Restored Charger 426 HEMI 5 Speed Dana 60 Pro Touring
Ready to be blown away again by another incredible pro touring creation from RK Motors brilliant craftsmen and fabricators? Remember our last 1970 Charger, the one called “Maximum Effect”? That was the one that got in all the magazines, the one that stopped the show at the Mopar Nationals in 2010, the one that sold for deep into six figures a few hours before it even debuted on our website. If you didn't make a move on that one when it was available, then I'm pleased to present that car's sister project, this incredible Plum Crazy 1970 Charger named Maximum Effect II. It has been built to the same incredibly high standards and includes a few tricks of its own. Read on and find out more.
Now let's get into the stuff you really want to know about. First of all, the body has been fully restored to better-than-OEM specifications. I mean, this Charger is STRAIGHT. Look down those massive quarters, look at the way the body lines flow, how the door shut, and the gaps around the hood and trunk lid. Flawless. How'd we get it that way? Well, like all our award-winning restorations, it was comprehensively prepped as follows:
- In a completely disassembled state we sent the body out of chemical dipping (non-acidic).
- When the body was in bare steel, we performed the metal work, picking, file process, melting the existing factory lead out and re-working the body seams. We filled a few holes on the firewall, massaged the body, and got everything flat and smooth.
- We also added those two support bars you can see in the engine bay which really shore up the front of these big cars and improve handling and steering precision notably.
- Once the rough work was done, the body was sent out for an E-coat process where the shell was completely submerged in e-coat which was baked on at 400 degrees. This process encapsulates every inch of steel with protection from any possible corrosion.
- When it came back, the entire body was primed and blocked out numerous times using a guide coat.
Look at the restoration photos, and you can see that the body was blocked and sanded to perfection (and remember that “perfect” is a word I very rarely use when describing cars). After we were satisfied that it was straight, we sprayed the Plum Crazy base coat, and topped it with clear urethane from PPG. From there, it was wet sanded with 2000 grit sandpaper (which feels about like a cloth diaper) to remove any trace of orange peel, then buffed it all to an incredible shine. Only once everything was as good as it could get did we install the Lamborghini Silver bumblebee stripe out back and the two matching hood stripes to finish the look. Of course, it's as nice underneath as it is up top, with the engine compartment and chassis painted the same Lamborghini Silver for a subtle, clean look.
At the same time the body was being worked, the stock chrome and trim was sent out to plated and polished, leaving us with immaculate pieces that are completely show-ready. The rear valence was painted more of that Lamborghini silver for a monochromatic look, and a CHARGER logo from a late-model Charger was installed in place of the original. Up front, the original grille got the same treatment, and dig the way the Charger emblem is bisected by the headlight door (the headlights work perfectly, by the way). New chrome hood pins were installed, the flip-up gas tank filler was replaced, and new mirrors and door handles finish the look. All the glass is new, too, and of course all the weatherstripping and seals are fresh.
OK, so it's drop-dead gorgeous, that's great. But can it run? Oh hell yes.
You'll note in the restoration photos that this car came to us already stuffed full of 1967 Hemi engine, so we kept it in there. Actually, no we didn't - we took it out, rebuilt it using every double-throw down piece we could think of, then dressed it up and reinstalled it in the decked-out engine compartment. Today it runs a cackling, snarling 11:1 compression ratio with a full roller valvetrain from Indy Cylinder Head. There is a pair of Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetors up top, and you've undoubtedly noticed that trick air filter, which was whittled on a CNC mill just for this car, then stuffed full of K&N guts. Once it was fully assembled, the whole thing was bathed in more of that Lamborghini Silver paint: block, heads, intake, valve covers, everything. The only flash under there is from a set of March pulleys, the custom 6061 aluminum fastener bezels on the sheet-metal bolts, and the giant, high efficiency 2-core aluminum radiator up front. And speaking of the radiator, did the shroud with a modern Charger logo - subtle, but effective. Finally, a set of TTI long tube headers handles the exhaust duties, dumping into a full 3-inch TTI system that makes this car sound like an approaching thunderstorm.
On a car like this, an automatic transmission just doesn't work, so we upgraded. In place of the old TorqueFlite, there's a bulletproof Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual that lets you row the gears as hard as you like. It's more than up handling the power that Hemi dishes out, and its short 1st gear and tall 5th gear overdrive, means you can have the best of both worlds - acceleration and highway cruising. The clutch is hydraulic for light effort. Out back, power is transferred by a Dana 60 rear packed full of 3.55s on a limited slip, making sure every Hemi horsepower is getting to the tires. And speaking of tires, they're 17 inch front and 18 inch rear BFGoodrich G-Force radials on a set of gorgeous charcoal-colored Coys wheels that are patterned after the old Halibrands of the '60s. You may note in the photos that there are no inner fenders on this car yet - they are on order and will be installed shortly, no worries.
Up front, this ground pounder uses a modified suspension from Firm Feel. It features tubular upper control arms and adjustable strut rods for highly precise cornering that's almost unheard-of in these big B-bodies. The adjustable strut rod properly locates the control arms, which is especially critical with the urethane bushings that are used throughout. The front end has been lowered about an inch and a half, not radical and still totally streetable, but very aggressive thanks to a set of custom springs. There's a massive 1.25-inch front sway bar to keep things flat and level. A set of high quality Bilstein shocks handle the damping at all four corners, and endow Maximum Effect II with a ride/handling compromise that will surprise you - a car like this shouldn't ride this well and go around corners as fast as it does. Out back, re-arched leaf springs drop it an inch, and keep the Dana properly located, again with the help of those Bilsteins. Braking power is better than even race cars were wearing in 1970, with 12-inch Wilwood vented discs at all four corners clamped by aluminum Wilwood calipers. Hang on to your retinas!
We're big fans of Dodge's interior styling, so we chose to leave most of the components on the inside of this cruiser factory fresh. However, that doesn't mean stock - even the color is subtly different, charcoal gray instead of black. Those are fully restored original gauges sitting behind gorgeous BE/A bezels. The new door panels play host to new armrest bases and door handles, the BE/A dash pad is perfect, the new console perfect with re-chromed top plates and the shifter and wood steering wheel are restored originals. New seat covers, new door panels, a new carpet and a new headliner join mint upper door pads to complete the soft trim. There's a trio of vintage-looking Stewart-Warner gauges mounted ahead of the shifter, while the high power stereo features a CD player and iPod interface along with a remote in the console. The Keisler pistol grip shifter pokes out of new console top plates, the new BE/A woodgrain wheel feels just right in your hands, and new pedal pads are under your toes. Just a subtle twist on stock, which is exactly what this car is all about.
The trunk is fully upholstered in black fabric (no cheesy vinyl mat here), and we've stashed the Optima gel cell back here, too, to clean up the engine compartment and help with weight distribution.
What else is there to say? This car is as finely crafted as any street rod or custom, packs a whallop with the Hemi under the hood, and the upgraded suspension and brakes make it a blast to drive. It's not over the top like a lot of customs, but a subtle evolution of one of the most popular (and potent) cars ever to come out of a Chrysler factory. The paint and bodywork will wow them at any show, and the engine compartment will have people whipping out their cameras whenever you pop the hood. If showroom traffic is any indicator, you won't be able to park this car anywhere without a crowd forming around it, so if you prefer to keep a low profile, perhaps allow me to show you something in black. Because with a Plum Crazy Charger packing a Hemi blowing through 3-inch pipes, you will definitely not be sneaking around. If that's your kind of fun, call us today. The clock is officially ticking. Make your move now.
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