1974 Dart Sport Project

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    So last fall while searching craigslist I found this old Dart not far from my house and decided that I wanted a project, I was so naive. I had no idea Mopars cost so much to build. After buying the car I realized that the rust was far worse than I had first expected, the front floor boards are just welded street signs or something, the rears look original but I don't plan on sitting back there anytime soon since the rot is just so bad. A few big things are in good shape though, the deck lid is perfect, rockers are acceptable, doors are good, and the hood is fairly solid, interior is really nice too. Everything else could use some love. Frame rails are solid enough, so its got it were it counts. The same guy I bought it from had a 360 and 727 out of a 73' fury as well. He was a big ford guy so he cut me a good deal on all this. Probably should have mentioned this before but I bought it as a roller, all it had was a 904 automatic hanging in it. I intend for this to be a daily, but I got a long way to go before I get to that point. A few weeks back I posted on the small block forums and some people helped me with the correct motor mounts and then yesterday I posted about the $200 Hedman Header hell, which I resolved today. The 360 is sitting happy in the bay with the headers on now, all I got to do now is the cooling system and run some fuel and trans lines. Oh and I need a driveshaft, the one that came with the car simply won't work with the 727. I'm trying to go the cheapest route possible in terms of parts, I'm 18 years old so I can't really afford any of the high performance stuff. I don't need the car to be savagely fast or anything, I just want a cool old car to cruise around. I'll post more pictures later.
     
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      I believe this was the original ad photo on craigslist

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      A few more I found.

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      My 16 year old daughter wanted a "cool" car to take to high school, hence the 72 Swinger. Those kids had WAY too much fun in Charlie the Dart. The headers and turbo mufflers, the 15" rallys on the back and 14" rallys on the front were my idea. Charlie got me through 4 months with my right leg in a brace due to a motorcicle accident. Throw that leg on the passenger's seat, drive on. Now he's mine. Time for the real fun to begin. Can you say Straight Axle?
       
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        I can say Hemi
         
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        I'm going to stick with a small block of some variety. Thought about a 383 or 400 because of the fitment. I had a 66 Ranchero 4 speed small block that sent a lot of Chevys home cryin, but a friend of mine had 2 340 Dodges. Both of them were real runners. That 340 6 pack Challenger was the single fastest small block powered street car I've ever been in. I drove his Hemi Challenger in later years. Pretty impressive, not the rush of that 340 though. His junkyard 66 Dart GT was no slouch after we put the 340 in it. Maybe a iron headed 408 for my Dart. Don't want to tip my hand too much.
         
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        Those 340s are getting really hard to find, would have loved one for my dart.
         
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        I was leaning towards a krate stroker motor until I read a post written by a fellow that worked for a mass production engine rebuilding facility. That kinda soured me on that idea. Independent engine machine shops are getting hard to find around here. You would think with Alan Johnson Racing right up the river from me there would be some to choose from locally. Quite a facility he has there, for an old milking barn :D. I have a line on a 9" that will fit the Dart. That little spindly 7 1/4 in there has to go. I'll keep the 904 in there, saves weight.