FULL REBUILD: Upgrading A 1970 Dodge Challenger Restomod From The Inside Out 

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Detroit Muscle goes on the hunt for their next big build: Project Ultra Violet...a 1970 Challenger. This Mopar is in serious need of a sand blaster! The team salvages a rotted out '70 Challenger with how-to weld in a new metal roof, drip rails and A-pillars. Then, chassis guru Jeff Schwartz brings in his G-Machine chassis to convert uni-body Challenger to a full frame. We show you how to weld in a new trunk pan and fabricate a front cowl panel from scratch before the guys graft the world's first low deck, all aluminum Hemi and T56 six speed gearbox.
Then, it's step-by-step tech on how-to mini tub a muscle car rear end to create clearance for massive tires and celebrity builder Chris Ryan shows how-to lay down metallic paint and graphics on our very purple Challenger. The guys get into how to refurbish an expensive grill, insulate a uni-body plus tips on reassembling brightwork before fabbing a high flow EFI fuel system, serpentine belt drive and dual fan cooling system. Finally, the Mopar interior gets upgraded with performance seats, and a custom dash insert.
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Apr 21, 2021




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jer bo
jer bo 3 hours ago
what an amazing car... hp range is perfect
SD48 10 hours ago
2:40:41 The stare of death ! xD
Harry Jones
Harry Jones 18 hours ago
and how much was spent on that? Curious
Harry Jones
Harry Jones 19 hours ago
I guess you can leave that chrome plate loose, so you have wiggle room to install the alternator etc.
Harry Jones
Harry Jones 20 hours ago
nice when money is no object
Harry Jones
Harry Jones 20 hours ago
as for power, this will be a wimp compared to the new high performance hellcat.
Cisco Urquidez
God bless the "Dead Blow" ANYTHING in body work and Resto...... and ligaments, and tendons, and whatever rips when you bust through SHIT when it fights "THE INEVITABLE"....... ASS KICKING!!!!! ...HAMMER....☝😘🤜
Aufseher Machstik
hey Dylan McCool worked on the satellite(2:42) in 2018, was left exactly where he last got it running. Gotta love an old Mopar!
Dooguy... Day ago
Still pretty heavy with a all aluminum engine and that supposedly lighter custom frame? I dont think they saved much weight at all if any.............Dont care for the stripe. Not sure why they had to customize the classic RT stripe.
Ray Taylor
Ray Taylor 2 days ago
To make the plug weld hole is quicker with a step drill
mark scully
mark scully 2 days ago
love the way the lift sinks into the floor at 7'36"
GASKET AUTO 2 days ago
How much was the body worth with the chassis???
minmsnpost 2 days ago
Price for upgrade total ?
Steven Sillman
Steven Sillman 3 days ago
Dude did terrible on the stripes absolutely so wavy its trash
SAROJA Band 3 days ago
Gentlemen, congratulations on creating a Masterpiece !! So badass !! What is the asking sale price?!
mike parsons
mike parsons 3 days ago
It's beautiful, wonder what the total cost was with parts and labour? I think you would have to have deep pockets.
mark palkowski
mark palkowski 3 days ago
i miss the day ,when the average person could do a car like this.
Getis Realis
Getis Realis 4 days ago
That was an awesome build guys, really enjoyed!
GodKing804 4 days ago
This is what they call " A Craftsman" lads
Kill Roy Was Her
Kill Roy Was Her 4 days ago
what year is this
Shawn P
Shawn P 4 days ago
I am not a fan of Dodge but I would sell my soul for that
N English
N English 4 days ago
My dream car, except for those ghetto rims
Matthew Roberts
Matthew Roberts 5 days ago
Corny jokes... please stop. Otherwise interesting.
Buck Buck
Buck Buck 5 days ago
Holt shit thats a beautiful bad ass ride...fine work boy's
ShuritGaming 5 days ago
Music at 9 min mark dose not fit lol was the editor on Molly lol
You forgot to wear the face mask prescribed to you by big boss Gates
Fuman Schu
Fuman Schu 6 days ago
Seeing a unibody converted into a body-on-frame car is incredibly satisfying.
ShuritGaming 5 days ago
Only 20k😮
Joshua Szeto
Joshua Szeto 6 days ago
the work on the car is amazing. I love the purple and white. I personally would have had the car sit slightly lower and how on earth did those seatbelts pass tech or dot safety?
Shane Paints
Shane Paints 6 days ago
I miss the days and time of watching these on tv on the weekends.
Kyle Rutter
Kyle Rutter 6 days ago
i love these full length videos !!
benarriaga 6 days ago
Feels bad for getting rid of the old guy right before the shakedown.
Steve C
Steve C 7 days ago
I watched the whole thing. Well done guys ! Bad -Ass Challenger !
No name Nope
No name Nope 7 days ago
Awesome show ...thank you
desolate surfer
desolate surfer 7 days ago
This build is so nice.
Dun Dun
Dun Dun 7 days ago
The wheels suck
Martin Prehjan
Martin Prehjan 8 days ago
2:33:46 …Nice off tune Benny Hill run around town after the semi naked girls!!! …Mazak!
DoomTrooperTV 8 days ago
I used to watch Joe on the POWER BLOCK of shows on TNN every weekend instead of Saturday morning cartoons.
1 1
1 1 4 days ago
Yea man I did as well bill dance fishing would come on TNN also back when TV was TV now we have a bunch of bs
Vermeer HDD Operator
Yes sir those were the good old days used to watch this and the 3 stooges for real lol. Can't beat the classics
Kelly Montoya
Kelly Montoya 8 days ago
ID like to bou those old parts taken off still have em
argieStream 8 days ago
This was basically a 3h product placement reel. Nicely done.
mscicluna98 5 days ago
Ik h the hood
Ken Davis
Ken Davis 8 days ago
Just finished watching this video. The most beautiful Mopar I've ever seen and I was 20 years old when this one was born.
Cid Dax
Cid Dax 8 days ago
That is what I like with american muscle: You can still get anything and even something like a drive train and suspension change is no problem.
Gary Kenny
Gary Kenny 8 days ago
Ken Davis
Ken Davis 8 days ago
These are my favorite videos on US-first. I love muscle cars and I love to watch you guys do your thing. Great job.
roggenbif 8 days ago
Ever since I've seen one drive in my country where it's suuper rare it's been my favorite muscle car
vidright 8 days ago
Perfect work! But what a beautiful car and what a terrible color (imho).😉
Jim Jardine
Jim Jardine 8 days ago
Why arent you painting the bare metal with rust control material??
Aziz Peregrino-Brimah
Who needs a 2-hour movie when you can watch a satisfying 3-hour restomod? Keep'em coming!
Charbel Mokdassi
Charbel Mokdassi 6 days ago
@Joe McCoyp
Charbel Mokdassi
Charbel Mokdassi 6 days ago
Charbel Mokdassi
Charbel Mokdassi 6 days ago
Charbel Mokdassi
Charbel Mokdassi 6 days ago
Charbel Mokdassi
Charbel Mokdassi 6 days ago
HoleeShietPyro 9 days ago
how can anyone dislike a 3hr powernation build video?
Will R
Will R 9 days ago
saw that car on an other channel... on a revival channel..
Audi rs4
Audi rs4 9 days ago
RustyRide 9 days ago
sad that they didnt put a proper primer on any surfaces that are inaccessible after welding everything together.
James Benson
James Benson 9 days ago
thats a 72 duster !! not a 71!!
Matthew Behne
Matthew Behne 9 days ago
Ultimate cars the 1970 Plymouth roadrunner super bird with the high back fin, and the second would be the cuda, but this is the kind of car I would accept hands down. Everything but the white stripe. But that's just me. I'll have to go back a little bit, but what kind of a rear end did you put in this thing? There was nothing mentioned about it. Its just there. What's the gear ratio? Is it full posi?
Andy Bush
Andy Bush 9 days ago
Brilliant show
james hotz
james hotz 10 days ago
I'm glad I'm not the sap to restore this pile of junk.
ArgentPure 10 days ago
So close yet so far!
Nicholas Bennett
Nicholas Bennett 10 days ago
you guys are magisions
Daniel Lelievre
Daniel Lelievre 10 days ago
Here's a horror story: My oncle traded a fully working 8.5/10 condition Challenger for a piece of crap Honda CB500 bike at the end of the 80's. The end.
exileut 10 days ago
1:08:30 Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad?
Matthew Behne
Matthew Behne 10 days ago
Engine? There's no reason why you couldn't put a hellcat engine in there. 🤷🏼‍♂️
Its ya girl, Bluie
Its ya girl, Bluie 10 days ago
Those wheels are horrible lmao
Christopher Perea
Christopher Perea 10 days ago
Are welds that easy to grind down?
RB inatorr
RB inatorr 10 days ago
That was a pretty nice build
papuska47 10 days ago
nem nagy mutatvány gyári új elemekkel autót építeni "restaurálni " csupán pénz kérdése.
k9hardcase 11 days ago
The older bloke has a voice you could use to narrate (voice over) your daily life, as it’s so God Damn macho! 🇳🇿🙏🇺🇸
Frankie Elder
Frankie Elder 11 days ago
I’m a wimp.......why no A/C ?
badboygto 11 days ago
joe sounds like bill mckinney lol
Peter Evans
Peter Evans 11 days ago
I owned a 70 Dodge Challenger R/T, 440 4-speed for seven years. Did three full off body rebuilds during that time. Greatest car I ever owned, had to sell it to pay for college.
Customer Service
Customer Service 11 days ago
There's absolutely nothing original about this car. It's like that old axe: new blade, different handle.
Max Mozart
Max Mozart 11 days ago
2 hours of commercial get the hell out of here you scumbags
avg joegeek
avg joegeek 11 days ago
It's always towing a fine line when doing these type of restorations. This thing was a basket case. The amount of metal work done on it would be cost prohibitive for the backyard mechanic. With the retrofit complete chassis you kinda lost me on it. In the end though it is a very very nicely redone Challenger. Kept it pretty OG on the top and completely new underneath. The only thing I would've like to have seen was to get the bumpers tucked in. Since you already opted to keep the badging off the car its just a nice detail that makes it look a tad bit cleaner.
Mr. D
Mr. D 11 days ago
Cutting out the old suspension, to me, feels like they cut out a part of its soul. This is a nice driver and a fun car, but for me it’s ruined.
Pete Castellano
Pete Castellano 8 days ago
Normally I would agree as a classic car appreciator, but for what they wanted out of the car, the Schwartz suspension was pretty much a requirement
Mark Warren
Mark Warren 11 days ago
That's my kind of lingo @10:44
Loud Mike Media
Loud Mike Media 11 days ago
Nick Upchurch
Nick Upchurch 11 days ago
What kind of wheels are those?
avg joegeek
avg joegeek 11 days ago
They mention it in the video - some place based out of Tampa FL made the wheels for them. Just need to scroll around to when you see them do the big tire reveal.
J 11 days ago
Thanks guys. Like these longer episodes.
J 11 days ago
Not to much roll in the corners. The thing looks like it rides nice and straight-level. Plus it looks good doing it too..👍
Wayne Caldwell
Wayne Caldwell 11 days ago
One of the better resto shows on US-first. Having the full build on one video is excellent. Cheers guys.
Mike Black
Mike Black 11 days ago
Nice when money and time are not a facter.
J.P. 11 days ago
Try coca cola next time to get copper clean :) Not a joke. It really works :)
vonbogroff 11 days ago
33:00 the thing died :(
Ian Mastrangelo
Ian Mastrangelo 11 days ago
Great video, amazing work as always. Also, it's good to know Shooter McGavin found a new career after that last tournament ;)
Andrew TheSpaceNerd
All that chrome is very much Boomer-esque.
Land of beggars and old temples
It needs lots of love and patience to restore , simply you become a peaceful man.❤️❤️❤️ Thanks for your efforts.
Peter Schmidt
Peter Schmidt 11 days ago
Very fine job done. I’d do it too if I had the money. At least decent video by American standards. (Very often) Silly barbwire voice presentations and annoying guitar nonsense.. Love for design and style from when it was as its best mid-late sixties.
Joseph Guccione
Joseph Guccione 11 days ago
Outside of the great craftsmanship, it is so refreshing to NOT see some asshole jumpin' around shootin' sparks out his ass screaming, "We're going to miss the deadline!"
ThePaulv12 12 days ago
I've seen them all before but having all the episodes in one vid is pretty cool. That said for my tastes I've just realized I'd prefer OEM type restos, even if they're a tribute car. Thing is for the money spent on this, personally I'd just buy a new Challenger and get a blower kit and add a bit of ring gap. If I had the choice between old and new Challenger I'd go an old one and make it a Hemi tribute with a few relatively undetectable mods. I'd get a 528 Hemi with aluminum block painted to look OEM as much as possible, a D60 with discs (nothing huge), a 5sp, upgraded torsion bars - a few sort of discreet type mods to make it cruise, stop and handle a bit better. I want to keep the clank of the Mopar torsion bars keep it as true to Mopar as possible. As well I'd have a solid lifter flat tappet camshaft so I can enjoy cold starts just that little bit more and enjoy going to the shed and adjusting the tappets just because I can. I want the near full experience without the brake fade and high rpm cruising.
B M 12 days ago
Beautiful restomod… but those rims??? 🤦‍♂️ I know it’s a restomod, but I think you need something similar to the original, or Cragars, or just something more appropriate.
nickacelvn 12 days ago
58:00 What's with the big dent? Am I missing something?
notfiveo 12 days ago
Basically a brand new car made from scratch….I question the plywood wheels though..😂🤣
Mechanic For Life
Mechanic For Life 12 days ago
really enjoyed! Thanks for all your hard work. Beautiful car.
Shawn Norton
Shawn Norton 12 days ago
What happened to Joe Elmore? And does Joe Elmore equal Bob Vila? Just wondering and no disrespect to either of these fine gentleman.
ChookieP 12 days ago
These good o boys cars ever driven more than 4 feet without hitting the shop again?no!
Roger Jeffrey
Roger Jeffrey 12 days ago
I loved my brand new 1970 Dodge Challenger
Stephen Spilker
Stephen Spilker 12 days ago
i love watching these type video's. makes me wish i wasn't so old and had a shop to do this or i would have a barn full lol. i do wish this show would have done a 1957 ford since that's my favorite car.
Kirk Wagner
Kirk Wagner 12 days ago
Nice setting it up for autocross at the end. Too often it's just drag strip and done. Well, done.
ZEUS 8611
ZEUS 8611 12 days ago
WTF !! These aren't car guys, these are shitty music guys ... 2:38:05 Shit music instead of a roaring v8 ... 🤡!!
curtis newton
curtis newton 12 days ago
you should have left the brake calipers red
Storm Lossing
Storm Lossing 12 days ago
My all time dream car