1968 Dodge Dart

Qualified at: Summernats 30

BRENT’S stunning two door Mopar hardtop is dripping in attitude. This might have something to do with the retina-searing candy paint, race-bred interior and bigs ‘n’ littles wheel and tyre combo – but most definitely that imposing, mirror-polished tower-of-power busting out of the hood. Backing up the Dyers-blown 440-cube Chrysler big-block is an ATI Pro-Glide two-speed transmission and nine-inch Detroit Locker with 4.11 gears.

Being a panel beater by trade, Brent tackled the bodywork himself – with its arrow-straight lines, flush-mounted Charger handles and numerous hand-made rust repair sections being a credit to his skill. Especially considering the smoothed and detailed underside looks just as good as the top.

To get that tough stance, the trans tunnel has been raised, the rear mini-tubbed and converted to triangulated four-link with coil-overs. And to help with driveability, Brent converted to rack ‘n’ pinion steering and added beefy disc brakes to all four corners. Inside there’s hip-hugging buckets, swathes of leather, full complement of AutoMeter gauges and an eight-point cage.

Deliberately wanting to give the five-year build a distinct Yanky flavour, Brent ditched the Aussie VF Valiant stainless trimmings, bumpers and front sheet metal in favour of US-spec 1968 Dodge Dart gear – it’s one wicked looking clone!

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