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1969 Dodge Dart GTS 340

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  • Member since
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 01, 2018 8:00 PM

I have begun picking away at the Dart GTS 340 today. I painted the seats and the sidepanels this morning. 



I started piecing the suspensions together. The rear suspension is in mockup as I still have to add plumbing for brakes and fuel and the exhaust system.



And, I have started foiling the body. It'll require a lot of foiling!



More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, July 05, 2018 3:20 PM

Still picking away at the Dart GTS 340.  I installed the firewall and the brake booster.

I still have to finish foiling.

I got the interior side panels and center console with shifter installed.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Thursday, July 05, 2018 10:45 PM

Nice!! The white/black interior will look great with the blue body! I'm doing the same thing with the turquoise GTX i'm building! Looking good man!

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, July 06, 2018 9:19 AM

Thanks OrangeR/T!  There is something really classy looking about a white Mopar interior.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, July 06, 2018 10:46 AM

The interior is almost finished.  I realized that there is a tachometer and the instructions show it being mounted on the steering column which is a good location for mounting.  Every factory mounting for this particular car should be on the console just under the dash.  This is where I'll mount the tach.

I did a little detailing on the tach face.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, July 06, 2018 1:49 PM

Nice detailing on the interior MrMike! My computer didn't act up today so I was able to view your work in progress. Very nice! Cool Thumbs Up

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, July 06, 2018 5:29 PM

Thank you Jr!  I haven't decided if I am going to add seat belts or not.  Decisions, decisions...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, July 07, 2018 6:35 AM

Looking good. You were talking earlier on about engine colors. Red was in the early 60s. Turquoise engines are the "lower performance " engines and the ones painted Hemi Orange are high performance engines. I remove all parts from the sprue for painting. Makes it far easier to remove mold lines, flas, and repair ejector pin marks, etc.

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, July 13, 2018 4:00 PM

Lee, this is what I found out about the engine colors...

- Red = 1968 . Some leftover 340s in plants such as Los Angeles were red through at least Dec. '68 production.

- Turquoise . The majority of 1969 340s were painted Turquoise .

- Orange = 1970-mid 1971 . Typically , plants such as Hamtramck and Windsor , Ontario , had orange engines by ca.June 1969 .

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, July 16, 2018 11:42 AM

Great work on this one Mike.  Detailing looks good.  Color choices are great.  Love those old Mopars.  Carry on sir.  Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, July 16, 2018 12:51 PM

Keep chippin' away at it Mike! Lookin' good buddy!

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, July 16, 2018 2:16 PM

Thank you mmthrax and Joe!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury

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Posted by rickr442 on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 1:24 AM

EXCELLENT project, Mike!

Good to build a Dart that doesn't have theme music attached, huh?

First one of these I paid attention to was sitting outside the showroom of the Dodge store in Huntsville on the evening my dad and I attended the 'Richard...' Landy/Dodge Performance Clinic... it was black with a red bumblebee stripe and redline tires on Rally wheels, BVT and black guts, 340-4-speed.

Just gorgeous! Been a favorite ever since!

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, July 28, 2018 7:35 AM

I knew there was something missing from this build...a theme song!  Laugh

My builds run from TV and movie theme cars, ordinary muscle cars, classic sports cars, hot rods, factory stock to trucks of several varieties.  Just because this build doesn't have a theme song doesn't bother me at all!

I used to walk by Manzi Dodge in Nashua on my way to school everyday.  Sometimes I would linger and look at the cars on the front line like the Darts, Chargers, Coronets, and trucks.  Of all the cars I had looked at, a dark green 1970 Charger R/T, 440/auto with a matching vinyl top had caught my eye.  I was saddened when it was sold.  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury

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Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, July 28, 2018 1:32 PM

LOL! I"ve missed out on a few cars in my day as well. I could've had a 69 Charger R/T for $4500 when I was in the military. Should've grabbed it up man....................should've.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 29, 2018 8:39 AM

I wet sanded the hood to remove some trash in the paint.

The repaint came out great!  Even the metallic matches the body paint.

An unexpected bonus!  The hood stays up on its own!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 29, 2018 2:57 PM

I normally don't do this, but I found the firing order for the 340 engine and wired the engine this way.  

I glued the ignition coil onto the intake manifold.  When that is dry, I'll add the coil wire to the coil.

I usually call people anal for going to this length, but I had to try it and it wasn't any more difficult this way.  I may do this more in the future as long as I am using a pre-wired distributor.  If I am wiring the distributor in my usual fashion with one hole, then I won't bother.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 4:33 PM

The engine looks outstanding!! Yes I've tried to do the correct firing order before but it usually get's to confusing lol. Is that a pre-wired distibuter?

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 8:44 PM

Thanks OrangeR/T!  Yes!  That is a pre-wired distributor from Morgan Automotive Detail.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 01, 2018 4:16 PM

I got a 1/24 scale "Tuff" steering wheel from streetrod who was going to use it in his '63 Fury Pro Street.  He was concerned about what colors that were available for this wheel and whether they would clash in his interior.  After some discussion, it was decided to go with the stock kit steering wheel and he gave me the "Tuff" steering wheel.  I placed the wheel on the bench and looked at it off and on during the last week or so.  I decided to use it on the Dart.  The kit wheel on the left and the "Tuff" wheel on the right.

While I am waiting for the pie plate decal to snuggle down on the air filter housing, I have it 99% finished.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury

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  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, August 03, 2018 10:44 AM

I am attempting finish foiling the Dart with foil that has almost no adhesive on it.  I am struggling with this right now, but I will get through it with sheer determination.  I'm using Micrscale Micro Metal Foil Adhesive and the cleanup after the foil has been applied has doubled my usual cleanup prior to gloss coat.  Trying to use foil cut closer to the section I am foiling.  Touch up will be fun!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 4:29 PM

I use the same adhesive and love how much money it has saved me over the years. I lucked out and got some super thin foil that restaurants use for baked potatoes. Its very easy to work with compared to aluminum foil from the grocer's. Still, every once in a while I get the same issue as you; foil that won't stick. Man I hate that!  The paint on that Dart is lovely btw and the engine is looking great.

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 09, 2018 8:20 AM

Thank you Mike!  The foil issue is something I am trying to come to grips with.  I have had conversations with several of my fellow Club members and they have offered a couple of variations to using the foil adhesive.  Right now, I think I have some experimenting to do.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury

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  • From: East Templeton Ma
Posted by streetrod on Thursday, August 09, 2018 11:31 PM

Mikey, I "thin" you got some "sperimentin" to do!!! Cool  

Ricky Ricardo LOL

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, August 10, 2018 6:42 AM

streetrod

Mikey, I "thin" you got some "sperimentin" to do!!! Cool  

Ricky Ricardo LOL

 

Waaaahhhh! Big Smile

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury

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