"It's not the only car that I've ever done, or owned, so I might as well do some other things with this car."--Tim Nist
1968 Dodge Dart GTS hardtop
Owned by: Tim Nist, Columbus, New Jersey
- Engine: When a 340 isn't enough....a John Arruzza-built Hemi, bored .030-inch and stroked 3/4-inch to 517 cubic inches, with Mopar heads, Callies steel crankshaft, Ross 10.4:1 pistons on Manley H-beam rods, Engle K-8 hydraulic camshaft, MSD ignition, and two 770 cfm Holley four-barrels atop a Mopar cross-ram intake. Carburetor tuning and distributor recurving by Berge "Hemi George" Ilanjian, Sunland, California.
- Transmission: A Passon Performance 18-spline A833 four-speed, with an OD top gear and a Hurst shifter that looks period correct. (At least 1968 1/2 correct.)
- Rearend: To handle the Hemi's torque, a Moser-prepped Dana 60 with 4.10 rear gears went in--without tubbing!
- Suspension: (Front) Reilly Motorsports' AlterKtion with tubular control arms and coil-over shocks (Rear) RMS' multi-link, with coil-over shocks
- Brakes: With a Hemi-powered A-Body, it's either a high-performance system like Wilwood's Four-wheel discs (like Tim's Dart has)...or Wontstop.
- Wheels and Tires: 17 x 10 inch American Racing Torq-Thrusts wear Fuzion rubber (215/50ZR17 front, 255/50ZR17 rear)
- Body: Restored original '68 Dodge A-Body hardtop unibody, with new rear quarters, subframe connectors, and an AAR Fiberglass '68 Hemi Dart fiberglass hood. Body work by Tom Rolle at TR's Restorations, Cream Ridge, New Jersey.
- Paint: Tom Rolle also sprayed on RM's Black enamel (in basecoat/clearcoat form), and applied the repro '68-vintage "Bumble Bee" stripe in back.
- Interior: Restified interior (by Tim and Vince Savelli (at Rayco in Hamilton, New Jersey) features restored buckets and back seat wearing Legendary covers, a Legendary carpet set, an Ididit tilt column, Flaming River wood steering wheel, and Classic Instruments gauges (done by The Rod Shop, Pittman, New Jersey)