Some tweaks were made at an early stage to make the '70 stand out once the build was complete. Taking design inspiration from a Tour de France Ferrari 250GT, the rear valance was pulled and swapped with a '68, eliminating the long, horizontal taillights, and replaced with the first year of the second-generation Charger's thruster-like round taillamps, which allow the vertical stripe to pass between. The dash frame was pulled from the interior and exchanged for a modified and trimmed '71 Charger dash. At the end of its sojourn at Gold Coast, the body was meticulously prepped and straightened, and then coated in several layers of inky black paint; a Hemi Orange stripe was streaked from the wrap-around front bumper to the tail. The bumper was creatively sucked back to eliminate the large rubber gasket and incorporate it into the bodylines.
Steve used the '68 taillamps instead of the factory '70 lights because it was more befitti
Details abound, including the addition of the Petrol logo to the hood-latch brace.
The cockpit was tastefully recovered in black leather by Eric Thorsen and offers all the d
Planting the big B-Body to the earth is a fully customized suspension with Magnum Force tubular A-arms, boxed lower control arms, billet tie-rod sleeves, Fatman Fabrication 2-inch drop spindles, a quick-ratio, power-steering box from Firm Feel, a Hotchkis sway bar, custom Eaton Detroit leaf springs, and a 3-inch inboard spring relocation kit from Mopar Performance. A Flaming River tilt-steering column with a Lokar wheel captains the front 19x8 meats up front, while an aluminum Chrysler 8-3/4 housing with 3.55 gears roasts the rear 19x12 rollers. Big Baer Racing 14-inch discs fore and 13-inchers aft bring the big street machine to a halt with little effort.
While the boys at Petrol considered going high tech with their project car, there is really only one choice when it comes to moving a big Mopar like a '70 Charger, and that's a long-stroke Hemi. Steve made a call to some friends at Mopar Performance and had one of their bulletproof 472-stroked elephants shipped west. The Hemi features an aluminum dual-quad intake with matching Edelbrock carburetors, a street-friendly 9:1 compression ratio, and a .524-lift hydraulic camshaft. He added the Pure Vision touch by painting it an orange hue to match the external stripe. He also added a Vintage Air A/C system and an advanced Billet Specialties pulley system with a serpentine belt.
With a five-speed Tremec transmission from Keisler Automotive poking its long polished lever through the transmission tunnel, the interior is equally as stylish. YearOne supplied the few reproduction pieces that were needed. The carpet, seats, door panels, and wild seat covers were made by Eric Thorsen Custom Upholstery. Using the aforementioned '71 Charger dash, Steve had Redline Gauge Works create one-of-none gauges. Planet Audio not only installed a thumping sound system, Blue Tooth capabilities, and XM satellite, but nearly gobbled up most of the trunk with the radio's amplifiers and bass box. Dynamat sound deadening was laid underneath the carpet to do its best at muffling out the road emanating from the Fast Intentions-built 3-inch exhaust system utilizing Borla Pro X Series stainless mufflers.
Completed, the Petrol Charger debuted at last year's SEMA to rave reviews. Now the darling of automotive and media photographers, the Charger is touring the circuit as the showcase for the Petrol Advertising Agency. expect to see the orange-on-black Charger pop-up in a racing video game or TV show sometime soon.