A custom dash fabricated by Rocky Mountain Dashes with Stewart Warner gauges, a Pioneer CD
The demure 904 automatic transmission was tricked with a B&M shifter and a driveshaft loop, while the factory Chrysler 8-3/4 rear was fitted with 3.23 gears mated to a Sure Grip differential. The stock leaf springs enjoy some added traction via a pair of Lakewood traction bars. The front drum brakes were replaced with a set of '74 B-Body discs, while the 8-3/4 retains its original drums.
For the final touch, Bren cinched down a set of Cragar 15x7s up front and 15x9s out the rear, all wrapped in BFGoodrich rubber. with the lion's share of this work done in Angie's driveway, most of the wrenching was conducted when Mother Nature allowed. While Bren, Kevin, and John conducted most of the heavy labor, Angie was found right alongside them, happy to turn screws and tighten bolts, polish chrome and aluminum, and otherwise ruin her manicure all the while wearing a big smile.
The final result was this awesome orange Dart that has taken home several accolades, including First Place at the AACI Cruising Angles Summer Nationals event and Best in Show in June 2006 at the American Car and Truck Show.
When the question, "How much would you sell it for?" is asked, Angie replies, "Nothing. It's definitely not for sale." Good answer, Angie.
Wanting to stand out among the usual high-impact-painted Mopars, Angie went with Lamborghi
Fast Facts: '69 Dodge Dart - Straight Away
Angie Brindley • Weaverham, Northwich, Cheshire, England Mopar Power
Engine: The LA 360 small-block was pulled and rebuilt by Bren and Kevin McCarth, and Steve and John Taylor. The cylinder heads were ported and polished, while the block was tanked and honed, and repainted to match the custom body paint. The Weiand Xcelerator intake is topped with a Carter 625-cfm four-barrel carburetor. Hooker headers flow into a pair of Flowmaster mufflers. An electric fan blows into a stock radiator that is pushed by a MP high-volume water pump and a 160-degree thermostat. A billet radiator cap marked with "Dodge Girl" and a bill-milled air cleaner nut is matched by an acre of polished chrome and aluminum.
Transmission: The factory 904 automatic is rowed by a B&M shifter and secured by a driveshaft loop.
Rearend: The original Chrysler 8-3/4 rear was rebuilt with a Sure Grip differential and 3.23 freeway flyer gears.
Horsepower & Performance: More of a street and summer cruiser, the Dart hasn't been clocked at any quarter- or eighth-mile tracks nor has it seen any dyno time.
Suspension: Mainly stock with factory torsion bars and leaf springs, added Lakewood traction bars help the little A-Body hook up.
Brakes: While the rear drums were freshened, the front drums were replaced with a pair of '74 B-Body discs-one of the easiest tricks in the book.
Wheels: Angie went with polished Cragars: 15x7s up front and 15x9s out back.
Rubber: BFGoodrich skins cover the rims with 195/60/15s fore and 235/60/15s aft.
Body: Pretty straight when Angie discovered it at a springtime show in 2005, the Dart was stripped down to a shell that November and sent to her brother's shop in nearby Northwich for the bodywork and paint.
Paint: Wanting to distinguish herself from the rest of the highly visible Chrysler paint hues, Angie opted for Lamborghini Arancio Orange with factory trim and markings.
Interior: The seats are covered with custom black vinyl and orange seams, matching the external skin. OEM carpet, door panels, and headliner were an easy choice, while the factory steering column's collar was polished and topped with a Grant woodgrain steering wheel. A Rocky Mountain-made dashboard was fabricated for the Dart with all Stewart Warner gauges and a Pioneer sound system with JBL speakers.