After spending most of its life as a solid, South Carolina driver, this clean coupe was the perfect starting point for an outrageous, no-holds-barred restoration that decked a hot 440 Source big block in savage MoPar attitude. The pros at McLeansville, North Carolina’s Custom Classics & Restoration stripped the car’s exceptional body all the way to bare metal. Once that metal’s lower rear quarters were patched, PPG Global D740 Black was stacked on a virtually flawless profile. When that profile was completely sealed and fully buffed, Flat Black war stripes were aligned with *s¨CHARGER*s¨ and *s¨512*s¨ call-outs. And, in early 2014, this Dodge stormed the show circuit as a positively evil muscle car that tempers an old school, no-nonsense demeanor with new age panache!
What do you do when you have a sweet MoPar muscle car that needs a heart transplant? You call the fine folks at 440 Source and order something akin to this Charger’s 512 cubic inch B V8! Thanks to a 4340 crank, forged pistons, 4340 rods and a Comp hydraulic cam, this big block twists impressive 10 to 1 compression into roughly 700 horsepower. At the top of the outsized mill, a satin-finished air cleaner feeds wind to a reusable filter element, an 850 Holley carburetor and an Edelbrock Performer RPM intake. At the sides of that intake, aluminum 440 Source heads hang quality Mopar Performance rockers and fabricated valve covers over chrome TTI headers. At the front of those headers, an MSD Pro-Billet distributor sequences spark between MSD ignition and loomed MSD Street Fire plug wires. And at the front of those wires, a Billet Specialties Tru Trac system spins a polished alternator and polished AC compressor behind a beefy Tapp radiator.
Behind that B block, a slick Tremec TKO600 5-speed utilizes an American Powertrain clutch, flywheel and bellhousing to twist a high quality aluminum driveshaft. At the end of that driveshaft, a fresh Dana 60 read end spins a Sure Grip differential around 3.33 gears and Strange 35-spline axles. At the front of the car, a Firm Feel torsion bar suspension hangs an oversized Hellwig sway bar between Magnum Force control arms, VariShock adjustable shocks and Magnum Force drop spindles. Opposite those spindles, a custom 4-link hangs Strange coil-overs beneath a modified driveshaft tunnel and high quality mini tubs. Modern power steering provides smooth turns and quick reflexes thanks to a Firm Feel steering box. Abrupt stops are supplied by a Wilwood power disc brake system that’s comprised of two 6-piston calipers, two 4-piston calipers and four 13-inch drilled and slotted rotors. And at the corners of the chassis, matte Forgelines spin 245/40R18 Nitto radials in front of 345/30R19 Nitto radials.
Inside this awesome Dodge, a mostly stock interior is clean, well fitted and surprisingly stylish. During restoration, the car’s correct front buckets received new Legendary skin while its correct rear bench was slightly narrowed. In front of those thrones, a Richard Petty-autographed dash hangs white, blue-lit gauges beside an Alpine CD player and reimagined air conditioning. At the bottom of that dash, fresh carpet centers *s¨R/T*s¨ branded floor mats and a small fire extinguisher on a stylish Hurst shifter. And in front of the driver, a Joes Racing steering wheel keeps everything tracking straight.
Built for the most discerning muscle car fans on the planet, this Charger is the perfect opportunity to bask in the spoils of owning a fresh, world class classic.
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