Bill Hartman's devotion to Dodges is reflected in his Electric Blue '71 Dart Swinger, a project that spanned 15 years and two states. The little A-body MoPar features a healthy 440 cubic inch V-8 wedged between its front fenders.
Making a 400-horsepower-plus 440 big-block V-8 fit in a compact Dart takes some doing, including a thick billet aluminum motor plate that mounts the engine 3 inches off-center to clear the steering gear.
Hartman decided the Dart Swinger logo, with the funky flower design, was just too cool to lose, so he kept it on the front fender. For good measure, he retained the passenger-side-only Chrysler Pentastar.
After the body was stripped of unneeded chrome trim and smoothed, the Auto Body Connection at Rose Hill saturated the sheet metal with PPG Electric Blue Pearl before applying the finishing touch of a painted Bright White tail stripe.
This undercar shot reveals the Dart is no pure stocker, with an RCI 16-gallon fuel cell, fat Mickey Thompson 29x12.5x15 tires and a full TTI exhaust system giving the car the feel of a serious street performer.