Replaced my Dart

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  1. Princess Valiant

    Princess Valiant Duster specialist

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    This one is swinger but even if it were a 4 door, great first car and great car to take care of and keep around. DODGE.... the name of power and authority......AL!!!!!
     
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    • 70dart340

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      Thank You. I respect your opinion. I'm a bit torn because it's an all original, desert car with no rust. I had an incident when a young lady crashed into my garage at 40 MPH while I was in it. I have to replace the LF fender, and repair the door. Life moves on, I won't let this kick me in the a**. Covid is slowing the build of my 408, but the original numbers matching 340 is safely tucked away. After I've had my fun with the 408, I'll put the original numbers matching 340 back in it and pass it on to my eldest son. My new fender is in my avatar. Special thanks to Clemintine. Paul.
       
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      • Mr. Sinister

        Mr. Sinister Devastation Manager

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        Glad to see my buddy Joes Dart got a new home. The front wheels used to be mine. I hope you enjoy the car.
         
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        • dartindanno

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          Joe is a great guy, we had some good laughs while I was there! And I will have a blast launching it down the track!
           
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          You do realize you are in the racers forum. If you are going to complain about roll cages and racing a Mopar I believe you are in the wrong place.
           
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          • PRH

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            Any plans to wring it out at the track before swapping the drivetrain?
             
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            I think next year I'll take the new Dart with the 340 down the track a few times before I swap the engine and transmission. I might as well, it's a running car!
             
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              We got the engine out of the old Dart and found the cause of the crash. Blew a freeze plug, never had that happen before.
              dart21.jpg dart22.jpg dart23.jpg dart26.jpg dart25.jpg
               
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                It’s not much consolation....... but at least you know what happened.

                Looks like they are the “shallow” type plugs.
                I’d suggest swapping them out for the deeper ones.
                 
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                • dartindanno

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                  It does help my mental state knowing the cause instead of wondering
                   
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                  • pittsburghracer

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                    I started putting Indianhead sealer on mine around five years ago. I also use a diaper on my engine now and although it may not catch everything it should help.
                     
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                    • dartindanno

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                      I've heard the same thing from some of the old school racers at the track. All of the freeze plugs will be replaced
                       
                    • Dartnut

                      Dartnut Don't hate me because i'm beautiful

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                      I'm a little late to the game here, but I'll say to the O.P. good for you on getting a new car to replace the old one until you get it fixed.
                      It looks like it will need at least a new front clip, but the car is definitely repairable from what I can see.

                      And on the other topic discussed on this thread, a lot of people forget that when these cars were built, they were the basis of a higher performance build, or a fast and reliable street car as built.
                      If you are in doubt, just look up what Dick Landy, Sox&Martin, Mr. Norm, Ed Hamburger, and many more were doing to these so called ''rare cars'' back when these cars were new.
                      A lot of people don't or can't (because of age) remember when these performance cars were just cars, not collector cars worth big bucks if they are original and numbers matching.

                      So, do what you want within reason, it's just a car and always will be after all.......
                       
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                        The car is very clean, frame, floorboards and trunk are all original and solid. I won't make any decisions for a while. I need to go over all the options and not make a rash decision that I might regret
                         
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                        • 70dart340

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                          Im almost 64, and have always loved Mopars, and know all the racers you mentioned and more, plus the local track hero, a 71 Demon 340, "The Demonstrator." I appreciate all the responses, and will continue with my plan. The original NM motor with the dizzy, carb, manifolds, air cleaner, and the rest have been restored, and shrink wrapped in the heated garage. The built 408 is going in for old man fun. If they ever have the local Mopar show again, I'll enter it in the stock class and keep the hood closed. As my avatar shows, I'm ready to hang the new fender soon. Paul.
                           
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