Dodge Dart Stories
Welcome to the Dodge Dart Page collection of stories, written by visitors to the page like you. I'm always happy to consider new stories for publication, so please feel free to
submit your own.
If your interest is more technical, you may wish to skip down to the tales of Dart modifications
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- Tribute to the Dodge Dart, by Joey
A copy of a retort I sent a friend of mine who had
disparaged Dodge Darts. Pre-1999.
- Our1963 Dodge Dart 270 Sedan, assembled in Zurich, Switzerland, written
by Chris ten Cate.
A search for a 1960's Mercedes Benz turns up this gem in the Netherlands. October 2000.
- My 1964 Dart: A Continuing Influence, by
The author's first car, bought as a teenager in the
early 1970's. Pre-1999.
- 1964 Dodge Dart Wagon Acquisition, by
Detailed story of getting this vehicle (for free). Pre-1999.
- The Only 1964 Dodge Dart in Thailand, by
An imported U.S. "elephant" handed down through the family. July 2002.
- 1965 Canadian Valiant Signet Convertible
(U.S. Dart GT), by Glenn Helmlinger.
Brief, affectionate tale
of this car, bought new by his father. Pre-1999.
- Once In A Lullaby, by Larry Collins.
A moving story of romance facilitated by a 1965 Dodge Dart named Dorothy. Pre-1999.
- 1966 Dodge Dart (The Brown Bomber), by
Short, sweet story. Pre-1999.
- Blowout in a 1966 Dodge Dart 270, by
A startling experience en route to a high-school math
tournament is vividly related. Pre-1999.
- The Bluesmobile (A 1966 Dodge Dart), by
An amusing, well-written tribute to a gallant steed. Pre-1999.
- 1966 Dodge Dart That Paid For Itself, by
He buys the car, maintains it, and sells it for more
than he paid. Plenty of good details. Pre-1999.
- My Dart Won My Heart, by Carolyn King.
The story of nearly 200,000 miles in a 1966 convertible, bought in 1974. August 2000.
- 1967 Dodge Dart Teaches A Life Lesson That
College Could Not, by Paul Ristuccia.
Hotwiring the car after
locking the keys in the trunk leads to unfortunate results. Pre-1999.
- 1967 and 1969 Dodge Darts Owned, by
James W. Thompson.
Brief descriptions of his former 1967 Dart and his
current 1969 model. Pre-1999.
- The Rescue and Salvation of a 1967 Dodge Dart
270, by Jim Southworth.
The detailed story of fixing this car,
which the author buys from an owner who abuses and neglects it. Pre-1999.
- 1968 Dodge Dart 270, by Jeffrey
A nicely written story of "inheriting" this car and
improving its condition. Pre-1999.
- 1968 Dodge Dart 270, by Gerry Tandberg.
An affectionate, humorous look at life with "Ol Blue." Pre-1999.
- Doris (A 1968 Dodge Dart 270), by David R. Scheel.
After an accident claims his 1967 Dart, the author buys and fixes this 1968 model. Pre-1999.
- Ol'Dodge Dart Lives On! (1968), by Loren St. Lawrence.
A fond look at this "family treasure," inherited from the author's mother-in-law. July 1999.
- Edith's Shiny Red 1968 Dodge Dart Convertible, by Marc Minarik.
This loaded Hollywood GTS is a sweet surprise for Edith. April 2001.
- 1969 Dodge Dart GTS 383 Convertible, by
Detailed account of how a "Ford" guy ends up buying a
Dart convertible in South Dakota. Pre-1999.
- 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger 340, by Bill
A story of owning (and slightly modifying) a 1969 Dart in
the early 1970's. Pre-1999.
- 1969 Dodge Dart Western Sport Special,
by Rick DeMartini.
A warm (brief) rememberance of a fast cruiser. Pre-1999.
- 1969 Dodge Dart, by Andrew Smith.
story of an upstate New York Dart inherited from his grandmother. Pre-1999.
- 1969 Dodge Dart Convertible GT, by Peter Fink.
A moving story in which the author restores this New Zealand car as a surprise for
his dying father. Pre-1999.
- Donna and Xena - A Couple of Swingers (1969 and 1970), by
Two Dodge Dart Swingers are definitely better than one! January 2001.
- How I Found My 1969 Dodge Dart GTS 340, by John Magi.
"Always check out those rumors of old Dodges. Sometimes they really pay off!"
- 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger, by Brian
A 25-year-old Dodge Dart goes to the senior prom. Pre-1999.
- A Tale of Two 1970 Dodge Darts, by J.T. Bledsoe.
Affectionate recollections of growing up with a Dart in the family and then buying his own.
- 1970 Dodge Dart GT: The Wild Hazzard Cruiser, by Greg Greenwood.
A detailed story of wild times in this car and an unfortunate ending. October 1999.
- My First Love: 1970 Dart Custom, by Matt Worcester.
Amusing anecdotes of a lifelong Mopar buff driving two Dodge Darts through his late teens. April 2003.
- 1971 Dodge Dart, by Boyd C. Lafoon.
Dart travels through college and beyond. Pre-1999.
- 1971 Dodge Dart Swinger, by Lori Dye.
A high-school girl falls in love with this Dart and buys it as her first car. Pre-1999.
- 1971 Dodge Dart Demon, by Bruce Chastain.
Proof that it is possible for a high-school student who mows yards to have a cool car! April 1999.
- 1972 Dodge Dart Road Test.
I do not
know the source of this, but it is an amusing evaluation report of a
1972 Dart. Pre-1999.
- 1972 Dodge Dart Swinger, by Rich
A disappointing 1971 Dart precedes happiness with a 1972
- 1972 Dodge Dart Swinger, by Bill Hershkowitz.
A New Yorker with his heart set on a Dart finds his dream car in New Jersey. December 1999.
- 1972 Dodge Dart Demon, by Chris Jones.
Spinning the tires in reverse while moving forward . . . is the driver
or the car the Demon? Pre-1999.
- My Little 1972 Dodge Dart Swinger, by Eric
Appreciation for Darts knows no age limits, as this
fifteen-year-old attests. Pre-1999.
- 1972 Dodge Dart Custom, by Keith Winkler.
An affectionate tale of a 25-year member of the Winkler family. March 1999.
- 1973 Dodge Dart, by Russ
This college car had some "hot" times. Pre-1999.
- Searching for His 1973 Dodge Dart
Swinger, by Fred Proctor.
Where, oh where has my little Dart
gone? Oh where, oh where can it be? Pre-1999.
- 1973 Dodge Dart Custom 318, by Lisa
Brief tale of her first car. Pre-1999.
- Amarilla (A 1973 Dodge Dart), by Margaret
Wryly amusing tribute to this car, bought in 1989. Pre-1999.
- 1973 Dodge Dart Rescue, by Fred
His brother blows the engine, his father is about to
junk the car, but Fred intervenes to bring it back to life. Pre-1999.
- Sakharov The Indestructible Dart, by Camille
A moving tribute to a 1973 Swinger, a steadfast and faithful friend
to the end. Pre-1999.
- My First Car: A 1973 Dodge Dart Sport, by
Fifteen years later, the author regrets his mistreatment
of his first car. Pre-1999.
- MACHINE - My 1973 Dodge Dart Swinger, by Joe Calboreanu.
High school adventures in the indestructible MACHINE. April 2001.
- My First MOPAR (and about time, too!), by Kermit Lucas.
A road trip from Missouri to Colorado in the author's newly-purchased 1973 Dodge Dart. August 2003.
- Unusual Transmission in our 1974 Dodge
Dart Custom, by Joey Newhouse.
A three-speed manual FLOOR shift in
a four-door Dart with bench seats? What is this?! Pre-1999.
- A 1974 Dodge Dart 360 Swims The Two-Minute Mile,
by Cory Thompson.
A remarkable story about a surprisingly amphibious Dart. Pre-1999.
- 1974 Dodge Dart Custom 318, by Curtis Perry.
An avowed Chevy man goes shopping for a classic Chevy and comes home with a Dart and
no regrets. Pre-1999.
- Johnny (A 1974 Dodge Dart), by Sucila Fernandes.
Fond memories of growing up with a Dodge Dart. March 1999.
- 1975 Dodge Dart Custom 225, by Scott Sigethy.
His grandfather's car, then his father's, now his. Pre-1999.
- A Hardy 1975 Dodge Dart Custom, by Carl Sandford.
A high-school student finds out the hard way how strong his Dart really is. Pre-1999.
- The 1975 Dodge Dart Sport 340 That Wasn't, by Matt Harty.
The story of a surprise after purchasing the car of his dreams. June 2002.
- 1975 Dodge Dart Swinger, by James Ayalla.
How the "fuel pacer" system sealed the deal on a used car that changed the author's life. June 2004.
- 1976 Dodge Dart Swinger 318, by Rob
A Dart overcomes the cold of Canada (brief). Pre-1999.
- 1976 Dodge Dart Special Edition, by Vince Mayo.
A story of driving this car from 212,000 to 250,000 miles. Pre-1999.
- And The Car Just Darted Away, by Jason
Losing a Dart (for any length of time) is like losing a member
of the family. Pre-1999.
Technical Tales of Dart Restoration/Modification
Note: BigBlockDart.com (non-local) has lots of information on Dodge Dart modifications. For slant six technical information, see The Slant Six Forum.
- 1963 Dodge Dart Convertible V8/4-speed Conversion, by
Dirk Schulte. June 1999.
- 1967 Dodge Dart Pro Street, by David Kellogg. Pre-1999.
- 1968 Dodge Dart 392 Hemi Conversion,
by Charlie Gluck (includes a 40K picture). Pre-1999.
- 1969 Dodge Dart GTS, by Daniel Karam.
- 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger 340 Becomes A
440, by Patrick Daylong. Pre-1999.
- 1969 Dodge Dart Slant Six to 440 Conversion, by
James L. Waters. Pre-1999.
- 1969 Dodge Dart Slant Six to 318 Conversion, by
Chris Harman. Pre-1999.
- 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger 318, by Andrew
- The Making of a 1971 Dodge Dart Convertible, by
Kenneth Schmidt (includes 118 KB of pictures). Pre-1999.
- 1972 Dodge Dart Swinger (The Mighty
Dart), by Steve Knickerbocker. Pre-1999.
- 1972 Dodge Dart Swinger Disc Brake Conversion, by Bill Hershkowitz. September 2001.
- Fixing 1974/1975 A-Body Rust/Water Leaks, by Pat Prociv. February 2002.
- 1975 Dodge Dart Special Edition Restoration, by Robert Pusateri. July 2000.
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