"I've always had a love for Max Wedge B-Bodies. I've always either had a real one, or I've built clone cars"--Jeff Miranda

Fast Facts
1962 Dodge Dart 2-door sedan
Owned by: Jeff Miranda, Pompano Beach, Florida

Mopar Power:

  • Engine: The first of the "Max Wedges"--a 413-inch RB packed with 11.25:1 compression pistons, high-lift camshaft, and topped by a short-ram intake manifold wearing two huge four-barrel carburetors.
  • Transmission: An Art Carr-modified 727 Torqueflite, with dash-mounted pushbuttons. (One big reason why this car won automatically.)
  • Rearend: 8 3/4-inch with 3.91:1 rear gears.

Sure Grip

  • Suspension: Restored stock '62 B-Body (Front Longitudinal torsion bars with tubular shocks (Rear) HD leaf springs with tubular shocks
  • Brakes: As good as there were back then: 11-inch-diameter drum-and-shoe brakes all around, no power assist.
  • Wheels: Era-correct American Racing Torq-Thrusts on Inglewood Tire Service 8.20-15 slicks in back, with a pair of chromed Hudson wheels wearing a pair of vintage BFGoodrich "Silvertown" bias-ply skinnies in front.

High Impact:

  • Body: Original 1962 Dodge B-Body 2-door sedan unibody, all steel. (And, in the case of the '62 Dodge, with styling only a Mopar devotee would love.)
  • Paint: One repaint in its original Medium Blue Poly finish, with era-correct lettering added later.
  • Interior: Low-line Dart all the way--vinyl-upholstered bench seats, front and rear. Dash-mounted pushbuttons control the 727. Dash still has heater/defroster pushbuttons and OEM radio delete plate.