code - 4980D

R6 - Red
Lucite® Code - 4992LM
"Centari" Code - 4992AH
Dulux® Code - 4992DH

B3 - Light Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4981L
"Centari" Code - 4981A
Dulux® Code - 4981D

R8 - Burgundy Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5179LM
"Centari" Code - 5179AW
Dulux® Code - 5179DM

B5 - Bright Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4982L
"Centari" Code - 4982A
Dulux® Code - 4982D

T3 - Tan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5089L
"Centari" Code - 5089A
Dulux® Code - 5089D

B7 - Dark Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4983L
"Centari" Code - 4983A
Dulux® Code - 4983D

T6 - Dark Tan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5090LH
"Centari" Code - 5090A
Dulux® Code - 5090DH

C7 - Plum Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5182LM
"Centari" Code - 5182AW
Dulux® Code - 5182DH

V2 - Hemi Orange
Lucite® Code - 5067LH
"Centari" Code - 5067A
Dulux® Code - 5067DH

E5 - Bright Red
Lucite® Code - 5092LM
"Centari" Code - 5092AW
Dulux® Code - 5092DM

W1 - White
Lucite® Code - 4996L
"Centari" Code - 4996A
Dulux® Code - 4996D

F4 - Light Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5085L
"Centari" Code - 5085A
Dulux® Code - 5085D

X9 - Black
Lucite® Code - 99L
"Centari" Code - 99A 
Dulux® Code - 93-005
F8 - Dark Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4988L
"Centari" Code - 4988A
Dulux® Code - 4988D
Y1 - Bright Yellow
Lucite® Code - 5180L
"Centari" Code - 5180A
Dulux® Code - 5180D
J5 - Lime Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5181L
"Centari" Code - 5181A
Dulux® Code - 5181D
Y3 - Antique Ivory
Lucite® Code - 4888L
"Centari" Code - 4888A
Dulux® Code - 4888D
K2 - Go Mango
Lucite® Code - 5065LH
"Centari" Code - 5065A
Dulux® Code - 5065DH
Y4 - Light Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5086L
"Centari" Code - 5086A
Dulux® Code - 5086D
K5 - Dark Burnt Orange Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5088LM
"Centari" Code - 5088AM
Dulux® Code - 5088DH
Y6 - Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5077LH
"Centari" Code - 5077A
Dulux® Code - 5077D
L1 - Beige
Lucite® Code - 4998L
"Centari" Code - 4998A
Dulux® Code - 4998D
F6 - Bright Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5078LH
"Centari" Code - Not Available
Dulux® Code - 5078DH

  • 1970 Dodge Interior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image
GLOSS COLORS (note 2)
Autumn Tan Metallic
See Code T6 Baltic Blue Metallic
See Code B7
Bayou Green Metallic
See Code F8 Jewel Black
See Code X9
LOW GLOSS COLORS (note 3)
Dove White
Lucite® Code - 9608L
Not Available / See Note 1 Sunfire Orange Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9725LH
Not Available / See Note 1
Ivory
Lucite® Code - 9070L
Not Available / See Note 1 Bayou Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9601L
Not Available / See Note 1
Citron Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9772L
Not Available / See Note 1 Sierra Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9642L
Not Available / See Note 1
Puma Tan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9723LH
Not Available / See Note 1 Jewel Black
Lucite® Code - 99L
Not Available / See Note 1
SUEDE COLORS (note 4)
Citron Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9770LH
Bayou Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9778LH
Puma Tan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9772L
Baltic Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9777LH
Sunfire Orange Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9773L
Jewel Black
Lucite® Code - 9776L

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Three-Tone Black & Gray = 389-2076

 

Interior Paint Notes:

1. Low Gloss Colors require 2 ounces of DuPont 4528S Flattening Compound to a pint of unreduced color.
2. Gloss Colors Usage - Windshield Mouldings, Backlite Mouldings, Roof Rails, Quarter Panel Upper Garnish Moulding, Quarter Garnish Extension & Lock Pillar Upper, "A & B" Pillars and "B" Pillar Cap, Door & Quarter Upper Inner Frame and Upper & Lower Garnish, and Miscellaneous Suburban Parts.
3. Low Gloss Colors Usage - Roof Rails, Backlite Mouldings, "C" Pillar Cover, Console, Manual Seat Adjuster, Windshield Garnish Mouldings, Convertible Top Mechanism, Miscellaneous Suburban Parts.
4. Suede Colors Usage - Bucket Seat Hinge Cover, DeFogger Bezels, Instrument Panel, Steering Column and Components, Stereo Speaker Grilles, Tachometer Housing

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