John brought both of his Dodge Darts to us for a check over, one a 1968 model, the other a 1972. The ’68 Dart also had some front suspension work.
Mark’s Dart came in for us to sort a few wiring faults. He then entered the American Super Stock series… the 318 motor was soon out in favour of a built 340!
The 340 was rebuilt with Eagle Rods, KB Pistons, iron heads and a Comp Cams hydraulic cam. It made 290hp at the rear wheels, so approximately 415hp from the motor. Craig Ainge did another fantastic signwriting job giving the car a true super stock look.
A regular American Super Stock competitor, John’s Dart came in for engine work and graphics. The 440 engine features forged pistons, ported heads and a mechanical cam. The vinyl graphics bring the car to life with a true Super Stock style.
Back again at Billadeau Speed several years later, John’s Dart came in to be fitted with the HEMI which used to power Dave’s Fury. The valve gear was refitted and it was up and running. ‘Reckless’ went on to run 11.2s at the 2013 Mopar Nats.
The original 340ci block of Craig’s Dart was rebuilt and fitted with a Herbert cam with 480-degree lift, new valves and Manley pushrods. The car was featured in the March 2007 issue of American Car World.
The 340 was eventually replaced with a 408ci small block with a 550 lift cam and iron heads. The first run at York Raceway’s Easter ’07 RWYB resulted in a 12.9 second ET.