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MARCH 2018 THE SHOP 7 1969 Dodge Charger 1973 International Loadstar Ringbrothers founders Jim and Mike Ring unveiled Defector, an extensively modified 1969 Dodge Charger, in the BASF booth at the 2017 SEMA Show. Retaining the iconic bodylines of one the most popular Mopars ever built, the Charger incorporates original styling cues with modifications to convey a factory appearance. More than 4,700 hours were devoted to the build, to seamlessly present a thor- oughly modified exterior that exudes the aggressive styling of the original '69. The Rings shortened the car by 2 inches through the trunk area and extended the wheel base 3 inches. Consequently, the side rockers were lengthened, and quarter panels were lowered and extended. A Detroit Speed hydroformed sub- frame sits below the body with rack and pinion steering, front sway bars and four- link rear suspension. It is coated with BASF Glasurit Greener On The Other Side paint, with chrome work performed by Advanced Plating. A front valance appears lower than factory standard. Rear wheel wells were opened to expose custom 19-inch HRE machined wheels—19x11 up front, 19x13 in back—with custom Ring- brothers 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 oils. The engine maintains temperatures with help from Prestone coolant, while custom Flowmaster headers and exhaust give the car a robust performance sound. The Charger's interior includes upgraded front seats customized by Upholstery Unlimited. Other high- lights include gauges from Classic Instruments, Vintage Air's Gen IV Magnum evap kit and an Alpine sound system. LINE-X teamed up with Summit Truck Bodies on a 2017 SEMA Show project truck that showed attendees how incor- porating LINE-X into work trucks and fleet vehicles helps extend limits by creating a virtually unbreakable barrier against impacts, abrasions and the ele- ments. Summit's fully-restored 1973 Interna- tional Loadstar is equipped with a pre- mium Summit 7 Series service body and a supercharged 6.2-liter Dodge Hemi Hellcat engine with matching Dodge Hellcat gauge cluster and infotainment system. Summit upgraded the Interna- tional's frame with a 2010 Chevy 5500 chassis to tie it all together and placed that on top of a Kelderman 4-way inde- pendent air ride suspension. Both the truck and accompanying Summit 6422 electric over hydraulic crane highlighted various LINE-X pro- tective coatings to showcase versatility. Other features include electric exhaust cutouts and PPG Extreme Black & Copper paint. "The Summit Work Truck, with its impressive Hellcat power plant and pre- mium Series 7 service body, is a true reflection of LINE-X's dedication to service professionals and the specific needs of work truck fleets across every industry," said Dennis Weese, presi- dent of LINE-X. "Between extreme protection that ultimately reduces long- term costs, to unmatched customiza- tion options for desired aesthetics, our industrial partners and fleets all across the world trust LINE-X to take on the challenges of today and tomorrow."

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