By The Numbers

1971 Dodge Challenger
Clay Huber, 46 • Fredericksburg, VA


Type: Chrysler 572ci big-block Hemi
Block: Keith Black aluminum, bored to 4.500 inches
Oiling: Melling pump, custom aluminum pan
Rotating assembly: Callies 4.500-inch forged crank, Eagle steel rods, JE 10.25:1 forged pistons
Cylinder heads: Stage V aluminum castings with 2.25/1.90-inch valves
Camshaft: COMP Cams 254/260-at-.050 hydraulic roller
Valvetrain: Indy Cylinder Head/T&D rocker arms; COMP Cams springs, retainers, and locks
Induction: Hilborn individual-runner intake manifold and throttle-bodies; Imagine Injection stand-alone EFI system and injectors
Ignition: MSD ignition box, distributor, coil, and plug wires
Exhaust: TTI 2.125-inch long-tube headers, dual MagnaFlow mufflers
Cooling: Edelbrock water pump; Be Cool radiator and electric fans
Built by: Mopar Engines West (Newark, CA)


Transmission: Tremec TKO 600 five-speed manual, RST twin-disc clutch, Hurst shifter
Rear axle: Chrysler 8.75-inch rearend with 33-spline axles, 3.91:1 gears, and limited-slip differential


Front suspension: XV Motorsports aluminum K-member, control arms, spindles, coilovers, and splined sway bar
Rear suspension: XV Motorsports three-link with aluminum control arms and adjustable Panhard bar; XVM coilovers and splined sway bar
Brakes: XV Motorsports 14-inch discs with 6-piston calipers, front; 13-inch discs with 2-piston calipers, rear

Wheels & Tires

Wheels: Kinesis K59 18x9, front; 18x10, rear
Tires: BFGoodrich 275/35ZR18, front; 295/35ZR18, rear

Steve Strope: Trendsetting Builder

Creative inspiration can come from a multitude of diverse sources, and a hallmark of Steve Strope's designs has been the infusion of styling cues drawn from outside the muscle car kingdom. Anything from finely chiseled shifter handles modeled after European supercars to pushrod-actuated suspensions off of open-wheel race cars is fair game at Pure Vision. Steve attributes much of this to his upbringing in rural New York. "I'm very open-minded and enjoy and appreciate many types of cars. As a kid, I went to Indy car races at Watkins Glen, sports car races at Pocono, stock car races at the local NASCAR track, and drag races at Englishtown and Maple Grove," he says. "A cool old car is a cool old car, regardless of where it was made. I venture outside the muscle car arena all the time to come up with new ideas. I spend lots of time at the magazine rack looking at how cars are built in other parts of the world, and I visit exotic car dealerships to draw inspiration from the latest Ferraris and Aston Martins."

Yet another one of Strope's trademarks is integrating various visual elements so seamlessly, that it's easy to overlook them entirely. It's a refreshing departure from the diametrically opposed trend of modifying a car's body lines and overall character beyond recognition. While there's nothing wrong with pushing things to the extreme, Strope continually proves that less can be more. "I like to hide things in plain sight. People have told me that my cars are like an Easter egg hunt because the more you look, the more you keep finding little things here and there," he says.