How To Build A Challenger From Scratch With AMD & Classic Muscle Metal


Decent E-body project cars are getting downright difficult to find. Even the rustiest hulks bring several thousands of dollars while touting vacated engine bays, ratty interiors, and rotted frame rails. Throw in the fact that a suspicious coat of primer can hide all kinds of previous owners’ mistakes and you might as well get prepared for the barrage of unexpected headaches.

Wouldn’t it sometimes be easier to start with nothing and build a car completely from the ground up?

The AMD Installation Center and Classic Muscle Metal (CMM) are doing just that. Starting with door frames, a cowl, a roof, and a chassis table, a whole bunch of Dynacorn and AMD pieces have come together over the past couple weeks to form the shell of Dodge’s one and only E-body.

It really should come as no surprise with reproduction sheet metal catalogs being so extensive for ’70 and ’71 models. A quick search of CMM’s online catalog yielded no less than 164 individual parts listed for a 1971 Challenger. Even the tiniest, simplest pieces like rear seat belt mounting brackets are just a phone call or click away.

With such a slew of replacement components available, it would be really hard to call any E-body “too far gone.”

Obviously, some expert know-how and a quick comb through CMM’s catalog can go a long way towards magically filling an empty hole in the garage with one of Mopar’s sleekest missiles.

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Kent Will

News Editor Kent grew up in the shop with his old man and his '70 Charger R/T. His first car was a 1969 Super Bee project when Kent was fourteen. That restoration experience lead to pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a career in manufacturing. Since then, the garage has expanded to include a '67 Satellite, a '72 Scamp, and a 2010 Mopar '10 Challenger.

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