Recently, an owner of a 1970’s Dodge Challenger was interviewed about the restoration of her car. Linda Clemens bought her Challenger brand new and with custom features almost 45 years ago.
Her B5 Blue 833 four-speed vinyl top baby was ordered with the A66 340 package that got 275 horse power and came with heavy duty suspension and brakes. Her first child, Jim Clemens, was brought home in that car and it was driven for several years before being put to the side and eventually into storage.
Many years later, Linda was ready to bring her Dodge Challenger back to its former glory. The project was turned to her son Jim, whose first car ride was in that very same vehicle.
Jim Clemens is a car restoration specialist in Telford Pennsylvania. It took him four years in his spare time to restore his mom’s power house to showroom quality and he says it’s his shop’s signature piece. The 340 engine was rebuilt and a Comp Cams hydraulic camshaft was added as well as an electronic ignition system and some chrome effects that were not original to the 1970’s Challenger.
The engine and the transmission were rebuilt by Dana Pennepacker. The stock front drums were replaced with discs and the whole body underwent restoration. The interior was redone by Legendary Auto Interiors.
This all-American classic muscle car gave way to this generation’s power house, the 2015 Dodge Challenger. The body style is reminiscent of Linda’s Challenger, but the power under the hood has doubled. The car will have a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi appropriately named the “Hellcat”.
This will make the Challenger one of the most powerful cars in the world. It will be an eight-speed automatic that will see upwards of 580-660 hp and up to 640 lb/ft or torque. You will go from 0-60 mph in no time…a mere 4.6 seconds. This is a car that was not made for efficiency, but for pure power.
While the 1970’s Challenger came equipped with a R11 AM radio, the 2015 Challenger will come with the latest of Chrysler’s technology and high quality materials.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger will be introduced this spring and production will start in the summer. To see pictures of Linda’s 1970 Challenger and the process of restoring it from start to finish, visit Jim Clemens’ page.
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