Dave would like to thank Stan Murphy for all his assistance with the chassis adjustment and fabricating the new intake manifold. With the new Hemi pounding under the hood, Dave has been very happy with his Dart. "One of the special things about the car are the signatures from Ronnie Sox and Bob Reed inside the trunk lid," Dave says. The Dart's blue headlights are a tip of the hat to Ronnie Sox and also add to its menace. There haven't been many changes to the car in recent years and he enjoys racing it all over Florida and even Arkansas and Dragway 42 in Cleveland, Ohio. To date his best pass has been a 5.78 at 122 mph in the eighth mile. This is approximately a low 9-second pass in a naturally aspirated Hemi, that's Mopar power at its finest.

Fast Facts
'72 Dodge Dart Swinger
Car Owner: Dave Kitterman Bradenton, FL

Mopar Power
Engine: A Hensley Racing 540 cubic inch Hemi replaces the 383. Inside the machined block are Ross forged pistons, BME aluminum rods, and a forged steel Callies crankshaft. The Comp Cams camshaft was ground to .785/.760-inch lift and features 292-degrees of duration. Hensley ported the Mopar Performance aluminum heads, and final compression comes out to 15:1. The heads benefit from K-Motion springs, T&D roller rockers, and large stainless Mopar Performance 2.25-inch intake and 1.94-inch exhaust valves. Fuel is delivered into the modified Mopar Performance Cross Ram intake manifold through a pair of Holley 770-cfm carburetors and the exhaust is disposed of through ceramic-coated Hooker headers with 21/2-inch primaries and 4-inch collectors. The iginition system consists of an MSD Pro Power coil, MSD 7AL-2 box, MSD start-retrad control, and an MSD 2-step with a Pro Billet distributor

Transmission: A Turbo Action Torqueflite with a TCI 5,000 rpm stall converter with a steel billet cover. A Turbo Action Cheetah shifter with a reverse pattern shifts the gears after the Dart launches violently off the Pro Series Trans Brake.
Differential: A Dana 60 with a Strange light weight spool, 4.88 gears, and 35-spline strange axles.

Sure-Grip
Suspension: Adjustable aluminum coilovers from Strange are installed at all corners. Out back, the car has been converted to a Top Gun four-link suspension and features a thick anti-roll bar to help launch straight. A pair of wheelie bars help to control the ferocious launches off the trans brake.
Brakes: The front was converted to disc brakes while the rear retains the original drums.
Wheels and Tires: Weld Draglite wheels shod in 32x16-15 Goodyear slicks out back and 27.5x4.5-15 Mickey Thompson front runners.

High Impact
Paint and Body: Dave Kitterman performed the paint and bodywork himself. The work was completed in 1994 and has survived all this time. No rust repairs were needed and it was sprayed down in B5 Bight Blue Metallic. The fiberglass hood and bumper come from VFN.
Interior: Gary Johnson of Craftsman Auto Upholstery in Bradenton, Florida, restored the interior to look very close to the original. The carpet is from YearOne and the bucket seats were recovered with black vinyl and new cloth.