First up was Tom Filbert and...
First up was Tom Filbert and his '98 Dakota. Tom's Dakota was in the non-power adder class, and made a respectable 281hp with his 360.
It was an inaugural event to remember. Let me take that back; it was a GREAT inaugural event to remember. This year at the 2012 Mopar Nationals, we held the first ever AMSOIL presents the Mopar Muscle Numbers Don't Lie Dyno Showdown. Hatched as an event to allow our loyal readership to showcase the true power of their cars, the two day extravaganza took over an entire corner of the Mopar Nationals' manufacturer's midway. The concept was simple, randomly choose 20 reader vehicles from a pre-registered group, divide them into two divisions (power adder and non-power adder) and strap them to a mobile chassis dyno to determine who had the most powerful street Mopar in America. It was our readers chance to etch their name in history.
Our eclectic mix of Mopars ranged in horsepower numbers from a bone stock restored '69 Road Runner in the mid-200's, all the way up to a wild '71 Cuda. We also had the battle of not one but two couples. Darren Tedder and Terry Brown squared off in the Non-Power Adder class while Jaime and Jason Thompson went head to head in the Power-Adder class. It was a battle of the sexes where bragging rights in one was decided by the razor thin margin of a single horsepower.
For Part 1 of the full story head on over to newsstands and pick up the January 2013 issue of Mopar Muscle which goes on sale October 23. Part 2 will follow up in the February issue. In the meantime, check out all of the pictures and results here as well as the accompanying videos from the AMSOIL presents the Mopar Muscle Numbers Don't Lie Showdown.
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'71 Hemi 'Cuda
'09 Challenger SRT 8
6.1 Hemi ‐ 2.8L Kenne Bell Supercharger
'66 Belvedere I
'02 Dakota R/T
408 stroker ‐ Paxton NOVI 2000 supercharger
'11 Challenger SRT8
'01 Dakota R/T
408‐inch stroker with 150‐shot of nitrous
'68 Coronet R/T
500‐inch low‐deck stroker
'04 RAM 3500
'08 Super Bee
AirRaid Cold Air Kit/Predator tune
'00 Dakota Stock
360 long block ‐ rear‐mount 68MM turbo
'07 Chrysler 300
'99 Dakota R/T
'70 Satellite .030‐0ver
5.9L Magnum Engine
'03 Ram 1500
'05 Rumble Bee
'70 Charger R/T
Our second run of the day...
Our second run of the day was from Bryan Miller and his '66 Belvedere. Yep, it's got a Hemi. Even with the engine miss coming in around 4,500 rpm, he still managed 415hp during the challenge.
Our third roller-runner was...
Our third roller-runner was Dave Belcarz with his 2003 Ram. 268hp in stock trim is right about on par with advertised numbers.
Tim Almasy's '99 Dakota is...
Tim Almasy's '99 Dakota is all stock, if you don't count the addition of a 440 and a TorqueFlite. Actually, Andy our dyno operator feels that the torque convertor might be a little too loose for the truck, as the Dak could only muster 360hp.