Slideshow: Bicyclist Champ's Classic Custom 1970 Charger
Check out Peter Sagan's big screen inspired Dodge Charger build!
Inspired by the Big Screen!
Every car build starts with a spark of inspiration. For Peter Sagan, a world renown bicyclist champ, the memories of General Lee pouncing through the countryside and Dom's Charger in Fast and Furious winning race after race, made him realize that the Dodge Charger is the car for him! After gaining some early success in his career, Peter decided to pursue his dream 1970 Dodge Charger build to fulfill his childhood dreams.
Scott Tedro and Ken Maisano of MASCAR Modern & Classic Autobody & Paint Repair in Costa Mesa were up to the task of building Peter's dream Charger and after two years of countless hours in the shop, the team finally completed this amazing build. Read on the find out what makes this Charger so special!
Exhilaration at its best!
Although the rest of the build is immaculate, the engine is work of art in itself. The engine was carefully handcrafted by Kenny Maisano by utilizing the best parts available. A Mopar Performance RB engine block fitted with a forged rotating assembly, Cam Motion cam, Edelbrock Victor Cylinder Heads, and an Indy intake. Total displacement is a massive 572 cubic inches and a conservative 8.0:1 compression ratio is utilized to allow for maximum boost pressure from the ridiculous BDS 8-71 Supercharger. What do all of these go-fast parts add up to? Over 1000hp and 1200 ft-lbs of torque!
The monstrosity of the motor is backed by a Westminster Performance built 727 transmissions with billet internals. A custom driveshafts spin the bulletproof Fabricated 9-inch rear end fitted with a Detroit TruTrac differential.
Rugged yet Elegant!
The theme of craftsmanship continues into the rugged yet elegant interior. There are hardly any stock interior pieces left and some of the aftermarket additions include a hand-made console, Procar racing seats, and a custom dashboard. To provide a finished appearance, high-grade leather and carpet line the interior!
Stunt driving ready!
Since this build was inspired by the movies, it better be ready to perform some amazing stunts! The MASCAR team significantly improved suspension dynamics by installing a Control Freak front end and RideTech air springs and shocks. Wilwood 13-inch brakes with massive 6-pot front calipers, 4-pot rear calipers, and an ABS system provide unrivaled stopping power!
Hard work pays off!
To help bring Sagan's Charger into the 21st century, a bundle of modern electronics was installed into the car. The tried and true Vintage Air HVAC system, Nu-Relics power windows, Digital Guard Dawg keyless entry system, and an A1 Electric power door lock system all culminate to create a modern driving experience.
The aggressive and menacing bodywork took thousands of hours of work to get the fit and finish up to MASCAR's standards. The 1970 front grille and valence were replaced in favor of the 1969 parts and both front and rear bumpers were subtly modified to accommodate European plates. A set of custom retro tail lights and a revised rear valence round off the rear end of the car to provide a contemporary, yet classic look. The quarter panels extend out further than stock to accommodate the mini-tubs and larger rear wheels and tires.
Overall, Sagan's build proves that having a spark of innovation and the collaboration with the right team can produce some amazing results, such as this radical 1970 Dodge Charger!
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