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Project “Bulls Eye” 1963 Dodge Dart GT; Part 2

 

Project Bulls Eye Dodge Dart GT is under way. We pushed the little girl into the garage and put her on the lift to get a better look at her from all angles. We are still not disappointed but, as usual, there is always more work than you originally planned on. Here is what our first pass around the car included on our list.

  1. Although solid, the car will need some patches in the floor pan and trunk area.
  2. Some of the trim is missing and some of it is damaged beyond repair.
  3. The interior needs a headliner, door panels and the seats are a mixed match pair, the original buckets have been replaced by a, “better for date night”, bench seat.
  4. The glass is all ok but a little foggy around the edges on the windshield.
  5. The body is straight with few issues, none of them major.
  6. The paint sucks.
  7. The gas tank has a small leak.
  8. The engine looks good but is not running at the current time.
  9. We have not yet dove into the inside of anything including the brakes though we know they are functional and appear ok.

First things first will be to repair or replace the gas tank. Next will be to stick in a battery and see if the car will turn over or, if we are lucky, even start. The fluids all seem good and we were told the engine is free and will spin over.

Before the car can move under its own power we must replace the tires and get one wheel so the spare can go back to its nest in the trunk.

Going to a catalog to make repairs will be the very last resort. We are going to be very cost conscious on Project Car Bulls Eye. We will try to source as many items as possible from local used parts sources such as Craig’s list and buddies! Part of this car’s charm will be its patina and new shinny parts have no patina but do have big price tags!

To see Part 3, Click Here.

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check our our www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com page) As long as it has four wheels on it I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife Katriana is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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