Pedro Morales - 2017 Dodge Challenger R/T
Themed vehicles are everywhere, but not too many are themed after Spawn. I tried to go beyond what was expected from a themed vehicle by adding as many details as I can when showing it off.
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2017 Dodge Challenger R/T
I'm a 9-year U.S. Marine Corps veteran originally from El Paso, Texas and the builder of a 2017 Dodge Challenger R/T themed after the popular comic book, Spawn. I'm very passionate about artwork and automobiles, and the Challenger was my creative outlet for me to bridge both of my passions. I work full-time as a cybersecurity analyst, while also pursuing a Bachelor's degree in cybersecurity. I'm currently an active member of the C3 Car Club - El Paso Chapter. In my spare time, I volunteer to support military veterans by helping them apply for education and disability benefits, as well as assist with resume creations to help others find their next career. I love helping others and I live by the motto: "Ask for help when you need it, and give help when asked."
What got you into Cars?
I was a huge gamer growing up, and I'm still one today! I have early memories of playing racing games across multiple platforms, but the two franchises that really catapulted me into cars was Gran Turismo and Need for Speed. Iconic vehicles and customizable rides from the games drew me in and fueled my desire to pursue my own goals of one day owning my own show car. After travelling the world during my time as an active-duty Marine, I eventually made my way back home to El Paso, Texas in 2017. Shortly after, I met several members from C3 Car Club and immediately joined their team. Since then, I've helped build the team to what it is today and provided advice and guidance for others that are also pursuing modifications for their respective builds.
This was my 4th vehicle, my previous rides were a 2005 Nissan Altima, 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, and a 2015 Challenger SXT. This was, however, the first vehicle that I modified extensively! The vehicle was my daily driver since September 2017, and I travelled over 90,000 miles to display the vehicle at numerous events throughout the Southwest from California to Central Texas, averaging nearly 25 car shows per year. I've showcased the vehicle at well-known events such as Import Face-Off, Spring Fest of LXs, SlammedEnuff, Elite Tuner, and SEMA 2019 as a Feature Vehicle for NRG Innovations.
Why this Car?
I wanted a vehicle that demanded attention no matter where the road took me. From open highways to oceanside drives, and from winding roads to downtown cruises, the sleek style of the Challenger always commands an aggressive look everywhere it goes.
I originally built the vehicle for myself as a way to express my creativity and passion for both comics & cars. I've attended multiple car shows and events, but the most meaningful ones for me are the ones where I get to interact with guests or attendees while it was on display as part of a convention or charity event. The vehicle's comic-book theme is known by some adults that grew up in the late 90's early 2000's, and watching the parents bridge that connection with their children is a truly rewarding experience.
Buy and build the Challenger that you want for yourself, and don't be afraid to push the limits of your imagination on what you want to do to your ride. Not everyone is going to like what you do, but don't let anyone's opinion discourage you from your build.
Be confident in your skills when making permanent changes to your ride. Installing carbon fibre parts may seem scary and overwhelming, but patience and an extra set of hands always help. After installing a carbon fibre hood, hood pins, decklid, and spoiler, my advice for anyone else that is considering doing the same are: Remember you only get one chance when you drill into carbon fibre, so triple-check your measurements before you do it.
What makes your Car Unique?
Themed vehicles are everywhere, but not too many are themed after Spawn. I tried to go beyond what was expected from a themed vehicle by adding as many details as I can when showing it off. From adding plastic chains and masks as props to showing the 1997 Spawn Film on a tablet in the centre dash for spectators to watch and listen, no detail is too big or small.
Suspension & Brakes:
- Yellow Speed Racing USA Dynamic Pro Sport Coilovers
- Yellow Speed Racing USA Front Big Brake Kit 365mm x 32mm 6 Piston, Rear Big Brake Kit 356mm x 28mm 4 Piston
- Custom Strut Brace
Exterior & Dress-Up:
- Custom Wrap Designed and Installed by Wrap Dynamics in Pflugerville, Texas
- Anderson Composites Carbon Fiber Cowl-Style Demon Hood
- Anderson Composites Carbon Fiber Decklid
- Anderson Composites Carbon Fiber Spoiler
- American Brother Designs Fuel Door
- Merrick Motorsports Intake Rings
- Engine Cover Spawn Airbrush Art
- Luxe Auto Concepts Carbon Fiber Rear Tail Light Tint
- Luxe Auto Concepts Dark Smoke Side Marker & Rear Reflector Tint
- Custom Spawn Emblems from Delancey's 3D Designs
- NRG Steering Wheel, Short Hub Adapter, & Gen-4 Quick Release
- NRG Innovations PVC Sport Seats Black/White
- Planted Technology Seat Brackets
- Custom Dash and Center Console Hydro Dipping and Paint by Hydrodypz
- BlackVue DR900S-2CH 4K UHD Dashcam (front-facing & rear-facing)
- Barton Industries Pistol-Grip Shifter
- Catless FlowMaster Outlaw Series Axle-Back Exhaust w/ 3.25″ Quad Tips
- K&N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake
- Mishimoto Coolant Expansion Tank
- Mishimoto Silicone Lower Radiator Hose
- Pedal Commander PC31 Bluetooth
- Front 22×10.5 / Rear 22×9 Niche Gamma Gloss Black Wheels
- VMS Racing True Spike Lug Nuts
- Continental Tires ExtremeContact DWS06
- Front: 265/35R22
- Rear: 285/35R22
Lighting from Lighting Trendz:
- RBGW DRL Replacement
- Flow Series Engine Bay Lighting
- Flow Series Grill Lighting
- RBGW Underbody Lighting
- Rockford Fosgate 12″ P2 Subwoofers x2
- DS18 6″x9″ Speakers x2
- DS18 6.5″ Speakers x2
- DS18 1″ Bullet Tweeters x2
- Planet Audio 3000w Amp
- Rockford Fosgate 1200w Amp
A lot of the work was done by myself, but none of it would have been possible without the help of:
- C3 Car Club El Paso (@c3carclub_elpaso)
- NRG Innovations (@getnrg)
- Patterson Performance (@pattersonperformance)
- Yellow Speed Racing USA (@yellowspeedracingusa)
- Anderson Composites (@andersoncomposites)
- Wrap Dynamics (@wrapdynamics)
- Lighting Trendz (@lightingtrendz)
- Planted Technology (@plantedtechnology)
- Hydrodypz (@hydrodypz)
- Mishimoto (@mishimoto)
- Merrick Motorsports (@merrickmotorsports)
- DeLancey's 3D Designs (@delanceys_3d_designs)
- Projekt Cars (@projektcars)
- BlackVue (@blackvueofficial)
- K&N Filters (@knfilters)
- Continental Tires (@continental_tire)
- True Spike Lug Nuts (@truespikelugnuts)
The Challenger is retired, and my next build will be a custom-painted 2020 Ram 1500 Lone Star. Lowered suspension from MaxTrac has already been installed along with new wheels from Rotiform wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion tires. I've already received new headlights, taillights, grille, and hood that will be installed in the near future.
The Car Scene
The scene has introduced me to a lot of great people and groups who share a lot of the same passions as me. A majority of the friends I have now are connected to me from my interactions during car shows and events from the cities I've lived in and visited. It's helped me network with several other drivers that I normally would not have met, and I've helped connect others to assist them in reaching their goals too.
My dream car is a satin-black DeLorean. The classic vehicle is already an eye-catcher, so why not do something a little bit different to set it apart from the others that are already out there?
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