1965 Dart GT 273 Commando 4 speed

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    Found this cool project car in North Carolina. Original commando car that has been seriously modified during previous owners start of a build he could not finish due to a divorce.
    Engine ,trans and rear are fresh but she needs everything else gone thru.
    Currently has a beyond commando spec. 273, fenderwell headers, a833 with Lakewood bell housing and
    Mcleod clutch and 8 3/4 rear with 3.23 sure grip.
    Leaving driveline alone and focusing on wiring, brakes, suspension, wheels/tires and interior/body.
    Excited as at 55 this will probably be my last build and first Dart
    Started with sorting thru everything last week then cleaned and dyed rear seats and treated rear floor pans with por-15 this week. Wohoo.

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      Some pics from work this week.

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        Nice project car! It's a 65 though.
         
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          Ops. Damn typo.
           
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          I can fix the title.
           
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          Please if ya could.
          Tried to edit and could not access title of thread
          Thanks so much.
           
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            Done!
             
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              Thank you sir.
              Still enjoying the calendar with the lovely ladies you sent me with car cover I bought from ya by the way.lol.
               
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                The gift that keeps on giving. lol
                 
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                  Nice.
                   
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                  That seat looks like brand new!!! Great job, I hope everything g cleans up that well!!
                   
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                    You can't get a better project than a 65 Dart! Lol she should be a runner with that drivetrain have fun!
                     
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                      Thanks. Trying to salvage everything I can to keep a true budget build.
                      They were all filthy but only fubared seat is drivers front. Incredible what some apple cider and tlc can do.
                       
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                        Thanks.
                        Definitely gonna leave her 273 powered.
                        Current engine was built with bottom end close to original specs. with modified block to accept bigger valve heads ,lunati voodoo cam, original 65 heads modified with 1.87/1.50 valves, serious porting and lunati valve springs and an old school offy intake manifold.
                        They were going to run a Holley on her but when I ran numbers it is an original date coded 585 cfm one from a 66 427/390 horse corvette. That baby is goin on eBay and will run an edelbrock.
                         
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                          Cider for you, elbow grease for the seats!! Good recipe!!!
                           
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                            Meant apple vinegar for the seats,incredible what that stuff can clean.
                            But yes some modified cider and elbow grease helps with cleaning process no doubt. lol.
                             
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                              Nasty rainy day here and will not take her from my carport to my garage until she is running so here we go. My first parts order of what i'm sure will be many more to come. lol

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                                Man, great project! its screaming for a straight axle!! best of luck on it.
                                 
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                                I know. She really is.
                                Maybe down the road.
                                 
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                                  Dove into first parts bin today to start an inventory on interior and body stuff i got with her that is decent and what she will need.
                                  Made my day when original 4 speed carpet scuff plate was in bin.

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                                    Trying to get a lot done on her before cold front hits us Sat.
                                    Today treated front floor boards with por-15, adjusted and lubed door glass and rear quarter glass regulators(all work great now) and went thru and organized last parts bin. Ordered new gas tank and sending unit. Funest part though was putting new line lock button & 4 speed hurst knob on shifter.lol.

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                                    Today was productive. She is getting close to being ready to fire up.
                                    Installed Percy's header gaskets, new header bolts and adjusted and secured headers. Checked valve adjustment, added eddy carb and spacer plus Holley mechanical fuel pump.
                                    Hopefully after new fuel tank, fuel line plumbing and bulkhead forward wiring harness I can get her fired up and in garage for winter.

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                                      Awesome!! Just awesome!!!
                                       
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                                      Wow you are just buzzing along. She is coming together fast.
                                       
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