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1964 Dodge Dart – Triple20

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Profile ID: 49794
Year: 1964
Make: Dodge
Model: Dart
Markets: Muscle Car, Performance, Racing, Resto-Mod, Rod & Custom
Vehicle Type: American
Contact: Kuhnhausen Metal Concepts LLC

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A build in the making spanning several generations. My grandpa Harold ordered this 1964 Dodge Dart GT Golden Anniversary edition new for my grandma Alma in 1964 with a manual 4 speed transmission and a 273 ci. V8; it has remained in the family since (and has even been submerged in Flathead Lake, NW Montana at one point…). Fast forward 57 years to present day 2021, my dad Cris and I are retooling the family Dart into a homage to the golden era of road racing. The build will remain fully analog: manual brakes, manual steering, carburation, mechanical gauges, and the A-833 4 speed manual of old. However, a few new age tricks are in order by way of suspension, brakes, and wheel/tire technology to bring the handling on par with today’s pro-touring standard.

The power-plant is Cris’s first small block blueprinted, built, and raced with Harold throughout the 1980’s. A Dart, with a Chevy Heart! Freshly revamped and rebuilt after a 30+ year stay in storage, it’s a tried-and-true mill with easy parts sourcing. My dad’s uncanny knowledge for the LS precursor assures it will never miss an event. Together the entire package is a history book of my family’s automotive heritage, and largely the reason I’ve signed on to help my dad and grandpa pay tribute to my grandma who has passed, and a family tradition of hotrod memories.

 Build Specs (shorthand):

  • Art Morrison custom spec front and rear frame clips, with double wishbone layout and extra narrow front rails for wide tire clearance, triangulated 4 link ford 9” rear suspension narrowed for extra wide tires.
  • KMC engineered trunk mounted pushrod cantilever suspension with needle bearing adjustable motion ratio rockers.
  • Top mount Speedway Engineering adjustable splined sway bar.
  • Wilwood 14” AERO 6 piston front disc brakes and floating metric caliper rear brakes, BP30 compound race pads, Tru-Bar pedals with cabin mounted reservoirs and bias adjustment, separated rear hydraulic hand brake.
  • 18”x11” front BC Forged TD01 wheels with 315/30zr18 tires, 18”x12” rear wheels with 335/30zr18 tires
  • KMC through-frame brake ducting with bespoke rotor hats, and 3d printed ducts
  • 355 cu.in. hydraulic roller small block chevy powerplant by Cris Kuhnhausen (500hp)
  • Fully forged rotating assembly
  • Holley XP 850cfm carb w/ KMC titanium heat dissipation plate
  • Winchester Metalworks custom fabricated valve covers
  • Fully Mechanical Stewart-Werner gauge sweep in KMC configured dash.
  • Street friendly roll cage with front/rear strut attachments, and 6-point harnesses
  • Minimalist interior based around factory bucket seats and feel
  • Heat extraction ducting through hood
  • Front bumper deleted with radiator air-ducting and road-race front sheet metal modifications. Hidden LED light bar behind grill.
  • Body and paint by Cris Kuhnhausen/ Fix Auto Springfield (Axalta Imron Imperial white)
  • Boom tube style passenger rocker panel exit exhaust.