Project “War Venom” 2016 update! Interior, wheels and …. snow?


Ugh, the snow has come despite it being above freezing for many months past due. It usually snows around November fast and heavy. Well, due to a nasty El-Nino, (THANKS OBAMA!) which is spanish for “The Nino”, we got our first real snow at the end of December… and wouldn’tchaknow I had planned on driving the Viper to the gas station for a fill up.

Well, that got dashed pretty quick. But just to prove a point, I pulled it out into the driveway as it sits and let it snow on all the vital engine bits.

10295806_10156281860480702_3492025964911809570_nIt’s now “Snow driven” so that’s pretty much the end of the resale value. Such is life.

Those Forgeline wheels though… Unnffff, they look good.

Attach0Interior/Doors and blasphemy!

The interior got some major upgrades… But why explain it when I can show you… through interpretive dance… No kidding. Just pictures.

55The cage is officially gone. I realized that too much of the plastic interior pieces wouldn’t work with any amount of cage. It’s  a VERY tight fit and i’ve come to learn that no amount of wishing and hoping is going to get virtually any after market seat to fit.

12308350_10156203897865702_4321723570863019139_nThe interior started with a set of new-to-me doors, completed the door panels, window glass, speakers and window motors.

Attach03See these little plastic guys here? That’s suppose to connect to the EEM (Electronic Entry Module), which I have absolutely zero in stock. So I had to get one. The doors as it turns out, do not have the standard push/pull rods and/or cables that most modern doors have to open, they use electric motors AKA door poppers for the exterior and interior. Without the EEM, none of this works. Lovely. However, when it does work, it’s pretty cool I have to admit.

Attach0555The next problem came in the form of the window switches. Thanks to Dodge on this one (insert eye roll) they decided to change the connector to the switches mid year and not tell anyone. I had to find a cut up wiring harness and snip off the correct connectors and splice in the wires, it was awesome, let me tell you. (more eye rolling).

Attach02But! This means that when I was finally able to wire everything correctly, the windows worked like a charm.

10433828_10156259474770702_7296630985282300476_nI picked up an original key FOB and with the EEM installed, it was a pretty easy programming to get this to work. Since the Viper doesn’t have any exterior lock cylinders, a key fob is a must to lock the car if need be.

12299232_10156203887615702_7613510259649964868_nThe headliner went in fairly easily. Finding the correct clips was a bit of an issue but thankfully Napa has a decent set of random bits that I picked through to find ones that fit.

12299312_10156203887610702_2340724226458218775_nI found a set of carpets that are from a crashed Viper (sad really) and plastic pieces that close out the interior.

Attach01At this point, the interior was looking pretty good!

12345520_10156216189640702_503176287885102442_n Attach05I found a set of original seats from Don Scharf Automotive in WI. As I already stated, aftermarket seats are hard to get to fit right as the interior is VERY tight. The emergency exist pull is right in the way of the shoulder section of most aftermarket seats so the stock seats seem like the best option. A set of 5pt harnesses were installed, which kind of was a bummer because I had to cut some of the plastics to make access holes. Oh well, safety comes first.

12391393_10156277002155702_1401764615881629981_nI put the rest of the center console pieces back in and its starting to look like a real car now! With the interior wrapped up, I moved on to the exhaust.

12342504_10156216189645702_898376922748377687_nThe exhaust note on this car was HARSH… very harsh. It was unbearable frankly. I spliced in a set of Moroso Spiral core mufflers and cranked it over. While it was still pretty loud, it cut the noise down significantly and I was pretty pleased with the sound.

12234848_10156149569200702_2827218483712103823_nIt turns out that most of the Viper was built with pop-rivets… even from the factory it came this way. Again, this sucks because it makes life more challenging. No impossible, but definitely adds more work.

12359905_10156225368845702_7648215756554092256_n 1I got a little antsy and put on part of the gloss black stripes. The goal is to match the Forgeline wheels with Matte black centers and glossy smoke lip. I think all said and done, it will look pretty sinister. hehe.

1916534_10156318200625702_2192428364152535764_nI haven’t finished the wrap yet because its been too cold for the wrap to stick to the car. So for now it will have to sit and wait until spring. For now, here she is in all her glory.

Attach04You’re probably wondering about the photo on the opening of this article. This was sent to me by Steve Dreyer, who owns Autoform, who makes products for Vipers. He recognized the car and sent me this picture. After speaking with him via the Facespacebookgram, he got me in touch with one of the original owners.

After speaking with the old owner named Ron, he informed me that Steve worked on it quite a bit, then it was turned over to Archer Racing of Duluth. If you’ve been a racing fan or Viper fan in the past 15 years, this name should ring  a bell. They are pretty well known for being some serious racing. As it also turns out, the motor that is in the Viper “War Venom” now has less than 600 miles on it as the original was blown up. My outlook on the car has been improved knowing that the running gear is pretty solid.

That’s all for now. Thanks for checking in! 🙂


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