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1972 Dodge Charger Cooled by Champion

1972 Charger by RK Motors with a Champion Radiator

RK Motors Charlotte recently completed the frame-up restoration of a 1972 Dodge Charger.  Along with a truckload of slick Mopar parts, like many RK Motors projects, the Charger was outfitted with a Champion Cooling Systems radiator.


RK Motors tells us that the high-quality frame-up restoration began with a super clean original body that was stripped, sanded and massaged to better than showroom condition.


Wearing Chrysler’s new-for-1971 ‘fuselage’ design, the car sports a tough looking body-width ‘electric shaver’ grille, a new emblem and four fully rotating headlights along with a bevy of other shiny accoutrements.

1972 Charger with a Champion Radiator



The real fun starts when you lift the gleaming red hood, revealing a fully detailed Summit Racing 408 sporting a fresh coat of Hemi orange paint, topped with a chrome Edelbrock air cleaner and a dipped four-barrel Edelbrock. Mopar Performance aluminum valve covers hold new chrome caps above ceramic coated TTI long tube headers.


At the front sits a sleek Champion Cooling Systems all-aluminum radiator, connected to new hoses and a machined thermostat housing. The icing on the cake for this fresh small block is an assortment of stainless lines, braided hoses and billet accessories, giving the engine compartment a top-of-class look.


1972 Charger with Champion Radiator hood

Other components include:


  • A refurbished Summit Racing A727 street fighter TorqueFlite automatic transmission
  • The factory suspension has been upgraded with new polyurethane
    bushings and a Firm Feel steering box
  • An 8.75 Sure Grip rear end utilizes steep 3.55 gears
  • A fresh mandrel-bent aluminized exhaust system
  • A Mancini Racing custom third member
  • A set of traditional 15 inch Cragar S/S wheels with 255/60 front and 275/60 rear BFGoodrich Radial T/A white letter tires


The interior of the car was spared nothing; including new black vinyl accented by wood and stainless trim. New headliner, door panels, carpet and "Charger" floormats.


1972 Charger Restoration with a Champion Radiator


The original console houses a correct ‘slap stick’ shifter for the car's A727 transmission and the original dash and gauges. Add to the mix a Sony CD player and an aluminum three spoke steering wheel. At the tail end of the Charger is a freshly painted trunk and new vinyl mat.


Check out the video of the restoration


After the build was complete, the car was sold to an appreciative Mopar fan. But not to worry, RK Motors Charlotte has many other projects in the works that will be equally as stunning when complete.


Visit their website at http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/active#!/ to see their current inventory of offerings.