Guest Blog:kevin Cederwall>>’68 Dodge Charger Build

Hey Speedhunters,

My name is Kevin Cederwall from Walnut Creek California. I’ve been working on cars and dreaming about having a nice one of my own since before I could even drive. I got extremely lucky though when the opportunity to pick up one of my relative's 68 Dodge Charger came along.
This whole process started about 3-4 years ago at around the age of 16, when I picked the car up from his house not knowing what I was getting myself into. But I learned quickly and started with tinkering on the car, with mostly small projects.

When I picked up the car, it had been sitting for 20 or so years without being run, and had acquired a nice thick layer of dust and dirt all over it.

Above is how it looked when I first picked it up.

I started out by doing some small stuff to get it to run, like new ignition, starter, and fuel system. I finally got it to run the first time, and it was a moment that I will never forget. I drove the car for a while in this state, but I soon realized the engine and transmission were most likely on their last legs.

I finally pulled the trigger and decided to make something of the car. Up until this point I had not known what I really wanted to do with the car, but after seeing multiple “pro-touring” style cars, and as the “stance movement” was gaining momentum I decided how I really wanted the car. My ultimate goal was, and still is to have a car that has so much presence and personality that you cannot ignore it.

With that in mind I pulled out the old grimy engine and began on a long
journey of research, finding parts, and finally building the motor.  I
decided to take the stock 383 cubic inch motor and stroke it out to
about 438 cubic inches. I could have done a 440 motor swap for about
the same price, but I kind of wanted to keep the original motor in it,
and the 383 block is lighter than the block I would swap it with.

The motor should be making around 400 horsepower at the crank and more
than that in torque. However I have not dyno’d it yet, and this is just
speculation at this point. I wanted to have plenty of power, while
still keeping the engine streetable, and this setup did exactly that.

The car looked decent as sitting as it was, but I firmly believe that the wheels of a car can make or break the look. I stumbled upon a killer deal for some DPE wheels that I just could not refuse. However I didn’t know what offsets and widths would fill up the wheel wells, since not many people in the muscle car community go for the filled out fenders/stanced look.  The specs for the wheels are: DPE R05 fronts: 18×9 0 offset, rear: 18×10 0 offset.

I then lowered the car more, and added a few goodies, such as adjustable upper control arms, a LSD, and a front spoiler to improve the overall look. After all of that, this is about how the car looks now.

I also took the car to an autocross just to see how it does before it gets any new suspension parts, and it did fairly decent for such a heavy car.

The car still has a long ways to go, and the stance is not nearly perfected yet, but I love the car and especially all the looks I tend to get while driving it. This car is also pretty much daily driven, so progress can be slow, but there is always something that needs to get done on it.

Just a few of my future plans for the car are:
Perfecting the stance:
     -Slight drop in the front and a definite large drop in the rear 3” or more
-Possibly new set of wheels or spacers
-Lots of suspension and steering upgrades for a more firm and controllable ride
-Disc brake setup, possibly from a dodge viper
-Manual transmission swap
-New interior stuff, and eventually new paint and body work.

So that’s my car, and a bit of its story, I hope guys like it and its worthy of your site. I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while, and I love the type of cars you guys feature, especially the variety of cars you seem to show. I am also a pretty big fan of the drifting scene, and I jointly owned a drift car that we used in a few events.
Keep up the good work!

-Kevin Cederwall



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Awesome build, I love it man. Very nice


Lucky dude...Completely jealous


not a massive fan of american cars but i like what you've done, great work so far.


BEAUTIFUL car!!!!!!!!!!

autocross, thats intense lol


Nice job with the Charger Kevin! Also, this leads me to ask, can we have a domestics month? I mean I'm not a huge fan of American cars but we do see a ton of import coverage here. We need some homegrown, stanced automobiles on this site. To be honest, I would love to see a slammed and poked Cobalt SS. Flame Suit on...


I love the build man


Nice built, seen it at solo2 autocross couple of time.


Wow!!! If my dream comes true!


925 represent! haha nice build


That's a sick charger! I just imagined it in my mind.. satin white, black R/T stripe with satin black rims... nasty!


Dude I was at that autox in Santa Clara (I was in the White and Red 24 H of Lemons Isuzu) I was shocked to see such a beast handle that course so well. Keep it up!


Congratz man !

u got that u want in that car...

'' presence and personality that you cannot ignore it ''

Now E n j o y


OMG this is absolutly gorgeous!!!!! please desktop


Hey Kevin! Love this Charger man! Great work so far and love the plans you have in store for it. Pro-Touring meets Hellaflush is the perfect combo in my mind, but no one is really doing it yet. Check this story out:


In reply to the engine swap shot: YOU BIG CAR GUYS SUCK!!!!! hahaha! The things I would give for the space to walk on top of my tiny Roadster while pulling an engine.

Great build and pix. This is becoming my favorite Speedhunters month ever.


Dude, some white wheels would set that thing off with the white roof, but looks like you need like 18x12's with a - offset to get flush. Gonna be big $$$.


Sweet ride man, I love the stance.


At last. MOPAR performance. I love my Nissan and Datsun´s , specialy my 200SX (S13) but if i could i would buy one of these in a heart beat. Nice build Kevin. Never sell that car or you regret forever. Unless your selling it to me... :) Keep up the good work.






Looks good man! Don't drop the rear too much! Gotta keep at least a little "muscle car rake"

Awesome car though. love it.


Great build, pic 4 & 5 are awesome!


Sweet build but I would have focused a little more of the attention towards lightening the vehicle and replacing the suspension. That body roll and those leaf springs are saying "I have the track ability of a 42 year old American muscle car". But I can only figure that they aren't quite finished with the build. I'm hoping they'll decide to upgrade to an 08' Chargers IRS and possibly replace the motor with a newer Hemi. That and have some aluminum fenders casted. I mean these are things I'd do because I have a thing for older vehicles with a retro/ touch of new class and (high performance) abilities. Beautiful car none the less. Its a car that I'd love to get my hands on but I already have too many projects as it is.


Oh man, can't wait to see more of this!


Big respect for autocrossing! I love old Mopars.


WOW, not to shabby at all. The engine paint cools nice too. Nothing like Black Valve Covers on a Red engine block





this great to see. i always wanted a flush muscle car. even better that it's mopar.


Thanks for the comments guys!

If you guys like there are a ton more pictures of the car on my flickr.

I really do plan on doing chassis stiffening and weight reduction in the near future. I may be starting soon on a mini tub project since i have access again to a decent sized shop again.

I have been contemplating putting in a 5.7 or 6.1 modern hemi if this motor ever goes out. The differential swap to IRS would be difficult, but that doesn't mean it will never happen.

Again thanks for the good comments guys,



very nice car mate that thing definitely has a presence


nice...the charger is one of my fav muscle car...good luck with the build man =)


My MOPAR brother! Love the the Charger. Makes me want to get my 66 Coronet out and put the supercharger on it. For the modes you want to do I look at XV Motorsports and VFH fiberglass. Keep up the good work us young guys who are into MOPAR are a rare breed. MOPAR FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


such a great build very nice work


Looks fantastic. It's hard to find another person who has such love for American Muscle but grew up with the JDM/Import scene. I love what you've done with it and I look forward to seeing more.


ok FANTASTIC build, nice clean look very very nicely done.


wow, those wheels are PERFECT!!!! VERY GANGSTER, PROPS!


the front looks spot on and it seems very clean. nice car


haha I know the feeling being 16 working on a muscle car my 68 Firebird, damn that car has been a pain but i love every second doesnt matter what you drive if you have a car passion it is great love the built.

Seen this car on NCD


Stanced muscle car? I like it!


hey babe sweet car. i love you kevvy poo.


wow that's pretty crazy that im seeing this car again on speedhunters. i first saw your car on 680N around the milpitas area last year. nice work.


Awesome car and build !


American car month would be cool


I think ive seen this car in pleasant hill at kohls?


I love the car. It looks great, and will probably keep getting love.


Yeah, i occasionally go to the Monday night meets at kohls, and I go to school in San Jose, so you probably saw me driving on the way there or something. The car is basicly my daily driver haha.


awesome, awesome, awesome. a 68-9 Charger is on my list! keep up the good work and check out


What a way to ruin a gorgeous car...rare color and rare combo.,.would have been better as a stock restoration.