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1969 Dodge Dart GTS 340

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  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
1969 Dodge Dart GTS 340
Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 9:03 PM

This is my 1969 Dodge Dart GTS 340.  It is painted with 3 coats of Tamiya TS-54 Light Metallic blue with 3 coats of Tamiya TS-13 Gloss Clear and a white and black interior.  MAD resin TorqueFlite auto transmission, wired 340 CI 4-Bbl. engine for the AMT '71 Duster 340, Kelsey-Hayes "Recall" mags, "Tuff" steering wheel from the Monogram '71 Hemi 'Cuda, piano wire antenna, and hand lettered tires.

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench:  LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria 

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    November, 2008
  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 10:01 PM

Just beautiful, Mike. There's a lot to compliment you on, but I think the overall attention to detail and the killer engine compartment really stand out!

 another Mike

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 10:03 PM

Man that looks great!  Color is beautiful.  Is that the Revell kit?  How was the flash/build?  I've got the 68 Hemi on my wish list.  I was so close to buying a sublime green (repaint) Dart with a 340, Torqueflite and 8 3/4" rear.  7K and the guy backed out last minute.  I will have my dart some day.

Anyhow - really nice looking build.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 10:18 PM

Your title got my attention. Or so I thought until I saw your model, which REALLY got my attention.

Very nice!!!!

-Greg

  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, September 22, 2018 6:55 AM

Thank you Mike, John, and Greg!  I'm not done with this just yet.  The more I look at the engine, the more I hate it!  The air cleaner is a mess and I had issues with laying down the decal.  I think I'll strip it and start over with a repaint and a new decal if I can find one.  Or, I'll find an image on the internet and make my own decal.

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench:  LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria 

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    August, 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Saturday, September 22, 2018 7:05 AM

Very Nice Job.  After reading your last post, I looked again at the engine and Now I see what you are talking about and well heck, you got a point.  Ya just got to get that air cleaner up to the level of the rest of the car. But  I really like the rest of the job.Yes

Steve

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  • Member since
    November, 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, September 22, 2018 11:48 AM

Looks great Mike! I love the details under the hood and the paint looks amazing.

My first car was a 1970 Dodge Dart ‘Swinger’, 2 door hardtop, lt. green  on dark green interior, 318 V8 automatic. Exterior was white vinyl top over semi dark green. Even with a 318 she was a screamer on peel outs. I managed to destroy 3 sets of motor mounts from doing that. I loved that coupe!

The 318 was no match for the 340, I know that from experience .  I had an encounter one night with a 340 Demon as I was driving home from my part time job one evening. When we peeled out all I saw were two lit afterburners from his dual pipes as that Demon pulled in front of me fast as hell. After a few blocks I gave up and quietly turned into a side street and took another route home.

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    February, 2012
Posted by Liegghio on Sunday, September 23, 2018 12:50 AM

Terrific model. My older brother tried to buy a ‘68 340 GTS, but none of the salesmen at the local Dodge dealer would take the order! They told him he could have a Charger with a 383, or a Dart with a 318, so my brother decided to take the 318 Dart and pocket the difference. I’ve never again seen a car dealer refuse to sell  a particular car to someone with the cash for it burning a hole in his pocket.

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    April, 2008
Posted by Kizzy on Sunday, September 23, 2018 7:44 AM

Awesome buiild!  Thanks for sharing.  My first car was a 1969 Dodge Dart.  I got it in 1986 when I was in high school.  Blue with a white vinyl top and a 283 V8.

I've got the Revell kit but haven't put it together yet.  Your post was inspiring!

Cheers,

Kizzy

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, September 23, 2018 8:07 AM
Mike you have done this Mopar fan proud. My one true muscle car I've owned was a 71 Barracuda 318. The previous owner had built the motor and put 4.10 gears in a 8.75 rearend. Was able to grab air with the front wheels. Wish I still had it

 

  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, September 24, 2018 8:31 AM

Thank you guys!  Other the air cleaner, I love how this Dart came out.  This is my fourth Dart and so far, my best...other than that darn air cleaner! 

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench:  LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria 

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    March, 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, October 01, 2018 8:30 PM

Good lookin' A Body Mike! Great paint and details.

 

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  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 8:19 PM

Thank you Joe!  This has become one of my favorite builds.

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench:  LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria 

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  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, October 20, 2018 7:51 AM

As I had promised, a picture of the new decal for the air cleaner.  I cut the decal in half before it went into some water and I overlayed the bottom half over the top half and both had settle down over the air cleaner nicely.  I used a silver Sharpie and drew a silver ring around the top edge of the air cleaner.

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench:  LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria 

Classic Plastic Model Club 

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