Cruisin’ The Coast in a 1971 Dodge Challenger
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