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DODGE CHALLENGER HELLCAT DAMAGED FROM FIRE RESTORED AFTER 9 MONTHS

The Turnaround Is Incredible

Challenger Hellcat

This has to be the most extensively damaged carbaque we’ve ever seen, and yet this decrepit ash pile of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat was still able to make a comeback after nine months of incredible miracle work done by the DIY Gang.

The unfortunate victim of a barn fire, this Dodge Challenger Hellcat was completely and utterly incinerated, as shown in the video below. From there, it shows the melted muscle car on a fork lift after being acquired by the video’s host. Then it gets right into it, starting with the engine bay. Again, nothing but ashes and overcooked metal to be found here. Bit by bit things are cleaned up and taken apart, until finally the 6.2L supercharged V8 that once roared with 707 horsepower was completely removed. Ironically, in the cabin, a fire extinguisher was found.

Once things were as cleaned up as can be reasonably expected, repairs the the scarred and deformed body of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat began. Much of what was left was scrapped, while the rest of it was hammered, stamped, and pulled back into place. The effort put into this process has got to be the envy of DIYers and trained professionals alike, as most people would have sealed the fate of this destroyed muscle car to be reborn as a stack of metal paint cans.

The finished product is actually two Dodge Challenger Hellcats in one, as the DIY Gang found a totaled and scrapped body of a Sublime Green model, and merged the necessary body parts with what could be spared from the fire damaged salvage project. The end result was painted IndiGO Blue (or something close to it).

The nine month restoration project concludes with the builders clipping on front and rear fascias, followed by a firing up of the engine, and a sunset cruise that represents the insane amount of work to get to this point. Don’t spare a minute of the 15-minute video, which currently has nearly 7 million views at the time of this writing.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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  1. This was very misleading if you didn’t watch the entire series. The burned up car is NOT the same car that appears to be nicely repaired at the end.

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