The Crack Pipe 1969 Dodge Charger!

Seriously, whatever they were smoking when they built this beautiful 1969 Dodge Charger needs to be passed this way.  After it’s passed this way every other builder on the planet needs to get a hit as well.  Have you ever stared at two items for a while and wondered exactly how to make some extremely ridiculous hybrid of said two items?  That is exactly what happened here.

IMG_8756 IMG_8719Laid out before you is a beautifully restored, black 1969 Dodge Charger.  A classic muscle car that is very sought after.  These cars can bring anywhere from $40,000-$75,000 on average at a Mecum Auto Auction.  These are original, restored, and resto-modded cars.  They run the gamut of all motors, colors, options, etc.  I would personally consider myself lucky to own such a beautifully restored car.

IMG_8708 IMG_8745Just to give you an idea of what sort of detail went into this car lets talk about the trunk lid.  This trunk lid was originally an aftermarket reproduction (as many are).  The problem with the aftermarket pieces is that once it’s bolted down you can see a wavy area where the bolts pull the metal under the lid.  Boooooo….hisssss….bad form Jack!  Brent (the owner…probably should have mentioned that…lol) asked me to open the trunk.  That damn thing must weigh 50lbs or more!  To solve the wavy issue the body guy found a 1/4 steel plate and cut it to size.  He then welded the lid on top of the reproduction version and made it all look factory.  No waves, just metal that is smooth as a baby’s ass.

IMG_8716 IMG_8720Wait wait wait!  Back the truck up!  Hold the damn phone!  I have neglected one HUGE thing here.  A Dodge Viper found its way in between a stock Charger’s bed sheets and mated with it…what you see is the love child of that affair.  A 1969 Dodge Charger with full Dodge Viper suspension, engine, and transmission.  Your eyes do not deceive you, that is a Viper V10 shoehorned into the engine bay of this car.  I’ll wait for you guys to pick your jaws up off your desks/phones/bathroom floors/etc.

IMG_8731 IMG_8740Jaws feel better?  This black beauty had every panel replaced, touched, massaged, cut, stretched, and formed all back into place to be able to accept the coming doom of a motor.  The wheel arches were opened up for the 345s to fit and the whole wheelbase was stretched two inches to give it that sleek uber-badass stance.  The transmission tunnel had to be raised along with the floor pans so this Charger wouldn’t drag the transmission on the ground.  After all that a set of wheel tubs were fitted and a 17-gallon fuel cell was hidden in the trunk.  Impressed yet?

IMG_8766 IMG_8797One of the biggest changes that happened to Brent’s Charger was the uni-body…or lack there of.  It is no longer uni-anything.  The chassis was separated from the body and a 2″x3″ custom steel tube frame became the underside of the car.  We ain’t got time for uni-bodies ’round these here parts.  We need the biggest motor we can find!

IMG_8743 IMG_8803A 2005 Viper supplied the V-10 for this build and it too was ripped apart and rebuilt.  Every single nut, bolt, bearing, clip, gasket, pump, etc was replaced during the rebuild.  The air intake was hand fabricated to go along with the custom designed headers hanging off the exhaust side of the cylinder heads.  Once all of this was put back together and fired up it began to have some issues.  What hot rod doesn’t have a few issues?  Solution?  They had it torn down and completely rebuilt a second time to make better power.  605hp was the estimate after the rebuild whereas the original motor only dynoed at 550hp.

IMG_8758 IMG_8766All of this nonsense is kept straight by Afco coilovers, full Dodge Viper brakes (6-pot front/4-pot rear), and a set of Michelins wider than most of the tires I have ever owned…combined.

IMG_8776 IMG_8783After all the bodywork, the PPG paint, the welding, the unicorn’s blood, and magic put into the chassis/motor something had to be done about the inside.  The front seats began life in a regular old Dodge Neon.  Hey, shut up, he kept it Mopar.  Mopar or no car right?  The dash was custom-built and accepted the Panasonic sound system with a 10″ subwoofer and MTX amplifier.  Painless Wiring got the call to outfit the whole car with electricity and fuses and things that usually will shock the crap out of you.  All the non-painted surfaces were wrapped with tweed, leather, and more magic and VOILA…done!

IMG_8710The description here is the quick and dirty combined with my dumb sense of humor.  There was so much time and work put into this car that it was physically hard to write about.  I hope I did this car just a small ounce of justice.  Please look for it at local Houston meets and shows and ask Brent all about it.  He was completely at home telling me about it while I walked around taking pictures.

IMG_8807I would like to thank Sean at http://www.westhoustonmuscle.com for hooking me up with Brent.  And I also need to thank Brent as well.  At the end of the shoot we got rained on by mother nature.  I am certain he was cussing me out as he was headed home while the heavens cried onto his beautiful Dodge Charger.

-AM Gabe

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