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Question Old School Appearance Mods Mild Performance Mods

So I'm ordering a 2015 with a 392 and I have some questions about appearance and mild performance mods. I'm probably 6-8 weeks away from getting the car delivered and I want to get some input from everyone one as to what is can be done to personalize my Challenger. My fetish, if you will, is for an old school look under the hood, a few items on the interior and maybe a mild boost in engine performance (I don't know what the 392 feels like now but I know what an addiction modding is).

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1. Painting the Intake Manifold to match the Gen 3 6.1 Hemi Aluminum unit in appearance and texture. No carbs anymore so the limit of my imagination has been to at least make the stock intake manifold look like it has more presence.

2. Valve covers: I want the old school hemi look and I've seen covers from Indy and Arrington that seem just fine but the valve covers from the Challenger 1320 Concept (as seen below) look more old school to me. Anyone know where to get them? http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog....320sema_13.jpg

3. This is a biggie, painting the entire engine in Hemi Orange! I know that is crazy but I just love the look of a fully painted muscle car engine. This is pie in sky I know but has anyone attempted this?

4. Mopar electric side dump exhaust pipes for those "special" times.
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5. A catch can, no question this is the first mod. Maybe Speedlogix can turn me on to what I should get.

I know that if money is no object then anything I want can be done. But if anyone can point me in the right direction to finding the parts and getting the look I want at a fairly reasonable price then let me know. I'm willing to do some work within the limits of my abilities, beyond that I'll open daddy's toolbox (my wallet) for the rest.

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Ok, ok, so I'm not alone in this retro thing after all. Funny thing is I just saw my first Challenger with the chrome bumper mod a day or two ago. My hats off to you folks for making your Challenger your OWN.
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This is a biggie, painting the entire engine in Hemi Orange! I know that is crazy but I just love the look of a fully painted muscle car engine. This is pie in sky I know but has anyone attempted this?
May be hard to see but I believe the 6.4 engine block is already painted Hemi Orange.

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May be hard to see but I believe the 6.4 engine block is already painted Hemi Orange.


Yes it is, along with the Hellcat

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Ok, ok, so I'm not alone in this retro thing after all.
Oh, no, not alone at all. There's been Vanishing Point-themed Challengers since the beginning. I did a number of little things myself, interior/exterior, but nothing under the hood - couldn't care less about that. But forget wood interior, vinyl seats, chrome handles and amber fogs... the wheels are what makes the most difference to me.
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May be hard to see but I believe the 6.4 engine block is already painted Hemi Orange.
I know the engine is hemi orange but as you said, it's hard to see. I guess if the water pump and heads where painted to match then it would stand out more. It's funny that as big as the Challenger is you still can't see all of the engine when you pop the hood like you could with the early cars. Plus I'm really just kind of wanting to see this when I pop the hood:

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Wow! Hubba, hubba! Nice wheels and the interior, yeah! Old school wheels can be tough to do on modern cars with out looking slightly off but you nailed it. There are so many routes to go with the interior and I'm pretty impressed with how you and a few others have incorporated the wood interiors so well. I guess I'll have to keep on top of the what everyone's doing on CT to get some ideas for mine... When it arrives that it.
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Another retro head here! Below are a few retro modifications I have done to give you some starting ideas. The possibilities are nearly endless, and some have gone to extremes with these.

-Classic "Challenger" front grill badge. Source: Dodge (p/n 68214446AA)
-Passenger side Pentastar. Source: Year One (p/n MY2)
-Scat Pack window bees (installed on all 1970 Challengers with 340 and larger engines). Source: Performance Car Graphics
-Amber fog lamp lenses. Source: Peterson Manufacturing Company/Amazon (p/n 338-15A). For trailers, must be modified to work on Challengers, may not fit 2015 lamps)
-Hurst Pro Comp shifter kit. Source: Hurst/Amazon (p/n5380402). Fits 2008-2014.
-DODGE hood letters (ordered, in transit). Source: Dodge (p/n 57010789AA)
-Metal 345 HEMI hood badges (ordered, in production). Source: Billet Badges

Though the 2015 is based on the 1971 model, many of these modifications, and the 1971 parts, can be made to work with it to achieve the retro look you are after. The Exterior Modifications section has a wealth of retro ideas to get you started.
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