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1967 Dodge Coronet; Project Frankenstien

Approximately one year ago I started on a project that had been in the back of my head of sometime. I wanted to do a Resto-mod but didn’t want the typical over the top engine and suspension. To me it seems that the dated Pro-street look simply evolved into something that can now turn corners. Too many Resto-mods seem to be more like race cars than street cars.

My goal is to have a muscle car that is slightly modified in appearance but completely modern under the skin. I want a car that is easy to cruise in and still capable on the road but need not be the fastest thing from stop light to stop light. As I have aged I have come to the realization that highly modified cars are usually fun for approximately a half hour on the road and then they are a pain in the ass. They also are more likely to find their way home on a flatbed than their more standard, unmodified counterparts.

My history of car ownership has been strong on GM products and recently out passed by the Blue Oval brand. Although MOPARS have been in the garage on a few occasions I wanted the next project to be from the Chrysler family.

I found an abandoned 1967 Coronet 440 in a friends basement and bought it because it was cheap and it was a MOPAR. The next step was to find a good donor car; a late model Hemi. I found a slightly damaged low mileage 2006 Dodge Charger and Project Frankenstein was born.

This is the donor car, a 2006 Dodge Charger RT.

This is to be like no other transplant you have ever seen. Yes, the Hemi and 5 speed automatic will find their way into the Coronet but so will the 4 wheel independent suspension, ABS brakes, traction control and all the power goodies from door locks to power windows. Some of the interior will even make the move into the old body. Just like the Monster Frankenstein this MOPAR is going to be built from parts salvaged from the dead!

All we wanted from the base car was the shell.

The project is far from being done but it has progressed enough to start telling you about it. There have been many wrong turns and failed attempts. What looked like an easy (relatively speaking) transplant process turned into a really big effort. The idea of simply building new brackets on the Coronet uni-body to receive the Charger’s suspension morphed into a complete frame for the car with new custom built floor pans. That was just one of the small issues to be dealt with. I have included a variety of photos help tease you a little. I will bring you more details in the future, if you are interested. Let me know what you think.

After the media blasting we wanted to do a little mock up with a set of larger than stock tires and wheels.


The Charger’s fuel injected Hemi is trying out its new home.


All new floor pans had to be constructed. Part of the Charger’s floor will be used but significant modifications and new construction are required.


The Charger’s rear independent suspension required significant modification to fit under the Coronets stock fenders.


Here you can see the new rear suspension getting mounted into the Coronets new frame.


A complete frame has been built for the previous uni-body car.


I wish I was on the road!
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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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  1. Great project, always loved the lines of the old mopars and the new technology of the new ones. Great choice for an interesting and challengeing build. Best of luck with it. Can’t wait for the shakedown run!!

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