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1970 DODGE CHALLENGER - $115,000

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Cris Gonzalez' Challenger is Plum Crazy Purple, but it might have Mopar lovers seeing red. Cris Gonzalez, owner and operator of JCG Restoration & Customs (JCGRestorationandCustoms.com) in Oxnard, California, has built some of the baddest Pro Touring cars around, including the Blu Balz Camaro, an over-the-top muscle car that left Italian supercars in its wake. Cris' latest project, a 1970 Dodge Challenger, moves down the color spectrum from blue to purple, but it might have Mopar lovers seeing red. Fabrication, suspension, and mechanics-Cris is good at everything, except Mopar engines. Under the hood of the Challenger is a Mast Motorsports LS3. 'I get a lot of disappointment at the track when they find out it has an LS engine, but then they're amazed at how fast it is,' Cris said. People tend to forgive a lot for the sake of more horsepower. The LS in the Dodge makes 605 hp to the flywheel at 6,500 rpm along with 540 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm. The big challenge is putting that power to the ground, evenwith 12-inch-wide tires. 'We've pretty much found [their limit],' Cris said. 'It grips so hard in the front, we don't have many issues. Now it's about playing around with [the rear] springs. When we get some springs, we can get some forward launch.' A Holley EFI Hi-Ram intake (installed after our photo shoot) moved the torque curve higher into the rpm range and made the car manageable on the bottom end while exiting corners. 'I don't have the torque trying to spin my tires [now],' Cris said. 'On the road course, rolling through a couple esses, I want to be able to roll on the throttle and not get sideways.'; How did Cris end up building an LS-powered, road-race Challenger in the first place? He teamed up with long-time friend and owner of Blu Balz, Karl Dunn, with the goal of building a car specifically for the Ultimate Street Car Invitational. Karl had been competing in Optima events with a 2007 Saleen Mustang. If you're a Ford guy and weren't offended by an LS-powered Mopar, you may not want toknow where the LS was before the Challenger: Karl's Saleen. When a customer of JCG expressed interest in the Mustang, Cris put the original drivetrain back in the Saleen and traded the Ford for the Challenger. Then, since he had the LS ready to go, it went right in the Dodge. The Challenger was a 10-year-old restoration with decent paint and a straight body. JCG built the suspension basing it on Blu Balz' C6 front clip. JCG builds a C6 spindle of its own design and assembles them in a jig. Cris worked with JRI (JRIshocks.com) to produce a special set of JRI/JCG coilovers with Eibach springs for the Challenger. The only part on the front suspension not built in-house are the Speedway Engineering sway bars. It took the team only 10 months to finish the complete build.

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  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 LHD
  • RefCode: TA1070156

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