Project: 1970 Challenger
My client wanted a ’70 Challenger R/T resto-mod. The goal was to build a Challenger that performed and handled/braked/steered like a modern car but would retain the classic 1970 Challenger body lines. I searched around the mid west and found a very straight example in The Chicago area. It was a disassembled roller that had already received significant body panel replacement. The previous owner (who had unfortunately passed away) catalogued and bagged up the smaller parts and sub assemblies.
When I brought it back to the shop I began researching modern suspensions and drive trains. We decided to go with a complete suspension upgrade. This included 4 wheel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, full coil over shocks and elimination of the rear leaf springs and front torsion bars. Chassis prep also included full weld in sub-frame connectors which are contoured to the car’s under body structure.
For the engine and drive train We decided to go with a 5.7 liter fuel injected Hemi motor and transmission from a 2016 Dodge Charger.
Here are some pics of the suspension, drive train install and paint work to date.