1969 Dodge Charger Defector

“Defector” retains the iconic bodylines of one the most popular Mopars ever built, as Ringbrothers incorporated original styling cues with modifications to convey a factory appearance. More than 4,700 hours were devoted to the build, to seamlessly present a thoroughly modified exterior that exudes the aggressive styling of the original ‘69.

The largest deviation from the original Charger is the body work performed towards its rear. Jim and Mike Ring started with a locally sourced Charger body, shortened the car by two inches through the trunk area and extended the wheel base by three inches. Consequently, the side rockers were lengthened and quarter panels were lowered and extended. A Detroit Speed Hydroformed Subframe sits below the body with rack and pinion steering, front sway bars and four-link rear suspension. To highlight the body work, “Defector” is coated in a rich custom BASF Glasurit color named “Greener On The Other Side.” Meticulous chrome work was performed by Advanced Plating to further complement the body modifications.

During the build process the Rings created a front valance that appears lower than factory standard. Rear wheel wells were opened to expose custom 19-inch HRE machined wheels – sized 19x11 up front, 19x13 out back – with custom Ringbrothers hubcaps. The wheels were wrapped in Michelin rubber sized 285x35x19 in the front and 345x35x19 in the back. Six-piston Baer brakes were installed to help the Mopar come to a smooth stop. “Defector” is powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi engine from Wegner Motorsports that is kept running smoothly by Royal Purple engine and transmission oil. The engine maintains perfect temperatures with help from Prestone coolant, while custom Flowmaster headers and exhaust give the car a robust performance exhaust sound.

The Charger’s interior may look and feel like the original ‘69, but it is actually furnished with upgraded front seats customized by Upholstery Unlimited. Other highlights include gauges from Classic Instruments, Vintage Air’s Gen IV Magnum Evap Kit and an Alpine sound system.

 

Vehicle Specs

Drivetrain

Engine: Wegner Motorsports Inc. 6.4 Hemi

Engine Oil: Royal Purple

Engine Oil Weight: 5-30

Engine Extras: Holley Dominator Fuel Management

Transmission: Bowler 4L80E

Transmission Oil: Royal Purple

Drive Shaft: QA1 Carbon Fiber Driveshaft

Suspension

Chassis & Front Suspension: DSE Hydro Formed subframe

Rear Suspension: DSE 4-link

Shock Manufacturer: RideTech

Front Sway Bars: DSE

Rear End: John’s Industries 9” 355 gears

Differential Oil: Royal Purple Max Gear

Differential Oil Weight: 70W 90 SAE

Exhaust

Header Manufacturer: Flowmaster

Header Details: Customized by Ringbrothers

Exhaust Manufacturer: Flowmaster 44 Stainless Steel

Cooling

Radiator: Stock OE

Fluids: Prestone Anti-Freeze

Steering

Type: Rack & Pinion

Manufacturer: DSE

Steering Column: Ididit

Fluid: Royal Purple

Wheels and Tires

Wheel Manufacturer: Custom HRE Wheels with custom hubcap by Ringbrothers

Front Wheel Size: 19” x 11”

Rear Wheel Size: 19” x 13”

Tire Manufacturer: Michelin

Front Tire Size: 285x35x19

Rear Tire Size: 345x35x19

Brakes

Front Manufacturer: Baer

Front Caliper Specs: 6S 6-Piston

Rear Manufacturer: Baer

Rear Caliper Specs: 6S 6-Piston

Fuel

Fuel Type: 92 Octane

Fuel Pump: Aeromotive

Fuel Tank/Cell: Aeromotive

Fuel Management: Holley Dominator Fuel Management

Fluids: Royal Purple Max-Clean Fuel System Cleaner & Stabilizer

Electrical

Wiring Harness: Painless Wiring

Exterior

Chrome: Advanced Plating

Paint Manufacturer: BASF Glasurit

Paint Color: Greener on the Other Side

Paint Booth: Global Finishing Solutions

Interior

Interior: Full custom upholstery by Upholstery Unlimited

Gauges: Classic Instruments

A/C System: Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum Evap Kit

Stereo System: Alpine

Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors

Prestone

BASF/Glasurit

Flowmaster/Hurst/B&M

Royal Purple

3M

Product Sponsors

Aeromotive

AFCO

ARP Automotive Racing Products

Baer Brakes

Bowler Transmission

Dynamat

GFS – Global Finishing Solutions

Heat Shield Products

Holley

HRE

Miller Welding

MSD

Optima Battery

Painless Wiring

QA1

RideTech

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  • 3M
  •  Hurst
  • Flowmaster
  • B&M
  • BASF
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  • Royal Purple
  • Prestone