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1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! #1185135
02/23/12 11:16 PM
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I have owned this car for 34 years this coming June 28th, and it has been down for the last 18 years now. I gave up on it 8 years ago due to frustration over vendors/service providers that either screwed thing up or didn't provide good service. Now that I have time on my hands I decided it was time to bring the old girl out of the dungeon and get back to it. Of course most things are as I left them and some things have gotten worse. I am still taking two steps forward and one step back, but by God I am gonna finish it this time! Hope that I can get through all the pitfalls this time and finally get it back out on the street where it belongs!

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Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Rhinodart] #1185136
02/23/12 11:17 PM
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A few more pics so that you all shame me into finishing it...

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Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Rhinodart] #1185137
02/23/12 11:18 PM
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8 years of dust...

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The funny thing about science is that if you change one miniscule parameter you change the entire outcome to the way you want it.

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Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Rhinodart] #1185138
02/23/12 11:55 PM
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One of the last pictures I took before putting it away in the spring of 2004.

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Last edited by Rhinodart; 02/23/12 11:57 PM.

The funny thing about science is that if you change one miniscule parameter you change the entire outcome to the way you want it.

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Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Rhinodart] #1185139
02/24/12 12:45 AM
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What a beautiful car. I would not be able to stop working on it if it was mine. Looks like all the hard stuff is done. Just think about being able to drive it again. Hope to see you finish it soon.

Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: 69Cuda340S] #1185140
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These notions seem to be going around Jim. Good luck

Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Rhinodart] #1185141
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Can I have it when you are done with it?

Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Rhinodart] #1185142
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Great car, keep us updated and post lots of pics.More and more people are starting to appreciate the big block a bodies.
Ray

Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: sst404b] #1185143
02/24/12 01:12 PM
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It was my daily driver from 1978 to 1986, except for about a year in 1979 when I hit a telephone pole, but that is another story! I "restored" it after that using Sherman and Associates terrible patch panel quarters and late model inner fenders, then put a 69 Road Runner engine in it after I cracked the original block. I painted the engine Chrysler Blue and put an Offy dual quad under hood manifold with new Carter 500's! I have very few pictures of when I got it, I was the third owner but the second owner got in for money owed to him when a friend went into the service, I paid $740 for it! He was a Ford guy and had a Mustang with a 427 Cammer in it, up to that point I had never seen one of those engines! He didn't want no damn Dodge cluttering up his driveway. When I bought the car it had a GT SPORT stripe on one side and a DART SWINGER stripe on the other. I asked him if it had been wrecked and he said his friend told him it came that way new! The build date is 3-29-69 which is a Friday. I always figured that the car was started on a Friday and finished on a Monday and the guy installing the stripes had a wild weekend and just put whatever stripe was laying around on the other side! Anyway, I had a huge dilemma when I put the stripe on but decided to fix the factory error. I have some real bad pics of both sides, and after I put some parts cars fenders and doors on it after it was wrecked.

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Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Rhinodart] #1185144
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Me and the wife at the 1983 Street Machine Nats in Springfield, Illinois... Had to remove the 14X7 Cragars in the rear after I replaced the quarters with cheater panels and the "baseball bat" roll of the wheel wells was gone...

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Last edited by Rhinodart; 02/24/12 08:14 PM.

The funny thing about science is that if you change one miniscule parameter you change the entire outcome to the way you want it.

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Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Rhinodart] #1185145
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I LOVE YOUR DART! My friend John had a Q-5 69 Dart Custom I helped him restore when I was in middle school. That car was COOL! My dad had a 68 GTS 383 Back in 78-81. It was pretty beat but he planned to restore it, until the 383 spun a bearing and that was the end of that. Sold the car to his friend for 75 BUCKS!

Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: 71Polara383] #1185146
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That's good to hear Jim, let me know if you need any help.

This is the last time I saw it.





For perspective



Ryan

Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Devil] #1185147
02/24/12 02:47 PM
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Thanks guys, I will need to take some recent pics after the 8" of snow we got last night melts... Here is a pic in 1982 before the first "resto".

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Last edited by Rhinodart; 02/24/12 02:47 PM.

The funny thing about science is that if you change one miniscule parameter you change the entire outcome to the way you want it.

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Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Rhinodart] #1185148
02/24/12 08:10 PM
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Udder side...

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Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Rhinodart] #1185149
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A couple of pics on the rotisserie. The floors, trunk, roof, firewall, decklid, and three frame rails are the originals. one front frame rail and the quarters are from DVAP, bought around 1990. Every piece of the front end is NOS including the fenders, hood, inner fenders, and all 4 pieces of the core support. I learned quickly that NOS parts are far from correct though!

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Last edited by Rhinodart; 02/24/12 08:21 PM.

The funny thing about science is that if you change one miniscule parameter you change the entire outcome to the way you want it.

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Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Rhinodart] #1185150
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Factory front torque boxes!

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Last edited by Rhinodart; 02/24/12 08:24 PM.

The funny thing about science is that if you change one miniscule parameter you change the entire outcome to the way you want it.

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Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Rhinodart] #1185151
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Rear torque boxes...

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The funny thing about science is that if you change one miniscule parameter you change the entire outcome to the way you want it.

JB Rhinehart, Realist

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Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Rhinodart] #1185152
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New (to me) quarters...

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The funny thing about science is that if you change one miniscule parameter you change the entire outcome to the way you want it.

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Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Rhinodart] #1185153
02/24/12 08:27 PM
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Difference between Race Hemi Orange and Street Hemi Orange, my engine is on the right...

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The funny thing about science is that if you change one miniscule parameter you change the entire outcome to the way you want it.

JB Rhinehart, Realist

A-Body's RULE!
Re: 1969 Dart GTS 383 4-speed may finally get finished! [Re: Rhinodart] #1185154
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Front suspension...

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