Posted Nov 11th 2012 4:05PM
The sound of an old muscle car tends to grab the attention of most of us, often leading to an instant pause in any conversation. This often tends to leave people wondering why you've stopped talking or listening and why your head is swiveling on it's axis trying to pinpoint the source. Once the offending but oh so glorious sound is located, you stop and stare at the sheer presence of the beast. Whether it's sitting there idling and dumping raw fuel out of it's oversized tail pipes or rumbling past you, tripping seismometers everywhere, it's a beautiful sight.
Alas, it's 2012 and the majority of us have grown accustomed to the comforts that modern engineering have brought to our world. The technology we have now is light years away from what was available in the years gone by. Suspension, chassis, interiors, motors and basically everything you can improve on has been done and redone ten-fold.
So what do you do when you miss the classic styling and presence but are accustomed to modern tech? Dave Salvaggio of Salvaggio Automotive Design in Milwaukee, WI, has an answer. He's taken a customer's 1970 Dodge Charger and rebuilt it from the ground up. Retro-fitted with the latest suspension and drive train technology while retaining the style and feel of the classic car.
"Up front is a custom, double-wishbone front suspension rolling on 18″ wheels with rack and pinion steering. Power will come from a modern 6.1L modified HEMI that will deliver an estimated 620 horsepower through a manual transmission to a custom four-link rear suspension. The extra wide rear tires will be wrapped around 19″ wheels nestled inside tubbed wheel housings, and go-to-whoa power will come from 4-piston Wilwood Disc Brakes. "Punishment" is a better description for what it will be like to not drive this car."
The build has been documented on the DodgeCharger.com forum and we bring you photos from it's debut at the SEMA, 2012 show.
News Source: Street Legal TV
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