Charger Truck kit
The modern el camino is actually a Hemi Charger...
Smyth V8 Charger
The only modern American Ute
Yes we changed the small truck landscape with our little Jetta pickup. It was only a matter of time before Mark and Mike turned their attention to the big V8 Ute. Smyth Utes work best with really sturdy 4 door sedans. In the case of big V8 sedans there just are not that many left to choose from. Lucky for all of us that the 2005 to 2010 Dodge Charger was made as one of the only 4 door muscle cars in the world. Bingo, American V8 Smyth fans your day is here.
The tough part was picking the tail lights. We wanted a bit of tumblehome, a slant forward for the rear tailgate. After looking at dozens of tail lights and all the fitment issues they challenge you with, modified grand caravan tail lights fit the bill perfectly. Combined with our exclusive multi panel aluminum bed and stock ford tailgate this car to truck conversion looks as tough as it is. The 4 door Charger never won any beauty contests as a sedan, but in the flesh this converted car is really dramatic. We went with a police theme since many of our first customers are using police auction cars as a base, but we are also building a lowered, 20" hellcat wheels, SRT hood scooped ram air version of the car as well. As I buy the components for the next version the costs are amazingly low. The 20" hellcat replica wheels are 20 x 10s in the rear with massive 315/35/20 rubber and the fronts are 20 x 9 with 275/40/20 tires for about 1150 bucks. The lowering spring kit was $95. The fiberglass SRT hood was about $375 delivered. Paint or wrap color is still being mulled over but it should be a wild looking ride that should make the most of this muscle design. Supercharger next?
The bed is a full 6 feet long on the floor, the top rails are 48.5" wide at the narrowest section up front, the width on the floor in front and in back of the wheel wells is 60". The wheel wells are 48.5" at the top near the rails and slope in to 36" wide on the floor. Payload is rated at just about 900 lbs.
The rear glass is larger than the slider in the Jetta because the Charger is a big car...this glass is out of a GM Colorado truck for easy sourcing and repair if you ever need it. The rear quarter windows are similar to the ones used in the MK5 jetta kit but are unique to the Charger look. The extra room we designed into the kit was really important for the big guys. As much as we loved the first sketches with the smaller angled rear window, the extra room behind the seats makes this a really usable design. We love the way the car looks like it came from the factory.
We invite you to check out the Police Charger Hemi shop truck here, for us this is the ultimate shop truck. My next build needs to be a hellcat converted SRT8 don't you think?