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Dodge Charger Ram? (finished)

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  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Dodge Charger Ram? (finished)
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, December 06, 2014 5:55 PM

A few months back i built a Half-Life Muscle Car, this left me with the front half of a 68 Dodge Charger. What i decided was to make it something else, so i chose to make it a ute (utility coupe). i've seen this done a few times before, so it's possible. I want to make it like the Holden Commodore ute, with the tray fused with the front half (ie not stepside). Checking my supplies, i found a 86 El Camino as a candidate. it seemed to go together, so i made the big chop and lined them up only to find the charger is quite a bit wider than the Elky.


I had a choice of widen the back or narrow the front. a narrowed charger would look funny, so i widened the tray with 9mm of styrene.



In order to make the blend work, i need to do something about the wide tops of the charger doors. any suggestions? (orange arrow show issue)


a mock up of what i've achieved so far. I sanded down the trim on the rear half and flattened it to match the contour of the door.  i also cut and bent the C pillars to match the roof of the charger.


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Posted by SlowMoSlam on Sunday, December 07, 2014 12:37 AM
Wow, this is cool. Good luck. I have a feeling I'm going to learn a few tricks watching this one.
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  • From: Central Pennsylvania
Posted by Dodge_Driver on Sunday, December 07, 2014 7:27 AM

Aussie, I have no experience in major plastic surgery, but here's my opinion on your door tops.

   If possible, I would change the El Camino c-pillar to make it more Charger-like. Remove the quarter window post and flatten the window sill at the kickup. Perhaps a recessed backlight and flying buttresses, even?

More a model starter than a model builder!

Planned Builds: '78 Dodge Sweptline street machine; Revell '69 Charger-440/6spd/18" wheels; Monogram '32 Ford Highboy.

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Friday, December 12, 2014 10:46 PM

started stuffing around to get the interior in. my approach is to just kept cutting until it fits. I ended up taking the doors off, then the rear wall, which needs to be widened to fit the modified tray. then i decided to use the charger firewall, so i cut that off the interior tub, ending up with just the floor. I found the easiest way was to build the interior within the cab.

A charger rear seat will work for a front bench

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, December 20, 2014 11:39 PM
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  • From: Central Pennsylvania
Posted by Dodge_Driver on Sunday, December 21, 2014 5:34 AM

Great work! The quarter windows turned out well!

More a model starter than a model builder!

Planned Builds: '78 Dodge Sweptline street machine; Revell '69 Charger-440/6spd/18" wheels; Monogram '32 Ford Highboy.

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, December 21, 2014 4:59 PM

Calling this Finished. Despite fitting the hood earlier in the build, it now won't sit flat, i think it's the hood hinges.
I ended up using a 77 Monaco rear bumper instead of a 69 Charger one as it just wouldn't fit in with the tailgate. I didn't have a rear charger panel to fit charger taillights. she's a real base model charger, with column shift and slant six engine.
After taking a heap of photos, i then realised it's not a good idea to photo a green subject on a green background, so i changed to a blue towel (blue grass?)





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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, December 21, 2014 5:04 PM

Engine bay: the slant six was already built. i'd had it in my spares for years and just plonked it in.

chassis: i bodged the suspension to ensure proper stance, using styrene tube for the front and hiding them with scratchbuilt A arms. I replaced the short axle in the rear with a styrene tube, but used the elcamino diff, coils and arms. exhaust is a tube, with Charger's muffler.

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, December 21, 2014 5:32 PM

I thought i'd better add door handles and wipers

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Posted by SlowMoSlam on Sunday, December 21, 2014 7:55 PM
Nice job! You cranked that out pretty fast. These bashes always seem to work for everyone else but me!
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Posted by heroncustom on Monday, December 22, 2014 9:46 PM
That's awesome you did a great job on that one. That's for the inspiration to finish my bashes!!
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  • From: Houston Tx
Posted by Mopar-D on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 11:50 AM

This is a very cool looking build and a great job in creating it.

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Posted by 195X on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 2:53 PM

Too cool! Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door. build a really cool truck out of something that was never a truck and the world will go Whaaaaat? ;)

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, December 02, 2018 7:20 AM
Thanks for resurrecting this thread, 195X...not sure how I missed it the first time around but I'm glad I caught it this time. Awesome job combining the Elky and Charger!

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