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Fred Kappus' 1967 Dodge Dart

Fred Kappus Is Looking To Branch Out On His Own, And His '67 Dart Is A Testament To His Talents.

Transmission: Such high torque numbers tend to cause transmission problems, meaning they break. So you'd need a stout trans to stand up to this potent powerplant. Fred wisely bolted up a Keisler-built Tremec TKO-600 with a single-disc Sachs clutch in between. Keisler also makes the cool Pistol Grip shifter poking up through the floor.

Rearend: A steel driveshaft, also made by Keisler, connects to an 83/4 rear axle loaded with 3.55:1 gears on a Sure Grip differential.

Suspension: Looking to shed some weight while adding performance, Fred tossed the stock front K-frame in favor of a Reilly MotorSports' tube-steel AlterKtion subframe. That kit comes with VariShock coilovers, Mustang II spindles, tubular upper and lower control arms, a Flaming River steering rack, and a 11/16-inch sway bar. He upgraded the rear suspension with Split-Mono leaf springs with CalTracs bars and Competition Engineering shocks. To stiffen the chassis, Fred installed subframe connectors that tie into the car's four-point rollbar.

Brakes: Stainless Steel brakes are on all four corners. Tri-Power calipers grip 13-inch front and 9-inch rear rotors.

Wheels/Tires: We like Fred's choice of black-painted American Torq Thrust wheels. Measuring 17x8 and 17x10.5, they roll with 225/45R17 and 315/35R17 BFGoodrich G-Force T/A KD tires.

Interior: The cool-looking bucket seats are from Summit Racing. They were reupholstered in black vinyl by Auto Top Shop in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and G-Force harnesses keep Fred firmly strapped in place. From that vantage point, he grips a Grant Corsa steering wheel and peers over a set of Auto Meter Ultra-Lite gauges. The dashpanel is from Rocky Mountain Dash, and Fred had it finished with wrinkle-black powdercoat. He also added a cool, push-button starter, an Alpine stereo system, and A/C from Vintage Air for cool summer cruising.

Paint/Body: A stickler for details, Fred smoothed the firewall and fenders, cleaning up any of the nasty stuff that would distract onlookers from gaping at the gorgeous engine. We loved the way he routed the heater hoses and A/C evaporator lines, running them neatly through the inner fender and back into the heater box, rather than having a long bundle of hoses going to the firewall. His buddy Tony O'Meara took care of the bodywork and sprayed the killer PPG Viper Red. He also did the satin hood using Sikkens basecoat black with a flattened clearcoat on top.

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