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1970 Swinger 340 Hemi Orange 4 speed

  1. Just picked up a 1970 Swinger. Original 340 EV2 4-speed car. Picked it up out of Okotoks, AB, Canada. Last registered in 1991. Plans for restoration back to original with the exception of a built 360 (Currently in car). Has the typical A-body rust in the floor (just the drivers side) quarters, trunk extensions, outer wheel well tubs and inner fenders. surprisingly the trunk pan is mint. It came with a set of solid doors (even from an EV2 car) and the only thing i'll need to track down sheet metal wise is a set of rust free front fenders. I'm going to replace all the sheet metal with AMD full replacement panels.

    My Dad is a body man by trade and i grew up in a body shop, and have done a few FWD Mopars over the years. When i was growing up my Dad had the twin to this car from 1989 to 1996 and i've been in search for one since. (his was an auto tho) Here are some pictures of his car when he first got it and after he restored it.

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    Now here is the new project. Frame rails and torque boxes are solid!

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  2. I had one like that when I lived in Maryland back in the early 80's, sans the wing. Love it!
     
  3. great starting point, good luck with the build....
     
  4. Welcome!! Nice Swinger, I have a 70 340 I hope to start restoring someday too!! Mine has buckets with a colum shift, also stripe delete, kind of odd I think....

    Nice Daytona's too, those are fun cars!!
     
  5. Thanks for the comments! That's a nice swinger 66340sedan, looks pretty solid!

    Yeah I was into the Daytona's for a while and had 7 at one point, haha. I learned that there isn't any resale value in them, and took a huge loss when it came time to sell. Here is a video of the resto on the blue 89 Daytona.. The swinger will be getting the same treatment!

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  6. Here is the worst part of the car, I checked the frame rail and torque box on this side with a screw driver and scraped all the rust away and it's 100% solid. I was worried when I first saw te rust there but it's nothing serious. The rest of the pan is mint but it will be getting the full floor pan replacement since I don't like patching in panels.

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    Oh at one time in its life someone stuck an auto in it but I have all the four speed stuff. Once I reinforce te car and cut out all the rust ill send it off to the blaster!
     
  7. Welcome to FABO HemiOrange, looks like you just joined our fine group of Mopar fanatics and another Edmonton lad, awesome. That's a great find and you've got a plan for your resto and with your Dad in auto body industry this should turn out great. Mine will be going back to original including HemiOrange but right now it's parts collecting time. Any questions please ask away.
     
  8. I know the car well.I actually looked at it before I bought my 68 cuda.Some of the work on my car was done in Dean's shop.My car just left there a few days ago.Did you see a green cuda in the shop when you were there?

    Good luck with the project.Good place to start!!
     
  9. Cool car. Looks like it will be a nice project. I like the EV2, nice to hear your going back to factory color.
     
  10. Thanks guys!

    I cant wait to start on it! I hope to find a build sheet under the dash or headliner. I've already looked under the seat and there is no trace of one. I want to know if it had rallye rims, dog dish hubcaps or the full hubcaps, since i plan on going right back to original body wise.

    Hey dmaccons,

    Thats awesome. It went to a good home! I only talked to Dean on the phone and he was a really nice guy to do business with. My cousin went and picked the Swinger up for me, so i never went out there.

    Does anyone locally or down south have a mint set of fenders? If so PM me.
     
  11. Great project...
     
  12. Right on man. Nice save. Make sure to show your work!
     
  13. hemiorangeswinger,
    did you ask Dean if he had a set of fenders.I believe he has at least one parts car there that has the same fenders on it.He has a 40ft container of various sheet metal stuff also.Would surprise you the collection of parts he has.I know he was a big help to me when it came down to the little things I needed for mine.
     
  14. Yeah I'll be doing a full documentation of this build. I'll be keeping in touch with dean for sure!

    I decoded the fender tag, still no luck on a build sheet. I looked behind the glove box and nothing... I hope it's up by the heater core or behind the headliner. If not I'll contact Galen Govier in hopes he can help me out.

    V8X - black bumble bee stripe
    Y07 - built for Canada*
    END - end of codes
    EV2 - hemi orange
    M43 - grille surround molding
    N41 - dual exhaust without tips
    N42 - chrome exhaust tips
    R11 - music master AM radio 2watts
    EV2 - hemi orange
    D2X9 - black vinyl bench seat
    TX9 - black upper door frame paint
    922 - Monday, September 22
    C03528 - order number
    E55 - 340 4BBL V8
    D21 - 4-speed manual with hurst
    LM23 dodge, medium, 2 door HT
    H - 340 4BBL
    0 - 1970
    R - Windsor, Ontario, Canada*
    1xxxxx - sequence number
     
  15. nice car! I have an EV2 auto, console buckets. need to look for photos.
    sold the EV2 4 speed to Curtis in Surry in April. Have my FC7 for sale now on FABO.
     
  16. Here is my 70 FC7 for sale.

    Have 2 black cars that need completion. one auto and one stick.

    Have lots of parts but you are too far for large items. I go to Moparfest evry year and can deliver parts.
     
  17. Were the factory scoops orange or black?
     
  18. Those are some nice looking swingers! My other favorite colour on these cars is the plum crazy purple! So you've got lots of parts? Unfortunately restoring a car in Canada cost twice as much since shipping things is so expensive, but I'm already prepared for that when it comes time to order the sheet metal from AMD, haha

    I believe they were originally body color unless the car had the blackout hood treatment, but I could be wrong?
     
  19. Santa came early this year! Found a set of NOS inner fenders on kijiji!

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    Has indentation for charcoal canister. Dodge probably made all replacement inner fenders this way past 1972 i'm assuming (were bought originally for a 1969 swinger back in the day) If i decide to eliminate it, i'll just cut the old inner fender out in that area and butt weld it into the new inner fender. I'd rather put NOS parts on and have to modify them slightly, then have to make taiwan ones fit... i'll have my fair share of that when it comes time for all the other sheet metal replacement, haha
     
  20. Here is the car after its 400km journey... Poor car got soaked in salt. It's all cleaned and in the shop ready to be dismantled.

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    Swinger trunk lid I'm picking up, it's even from a previous EV2 car. Has the provisions for the go wing, so it's the proper 70-72 one. 100% mint! No swelling of seams and dents.

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    No real updates yet. I beadblasted the fender tag and put it in primer so it's safe and won't rust any further... It's pretty mint!
     
  21. I got the passenger side door stripped down, what a PITA getting the glass and vent window out! These are the extra doors that came with the car and have zero rust and no swelling of the seams (Just a few dents, which is no big deal) I found a local place that does acid dipping so I'm gonna give them the doors, trunk and hood to start with and potentially the whole body once I get it stripped down in the spring. I think it will be a more thural way of stripping the car since it will get inside of all the frame rails and inners.

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  22. Nice car good luck with your project.
     
  23. Thanks!

    I got some more parts! I got the hood trim moulding, which has only one little ding from a rock (I'll get it fixed and polished) and the fender extension chrome moulding which need to be rechromed.
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    I also got a good drivers frame rail... Mine is a little mangled where the bumper bolts up, so I will use this rail to but weld a patch in.
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    I also drilled out a top roof support since mine is bent.
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    I got a rear panel assembly. Mine is fine but the outer parts where the quarter panel welds to are potentially rusted on my car near the bottom, so I figured it would be good to have this just in case since this one is mint.
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    The rad support has a good lower cradle which I'll finish drilling out and sandblasting (has two little woes in it which will dolly out easily)
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    Rear footwell extensions which are rust free (don't know if I need them yet but got them anyway, just in case.
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  24. Looks like your making some good progress on your parts collecting, continued good hunting.
     
  25. Right on. Looks like a good start on the collection. Nice to see you're keeping them in a nice dry place! :D Not everyone can get away with all them parts in the house. :cheers:

    Let us know how the dip works out. I may have to run a few parts through some liquid. I don't know if anybody does it here, but I travel by Edmonton once in a while.
     
  26. Looks like you are getting a good start! Those NOS inner fenders was a great score and all the other parts you have collected look to be in great shape as well. Keep us up to date on your progress! I'm looking forward to watching this one transform back to its former glory!

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  27. Awesome project. If your doing a stock build you couldn't ask for better options.
     
  28. Thanks guys, my plans with this car is to have the underside just as nice as the top. I will go full tilt with it in the springtime, since I can't really do much when it comes to sandblasting it in the winter time unless I can get a heated enclosed trailer to transport it from the blaster to my house.

    Haha yeah I've got an awesome GF who lets me store parts in the house (in the spare room) :D

    Yeah it has the perfect options that I wanted! I have been looking for an EV2 swinger for years, to restore and this one has the four speed and factory black interior with the black stripe which is exactly what I wanted! (I didn't want a fully optioned one but I would have settled for any EV2 340 car at the time) if I were able to buy one new back in the day this is exactly what I would have ordered. I'm also picking up some original 340 (14" x 5.5") dog dish rims for it right away. I can't find the build sheet for the car yet, but judging by its low options it most likely came with these rims originally and I just love the way the steel rims look being colour matched. I will also get a set of the original whitewall Firestone wide oval tires for it. I want this car to look 100% correct with the exception of a 408 stroker.
     
  29. Havent got much done to it over the holidays. Today I cut the remaining spotwelds out for the lower part of the doner one(someone cut the holes in the front to large while drilling out the spotwelds, but it will be no big deal to fix) I bead blasted it an just sprayed some red oxide primer on it so it doesn't rust in the meantime, when it comes time to weld it on I'll strip it with gunwash and prep it properly. I also did the hood latch support.

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    EDIT: I guess I should have looked into this lower support mount better... It doesn't have the dart lower valence tabs so it won't work. Anyone out there have a dart one they want to trade?? This one came from a 1976 duster 360.


    Next week I plan on ordering the sheet metal from AMD. Full quarters, trunk extensions, outer wheel wells, rocker panels, door striker panels and possibly the full floor pan if I have enough $$ I also need to buy a rotisserie.

    This thread will have hundreds of pictures when I'm done, since I plan on fully documenting this build.
     
  30. Nice car, ill be following your build! I too have a 1970 dodge dart swinger 4 speed
     
  31. Awesome! Is it a Hemi orange car?

    I just bought a brand new Millermatic 140 welder :D. I'll have it Wednesday. I was just gonna borrow my dads Miller 250 for this car, but it's too big to lug around and It's kinda hard to adjust and weld sheet metal with. I'm also gonna pick up a miller spot welder for this project... I can weld about 50% of the car with it and it will look factory. My Dad has always wanted one and so have I, so this car is the perfect excuse to buy one!
     
  32. Its currently orange previous owner painted it that colour back in 1978 But its a factory plum crazy purple with a black out hood.
    I look forward to all the pics you can post along your process!
     
  33. Sounds like a nice car, I'd like to see some pics of it!

    I got my welder today! I also picked up a new helmet... I just need the tank and stand and I can start using it.
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  34. Subscribed and very interested in seeing your build!

    I'm currently working on a plum crazy 70 Swinger 340 clone and also have an original 340 4 speed yellow 70 Swinger.

    Good luck with your build!
     
  35. Nice! I'd like to see some pics of your build, do you have a thread started here or pics of your 70' Swingers?

    I was going over the car today to see if it needs anymore sheetmetal and found this... It appears the drivers side motor mount is completely had, so somebody's fix was to bolt a bracket to the frame rail and attach a cable to it that bolts up to the cylinder head, :???:

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    I've had two A-bodies now where the inner fenders have been smacked in with a hammer on both sides around the shock tower (seen in the pic above) was this for old school headers or a big block at one time??
     
  36. Picked up a spotweld cutter since I'll have a few hundred spotwelds to be cutting in the next few months.
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    Tomorrow I'll be picking up my SBP 14" x 5.5" steelies and my full floor pan should be here this week hopefully. I also ordered a BE&A Rallye dash bezel and indicator lenses... My rallye dash is hacked and faded. I'm also getting the front and rear oem valences, hopefully ill get them in the next few weeks. It's a slow process but I'm collecting parts piece by piece. I can't wait till spring so I can get the car stripped and blasted.

    I'll have my miller spot welder with timer by march hopefully too
     
  37. Picked up my steelies today! I got a set of the 14" x 5.5" original 340 rims for the front and a set of old school 14" x 6.5" rims for the rear.. They are chrome and peeling but ill get them stripped and paint them hemi orange. I'm gonna get a set of the dog dish hub caps from BE&A to finish them off. I love the look of these wheels and guessing by the options my car had (high impact paint and four speed only) it most likely had these dog dish rims factory. The wider ones in the back will look nice and fill the wheelwell out more. Ill post up some pics. As for tires I might get some repop Firestone wide oval whitewall tires for the fronts and some M and H old school street slicks for the rear so it looks era correct
     
  38. Picked up two gallons of glasurit EV2 base coat today... Very pricey but high quality stuff! They're getting rid of solvent paints so I stocked up on it, waterborne isn't good for the DIY'er. DuPont up here doesn't carry chroma premier solvent anymore, so I went with the next best thing. I'm getting the glasurit clear next since I heard company's are coming out with waterborne clear.

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  39. I love this build.
    I almost bought a car identical to yours back in 1981 off a used car lot except it was a column automatic with rallye wheels. If it was a 4 speed, i would have bought it!
    Who do you get your AMD panels from?
    AMD just released new front fenders for your car, you should check them out.
    Dante's had them advertised on their site a few weeks ago.......
     
  40. Thats awesome, you dont see many EV2 swingers (atleast original ones) I saw the new fenders! I wanted to see how they fit before I order them, so I'm waiting on someone else to try them first, haha.

    I'll PM you the guy who can get parts from AMD if you'd like, he charges only 10% above the prices on the AMD site and that includes the shipping and brokage fees. He's northeast of edmonton.

    Here's the rims covered in snow.. No curb damage or rust scale, the fronts just need a bead blasting and the rears I have to find a way to strip the chrome since its peeling in spots. Maybe a chrome shop can strip them for me, I have to look into that more.

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  41. Awesome build, looking forward to all the pics.
     
  42. Thanks!

    I picked up the other gallon of hemi orange today. They say it has a shelf life of two years, and that's my plans anyways on finishing the car so that's not a problem! My dad has paint that is 10+ years old and still perfectly fine. As long as its stored at room temp and sealed properly it will last years! Anyways I got the two gallons of orange and a quart of black for the interior door frames and trim. I think I have enough base to paint two darts, haha. I always like to have extra tho.

    The base coat with reducer was a little over $1200. The clear will be $800 plus all the filler, primer, sealer, masking tape, paper, sandpaper and other body shop consumables will probably be another $2000 and this is why body shops charge so much for paint jobs... Materials aren't cheap if you want quality!

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  43. Looks like your getting right after it HemiOrange, and your right about how expensive these materials are, I'm spraying them everyday and you can waste a lot of money if your not careful. Good move getting some solvent base, I didn't think you could still get your hands on it anymore. Waterborne isn't something that the average guy wants to experiment with its a whole different animal. Enjoying your build so far, keep us informed.
     
  44. Yeah materials are expensive! All I ever hear is people complaining about how much it costs to fix there car and they don't realize what materials cost nowadays.

    There are a select few places here in Edmonton that sell solvent still (good quality stuff) but they can only sell it as a cash sale over the counter, they cannot sell to body shops. I bought all the basecoat i'll need for the car since I figured it won't be available at all when it comes time to start painting.
     
  45. I got my floor pan and new AMD front fenders! I didn't plan on getting them just yet but the guy had a set of extra ones and the quality of them sold me, they look beautiful and are heavy and the same gauge as the originals with no sharp edges. I'm not gonna know how they fit for a while but it looks like they'll be good...

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  46. Nice! I've been toying around whether to order my metal from AMD yet but I think since I'm a way off yet from tackling mine it might be just under foot. Maybe I'll just look at yours for a while and that will calm my jitters, LOL.
     
  47. I'll be postin up alot of AMD parts over the next few months, haha. AMD stuff looks top notch. I was kinda worried because my dad an I have dealt with Cross Canada parts before and there parts are thin and alot of there stuff is junk but it was all that was really available at the time.

    I got my rallye dash bezel from BE&A yesterday too.
     
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  49. Man you ain't wast'n no time at all! Subscribed~!~
     
  50. Neat project.

    I hate to break this to you, but, that pass side inner isn't right for a 70. It's a 72+ piece. It has the dryer recess in it. Early cars were flat in that area.
     
  51. Thanks for the comments!

    Yeah i'm actually in the process of trading them with VA58? he needs them for his 72 Duster build. I'm gonna use AMD ones. I didnt realize that when i was buying them, oh well. atleast somebody else will have a use for them (im just gonna trade left and right even tho the drivers side is the same) since nobody offers them aftermarket
     
  52. I got my full quarters today! They're perfect with no shipping damage, :D. My rockers, door strikers, outer wheel tubs and trunk extensions are on order next.

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  53. I picked up some of this evaporust and thought I'd try it out and it's amazing! I threw a rusty door hinge, inside door handle an misc. bolts in a can and its been about 30 minutes and its already coming clean. Ill post up some pics tomorrow of how the parts look... This stuff doesn't attack galvenizing, rubbers, plastics or paint, Just the rust.

    I might buy a bunch of this stuff and make a redneck pool out of a tarp and some wood and put the whole body in it and submerge a pump in it with a hose and run it over the entire car. That way it will be spotless inside and out and will be cheaper than sandblasting! It will clean out my frame rails too. Has anyone ever used this stuff?

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  54. I went looking for some of that at Canuc Tire and they were out so I tried a product Enviro Rust on a handful of bolts. Now I forgot them and they sat all night and they came out a black oxide finish so I'm not sure if that's from being in too long but the rust was gone. I want to give that Evapo Rust a try it looks impressive. Thanks for showing us your results.
     
  55. Your AMD sheet metal looks pretty nice are they as straight as your pictures appear?
     
  56. The evaporust brings the metal back to its original state, it just attacks the rust. it doesn't convert it like some other products do (black finish) its worth trying out! My cousin actually setup a pump and tray and ran it thru his frame rails on one of his darts and it cleaned them spotless. I think I'm gonna go this route on stripping my car (chemically stripping the paint first) and then running this stuff over the entire car.

    Yes the sheetmetal is perfectly straight, there are no waves or dents and all the body lines are nice and sharp.
     
  57. Here's about an hour or so... By tomorrow all the parts should be shiny. The hinge is cast and metal and was pretty rusty looking.

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  58. Here's after a night of soaking.. I'm sold on this stuff and I'm gonna use it on the body of the car.

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  59. Sure seems to work well, how do you plan on using it on your body? It appears you need to keep it in contact with the rust for an hour or so and a large area seems to be a challenge unless you could dip it. I wonder if you could slop it on heavily with a big brush and cover it with plastic to try and stop evaporation and give time to do its job. Just trying to figure how to do large areas without buying a 45gl drum of the stuff.
     
  60. If you go to this site (pretty much the same stuff) http://www.safestrustremover.com/before-after.asp# and go to the "full image slideshow" on the left side, it shows pics of guys doing there cars with a tarp and a sump with a spray nozzle. There's one with a corvette frame and they do one spot with this method and it comes out spotless. It has to run constant over the rusted metal (or be submerged) until it's clean. I figure if i do a section a day it will come out spotless. The nice thing about this stuff is it will get in all the pinchweld seams too and my car wont have to leave the garage!
     
  61. I'll check that out. I'm thinking I might try this on the bottom of my floor pan since that's the only real surface rust I have. I'd like to avoid sending it out to be blasted just to clean the bottom of my floor pan, this could be an option, thanks.
     
  62. Congrats, this looks like a fun build! No hesitating at all...LOVE IT! Ive used the evap-o-rust its amazing eh?? If Canadian tire is out of it, try Home Hardware, they carry it as well.
    PG classics and BE&A are the same company. PG covers Canada and BE&A covers the US. Try to order from PG it will at least probably save you on shipping??
    Classic Industries I have read are pretty good as well..
     
  63. That's a rad car man
     
  64. Thanks for the comments guys!


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    As usual all these AMD panels look top notch!
     
  65. Oh, how I remember those days, calling Columbia parts Co ( they saved me alot of money) and saying send me everything AMD has for a Duster. There quality is second to none should go together feairly painless, just follow the step by step instructions... seriously though, good luck and keep the weld wire flowing. I'm also finishing up a 70' go mango 340 swinger for my Dad, so I have a soft spot for them now.
     
  66. keep the pictures coming nice build
     
  67. Thanks guys!

    Ross, i just checked out your build and your car looks amazing so far! I see you replaced the rockers. How well did they fit? haha i cant wait to setup my welder, it looks like you've got the same one as me (miller 140) I'm in the process of setting up my garage right now, and then i will begin tearing into my car. I've gotta finish insulating it, drywalling and adding natural gas heat. i'm not looking forward to drilling the hundreds (possibly thousands) of spot welds out on this car! That Swinger your Dad has is beautiful! Whats the build date of the swinger if you don't mind me asking?

    My next AMD order:

    -front valence
    -rear valence
    -full trunk pan
    -passenger side inner fender
    -lower radiator support
    -floor wiring covers
    -battery tray
    -manual transmission shifter tunnel
    -door skins (still on the fence on getting these)
     
  68. Thanks, Yeah that Evaporust works awesome!! Thanks for the tip.

    Actually Mike at BE&A is great to deal with and shipping was not a problem. If i have to pay a couple extra buck in shipping and get awesome customer service, than it's totally worth it IMO, :). I'll continue dealing with Mike over at BE&A since he's super easy to get ahold of, awesome to deal with and helps you out in shipping (Uses USPS which will not gouge you on shipping like FEDEX, UPS Etc..

    I actually just got my classic industries catalogue in the mail and they've got a ton of A-body stuff!
     
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  70. Great build so far, love the old pics! Only heard good things about the AMD stuff, so much is avail now! Sad in a way (but will save many cars from being crushed/parted!)

    Don't think 70 Swingers came with dog dish (correct me if I'm wrong fellow FABO members! Also think the 340 Swingers only came with Goodyear Polyglas E70 14s (with are available in repops through Coker Tire, missing some orig lettering if I remember correctly)

    I have a couple 340 Swingers as well & a friend just bought a EV2 340 4-speed like yours. We are next door in BC.

    Looks like you are going to do a great job, enjoy as I will in seeing your pics & may inspire me to do mine... maybe, lol $$$$$$$$
     
  71. Thats good to hear, i think the hardest part will be getting the rocker out since it goes behind some panels, but it should be pretty straight forward.. same goes for the outer wheelwells. I got one of those brair spotweld cutters and a bunch of various different diameter cutters (3/8" 5/16" 1/4") I got the 1/4" cutters because i plan on separating the the hood skin. My Dewalt drill has 3 speed settings so hopefully it works (500rpm) i have an air drill but it's just to noisy, especially with the amount of spotwelds i have to cut! So that autoset works pretty good?

    Cool, mine it sept 22, 1969. was just checking to see if theres any on here that were built the same day.




    I know some did come with dog dishes. my friend had a plum crazy purple one (three speed manual and 340) and the build sheet said it came with steel rims (FC7 paint) with the caps. I believe they are the rims that came standard on all 340 cars, but i could be wrong?? I do love the rallyes too, and might get a set down the road to change it up once in a while. I think the rallyes came with the tires your describing.

    Awesome, where abouts in BC? i'm originally from Kelowna and have lived out this way for only 8 years now. I'd love to see some pics of your 70 Swingers! Do you have some pics of the EV2 one?

    Thanks, i'm gonna need lots of inspiration along the way too, haha. This will be the most challenging build i've done so far, luckily i'll have my dad to help me along the way.

    If it weren't for AMD this car probably wouldn't have been saved (same goes for alot of other mopars) AMD has alot of awesome stuff and it's great they keep coming out with more stuff! they've got rear frame rails out now as well as torsion bar crossmembers for the A-body!
     
  72. I didn't realize from the pics of your Dart that it needed this many panels, your right thank god for AMD it should turn out nice and solid when your all done installing all of them. Just got my new welder for home but am seriously considering replacing my garage before I get too carried away. Another source for EvapoRust in Edmonton is Busy Bee Tools, they have it in gallons, that's where I went. Maybe this miserable winter is over and we can do a little work on our cars!
     
  73. Haha yeah i'm making sure i've got everything i need before i tear into it, because i kinda know what to expect.. there's usually alot more sin when the panels start coming off! The rockers are solid until it hits the lead seam where it mates with the quarters and i know the part of the rocker that goes behind the quarter is rotten, so i'm just gonna replace the whole outer rocker that way i can clean/paint the inner and weld the new rocker in and never have to worry about it, plus i'm trying to avoid any patch work on it. The inner rocker appears to be solid on the car which is a bonus. As for the door strikers.. mine look like they've been welded by Stevie wonder around the striker area, so i bought replacements. I plan on keeping this car forever so i don't wanna cut any corners on it and only do this once. AMD should be my sponsor, haha! I'm just lucky all the critical parts of the car are solid. The frame rails and torsion bar crossmember are solid and it has never been in a wreck (aside from the drivers frame rail where bumper mounts in a little torn which will be an easy fix)

    Yeah the weather has started to look more like spring these past few days! it's about time. Yeah i'm in the same boat on setting up a garage to work on my car, it's currently snowed in the garage that's not heated, so i have to wait until it's melted away before i can get it out and begin tearing it apart.. i cant wait to start on it! What welder did you get?

    Thanks for the info on the evaporust! How much are they selling it for?
     
  74. I went a little hog wild on my welder but it should last me forever and do everything I need, I got the Thermal Arc 211i, it does mig and tig and stick on both 110v and 220v. I've only had a few minutes try with last weekend, I want to try some of this tig welding, should be interesting.
     
  75. Sounds like a neat welder, i never knew there were any 3 in 1 welders like that.
     
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  77. That's neat! Mine is C03528. Is that the hemi orange one? I wonder how far apart our cars were on the assemble line. Any pics?
     
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  80. He bought it off of a member on here, think that's it in post #15 (looks FE5 in that pic though. He has done a bunch to it since he bought it and will be driving it this year. Don't think we will make it to ALTA with 3:91s though! Order #is totally different (no C at the start. 039723) Possibly a CDN YO7) thing
     
  81. No progress on the Swinger yet, we've finally got spring here so I can get the car out of the shop and bring it to the other shop and start tearin it down! What a long winter... It's been snowed in the non heated shop all winter! I picked up some pieces. Firewall insulation, kick panel insulation, door strikers and some side seat trim for my bench seat (mine is missing) I'm waiting on some more sheetmetal to come, but its on back order.

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  83. Haha yeah! I can't wait. I've been going crazy this winter not having a project.

    I just met up with Doug (dougg on this forum) and bought a steering wheel and another trunk lid. I got to see his car and it was beautiful. An original paint 340 4 speed car that's been a racecar practically it's whole life (stroked big block now) Thanks Doug it was nice meeting you. I already bought a trunk a few months ago, but this one is like new with the original paint! And has the correct emblems so I don't have to weld and redrill on my other one (ill sell it) the steering wheel is also like new, just needs a clean up. (My car doesn't have the correct one)

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  84. Just picked up a parts car and its getting the sawzall tomorrow... I'm taking the upper cowl and the firewall to inner fender extensions since I need them. (These ones are in great shape) I'm also robbing the front door hinges since they're still tight, I have new pins and busings so ill be rebuilding them anyway, the hinges on my car are beyond repair. I'm sure i'll gets some other decent parts from it before its off to the crusher!

    I'm still in collecting parts stage but I have plans to have the car stripped down and a frame jig built for it in the next couple months... Working on getting the shop setup has taken away from tearing it down and working on it, but I have to have the shop 100% before I do so.

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  85. I got one of the firewall to inner fender extensions out and beadblasted/etch primered it. Tonight I'm gonna cut out the drivers side one and give it the same treatment, then ill cut the cowl off (I hope the car doesn't fold in half!) I'm surprised AMD doesn't make these extensions... 9 times out of 10 if your inner fenders are rusted, these things are too.

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  86. Rebuild the hinges. The bottoms were I pain to do, I had to file them to get the shoulder of the bushings in between the hinges, I think they turned out good and look factory! They're easy to rebuild now, which I don't think I'll have to do in my lifetime. I took them from the four door parts car so they weren't really worn out at all and the springs were like new.

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  87. Started pulling the front end apart and have the motor/trans ready to be pulled.. I will have it out this weekend and I plan on stripping her down completely and sending it off to the blaster ASAP while the weather is good (I'm still going to evaporust all the inners where the sandblaster won't get) and then epoxy it and start doing some sheetmetal removal, oh boy do I have my work cut out for me! My goal is still to have all the sheetmetal work done and in paint by approx this time next year.

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    Oh I might be getting the build sheet!! The guy I bought it from tracked down some previous owners and one of the owners is supposed to have it.. I'm just waiting to hear back. This will really help me on bringing this car back to the way it left the assemble line, :D
     
  88. I also know this car VERY well. My Best friend and I bought it out of a storage locker in Okotoks, Alberta. My buddy ended up selling it to another friend of ours, who moved back to P.E.I, and then Dean sold it for him, to YOU ! Glad to see that you are collecting some NICE parts for the RESTO. Jason still has the BUILD SHEET for the car. ( He was saving it for Jeff, from P.E.I ! ) Get a hold of me, and I will give you my Buddy Jason's contact info. Jason Cunningham 403-201-4882
     
  89. What does WHEELS-12, SPARE-12, COLOR-TX9, and WHEEL COVERS-35 mean on a 70 340 Swinger buildsheet ?
     
  90. It was nice talking to you today Jason! Thanks again for grabbing the buildsheet and telling me more info on my car. I'll see you this weekend and look forward to seeing your 1970 Swinger!

    I'm stumped on that code as well. I hope Joel has more info on that wheel cover
     
  91. No problem Randy. I am ultra-impressed with the quality of parts you have gathered for your RESTO. We are all glad that you ended up with that 70 340 Swinger. It needs a fair bit of work, but you seem to be up for the task !
     
  92. Thanks Jason, I can see what it's gonna look like finished and I've got the motivation and professional help when it comes time to replacing all these panels!

    Last night my truck got pelted with golf ball and baseball size hail so now I have to deal with that! It looks like the finish of a golf ball.. You'll see it on Saturday. What a piss off, I bought it new a year and a half ago and always parked at the end of Parking lots to avoid dents and scratches (truck was immaculate) and now it looks like I piece of crap. I wish they made sheetmetal like they did 40 years ago! I had some parts for the swinger in the box of my truck and the hail didn't even touch it!
     
  93. Oh I blasted, epoxied and painted the front bumper brackets and put them aside. I'm gonna need a third bedroom for all these parts!

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  94. Following along from the east.
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  95. Thanks!




    With the help of Rocky_JS and Joel with the 340 Swinger registry they figured out my wheel code!

    Here is what my car came with and I'm going to put them back on it. They're not the most appealing wheels for a Swinger but they'll be original!

    You were right too, Jason. They are the ones from the original advertisement (like in my sig)
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  96. I have the same TX9 on mine but have "wheel cover 24" What is that code for? I thought 35 covers were what my car had, but that can't be right. Mine is a 70 340 car, tires it came with are WSW "white side wall" :glasses7:
     
  97. well atleast there the cheaper ones too find
     
  98. I would probobly get a set of the original wheel covers, to put aside for originality purposes, but GO WITH WHAT LOOKS GOOD ON THE CAR. Just my 2 cents. And YES, I do believe ( BODY COLOR ) painted steelies and RED CIRCLE dog dishes were CORRECT in 1970. Correct me if I am wrong. Not trying to rattle any cages. Just chillin'.
     
  99. I think I'll do the rallyes and if I want to do the factory look I can pop the beauty rings off and throw the full factory wheel covers on when I feel like having something different... Gives me both options without changing wheels!

    Yes, The factory standard rims on the 1970 Swinger 340 are the painted body colour steelies with the dodge logo and red circle hubcaps. I personally love that look as well!

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  100. I got my broadcast sheet with some extra paperwork! It's not in the best condition but there are three build sheets there and between them all I have all the codes. I also got the original quality control papers! Again they are not in great condition but you can see some handwriting on them here and there... Really cool! I also got a roll of masking tape from the assembly line (complete with orange overspray) it looks like they used some of the tape to hold all the paperwork down to the floor and just left it there and threw the carpet over it. (You can see the tape all over the paperwork)

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    Thanks again Jason! It was nice meeting you today and going for a ride out to Deans in your Swinger! The last time I took a drive in 1970 Swinger 340 was when I was like 8yrs old.

    Can anyone help me out with some of these codes?? On the vehicle delivery part what does sold to spec for "7" mean?