Ever wonder what your dream job would be? Chris Collier has one—and this massively-motored '71 Demon is part of it.
A Realtor by trade, Chris is also "curator" of a private collection of cars, owned by one of his clients. "I've known him since I was 12 years old," Chris says. "I build them, I drive them, I show them, and I maintain them. Between me and my friends who are body guys, own mechanical shops and what have you, I'm like the curator at a museum."
When Chris and his client found out this Demon was available, they took a look at it. It already had a full-tube chassis underneath it, but it was far from finished. "All the basics were done," Chris recalls. "The cage was in it, but it wasn't complete."
"We had a shop to go over every inch of every tube, and every inch of the frame, to make sure that there were no cracks. We knew where we were going to end up with the final build," he says of the big power they had in mind, "and an engine like we had planned can twist a car right in half." As a result, they totally re-did every inch of the tube frame and rollcage. (By the way, Chris was assisted in this project by his nephew, Brandon.)
A trip to the annual Detroit Autorama led to the engine that's now between the front fenders. Chris says they got inspiration while walking around Detroit's annual hot-rod-and-custom extravaganza at Cobo Hall. "I heard about a local businessman who had an old Keith Black Hemi, so I went to look at it, and I ended up buying it." Chris' connections also helped turn up the Littlefield 14-71 blower. "Again, we put the word out to local Mopar guys, and got a hit from a guy who owned a machine shop. Somebody owed the owner a bunch of money, and gave him a set of heads and this supercharger, so we ended up buying the supercharger." It puts out 12 pounds of boost, enough to pump the elephant engine's output up to 1,200 horsepower.
With that much engine (and supercharger) in the car, what's it like to drive? "It's a handful," says Chris. "It goes straight down the road," he says of its road manners, while wearing Mickey Thompson Drag Radials. He adds, "It's got five-inch exhausts, so it's noisy. One item this Demon doesn't have is a horn. "It doesn't need a horn," says Chris. "I just kick it, if somebody's in my way."
Even though this A-Body looks like it's dragstrip-ready, Chris says that it hasn't run on the strip--yet.
Does the idea of big power in a small body interest you? Chris says if you're looking to build a Mopar that way, keep it streetable. "My advice is build something that is street-friendly. Everybody wants more and more horsepower."
Inside the cage, Jeg's Pro Race buckets with G-Force harnesses are all the seating this De
Even though it's been tubbed, and the 15-gallon fuel cell and battery reside here, there's
Thanks to Chris' friends and contacts, he scored the 534-inch Hemi, plus the Littlefield 1
'71 Dodge Demon
Owned by: Bill Traynor, Clarkston, Michigan
Built by: Chris Collier, Clarkston, Michigan
- Engine: A Keith Black 535-inch Hemi, with goodies like a Littlefield 14-71 supercharger, a pair of 1050 cfm Holley Dominators, MSD ignition, and custom hand-built headers with five-inch exhaust.
- Transmission: 727 automatic with a full-manual valve body, 3,800 stall converter and CO2 shifter.
- Rearend: Narrowed Dana 60, with 4.11 gears for the street
- Suspension: (Front) Stock '71 Demon torsion bars (Rear)"Old school" ladder bars with a Watts link
- Brakes: Standard '71 Demon front disc/rear drum
- Wheels and Tires: Weld Wheels and Mickey Thompson Drag Radials.
- Body: Original steel '71 Demon unibody with original glass.
- Paint: Viper Blue base/clearcoat
- Interior: Jeg's Pro race bucket seats with G-Force harnesses, plus a full array of AutoMeter gauges including an AutoGauge 0-10,000 rpm tach.