Royce City, TX
Mopar Power Engine: Going the new-school-meets-old-school route, a 6.1L Hemi V-8, with a custom-fabricated air-induction system by Hot Rods by JSK, was installed under the factory Power Bulge hood, which now features functioning scoop openings. Transmission: If you're going the modern route, just sliding a 727 under the floor may be ok for some, but this one features a five-speed Chrysler overdrive-automatic transmission with a console-mounted shifter. Exhaust: Although you can't see it from the sides of the car, there is a custom-fabricated, 3-inch, dual setup under there, and it was fabbed by Hot Rods by JSK. That includes the custom-fabricated chrome tips.
Sure Grip Frame: Although a lot of body mods were done, the original Chrysler Unitbody structural members are still there, but are augmented by subframe connectors fabricated by Hot Rods by JSK. Suspension: Supporting the front end is a Magnum Force coilover front suspension; in the rear is a factory-style leaf suspension. Hey, it works, so why not? Brakes: You can't have wimpy brakes on a car built like this, so Wilwood disc brakes are mounted on all four corners. Wheels: Knowing the wheel-and-tire package can make or break a car's look, a set of Billet Specialties "Stiletto" wheels were chosen. Large 17x8-inch wheels are mounted on the front, and a massive pair of 18x10-inch discs are mounted on the rear.Rubber: Nitto NT55, 225/40 ZR 17 (front); 305/35 ZR 18 (rear).
High Impact Interior: There are some major deviances from stock when you get inside the car, but it works well with the rest of the package. A pair of custom bucket seats from Interior Supply & Service (ISS), Ft. Worth, Texas, were upholstered in leather with a houndstooth pattern cloth insert by Sean Cook, Murphy, Texas, and keeps the driver in place while she faces a custom-fabricated gauge cluster with Auto Meter gauges. Deviating from the Mopar brand, the guys used a '77 Cadillac tilt/telescope steering column to replace the stock unit. Continuing with the modern feel, a Billet Specialties "Outlaw" steering wheel was also used. Although it may appear stock, a custom console (which resembles the factory-optional one available) contains an '06 Cadillac shifter.
Body: The body is an original '72 Challenger, but with extensive custom fabrication/modification that includes the floorpans raised 3-1/2 inches, trunk floor raised 5 inches, and hand-fabricated rear valance/exhaust tips. Side mirrors are Vision Hot Rod Concepts items that were cut down nearly 2 inches to fit better on the body. Paint: a two-toned combination using PPG Aventurin Orange from the top body line down, with PPG black painted from there up. There is also a PPG Kawasaki Green stripe dividing the two colors. painted by Hot Rods by JSK.
Wheels are massive 18x10 inches...
Wheels are massive 18x10 inches on the rear, and you better believe it took some modification to get them in there.
Really adding a modern touch...
Really adding a modern touch to the car are a pair of Vision Hot Rod Concepts side mirrors.