Most car guys have been in the spot we are in right now. There’s always that one project that seems to take forever to complete—or in our case, to merely keep moving forward. You might think that being knee-deep in the industry would make building a car easier, but it doesn’t, and often times it makes it harder. So with my weak, thinly-veiled excuse for the absence of good ol’ Project 50 out of the way, we can now get to the business of laying down some color. But first a quick recap: the goal of this project was to turn a basketcase 1969 Dodge Charger into a 50-state legal, ground-pounding, tire-shredding monster with all modern drivetrain and suspension components while retaining the flavor and style that made the car so popular more than 40 years ago. Months of “rough-in” work was performed with 50 percent of the raw metal on the car being replaced before it made the trip to The Finer Details in Danville, Indiana. Shop owner Ken Mosier is well-known around the industry for producing award-winning restorations, so choosing the shop that would finish the Charger was easy.
Once our Charger finally got to Indiana, the crew at The Finer Details would spend countless hours on body work to ensure that the body was p-e-r-f-e-c-t before one drop of color was applied. When it comes to color it turns out there is a story there too. The color of this car has changed at least half a dozen times before a phone conversation between your author and Mosier when he suggested Dodge’s new OE color “Jazz Blue Pearl,” a rich, dark pearlescent blue that bordered on midnight blue. After seeing the color on a Charger at a local dealer in person, my decision was finally made.
There was one problem: our partners in paint, Axalta, was not the manufacturer of Dodge’s factory paint. But no worries, the pros at Axalta said they could match any color, it would just take several samples to get it perfect. Well, when sample number-one arrived, we had that a-ha moment. It wasn’t a perfect match. It was better, and thus was born the CBA color (Custom-By-Accident) moniker. Is it medium blue? Dark blue? Purple? Whatever it is, we only knew two things: it was gorgeous, and it actually shifts shades depending on the light hitting it. Pure awesomeness! The folks at Axalta crafted a one-of-a-kind color for a one-of-a-kind car. It’s easily the best-looking blue I have ever seen. So let’s get it on the car!
The Finer Details’ painter extraordinaire, Jay Webb, spent weeks on the car to get the final result that you see here. He employed a methodical, time-consuming process that he calls “top drawer,” and it yielded a show-car finish that pictures don’t do justice. Mosier says that this is the same painstaking process he and his team use when they are restoring a vehicle to compete for awards. They certainly know what they’re doing; over the years The Finer Details has racked up an impressive number of best-in-show awards at major events around the country. And we can see why!