Renowned blues/rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd's 1969 Charger
the "XtremeLee" and his 1970 Plymouth Duster and other Mopars have got a
new playmate. Kenny's latest choice of Mopar muscle is a custom 1972 Dodge
Charger. Hot Rod TV has been filming the entire build for an episode that will be
airing in April and July 2008 on the Speed Channel.
The entire build of this car was handled by Ted Moser's Picture Car
Warehouse. Kenny and Ted have a lot of history beginning with the building of
Kenny's 1969 Dodge Charger the "Xtreme Lee" and continuing on to his most
recent 1970 Plymouth Duster, but this is the first car Kenny has had entirely
built by the Picture Car Warehouse. There are many things about this car
that make it special, but one very significant ingredient is Kenny's
personal touch. Kenny has been involved in every aspect of this car's build
process, from the component selection, exterior and interior design, to the
physical tear down and reassembly of the entire car. Kenny's fingerprints are
all over this one.
This custom Charger features a Mopar fuel injected new generation 392 Hemi
with 525 hp and 510 tq. mated to a Viper 6-speed manual transmission. Reilly
MotorSports has provided an AlterKtion custom front K-member that features
rack and pinion steering, sway bars, adjustable shocks, hidden torsion bars,
control arms, custom tie rod ends, and will be fitted with Wilwood Super Lite
6-piston calipers with 13" rotors. Also designed by Reilly MotorSports will
be a 4 link rear suspension with adjustable coil over shocks and a Dana 44
rear end with 4.10 gears from Mopar Performance. All this power is put to
the pavement with Custom one-off Foose "Challenger" wheels wrapped in BF
Goodrichtires (20x12 in the rear and 19x9.5 in the front).
The customized modern interior features 2008 Chrysler Sebring seats with
hand stitched black leather and grey perforated suede inserts -- with seat heaters
of course. Music is pumped out through a Pioneer Double Din stereo with
Kicker Audio components custom installed with a center console created by Kicker
Audio and insulated by Dynamat. Keeping the car cool on those summer
days will be an air conditioner provided by Classic Auto Air. There's also a
custom pistol grip shifter to bang through all 6 gears made by Billet Technology.
Restoration parts were provided by YearOne, while Summit Racing supplied
performance parts. Redline Gauge Works restored and customized all gauges in the
car. Just Dashes handled the dash pad restoration, and the dash insert was
restored and customized by GCAR. Additional design contributions were made by
Chip Foose at Foose Design. Mechanical consultation was provided by Matt Delaney
at Delaney Auto Design.
Additional features on this car are custom billet aluminum fuel rails by
Billet Technology, custom ceramic coated headers and slotted 3" exhaust tips by
TTI, a custom built 3" exhaust by MagnaFlow, Flaming River steering column and
"Tuff" steering wheel, a prototype all black Be Cool radiator, as well as a Zex
nitrous system from Summit Racing.
About Kenny Wayne Shepherd:
Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a four time Grammy nominated, platinum selling
artist with four No. 1 blues albums to his credit, including Billboard Magazine's # 1
Blues Album of 2007, a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles and two
Billboard Awards. Kenny has also been awarded two Orville H. Gibson Awards for
Best Blues Guitarist.
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