Finnegan and Newbern are back at it! Yep, working on cars again, having fun, laughing, and pissing a bunch of you Mopar purists off by swapping a 2JZ Toyota turbo engine into the Death Metal Charger. Sure it’s wrong, but who cares! This thing was a pile that had no business being saved anyway, so anything they do to it makes it better. And oh is it better now! You just watch.
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In Episode 167 of Mike Finnegan’s Garage, we replace the antique rear axle and shocks in my 1968 Dodge Charger stock car and then do rev-limiter burnous! If you haven’t seen this car before, it’s got a unique history. This is a legit barn find, a car built in 1969 to go ARCA stock car racing, but it never turned a lap; it sat for 50 years in a barn before landing on eBay. I bought the dilapidated Charger and then Tony Angelo and I got it running and road tripped it from Georgia to Indiana to visit the original builder. He wasn’t too happy to see the car again, which killed the vibe of the project for me to the point where I was ready to sell it in 2020. Then I got the the ridiculous idea to rip out the weak 383ci big block Mopar from under the hood. My plan was to finally experience a proper Toyota 2JZ inline 6 cylinder engine by swapping it into The Death Metal Charger. The hate from the Mopar crowd was excellent but despite all of that, I fell in love with the car again. It was lighter, faster and almost twice as powerful as before and it made 2J noises, which is rad! The old Timken rear axle wasn’t happy about all the burnouts I’d been doing and the old Monroe shocks were trashed so this video is all about curing those problems. Newbern and I installed a 9-inch axle from Quick Performance. The axle features disc brakes and an extra pair of four piston calipers from Wilwood. We also installed a Wilwood master cylinder for our drift brake handle. Here’s the link to the Sikky hand brake we paired with the Wilwood master cylinder CLICK HERE. Here is the place to get more information about QA1 Stocker series shocks: QA1 Mopar Parts