In today’s world of social, it seems like we come across a number of ‘What If’ car designs on a daily basis. Computers have allowed many to turn their own creative ideas into works of virtual art. However, there are still a group of passionate people, who love to create their ideas with their own two hands.
Upon checking out one of the multiple Facebook modeling groups, we came across model car builder, Mike Askew. A former Detroit native and car enthusiast, Askew worked a number of jobs revolving around the automotive industry. Today, he lives in the much warmer climate of Alabama, building custom model cars for clients.
Some of his models are downright amazing, from his barn-find 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, to a rear-engined 2000 Dodge Dakota Club Cab, and even a rusted-out 1966 Plymouth Belvidere. But one of his more recent builds really caught our attention.
In 1968, Chrysler Corporation built a limited run of HEMI Dart (L023) and Barracuda (B029) Super Stockers. The limited production of factory-built drag racers became an instant legend at the strip and in the muscle car history books.
Powered by the iconic 7.0-liter (426 cubic inch) HEMI V8, the Hurst Performance assembled cars featured items like lightweight Chemcor side glass, fiberglass front fenders, hood scoop, lightweight seats, sound deadener, and other street features such as rear seats omitted. Each of the 10-second 1/4-mile cars featured a sticker saying that they weren’t intended for public road use.
One of his recent clients wanted to not only have Askew build a replica of the L023 cars, but wanted him to create a nonexistent American Motors version of the car. American Motors Corporation (AMC) at the time, did not have its own drag racing program in the Super Stock category. Keeping in mind that AMC would eventually be rolled into the Chrysler Corporation in 1987, set off to build a 1969 AMC SC/Rambler Super Stocker.
Although he originally wanted to build a modified version of the SC/Rambler’s 6.4-liter (390 cubic-inch) AMC V8, the client wanted a HEMI underneath the hood instead.
Using a Johan 1969 SC/Rambler kit as his base, Askew used the HEMI, rear interior and floor, roll-bar assembly, and HEMI hood scoop from a Revell 1968 Dodge HEMI Dart kit.
His finished design sits on a modified Revell HEMI Dart chassis, with a shortened drive shaft. After cutting the interior “bucket” at the back edge of the door opening, he then fabricated inner panels from scratch and back-halved the car to allow the HEMI Dart chassis to accept the AMC body.
Paying the smallest attention to detail, Askew even placed the battery into the right rear side of the trunk. Just like the original Super Stockers. Modifications to the rear wheel openings had to be done on SC/Rambler to allow the Super Stock’s bigger slicks and wheels to fit.
To help it look the part, he painted the body of the car in Primer Gray. As for the hood, hood scoop, and front fenders, they were painted in Satin Black to imitate the gel-coat fiberglass of the original HEMI Darts, before they were finished with team graphics.
The result is amazing and truly looks like something that would have been built by AMC in 1969, with Mopar factory support. Both the Dart and SC/Rambler were sent to the client in Texas, where we are sure they will make that person’s office or collection, stand out.
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