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71 Dodge Demon Subframe Installation

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So far, the Dodge Demon project looks much cooler than we imagined. We wanted to capture the feel of Don Schumacher poised on the line at OCIR in 1969 in his record-setting Stardust Funny Car. To do this, we tried to adhere to the ethos even while using available parts that weren't as era-correct as they should be. A glaring example of this is the use of ET Gasser wheels instead of Halibrands or spoked Americans that you'd find in the late '60s, or the Cragar SS/T or Center Lines you'd find on this kind of car throughout the '70s. We're also cheap, so instead of spending the $3,400 market price the era-correct rear 15x10 Halibrand mags command, we found a pair of vintage U.S. Indy mags with the right offset for $60 on Craigslist.

We know it's fun to stare, but we don't do trailer queens at CC. This Dodge Demon needs to be both quick on the street and ultra brutal at the track if we are going to live with it. Like salt sprayed on a prewar jalopy from a lap at Bonneville, the runny shoe-polish dial-ins and car numbers on the flimsy plexiglass will be proudly displayed as we cruise Ruby's in Redondo Beach on Friday nights, hopefully with some flame from the turbos licking the primer off the welds.

That's right, turbo Hemi Dodge Demon. And to get the snake pit under the hood, we decided to go full enchilada and hack the front end off the Dodge Demon, replacing it with a Chris Alston 2x3 A-arm front subframe system. Because that's what Schumacher would do. In addition to a wicked stance, the subframe kills somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 pounds of excess weight and mates to the existing Chassisworks back half and four-link ready and waiting in the rear.

All you need to get this subframe project done yourself is a flat garage floor, a tape measure, a Sawzall, and a MIG welder. Let's go.

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