Frank Pana is a rodder at heart, so when he decided
to build a street machine, it was always gonna be different!
Not that Frank was ever going to substitute substance for
style, but for anyone who gets a chance to see his ride, from the "CHARGA" plate to the fibreglass hood, you'll know
that whether he's talking Mopar, or building cars, his approach has always been "in your face"!
The CHARGA was bought back in 1981 as a Mettalic Brown
VH 770. Frank and his brother had fun with their new toy after fitting a six pack to the Hemi and a 4 speed. Frank wanted
So back in 1991 Frank pulled the car off the road. In went
an 11.4 sec 360 Small Block, and the car was treated to the mods. you see today.
All in all the time off the road was arond 2.5 years. It
features Autometer gauges, Prelude seats (the original 770 seats were basket cases), a custom interior done by a guy in Adelaide,
hidden wiring, Mini tubs and other cool custom changes such as the scoop and Fibreglass hood.
He later sold the original heads, and went with a slightly
milder combo..using factory J heads treated to some serious porting.
The car uses a reverse pattern fully manual valve body,
changing a 727 trans.The wheels are centreline Pro Drags.
Currently Frank is experimenting with different induction
set ups, having recently discovered a guy in the a US who sets up old Carter Thermoquad carbs to flow 950 cfm!! This
on an LD 340 Dual plane manifold makes for a very torquey street combo, while the small primaries on the carb make round town
cruising a possibility without a second mortgage!!
Frank figures the car to be good for a possible high 11 pass, but would be satisfied with