The chassis has been modified to the extreme to handle all that power. The entire drivetrain, which was traditionally offset, was centered in the chassis, and the body tied together with custom framerails. Beyond the obvious swing-out door bars on the rollcage, there are a total of 14 points that attach the cage to itself and the body.
Indy Cylinder Heads built...
Indy Cylinder Heads built David Wolfe's 605ci Hemi, which pours out 886 hp on pump gas. In the Mopar world, Indy has established itself as the premier source for Pentastar power, manufacturing individual components like heads, intakes, and blocks, to complete crate engines.
Up front, a Magnum Force tubular K-member, QA1 coilover shocks with 550-pound springs, an adjustable swing arm, and a monster 1.25-inch sway bar were carefully positioned so that when David gets the itch-and he's itching right now-he can take the car to a track day at a road course for some bendy road fun. He says the manual rack-and-pinion that are in it now are great for straight-line stuff, but have got to go unless he does some serious workouts before the track day. Evidence of the original plan is also seen in back with a quick peek at the Dana 60 hooked to a ladder bar and QA1 coilover setup.
When viewing the underside of the car and scoping out the chassis, it is truly amazing how clean and efficient the workmanship is there. No gaudiness and nothing is overdone, just right. Brake lines routed and tucked in nicely, custom 20-gallon fuel cell hidden in the trunk, ladder bar crossmember tied to the framerails, as if Ma Mopar wanted it there.
The rolling chassis would be incomplete without the goodies that go round and round. In this case, a set of Boze 19x8s up front and 19x12s in the rear are banded by two pairs of Bridgestone Potenzas for good traction.
What's so neat about all that work underneath and inside the engine bay is that once you stand back and look at the car, it looks right. Filled body seams, a custom 'glass hood, worked over floor pans, and a custom firewall and fenderwells look absolutely clean and spectacular. Also, '09 Dodge Challenger Hemi Orange paint really pops against the T/A-style side stripes.
The interior is just as clean and understated as the exterior. Crack open the door and it looks like a bone-stock restoration. Danny's Glass and Trim in Wauconda, Illinois, was responsible for the immaculate dash, headliner, and carpet while the factory gauges were restored to their original condition. Minor additions in the cockpit were an oil pressure and temp gauge. As David tells us: "Some of the factory gauges were just slightly better than idiot lights." He was also a little leery of the old lap belts with 886 horses letting loose at the blip of his right toe, so he added a pair of Crow harnesses "to keep your ass in the seat when things get interesting." So Spartan is the interior that there is no stereo! David claims the only sound he needs is "just two huge Flowmasters barking out Hemi horsepower."
Now that he has the whole package together, his view of the Mopar world has finally found its home. He's no longer just a Bow Tie fanatic, he's a more enlighted and, shall we say, worldly enthusiast of the vehicular arts. "The more I drive this car, the more I appreciate the factory setup from Dodge. From the dash gauges to the pistol grip shifter, I think the guys at Chrysler really knew what they were doing when they built the E-Body cars." It's also clear that he appreciates the attention that the car brings. "It doesn't matter where I am with the car, when the engine roars to life, everybody stops what they are doing to see what the hell all the noise is." Maybe all that noise is the sound of this switch-hitter knocking a home run.