Video: Rat Rod Diesel-Powered Off-Road 1968 Dodge Charger


Recently, you may have seen pictures floating around Facebook of a bare metal finish 1968 Dodge Charger lifted way up into the sky. If you are like us, you probably asked yourself; “what is that?!”

Well, its name is “Overcharged”. We decided to do some digging into this beast and found out this rat road creation was built by the guys over at WelderUp. In the video you’ll see below, Steve Darnell, owner of WelderUp and star of Vegas Rat Rods gives us the inside look at their project while displaying it at the 2017 King of the Hammers meet. It rides on a 100% fabricated and hand built 4×4 one ton chassis. In the engine compartment sits a 5.9L Cummins diesel with twin chain-driven 6-71 superchargers as well as twin turbos. To top it off, all of that is fed by dual NOS bottles too! They’ve mated the Cummins to a NV4500 manual transmission with a Mopar pistol grip to keep that classic look.

The body is mostly stock looking with the exception of added flares to accommodate those large wheels and off-road tires. The exterior features a bare metal finish completed with tons of rivets for that riveted together aircraft look. We did also notice the addition of the “T-Top” style roof which based on the video, we can only assume was done so you can actually see out of the cockpit while you drive it!

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Cody Krueger

Car Feature Editor – cody.krueger@shawgroupmedia.com Since the age of 4, Cody has been obsessed with everything Mopar. On Christmas of 1998, Cody's parents gave him a rusty '69 Charger shell that his father saved from a field. Cody's garage still features that '69 Charger as well as the additions of a '70 Coronet, '71 Charger R/T, '71 Super Bee, '04 SRT-4, '06 Grand Cherokee SRT8, '08 Challenger SRT8 and a '17 Ram 1500 Rebel. Cody can truly and proudly say him and his wife are true Mopar nuts in love with all types of Mopars!

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