With all the cosmetics completed, Darren and pals collaborated to remove the rear suspension and detail the differential, returning a freshly painted and rebuilt Dana 60 with 3.54 gears back underneath the body. All new polyurethane bushings replaced the aged rubber, while new stainless steel brake lines replaced the corroded steel lines from the factory. Not content with simply replacing the suspension's bushings, Darren opted for a modern advancement, choosing to install a Firm Feel steering box from Steer & Gear. The four-speed received a Centerforce dual-friction clutch, and the car's electrical was replaced with a schematic-correct harness from Year One. Custom 3-inch pipes with a crossover X-pipe funnel the exhaust out the back with period-correct 3-inch tti tips.
The final result was this fully functional driver that Darren pulls out as much as the weather permits. He admits that car shows aren't really "his thing," choosing rather to drive the car, chirping the rubber at each light that he can and in-between gears on the neighborhood roads. Darren's case of Mopar Fever might not have a cure, but much like a common fever, it's best to feed it as much as you can.
Fast FactsWho: Darren TraverWhere: Meshoppen, PennsylvaniaWhat: '72 Charger Ralley CoupeColor: GY8 Gold MetallicEngine: 440 RB, bored .030, Eagle Rods, SRP 10.2:1 pistons, Lunati.507 hydraulic cam, cast 346 heads, Mancini valves, bronze guides, hardened seats, ported and polished, Edelbrock Performer PRM heads, Holley 750 DP, MSD ignitionTransmission: A-833 four-speed, Centerforce clutch, Pistol-Grip shifterRearend: Dana 60, Sure Grip 3.54 gearWheels/Tires: Front: American Racing Torq-Thrust II 16x7, Hankook 235/60/16;Rear: American Racing Torq-Thrust II 16x8, Hankook 275/55/16