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    66Dirtydart Well-Known Member

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    Hello, I'm picking up my first A body this Saturday and I'm pretty excited. I've owned a few Dodge vehicles in the past (learned to drive in an 81 K car, bought a 2002 Dakota new, currently driving a 2013 Dart). I grew up in a Chevy household and branched out into Ponchos and Olds over the last 20 years, but have never had a Mopar project/fun car.

    Needless to say I'm very happy with the condition of the car for its age, price and location and I'm looking forward to driving it home Saturday!

    Its a 66 GT, 225 slant with column shift.

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    • Mopar-Mitch

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      Welcome! From Kentucky! :welcome:
       
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      • 66fyssh

        66fyssh Don't Stop Believin' FABO Gold Member

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        Welcome to FABO from North Georgia!!

        I bet you're excited to get behind the wheel of that! Great looking car!!
         
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        66Dirtydart Well-Known Member

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        Thank you, and I am! I've been slowly working on a Cutlass frameoff for 3 years, so that car has been down for the count. I don't plan on anything crazy for the Dart initially, although I am a tinkerer and I can't help myself sometimes...
         
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        • Dartsun

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          Welcome from Oregon, sweet looking dart. I like the vinyl top don’t see many on the early A bodies. Dustin
           
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          Thanks! I like the look of the vinyl, but I can tell from the outside that I've got a rust issue hidden beneath it...

          Did non-vinyl cars have the roof trim as well?
           
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          • toolmanmike

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            Welcome to FABO. Nice looking 66 you picked up there. It will be a fun car for you to enjoy. I started a 66 Dart thread. Feel free to check in with photos and descriptions. Let me get the link for you. 66 Dart Owners thread
             
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            • Dartsun

              Dartsun Mopar Dude

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              Bummer on the rust, worse part about vinyl my 67 Belvedere the same. Yeah on 65-66 Dart GTs they got the roof trim with or without vinyl.
               
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              I can fix the rust, I just need to resist the urge to peel the roof back the day I get it home!

              Glad to know about the roof trim. I like the contrast in color, just not keen on dealing with vinyl's dirty little secrets.
               
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              The vinyl on my 66 was in bad shape so I scraped it off. No damage underneath. It seems the cars with vinyl tops that cover the sail panels and back glass channels have issues.
               
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              • RustyRatRod

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

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                I've said for years that 66 AINT my favorite year in Dodge OR Plymouth......or really anything....LOL but I must admit the 66 A bodies are kinda startin to grow on me. That one looks like it has tons of potential!
                 
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                • halifaxhops

                  halifaxhops It's going to get stupid around here! FABO Gold Member

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                  Nice Car! Welcome from PA!
                   
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                  • 66Dirtydart

                    66Dirtydart Well-Known Member

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                    Thanks!
                     
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                    Car Nut Mopar Master

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                    :welcome: aboard!
                     
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                    • Dicer

                      Dicer Back Bone beats Wish Bone all the time. FABO Gold Member

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                      Welcome to FABO, from the Land of Lincoln.
                       
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                      • 66Dirtydart

                        66Dirtydart Well-Known Member

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                        You're a friendly bunch, I appreciate the welcomes. I'll check my history of painting engine bays black at the door! :lol:
                         
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                        • Brad Dean

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                          Welcome from Nebraska. Great looking car.
                           
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                            67dartgtgo FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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                            That’s a really great looking ride man.
                            Welcome and have fun.
                             
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                            • toolmanmike

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                              Good idea. Some of us can be pretty heartless about that subject. Lol. It's un-Mopar like. I did on my 66 but I was ready to set the engine in and decided I had better freshen up the engine compartment. It was over the weekend and gloss black is what I had. I might paint the car black is my excuse. Oh, our limited slip rear ends are Sure Grips and not posi's. That's a Chevy thing. LOL

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                                66Dirtydart Well-Known Member

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                                Sure Grips? I've got some learning to do.
                                 
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                                    Like the white with black vinyl - nice looking ride!
                                    Welcome from VT
                                     
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                                    RSie Idiot In Training

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                                    Welcome from Wisconsin!
                                    Nice ride!
                                    Paint your engine bay a nice pink. You won't get that crap that guys have with black bays. :)
                                     
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                                      toolmanmike FABO MODERATOR Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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                                      Now that's funny.
                                       
                                    • 66Dirtydart

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                                      My apologies if I sounded ignorant. :lol: I don't have any experience with classic Mopars, thank you for the link.

                                      My current project is an 85 Cutlass that I'm putting a '72 455 into. I spent the summer boxing my frame and welding up a truss to mount an Explorer 3.73 8.8" Trac-lok LSD in using the stock 4 link geometry. I've been at the car for a few years now.

                                      Prior to that, I've spent time tinkering with Corvairs, about a decade with GM F Bodies, a 79 Trans Am, etc. My very first car that I owned was a 1963 Chevy II, which I got my senior year of high school. It was optioned similar to my new Dart GT. That Chevy II was an inline 6 and it was my driver for 3 years before I swapped a SBC into it.
                                       
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