Unlike the same owner’s ’53 Ford, there’s no mystery as to what’s under the hood of this Dart. But it’s an impressive sight, nevertheless.
Without further ado, let’s see it. Six Mikuni carbs, feeding a 225 inch (3.7 L) slant six, that’s also got a high performance cam and a bit of head work.
And of course some tube headers; in this case it appears they aren’t home-made.
This one is also backed by a Torqueflite. Owner Robert uses this mostly for fun (racing), but it’s quite amenable to street driving too.
This was a couple of years ago, so I’ve forgotten what it pulls in the quarter mile, but I’m sure it scoots right along. It certainly made nice sounds when he pulled out front for me. Few things can beat the bark of a hot big six.
6 Pac To Go, quickly.
Impressive 6 banger and a Torqueflite automatic behind it. Most likely a 727.
Looks like a stick shifter and and the 4 spd hump
No clutch pedal, and that’s an automatic shifter.
More than likely that is a 904 torqueflite. Factory would be anyway. 727’s behind a slant six are not very common, usually in vans or trucks. I would not use one with a slant unless it was a heavy duty situation like a work truck or van. The 904 is prefectly adequate for a high performance slant six in a light car. You can build the 904 to handle high horsepower small block Mopars as well. The 727 is a NICE tough trans to have but it takes more power to turn a 727 than a 904.
I’ll bet that old Dart has given some newer cars a rude surprise. Six in a row to GO!
I thought I add seen it all when I saw a 225 with 4 barrel carb. This takes the cake.
Old repair manuals listed an early slant six “Hyperpack” with a 4 barrel carb. It was the stuff of youthful dreams, probably for some kind of racing or special application.
Found it: http://www.allpar.com/mopar/hyper-pak.html
A lot of us are now putting Turbos on our slant sixes : )
Yikes! Six Mikunis! I only had one on my Caravan and could never get it adjusted right. Kudos to this Dart owner!
That is a good looking Dart with a nice patina accented by its license plates. I like the 6 Pac To Go font. With all those Carbs hopefully the driver does not encounter many elevation changes since I cannot imagine tweaking all 6 of those several times a trip, but guess at some point you get it down to a science.
I’ve got a Slant Six, too! Wonder how fast I could cut my hay field with a rig like this guys? (c:
Would go about as well as a 144 Falcon-powered sawbench would cut through timber. A friend’s mate did that when the old JAP motor conked out.
Another fine find. Best carb setup I’ve seen since a straight eight Buick with one per cylinder. Throttle linkage–and choke–is surely a challenge.
Wow, wow, wow… That takes dedication, both the build and the tuning of all those carbs.
That is pretty! It may be a challenge to get the Mikunis synchronized.
I saw pictures of a similar project. This guy used 4 throttle bodies on a Mazda Tribute with the 4 cylinder engine. He reported much improved throttle response.
That’s really nice !~ .
The Constant Velocity carbys pretty much automatically self adjust to elevation….
Any Chrysler product that size here came V8 equipped but I like a well tuned 6 and I bet that one flies, once syncronized those carbs would stay set pretty good its only the initial setup thats a pain with multi carbs.
We had a new ’63 Dart GT, but it sure wasn’t equipped like this. It’s still a handsome piece 50+ years later.
Very neat setup. And to think that Chrysler called their 2 barrel 110 HP 225 a ‘Super Six’.
A classic shape. But I think this gen Dart may belong in the same ‘bug-eyed’ fraternity as the Matador coupe and the F-10.
That’s it. The Dirty Dart’s getting three SUs. 🙂
hmmm…I don’t recall seeing an update on the Dirty Dart in a while????
Then there is the MIA Keith and his Jag project.
Not too much to update!
I had to swap a broken-casting Holley 1920 for the crappy 1945 that came with the engine, but other than that, I’ve been driving the snot out of her. 1500 miles since April…not too bad for a vehicle that spends half its time in a storage barn!
Guess I ought to poke my head up. I’m still around, just too overworked to have any fun 🙁
Ended up finding a (rather non-traditional) solution to the Jag’s fuel tank issues a couple months back. Maybe not ideal, capacity-wise, but it has allowed things to move forward at least.
With any luck, I’ll manage to crank out a few more Project XJ6 installments while waiting for road-salt season to end, after which I hope for the rubber to finally meet the road in a more permanent way.
The junkyards have been one disappointment after another throughout the past few months. Only a few gems have appeared; I’ll likely spread them out one at a time once I get that started again.
And though I haven’t been buying or selling any cars lately, I do have a few more as-yet-untold adventure tales in the hopper. (First up, I suspect: Blown Brake Lines and Steep Hills, or Why I’m Never Test-Driving Beaters In Duluth Again!)
Ive seen this car somewhere before. As several have said, keeping 6 carbs in tune sounds like a nightmare but Ill bet this thing is one fun little ride. I sure hope he scraps those skinny ugly wheels for some slot mags, or Cragars. Patina with nice mag wheels just screams ‘badass’.
Patina with nice mag wheels just screams ‘badass’.
It’s hard to do the Q-Ship thing with flashy wheels.
Agree…and maybe ‘nice’ was the wrong word. A set of weathered slot mags would keep this car looking like a beater…but with some attitude. And being wider and lighter, theyd improve handling and overall performance.
Personally, Im nearly as much a wheel enthusiast as a car enthusiast. Rollers will make or break your ride, and a set of empty hubcap holders like these just ruin a car. JMO, of course…
Hard to tune, perhaps, but that is just all kinds of awesome. Equal points for ingenuity and for performance!
I actually like it with the black steelies. Ultimate sleeper.
Even 1 carb scares me, but that underhood shot is absolutely beautiful. I remember this car from the last time and I’m still just as in love with it as I was then!
A note :
Carbys , even multiple ones , DO NOT go ‘ out of adjustment ‘ ! .
Once they’re properly set up and balanced , that’s that ~ the popping and banging is usually the ignition out of whack or valve troubles .
I have run tens of thousands of miles on multiple carby setups and have never once had one go out of adjustment , other things happen that cause the carbys to spit , pop , bang or whatever but the carby is (should be) the _last_ thing you touch , not the first .
Running a large , clear fuel filter allows you to see sediment and dirt , water etc. before it fills up and clogs the carby(s) .
One shouldn’t be afraid of a simple dual or triple carby set up ~ it takes time and patience to balance but then , you’ll have a whole new world of Motoring pleasure .
Right on, Nate! I love the 63 and 64 Darts. Got one now that is time to do some rebuilding. The 6 pack looks awesome. Wonder where he got the intake(s). Been looking at pumping out a little more performance, although the 225 rolls okay in stock form. Gotta figure out how to get all this done without my wife (wonderful woman with 46+ years married to me) knowing where I’m going with it. I have a 63 Dart 270 model with a 383 and a 727 PB. After I made the build she won’t drive it. Says it’s too much power for her. So this 64 GT I’m going to have to convince her that it will be just a little stronger because of rebuilding the “tired” 225.
Is this it, running a drag? A 15.69??? Would’ve thought it would run a heckuva lot faster than that!