2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Rumble Bee
Running in our nonpower adder class, Aaron Nolan from Macomb, Michigan, brought one of many Dodge Ram trucks to the 2012 AMSOIL/Mopar Muscle Numbers Don’t Lie Dyno Showdown. As the owner of an auto detailing business, Aaron’s Rumble Bee truck looked great and ran great as well. The 5.7 Hemi in Aaron’s Ram is mostly stock, featuring a cat-aft exhaust system, cold air intake, and electronic programmer. Running through the factory 3.92:1 ratio gears, this limited edition Ram made a best pull on the chassis dyno of 266 horsepower at the rear wheels. Vehicles in our contest weren’t all highly modified, as exemplified by Aaron Nolan’s mostly stock ’05 Rumble Bee. With only a few bolt-on modifications, this Ram managed 266 horsepower.
2000 Dodge Dakota R/T
Chas Hoffner: Chas Hoffner’s ’00 Dodge Dakota is a nice blend of stylish looks and perform
Hailing from Perkasie, Pennsylvania, Chas Hoffner entered one of several Dodge Dakotas in our chassis dyno competition, this one in our power-adder class. Chas has owned this ’00 Dakota since it was new, and has modified it nicely over the years with front and rear Hotchkis drop springs, sway bars, and Bilstein shock absorbers. Equipped with a Magnum 360 engine, Chas modified the factory powerplant with Harland Sharp 1.7 ratio rocker arms, a Mopar M-1 intake, and Mopar Performance exhaust headers. To boost the power of his small-block, an STS 68mm rear-mounted turbocharger was added with homebuilt exhaust piping and an air-to-air intercooler. This Dakota features an automatic transmission built by Chuck’s transmission in Philadelphia, with a 2,800-rpm stall converter. This Dakota’s best quarter-mile time was 12.20 seconds at 111.06 mph, and the turbo-powered truck made 368 horsepower during our dyno contest.
1999 Dodge Dakota R/T
Tim Almasy: When’s the last time you’ve seen a big-block shoehorned into a Dodge Dakota? T
We had a good variety of Mopars in the contest, including this ’99 Dodge Dakota R/T entered by Tim Almasy of Massillon, Ohio. Wearing its original Flame Red paint, Tim blew up the factory 360 with a shot of nitrous oxide and then decided to ditch the Dakota’s original powertrain to make his truck into something Chrysler never made, a big-block Dakota. Using a factory 440 block, Tim had the engine bored .030 over to accommodate a set of forged TRW pistons along with a factory forged crankshaft and Six-Pack connecting rods. Tim chose Edelbrock aluminum cylinder heads for his big-block, and a Hughes camshaft with .579 inch lift and 256 degrees of duration at .050 inch lift. Other modifications to this 440 include an Edelbrock intake, 850-cfm Holley carburetor, Schumacher headers, and MSD ignition. A TCI TorqueFlite combined with a Coan 5,600-rpm 10-inch converter get power to the back wheels, and this big-block Dakota made 360 rear-wheel horsepower during our dyno contest.
2007 Chrysler 300C SRT8
Eddie Streeter: Chrysler 300s may be recognized as luxury cars, but Eddie Streeter’s modif
Another late-model entry in our showdown was Eddie Streeter’s ’07 Chrysler 300C SRT8. The 300C is a great blend of style, luxury, and performance and as a retired Fortune 500 executive, Eddie enjoys driving his SRT8 version as well as attending car shows like the Mopar Nationals. We’re sure this 300 was a fun ride from Eddie’s home in Crestwood, Kentucky, thanks to modifications like an 87mm CNC-ported throttle body, cold air intake, SLP long-tube headers, underdrive pulley, and Diablosport tune. Exterior modifications like ASA GTS wheels, powdercoated calipers, fender trim, a custom grille, and subtle pinstriping make this 300 look just as good as it runs. On our chassis dyno at the Mopar Nationals, Eddie’s 300 SRT8 sleeper impressed the crowd by making a stout 364 horsepower at the rear tires. mm
The Mopar Nationals is the biggest Mopar-only show and race in the country, and we were proud to host the first annual AMSOIL/Mopar Muscle Numbers Don’t Lie Dyno Showdown in the Midway of this great event. We’d like to thank all of the competitors in our inaugural dyno competition, as well as the sponsors who helped make it happen. And while we’ve highlighted the combinations the competitors used to make big Mopar power in this and other Mopar Muscle articles covering the contest, don’t think that we’ve forgotten about the winners. We’d especially like to congratulate Darren Tedder of Canton, Georgia, for winning the normally aspirated class with his ’71 Hemi ’Cuda, and Rick Trunkett for winning the power-adder class with his small-block powered ’72 Plymouth Duster. Be sure to check out full features on each of these powerful Mopars right here in Mopar Muscle.
Darren Tedder won our first annual Dyno Showdown, as the 654-cubic-inch Hemi in his ’71 Pl
Rick Trunkett entered our contest as an alternate, but got to run his car in the competiti