Cosmetically, the Charger is flawless; the signature razor lines and scallops are scalpel-sharp. All of the bodywork and paint was handled by the artisans at Gold Coast Custom, where the sheetmetal was rubbed, massaged, and sanded over and over again to give George one of the straightest B-Bodies to come out of Michigan. All seams and panel overlaps were blended and covered. Each of the four specific-to-'68 turn signal indicators was removed. All the panel gaps were aligned, filled, and outlet holes for the C-pillar emblems and wheel opening trim were eliminated, and the front valance received extensive refashioning. The brilliant white paint was accented with a solid red '70 Charger tail stripe. NASCAR-inspired cues appear throughout the car with Pure Vision-crafted front window security tabs, rear window braces, rear bumper aero jackets (covering the gaps between the quarter-panel and the bumper edges), and a one-off rear spoiler. Authentic Daytona A-pillar aero covers were also employed to bring this Charger closer to a '69 Charger 500 with each alteration.
The NASCAR-heritage theme is found throughout the car, even down to the placement tabs fou
Super stock Chryslers in 1968 didn't look this sparse. Zolotone paint adorns the interior
Race inspiration continued internally with the cabin resembling nothing of the preceding production passenger version. Pure Vision attacked the factory dash board, modifying it to house a vintage NASCAR-inspired dash cluster with Stewart Warner black-face gauges (featuring a 160-mph speedometer), and indicator lighting. A wide-angle rearview mirror and mesh covering for the overhead dome light also added to the competition-ready theme. Absent from the interior is virtually everything else-no carpet, headliner, package tray, center console, back seat, or door panels. Covering the cockpit is red Zolotone truck bedliner paint sprayed over every inch of the interior tin, including the floor boards, trunk, ceiling, and Red Zone custom tin door panels. Not missing any details, Steve added his touch to things like the door handles, clutch and brake pedal arms, and window cranks by drilling holes for weight savings (though not a considerable amount). The trunk is awash with competition series equipment. Locating the battery in the trunk for weight distribution was a no-brainer-it was one of the primary steps racers made to convert their stock vehicles into race machines. An ON/OFF breaker switch was stationed between the rear left taillights to manually sever the electric fuel pump in case of an emergency. A customized bladder-lined 14-gallon fuel cell from Fuel Safe was tied into the floor and rollcage in a customized cradle that utilizes the factory gas flip-top filler door with a custom fill tube.
Both Steve and George have dealt with amazing engine combinations, the likes of which reach up to 1,000 horsepower. Though impressive, both car builders coincided that a more practical output was more appropriate for this application. The stroked Ray Barton 472ci Hemi was tuned to run on civilian 91-octane, dynoing at 605 hp with little cajoling. Unique to this car, Steve applied the same use of a drill to the throttle cable/return, power steering, alternator, and throttle brackets. An original magnesium NASCAR short-track, dual-plane, single four-barrel intake manifold rests atop the block with a dirt-track-style air screen protecting the K&N air filter from debris. A NASCAR crossover breather tube with dual filters tethers the valve covers together, while the top of the core support was boxed and received the same "punch hole" weight saving treatment. The sanitary state of the engine compartment is staggering-Pure Vision tucked all the headlight wiring beneath the wheelwells, while hiding all the firewall looming underneath the dash inside. One of George's initial requests is manifested in a Pure Vision-designed, manual cable-operated headlight door system. Interestingly enough, a NASCAR-correct Corvette expansion/overflow tank was located and used as well, affirming George's claim that the Charger was intended to be a race car, no matter how pristine Steve made it.