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SRT Challenger with Centrifugal Super Charger

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#1 OldGuy70

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:23 PM

Picked up the 09 Challenger special edition kit from Revell over the holidays and decided it needed something different.  Was ging to drop in an old school Hemi from an old AMT kit and do a drag car, but decided instead to build up the modern Hemi with a scratch built centrifugal supercharger, shave off the 6.1L badging and add 7.0L badging to it.  I kept the engine near stock, with the addition of fuel injectors and fuel rails.  fuel lines will be added once I am satisfied with the supercharger and related ductwork.  I will post images of that once it all comes together.  body was clean overall and needed little smoothing before it was ready for paint. All the body pieces fit rather well. hood hinges need a little shaving down to let the hood rest in place properly, but that's typical. I did however spend some quaility time with the nose of the car.  I like to open up the grill along with any other front end openings that typically just get painted in black.  Typically one would just buy some photo-etched pieces for a new grill, but I decided instead to carefully shave the back side of the grill area and opened up the grill that way. It came out really nice and leaves the badges in place without having to reattach them later.  After the paint sat for a week, I laid down some bare metal foil on the badges and painted the grill area semigloss black, rubbing the raised letters clean after the black set up a little.  picture doesn't do it justice, it's hard to get good pictures with this dark color.  The under body is left fairly mod free, with only addition of more foil to the exhaust pipes for that stainless exhaust look.  I may weather the exhaust and underbody a little for that used look, but I am not decided on that yet. Going to have to either make some white stripes myself or see if any of the lesser challenger kits out there have what I'm looking for, since the red stripes supplied with the kit just arn't going to cut it.  More to come as the build progresses,  may be a while, I'm tend to let things sit between stages, as I ponder different ways to take the build.

 

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Edited by OldGuy70, 19 January 2013 - 12:33 PM.


#2 martinfan5

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:29 PM

Love the new look to the grill, very nicely down, can you go into a little more detail on how you did the grill?, what color did you use?


Edited by martinfan5, 19 January 2013 - 01:30 PM.


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Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:37 PM

Love the new look to the grill, very nicely down, can you go into a little more detail on how you did the grill?, what color did you use?

he took an exacto and shaved the grill slowly. the grille is model master semi gloss black and the car testors plum crazy spray.



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:45 PM

Love it! Great work so far!



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:56 PM

I like the grille too. Cant wait to see more.



#6 cobraman

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 02:13 PM

Looks very good.



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:02 PM

Great job on that grille Jon, it looks 100% better opened up like that!



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:21 PM

Nice trick! it opened up the holes as square! VERY nice little detail! Makes a world of difference! Nice job so far!



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:44 PM

CANT WAIT TO SEE MORE LOVE THAT COLOR



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:16 PM

I like the grille too, it make a whole difference.



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:53 PM

Very nice. The color is phenomenal and the grille is gorgeous!



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:39 AM

Thanks guys, got the idea for the grill when I did a 55 chevy stepside.  grill on the truck was easy to open up with the wide openings it had.  As Jake from Ohio mentioned earlier (he seen me in action on this one, been training him for years),  I took an X-acto blade and slowly shaved down the grill from the back side, holding the knife at a slight angle.  As the plastic gets thinner, you will need to watch how much pressure you apply so that you don't punch thru the grill.  eventually you will be able to see the grill clearly thru the back side and then you can try to carefully poke the thin plastic out, just don't force it.  If it doesn't just pop out with the weight of the blade, shave it some more.  Time is your freind here.  You could even use some sand paper to do this too, but the blade will give you a flatter surface and a more even thickness as you go.



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:33 AM

Great paint work,nice detail to the grill.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:02 AM

Any new stuff?



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 04:45 AM

ive been in contact with him and he says there is a possibility of working LED headlights, he has been busy so not much work has been done. Also custom made decals are going on this beast.


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 04:14 AM

Get to work man! this things been sitting in its box too long, get those leds wired up and lets see this.



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 05:29 AM

Great Start!

 

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