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1970 Dodge Charger R/T “Street Shaker” at SEMA 2013

Z Rods & Customs collaborates with Competition Fabrications on its first project

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While touring the outside of the SEMA 2013 trade-show last week in Las Vegas, Nevada, we came across this beautiful 1970 Dodge Charger R/T that we just had to know more about. Built by Z Rods & Customs of Knox, Indiana, who collaborated with Competition Fabrications of Maple Park, Illinois, the project is known as “Street Shaker.” The car, in a twist of fate, was sold to fund the beginning of Z Rods & Customs, who then turned around and built this Charger as its first project. The now owner of the 1970 Dodge Charger, Dalton Davis, wanted a HEMI and the custom color – everything else was on the table for Z Rods to build however it saw fit. We were able to find all the details about the car, so keep reading to learn more.

Starting with the powerplant, this 1970 Dodge Charger “Street Shaker” is packing an aluminum block, 572ci HEMI. The fuel setup consists of a twin throttle body, FAST EFI system. Meanwhile, a set of CNC ported Indy Cylinder Heads help the engine breathe. A custom, 3.5-inch oval exhaust feeds the fumes out back through hand-made tail spouts. The whole rig churns more than 800hp and lays down 790lb-ft of torque. Backing the engine is a TREMEC 5-speed transmission with a ceramic clutch. The power is then sent to a Strange 9-inch rearend with 3.55:0:1 gears.

To ensure the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T rides like a dream, a custom tube chassis was installed up front, and a four-link system was put in the rear. With coilover springs at all four corners, it’s sure to glide around the racetrack. The Chargers is hiding Wilwood 4-piston calipers at all four corners for fade-free performance. The rear brakes are even cooled by a set of functional rear quarter-panel scoops from a 1960 Pontiac GTO’s hood.

The interior of the car is adorned with carbon fiber work done by Z Rods & Customs and Competition Fabrications. The microsuede was stitched by Creative Auto Tops and Interiors of Oswego, Illinois. However, what makes the car so unique is its exterior.

Lots of energy was spent crafting the flush bumpers and hand-fabricating the hood. A well-designed ‘Cuda Shaker hood scoop system was installed to feed the twin throttle bodies. The front fenders were sunken on top to mimic the door indentations. On the sides, a set of 1968 Corvette door handles were installed to add a sleek finish. Out back, a custom tail panel and spoiler were made specifically for the car. The paint of choice is a custom mixed, PPG paint color Bad Penny.

We definitely think this car was well made all around. We’re excited to see what Z Rods & Customs will do with project number two.

Engine:

  • Aluminum 572ci HEMI
  • Twin throttle body FAST EFI
  • CNC ported Indy Cylinder Heads
  • 800hp+
  • 790lb-ft of torque

Transmission:

  • TREMEC 5-speed
  • Ceramic clutch

Exhaust:

  • Custom, 3.5-inch oval exhaust with hand-made tail spouts

Brakes:

  • Wilwood 4-piston calipers at all four corners

Rearend:

  • Strange 9-inch with 3.55:0:1 gears

Suspension:

  • Coilover springs at all four corners over
  • Tube chassis up front
  • Four-link rear system

Interior:

  • Microsuede done by Creative Auto Tops and Interiors Oswego, Illinois
  • Competition Fabrications carbon-fiber interior work

Paint / Body:

  • Flush front bumpers
  • Hand-fabricated hood
  • True, ‘Cuda Shaker system hood scoop
  • Front fenders have sunken tops to resemble the door indentations
  • 1968 Corvette door handles
  • Rear quarters have air scoops for functional brake coolers, from a 1960 GTO hood
  • Custom tail panel
  • Bad Penny, custom mixed PPG paint color

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138 comments
Darrell Smith
Darrell Smith

Chin spoiler damn sure doesn't belong on that car

Adam Edler
Adam Edler

Drop the front end 2 inches to match the fender to rim with rear wheel arch. Rear Spoiler - I'm not feeling it. Front spoiler will disappear with the front end drop. Great color and the hood is a work of art. I like the tucked nose and the fender dips added to the tops of the fenders. The fella that built this has a nice calling card for future builds.

Jim Watson
Jim Watson

Same color that I want to paint my '65 Biscayne.

Jim Watson
Jim Watson

Id keep.it just as it is!! Its freaking beautiful!! Who ever built this is a true master!!

John Curry
John Curry

I would trade a kidney for this, but I think the car might be worth more than just one of mine.

Dan Edwards
Dan Edwards

Borrows waaaaay too many styling cues from other Mopars, sorta like a mixed up jigsaw puzzle.

Levi Kennedy
Levi Kennedy

If only u jealous bitches had the privilege to ride in it. U bash it cause u want it

Kenneth Garew
Kenneth Garew

Keep it. the morons that don't like it don't look at it. you probably drive a rice burner anyway Mopar. The best

Tony Morrone
Tony Morrone

Nothing that's bad to the bone. Bbbbbbbbb bad

Kathy Pelt
Kathy Pelt

There were no spoilers on it and I'm happy about that.

Kathy Pelt
Kathy Pelt

my first car. The one my Dad bought me when I was 16.

Kel Chwartacki
Kel Chwartacki

Now only if dodge could make a retro of these ! Instead of that 4 dr junk that they have built.

Scotty Peterson
Scotty Peterson

Chargers just don't look right with big diameter wheels.

David Michael Riaff
David Michael Riaff

I would ditch all the incredibly annoying # HASHTAGS # from # everything. Mother# # f! Just write a sentence for once for the love of god! # jesus would that be so hard?

Peter Kakoudakis
Peter Kakoudakis

I think it needs a Go-Wing...............so it can be the stupidest example of a 70 R/T overgrown Hotwheels

Glenn Diehl
Glenn Diehl

Don't really care how it looks it his muscle car. It's the brand of muscle that counts.

Austin Moon
Austin Moon

Ok that skool is nice wheels should be Monsterouss and dtch the bumper spoiler

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