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Challenger T/A with a 426 HEMI?

Nick Panaritis just brought home a 1970 Dodge Challenger, just like the one he’s been looking for. Well, almost. He wanted to put his freshly rebuilt 426 HEMI into a ’70, but the one he found just happens to be an original T/A. What do you think Nick should do? Stay true to the car’s origin? Or build it into a one-of-none dream machine? Comment, and let him know how you feel about it.


39 thoughts on “Challenger T/A with a 426 HEMI?”


  1. That car you keep original. It’s a one year only model. And my favorite car too.

  2. Yea keep it original. Put that Hemi. In a 64 Superstock clone. And leave the line wheeles up.

  3. The T/A was a nimble machine due to the relatively light weight of the 340. You may sacrifice that with a hemi.

  4. D do what the fuck you want to. It! It’s your car, your money and you’ll have to drive it!

  5. Restore it as original and find another 70 Challenger RT with a 383 and toss that boat anchor and put the 426 Hemi in that!

  6. The value would probably go up with 426. Keep original motor in corner of garage.

  7. Restore it with the 340 Six Pack that it is supposed to have leave the butchery to a car that isn’t rare !

  8. This hobby is about building what you want not what the so called experts tell you to do

  9. Build your dream brother , you only live once . I would keep all the original equipment for the car if you ever want to set her back to factory specs . That way you have the best of both worlds . She would rocknroll with a 426 my friend !!

  10. Both.

    Pull the original engine.
    Rebuild it close as possible to NOS condition from the bellhousing to the harmonic balancer.
    Then properly seal it up, then crate and store it. Worth its mass in gold.

    Next build a blueprinted modern spec engine and go hog wild.
    Drop that in under the original hood. And have fun trolling everyone.

    Done & done.

  11. Wow that’s some good information too bad Mike took himself off my Facebook page you might appreciate this


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