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So I bought my car about 14 years ago, it's a '66 Charger (XP29F61239226), 361/auto with nothing special on the fender tag... it was originally a beige car w/ a tan interior, and Charger Group 354 (driver side remote mirror, day/night rear view mirror, power steering, and trunk/parking brake light), other than that, nothing special.... but it's always had a 500 flag emblem on the sail panel on both sides, it looks like it's supposed to be there, but my search-fu has always turned up nada..... any idea's??


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I have to say, it is a first for me, too. I wonder if looking into the Daytona 500 specifics indicates anything with the Charger, being the first year of the non-A body Chargers, that is, has anything to do with the race, or whether it was a simple dealer add-on. It is interesting to say the least.
 

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Heh. There were Charger 500 packages in either '68 or '69, it's possible that someone liked the idea and just bought the badge as mentioned.
 

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The Charger 500 was a limited volume model factory deal to run in NASCAR. It was not an emblem only option.
 

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I was thinking something about the Daytona 500 race, not the Charger 500. There may be some racing thing associated with the emblem, but most likely dealer add-on.
 

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I've got the original certicard, but it's almost unreadable, I'll see what I can make out on it

I haven't ever found a broadcast sheet in this car, but according to some sources a popular place for these cars is in the back shell of the front drivers seat, and I haven't looked there
 

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Did you pull the bottom of the back seat and look between the springs and foam? That was a very common place for many years.
 

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Not to take away from the original topic but your statement that this is a 361 car piqued my interest. Is the 361 original? I was always under the impression that the 361 ended production for passenger cars in 1964.

Edit: I did some quick research and see that the 361 did live on as an option through 1966. IMO, that is a very cool feature since the 361 was being phased out in deference to the 383. I would think you have a pretty rare combination.
 

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The 361 is an awesome engine, revs even better than a 383 and takes performance changes well, and the only problem for parts is the pistons themselves, but it shares the bore with the 400 Chevy, just a matter of getting the pin height correct to make them workbut still a very strong engine.
 

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The 350, 361, 383, 400 are all basically the same block. I think the earlier ones might have been the thick wall castings, but I might be wrong on that. I love the 383 and always have. They are all good strong motors, and a 400 stroker is a wild ride. Cool stuff. Didn't they turn a 361 into a Silver Commando?
 
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