"I had the vision of what I wanted to do with it, and six months later, I saw it."--Joe Pardo

Fast Facts:
1970 Dodge Dart Swinger
Owned by: Joe Pardo, Westfield, New Jersey

Mopar Power

  • Engine: Pete Tritiak at Clifton, NJ's Tritiak Performance built the .030-inch over 440 (now displacing 500 cubic inches) with a Scat steel stroker crankshaft, ported Indy 440-1 heads, a Comp Cams solid-roller camshaft, 12.0:1 CP Pistons on Manley rods, MSD 6AL ignition, Indy intake with a Quickfuel carburetor, with tti headers and Borla mufflers.
  • Transmission: Thanks to ProTran, the manual-shift 727 boasts an ATI 8-inch 3,500 stall converter, plus a Cheetah shift kit and shifter.
  • Rearend: Yeah, we know it's a narrowed 9-inch rear end with Strange axle shafts, but at least it's a fabb'ed-housing differential with a spool and 4:30 gears.

Sure Grip

  • Suspension: (Front) Reilly Motorsports' AlterKtion system, with QA1 tubular coilovers (Rear) Four-link by Chris Alston Chassisworks with QA1s at each corner.
  • Brakes: Wilwood four-wheel discs
  • Wheels and Tires: Weld "AlumaStar" wheels wear Mickey Thompson's "big and littles" ("Big" = 31-inch-diameter steamrollers)

High Impact

  • Body: Original '70 A-Body hardtop still wears its original sheetmetal and glass, along with one huge fiberglass hood scoop.
  • Paint: Spiess-Hecker's Super Snake Green base/clearcoat, which Joe sprayed on in his shop's paint booth.
  • Interior: Joe resto-modded the Dart's cabin with a 10-point roll bar, a custom dash with a full AutoMeter gauge set, and Legendary carpets, along with stock buckets wearing their OEM vinyl.