1960 Dodge Dart Seneca

1960 Dodge Dart Seneca - Rolling with the Changes


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1960 Dodge Dart Seneca 4 door

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 beyond tired...

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.

 

 

1960 Dodge Dart Seneca at Screamers Drive In Wickenburg, Arizona
1960 Dodge Dart Seneca at Screamers in Wickenburg, AZ


 

1960 Dodge Dart Fin with 1970 Dart in the background.
Love those fins...
 

1960 Dodge Dart Owners Manual
1960 Dodge Dart Owners Manual

 

 

   




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