D Dart package ?

Early A-Body Discussions

  1. dart4forte

    dart4forte FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

    Messages:
    4,157
    Likes Received:
    570
    Joined:
    May 28, 2004
    Location:
    Mesa, AZ
    Local Time:
    5:57 AM
    • Like Like x 1
    • dart4forte

      dart4forte FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

      Messages:
      4,157
      Likes Received:
      570
      Joined:
      May 28, 2004
      Location:
      Mesa, AZ
      Local Time:
      5:57 AM
      About mid 65 Chrysler came out with instructions to replace under warranty 7 1/4 rear ends with the 8 3/4 on all Darts and Barracudas that came with the 273 4 barrel with the 4 speed. Toward the end of the production year they started putting the 8 3/4 as a standard option in 4 speed cars. I have a copy of the letter.
       
      • Like Like x 1
      • toolmanmike

        toolmanmike FABO Staff Staff Member FABO Gold Member

        Messages:
        36,122
        Likes Received:
        18256
        Joined:
        Jan 18, 2006
        Location:
        Iowa
        Local Time:
        12:57 AM
        If you could please copy and paste that. There seems to be much confusion as to whether 65's had 8 3/4's or not.
         
      • toolmanmike

        toolmanmike FABO Staff Staff Member FABO Gold Member

        Messages:
        36,122
        Likes Received:
        18256
        Joined:
        Jan 18, 2006
        Location:
        Iowa
        Local Time:
        12:57 AM
        We could start a D Dart thread and I can make into a Sticky so it stays on top of all the early A body threads. I could ask @Joeychgo if a separate forum could be started for all the information.
         
        • Like Like x 2
        • Jim Lusk

          Jim Lusk Well-Known Member

          Messages:
          3,904
          Likes Received:
          335
          Joined:
          Mar 8, 2006
          Location:
          Fresno, CA
          Local Time:
          10:57 PM
          But they didn't all get one. As I have stated before, my old '66 (October 1965 SPD) had a 7-1/4 until I changed it out with a '67 A-body 8-3/4.
           
        • cosgig

          cosgig MoBro Inc. FABO Gold Member

          Messages:
          10,813
          Likes Received:
          3330
          Joined:
          Jul 20, 2008
          Location:
          Pinckney, Michigan
          Local Time:
          12:57 AM
          That would be a pretty important letter. That question is often asked, and often so much misinformation about it. It sure would clear up a lot of misconceptions about the timeline!
           
        • Gib Warnick

          Gib Warnick '65 Valiant signet FABO Gold Member

          Messages:
          793
          Likes Received:
          75
          Joined:
          Jun 6, 2006
          Location:
          Mt Airy, MD
          Local Time:
          12:57 AM
          I have personally never seen a 65 Valiant or Barracuda with a factory 8 3/4- been watching since 1965.... maybe they were out there- In '66 I bought a 65 Valiant 100 2 door sedan that had been run full time on drag strip as and F/S car- had 273 Commando - fenderwell headers- and a 4 speed. Had a 7 1/4 sure grip rear- one of reasons they sold car was due to problems with breakage of rear- spider gears and lugs if I remember correctly
           
        • toolmanmike

          toolmanmike FABO Staff Staff Member FABO Gold Member

          Messages:
          36,122
          Likes Received:
          18256
          Joined:
          Jan 18, 2006
          Location:
          Iowa
          Local Time:
          12:57 AM
          Just thinking outlowd here. When was the flange axle 8 3/4 put in production? 1965 and the big cars got them first. Ma Mopar didn't think there was a need for anything stronger than the 7 1/4 until the hi po cars started tearing up the streets. I'm sure warranty records told them that they better get back to the drawing board.
           
        • dart4forte

          dart4forte FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

          Messages:
          4,157
          Likes Received:
          570
          Joined:
          May 28, 2004
          Location:
          Mesa, AZ
          Local Time:
          5:57 AM
          Well, they are out there. Only problem is was it a factory warranty replacement or it was replaced by one or more of the previous owners. Wow the owners gave up on that 65 because of a nobrainer mod?
           
          • Agree Agree x 1
          • dart4forte

            dart4forte FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

            Messages:
            4,157
            Likes Received:
            570
            Joined:
            May 28, 2004
            Location:
            Mesa, AZ
            Local Time:
            5:57 AM
            I’ll dig it up. I gave a copy to Dart dude a few years ago. I thought he would of put it up on his site.
             
          • 65ChargerDart

            65ChargerDart 65ChargerDart FABO Gold Member

            Messages:
            290
            Likes Received:
            100
            Joined:
            Jun 25, 2005
            Location:
            Fortson, GA
            Local Time:
            1:57 AM
            In 1966 I asked the service manager at Chuck Hutton Dodge in Columbus, GA about changing out my 7.25 open diff for an 8.75 limited slip. I agreed to pay for the 8.75 if my warranty would be valid. He called me in when the district factory service rep was in town and I brought my '65 Dart GT in to speak to him. I had gone through 2 spider gears at Chrysler's expense under warranty. The factory rep told the service manager and me that changing the diff would void my warranty. True story!
             
          • ddartdude

            ddartdude Well-Known Member

            Messages:
            536
            Likes Received:
            138
            Joined:
            Jan 1, 2007
            Location:
            Port St. Lucie, Florida
            Local Time:
            12:57 AM
            I posted the NHRA letter in post #29 if that is the letter you are referring to. I think that was the only letter that you sent me on the 8 3/4 rear. But I could be wrong. I know they had them in 66 because all 3 of the D/Darts that I have owned had them. All D/Darts came with 4.86 gears from the factory.
             
          • Jim Lusk

            Jim Lusk Well-Known Member

            Messages:
            3,904
            Likes Received:
            335
            Joined:
            Mar 8, 2006
            Location:
            Fresno, CA
            Local Time:
            10:57 PM
            All D/Darts had the 8-3/4 rear.
             
          • dart4forte

            dart4forte FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

            Messages:
            4,157
            Likes Received:
            570
            Joined:
            May 28, 2004
            Location:
            Mesa, AZ
            Local Time:
            5:57 AM
            Maybe I didn’t send you that letter. I trying to get another copy
             
          1. This site uses cookies to help personalize content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
            By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.