Your Projects: Building a Track Car From a Rusty Dodge Dart

A slant-six-powered 1964 Dodge Dart isn't what most people would start with when building a track car, but then again, user slantsix doesn’t sound like most people.

When bought sight unseen in August of 2015, this Dart was bone-stock with a broken odometer and numerous rust spots.

After weeks of welding and grinding, slantsix could then go about overhauling the suspension while fitting modern components. Work included beefing up the rear end to handle track abuse and upgrading the front brakes with ventilated discs.

So far, slantsix reports that the Dart is a blast to drive, even with its stock slant-six and three-speed transmission.

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noddaz
noddaz UltraDork
5/12/20 2:56 p.m.

Great looking build!  But there is no way that car is from Pennsylvania with that small amount of rust.  wink

 

Scott

KentF (Forum Supporter)
KentF (Forum Supporter) Reader
5/12/20 6:59 p.m.

Love it. Always go for something out of the ordinary. 

slantsix
slantsix New Reader
5/12/20 7:25 p.m.

Thanks for the splash feature editor Wood! Much Appreciated.

I will keep Jammon' on this project.

 

Greg

slantsix
slantsix New Reader
5/13/20 6:26 a.m.
noddaz said:

Great looking build!  But there is no way that car is from Pennsylvania with that small amount of rust.  wink

 

Scott

why doesn't my car run like that?

Your're Right Scott!

I Imported it to Pennsylvania from Southern Georgia.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/20 8:50 p.m.

Yup, cool build. Thanks for sharing, and keep it/them coming. 

ZOO (Forum Supporter)
ZOO (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
5/14/20 6:24 a.m.

I’ve been watching a lot of Roadkill.  I am itching for an older Mopar.  Then I thought about unorthodox swaps, and in keeping with my love of inline sixes I thought BMW.  I could anger a ton of people with a hot rod called ///Mopar with a turbo M52 . . .

More seriously, I understand the slant six does take boost well?  

slantsix
slantsix New Reader
5/14/20 6:50 a.m.

In reply to ZOO (Forum Supporter) :

well..

With Boost:

 

With Moooore Boost:

 

and No Boost:

 

And there's also this: No Boost :-o

 

 

Enjoy!

 

Greg

Snowdoggie
Snowdoggie New Reader
5/14/20 6:51 a.m.

Why does the front end of the car remind me of this?

slantsix
slantsix New Reader
5/14/20 6:53 a.m.

Because I De front Bumpered it :-)

 

Greg

Snowdoggie
Snowdoggie New Reader
5/14/20 6:55 a.m.

It looks good. 

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ PowerDork
5/14/20 6:59 a.m.

Do you want to add boost to yours?  Because if so I've got a big Holset turbo and some parts with your name on them...

slantsix
slantsix New Reader
5/14/20 7:06 a.m.

In reply to ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ :

Well Okay, Boost could eventually Be part of the Plan. 

That's waaay down the road but no reason not to! 

I have megasquirted 2 other slants but they are NA so far.

I could definitely add it to the to-boost List!

slantsix
slantsix New Reader
5/14/20 7:06 a.m.

In reply to Snowdoggie :

Thanks yes

ZOO (Forum Supporter)
ZOO (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
5/14/20 7:30 a.m.

I think I really like the generation of Darts and Valiants that came after yours.  I'd actually like a 4 door.  I haven't seen one around me in years.  But that would be my fun drag car project. 

slantsix
slantsix New Reader
5/14/20 7:54 a.m.

In reply to ZOO (Forum Supporter) :

Yes those are fun too.  But they are wider and heavier...  I have one. Its a blast too. Build parameters of that car were different than this one.

Walkaround/Old video/poor Quality... but you get the Idea..

 

Greg

ZOO (Forum Supporter)
ZOO (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
5/14/20 8:03 a.m.

K.  Found a 73 Valiant four door with a 225 . . . 

I imagine I need a mequasquirt, a turbo, and beefier transmission and rear end.  Then I'm off to the drags, right?

I'm sure the Internet is filled with the recipe.  But I'm a GRM kind of guy and I like the people here.

Edit:  the one I found is a similar shade of brown.

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/markham-york-region/73-valiant-75-000-km-fresh-slant-six-225/1498800056

 

slantsix
slantsix New Reader
5/14/20 8:10 a.m.

In reply to ZOO (Forum Supporter) :

Depends on the rear end thats in it.

 

If it has the stock mopar 7.5. Then yes.

 

If it had the optional 8.25 (doubtful) then it will handle the power. Ford 8.8's are a cheap poplar swap.

 

Trans will be a 904 3 speed. It can be built to cope with whatever you can put through it with a slant 6.  Some small block mopar racers build that trans behind 9-8 sec drag cars.

ZOO (Forum Supporter)
ZOO (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
5/14/20 8:14 a.m.

Thanks Greg!

I am disturbingly enabled right now . . .

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt PowerDork
5/14/20 8:20 a.m.
ZOO (Forum Supporter) said:

K.  Found a 73 Valiant four door with a 225 . . . 

I imagine I need a mequasquirt, a turbo, and beefier transmission and rear end.  Then I'm off to the drags, right?

I'm sure the Internet is filled with the recipe.  But I'm a GRM kind of guy and I like the people here.

 

What transmission does it have? The A833 four speed manual is pretty stout to begin with; the automatic (A904) can get there with the right mods. A Mopar 8 3/4" or Ford 8.8 rear end is a good idea as the 7 1/4" rears are made of glass - if you have an 8 1/4" rear (not common on six cylinders) it might be OK.

The turbo and EFI plumbing is generally going to be custom fabricated. I've got a build on one such example, but it's on pause as it's at the shop where I work and I'm working from home for the time being.

slantsix
slantsix New Reader
5/14/20 8:25 a.m.

Nooice!

 

I can help with any pseudo slant problems that may have for the time being!

If you get totally crazy with your valiant project you canget off the charts with something like this:

Walkaround...

 

Live action Footage...

 

 

Greg

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
5/14/20 8:32 a.m.

My second car, after a Plymouth Suburban wagon, was a 67 dart GT with a 225. Burned a quart of oil every 300 miles, so I put a NAPA long block in it.

I was racing horses then. Drove it all over the Eastern USA, and some of the Midwest. It would overheat at high speed, so I put a radiator from a 360 Cordoba in it.

99 MPH was enough to outrun a Cosworth Vega.

It got stolen in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and recovered a couple of months later.

I had a lot of adventures in that car.

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