You’ll see a couple of Chevrolet Blazers, Ford pickups and a fleet of Jeep Wranglers, if you hit your local off-road trail. E-Body Dodge Challengers, maybe not, but this ’72 Challenger is the exception.
E-body is welded to an M1009 Military frame and chassis
Making a suspension for Challenger that can handle off-road abuse without spending a tone of money on custom parts is a something that producer didn’t wanted to deal with. Instead, it seems that the E-body is welded to an M1009 Military frame and chassis. That’s military slang for a heavy-duty GM truck frame with the GM frame comes a GM powertrain.
Under the Challenger’s hood is a 5.7-liter Chevy, which is backed by a 4L60E automatic transmission. Responsible for feeding that power to the front Dana 44 and rear Dana 60 axles is the widely praised NP205 transfer case that has apparently been rebuilt. The carbureted small-block Chevy has a bunch of new parts but isn’t advertised as rebuilt.
Unlike other purpose-built off-road rigs, this Challenger has a comfortable interior. It has a new headliner, carpet and door panels. It also says it has new seats, but we imagine that means new seat covers. The interior also has a backup camera and an aftermarket stereo with a pair of amplifiers that feeds four Kenwood speakers.
The seller says this rig drives well on and off-road, and we hope that’s the case — because it should be driven everywhere. While the $28K price tag might seem steep, you’d be buying a chance to be different. Check out the original Craigslist ad for more pictures.