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Sinister Finisher

Nice photos combined with an interesting story...thanks Doug. :cool:
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Sinister Finisher

- Bobby Alloway's '70 Challenger turned heads at this year's Street Machine of the Year competition in Columbus, Ohio. -

by Randy Fish​


Just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, there's a certain lifelong area resident who doesn't seek the limelight. His name is Bobby Alloway, and his shop employs a talented band of wizards that includes Scott Emert, Josh and Joe Bailey (father and son), Scotty Troutman, Dusty Gregg, PJ Burchert, Brian Harmon, Toby Caldwell, and Mike Barrillaro. These guys are like the orchestra, if you will, and Bobby is the conductor. To his credit, Alloway was honored with the Ridler Award at the 1985 Detroit Autorama, he won Street Rod of the Year in 2002, America's Most Beautiful Roadster in 2003, Street Machine of the Year in 2004, and he was inducted into the Rod & Custom Hall of Fame in 2004.

Due to popularity and customer demand of late, Alloway's Hot Rod Shop has taken an occasional detour from the badass early-'30s coupes and roadsters that helped put it on the map. Well, they've pulled it off once again in the recreation of Ken Nester's sinister-looking '70 Dodge Challenger. Nester enjoys the hot-rodding hobby along with his grandson, Chandler, as family involvement is what makes hot rodding what it is today. Bobby told us, "Ken approached me at Columbus when we debuted our '56 Ford Crown Victoria. He was impressed that the builder was underneath the car cleaning it up. He asked me if the '56 was for sale and I said no." Bobby continued, "I ended up selling him a Nomad and I had a '55 Plymouth Savoy at the time that I planned to build for myself (with a Hemi and all).

That got his interest, too. Ken changed gears and wanted the Savoy, so I agreed to do that project. Not long after, I bought a Challenger and he got all over it instead." Bobby bought the Challenger from a doctor and later discovered it was originally purchased new in Georgia.

Looking back at the car's production era and related marketing programs, Chrysler Corporation execs introduced catchy colors in 1970, such as Plum Crazy, Sublime, and Go-Mango, but this one wore Panther Pink. It was a single four-barrel, 340 R/T that was in decent shape with the nickname "She Devil" lettered at the top of the windshield (more on that later).

To start things off, Alloway contacted chassis specialist Art Morrison, feeling it was time for Art to construct a complete chassis for unibody cars such as Nester's Challenger. This became the prototype, and the computerized design process began. Bobby knew that a complete chassis would better support the monstrous weight of a Hemi engine, allow for a greater degree of handling ability, and also bring more flexibility towards achieving the requisite Alloway stance.

With the chassis underway, Alloway and crew began cutting the car up. Bobby commented, "We basically cut everything off at the firewall and made a new radiator support and all the inner construction from scratch. The floor panels were good, but we cut them out so we could see where we needed to be once the chassis arrived. One of the quarter panels had been hit, so we replaced it, but also widened the quarters about 3 inches per side for extra wheel clearance." Up front, the lower valance was sucked in about 3 inches per side, and both bumpers were flush-mounted. Next, the cowl vent was removed, as was the inner hood structure, where a new reinforcement was fabricated for added engine clearance and appearance. The Challenger also received a "shave and a haircut " with door locks and handles being deep-sixed.

As with the majority of Alloway creations, a nasty attitude has to be backed up with enough horsepower and torque to pull tree stumps. Bobby contacted the Hemi experts at Hensley Performance nearby in Knoxville, because they've been putting their touch on Mopar motors for over 35 years. The block and several other components came from Indy Cylinder Head and Hensley performed all the machine and assembly work. Internal components include a Callies crank, Manley 4340-steel H-Beam rods, and Ross pistons, while bore and stroke specs measure 4.380 and 4.150 inches, respectively. The compression ratio comes in at 10.5:1 and final figures put it at 509 ci with 740 hp.

These days, a high-profile car just isn't complete unless it's got some kind of trick induction setup, so Alloway contacted Mylon Keasler (Keasler Racing) for assistance in developing a unique system. Bobby told us, "We needed a real low-profile intake, so we decided to make an old road-race-style induction with a custom-made manifold from Keasler. We used eight Viper throttle bodies from Accufab, mounted the injectors and fuel rails underneath the intake, and we light it off with a crank-trigger ignition from MSD."

Next, injection and electronics expert John Meaney accepted the task of developing the ECM, harness, and necessary system functionality so the impressive Hemi would possess a high degree of drivability--just like all the wild rods that thunder out of this well-respected shop. Alloway's crew fabricated custom headers that merge into 3-inch pipes and Flowmaster Series 40 mufflers. Mike Long supplied a G-Force six-speed transmission to handle the horsepower with help from a McLeod clutch. Additional engine accessories include a Powermaster alternator, custom valve covers, Vintage Air system, custom air cleaners, and the first Hemi pulley system designed by Billet Specialties.

Chassis-wise, this former unibody musclecar wears some carefully selected accessories from Alloway's long list of potential suppliers. Besides the rectangular tube frame, Art Morrison furnished front spindles and tubular control arms, while Alloway added polished coilovers from Strange Engineering. The entire chassis is painted DuPont Jet Black and buffed mirror-smooth, just like the flawless upper body surfaces. The rearend is a 9-inch Ford Trac Loc with axles from Strange Engineering, which is supported by a Morrison tri-link and Panhard bar with polished coilovers, also from Strange. Wilwood six-piston calipers with 14-inch rotors stop this beast as fluid is sent to each wheel via a Wilwood aluminum master cylinder (7/8-inch bore) that's mounted under the dash, thanks to Kugel Komponents' trick mounting system. The final element of attitude came from a set of Boyd's Alloway billet wheels, measuring 19x8 and 20x10, shod with BFGoodrich g-Force tires that spec out at 245/35ZR19 and 295/45R20.

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Source: Popular Hot Rodding
by Randy Fish
2006
 

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Challenger_Nut said:
This car will be at Carlisle next weekend July 7th, 8th & 9th. I am looking forward to checking it out!
Looks ok 'overall' ;except for the front end:eek: ! Someone :D needs to hurry and pump about 20 lbs in the front airshocks ...b'fore it scrapes :eek: ..Heck the rear end ; also looks at least 10 lbs low !
 

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Ragamuffin said:
Looks ok 'overall' ;except for the front end:eek: ! Someone :D needs to hurry and pump about 20 lbs in the front airshocks ...b'fore it scraps :eek: ..Heck the rear end ; also looks at least 10 lbs low !
Yeah I agree. I don't care for the wheels or the stance. The wheels are too big and don't come out to the wheel lip far enough. The craftsmanship looks first rate though.
 

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I think it looks awesome, it has a uniqueness all it's own that sets it apart from the rest of the run of the mill stock Challengers. And that black really shows off the body. it looks like you reach right into paint...that's hot!!
 
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