While my friend Rob and I were putting a 5.7 Hemi in his 1969 Barracuda it became very clear that many more components were needed to do a true plug and play type conversion that takes full advantage of the modern drive trains. Click here to see the build photos
That's where this project starts. My wife Karen made the comment one day in 2004 That she would agree to a 1968 Charger project "if it could ride like her '06 Charger". After that I read the statement “We wanted to do this the right way with no expenses spared, and not like some average Joe out in his garage with a chopsaw,” by XV motorsports company president John Buscema. These two statements are what sparked my imagination and led to the creation of the car you see here.
Remember that the entire car was built by myself and a few friends in the driveway (yes we did use a chop saw) of my home. Never let anyone tell you that something can't be done.
We started by tearing the Magnum apart, tagging and bagging everything and drilling spot welds. The car was broken down into the main structures making it easier to test fit the larger sections. The magnum has a 5" longer wheelbase so 2.5" were taken out of the Magnum pan just in front or the rear seat and the front fender wheel well openings were pushed forward 2.5". What you are looking at is around 1600 hours of work. The end result is a car that can be daily driven, go mid 12s in the quarter and wide open will go 165mph+ while still getting 21mpg on the highway. I will be posting more photos soon and if you need more info or are interested in buying the car please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 4/20/11
Here are the 2 donor cars as I got them. The Charger has a few dents that will need to be fixed. The Magum has some major upper body damage, but the parts I need are perfect.