“So Many Disappointments”: Bodybuilding Legend Still Hasn’t Received His $30,890 Worth Toy Back That He Dropped for Alteration 3 Years Ago Before Going for Leg Amputation

Published 08/18/2023, 7:30 AM EDT

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Flex Wheeler put the bodybuilding world on notice when he stepped onto the Mr. Olympia stage in the 90s. An amalgamation of aesthetics and muscle mass, many people believe he is the king of uncrowned Mr. Olympias. However, like other bodybuilders, the four-time Arnold Classic champion loves cars. Health issues and a rare kidney disease ended his bodybuilding career. However, Wheeler’s love for cars didn’t die, even after a leg amputation.

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Even today, the Sultan of Symmetry remains passionate about powerful and fast cars. The bodybuilding icon proved his love of American muscle cars in his latest video on Instagram. In the video, the three-time Mr. Olympia runner-up showed off one of the cars he is getting modified. However, Flex Wheeler also wrote about his disappointment regarding the process.

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In the video, Flex Wheeler showcased the intricate custom paintwork on his 2007 Dodge Charger, originally priced at $30,890. Gone was the single-tone paint. Instead, the car has been spiced up with red lighting over a coat of black paint. The artist who painted the car even blended the red lightning, creating a glowing effect on the back. Wheeler showed the car in various stages of its transformation.

At first, the car seemed to have a brownish base coat. However, in the following image, the grill seemed to have been damaged. The custom front grilles with “Flex” written on them got damaged in the center. “2007 Dodge Charger 440 naturally aspirated, 7 L,” Wheeler wrote in the post’s caption. He then wrote how long it’s taken to get the car in its current condition.

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“Wow, I never knew that this project would take over three years, literally, I put my car in the shop months before my amputation and still have months to go,” wrote the Arnold Classic champ. Various shops have worked on it and ended up damaging it. “So many different shops, all over United States. So many disappointments,” he wrote.

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However, Wheeler seems to have found the right shop, as the clip at the end of the video showed the 7-liter engine roaring as he walked around the nearly finished car. While it’ll still take around three months to finish the work, the 57-year-old is hopeful.

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While it’ll still take some time, fans will wait to see how Wheeler’s Dodge Charger turns out. Are you excited to see the finished product? Let us know in the comments.

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Sagnik Bagchi

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Sagnik Bagchi is a sports writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in American sports. He has a deep understanding of combat sports, gymnastics, and weightlifting. He holds a Master's Degree in English Literature from a top university.
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