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    dart 75 Member

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    how many 68/69 darts were built with a 440?how good did they run?did they have the rear fenders opened up?and any other info,thank you guys
     
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    340plot the bushy bush

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    i do not think and were made with a 440. i think they came with the 383 or the 426
     
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    67Dart440GT Seriously Long Member FABO Gold Member

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    Yea, I don't think they introduced the 440 till 70.
     
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    Chameleon Dart Conissuer

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    I think there were around 50 built in 68 and 500 for 69. There might have been another 100 added in 69 to make it 600. Known as the "M" code Dart. There were also versions done in the Cuda.

    Rear fenders were not opened up and looked stock, unlike the Hemi cars.
     
  5. dart 75

    dart 75 Member

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    my buddy showed me an article,(i think hot rod)on the 69 440 dart,i think the article stated that the car would run in the low,low 13 with those bologna skins they called tires back then,ya outa look it up,migt have been car/driver?
     
  6. Jim Lusk

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    68s were Mr. Norm GSS (an "S" replaced the "T" in the GTS letters) and were outsourced from the Chrysler plant (Could have been Hurst or somebody else, I'm not sure). Somewhere around 50 were supposedly built.

    69s were factory built. I don't know these numbers either, but the figure around 600 is what I have heard.
     
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    Factory produced 440 "M" code Darts & Barracudas were '69 only. For years, 640 Darts has been the accepted no. At Carlisle in '04 they were the featured cars and 2 guys from up East had set up a registry and held a seminar, during which, they said that by comparing production dates and sequence nos. of a quantity of cars built at Hamtramck they thought the no. was more like 350. As scarce as they are today, they might be right. There were 7 production dates so they were built in batches of who knows how many each.
    The cars were spec-ed out as 383 GTS hdtps, partially assembled, then taken to Hurst's
    facility on E11 Mile Road in Madison Heights for for final assembly, including the 440 engine installation. They were all TFlites with SGs and your choice of 3.55 or 3.91 gears.
    Right side exhaust manifold is identical to all the 383 cars, while the left side is unique to that application. They were all built with manual drum brakes and manual steering. The bodies were unaltered, and all came with bucket seats and consoles. Magazine test results were always bogus, because the cars the magazine guys got hold of had all been "tuned up". All the manufacturers did it, not just Chrysler, because after all, their
    primary concern was selling cars. Period. I Hope this has been helpful.
     
  8. Dartnut

    Dartnut Don't hate me because i'm beautiful

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    All "M" code '69 440 darts were console automatics and did not have power steering or power brakes. All were GTS's too from the factory.
    I've always wanted one. Too bad they never made any 4 speeds.
     
  9. Jim Lusk

    Jim Lusk Well-Known Member

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    The thought that the 69 440 cars were outsourced to Hurst has been debated and those who know more than I do state that they were built at the Chrysler plant, only the 68 Grand Spaulding cars were outsourced.
     
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    i am workin on a 68 dart,i got a 73 440 bought with less than 50000 miles on it,thought it would me more fun and realistic for my budget to go ahead with that instead of cuttin out the wheel wells and all.it outa run descent for an ol poor boy like me,lol
     
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    Tom Hoover, at Carlisle, this past July told me that they were indeed taken to Hurst.
     
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    67valiant 100 go fast or go home

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    I know Hemmings Muscle Machines had a recent feature of a pale yellow, #'s matching, un-butch car. I think they didn't make a 4 speed available because of the extra parts they mandated for 440 4 speeds and the didn't want to produce these. (18 spline A-Body trans, 11" clutch, A-Body Dana 60)
    Boy would I love to have one of those=P~
     
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    The biggest problem with the factory building a 69 440/4sp Dart (or Cuda) was the bellhousing. The bell for the big clutch only had one threaded hole in the side for a single pivot stud. The 383 bracket would not work.
     
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    been gettn some pretty interesting feedback,thanks
     
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