Street cars that lay down impressive numbers at the drag strip are just neat — when it’s some classic iron putting in the work, the cool factor really gets cranked up.
Josh Peloquin’s 1971 Dodge Demon 340 checks both of those boxes and does it without a power adder. This 8-second street car is all Mopar, and it’s really impressive what it can do on a set of radial tires.
The Dodge Demon wasn’t produced in significant numbers, but they were available from the factory with a V-8 and optional four-speed transmission. Peloquin’s Demon has a 540 cubic-inch big-block engine from Indy Maxx that’s topped off with a set of the company’s Stage 6 cylinder heads. The Demon stays true to its Mopar roots with a 727 transmission and Dana 60 rearend behind the massive Mopar mill. Peloquin left the leaf spring rear suspension in place, so the car still has its factory stance.
The Demon was campaigned for many years on a set of 10.5-inch slicks and they worked well, but to get the most out of the car the decision was made to run on radials. Peloquin wrapped his Billet Specialties wheels in some Mickey Thompson 275 radial tires and let it eat. In this footage from victoryredcolorado, we see Peloquin’s street-driven Demon rip off an 8.93 at over 148 mph with the wheels in the air. Make sure you have the volume cranked up so you can hear the big Mopar sing its song during each pass as it puts up some impressive numbers through a set of mufflers.