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  • From: long island, new york
1968 Dodge Dart Street Racer
Posted by chucky on Sunday, December 22, 2013 6:23 PM

Well, the photos finally loaded! Had to switch over to Google Chrome to get Photobucket to work. Anyway, I finally finished this Dart that I started last spring. It's supposed to replicate an early seventies-style street racer. The premise is the car began as a plain-Jane two door hardtop with bench seats. The original 318 was replaced with a big-block based on a 440 with 426 Max Wedge heads and intake manifold. A column-shifted Torqueflite sends the power to a narrowed Dana 60. The rear unibody rails were moved inward accordingly and the fuel tank modified. I'll let my fellow Mopar fans pick out some of the other features. I started with the Revell Hemi Dart kit and parts from a second Hemi Dart kit. The paint is a custom mix of Model Master enamels with Model Master enamel clear coat. I hope you don't mind getting hammered with a bunch of photos at once: my WIP's take too long, but I do photograph the progress. Thanks for looking! Comments welcomed, as usual. 

chucky

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Posted by chucky on Sunday, December 22, 2013 6:26 PM

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Posted by chucky on Sunday, December 22, 2013 7:26 PM

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Posted by chucky on Sunday, December 22, 2013 7:33 PM

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Posted by chucky on Sunday, December 22, 2013 7:35 PM

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Posted by heavychevy61409 on Sunday, December 22, 2013 7:36 PM

GREAT JOB STICKING TO YOUR THEME, chucky! a buddy of mine has been through several of the same kind of  car. the detail is perfect, cant wait to see the other pics.                heavychevy

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Posted by chucky on Sunday, December 22, 2013 7:38 PM

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Posted by chucky on Sunday, December 22, 2013 7:48 PM

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Posted by Snake45 on Sunday, December 22, 2013 8:48 PM

I like it! Great, realistic concept, and first-rate execution thereof. Well done!

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Posted by chucky on Sunday, December 22, 2013 9:12 PM

Thanks, heavychevy and Snake! I didn't want to drag out the WIP as build time was rather limited this year. It was a fun build with the little scratch built touches that make it different from a GTS or Hemi Dart.

chucky

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Posted by 6bblbird on Sunday, December 22, 2013 9:17 PM

Wow Chucky, did you bring back some memories with that one. You even got the correct era license plate!

That engine is exactly what an enterprising money racer might have under the hood and there were a definitely a couple of LO23 and BO29  Hemi cars roaming the NYC street racing hot spots.

One thing that you would not see on a street racer back then would be a roll bar. That might scare potential victims away!

Great build!!

WF

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Posted by chucky on Sunday, December 22, 2013 9:24 PM

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Posted by High octane on Sunday, December 22, 2013 10:39 PM

Great build on that Dart, as I just love dem Mopars!

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Posted by heavychevy61409 on Sunday, December 22, 2013 11:03 PM

DANG NICE DART, chucky! i like the detail so much i had to look at it again. the weathering is so real, great! the exhaust is cool. the interior is excelent. the meats on the rear, awesome. DIG IT!                heavychevy

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Posted by MIKE1017 on Monday, December 23, 2013 11:43 AM

Great build. Love your engine detail

The only easy day was yesterday.

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Posted by 351gt on Monday, December 23, 2013 1:39 PM

Great build. Love the 426 max wedge over the typical hemi. And the 4 mufflers were a great touch.

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Posted by 60s era on Monday, December 23, 2013 2:38 PM

  Hey  Chucky,

 Great build on the Dart.. The bench seat with auto on the column is defiantly a killer idea..I had a friend who bought a 68 GTS Dart in 68, Was a 383 4spd,really a nice car..I do have to agree with 6bblbird about the roll bar-not - to many were around then, as I was  ( lets say ) competing in Street Performance testing back then..

 Not to mention the narrowed rear end was all but unheard of then - at least in my part of Illinois from 65-71..

  Any way a VERY COOL BUILD INDEED..

                                                        Tom   ( 60s era )

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Posted by mikrocarz on Monday, December 23, 2013 5:29 PM

Was your exhaust system inspired by the Silver Bullet, a legendary 67 GTX street racer that ruled Woodward Ave. in the late '60s?  Your set up is identical to it.  Great build.

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Posted by bondo bill on Monday, December 23, 2013 6:42 PM

nice greasy grimey job- neat build

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, December 23, 2013 6:54 PM

Nice, Chucky!  the level of detail and realism is inspiring!  Nice job! CoolThumbs Up

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by chucky on Monday, December 23, 2013 10:43 PM

Thanks, 6bblbird and 60s era. While it's true that most guys didn't run roll bars or narrowed rears early in the decade, there was at least one shop here on Long Island building pros-stock style A-bodies (including the Hemi engines). I have attached a photo of my 340 powered '66 Valiant from that era (guess where the plate came from on the '68 Dart model). You can see the roll bar. The license plates had just been removed prior to the photo being taken as I had just sold the car. Thanks again, High octane, heavychevy and MIKE1017. Thanks also to 351gt and mikrocarz: this '66 Valiant at one time had 4 mufflers on it but the were in series and were very quiet (you could hear that "clinkety-clink" sound of the headers over the exhaust note). Too much backpressure, 'tho. So, yes, I thought of Jimmy Addison's Silver Bullet when I configured the exhaust on the Dart model although my past posting of my '67 GTX street racer was more in tune with that except for the exhaust and "bulged" quarter panels. Thanks also to bondo bill, modelcarjr and anyone I may have missed for taking the time to reply. I'm not saying that I street raced that Valiant, but let's just say that it ran quicker on the street than the 11.74 that it clocked at NY National Speedway.... Wink 

chucky

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Posted by Rik_Biel on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 1:41 AM

This is a brilliant car Chucky.

The engine bay and underside weathering and detailing are so realistic - I love the way the engine is chipped and greasy - looks very realistic. I'm not knowledgeable on the specifics but I am sure all your modifications are technically spot on from your experience. Well done - I have to go and look at that engine bay again !!!

I can imagine this plain wrapper would have taken many show ponies at the lights !!!!

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Posted by Rik_Biel on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 1:44 AM

Detail right down to the brass welch plugs...amazing work

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Posted by chucky on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 9:56 AM

Thanks, Rik! It's supposed to be a bunch of second-hand race parts as would typically be the case. Some of the hard-core Mopar guys might even pick up on the Street Hemi Orange paint on the block and the Race Hemi Orange on the heads and intake (with missing paint area from fuel leakage). The black oil pan is typical of the Moroso deep oil pan that was (and still is) popular. A friend of mine had a 1:1 '67 383 Formula S Barracuda "notchback" in that time period with the same powerplant and the car ran in the10's all night long.  Like I mentioned earlier, this one was FUN to build and that's what it's all about. By the way, the transmission pan gasket and tailshaft yoke seal are seeping slightly, as is the pinion seal on the Dana rear. Wink

chucky

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Posted by surfnut on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 9:23 AM

What a great sleeper!  Very well built & a very cool idea.  Really like the weathered finish.

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Posted by 6bblbird on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 10:03 PM

That Valiant is way cool! I have probably seen that car back in the day. I just don't remember (much of anything)!

WF

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Posted by chucky on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 10:43 PM

Thanks, surfnut! I was trying for the "as driven" condition. You know, take a clean used car, give it a good compound and wax before that light blue metallic paint starts to peel, detail the interior, modify as necessary, and go find some suckers. Most Mopars didn't have good paint in the underhood area (unlike today's "over-restored" cars) and the dirt that accumulated there and under the car generally went untouched.

Thanks, WF! You may well have seen the Valiant in one or more of it's presentations. After the original engine swap and prior to the hood scoop and"radiused" wheel wells (remember half-inch electrical conduit?), I ran black 14 x 5.5 wheels with dog-dish caps. That setup was effective from a roll, but was much better at leaving long black stripes on the pavement from those E70 Goodyears in first and second with a little less in third and a good "chirp" in fourth.The second incarnation was pretty much as you see in the photo above, minus the silver stripe on the upper body. The third version had "The Undertaker" in large white letters on the sides with the Plymouth "heart" decal on the quarters. The fourth version appeared like the photo except with the side body panel recess painted silver with multiple shades of candy paint on black "spaghetti stripes". The fifth version above is the final one after I decided I wanted to go back to a more conservative paint job. Ironically, the guy who bought it had originally wanted to buy it in the custom-painted version, but I didn't hear from him for a couple of weeks so I sanded down the sides and repainted them black. I added the silver stripe with some silver paint I had left from my wife's '68 Camaro (gasp!). The engine had high-compression pistons, headwork and a killer Crane ZIP510 solid lifter cam and fenderwell headers. The intake varied from stock to an Edelbrock STR-12 cross ram with two 600 Holleys to an Edelbrock Tarantula intake with a modified Holley 850 double-pumper The funny part was that while the car was very quick, it looked and sounded even quicker than it was and it was hard to get a race at times. The hood scoop and solid lifters scared off more than a few guys who swore it was a Hemi. When I knocked a couple of teeth of the 4:89's, I replaced them with 4:56's because nobody had 4:89's in stock. I immediately blew the Hemi 4-speed box with its 2.65 first gear. The only trans I had in my "inventory" at the time came out of a 273 Barracuda and had a 3.10 low gear. Talk about gear multiplication: what a holeshot! Anyway, thanks for the comments: sure are lots of folks who don't remember much from that era....... Those were some good times when most racing wasn't for real money: more for bragging rights or the sheer reputation.

chucky

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Posted by SLUSHER on Thursday, December 26, 2013 10:07 AM

Cool build and real sleeper. Very realistic weathering.....

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Posted by 60s era on Thursday, December 26, 2013 4:16 PM

chucky,

  I remember those days vividly. Around my home town in Illinois  ( out skirts of Chicago ) basically from late 60s through 71 ( draft hit me in 71 ).Were some killer cars from tri power goats to big block chevy powered GTOs..One Chevelle a friend of mine had was a 396 375 Auto w /4.88 gears and a straight axel.. Was a real quick car back in the day..All kinds of stuff running around then, 60 vette tunnel ram,67 Nova spd 4.88.65 Chevelle with big block--on and on

  Was always a ( street performance competition )going on, if you get my drift...

  AHHHH the good old days---especially Gas prices -- $.30 a gallon for Sunoco 260...Do miss those days..

             Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

                             Tom  ( 60s era ).....

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, December 26, 2013 5:56 PM

Very cool Dart, chucky. I LOVE the style of this build and the details are fantastic. Great weathering, too. Very well done.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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