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Title: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: DMZ73 on November 10, 2016 - 06:52:15 pm
Friends, these are the pictures of the Challenger Shakedown we built for SEMA this year. Time from start to finish is @2years.
The idea was to create the ultimate expression of a vintage Challenger with all modern drivetrain and components. (crate 392!) grille, tail lamps, headlamps, suspension, wheels, tires..
I am pretty sure that the idea was spawned from checking out all the resto mods and the Optima Challenge cars..
The build was handled locally here in Detroit.
Shop name upon request. (I have to scrub this with our PR team)

I'll try to explain as much as I can along the way.
Enjoy!
What we started with
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Basically at this point, it was a body in white.
We adapted the modern Shaker cover to a vintage hood, and had our way with it.
All the bumpers were heavily shaved and brought back to the body. (Sectioned two or more inches per side, moved rearward to the body at least 2".
I think we started with 70 bumper brackets, (but I'm not sure)

I'm not sure what sheetmetal they had to replace, but I think they started out with a pretty solid car.
More to come!
Dan


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Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: DMZ73 on November 10, 2016 - 07:28:51 pm
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Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: JpRngr on November 11, 2016 - 01:35:55 am
Sweet! Looking forward to seeing more!
Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: soundcontrol on November 11, 2016 - 05:17:09 am
Nice! Extreme inspiration, I foresee my -73 project getting very expensive....   :grinno:
Nice hood hinges, what is the bulge behind the back seat for? Was the heavy reinforcement in the doors taken out?
Title: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: DMZ73 on November 11, 2016 - 08:03:36 pm
Nice! Extreme inspiration, I foresee my -73 project getting very expensive....   :grinno:
Nice hood hinges, what is the bulge behind the back seat for? Was the heavy reinforcement in the doors taken out?


Technically it was for the rear suspension frame x member.
As far as I know, the door reinforcement stayed.
I'm not sure which hood hinges we used- Ring Bros, or?(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161112/b26d5657f9a873fb843a98b1084d3f89.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161112/efbb8bbeeefbac272ae24393cc139e75.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161112/dc2293070fdabeb67ec73d813a4fb4de.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161112/6d032f87ab70f3ba99dac57d3fae0153.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161112/8b1cf7e2ee6f1fceae21fb3b07527379.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161112/347f21c2508820014813f9f84ac83ce4.jpg)

So a few details worth mentioning here:
The frame we used might have been a Schwartz Performance muscle car chassis.
Also take Note of the solid mount through-frame exhaust.
Another noteworthy detail is how we did our wheels and brakes.
You see that 1/4 wheel section?
That is a solid grey SLA (Stereolithography) check the clearance- 5mm. Talk about tight!!!
Not everyone has this luxury- most people use a wheel plane tool/calculator to help decide what offset and width they can handle on the car.
We used math- lots of it.
In fact, we laser scanned the whole car before we really got cooking.
It sure makes it easier to build things for a car when you have the whole thing in data!

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Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: Rdchallenger12 on November 13, 2016 - 09:08:46 am
Keep them coming!!!!!
Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: RCCDrew on November 14, 2016 - 01:56:42 am
Nice!!
Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: dave73chally on November 16, 2016 - 04:30:25 pm
Cool...was this the black car with the 2015+ tail lights and grill grafted in?
Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: DMZ73 on November 16, 2016 - 06:25:37 pm
Cool...was this the black car with the 2015+ tail lights and grill grafted in?

Yep. I wouldn't say it was grafted.... more like recreated to look like they were grafted...


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Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: DMZ73 on November 17, 2016 - 08:19:09 am
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161117/28e048a6c6dd1907db1e2a1c295c86ed.jpg)
Here the chassis and the car are mated together
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The modern Shaker baseplate is set on the hood for location based on the engine location (I'll see what I can find out on this)
We adapted the modern Shaker trim ring to the old hood- I believe we cut new data for this-
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Forgive me if some of the order is jumbled... I received a bulk of these images WAY out of sequence, and I'm doing my best to get them back into a sequence to tell a story...
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Fitting a splitter
Any interest in this part? Obviously we have molds... ;)
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Fitting the custom made modern spoiler
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These are the stock  tail lights..notice the seam between the deck lid and the fixed tail light... that won't do...
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First milling of the grille and light assembly.
I kid you not- there is a ridiculous amount of work within this part. We just had to make it look easy!!!(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161117/2f86f7f6360287165474ce3c60ab10e7.jpg)
Better view of the whole car
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I'll update more tonight!
Dan


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Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: Archialfa on November 17, 2016 - 09:13:53 am
The bumpers are custom made? Or de-chromed?

Fantastic thread, please send more... :-)


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Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: soundcontrol on November 17, 2016 - 09:40:00 am
The grill is very interesting, can you explain the process of making it?
Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: WildJones on November 17, 2016 - 12:47:00 pm
Thanks for posting the pictures of this project - it's incredible! Do you have any information about where the wheels were sourced? Are they direct from Dodge or?

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Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: ChallengerHK on November 17, 2016 - 08:48:40 pm
Mark me down for interest in the splitter
Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: DMZ73 on November 18, 2016 - 12:15:34 am
The bumpers are custom made? Or de-chromed?

Fantastic thread, please send more... :-)


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The bumpers started out as originals.. then were cut down, sectioned, and fabbed to fit the body. The body was also modified to accept the bumpers.
Basically the designer wanted the bumpers to look more like a front fascia, and drew it the way he wanted it to appear. Then the shop fabbed it up with nothing less than perfect gaps..


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Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: DMZ73 on November 18, 2016 - 12:20:18 am
The grill is very interesting, can you explain the process of making it?

We started with a sketch of what we wanted the front end to look like- essentially a 2015 Challenger.
Then we started with the data for our 2015 Challenger grille/lights.
We scanned the body of the car with a laser.
Then we adapted the data to fit the scan of the car.
The next step was to mill out a "plug"- essentially all A side surface with B side dimensions- and test fit it to the car.
This process works pretty well, but sometimes the integrity of our scans isn't what we want it to be.

Once we like the way everything fits, we start to make the separate parts with dimensions and B side attachments.


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Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: DMZ73 on November 18, 2016 - 12:22:19 am
Thanks for posting the pictures of this project - it's incredible! Do you have any information about where the wheels were sourced? Are they direct from Dodge or?

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I'll find out if these are custom wheels that we modified from a modern scat pack wheel.
My guess is that they are, but you never know!


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Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: DMZ73 on November 18, 2016 - 12:32:44 am
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Same deal on the tail side of things..
We took the data from the stock 2015+ Challenger tail lights and fit them to the car.-
As you can see in one of my previous posts, the stock tail lights have a seam/gap between what mounts on the body, and what mounts to the deck lid.
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161118/65dcbb64dc742f0756781a9cd3aa5094.jpg)
Here you can see that the old Challenger has a fixed tail light panel... presenting an interesting challenge...
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Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: 70chall440 on November 18, 2016 - 01:45:10 pm
Awesome work, I looked at this car at SEMA, very nice.

Like your FC in the background, I have one as well. Trying to decide what to do with it, thinking a 4BT conversion.
Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: Rdchallenger12 on November 20, 2016 - 12:16:43 pm
What seats did your team use? The interior picture I found looks amazing.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=shakedown+challenger&view=detailv2&id=0CDF5DA67B4BEA084645FFAC28680A7CA6130137&selectedindex=67&ccid=wpVlGMEf&simid=607995142181095237&thid=OIP.Mc2956518c11f7f0df78120928b56681bo0&mode=overlay&first=1 (http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=shakedown+challenger&view=detailv2&id=0CDF5DA67B4BEA084645FFAC28680A7CA6130137&selectedindex=67&ccid=wpVlGMEf&simid=607995142181095237&thid=OIP.Mc2956518c11f7f0df78120928b56681bo0&mode=overlay&first=1)
Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: c4orce on November 20, 2016 - 12:26:50 pm
I love those tail lights. If that was sold as a kit I would definently pay good money for it.
Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: ejcbud1 on December 13, 2016 - 04:23:01 am
I have a 72 Challenger and have been thinking of using the 2016 tail light ass'y and the grille from the same or earlier. I viewed the complete post and wanted to ask a few questions. Was a 2016 factory replacement taillight ass'y modified to fit? If so, how did you deal with the split lenses? Was a factory replacement grille ass'y modified to fit?  Can someone forward these questions to the originator of this information? Thank you, Ed
Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: DMZ73 on December 28, 2016 - 11:45:50 am
What seats did your team use? The interior picture I found looks amazing.

[url]http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=shakedown+challenger&view=detailv2&id=0CDF5DA67B4BEA084645FFAC28680A7CA6130137&selectedindex=67&ccid=wpVlGMEf&simid=607995142181095237&thid=OIP.Mc2956518c11f7f0df78120928b56681bo0&mode=overlay&first=1[/url] ([url]http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=shakedown+challenger&view=detailv2&id=0CDF5DA67B4BEA084645FFAC28680A7CA6130137&selectedindex=67&ccid=wpVlGMEf&simid=607995142181095237&thid=OIP.Mc2956518c11f7f0df78120928b56681bo0&mode=overlay&first=1[/url])

We used the ridiculously overpriced Viper seats. Had to cut the floor to drop the seats in


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Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: DMZ73 on December 28, 2016 - 11:47:43 am
I have a 72 Challenger and have been thinking of using the 2016 tail light ass'y and the grille from the same or earlier. I viewed the complete post and wanted to ask a few questions. Was a 2016 factory replacement taillight ass'y modified to fit? If so, how did you deal with the split lenses? Was a factory replacement grille ass'y modified to fit?  Can someone forward these questions to the originator of this information? Thank you, Ed
Ed, all the "new" challenger parts were extremely modified to fit. Most of these parts are custom one off pieces, cast and milled for this build.
I'd have to ask if they are willing to sell casts/new parts, and ask what they might cost.
Dan


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Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: DMZ73 on December 28, 2016 - 11:49:32 am
The bumpers are custom made? Or de-chromed?

Fantastic thread, please send more... :-)


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Bumpers are cut down originals, shaped and tucked into the body. I believe They are de chromed and painted.


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Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: NumberSix on May 08, 2017 - 02:42:10 pm
Hey, DMZ73? any updates on this build?
Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: dodj on June 11, 2017 - 07:13:02 am
Hey, DMZ73? any updates on this build?
Just saw this car at Mopars in the Park last weekend. Dodge had quite a display there including the new Demon and the Shakedown Challenger. The workmanship on the Shakedown is impressive. The gaps on the tucked in bumpers were perfect, the grille and tail lights look like they were made for the car. I'd like to do the same front and rear treatment to my car but I don't have the mad skills needed to pull it off.
Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: dodj on June 11, 2017 - 08:12:35 am
A couple pics
Title: Re: 2016 Challenger Shakedown build!!!
Post by: Archialfa on June 11, 2017 - 08:52:18 am
Dodj, would you be so kind to send/upload photos in high resolution? The forum has file size limit, but maybe uploading to wetransfer or some similar service and then sharing the link?


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