1972 Valiant Charger

My ’72 Valiant Charger has been cloned into a ’71 Dodge Demon look alike. It is built bracket-racing style and has a full aluminum dash with only the essential gauges. It has no brake booster (only a master cylinder) nor power steering.

It has a 400 Chevy motor with Dart Platinum 200 heads, roller rockers, a pretty wild Erson cam and all the other bells & whistles. It was masterfully built by Ivan Carstens.

This hot motor is coupled to a TH700R4 Chevy auto box, linked to a new Dana limited slip diff. (3.73:1 ratio).

The inherited large round hole in the hood, (possibly to accommodate a tall air cleaner???) was expertly closed up and repaired by Bern van Gass – not an easy fix.

It has a large HDPE fuel cell fitted in the trunk and the filler cap on the side has been closed up. The fuel line is braided pipe throughout with A/N fittings. The battery has also been transitioned to the rear. The front and rear suspension has been triangulated and seriously beefed up.  It also has strong custom drag tramp bars….IDEAL for big LAUNCHES!!!

The custom chin spoiler was made & widened from a stock VW Golf 1 front spoiler by Bern van Gass. A trick parcel shelf was also designed, manufactured & fitted by him.

The fully functioning, back air wing was manufactured out of aluminum by Nic v/d Merwe. I managed to secure a 2nd trunk lid that has no wing, so I have the option of exchanging the rear trunk lid, giving it a different look in minutes.The back bumper has also been filled in & smoothed out. A second Twin-Post mirror was imported and fitted to the left side. 

A custom fan shroud was also made by Bern to help the air flow through the Flex-A-Lite aluminum radiator in addition to preventing serious damage to fingers in the bay. The one-off stainless steel exhaust and side pipes were built by Tommy from TNT and it rolls on 15” Weld Racing Pro-Star wheels.

New sheets of Dynamat were laid throughout, including the trunk, before installing fresh black upholstery & carpets, all done by Mark Wahlberg from Steeledale.

Adapter plates were made to retrofit the Mopar valve covers on the Chev heads. They have been painted Mopar orange, as has the air cleaner cover.  (This has been done intentionally to invoke discussion and debate).

I am considering an exchange of ratio in the rear, to something with longer legs…Lets see !!