This 1971 RT Hemi Clone is one mean street machine ready to cruise to your local shows in a never ending cloud of tire smoking fury. It’s the recipient of a recent rotisserie restoration and has a brand new MOPAR Performance Hemi crate engine
The body of the car was stripped on a rotisserie down to bare metal before it received bodywork and paint. The Challenger received new rear quarters, a new trunk pan and the rest of the metal is original on the car. After extensive block sanding, the car received a shiny new base/clear paint job which has been color sanded and buffed to a mirror shine. The original stainless trim has been refinished and the chrome on the car is new. The glass is good condition original stuff and the taillights are originals as well. The interior has been restored and includes a set of working gauges, and center console with Slap Stick shifter. The seat covers, carpeting, headliner, visors, package tray and door panels are all new.
The suspension and brakes on the Challenger have been completely rebuilt from front to rear. The suspension uses 960 torsion bars, hemi rear springs, hemi sway bars, new ball joints, tie rods and all new suspension bushings. The brake lines have been replaced from front to rear and all the drum brakes have been redone. All of the metal suspension components have been media blasted and refinished as well. The tires are new Goodyears, and the wheels are Rallyes.
The motor is the rip roaring MOPAR Performance Hemi Crate engine that makes 465 HP and 485 ft-lbs. These motors are just a few bucks under $16,000 new and with 7.0 liters of displacement they really lay down the attitude. Cooling the motor is an all aluminum big block radiator and the car exhales through a stock style aluminized exhaust system.
Engine Specs and Components
- 465 hp and 485 ft.-lbs.
- Heavy-duty, cast iron block with cross-bolted mains
- Forged-steel crank (3.750 in. stroke)
- Single 4-barrel M1 aluminum manifold
- Cylinder heads are cast iron, with big stainless steel valves (2.25 in. intake and 1.94 in. exhaust)
- Heavy-duty valve springs with integral dampers, and umbrella-type valve stem seals
- Forged aluminum pistons with a 4.250 in. bore and a 9.0:1 compression ratio
- Hydraulic Cam Intake lift is 0.495 in., with 0.480 in. for the exhausts, and 278 degrees of duration for both.
- Mopar electronic distributor
- Chrome valve covers and breathers
- Premium double-row roller timing chain and gears
6 qt. front-sump oil pan.
Paired to the Hemi is the tried and true 727 Torqueflite transmission, which was completely gone through. The rear end is a 489 Hemi case that’s been rebuilt with 3.23 Posi gears. The car fires right up and can be driven with confidence out on the road. It cools efficiently and the power really rolls on under full throttle.
For the MOPAR enthusiast looking for a Hemi that can be driven at will, this car has good looks and even better performance!