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1969 Dodge Dart Swinger - Look Stock And Swing A Big Arm

Randy Burg is flying the Mopar flag.

Tech Notes
What: '69 Dodge Dart Swinger 340

Owner: Randy Burg

Hometown: Ojai, California, a trendy little artist community just north of Ventura and the 101 Freeway.

Engine: The original 340 began wheezing, so Randy bought a 0.030-over 360 block and had Bob Mazzolini Racing help him choose a 4.00-inch Mopar Performance crank that creates 408 ci. He then added SRP forged 10.5:1 pistons connected to Eagle H-beam rods. Randy's buddy Jay Roach helped him assemble the short-block with a Melling high-volume oil pump and JE file-to-fit rings.

Heads: You have to look closely, but those are Edelbrock aluminum 340 RPM heads fitted with 2.02/1.60-inch valves and 65cc chambers that have been milled for better piston-to-head clearance.

Camshaft: It all started with the camshaft when Mazzolini recommended a Mopar Performance PN 4120653 purple-stripe, mechanical-lifter, single-pattern cam with 241 degrees of duration, 0.528 inch lift, and a lobe separation angle of 112 degrees. Randy added a set of Crane Gold Race 1.6:1 roller rockers just to keep the valvetrain happy and bolted it all down with ARP head bolts.

Induction: Randy also painted the Edelbrock RPM Air-Gap with a Barry Grant 750-cfm Speed Demon carb chosen to mix the air and fuel. It's all fed by a simple, mechanical Carter 110-gph fuel pump, and it works just fine.

Exhaust: Randy liked the Tube Technologies headers so much on his big-block Dart (even if they were a bear to install) that he also chose a set of TTI tubes for the small-block. The headers use stepped tubes from 1 5/8 inch to 1 3/4 inch and roll into a TTI 2 1/2-inch exhaust system muffled by a pair of DynoMax mufflers.

Transmission: It looks totally stock from the cockpit with the column shifter, but under the sheetmetal, it's a Brown's Transmissions-tweaked 727 TorqueFlite equipped with a B&M shift-improvement system and a 3,000-stall speed converter.

Rearend: The Mopar 8 3/4-inch rearend works just fine spinning 3.91 gears, although Randy generally runs a set of 3.23s around town, both with a Sure Grip limited slip to put the torque to both tires.

Suspension: Here's where there's little to talk about. The only thing Randy has added is a set of 90/10 front shocks, and he yanked the power steering in favor of a manual box to save weight. That's it. It's even still got the stock pinion snubber.

Brakes: He added a TCI Roll Stop to help with burnouts, otherwise those are stock drums on all four corners.

Wheels/Tires: To add to the effect, Randy likes to run the stock 14x6-inch Rallye wheels with 225/60R14 BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires. It's all part of the act.

Body: It's just like he bought it from the previous owner in Seattle, where it was repainted and treated to a new Swinger tail stripe.

Interior: Randy restored the interior and added the Sony CD player and Auto Meter gauges.

Performance: 7.63 at 89.9 mph in eighth-mile (11.70 equivalent at 111 mph).

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