Good news! Or at least we think it’s good news—Car Craft is returning as a video series that can be seen on MotorTrend’s YouTube Channel and on MotorTrend+. Car Craft, the long-running DIY and custom car magazine, earned a well-deserved reputation as the authoritative source for hard-core engine tech, product tests, and cost-conscious performance upgrades to your favorite cars.
To kick the series off, we’ve immersed ourselves in the task of swapping a Gen 3 Hemi into a 1972 Dodge Challenger. And this isn’t just any old Hemi, no; we’re dropping a 707-horsepower Hellcat into the car and putting one of Tremec’s brand-new TKX five-speed transmissions behind it.
In addition, the car is getting a brand new coilover suspension and a brake upgrade. The goal is to make it run and drive like a new Hellcat-powered Challenger, but with the classy good looks of the original E-Body.