|I will begin with a bit of
background information. My first car back in 1978 was a
1972 Dodge Dart. I thought I knew Darts, but in fact I really only knew the "A body" Darts
and didn't have a clue about the '60-'62 models.
Fast forward to 2013... I was looking for a classic car that I could
drive while working on as a project, and I wanted the project
to be unique.
I found a Craigslist ad for a 1960 Dart Seneca 4 door. I had never been into 4
doors, but the styling on the Dart really caught my eye. The
"Jet Age/Rocket Age" design of the fins, tailights, and dash sold it. At the
time I knew nothing of the Mopar "Forward Look" cars.
My intention was to restore the 4 door, but it
needed absolutely everything. It was a running car, but it was
During my never ending search for parts on
Craigslist I stumbled across another Dart Seneca. This time a 2
door, and in really nice shape. This car had a great looking
interior, and a 10 footer paint job that appeared to have been on
the car for some time. What made the car really special was it's
turbocharged 225 slant six. That engine never ran well the entire
time I had it. It ran great for short trips, but after a long cruise
on the highway it died out regularly. That was ok though... My plan
was to put a V8 in it after I saved enough for the project. Trouble
is the car didn't cooperate with the plan. I blew the clutch and
decided that it was time for the project to begin.
That's where I am right now. In the midst of
having a 318 poly built with a 4" stroke for 390 CI, topped with an
aluminum dual quad manifold and carbs.
To get the car ready for the new engine I have
pulled the clip apart, media blasted everything from the firewall
forward, pulled out the dash and all the wiring, and will be
replacing the 4 speed manual that came with the car with a 3 speed
Torqueflight with a Gearvendors Overdrive Unit.