Steve Juliano’s final restoration is an amazing one-of-one 1970 sunroof Hemi Challenger that gets the last—and possibly the best—of his trick assembly line “lunch pail” parts. The term “lunchpail parts”, if you recall refers to assembly line workers — GM, Ford and Chrysler — filling their empty lunch pails with all kinds of assembly line parts. To be blunt, they just stole this stuff. Often, these identical parts, installed on cars as they came down the assembly line were not available through dealers as service items or even NOS. The only way to find them were on cars, eBay and garage sales of retired line workers in Detroit. Steve Juliano has been collecting these parts for some 30 years—long before they became desirable. Over the years, Steve has depleted his stash for his own restorations — this Challenger being his final project.
The average Mo’fan might not notice the difference between lunch pail, NOS and good repro parts, and may not even care. But if you’re a fanatic, the way Steve admittedly is, it makes all the difference in the world.
This Challenger, as we mentioned, is a one-of-one 1970 Hemi sunroof car. They only made one, and they only made one 1971 Hemi Challenger sunroof car. Steve owns both—sorta like a matched set. Steve’s goal in restoring is to bring it back as close as possible to the way it was when it arrived at the dealership direct from the factory.
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