The body was straightened and painted in vibrant Viper Red by Mark Gunby of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, with an intimidating cowl hood blocking the forward view. Some of Mark's subtle touches of genius: the window wiper attachments and antenna holes were both shaved and smoothed, while the rear quarters were slightly stretched and bulged to allow for the massive back-halved tires to be dropped and swapped if necessary. "The alterations," Clifton beams, "are virtually unnoticeable except to those who really know these Darts."

The rear of the Dart is a thing unto itself, with a massive Dana 60 filled with a Sure Grip and loaded with 4.56 gears. All this is connected to Strange axles keeping the giant M/T Sportsman Pro 31x16.50x15 rubber turning. Three-thousand-pound Mopar Performance springs were moved in to clear the wheels that are stopped by state-of-the-art Wilwood discs. The front suspension is "sort of stock" with '73 Dart Sport discs stopping the skinnies attached to a Mopar Performance big-block crossmember.

Classic Auto Glass & Upholstery kept the interior as nonchalant as possible, with Legendary seat covers, demure custom door covers, a package tray, rollbar covers, and trunk carpeting. Clifton's wife, Debbie, and Deacon Norris designed and fabricated a customized gauge cluster for the Dart to allow for a better view of all the Swinger's vital numbers. The gauges monitor a fully rebuilt, custom 440 RB block that has been bored .055 over, with Manley 6.765-inch H-beam rods, Eagle 11:1 slugs, a Lunati .600-lift cam, aluminum Edelbrock heads, and a Mopar M1 intake with a Holley 850 carburetor that has been massaged to 920 cfm.

Massive 3-inch pipes expel the gases from tti headers and a Dr. Gas X-pipe. Turbo-Action out of Smithsburg, Maryland, was hired to rebuild the TorqueFlite with a B&M shifter and a customized, in-shop-built Turbo-Action 10-inch 3,800-stall torque converter.

Clifton has never officially taken the Swinger out to a sanctioned NHRA track to get his hands on a time slip, but he has given a couple accomplished 10-second cars a heck of a race around his side of town, knowing if he can go heads up with those guys, a 10-second slip is just the next step to having the Dart Swinger nobody wanted become the low e.t. A-Body that everybody envies.