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Finding restoration parts for classic Mopars just got easier

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Mopar’s new restoration part website, dedicated to owners of classic cars. Photos courtesy FCA Group.

Finding reproduction parts for a classic car restoration can be a time-consuming endeavor. First, not every item will be available as a new part, as only popular parts tend to be reproduced. Then there’s the issue of finding the right vendor, which can be a trial-and-error process for those new to the restoration hobby. Mopar wants to streamline things for customers restoring classic examples of its wares, and at SEMA 2016 the brand introduced a new website,, dedicated to sourcing parts for its past vehicles.

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While the new website doesn’t increase the number of parts available, or put into production currently unavailable parts, it does give those restoring a Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Plymouth vehicle one-stop-shopping, of sorts. Once on the site, customers can browse by company (with a clear and concise accounting of the licensed parts each supplier provides) or by category, including Interior Trim, Exterior Trim, Sheet Metal, Underhood/Underbody, Manuals and the catch-all category, All Licensees. In total, over 45 vendors selling over 9,000 parts are housed under one virtual roof. The 550-page parts catalog from Classic Industries can also be downloaded from the site, and the vendor will team up with Mopar in providing parts locator assistance.

Hemi intall kit

The installation kit for the crate Hemi.

As the pro-touring craze demonstrates, not everyone is content with keeping vintage muscle cars period-correct, so Mopar has also made it easier to drop a crate Hemi V-8 into a pre-1975 car with the addition of installation kits for the Hemi (rated at 383 horsepower) and the Hemi (rated at 485 horsepower). The kits contain wiring harnesses, a powertrain control module (PCM), oxygen sensors, a temperature sensor and even a new accelerator pedal to work with the system’s fly-by-wire design. Detailed instructions are also included, taking the guesswork out of modern engine swaps.

1971 Dodge Challenger restomod

1971 Dodge “Shakedown” Challenger restomod.

1971 Dodge Challenger restomod

To show off two suggested applications for its crate Hemis and installation kits, the brand exhibited the “Shakedown Challenger” and the “Jeep CJ66” at SEMA. Starting with a 1971 Dodge Challenger, the “Shakedown” (named for the Shaker hood scoop) is updated with a Hemi V-8, mated to a Tremec T6060 six-speed transmission liberated from the Dodge Viper. Further enhancing performance is a cold-air intake and custom dual exhaust; a lowered suspension; SRT Hellcat concept wheels designed by Slingshot; and Brembo-supplied SRT Hellcat brakes, with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in the rear.

Jeep CJ66

Jeep CJ66, which blends elements from three generations and is powered by a modern crate Hemi.

Jeep CJ66

For those preferring high-performance off-pavement, the Jeep CJ66 started with a Wrangler TJ frame (built from 1997-2006), topped by a 1966 Jeep Wrangler CJ Tuxedo Park body, and underpinned by modern Jeep JK mechanicals. Power comes from the smaller Hemi V-8, mated to a six-speed manual transmission, while performance enhancements include a cold air intake; cat-back exhaust; front and rear Dana 44 axles; a two-inch lift; 35-inch tires on 17-inch beadlock wheels; and a custom air system that allows for easy airing down (for enhanced off-road traction) or airing up (for the highway drive home from the trailhead.

Neither Dodge nor Jeep has plans to put these concepts into production, but both demonstrate what can be created with a little imagination and a big checkbook.