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Thursday, 24 September 2015 22:20

Project Hulk: Liberty Walk Challenger

Written by Kristie Bertucci Photos: Brian McGee
Classic American muscle cars are known for their sharp and aggressive exteriors, nostalgic charms and high-displacement engines that roar to life when you step on the gas. Whether it’s the first generation from the early-’70s to the current 3rd generation model, the Dodge Challenger is one such muscle car that exudes its presence on the road regardless if it’s modified or not. But automotive enthusiast Dylan Coleman’s Challenger is just more than just a regular custom – it’s a beast that goes by the nickname #ProjectHulk for its green exterior and outrageous body cladding that make it worthy of it’s Marvel superhero moniker.

As soon as Coleman bought the 2015 fully loaded Dodge Challenger Scat Pack back in January of this year, he knew he wanted to transform it into something what was anything but normal. “I decided to choose the Original 1970's Sublime Green paint job for this monstrous build,” he describes. “After photoshopping a render of the car, there was no better name for this mean green machine than #ProjectHulk.” But Coleman didn’t just want regular run-of-the-mill mods for his build and had bigger aspirations for his ride, including owning the first 2015 Challenger in the U.S. to have the Liberty Walk treatment. Thanks to his relationship with LTMW owner Long Tran (who is close acquaintances with Liberty Walk’s owner Kato), he was able to secure the first kit on pre-order to the States.

Since the kit wasn’t designed for the minor revamps of the 2015 Challenger, a few modifications had to be made by Tran and his crew, which wasn’t a problem for the team given they’ve modified Liberty Walk kits for a number of vehicles, including Kato’s own GT-R and Ferrari (which were featured back in Issue 88). “I have loved the exaggerated bolt-on look of these kits since I first laid eyes on them a couple years ago,” Coleman says. “I wanted to have a completely unique car with heavy JDM/Euro/USDM influences.”

So with that in mind, he decided to go with an Air Lift Company air suspension and Rotiform three-piece forged wheels to keep his love for stanced rides, while having the luxury to control the height at a touch of a button. He then worked with LTMW to fabricate the first-ever carbon fiber roof for the latest iteration of the Challenger. In addition, they fabricated a carbon fiber front splitter and carbon fiber side splitters to match. Next, were the Recaro Seats, which he had custom upholstered with leather and Alcantara suede finished with Sublime Green stitching since Coleman wanted to have a racecar feel, with the luxury comforts of a European car. Out back, there’s a custom Sublime Green roll cage with a custom rear delete that has been upholstered in full black Alcantara. To continue the color scheme inside, he decided to reupholster the door panels, armrest and shift boot accordingly. And finishing it all off is a Hurst Short shifter and Mopar hood pins to “give back to the USDM diehards,” he mentions.

Finally in March of 2015, #ProjectHulk made its debut at the DUB Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Kato of Liberty Walk was at the unveiling and signed the inside of his hood, making the build that much more special to him. “After owning the car for half a year and traveling around the state to shows, I can say that it turned out better than I could've ever imagined. It completely redefined the way I looked at American Muscle and hope that others start to use similar aspects in their future builds!”

- Dodge Challenger Liberty Walk Widebody Kit
- Dodge Hellcat Mopar Hood
- Mopar Hood Pins
-Custom Carbon Fiber Roof
-Custom Carbon Fiber Front Splitter
- Custom Carbon Fiber Side Skirt Splitters
Wheels & Tires:
- 20" Rotiform Concave LVS 20x12 (Front),20x13 (Rear)
- Toyo R888  Tires - 285/35R20 (Front), 315/30R20 (Rear)
- Air Lift Suspension And Management System
-Borla Long Tube Headers And ATAK Exhaust
- Recaro Sportster CS w/ Double Sublime Green Stitching
- Custom Sublime Green Roll Cage
- Custom Rear Seat Delete Upholstered w/Alcantara and Double Sublime Green Stitching
- Center Console Upholstered w/ Alcantara And Double Sublime Green Stitching
- Door Panels Upholstered w/ Alcantara And Double Sublime Green Stitching
- Shift Boot Upholstered w/ Double Sublime Green Stitching
- Hurst Short Shifter

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