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Old 03-07-2005, 12:01 PM
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well not that it really matters but what are you guys opinions on dodge darts. I am getting a 73 Dart Swinger And I plan on rebuilding it from the ground up. Any rough Estimates on the Value of it? It has no engine in it, its got leather interior and its an automatic, Thats about all I know about it at the moment. I'm waiting for the snow to melt so that I can go and really look it over. I'm going to try to trade the guy an 85 camaro for it. ( the camaro is in pretty much the same shape as the dart)
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Old 03-07-2005, 02:16 PM
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Have a good look at the underneath especially the frame areas. These cars are welll known for rust problems. If the frame or torsion bar mounting area are rusted, you will have major problems.
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Old 03-07-2005, 06:23 PM
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I would see what type of rearend it has, alot of Darts came with a really weak 7 1/4" rearend. I would also check to see if it has disk brakes and was a V8 car. Dodge put alot of slant sixes in those cars, V8 K members and slant six K members are different. If it was a six cylinder car you will have to find a V8 K memeber or buy a V8 conversion kit, either way it will cost additional money if you want to put a V8 in this car.While your at it check the underside for rust, also pop the trunk and pull the spare tire out, Darts love to rust holes throught the trunk floor pan where the spare tire sits. Like poncho62 said if the torsion bar mounts are rotted I would skip over this car.
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Old 03-08-2005, 11:15 AM
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I'm relatively new to cars so my question is whats a torsion bar and where would it be on this car? I know I probably sound dumb but ? oh well. Hey I might be able to go look at it sooner than I though its been raining all day. The guy that owns it now told me that it had a 318 in it.
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Old 03-09-2005, 08:52 AM
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Instead of using coil springs for the front suspension, torsion bars are two long spring steel bars that twist to take the shock of road vibration. Torsion bars twist instead of compress like coil springs, they both do the same thing. If they want alot for this Dart I would skip over it, unless it has the 8 1/4" or a 8 3/4" rearend , a 727 Torqueflight and front disk brakes, it is not worth more than $200 without the motor. I bought a 72 V8 2 door Dart last summer for $200 and everything was there besides the carb and distributor, I have a picture of it in my photo gallery. Dodge made alot of Darts and paying high buck for a non rare car just isn't worth it.

BTW I think Darts make great cars to hotrod.
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