Cruisin' the Coast

Car of the Day: 1971 Pro Street Dodge Challenger

Cruisin’ The Coast in a 1971 Dodge Challenger

Renee Kahl of Lehigh Valley, Pa. talks about her 1971 Pro-Street Dodge Challenger during Cruisin' The Coast on Thursday, October 9, 2015, in Long Beach. Kahl's husband restored the car and she's been driving it since 2006.
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Renee Kahl of Lehigh Valley, Pa. talks about her 1971 Pro-Street Dodge Challenger during Cruisin' The Coast on Thursday, October 9, 2015, in Long Beach. Kahl's husband restored the car and she's been driving it since 2006.

Car of the Day: 1971 Pro Street Dodge Challenger

Owner: Rene Kahl from Lehigh Valley, Pa.

What's it got in it?: A 425-hp, 340-cu. in. engine mated to a Torqueflite transmission with a 3,200-rpm stall speed convertor and a Dana 60 rear end with 4.56:1 gears

What's been done to it?: Kahl's rebuild started on a wrecked vehicle that had been T-boned on the passenger side. The rear wheel wells were tubbed, and the rear frame rails moved inboard 9 inches. An eight-point roll cage was added. The balanced engine has Edelbrock heads and intake with 10.5:1 compression pistons, a Racer Brown cam and TTI headers. The Challenger rides on 15 X 15 Crager Pro Star rear wheels with 31 X 18.5 Hoosier Quick Time tires, and 15 X 6 Pro Star front wheels with 28 X 7.5 Mickey Thompson tires. The build was topped of with a custom blended purple metallic paint job with painted-on lime-green RT stripes and a trunk-mounted wing.

How long did it take?: It's been seven years in the making.

What do you think of Cruisin' The Coast?: This is Kahl and her husband's first year at Cruisin' The Coast, and plans are to return when they can spend the entire week at Cruisin'.

-- Lawrence Wheeler/Special to the Sun Herald

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