In 1981, MTV launched the first all music television channel, America launched the first Space Shuttle into orbit, and 17-year-old Phil Carlson of Aurora, Illinois, purchased his first dream ride. We all remember our first car, but Phil had visions of grandeur for his and he turned it into what he envisioned. like all teenagers, Phil's Charger took on several different personalities until it came to be the intimidating ride you see here. having an available income to spend on an automobile does not come easy when you are in high school. At first, the Charger was built for simple enjoyment. several years ago simple enjoyment fell to the wayside, and the extreme presented itself. That's right, this car looks this good and was built more than twelve years ago.
The car was back-halved using Art Morrison framerails and ladder-bar suspension. Dave Lave of AMK Auto Body applied the F6 Bright Green Metallic. The front suspension is original and was put back into service utilizing 11-inch disc brakes. Rolling stock comes in the form of Centerline wheels that measure 15x5.5 in front and a whopping 15x14 out back shod with Mickey Thompson rubber.
To secure his ability to launch the car, Phil chose to go with the bulletproof Dana 60 rearend that was narrowed to 44 inches and suspended by 32-inch ladder bars and coilover shocks. Inside the Dana is a 4.10 gearset spinning via the Strange spool to ensure both tires carry the load. A 727 Torqueflite with a reverse-pattern manual-shift valvebody handles the shifts via a Turbo Action shifter. To couple the trans to the engine, a TCI 10-inch converter got the nod.
Speaking of engines, when Phil's Charger came from the factory it already had a 440 behind the hideaway headlights, but if your gonna make a statement, nothing says "look at me" like a 6-71 Dyers blower. For starters, the '69 HP block was given to Opel Engineering for the required machining, which included a clean-up pass through the cylinders and then given back to Phil for reassembly. Inside, the parts consist of 8.2:1 TRW pistons connected to the steel crank by Direct Connection rods. A pair of Stage V heads given the necessary porting and polishing handles engine breathing. A Comp Cams stick, lifters, and valvesprings inhale and exhale when needed. perched atop the Dyers-forced engine are two Holley 750 Street Dominator carbs that supply the needed go-go juice.
The interior now blends race-car styling with... ok, it's race-car style with class. The custom-fabbed dash houses Auto meter gauges to monitor the monster and custom door panels and seat covers. It's got tunes supplied by Alpine, but with the music coming from between the fenders who needs a radio.
At present, the Charger has made a best quarter-mile pass of a 9.72 at 137 mph, which proves this racy ride makes more than just a simple statement.