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1969 Dodge Dart GTS 340 Is Completed!

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1969 Dodge Dart GTS 340 Is Completed!
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:41 PM

Time for another muscle car!  This project is the '69 Dart GTS 340 and I am using the Revell Dodge Dart GTS Kit # 7603. 

I am using the 340 CI 4-barrel engine from an AMT '71 Duster 340 kit.  Since this is to be built mostly stock, I went searching for the engine color.  Apparently the '69 340 engine came in either red, turquoise, or Street Hemi Orange.  There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the various engine colors which could be for the engine plant or for whatever color was in stock at the time.  I choose Chrysler Engine Turquoise for mine.  I once owned a '70 Duster 340 and I can remember all the issues I had with it, the body and interior colors and features, but I can't remember the engine color!  What a memory!  I'll replace the 4-speed trans with a Torqueflite 727 resin trans from M.A.D. and I'll also wire the engine with a M.A.D. Pre-Wired Distributor with a tan cap and blue wires. 

I have yet to decide on an interior color, but I seem to be leaning towards white with black accents and the body will be Tamiya TS-54 Light Metallic Blue.  This should look great!

More to come...

 

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Posted by chucky on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:49 PM

I like it! The Revell Darts are really great kits: proportions and details are very good. Your 340 conversion should be a piece of cake. Your '70 Duster most likely had a Street Hemi Orange engine. I know both of mine did. A friend had three '69 Dart GTSs including two 340s and a 383 and all three were turquoise, for what its worth. I'll be following along, naturally. Dinner

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 4:25 PM

Looking forward to this.

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:37 PM
Gotta love a dart !! loving the "almost Petty Blue " colour choice too .
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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:01 AM

Thank you guys!  The engine is ready for a coat or two of Mopar Turquoise Engine Enamel.  The AMT 340 engine was set up for A/C and I have to re-engineer the fan belt assembly for a non A/C car.  I'll have to rummage my parts box for a correct air filter assembly as the '71 air filter is too large.

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Posted by chucky on Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:01 PM

Cool! The 383 air cleaner in the kit is correct for a 1969 340. It should be the "unsilenced" housing with no snorkles. The air intake is from below between the housing and base plate. The filter housing should be black wrinkle finish with the 340 pie tin. If you need the correct pie tin you can reference one of the 1:1 suppliers online catalogs and reduce and print to fit. Looking forward to seeing this one. 

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:54 PM

Thanks Chucky!  I will use the Dart kit air cleaner assembly on the 340.  I will still have to rummage around the parts box for a Carter AVS carb or steal one out of my '68 Charger R/T kit.

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 25, 2018 12:15 PM

I've been working at the 340 CI engine for the Dart this morning.  I started to re-engineer the fan belt assembly only to have that go south on me.  I rummage through my parts box and found a fan belt assembly with an alternator that refuses to come off.  That'll be staying on.  

I cleaned up the block and added holes for the by-pass hose that I'll add later.  I still need to drill holes for plug wires.

More to come...

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Posted by chucky on Friday, May 25, 2018 7:22 PM

I like the idea of the added by-pass hose. I don't think I've seen that done before. If I remember correctly, the bypass hose is painted engine color along with the clamps if you're going for an as-new appearance. Otherwise, black with the good old wire spring squeeze clamps for the in-service look. 

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 25, 2018 8:36 PM

I seem to recall adding a by-pass hose to one of my models quite some time ago.  I don't remember which one it was, but I was applauded as it was never seen before on a model.  If I had to venture a guess, it was a Mopar! Wink

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, May 26, 2018 5:13 PM

This morning, I cut off the 4-speed trans and superglued a resin Torqueflite A727 trans to the 340 CID engine.  Once that was set, I primed the engine and trans with Dupli-Color Grey Primer and painted the unit with Mopar Turqouise Engine Paint.  The camera flash washed out the color a bit.  I'll paint the trans tomorrow.

Now to toss this into the dehumidifier for the rest of the day.

More to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 28, 2018 9:34 PM

I decided on wheels and tires for the Dart...the infamous Kelsey-Hayes Recall Mags and Goodyear Polyglas GTs F70-15s.

I started working on the 340 CID engine.I got the carb, starter, oil filter and adapter, fan belt and fan, and the by-pass hose.

More to come...

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Posted by streetrod on Monday, May 28, 2018 9:46 PM

Hi Mike,

Are those tires and wheels already finished or just "setting" together. They just "beg" for some some valve stems in them. Wink  Engine is lookib=ng great so far.Yes

Off Topic Talked to Paul yesterday and he picked next Monday or Tuesday for "playdate". Just thought I'd let you know early.

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 6:44 AM

The wheels and tires are finished, but valve stems...I never thought of them. Hmm  I have a basic idea of how to make them, but I would like to "see" them made before I attempt to make any myself.  Thanks for the heads up! Thumbs Up

At this point, Monday or Tuesday sounds fine to me.  See you Saturday at the meeting!

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Posted by BRONCO BILLY on Monday, June 04, 2018 1:36 AM

They are not that hard to make. Drill a spark plug hole where the valve would go. Then then dip a piece of black plug wire in glue and put in the hole. After the glue drys you can cut the wire shorter, and touch up the cut with black or silver paint for a cap. I make them all the time. I don't have any pictures to show you. 

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, June 04, 2018 7:45 AM

Thanks Bronco Billy!  I need to observe this being done before I can tackle such a job on my own.  

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 10:32 AM

Back on the Dart GTS 340 for a bit.  I masked off the interior in prep for white glue and embossing powder.  When dry, this will be painted flat black.

I needed to find a shorter fan belt assembly for the engine to fit in the chassis.  Clearance was needed for the radiator.

More to come...

 

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Posted by ACGilbert on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 5:38 PM

Mike,

You’re quite an advanced modeler! I’ve started the same kit, but haven’t built a model car since 1964. I purchased a 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger 340 in May 1969. Built in Hamtramk MI. The engine was painted the turquoise color you are using. I am settling for the 383 engine with the distributor and coil relocated to the rear of the engine and a 340 decal on the air cleaner. I did use the 1968 Dart kit to obtain a floor without a console and a plain decklid that I used to replace the chrome section between the ‘69s tail lights. A COPO ‘69 Nova interior gave me an acceptable bench seat arraignment with 4 on the floor. I’m using the darker Tamiya blue to simulate a B7 color. I’ve used a photo etched grille with a Replica & Miniatures grille shell. I’m going to go with a Black Dart Swinger Bumblebee stripe obtained on eBay. My original car was a “delete stripe“ largely due to not wanting to arrtact thieves attention. About the only thing I haven’t been able to replicate is the Dodge lettering on the hood and deck lid.

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 9:00 PM

Wow!  Sounds like an ambitious project, ACGilbert!  Good luck with it and thank you for the kind words!

I just received my latest issue of the Scale Auto Newsletter and my '69 Dart GTS 340 is in the Reader Forum Checklist!  Another build on the Checklist...I gotta be doing something right!  Thank you Scale Auto!  

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:26 PM

I fired up the paintbooth this morning and got some painting done.  First was the interior pan with embossing powder and flat black paint added and then the chassis was painted with Dupli-Color Grey Primer and Tamiya TS-54 Light Metallic Blue.

The exhaust system was painted with Testors Aluminium Plate Metalizer and other parts painted with Rust-oleum Semi-Gloss Black.

More to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, June 17, 2018 3:52 PM

I painted the Dart on Friday with Tamiya TS-54 Light Metallic Blue.

I misted some paint onto the chassis and painted the core support, rear panel molding, and the firewall.

I detailed the alternator with some red paint.

More to come...

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Posted by DAYTONA on Monday, June 18, 2018 4:49 AM

...Mike....lifelong friend of mine has a non restored one he bought new and it still looks new, has a vinyl top

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, June 18, 2018 3:55 PM

Larry, I have been researching the '69 Dart GTS and I see a lot of them with vinyl tops.  Personally, I don't care for them.  After years in the hot sun, bird droppings, crap in the air, they look pretty disgusting unless you take care of them constantly.  I had a girlfriend back in the '80s who owned a Olds Cutlass Supreme with a padded vinyl top and I was always cleaning and pampering it.  No more girlfriend or her lousey vinyl top!

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Posted by aliasT.W. on Monday, June 18, 2018 6:37 PM

Hey Mr.Mike, have you figured out the hood bulge inserts? I think the kit provided parts have 383 script.

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, June 18, 2018 8:32 PM

Yes they do say 383 on them.  That's ok since the print is very small and almost unreadable.  I'm not going to worry about them.  

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Posted by burlllee on Saturday, June 23, 2018 3:13 PM

Oh man, this build is really looking good Mr. Mike.

 Good luck with the rest of it Yes

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:45 PM

Thank you burlllee!  Good to hear from you! I hope you can stick around for a while.

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Posted by High octane on Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:44 PM

Your Dart GTS kit is coming along really nice, as I have that kit available as I'm still "thinnin' the herd." I just love dem Mopars!

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:39 PM

Very cool build! Engine detail looks great! I haven't logged into the forum in a month or 2 but i see the Mopar builds are are doing well!!

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:51 PM

Thanks H/O and OrangeR/T!  There are a few Mopar builds going on here and they are great to look at.  Unfortunately, we are due for another influx of DOH cars and I have seen way too many of them to suit me.  I understand the popularity of DOH, I just don't like to see that many of them.   

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