well this is my very first mopar. I have always really liked the 67-76 A-body so i figured i would get one for my first car. I ended up with a total basketcase 1974 Dart swinger with a slant six hooked to a 904 3 speed auto going to an 8 1/4 rear. Talk about alot o work.
This is how she looked the first day in my possesion.
The moment you've all been waiting for. THE 225 SLANT SIX!
Here's a pic of a 1970 dart custom(4-door) that I bought at the 2006 carlisle all chrysler nationals for $500 jewed down from $750. I am using it as a parts car for the '74. It has a 318, 904 3 speed auto and an 8 1/4 rear.
Here's a few pics of what i scavenged from it.
I decided to replace the entire floor pan because i was missing the drivers pan and the torsion bar mount was rusted trough very badly. Plus the 4-door pan is the same size!
this is what the 74 looks like as of christmas '07
Here's a couple updated pics 2/13/08
This is the drivers side I started to rebuild
This is my first attempt at sewing up my own upholstery. I thought that it would be worth some bragging rights because nobody does their own upholstery, Plus how hard could it be... I don't have any pictures of the process but i'll try to for the front bench. I have about $125 in materials (10 yards x 54" off white vinyl, thread and such) I am using my mom's old montgomery wards sewing machine. Its looks kinda crappy in the picture but once they get in the hot sun they will set up pretty good (I hope).
I haven't started the bench yet but soon I will. It is a heck of alot more work than I anticipated so I don't think I'll even bother putting the back seat in. I do plan on recovering the door panels with it though, maybe even the dash pad...
The plan for this fine automobile is simple (on paper).
Engine 318-360 not sure yet
Transmission-3 speed auto: 904 if I cant find a small block 727
Rear- 8 3/4 w/3:55 3:73 or 3:91's
Interior- One off custom handmade upholstery done my me.
wheels- Weld pro stars 15x6 and 15x12's
Misc- sub-frame connectors, mini-tub, front disc brakes, six pack hood scoop.
O yeah I plan on making this into a 70 dart by putting the entire front clip from the parts car onto the 74, fenders, hood, grill, bumper, and if I can the entire rear section, including deck lid, bumper, lights, and valance.
Now that I think about it i probably should have just bought a 1970 Dart in decent shape for less than i'll have in this thing. But at least now I'll know every nook and cranny of this car. Plus I can tell everyone that i built it.
If anyone in the area is interested...
I have both the rears out of the darts. they are either 7 1/4 or 8 1/4 and as far as i know in good condition, they are both complete from the pumpkin to the wheels/tires. I will sell them cheap.