Bought Another D/Dart

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  1. ddartdude

    ddartdude Well-Known Member

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    I missed my other one so much, I had to buy this one. I'll post pictures this weekend. I have to go through all the extra parts and clean it up a little.

    It's the San Rafael Dodge which was the 26th car in the build sequence. Still want to check on the owner lineage. It has a Mopar Performance 380 HP, 360 in it, Doug's headers, 4.56 gears, and the original 4-speed with the Inland shifter. I think the car is about 90% finished so I have a little work to do on it. The plan is to make it into more of a driver/show car. It's not going to be a trailer queen. Pictures to follow.
     
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    • toolmanmike

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      Good for you. Can't wait to see the photos.
       
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      toolmanmike Moderator Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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      Where did you find it? I'm sure you know where they all are. LOL
       
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      Oldschoolcuda Early-A Body Nerd FABO Gold Member

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      Awesomeness.
      Can't wait to see pics.
       
    • Dartnut

      Dartnut Don't hate me because i'm beautiful

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      Sounds cool.
      I can't wait for the pics/background history too........
       
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      congrats!!!! keep u s posted..
      I meet a (new to me) mopar guy last week that had a D Dart yrs back. I sent him to Mo this week to look at a 67 slant car he will make an updsted version! ( sorta ) he has an old McCandless race engine awaiting its new home.
       
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      That is awesome. Can't wait to see pictures
       
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      ddartdude Well-Known Member

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      I know where 10 of the 11 cars are that are in my D/Dart Registry. The one I don't know about is the other D/Dart I owned. Someone bought that one really cheap last time it went across the block.
      So toolmanmike, please enter this car in your 273/360 4-speed registry.
      Going out now to check out what treasures await me in the trunk of the car.
       
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        Very cool!
         
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        Just emptied out the trunk and interior. Rechromed bumpers (2), NOS GT trunk panel, 4 other panels, 2 grills, 13 tail lights, Legendary interior installed, trim, trim and more trim and a complete set of glass.

        Now to look in the 9 boxes.

        Saw newspaper ranging from 1993 till 2004.

        Pictures to follow. I have to shrink the files down.
         
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        • Jim Lusk

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          Was that Dana's car?
           
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          Cant wait to see pics
           
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          Cool deal. Would like to see pics.
          Building a D Dart replica is on my bucket list.
           
        • ddartdude

          ddartdude Well-Known Member

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          Yes it is/was Dana's car. He contacted me early this month and said he was going to sell it. And now it's ours. It was delivered on Wed.
           
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          65Val Average Length Member

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          Very cool!!! (subscribed)

          Are you going top convert it back to 273, etc.....?
           
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          What happened to the 273? I remember when he bought it. We were working at the same company and he told me about it. He almost passed on it because it was a four speed. I drove it shortly after he bought it...At the time (late 1980s) he was daily driving his '70 hemi charger that he bought new...
           
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          Dana sold the 273 many years ago. He put the 380 hp 360 in it about 15 years ago. I don't think he's driven it at all.
          Going to leave the 360 in it. I can buy the engine that came with my first D/Dart but the seller wants way too much money for it. Besides, it's frozen up and missing the carb and air cleaner. The 360 should do the trick.
           
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          Sure not what I would have done with the car. You know that he almost passed on it and I would have bought it at that time. He paid about $1,700 for it in the late 80s with the caved-in quarter. He was really looking for an automatic 273 four barrel GT.
           
        • RustyRatRod

          RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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          So where is the darn thing?
           
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            Not that it matters, but, I'd look for a '65 273 and build a D/Dart clone engine.
             
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            ddartdude Well-Known Member

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            Hope these turn out. They are the shots that I got from Dana and why we bought the car.

            DDART1.jpg

            DDART2.jpg

            DDART3.jpg

            DDART7.jpg

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            • ddartdude

              ddartdude Well-Known Member

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              I already have another true D/Dart with the "as raced but slightly modified" 273 engine in it. That car is the first one in the sequence of 50 built and the first one delivered. Ted Spehar and Ralph Costa campaigned that car up in the Detroit ares. It shows 373 miles on the speedo and just sits on the lift in my garage.

              I have a 1967, 273 2-barrel engine sitting under the workbench but I have decided that this car will retain the Direct Connection, 380+ horsepower 360 cu. in., crate engine and be driven on the street to cruises and car shows. And maybe a even a test and tune track session here or there.
               
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              It looks like they have front wheel drive GM wheels on it.
               
            • Oldschoolcuda

              Oldschoolcuda Early-A Body Nerd FABO Gold Member

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              Awesome. Congrats and enjoy her with the 360. Will be super cool and very quick with those 4.56's
               
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              Oh...didn't know all that. I thought you had just this one. Sounds likeit'll be a fun car.
               
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