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#2444519 - 02/01/18 07:44 AM Maybe a crazy idea?
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I've had another one of my complicated and expensive ideas that I think could be really cool. I looked up the dimensions for both the 1970 Challenger and the 2016 Camaro, and they're actually surprisingly close. Very close in wheelbase length and only 3" difference in overall length and height, 1" difference in width. Would it be remotely possible to put the Camaro chassis into the Challenger? I only ask because the modern Camaro handles extremely well, but I'm not sure if it would end up being better, worse, or not worth whatever advantage would be gained versus the aftermarket options already out there like the Hotchkiss TVS, or the AlterKtion and Street Lynx kits? If I did this would I have to switch to a gen 3 Hemi or could I manage to keep the big block?

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#2444530 - 02/01/18 08:11 AM Re: Maybe a crazy idea? [Re: Spartan040]
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Anything is remotely possible.

But the fact that you are asking tells me you don't have the skill set, so then the question become, exactly how fat is your wallet?

There was a gent who did something similar with an LX and a B body, well documented on the web and the effort involved was huge..

Here's one

http://www.hotrod.com/articles/srt8-daytona-clone-done-nc-wont-let-drive/

Another

https://www.engineswapdepot.com/?p=17423

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#2444533 - 02/01/18 08:13 AM Re: Maybe a crazy idea? [Re: Spartan040]
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I don't have the skill set, but I do have access to friends who do that may be willing to help me. Thanks for those links, I'll take a look.

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#2444576 - 02/01/18 09:57 AM Re: Maybe a crazy idea? [Re: Spartan040]
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Here's the one I did. You can't just cut the body off and slip the other one on...

http://www.forbbodiesonly.com/moparforum/threads/srt8-roadrunner-conversion-not-a-body-over.99675/
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#2444592 - 02/01/18 10:20 AM Re: Maybe a crazy idea? [Re: Spartan040]
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That's the one I was thinking of but could not find

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#2445010 - 02/01/18 10:42 PM Re: Maybe a crazy idea? [Re: Spartan040]
DAYCLONA Offline
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Originally Posted By Spartan040
I've had another one of my complicated and expensive ideas that I think could be really cool. I looked up the dimensions for both the 1970 Challenger and the 2016 Camaro, and they're actually surprisingly close. Very close in wheelbase length and only 3" difference in overall length and height, 1" difference in width. Would it be remotely possible to put the Camaro chassis into the Challenger? I only ask because the modern Camaro handles extremely well, but I'm not sure if it would end up being better, worse, or not worth whatever advantage would be gained versus the aftermarket options already out there like the Hotchkiss TVS, or the AlterKtion and Street Lynx kits? If I did this would I have to switch to a gen 3 Hemi or could I manage to keep the big block?



The easier approach would be to just re-skin the Camaro with AMD/Goodmark/dynacorn Challenger repro sheetmetal, this way you retain all the engineered value put into the Camaro chassis/driveline, rather than frankensteining both cars, it would be a less daunting project that way

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#2445165 - 02/02/18 10:00 AM Re: Maybe a crazy idea? [Re: Spartan040]
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New Camaros are a uni-body construction, not a full frame vehicle, so it would certainly take some slicing and dicing to put a Challenger on top of them. I also think you would play heck getting all the GM electronics to play with Mopar engine and drivelines...unless you plan on leaving the LS driveline intact.

Firm Feel, Hotchkis, and XV have all done pretty extensive research on how to get significantly improved handling out of the stock based systems. If you simply want a cruiser that is fun to throw around, I think any of these can achieve that goal for significantly less headache and expense. Creating such hybrid mashups of old and new tech, much less crossbreeding brands, are never a good return on expense vs achievements unless you are using it to demonstrate your capability as a shop.

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#2445173 - 02/02/18 10:19 AM Re: Maybe a crazy idea? [Re: TC@HP2]
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here is even a "crazier" idea. search around and find a vintage mopar skinned onto a late, rear drive charger or magnum. it would be the best of both worlds, all mopar, and more than likely, 50 cents on the dollar. plus, it will be done and you can drive tomorrow. up
beer

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#2450507 - 02/12/18 12:06 AM Re: Maybe a crazy idea? [Re: moparx]
Twostick Offline
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There was a 68 Charger at Moparfest a few years ago that was spliced onto an LX Charger RT. IIRC the guy claimed to have done it in his 1 car garage with his sons.

The car looked like it grew that way. Black and magazine pretty.

Kevin

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