The car was a stripe-delete build, so this example has no bumblebee graphics around the rear quarters. However, all the brightwork has been redone, including the "Swinger" and "340" emblems that helped make the car a standout back in its prime. The body, which required no sheetmetal replacement, was prepped, and Jenkins Autobody and Restoration in Asheboro, North Carolina, laid on a fresh coat of B5 Blue PPG paint. The black vinyl top was the finishing touch.
For the Rich family, the car's completion has been very satisfying and not just on weekend drives. It has taken home three First place titles at the Charlotte Auto Fair in the '70-'72 musclecar division, as well as honors at several Mopar events including shows at Rockingham and Farmington, North Carolina.
Fast Facts: '70 Dodge Dart Swinger 340
Tom and Linda Rich * Randleman, NC
Engine: Since the car was in pieces when Tom bought it, and the original 340 had long since disappeared, the next best thing was a pilot block that had come with the purchase. The foundry had cast this in June 1967, months before the engine's formal introduction for the '68 model year. Tom fortified it with warmed-up parts: Keith Black Silvo-Lit 10.5:1 slugs, an Isky Mega-cam with .485 lift, ported heads, a full tti exhaust setup, and an Edelbrock Air-Gap intake, and Performer carburetor.
Transmission: The three-speed that came with the car new bit the dust, so now there is a 23-spline A833 four-speed between the engine and driveshaft.
Differential: A 3.73 Sure Grip 8.75 banjo outfit keeps the tires planted.
Horsepower & Performance: Thanks to Bill Richardson's assembly work, the engine dished out 395 horses at 5,700 and 413 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 on the Ram Racing Engines dyno in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Suspension: Strutting its stuff, the Swinger got a set of KYB gas shocks and Super Stock springs; polyurethane bushings were used up front.
Brakes: Stopping the car the old-fashioned way (four drums and no assist) wasn't optimal, so a new front power-disc setup is now behind the rims. Drums remain in the back.
Wheels: 14-inch Rallyes.
Rubber: BFGoodrich TA radials.
Body: Three years is a long time, but Tom and Linda gathered up the pieces and have made the Swinger a standout. Luckily, though weary, the car did not need any fresh metal.
Paint: After prep, the car was resprayed in the original B5 Blue by Jenkins Autobody and Restoration of Asheboro, North Carolina, who also redid the vinyl top.
Interior: The Mopar hobby's two L's- Legendary Interiors and Layson's Restorations-provided most of the interior fixes, which the car definitely needed. The gauges were rebuilt, and the dash panel itself was rechromed.